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Blue Ribbon Barbecue

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120 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701-3915
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

The place is clean and not too crowded. The smell of smoked meat is inviting. The food is great and the service is fast. The portions are large.

Thank maxe1lab
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

very good BBQ especially the smoked turkey. They're catering our wedding! This 4th street location is closed so look out for them to reopen somewhere and go try it!

Thank Bob M
Grand Junction, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

If it wasn't for the smoke flavor, the rigs wouldn't have any flavor at all. Sauce was very disappointing. I've had much better BBQ at chain restaurants.

Thank mtntrash
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

I went to Blue Ribbon after taking my dog on a nice walk around Town Lake- so honestly I decided last minute to try their food. I got the 2 meat plate and was very impressed with the brisket, which was juicy as I requested, and it was not as salty as other BBQ I had tried recently. Overall it... More 

Thank Steven S
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This place was a total let down for Texas barbecue. My sliced BBQ sandwich was awful. First the bread was hard and dried out, I couldn't eat it. Then my beef had a ton of fat on it. I had to cut it all off before I could eat it. Then the BBQ sauce was thin like water and had... More 

Thank ChristieKerbow
Triad, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This place doesn't look like much, but I snuck in for a breakfast one morning. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to 'build' some smoked meat breakfast tacos. Offerings include brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage and more. Add egg, cheese, jalapenos, and other ingredients of choice. The value is great with great tast and something different than your hotel's buffet breakfast.... More 

Thank agtraveler
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Located near the convention center, this is a convenient place if you are staying downtown in that area. Typical BBQ selection but the brisket is offered as "dry or moist" if you are watching fat intake...good banana pudding. Easy walk to many of hotels in the area. Great for quick lunch.

Thank bandman15
Tinley Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

For me this was the perfect lunch spot for my 1st Texan BBQ experience. I felt completely comfortable eating alone here. I had the chicken, it exceeded my expectations. Don' forget to add their BBQ Sauce, it was great!!B The banana pudding was a perfect sweet-bite to end the meal.

Thank 22goingon60
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a hole in the wall inside the Frost Bank building along the 4th street side. I think their pork ribs are very, very good. Lunch plates are solid value at around $12. I like their sides - you can get salad, green beans, red beans, etc. Their breakfast tacos are all made to order, and you can get... More 

Thank funlonghorn
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Was looking forward to some really good BBQ while in Austin. I was directed to this one and was told it was delicious. I had a chopped beef sandwich. The beef was actually too finely chopped. The BBQ sauce had no flavor or tang to it. The staff was very friendly. Banana pudding was good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701-3915
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-369-3119
www.fb.com/bbq is there face book address. Great bbq in downtown austin. Closest BBQ location to all travel hotels downtown austin.

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