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Freedmen's Bar

#55 of 3,013 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
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2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705-4714 (W. 24th St.)
+1 512-220-0953
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended by a friend, got there early evening. The place was busy with a wait of an hour, however the bar service was poor and after ordering drinks the barman totally forgot about us. Took 20 mins to get our drinks. They had run out of most items on the menu so we were left with little choice. Food was... More 

Thank Hambone222
Bellingham, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got on waiting list and told the wait would be 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Over an hour later, and only after asking, were we told they were "running out of food". Unlikely the Franklin Barbecue, there is no warning at this restaurant that food may run out. If you can't get in right away, don't spend your money drinking... More 

Thank Katie B
Wheaton, Illinois
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here based upon the recommendation of a friend who lives in Austin, and the rave reviews of many well-travelled and well-dined friends who ate here the night before. We were lucky to get there early (about 17:30) because by the time we left about an hour later the place was really filling up. We snagged one of the... More 

Thank John T
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, after all the great reviews about this place we went there for dinner. We are visiting Austin and really wanted to try some great BBQ, but I was not going to wait on line for hours and hours at some other famous places, so we decided to came to Freedmen's. We were early and sat at the bar. The... More 

Thank Kartal4e
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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91 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Had the sliced brisket, which was great. Didn't care for the slaw too much. Beans were OK. One of the members of our party had a crazy bloody mary with a rib, brisket slice and sausage piled on top. Staff was fun and the place was dog friendly. Another plus was getting in right away -- unlike the long, long... More 

Thank speedz2
Lighthouse Point, Florida
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154 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Had lunch box on the patio. Great chopped pork. Slaw is a little sour but still good. Nice vibe with friendly staff. Definitely recommend.

Thank Bill H
Longmont, Colorado
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236 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch at Freedmen's. Excellent BBQ and great lunch prices. A very good value. We sat at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and fun. I had the pulled pork sandwich and my husband had the sliced brisket. Both very good. They have a huge whiskey selection.

Thank TribTraveler
New York City, NY
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Good atmosphere, great BBQ, great service, great drinks. My gf loved it. On the downside there's really nothing to eat for vegetarians. Really nothing.

Thank MonkeyBoy57
Indianapolis, Indiana
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Restaurant is small but has outside dining as well as inside. Definitely worth the trip. Brisket was terrific, great whiskey selection and fascinating historic building.

Thank MayfromIndy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

You won't leave hungry! Great portions of BBQ ordered by the pound. Great spot before a Texas game for cold beer and spicy BBQ. Loved it all!

Thank mtomko

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $20
American, Southwestern, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705-4714
    (W. 24th St.)
  • Public Transportation: North and South bound bus stop on northwest corner of 24th and San Gabriel.
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-220-0953

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?