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Freedmen's Bar

#66 of 3,045 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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Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been twice, and while I can't say I've been to Franklin's, I think this could be the best brisket in town. Great central location. We went on a rainy Saturday, party of 4, at about 1pm and waited about 45 minutes for a nice table upstairs. I would say the coleslaw is undressed, or very lightly - so if... More 

Thank austex55
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were searching for a place to eat that would help us feel the local character of Austin. This was a great choice. The staff were very friendly and the food was good. Be sure to get the Baked Beans as a side and the smoked banana pudding for dessert.

Thank Darren S
Alcester, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came as part of a trip around eating places and this was my favourite. The BBQ plate was really good, brisket good and ribs very good. It's a tough town to excel at the smokey art of BBQ but these guys do a good job. The drinks menu is fascinating and well worth a lazy trawl through!

Thank Templegrafton
Fletcher, North Carolina
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We felt like bar-b-que so our son took us here for dinner. He told us, "It doesn't look like much from the outside, but wait until you taste the food." He was right. I got the pulled pork sandwich. It was so tasty. My husband and son shared the ribs, sausage, and brisket combo. We all sampled everything. The crust... More 

Thank Catlover027
Spring, Texas
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276 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

I think what makes freedmens different is their BBQ has a bit of a peppery taste to it. Very good but unique to traditional BBQ. We ended up ordering a half pound of ribs, brisket, and sausage. Go for fatty brisket. Service was good and they don't rush you out! Hip atmosphere as well.

Thank Melissa W
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

Amazing bbq, second time at Freedmen's. Try the Turkey Sandwich with beans. I will make it a point to return very soon.

Thank cbryant8675
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not quite as mouth watering as Franklin's but the staff is great. Some of the cocktails are hit or miss. Banana pudding is delicious.

Thank trang h
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

1/1/17 My husband and I were craving BBQ, he stumbled upon Freedman's on Yelp. Most restaurants/places of business were closed on New Years Day so we settled on this place. We sat outside in the back. Our waitress wasn't the warmest but she did a good job. I was disappointed to find out they didn't have cornbread, green beans, any... More 

Thank Jackie L
New York City, New York
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Cool vibe, cold beer, good tunes, great bbq. Fair price - Bingo! I enjoyed it despite a very hot evening.

Thank Andrew G
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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

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 

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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, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?