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Freedmen's Bar

) #56 of 3,126 Restaurants in Austin $$ - $$$ American, ,
2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705-4714
+1 512-220-0953
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (22 reviews)
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American, Southwestern, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705-4714
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was good, but not a lot of choice. Would have loved to mix meats for a better variety. Not a big whiskey fan, so drink menu was also limited. The beet appetizer was fantastic & the Holy Trinity plate was fantastically done. Waitress was...More

Thank amarieb22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an unassuming little neighborhood restaurant with the best BBQ brisket I experienced in Texas. I went to Tubbs, the original Blacks as well as some other notable BBQ joints while on a trip to TX. Freedmen's has the best Brisket hands down. In...More

Thank DAN S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not your usual BBQ place. It has an amazing range of Whiskies (168) & very proficient bartenders. The waitstaff were very knowledgable & helped us order well. The house made sausage was very spicy but we all loved the spare ribs & brisket....More

Thank geoffdi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brisket was good. This is a bar that serves good BBQ. Even though it is urban, has a big pit smoker. The work the meat a little different than some of the competition, longer smoking time, different heat steps, and the results are good. Not...More

Thank ColoradoMouse
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been a TA member since 2009 and this is my first ever negative review. (I’d like to point out this review will be helpful only to those considering booking an event in Freedmen’s upstairs Saloon Room and not to those simply having dinner...More

Thank Aggie_Mom1314
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed this place has a nice atmosphere love they got such a big selection of whiskeys got a great happy hour with drinks and bbq sandwiches at a discount would visit this place again the bbq was good the brisket wqs little fatty though

Thank Tpmamm
Reviewed June 4, 2017

Everyone writes about how good the barbecue is, and it is quite good. No, it's excellent. However, what's great about Freedmen's is that everything else is excellent, too. From the drinks to the pickled veggies that come on the side for free to all the...More

Thank Jim K
Reviewed June 1, 2017 via mobile

The building is neat. We had a smoked tomato Bloody Mary and a smoky margarita to start. Then we had the smoked beets that are great, but, do get really smokey as cold leftovers. We had the assortment plate, really liked the brisket, bread and...More

Thank Toastwitheggs
Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

Freedmen's Bar has absolutely the very best BBQ brisket in town. It's juicy, tender and has a perfect smoke ring. I take pride in being a BBQ addict and for no other reason than their brisket you must go there. The spare ribs and hand-made...More

Thank Number1green
Reviewed May 19, 2017 via mobile

I love their bbq Sammy. And relatively never a wait. One of the best bbq places in Austin. I always try to give this place a visit when I'm in town.

Thank Johnny L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $20
American, Southwestern, Bar, Barbecue
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
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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