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American, Barbecue
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Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed January 28, 2024

A BBQ place as it should be: wood barn decor, order up front, grab a table, get a big tray with all the food. The fatty brisket was perfect, tender and beefy, the lean brisket less so. Venison links had tough casings, others probably better....Pulled pork was a bit dry, but the bbq sauce made it just right. Baked beans were standard but good. Red cabbage cole slaw was excellent, a nice change. It’s everything you could want in a bbq place.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 27, 2023

This was my first visit to Gatlin's. I ordered a Two-Meat Plate with moist brisket, turkey, fried okra, yams, and iced tea. The brisket was so tender, moist, & juicy! The turkey was very good but was right on the line of moist & dry....The okra was perfect. The yams were cooked just right with just a hint of sweetness but could've used some cinnamon. The iced tea (sweet & unsweet) was just about right. The service was pretty fast but not so friendly. The portion sizes were generous with very reasonable prices. They have plenty of indoor seating.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 7, 2023

Food is great, but the service and wait time is terrible. If you are on your way to work or on lunch, this is not the place for a quick order. There should be a better system of getting orders out without waiting 20 minutes...or more.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed July 3, 2023 via mobile

They have great variety of items on the menu. You can't go wrong with any of the BBQ items. I especially love their chicken wings. The smoked wings with BBQ sauce is amazing. The Pastrami and Turkey sandwich is outstanding with their house made pastrami....Call ahead and make sure they have it available. Cons: it's a little pricey and service can be slowMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 29, 2023

Saw the restaurant featured on High On The Hog and had to visit while in the Houston area. The quality of the meat and its preparation were unparalleled. I've eaten BBQ from Florida to California, and Gatlin's is one of two or three places at...the top of my list. If you love BBQ and you are within 200 miles, then this is not a must-do, it is a religious experience. The brisket... resistance is futile. Even if you don't usually like brisket, order the brisket. You won't leave unsatisfied.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 27, 2023

Waited in line 20 minutes to place order and then 35 to get order. Unbelievable! And the elderly lady at the counter was very rude and allowed several in line behind me to get their food first, she obviously knew them and didn’t want to...keep them waiting. Definitely not worth the wait and I’ll never go back…treated very rudely!!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 1, 2023 via mobile

We visited this restaurant, on recommendation of the Netflix special “High on the Hog”. Nice Atmosphere. The food was excellent. We ordered the 3 meat combo, Chicken, Baby back ribs and pulled pork. All 3 were very tender, well seasoned and great smoke flavor. We...had the greens, bake beans and potato salad. This was more than enough for my husband and I to share. Multiple beers on tap. If you want dessert, get the lemon pound cake. Very delicious. If you come to Houston Texas, it is a must.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 8, 2023

I go there for lunch 4 times a week. Great BBQ and wonderful staff! The brisket, baby back ribs, and sandwiches are to die for!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed August 4, 2022

While visiting from South Carolina we stopped in for lunch. I had the beef brisket and ribs both which were very good. The restaurant serves food at a counter so service was not an issue. The place was clean.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022 via mobile

Went while visiting friends in Houston. My kids are picky eaters and they loved this place. Everything was amazing. The ribs were smoked to perfection and falling off the bone, the Mac and Cheese and Fried Okra were amazing. The brisket was so tender and...juicy. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the options. The icing on the cake is when my wife and confirmed this was the same place we saw on the Netflix show “High on the Hog” we just smiled from ear to ear while we enjoyed this delicious food. The portions are like everything in Texas, big! We fed our family of 6 for lunch and had enough left over for dinner.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed October 27, 2021

Great BBQ lunch for our group. The Brisket and Pulled Pork sandwiches were awesome. Their BBQ sauce was good and the sides were very tasty. There was plenty of parking and seats inside. The wait and server staff were friendly and efficient, Great lunch experience...-- we will be back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021

Do not visit this place!!! They have the worst customer service ON EARTH!!! You will have to wait for over an hour, they only have one cash register open (no matter how long the line is), and she is not competent at all. The matriarch...of family run business is EXTREMELY RUDE!!! They will "mess," your order up, and they could care less about how long you have waited, how long the lines are, and don't care how long you have to wait in the Heat!!! They will be out of business soon, they have no manners, all of the employees are very slow and lethargic!!!!! Spend your money else where, and if you do visit this place, please beware of the old lady who works the front, and please check your plate before you leave!!!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed April 29, 2021

I've recently visited Houston and stopped @ Gatlin's for the first time on my way to the airport. I was lucky enough to have the owner close by while I mentioned that I was out of town and was trying to figure out what to...order, which trigger this sweet lady to come over and help. I left the ordering to her and she suggested the brisket, the ribs, macaroni and cheese, and potato salad as sides. As we were eating she came by multiple times to make sure everything was ok. It was a fantastic experience beginning with the food and ending with the great folks and service, and will highly recommend it to anyone who will listen, and make it a go-to place anytime I'm in town.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed May 28, 2020 via mobile

Another amazing trip to Gatlin’s! Naomi is always a nice smiling face to see. She is so sweet and helpful. Thank you to all the staff for the constant warm greeting each time we come. The brisket and pulled pork are our go-to’s each time....Great smoke, acidic and pepper flavors!! I was thrilled to see they were offering the yams and greens again, instead of just the weekends when we were here last in Feb. Thank you all for all you do and being open to satisfy our BBQ cravings. See you again real soon!More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed March 24, 2020

Gatlin Barbeque on Ella is a fantastic place to dine in at the food is#1 if you go one time you will continue going

Date of visit: March 2020
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No, sorry,but its actually quite far from Downtown. It is on what we call the near N.W. side, close to 290. It is off the 610 North Loop and Ella Blvd.
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Gatlin's BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5