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Stubb's BBQ

Restaurants, Barbecue Red River District
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Stubb's BBQ
Photograph: Courtesy Austin CVB/Denise Chambers

There are myriad reasons why Stubb’s is the go-to best venue in town. The 1,800-capacity spot is nestled in the heart of the Red River District, which makes pre- and after-partying a cinch; the outdoor amphitheater features impeccable sound and light displays, plus clear sightlines from almost anywhere on the natural, gradual incline leading up from the stage; and—huge bonus—you can always enjoy barbecue treats like a chopped beef sandwich or jalapeño brisket taco while soaking up world-class concerts. Barbecue + live music FTW.

By: David Brendan Hall


Venue name: Stubb's BBQ
Address: 801 Red River St

Cross street: between E 8th and 9th Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 11am-11pm (restaurant)
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Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Good BBQ, great vibe. The staff is so accommodating and friendly. I'd definitely go back, and next time plan to catch live music in their basement venue. 

Staff Writer

I've had my fair share of barbecue and this was quite good, but not great. Stubb's is an unpretentious joint with great brisket and flowing cocktails. The staff was also really great and accommodating to our large group. I'd like to come back on a night with live music to see what the vibe is like then!


I wasn't blown away by the food at Stubb's and after talking to a local Austinite, that shouldn't come as a surprise. I knew that BBQ in Austin is meant to be a legendary experience and Stubb's just didn't tick the box for me. In any other town it's probably good-to-very-good BBQ food but there are simply better options. Franklin BBQ seems to be alone at the top, but personally it was all about Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ on Congress. To the member of Austin's Finest that directed us there, thank you sir!

Staff Writer

Great little restaurant with cold beer and tender BBQ meats - authentic without any attitude. Loved it. Very friendly and easy going, and slap bang in the middle of the city too. 

This place always pops up on Best of Austin BBQ lists and I can see why - the food was really good (in my mind not the 'best' I had whilst I was in town, but definitely up there). But I think what locals and tourists all like about this place is it's authentic, friendly, buzzing Austin vibes and the live music scene there. The place was full but we were still seated quickly and our waiter was fantastic, keeping the rounds of drinks coming, along with the food. Also, Jake Gyllenaal was sat downstairs whilst we were there so that was just a bonus! 

Was really looking forward to visiting this Austin institution; went with a larger group, and on walking in we were really impressed, it was busy, had a great vibe and the food smelt amazing!We had an amazing evening, the service was on point and typically friendly but the food wasn’t ‘amazing’ it was completely fine and enjoyable, and maybe my expectations were too high but, dare I say it, I’ve had better BBQ in New York!Overall though, was a great night so can’t go too bad on it, definitely worth checking out!



Loved the brisket here—full of flavor and fall-apart-on-your-fork tender. Bonus: We didn't have to wait, and it was the peak of festival season.