Iron Works BBQ

BBQ Joint · Downtown Austin
100 Red River St (Cesar Chavez St), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 465 votes

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    Rita B.
    "You can choose de sampler with brisket, rib, sausage."(38 Tips)
    Deborah A.
    "The beef ribs are to die for."(13 Tips)
    "The pork ribs here are top notch."(8 Tips)
    Mary Kate S.
    "Amazing potato salad and definitely don't skip the peach cobbler!"(3 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • brisket
  • ribs
  • authentic
  • good for a quick meal
  • sandwiches
  • potato salad
  • good for groups
  • sausage
  • outdoor seating
  • cole slaw
  • peach cobbler
  • all you can eat
  • family-friendly
  • casual
  • lively
  • pecan pie
  • great value
  • cozy
  • taco trucks
  • Mark M.

    One of the best BBQ places in Austin. And a perfect low-key, no-frills environment.

    Mark Miller · 2 weeks ago
  • Ming-Samurai L.

    Sausage links

    Ming-Samurai Lai · September 28
  • @nathantwright

    The pork ribs here are top notch. Lines start forming out the door at 11:30am (especially during SXSW) but they move quickly. Iron Works is deceptively larger than it looks from the outside, trust me.

    @nathantwright · September 26
  • Marta T.

    Fantastic BBQ

  • Rita B.

    Brisket. You can choose de sampler with brisket, rib, sausage.

    Rita Baltazar · July 25
  • samichlaus

    Authentic Texan BBQ place. Try the pork chops and brisket.

    samichlaus · May 24
  • Jason T.

    Legit BBQ joint on the river. Authentic venue. Good food.

    Jason Thigpen · April 13
  • Marcelo S.

    Awesome! The original Texas BBQ.

    Marcelo Salgado · April 11
  • Amanda Rose

    Brisket and sausage were phenomenal! Creamed corn was great, too. Could've skipped the beef ribs, though.

    Amanda Rose · April 3
  • Mike S.

    Get the sampler platter. You will not regret it.

    Mike Smith · March 13
  • Casey L.

    Get the sampler platter if it's your first time here - it looks huge but you'll eat it all and be happy you did.

    Casey Lau · March 12
  • Melania S.

    Very authentic BBQ place! The atmosphere is great and very friendly. Try the brisket!

    Melania Spagnoli · March 8
  • Tim J.

    Hang out with friends at the long tables and get some brisket

    Tim Julien · February 17
  • Abner A.

    This is the best sauce in all of the ATX BBQ scene. Takes the meat to a whole different level! Check this place out. Delicious.

    Abner Aceves · February 15
  • Dave F.

    Great ribs, less convinced by the brisket

    Dave Fitch · January 31
  • Jacob C.

    Pretty shitty bbq to be honest. Was dry and cold. Go to LA Barbecue just near by and get the brisket. (Go before 1pm otherwise will be sold out)

    Jacob Cass · December 28, 2014
  • Adam G.

    Great BBQ that is way overpriced. The food was excellent and authentic, but a two meat plate with sides was $18 for lunch.

    Adam Gambrel · December 7, 2014
  • Marina

    I don't eat meat but all the sides were really good.

    Marina · November 29, 2014
  • Blair B.

    Nothing fancy about this place..paper plates, very simple menu...but none of that will matter when u take one bite of the most tender beef brisket you've ever had. Use spicy BBQ or ur making a mistake

    Blair Benefield · November 25, 2014
  • Dustin P.

    Had the Beef-Brisket plate with Mac-N-Cheese and Green Beans. The brisket was so tender, and the spicy BBQ sauce made it complete.

    Dustin Polly · November 25, 2014
  • Carol B.

    Barbeque beef ribs! None better to be found!

    Carol Braley · November 21, 2014
  • Tatiana F.

    Authentic Austin restaurant with amazing brisket. Great atmosphere! A balcony with a view to a channel with turtles and fish. Love it!!!

    Tatiana Fedorova · October 27, 2014
  • Luke H.

    Best BBQ I have ever eaten in my life. The sampler after is bomb, and the atmosphere is great. Can't wait to come back!

    Luke Hvass · October 14, 2014
  • Tom R.

    I don't know what the hype is about. Definitely not epic BBQ. The brisket is best bet but not memorable. I would totally skip the ribs and the sides are not worth the effort.

    Tom Riecke · October 1, 2014
  • Thea M.

    The sampler was great and enough for 2 servings

    Thea Marquetta · August 25, 2014
  • Len S.

    Great sauce here. Try the Brisket and the sweet corn. Grab some pecan pie as well, really good.

    Len Schmidt · August 6, 2014
  • Ryan

    Ribs. I had ribs for lunch.

    Ryan · July 15, 2014
  • Shane A.

    I don't get the hype. The beef ribs are full of gristle and fat. The green beans tasted like they came out of a green giant can. There r far better BBQ places in Austin.

    Shane Antony · July 6, 2014
  • Michael M.

    Too many good BBQ places in Austin to pick favorites, for some reason this one made me feel most at home. Delicious BBQ sauce.

    Michael Muse · May 16, 2014
  • Terrell K.

    Get the table outside where you can watch Waller Creek.

    Terrell Kinney · May 12, 2014
  • Danyel S.

    so. excellent. the brisket. the pork ribs. the chicken. the pinto beans. the sweet creamed corn. the baked yam when they have it. plate > sandwich. ALL OF THE SAUCES!

    Danyel Smith · March 17, 2014
  • Jon K.

    Get a BBQ sandwich here, won't regret it! Throw coleslaw on top!

    Jon Kent · March 15, 2014
  • Andy M.

    Ribs. That is my tip.

    Andy M · March 10, 2014
  • Shane H.

    Get the Beef Brisket. Enough said.

    Shane Hepler · March 10, 2014
  • Chet M.

    Awesome meats! Can't go wrong there. Sides not that great though.

    Chet Mancini · March 8, 2014
  • Denis R.

    The Sampler is a must! Love the place. Got the t-shirt. #sxswqc

    Denis Roy · March 8, 2014
  • Jae S.

    Get the beef ribs

    Jae Salinas 🍜 · March 7, 2014
  • Sebastian A.

    Try the beef brisket with cole slaw and sweet corn salad. It's wonderful!

    Sebastian Albers · March 7, 2014
  • Will K.

    This place isn't very good. Everything was dry. Sausage was the best of the sampler.

    Will Kivinski · January 11, 2014
  • Rudy P.

    If you're in the mood for bland bbq, help yourself. THis place does NOT represent Austin's BBQ.

    Rudy Peev · December 20, 2013
  • Karina G.

    Delicious brisket and pork ribs, but don't seat on the deck area, it's infested with termites on the wood floor!! I was wearing sandals and a lot termites climbed on my feet.

    Karina Gotuzzo · September 27, 2013
  • Josh P.

    Don't sit out back! Ants! Damn good smoked sausage!

    Josh Parker · September 18, 2013
  • Michael R.

    Don't go! Better BBQ elsewhere.

    Michael Reding · September 12, 2013
  • Tonya S.

    Enjoyed feeding the turtles after dinner.

    Tonya Simpson-Feamster · August 17, 2013
  • Social N.

    Get the beef ribs for sure. They're simply amazing. Also the spicy BBQ sauce is a must.

    Social News Network · August 14, 2013
  • Gennifer B.

    Food is amazing! Don't expect a smile or decent customer service from the cashier; she apparently hates her life and anything that comes in contact with it.

    Gennifer Borgstedt · August 7, 2013
  • Greg A.

    Try the brisket

    Greg Areng · July 12, 2013
  • Chris E.

    Texas us about smoke. This is superior to all others

    Chris Eager · June 1, 2013
  • I Realty C.

    It's so good they regularly run out of meat

    I Realty Connect · May 19, 2013
  • Paul R.

    Great pork ribs! And when in Texas, try a Lone Star beer. Not bad. :-)

    Paul Rey · April 20, 2013

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