The Absolute BEST BBQ in the western hemisphere! Get there early because the line will be out of the door; however it is DEFINITELY worth the wait! If you have been in search for REAL Texas Barbeque, look no further, you just found it! Gatlin's BBQ closes everyday at 3p and re-opens at 5p (closed all day on Sunday).
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I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy! I was really looking forward to trying them after hearing good things about their food truck, but this restaurant was a complete let down. I ordered my food plus my sides, but I was called twice to change my order because they were out of food. I asked for more sweet tea and I was told "I cannot leave the counter to go to the back and make sweet tea because that would be too much work and I don't have time right now" I'm not sure why they let customers place orders they cannot fulfill. This place was very upsetting and I do not plan on going back.
Family owned and it really is the best BBQ in town. If you are like me and you dislike watery, vinegary bland sauce - GATLINS is exactly what you NEEED!!! BBQ is always about quality MEAT ( they source their meat from Ruffino meats in Bryan Tx - see my photo,) but any good any good southern knows that the sauce is where the secret is. This sauce is SAVORY, RICH, SMOKEY and FULL BODIED!!! I have given up on gabbys, demeris, and papas. Gatlins is the way to go - you'll know from the first bite. :-)
Love the food...brisket is awesome, turkey and chicken great! The sides also very good. Love the location. But why does it take 15 mins to slice bbq? A little quicker and I would go even more often.
Amazing BBQ, the best I've tried in Houston, even better than the one I make at home ;) problem is that they are always sold out on Brisket. Maybe because it's still new they are having a hard time adjusting the amount of food available to the number of customers they expect. Overall highly recommend for a BBQ lover.
Had same dreadful experience as several other reviewers. Went for brisket. They were out. Ordered a plate of baby back ribs. Waited 50 minutes after ordering. Finally, after going to the counter to ask what's up with my food, was told that they had no more baby back ribs, but they could make me a plate of spare ribs. So, I asked for my money back, now starving and sort of pissed off, and stating the reason is terrible poor service. A guy starts shouting at me as if I have made some unreasonable comment and request. Another guy gave me my money back, apologized, and gave me box of sausages in a styrofoam box.The sausages and sauce were pretty good.
Basically, after almost an hour in the restaurant, cannot evaluate the BBQ that I came for or ordered.
The food is good, the restaurant is nice and clean, those are the good parts.
The overall experience on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired. If you have all day and don't mind your food not being what you ordered, this is your place. You will wait a LONG time to order, not the end of the world. But then you will WAIT AN EVEN LONGER TIME for your food. My wife an I spent over TWO HOURS waiting for one plate of barbecue. half of the items we ordered were no longer available when our order was finally ready.
The worst part to me was that the Manager treated the customers as we were the problem and not the service level. The expectation is that you will do as you are told and you will be thankful if they ever give you your food.
Greg Gatlin has been killing it ever since he stepped off the Rice field and went pro in BBQ instead of football. The new location is much bigger than the small house where they used to be located so there is no more waiting in line outside during the middle of the day - but quality has not suffered. The brisket can be a little dry if you catch them at the end of the day but it's generally hard to go wrong here. This BBQ competes with the best "gourmet" BBQ joints that are popping up around Houston but at a fraction of the price and with a warm smile from Greg's mom at the cash register. Always my first stop when I'm in town.
The food and service were amazing. It was our first time there, and the staff was very helpful in providing recommendations on what to eat. The prices were reasonable for both the quantity and quality of the food we received. While we did have to wait a little bit to receive the food, it was well worth the wait.
We will definitely be going back the next time we are near that side of Houston.
EXCELLENT family owned BBQ joint. One of the best spots I've ever had. Going to get some later to take back to Atlanta tomorrow.
Amazing real deal barbecue. Love is most certainly a main ingredient in each dish. This family owned and operated business not only knows traditional barbecue, they know people. I recommend getting to the place early because like a true barbecue place, when they are out of a dish it's off the board. Try everything, seriously it's all amazing.
I must admit I might be a little bias, because I had high expectations for TX bbq and finding a good place is akways hit or miss. This is some of the best bbq I have had in Houston. I like pulled pork and baked beans (not ranch beans), I have a hard time finding pulled pork at some bbq places. The ribs/chicken are so delicious. The peach cobbler is good. I am always satisfied, and the new location is beautiful. Good portions for the price. The owner and staff are always nice and wonderful.
Over 40 mins to get my food after paying. This is not Franklins they don't run out so why the long wait? Arrived and there was only about 10 people in the place for a Friday afternoon. Ordered my food including chicken strips and corn dogs for the kids receipt showed 2:42pm. After about 20 mins I went to check on the food, I was told I see them cutting it up now it would be a few more minutes. I let 10 more minutes goes and my pager goes off. Finally.. Nope, they buzzed me to tell me they were our of corn dogs and if chicken strip were fine. I said yes just give me the extra strips. She then say's "let me reset your pager and we will buzz you when ready." I told them I would wait for it at the counter and this really upset them. After about 5 mins at the counter I got my BBQ minus the kids meal. The promised to bring it to our table, and I reminder her that I was still missing my potato salad. She said no worries i will bring it to you. After about 5 mins we finally got the kids meals, chicken strip and corndogs. Yes they found the corndogs. They also brought me coleslaw and I told her it was potato salad, she said don't worry keep the slaw and I will bring your potato salad. I looked at by watch and it was 3:24pm. Don't go if you are in a rush. They really don't care. The Brisket was dry, and the Turkey was too salty. Way better BBQ in Houston. Plus I never got the Potato Salad. What a shame was really looking forward to this place. Never again.
Loved getting the brisket and sliced pork. Okra was among the best I've ever had (fresh and crispy). The main drawbacks were the limited selection of BBQ sauce (only one sub-par flavor) and the price.
Ok I visit barbecue joints all over the country. This place is in the top 5. The brisket was great with a next smoked flavor. The venison sausage and chicken also were good. They required sauce but it was pretty tasty as well. The ribs as well were on point. These sides are there as well. The staff were friendly and helpful in their recommendations. They offer catering as well, something I would consider if planning a event.
The atmosphere in this restaurant is exactly what I love from new restaurants popping up around Houston are. It holds on to the looks and asteroid of other BBQ joints but at the same time it has a very modern look. The food was delicious but sadly I didn't get to try the ribs, Mac n cheese, or potato salad, because they ran out.so maybe font go too late at night if you want the full menu. But besides that the brisket was alright, not the best, and the sausage was the stand out of the menu.
Hands down the best and friendliest service in Houston . The staff always jokes and talks to me and my girlfriend and treats us like friends
I've tried just about every meat on their menu. The char on the brisket is amazing. The meat is a little on the lean side even though I prefer mine on the moister fattier side. It's still delicious. The ribs were probably the best bbq ribs I've ever had. They practically flake off the bone. Their bbq sauce is fantastic. A little spicy and sweet just like it should be.
I've always thought Rudy's bbq was some of the best in Texas but gatlins has certainly taken the crown.
If you want good Texas bbq this is THE place to go.
Some of the best barbecue I have ever had and I have been to some of the best barbecue places all over Texas. The only thing that was "average" was the pork ribs. The brisket, venison sausage, mac-n-cheese, and okra were some of the best I've ever had! Even the tea was really good. This is officially one of my favorite barbecue spots.
In terms of bbq, I'd say it's easily top 5 in Houston right in between Killen's and Brisket House. The brisket was moist with nice char, ribs fell off the bone, the sauce was tangy without being too sour, and the sides were worthy of getting by themselves. I also tried the wings and when you combine the ranch and their bbq sauce it makes a great taste worth trying just by itself.
The only downside I'd say is the wait, I did go on Saturday but it was still longer than I thought it'd be for after lunch/before dinner.
My boss had our company Christmas party here. The Baby Back Ribs were awesome! I also liked the Mac & cheese. The manger and staff were awesome and took care of us. I would recommend this place to friends.
I have been wanting to go here since they opened and finally made it today. Best ribs I have ever had. I ordered the mixed veggies even though I really wanted the mac n cheese. They were so good I didn't miss the mac n cheese. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant is super clean. Will be going every chance I get.
The ribs were so good, not dried out, and so tender, they fall off the bone. Sauce is very good. I go on a regular basis. All staff is friendly and always check to make sure customers are happy with food and service. I got my food to go, and was treated as if I was eating in house. So good, I recommend to my friends and associates
The brisket is unlike any brisket I have ever had. This place is seriously bbq heaven, and they have achieved brisket perfection. Their pork ribs are excellent as well, but that brisket. My goodness, my mouth is watering just thinking about it again. If you don't go here while you are in Houston, you have done yourself a disservice.
Complete tools. Spend $15 bucks on lunch to go, asked for a to go cup and they charge for those...... never again. There are other local BBQ establishments in the are that have been part of the community for decades. Go spend your money there.
Incredible food and fantastic service. We had just arrived in Texas as overseas visitors and all staff were so friendly and welcoming, helpful and offering meal and drinks suggestions. We ate the most tender melt in the mouth smoked brisket, delicious baby back ribs and mac and cheese, coleslaw and smoked corn. All of it, brilliant. We would eat here again and again if we could. Love love loved it.
This is some seriously good BBQ, but considering the location giving it 5 stars is a no brainer. I had very good brisket, both the lean and fatty cuts were full of flavor and came in respectable portions. While not my favorite Texas brisket it was very good. But the sides were top notch. Good service and a good value too, no wonder it's so busy!!!
This place is wonderful. The staff are super friendly and knowledgable. The portions are huge and the price is right. The first time I went there, I got a baked potato not realizing how huge it is. I got three meals out of it. My husband and I shared the 3 meat combo platter of brisket, ribs, and sausage. So far, I haven't had a bad thing there. Their fried okra is also amazing!
I would eat here everyday! Best BBQ in Houston, no question! I feel bad for people every time I pass another BBQ restaurant. They can't know about Gatlin's.That smoked corn would make you think about becoming a vegan. That is until you taste the meat. OMG! Jesus take the wheel. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend this location.
Great BBQ. Had the St Louis ribs and some brisket. Very good smoky flavor. BBQ was awesome. Staff very friendly. Large full plates of meat.
I couldn't tell you about the service. I had UberEATS deliver for me. But I can tell you the pulled pork baked potato was awesome. I also had brisket, sausage, dirty rice, and green beans. Can't say it's the best I have ever had, but Great food and full of flavor!
I go to Gatlins twice a month or more (to-go for my dad which will last him a few days) and the service is always great but when I went this time the cashier woman seemed annoyed immediately and her mood did not improve over the course of my transaction. Secondly I got the least amount of the jalapeno, pickles and onions ever also when I asked for six slices of bread as I usually do-three sandwiches-the woman at the counter said "SIX for this", I told four or whatever she could give me. I will not be purchasing from here unless I go in and see the people that give good service.
Have never been to the new place at Ella Blvd. The pics I posted were the ones in the previous place. Obviously, Gatlin's is one the best in TX and, I think, is the best in Houston. Well, I totally agree with their new motto: The Best BBQ in Town. If you have enough patience to get in line, please go this place. If not, please at least do it once a year. Brisket, ribs, and sausages were perfect. Owners (Greg and his parents) were very friendly and you would feel like having a home-made BBQ. I would highly recommend the beans as one of your sides.
Food was phenomenal. By far the best BBQ/Service my family and I have ever had. The entire staff was incredibly polite and warm and the food was the best you'll have. I love Killens BBQ, (I stay 10 minutes from their spot in Pearland)., but This was a notch above that. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this great food and ambiance at Gatlins! We'll definitely make this a regular stop!
My favorite BBQ place in Houston. At least for the meats. The sides are decent, but nothing too spectacular, but you cannot go wrong with the mains. Everything I've tried is delicious. I would heavily recommend the ribs and deer sausage.
Be warned that if you go on a weekend, you might be waiting for a bit: good BBQ isn't fast. However, since they moved to their new location on Ella Blvd, waiting is a lot more comfortable.
Great BBQ!!! wait wasn't long to order, an food taste amazing! Highly recommend this place... I got the BIG 3 an the meat was tender, juicy, an had a great crust on the ribs and brisket, and that good snap on the links.
Talk about good BBQ! The food was amazing, and the service was even better! They say "Gatlin's, where Love is the secret ingredient." I couldn't agree more. They know how to take care of their patrons, and we felt like family 😊😌
Unbelievably good!! Love the people, and the BBQ is out of this world! Go early if you like ribs as they sell out early every day of the week - they are fall-off-the-bone tender. You just can't go wrong here with anything you order.
Just left the place and I have to say the best bbq place In Houston hands down.The staff was wonder great atmosphere. I can't wait to visit this place again. I can not forget about the food got the big 3 with okra and mac and cheese and mac and cheese was to die you.Please try it out for your self.
The bbq was very flavorful & tender. Mom had chicken & spare ribs; I had the 3 meat platter with links (3 choices), ribs, & brisket. The corn on the cobb was really good. Restaurant was very spacious & clean. Employees were friendly & helpful. Overall great experience!
I've been here many times but yesterday was my last. If you like waiting an eternity for food, this place is for you. They take your money and let you sit, and and sit and sit some more. I wasn't the only one waiting, there were people that arrived long before I did and they hadn't gotten their food either. I don't have hours for lunch and I'm sure most folks don't either. If there is a problem giving timely service, be considerate and tell your customers BEFORE they order. Don't take peoples money and hold them hostage. That's wrong. This isn't my first time eating here and waiting but it's my last time. I finally gave up on my food yesterday and left, without getting a refund and had a burger across the street.
So I should start off by saying I've never been a "big" fan of BBQ because what I've noticed is that places will buy CHEAP meat and slather it in sauce and call it "BBQ". That being said this is my first time have BBQ in Houston TX and I will admit that I now have BBQ grease and all over my car because I tried to sample it on the way home and could NOT stop eating. :-( It was really REALLY a good. The only down side to this place was the fact that everyone thinks it's good so parking wasn't as friendly as I'd have liked. That really is a minor thing obviously because I was getting it to go and NONE of it made it home anyway. I plan on buying a couple slabs of the baby back ribs to take home for my memaws birthday this weekend. You know it's good when you take it home to the family!!!
you can see in my picture the brisket go from moist to dry. the baby ribs were dry, the spare ribs was only slightly better. im a minimalist at heart, and appreciate when i can taste the natural flavors of the meats, and not just the seasonings, here - i tasted nearly no seasonings, no balance and dry. sausage was average. sides were good.
If I could of given a half a star I would have. The Ribs were dry and so was the Brisket. We also had potato salad and even that was dry! Not sure how you can do that but they did it. The manager did come by and try to get us some better ribs but even those were dry. We got there only 30 min after they had opened and sothere is no reason the food should of been dry. The few months when they opened they were really good but they have gone down hill since then. The staff and the atmosphere I will say are very nice!
The food is absolutely amazing! It does not matter what you get, it's going to be good. I've tried most of their sides and love them all. I typically get the Big 3 Platter that includes brisket, pork ribs, and traditional sausage and I always have some left to take home. The line can be long sometimes, but it's well worth the wait and the cost. I definitely recommend trying it and you'll be hooked. 😊
My first time going and I’ll definitely be back. I ordered wings and coleslaw but soon wanted to add things to my order once I looked around at the other tables. Everyone’s plate looked sooo amazing. Their Mac and cheese looked delicious. My wings were great and my coleslaw was perfect. Great, bright, vibrant atmosphere. Tons of seating. And awesome, friendly customer service. I’ll be back soon!
This place serves some really good barbecue. We had some brisket and pulled pork plates all of which were excellent. The staff were friendly and very helpful. We will be going back.
My friend is visiting from Florida and this place was recommended by multiple sources. We sampled all of the menu items. Greens were good all other sides lacked that homemade feel. Commercial bbq left much to be desired. Good smoke on the ribs, nice ring, but no identity. Everything else about this place is great! Atmosphere, friendly staff, clean. Unfortunately in the quest for authentic Texas bbq, the mark has been missed.
Food is alright but terrible service. Not busy but so disorganized it took over 20 minutes just to get a few ribs. Came here based off the Google rating and location but I have no idea why it doesn't have a lower score
I've been here many times but today was my last. If you like waiting an eternity for food, this place is for you. They take your money and let you sit, and sit and sit some more. I wasn't the only one waiting, there were people that arrived long before I did and they hadn't gotten their food either. I don't have hours for lunch and I'm sure most folks don't either. If there is a problem giving timely service, be considerate and tell your customers before they order. Don't take people’s money and hold them hostage. That's wrong. This isn't my first time eating here and waiting but it's my last time. I finally gave up on my food and left after getting my refund getting a refund and had a burger across the street. When I complained they tried to tell how the to go orders come first but all I saw was employee’s standing around BS in the kitchen.
Excellent BBQ! I had the brisket - lean, moist, & burnt tips - along with fried okra & mac-n-cheese and it was great. I’m a huge fan of spicy & their jalapeños were outstanding! The moist brisket was so rich with marbling that it was melt-in-your-mouth goodness and the burnt ends were just the perfect combo of juiciness & crunchiness with rich smoky flavor permeating every bite! The made-from-scratch pecan brownies were amazing as well!!!
It is good BBQ, and everyone says it is great, I believe it is good, but overrated. I have had better, at a less expensive price. This is expensive. Don't get me wrong, it is good, but I take into affect, it was hard to eat, the line was right behind me, and everyone is looking over my shoulder at the food. It took 25 minutes in line, another 35, for the food to come out, after all this and the price, I'll give them a low 3 star.
Went for my first time this week and I had a turkey sandwich and it was DELICIOUS!!! it's a nice atmosphere only reason why I'm not giving it more stars is because the lady at the register with long black braided hair wasn't very pleasant/welcoming. If I decide to go back, I hope to get better service so that I won't regret giving it at least 3 stars.
Epic, slow-smoked BBQ. The ribs and spicy sausage are tops. Nice, thick smoke ring on the ribs and brisket. The smoked mac and cheese and creamed corn sides are divine. The three meat plate is a gut-buster but well worth it.
The brisket was ok. It was tender and moist but lacked flavor. I arrived there when it first open and the brisket did not taste fresh. You have to come here still to try the Kitchen Sink sandwich. The brisket on it was actually better than the 1/4lb brisket I ordered by itself. It’s a hefty sandwich so come hungry.
Out-of-this-world BBQ. Arguably one of the best BBQ “joints” in Houston, Gatlin’s offers a menu that is unparalleled. I had the pulled pork and ribs, and the food was incredible. There’s a different taste from every bite, since the slow cook method extracts flavors from all sides of the cut. Gatlin’s serves dry BBQ, meaning that instead of pouring sauce over the cuts the flavors are cooked in. They offer BBQ sauce as a side if you prefer. Restaurant is big, modern, and fairly new. Be prepared, you can wait up to 30 minutes for your meal to arrive. Despite the wait, it’s 100% worth the trip out here.
I was looking for BBQ and Google lead me here! I am very pleasantly surprised. The missing star is due to the customer service. They really need more warm and friendly cashiers. That southern hospitality is missing. The food was really good, the ribs being the best. No sauce needed. I wouldn't get the pull pork again, tasted gamey. The dirty rice is nothing to write home about and the mac had cheese but not much flavor. It was worth the price, not sure about the wait. The meats weren't hot, so I was confused about why it took so long. I would definitely recommend and return. They could charge more, if they had better service. I read the reviews only after I started eating so they didn't influence my review but confirmed how I felt while I was there.
Got in late and they sold out of pork ribs. The brisket was delicious and well rendered if a little dry, which I chalk up to the late hour. The cashier, super friendly and helpful, suggested the traditional sausage and it was very good. Sauce is ketchup based with good flavor. The atmosphere is relaxed, good mix of people, and comfortable.
Always delicious! Our favorites are the ribs, spicy sausage, and lean brisket. The creamed corn is impossible to stop eating. Actually everything is good here, I haven't tried anything that I wouldn't recommend or order again. Staff very friendly.
I finally got to try Gatlin's BBQ not long ago. It was a very worthwhile trip. It felt a bit more commercial than I had expected. But it was still a good experience. Great brisket. Great ribs. Great sides. I would recommend it to anyone looking for excellent BBQ close to downtown Houston.
Great food. Really crowded and busy but the food makes up for that. Definitely a great place for classic bbq. Lot's of great plates and sides to choose from. The employees are friendly. Excellent.
Be sure to get here early as the line does build up. I particularly enjoyed the ribs. Their very tender and flavorful. The brisket was merely acceptable though to be fair even the best BBQ can have an off day with brisket. I'd definitely get the brisket again on another trip. If nothing else, I'd be able to enjoy the delicious ribs again. The other meats were also okay.
It was incredible. Some of the best BBQ I have ever had. Nice Location. Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Truly made you feel like family. I guess we got lucky, because we came for dinner and there was no line, and Service was very quick.
Very nice place, great service and the food is really good. The price is reasonable. We got the baked potato with pulled pork, brisket and ribs. The sides are really good too. We got the baked beans and mac & cheese, both were delicious. Really recommend this place and we'll be back soon.
The barbecue here is great . I'm a big fan of the Texas 2 step the brisket and sausage. I got the dirty rice in the green beans in they were really really good. Sauce is good although I feel you do not need the sauce. It's good that it comes on the side warm. Although I'm used to more traditional barbecue places it does feel kind of weird to meeting on plates with forks and spoons and not a piece of wax paper with all your meats. I guess you gotta Grow up sometime in be sophisticated though.
Great BBQ, not the mainstream mediocre quality BBQ
I have been in Houston many years. The last 10-15 years have seen a scarcity of quality barbecue. Perhaps the chain restaurants have moved in or another reason caused that. One thing I believe is that barbecue is not necessarily scalable. It takes much tender care to produce a quality product. So far I have had ribs, turkey, brisket and pulled pork here and they are all great. The ribs have a little char on them, so that was my least favorite, but they are very good. I recommend the fried okra as a side. It reminds me of the stuff my grandmother made and is easily the best in the city. Portions are very generous for the price as well. I say try out this place and see what you think. I can tell you with certainly that I will be back.
Gatlin's NEVER disappoints! We drive 25 miles (several times a month) one-way for their delicious food and warm hospitality. Ms. Mary knows and hugs everyone! It's like coming home after being away for a while. We haven't found another BBQ place that can top their customer service, the flavor of the spare ribs and their savory sides. The macaroni and greens are so good you'd want to slap yo mama...but don't😁
Place has a rustic yet modern look to it. The cream corn was really good my wife loved it. I got mixed Brisket. Didn't like the moist option, but the regular brisket was good yet tender. Service was great and professional. I wish they had better selection of desert they didn't have peach cobbler. Overall 4 stars. I will be coming back.
This place is AMAZING.. Food is impeccable and the customer service is great as well. I usually call in my order and it is always ready within the time frame they give me. You can literally order anything on this menu and it will be delicious. My personal favorites are the chopped beef baked potato and Turkey sandwich. Keep up the great work Gaitlin's
My daughter teaches nearby. We use that as an excuse to go to Gatlins. I could make a meal from the sides (the fried okra is killer). The meat is always fork or finger tender and smoked perfectly. The cake is what I want for my birthday, no matter what kind of cake it is or, for that matter, when my birthday is. The people who work there are efficient and friendly. All good, all the time.
Amazing food, their brisket is my favorite!!!!
My only complain is that it gets pretty packed during the weekday lunch rush hour and it is hard to find a parking space. It took me 35 minutes to get a To-Go order. Call in and order ahead, maybe? The delicious food made it worth the wait though! :)
Seen this place on the travel channel and thought since its close to home, I would give it a try. I was NOT disappointed... This place was great! Customer service was excellent! I got the 3 meat combo with spare ribs, sausage, brisket, dirty rice and mac n cheese. The ribs were meaty and pull off the bone with your fingers good. The brisket had a deep smoke ring and was moist and tender. The sides were excellent too. If you love great BBQ... You must try this place! I will be back again!
The meats are very tasty but I'm not a fan of the sides. The BBQ sauce 4/5 stars.
I'd come here for a brisket sandwich or ribs. Not my favorite BBQ place but will definitely satisfy the craving.
My first visit was awesome!! The atmosphere was amazingly friendly. The facility was super cool looking inside. The take-out service was fast and neatly packaged. My second visit was just the same. I had the brisket nachos on the first visit and a rib plate on my second visit. I look forward to my third visit. Yummy!!!
Went here with a group of 5. Got a little bit of everything: Brisket, sausage, pork ribs, turkey, macaroni and cheese, cream corn, and dirty rice. Was impressed by each one. Short lines and reasonable prices.
I eat here almost any time I can. Yes the food is terrific and some of the best brisket I have had but the real attraction is the people. They are some of the nicest kindest most customer service oriented groups ever. Ownership is always concerned with the guests and they truly care.
We have tried a lot of different barbecue places in the Houston area, and I would have to say that Gatlin’s is one of my favorite places. The service was quick & friendly. We went around lunch time, so it was pretty packed. The inside isn’t real large but big enough that you can sit in and enjoy comfortably. In comparison to other places, the price is reasonable for the quantity that is received. My spouse, daughter, & I were extremely pleased and left full & satisfied. Well worth the visit!
Our family and us ate here and really enjoyed it! It has a great atmosphere and friendly staff! I really love the vibe of the place and the wonderful music! You can get your food to dine in or to go! The staff worked really fast to get our orders to us. The food was Delicious!!!!!! We now have a new spot to eat bbq! I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
Friendliest staff ever. They make everyone feel like family. Perfect turkey/pastrami sandwich. Venison sausage was stellar. Sides of beans and green beans were delicious.
CC accepted. Lots of parking. Great menu that is easy to read when you walk in.
Food,so good.I ordered a baked potato, sliced beef delicious. Lunch time,but customer service good.Really enjoyed just sitting in there and enjoying lunch. Good place to eat ,if you are alone.Will definitely go back.
Today was my first time eating at Gatlin's BBQ. They came highly recommended by friends and coworkers. I must admit the food is way above average, it's the best BBQ I've eaten in a while. The customer service is superb, the owner Mrs. Gatlin Is warm, friendly, and funny. She made us feel welcomed. The restaurant is very clean and the overall atmosphere is pleasant.
Fun atmosphere with delicious barbecue. The pulled pork sandwich is absolutely delicious. Get sides of cole slaw and macaroni and cheese. They have one of those soda machines to create your own flavors, which is fun. The hot barbecue is amazing! Great place with very friendly staff.
Wow this place is absolutely amazing!!! This is my first time here. Such a great staff. The pulled pork and ribs ... I am lost for words.. I highly recommend you try this place.
I will be bringing some home ...
Spicy sausage, spicy BBQ sauce and dirty rice are great. Chicken has good flavor but was a little dry, and pulled pork was a little too vinegary for my taste (but some might like that). Baked beans were fine but nothing special. Fried okra was too greasy for me.
This place is wonderful!!! Food is amazing and never tastes like it's been sitting all day. It gets so busy though. Expect to wait 10 to 15 minutes to get your food from the time you order. It would be wonderful if they opened a place that was drive thru only.
I came in today and ordered a baked potato with chopped beef as I always do. I felt like splurging today so I ordered extra butter and cheese. When I got home I opened my surprise to find my order was incorrect and had no extra butter. I called in to ask for a refund for the items that they did not put in and the guy began to tell me that he wont do anything for me and to suck it up. WOW really!! Where are your customer service skills? You charged me 30 cents for each piece of bread....when you should include a couple pieces at no charge. All i wanted was my money back for the condiments I did not receive and paid for. Instead you treated me like an non-valued customer, telling me you checked it when clearly you didn't. I would not trust the manager at this location with anyone food!! Food was ok....really wish you would have double checked my order before allowing me to leave. You failed!!!!
The BBQ is very good you standard BBQ for the Houston area. They use commercial cookers but they do sale alot of BBQ so I guess that is why. The staff was very friendly and helpful with all of the costumes.
The prices are standard for this area too.
The place is well kept inside and very clean from what I noticed.
Slow service-for a carry out order took over 20 minutes for a half pound of brisket 1/4 pound sausage. Brisket was good with nice bark and spicy sausage had a good flavor. Worth checking out.
Used to be good. Hard Pass now. This place used to be pretty good but now the consistency is way off and the food is usually way overcooked and dry when I get it. Not to mention the service is extremely slow and sometimes rude. Owner must have his or her eye off the ball.
A solid bbq spot with southern fare that does not disappoint. The service is great as well - the cashier was patient with my wife and I as we bombarded her with plenty of questions and substitutions. The portions here are large! So be careful and come hungry. A standout dish was the brisket sandwich.
Oh my goodness. This is the place. Beautiful decor doubled by clean dining area and kitchen. Every employee is polite, respectful and helpful. I ordered spare ribs with cucumber salad and fried okra. I was not disappointed. The ribs are beautiful, perfectly smoked and moist. The salad is delicious with red onions and grape tomatoes. The fried okra is excellent without excess oil. The BBQ sauce is second to none. Also ordered 6 Thai chili sauce wings. They can't be beat. This is now my go to BBQ restaurant. Got to try the remaining extensive menu items.
We're from Washington State and coming to Texas for the first time, we wanted to try some good, genuine, bbq. This place hit the spot and blew us away.
The location was awesome; airy, clean, bright. The menu was simple and easy to figure out. And the food was just so dang good.
Well done Gatlin's! May I recommend the fried okra and that dirty rice is dirty, like it should be! Delicious food. Great service. Super friendly staff. This was my first visit... I'll be back. Thank you for the great experience!
Staff was super helpful and welcoming. Food was amazing especially the wings and candied yams. Definitely a must stop place for BBQ if you're in the Houston area
A different kind of BBQ where they have plates and send your order to the kitchen rather than assemble the food in front of you. I don't think requests like mine for moist brisket gets transmitted as half my brisket was dry. The spicy sausage isn't very spicy but very tasty and the green beans are delicious. The dirty rice is also very good. Not a destination BBQ but good if in the neighborhood.
Very friendly staff, amazing BBQ, and best part was I didn't have a 30-60 minute wait line to order my food.
Everything that was ordered was delicious. My only problem was my stomach wasn't big enough to try some of the other options while I was visiting
Family owned, family ran, and now a family tradition. Solid barbecue with some great twists. Sandwiches are extremely popular and the menu options are a variety of great picks. Dirty rice is a must have.
I was there with a large group of friends. The line to order was long, but this was an indication that the food must be good. I ordered the brisket plate with two sides. I ordered my brisket moist, with a side of baked beans and mac and cheese. It was delicious. My friends seem to enjoy their orders as well as I didn't hear anyone complain or critique their food. The atmosphere is casual and the dining area was clean. I would definitely come back when visiting this side of town.
I heard good stuff about this BBQ place and hence trip to test it out on Saturday afternoon. Queued about 10 minutes to order and waited 30 minutes for the food to be ready. Ordered the 2 meat combo which comes together with 2 choice of sides. I picked brisket and spare ribs as meats, potato salad and coleslaw as my sides. There were 3 pieces of briskets and only one of those have a layer of fats. It is clear these 3 pieces come from different stack. Folks, if anyone here waited for 30 minutes for food, it better to at least warm. The briskets and ribs were all cold, hard and dry. What made the experience worse was my order (should be a typical order) fell behind by at least two customers which were behind my order. One was a mother with 3 kids, other was a couple driving a jaguar sports car. I was fuming and eating the dry hard BBQ. Maybe I was “special”. Well go if you want a chance to be treat that way, go and try but really you can go to other nearby places for better BBQ.
Usually love this place, went yesterday and it was a mess. Ribs were not ready, when asked what time, the guy at the register said, I am waiting for the pit master to let me know. Are you kidding me? I asked if he could find out and he said ok, as he took the order of 6 more customers coming in. I guess one of the regular customers came in and asked when they would be done and if he could find out, he finally left the register to find out and said it would be 5 o'clock. It was 4:45. He could have done the same for all customers. I wish I had left. We got back in line and waited for our order. The pit master probably should have said 5:30. The ribs were not tender at all. The soda machine was not working, every time you asked someone to fix it, you can tell they were frustrated. We paid for soda not water. Staff seemed a little overwhelmed yesterday. Will wait a long time before I return and will call to make sure they have more than just brisket, sausage, and pulled pork ready..
Brisket was very moist..
Sausage was spicy just right..
Cream corn and Mac were decent..
But everything was lukewarm..
I’ll try again..
Maybe on a week night
Love this place! All of the meat is phenomenal, especially the moist brisket and pulled pork. The mac and cheese is ridiculously rich & creamy, the fried okra perfectly crisp, and the sauce an exceptional balance of sweet and tangy with a slight kick and the right consistency. We take all of our Houston visitors to Gatlin’s because it is easiest the best BBQ in the city.
Just great all around!!!! I tasted it for the first time alone and was so thankful that I found this place. Will be bringing my grandmother here, I think she’ll appreciate a place like this as well. Nicely decorated and Very clean. I can tell the staff works great together as a team.
Had to come here after trying Triple J’s for the first time yesterday. This is what BBQ should taste like! Moist, nice smoke flavor and good give to the brisket. I had 2 meats plate. Brisket and venison sausage. Sides were cream corn and potato salad. All was mighty delicious! Their BBQ is very good. Has slight vinegar taste. The way I like it.
The Best I've had! Melt in your mouth! Great customer service! Definitely recommend!
The BBQ is always delicious. I ate a chopped beef sandwich. It was so big I split it in half and took the rest to go. The fried Okra and greens are also fresh and seasoned just right. The BBQ sauce isn’t too thin or thick. They have the only potato salad in the city of Houston that I like, which is a big deal. The location is big enough to accommodate large parties. My sister loved the tea and the loaded French fries. My son was happy with his burger. The only thing I didn’t get was dessert. But, my son loved his ice cream cone, which I found to be unique in a BBQ restaurant. I thought it was a nice touch and kid-friendly.
Some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had. The baby back ribs and the brisket was amazing. The pulled pork was also really delicious. The sides were also really great, highly recommend the potato salad and baked beans. Loved their bbq sauce it was tangy and had a little heat. The service was okay not the best but it was made up by the fact that Paul Wall walked in.
Very good BBQ! I had the brisket plate, comes with 2 sides. Taste was great, portions are plenty. The staff was excellent. Greeted as soon as I entered, menu was explained. Great selection!! Employees keep coming around to check on you and offer you more BBQ sauce and offer to refill your drink. Definitely recommend!!
Prices are typical for BBQ places but the servings seem generous. Green beans were very good. Fried okra is excellent. Sauce was right up my alley but is on the vinegary side. Spicy sausage was really good. I wanted a wheat bread or wheat bun option for my sandwich.
We enjoyed a wonderful moist brisket meal with cream corn this afternoon.
Outstanding service and very friendly associates.
The only thing that they can improve on is warming their BBQ sauce. Everything else is amazing. They have the best beef ribs this side of town. They side dishes are superb. Quality doesn’t come cheap. Be prepared to shell out at least $20 per person here. It is worth it though. I love their fires okra.
Their briskest is second to none. You can get moist or dry or even mixed. Chicken is good too. Meat
Portions are decent. Food sells out quickly, so go early.
This is the best BBQ in Houston. Everything is made with love. Greg, the owner always makes you feel at home. Warm hospitality! Order the loose cut burnt tips when ordering brisket and potato salad!
The food is good. I was surprised at how affordable Gatlins is in comparison to other BBQ places in the city. I got a 3 meat combo and it was only $25 even after the up charge for ribs. The Mac is good, i would pass on the creamed corn and get smoked corn.
All of the employees had a friendly face and were very helpful. Will for sure be back.
GREAT BBQ! Home style sides (coleslaw, mac and cheese, green beans, all of it!). All the extra BBQ sauce you want (it's warm too!). LOVE the ribs here, I could kill a rack by myself, it's that good. Ask for bread, grab your condiments and make yourself a brisket or sausage sandwich. The people make this place even feel more at home. Absolutely delicious, yes I will drive out of my way to go into downtown just for Gatlin's. Yes I love Rudy's too, but Gatlin's is better, there I said it.
Awesome. Awesome Awesome BBQ. Great ribs and brisket. Very nice place and friendly faces.
Sides were great too corn bread, mac n cheese
I will drive out of my way for this
Very good BBQ and the ribs were dang good. I ordered the short ribs and my wife got the two meat (turkey and sausage). Everything was juicy and flavorful. The only downside was the lack of BBQ sauces. They had one sweet one but I usually like to have a choice.
One of the best BBQ experiences in Houston. Worth the trip over to Yale St. without a doubt. Nothing was even close to average. Mr. Gatlin himself brought up my order, he and the staff are very courteous. This place is on my BBQ circuit for sure. Come check it out.
Worth a visit and worthy of it's mention in the Texas Monthly BBQ ranks. I ordered the quintessential 2 meat combo of brisket and ribs on my first visit along with the usual sides of coleslaw and potato salad. The BBQ sauce is served hot from a dispenser at the side of the main room was a nice touch. Bread, Pickles, onions, and peppers are available for free at the front counter to round out your meal. Looking forward to coming again.
A neighborhood local took me here and I was impressed. Some of the best BBQ I’ve had - had the spicy sausage, ribs, brisket and pulled pork with the tomato, cucumber & fried okra as sides. All the meats and sides were delicious. Add to that a very solid wine & beer selection and a really nice dining area (pictured), this place is a great choice.
Just had the chicken and waffles. Just the right amount of seasoning on the wings. The waffle was fluffy and not dry. My son also approved. We will return. Go by and support the restaurant. They have pick up orders. Very nice hard working employees preparing great food.
Gatlin's was good but not great. Unfortunately we had to wait over 40 minutes to get our food (Saturday) but the venison sausage was excellent! I wouldn't say the brisket is the best in town but overall pretty great value for the price. I wouldn't go back for the brisket but would be willing to give it another try!
Great BBQ. Fall off the bone ribs. Juicy brisket. Great side. Scrumptious cakes.
Good Q. I can't tell you about the sauce, as good Q doesn't need sauce. The slaw was beautifully purple and the cucumber salad was a lot like my Mama's except it had 'maters in it.
Distancing spaces were marked on the floor. There was a designated area for those awaiting the completion of their pick-up orders.
Food was amazing and Amy was helpful. Their Mac & Cheese was amazing, along with the rest of the food! Even with a small discrepancy in my order, Amy made sure to take care of me. I will definitely use this vendor for another catering event. Keep up the good work!
Great brisket, got combo of lean and most. Great rack of baby back ribs... The sides were great especially liked the collard greens! Great customer service as well!
My husband & I wanted to support black-owned restaurants week. He wanted bbq, I decided on Gatlin's because they had very good reviews & the drive from our home to them was a little under an hour. The online ordering process was easy. His order was ready upon arrival. The pickup process was easy & fast. I ordered him a 3 meat platter w/ mac n cheese, potato salad & baked beans. All of it looked & smelled wonderful. The portions were great. My hubby enjoyed all of it. If I wasn't a vegan I'd have enjoyed it too. My hubby will definitely order from here again. Great food! Great service.
Food was AMAZING I ordered a loaded baked potato. 5 stars even though they were out of chicken (which was what i originally wanted. Staff was nice and friendly! Will be back soon!
Over priced I think. $21 for a 2 meat plate and I was not that impressed at all. Very nice people work here. The food just wasn’t as good to me as the reviews. The brisket was pretty dry with no flavor😕
One of the smoothest transactions I have had since COVID. I ordered my food online. Their online order system was flawless. Very detailed. I received a text saying my food would be in the Yummy Box upon arrival. Once we arrived, there was a separate place to pickup online orders. (Awesome!) I received a code via text to open my designated box and Voila! There was my food pipping hot!
As for the food, it was packed perfect. They did not skimp on the portion. We ordered a 3 meat plate with brisket(chopped), pork ribs, and venison sausage with baked beans and potato salad for the sides. It was MAGNIFICENT! All the meat was flavorful and tender. The sides were good. The BBQ sauce was great! We will definitely be back.
I give this a 3 star because of flavor only. Otherwise, it would be a 2. The brisket had too much fat and the dirty rice was a bit under cooked, the rice was hard.
Great service and staff very friendly!
Place is very clean too.
Great assortments of meats and prices aren't too bad.
Mac and cheese is to die for!
Desserts are impressive.
Great food! We love coming here. They are very popular so I recommend calling in your order ahead of time. The spicy sausage, brisket, potato salad and macaroni are our go to! Great customer service and friendly vibe!
Pretentious staff and owner. Choice-grade quality meats at best. They also are very stingy with the bread and other accoutrements as if their income depended on it (maybe it does).
All in all, highly mediocre food for very high prices.
Save your dignity of dealing with their attitude and go to Pappa’s because even though it’s a chain, they treat you much nicer, the owner isn’t a cheapo and the food is on par and the price reflects the quality.
Very good sliced beef sandwich, it was a bit expensive in comparison to other restaurants of the same kind. Wonderful indoor seating- (Covid-19 Aware). Large TV screens and a super clean!! environment.
It had a very good taste I expected more my fully loaded fries I had less fries It was serve cold. Overall the place was clean real nice and the food did taste good. Good customer service.
One of my top places for quality bbq. A preferred evening place. Quick and friendly service. This place has a great feel to it. I can see why they have a lot of great reviews.
Since I've moved to Houston I always look for good BBQ and lucked up catching this place on a local channel and so I went really wanting some beef ribs because that's been hard for me to find. So I asked for some beef ribs was told its only sold on Fridays and Saturdays so I got a pound of brisket to go and let me tell you the only texas BBQ I was use to was my grandfather's in Florida. The brisket was moist and not dry I almost finished the whole thing without dipping it in the bbq sauce on the side. I can't wait to try the beef ribs thanks also to Ashley for the great customer service.
Good flavor, slightly dry brisket, mediocre service
BBQ was good only one problem, it was cold.
Not even warm, but cold. Baked potato was Luke warm. Oh well, the water was good!
I have been in Houston for almost 3 years and I have tried a few BBQ places. My fiance Roger took me for the first time and I was very satisfied. He went back today to get a me a beef baked potato and OMG. They also have wonderful service. We will definitely be continuous customers.
What's not to say! The staff is friendly and inviting. They will explain the menu and make some darn good recommendations. This is my 2nd time coming and I...read this and 511 more