Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Austin Restaurants

Iron Works Barbecue

  • 100 Red River St. Map It
  • Central Austin/Downtown/Capitol Area
  • Barbecue

Updated 12/17/2014

Fodor's Review

From its creekside perch in the shadow of the Austin Convention Center, this spot caters to name-tagged conference attendees, construction workers, and thoroughly starched office workers alike. Dependable house specialties include pepper-crusted smoked pork loin, tender brisket, and Flintstones-size beef ribs (the junior rib plate will satisfy all but the hugest of appetites). Wrought-iron grills, forged here when the building was an ironworks, hang from the rafters. It's a charming (albeit slightly raucous) and authentic slice of Texas, but not exactly the best barbecue joint within city limits.

Restaurant Information


100 Red River St., Austin, Texas, 78701, United States

Map It



Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun.

Updated 12/17/2014


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating
  • Décor

  • Service

  • Value

Feb 25, 2009

Don't bother with the restm go for the best!

Oh my gosh, now THAT's some good 'Q. The sauce was AMAZING! It was thick, full of flavor and even had a little kick to it. While the sauce was very good, the meat was perfect even without it. I can't say enough about the beef rib, it was huge and very tender! The brisket was very tender as well and full of flavor. We also had the pork tenderloin and while it was good, the other meats were much better. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The

food comes by the plate or a la carte, which is great because you can order your meal in any combination. It was also the only restaurant that we visited that had the "wet ones" in plain sight. BBQ is messy...but oh so yummy. We definitely recommend this restaurant. It was one of the five we tried in the area and definitely our favorite.

Read More

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?







No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.