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Slow Smoked St. Louis Ribs - D.B.A. Barbecue, Atlanta, GA

D.B.A. Barbecue

4.5
4.5
150 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
D.B.A. Barbecue is a casual neighborhood restaurant located in Virginia-Highland, near Piemont Park. Our menu features BBQ and southern comfort food with a full bar and southern hospitality. We offer St. Louis spare ribs, beef brisket, smoked wings, smoked chicken, and pulled pork. Our bar features 20 beers on tap. Over half of the are local. It is a great place to watch the game on 14 different tvs. D.B.A. Barbecue has a covered patio and plenty of free parking for your convenience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Burgers, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (404) 249-5000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We Cater! Please see website for details.

  • Private party facilities

    DBA Barbecue is a casual full service restaurant with a neighborhood feel. We have a rustic, yet homey decor throughout in the main dining space. The patio is covered and comfortable year-round. We are not limited to BBQ and can create almost anything that you desire. Just ask us!!!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (404) 249-5000

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Highland

  • Cross street

    Amsterdam Ave.

  • Parking details

    D.B.A. Barbecue has an adjoining lot as well as a lot across N. Highland Ave. Parking is free.

  • Entertainment

    Live blues on Friday and Saturday from 8:00-11:00

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 150 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Janet

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and value—and so yummy! A definite go to!
  2. o

    owltrack

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food
  3. D

    David

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great time and Great food, the waitress seemed to be upset that we had a semi large party. And she continued to rush us to order and then everything we requested they were out of on a Friday at 6 🙄 luckily we’ve eaten there before and know they food is usually good and they didn’t confirm my reservation hence I didn’t get my reward points smh
  4. r

    rtfatl

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    My 1st time at DBA. The restaurant wasn't very crowded but was pretty noisy. It was hard to hear the other person at times. I had the chopped pork which was probably close to the best I've had in Atlanta. I had the cream corn side, which wasn't as sweet as I like, but I'm sure is tasty to some. I also had the brunswick stew which was horrible and bitter. Ironically, they were out of mac & cheese & green beans, 2 of my fav side options, & they were getting ready for a super bowl crowd?? I also had the beef chili nachos as an appetizer which was very good. The banana pudding for dessert was ok, but I'm not sure it was much better than what you would get from a box. I'm not sure I would choose it over Fox Brothers, but I prefer TX bbq.
  5. M

    22yrsinMidtown

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great ribs. Fantastic nachos. Delicious moonshine slushies. Love this place!!!
  6. GR

    GR9262018

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    White whiskey and deep-fried bacon...? Yes, please.
  7. d

    delish

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The food was good. It is not a place you go for atmosphere or fancy dining for what it is, it does it well!
  8. GF

    GretchenF

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2011

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Waiter told us the ribs were fall off the bone, they were not. Pulled pork did not have much flavor, had to use the sauce to add flavor. Service was excellent and sat down immediately.
  9. YD

    YankeeDINER

    Atlanta

    79 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2011

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Very loud music. Not a fun place to meet with friends.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2011

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    You can't mess with GREAT BBQ -- and it's hidden in VaHi at D.B.A. -- the brisket falls apart, the ribs are smoked to perfection, and you'd be hard pressed to find a better pulled pork in all of Atlanta. They should consider renaming it "Pulled Porque," it's just that good. We'd be remiss in failing to mention that all of their sauces are spot-on as well!
  11. S

    Scott

    Atlanta

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2011

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was excellent. I had the recommended spare ribs, they were a little tough and held fast to the bone. Otherwise, the food was reasonable for the price.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    decent bbq - not the best - but decent. great service
  13. NA

    NatinATL

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2011

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Better BBQ than average. Fried Okra not so good and grits seemed salty. Fried green tomatos were a bit red. On the other hand the Brunswick stew was on the sweet side but in a good way. Ribs and chicken were good as well. The fries were great..nice and crispy
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a birthday party here and everything was great. The food, drinks, service were all outstanding! Will definately be back.
  15. CT

    CassieT

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2011

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Bad: Chopped chicken had bones in it for 2nd visit in a row. Patio is pretty boring. Good: Good value, great appetizers.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The pulled pork was good and I am grateful to have a B-B-Q restaurant in my neighborhood. There is however better Barbeque in the Atlanta area but none as convenient as this. I think the restaurant is a great addition to the Virginia Highlands area
  17. h

    hokiecub

    Charlotte

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2011

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    On a 95 degree day in Atlanta the AC either wasn't working or the management decided to let their patrons suffer. A miserable experience. We won't be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Nice relaxed and casual atmosphere. Smoked turkey and brisket were moist and flavorful. Loved the Georgia muscadine wine, a true southern wine. Service was well timed, without numerous interruptions or long lags without service. Easy acess and parking, a real find in VAHI. Will definitely return.
  19. e

    entakg

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Little noisy, but food well worth it.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great BBQ! The smoked tofu is yummy.
  21. JB

    JanB

    Atlanta

    82 reviews

    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first time to visit D.B.A. Barbeque. It was Father's Day so was very busy and noisy but the barbeque was very good. We will definitely return and looks like they have nice outdoor seating area as well.
  22. SP

    SusanP

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    While the food was tasty, it was cold. We had a party of 6 and all of our plates were cold. It would have been ok if it were just warm, but icy is unacceptable. If I'm eating a hot dish I expect it to be close to that. I mentioned our chilled plates to the waitress and she said she would mention it to the staff so that our next round of food could be hot. That didn't happen and we ended up pickin over our food. Thank goodness for alcohol and good company. Other than, everything else was fine.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Looking to try BBQ that was convenient for all so thought we would try DBA BBQ. Had my mouth set on all the BBQ attributes, Bruns Stew, smokey meat, big Banana Pudding desert. The smell was great and things were looking promising. The fried pickles are a great starter as were the pimento cheese deviled egss, Now that's different! I got the pulled pork plate and while tender, the meat was lacking that really smokey flavor. The stew was really more of a bean/corn soup so I wouldn't call it Brunswick stew. And while the pudding was very tasty it was a limited portion, as were many of the sides, a smaller prtion than you may expect at a BBQ joint. It was good, just different, not your traditional BBQ.
  24. RG

    RGinATL

    Atlanta

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    This place is near our home and we were not big fans when it opened - HOWEVER, we've recently returned to find that a new chef is in charge and the food is MUCH BETTER! We went for Sunday brunch earlier this year but on a recent return have found the brunch menu has been discontinued. D.B.A. is worth a try - check it out.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was really good. Nice beer selection.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great! Food was great, except the ribs, they were way too dry.
  27. f

    fit2eat

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2011

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I had luch and the bar-b-que was nothing special. I ordred something simple a pull pork sandwich since this was my first visit. The sandwich was just okay.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2011

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We decided to give DBA another try after a poor previous experience. Sadly, we left feeling the same way. It was a Friday night, and they were sold out of short ribs and banana pudding. They also seemed grossly understaffed in wait staff (and overstaffed with hosts/hostesses, which was odd). My pulled pork was fatty and luke warm, and my husband's ribs were tough and over-cooked. One positive is that the grilled cream corn is excellent. Other than that, though, it was a poor experience, and it's safe to say that we won't be returning.
  29. S

    Scott

    Atlanta

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DBA fills a niche in the Virginia Highland neighborhood. It is a casual, non-pretentious, and comfortable spot that not only serves the surrounding community, but offers a unique experience for those visiting from other places. It has a split personality--early it is a favorite for families with kids, and, over the course of the evening it morphs into a cool, funky hangout--ideal for those who want a cool drink at the bar while catching the game, or just to have a late diner while enjoying live music. And there is plenty of free parking which is a rare treat in Virginia Highland. No valets. No greedy meters. No searching for a space on a side street.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2011

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    A pleasant family oriented Virginia Highlands spot. More authentic barbecue is available elsewhere.
  31. T

    Toronto

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, and a great covered patio!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and fun drink menu! Always very easy to work with as it relates to group reservations, birthdays, etc. Very friendly mgmt and servers.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2011

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was pretty good. Not the type of bbq I am used to since I am from the south, but the drinks were good!
  34. KS

    KeithS

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pulled Pork and Sandwiches were particularly good -- as were the Dry Spare Ribs. The real standout, though, is the cocktail list -- where some of the grooviest drinks in the city are served at prices that don't require an AMEX Black. Rock on DBA!
  35. l

    luv2eat

    Atlanta

    82 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2011

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Kids' meals were tastier than your average kid menu offerings at other restaurants. The pulled pork was a bit dry, though tasted better when the sauce was added. Great choice when visiting the Ferbank (10 min. drive away). Would go back with the kids if we are in the area. Reasonable prices.
  36. DL

    DenyseL

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2011

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Great ambiance and good service. Unfortunately the food was not so good. Several meat plate were dry. the corn muffin with cheese were the best.
  37. CF

    ChiefFoodOfficer

    Atlanta

    114 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fantastic Q and always dependable service. The best pimento cheese and ranch dressing in town.
  38. TJ

    TommyJack

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, has this placed changed for the better! Last time there was July 4th in '09 with friends. The bbq was just average, but the sides were to kill for and we had a great time, so I rated it high. Now the bbq has caught up to the sides! We saw on their web site that they had a new chef from KC BBQ in Sandy Springs (find your own back story). We again went with friends and wanted to try everyting, so we ordered their "whole house" platter. If it can be smoked, it was on it. Stole the take out menu so here it is: smoked wings, brisket, turkey, chicken, pulled pork and spare and baby back ribs! Our server said the most popular side was the creamed corn, and we piped in for the mac'n cheese, collard greens and slaw. We voted it best BBQ ITP!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2011

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    What a disappointment! Overpriced, underportioned, and wake-the-dead loud. Food came out lukewarm, edible but not amazing, and the fries my dining companion ordered didn't come out with the rest of the meal. Menu is an exercise in nickel and diming customers. ATL and GA have a number of better places for bbq. . .at lower prices.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2011

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I go to DBA often, but they just were not on, that Tuesday night. I think they had a new menu and were having issues in the kitchen. It took 45-50 minutes to get our food, but our waitress realized it and kept apologing for the delay. Even brought us a free bucket of boiled peanuts (which I cannot stand). I love the place and will go back though. The banana pudding in the bomb! Loved it.

FAQs

D.B.A. Barbecue does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. D.B.A. Barbecue also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 249-5000.

D.B.A. Barbecue is rated 4.5 stars by 150 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for D.B.A. Barbecue

1190 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Amsterdam Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Highland

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Burgers, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    D.B.A. Barbecue has an adjoining lot as well as a lot across N. Highland Ave. Parking is free.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Live blues on Friday and Saturday from 8:00-11:00

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (404) 249-5000

  • Catering

    We Cater! Please see website for details.

  • Private party facilities

    DBA Barbecue is a casual full service restaurant with a neighborhood feel. We have a rustic, yet homey decor throughout in the main dining space. The patio is covered and comfortable year-round. We are not limited to BBQ and can create almost anything that you desire. Just ask us!!!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (404) 249-5000

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