D.B.A. Barbecue

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D.B.A. Barbecue is a casual neighborhood restaurant featuring BBQ and southern comfort food with a full bar and southern hospitality. We offer baby back ribs, St. Louis spare ribs, beef brisket, smoked turkey, smoked chicken, and pulled pork. D.B.A. Barbecue has a covered patio and plenty of free parking for your convenience.
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rtfatl
Atlanta
2 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.

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22yrsinMidtown
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2012
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent barbecue. The server could have been friendlier....but over all a great place to eat

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2012
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Meats where really good. Love the Brisket.

GR
vipGR9262018
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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vipDelish
Atlanta
21 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!

GF
GretchenF
Atlanta
4 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.

YD
vipYankeeDINER
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2011
Overall2food2service2ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
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!

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vipOld4thWard
Atlanta
51 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2011
Overall3food3service4ambience3

decent bbq - not the best - but decent. great service

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NatinATL
Atlanta
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
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.

CT
CassieT
Atlanta
7 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
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

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viphokiecub
Charlotte
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 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.

TH
TommyHawk
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, it was a great experience. the food is over the top. friendly efficient staff. one of my favorites in a neighborhood know for dining.

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vipentakg
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Little noisy, but food well worth it.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great BBQ! The smoked tofu is yummy.

JB
JanB
Atlanta
76 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2011
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Although the food was pretty good, the service was okay. We went on father's day expecting at least an acknowledgment to the father. None! I had to ask for the father's day special and it was said so fast, I didn't even understand. I mentioned that I had a baby and they stuck us in a booth with no room for my baby's seat. For our first time there and especially on a special day, I was disappointed with the service. Food was good but probably wouldn't drive far to get to this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
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.

RG
vipRGinATL
Atlanta
61 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was really good. Nice beer selection.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great selections for all type of BBQ fans. Great that there was an actual vegetarian option, at a bbq place! It made going with a crowd of mixed eaters much easier!

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fit2eat
Atlanta
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 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.

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vipScott
Atlanta
93 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2011
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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Toronto
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and a great covered patio!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 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!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 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!

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vipluv2eat
Atlanta
75 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 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.

CF
vipChiefFoodOfficer
Atlanta
85 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

TJ
TommyJack
Atlanta
6 reviews