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

D.B.A. Barbecue

4.2
4.2
173 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

19:00


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Burgers, Regional American (Southern)
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Sun 11:00–20:30 Tue–Thu 11:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–22:00
  • 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
  • Area
    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, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 173 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlanta Metro

    Great for brunch

  • Atlanta Metro

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Atlanta

    Great for brunch

  • Atlanta

    Neighbourhood gem

173 Reviews
  1. GracenC

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They let me book on OpenTable but then weren’t even open when we came.

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  2. AshleyC

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and the bottomless mimosas were great! Definitely amazing value for the money. The brunch menu was just ok. Definitely could’ve been more variety, but i understand it’s a bbq place.

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  3. Atlantan

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, solid experience. Glad they were open on New Years Day when many other places were closed.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined here on new year eve before our visit to Botanical Garden. The atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. The service is prompt. The Bar b que is good. My friend had the brisket sandwich and I had the smoked turkey plate. They turkey could be sliced more thinly for better texture but the flavor was spot on.

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  5. Daria

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious.We had pastrami, pulled pork BBQ sandwich and a half chicken. We will come back. The service was fast and very professional.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation, which was confirmed, but when we arrived at the restaurant it was closed!

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  7. Darren

    Atlanta Metro

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating at DBA Barbecue. The food was great. Service was great. Went for brunch. Also had the unlimited mimosas.

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  8. StevenAJ

    Atlanta Metro

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at D.B.A was great. The food was tasty. Good size portions. Service was excellent. Perfect environment to spend with family and friends.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I think they were having an off night. The food was good but the service was a bit subpar. They also seemed to be down a host/hostess too, so there was some confusion at the entrance. I left a bit disappointed which was a first for me.

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  10. DNewberry

    Coastal Georgia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    After reading the menu, I was really excited about the HOUSE BLOODY MARY - Pinnacle vodka with house made Bloody Mary mix. But what I watched, was a bartender make our bloody Mary’s with zing zang (which I can do at home). We requested salted rims and I asked for extra lime… we received one wedge of lemon each, which was either old or previous/accidentally frozen. Beyond that, not a sliver of celery, or an olive, or any other garnish. When I ordered brisket I was asked if I wanted flat/point/mix, I thought that was cool, so I went “mix”. I only received point, which was good, but not what I ordered. In addition to our server, the Brunswick stew was definitely a highlight.

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  11. Trav

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The staff was very nice and pleasant to deal with. I ordered the brisket chopped (lean), 12 wings (6 lemon pepper and 6 garlic Parmesan), creamed corn, collard greens and Mac & cheese. I tried to order the beef ribs but there was a $17 UP-CHARGE! The brisket was amazing, highly recommended. The wings on the other hand was very subpar. The lemon pepper weren’t any good, they lacked seasoning. The garlic Parmesan didn’t really have any flavor as well. The creamed corn was decent, I’d pass next time. The max and cheese was better than I expected. The star of the entire meal was the collard greens. Top 5 in Atlanta for sure. I’ll have to order a pint next time. Overall it was a good meal, I’d opt in for another meat next time. I would recommend visiting for those who want a quieter ambiance.

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  12. DuaneS

    Atlanta Metro

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good but the service was very slow. It was Father’s Day so that may have been a factor but it shouldn’t have been that slow. It took about 20+ minutes for my mother to get her dessert which was just a cobbler.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was okay. Everything was spicy (and I like spicy foods) including their sweet bbq sauce. Overall, the food was just okay, but our waitress was very nice (even though I got the complete wrong meal) and was really what saved the experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful brunch at DBA. Sat on the back porch. Tables nicely spaced. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Chicken and waffles were very good. Shrimp and grits spicy but not overpowering. We all enjoyed our brunch.

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  15. AlisonS

    Atlanta Metro

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch meal with the family and we appreciated being able to choose an outside table. Our server was lovely and kept up with numerous requests from our group of six.

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  16. nicks

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. Service was just ok. Would definitely recommend for great bbq.

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  17. TimC

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. My wife loved the lemon pepper wings and rib combo and I was very happy with my chopped pork and rib combo. We also ordered the deep fried pickles. Would certainly recommend DBA if you like BBQ.

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  18. DennisBTR

    Mississippi

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and a great server. I wish I would have known they were having trivia on Friday night. I would have gone another time. Nothing more aggravating than trying to enjoy a meal with friends and constantly being talked over by the trivia host.

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  19. LauraM

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Seemed like no one was in charge. Half the staff was sitting around folding napkins while a huge line formed at the door. No one to greet you and no one to say good bye. We could never find our server. Had to ask for basics, like napkins and silverware. We ordered beers but they did not make it to the table until after the food hit. The food was lacking flavor but tasty enough. It was just a really bad ambiance as if the parents were away and the kids were in charge of the house, and nothing really good was going on. We wont be back. Too many other well run establishments to visit.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First timers! The service was good and the food was quick to come out. Everything was fresh. I would highly recommend

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  21. robertm

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food

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  22. Mimi

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed eating at DBA. It is also happened to be Trivia night and that was fun. I had the brisket and hubby had the 4th rack of ribs. The brisket was delicious. The flavor was spot-on. I think the ribs were beef so they had alot of meat. The ribs were tender but the flavor was just ok. Now the sides were Outstanding. We had collards, baked beans, potato salad, and the onion rings. I will definitely be back!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The trivia guy was asking question about pornography. I was eating dinner with my 11 year old son and 7 year old daughter and our friends 8 year old son. This was unexpected and inexcusable! I will not be back.

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  24. Janet

    Atlanta Metro

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and value—and so yummy! A definite go to!

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  25. owltrack

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food

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  26. David

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    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

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  27. 25yrsinMidtown

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great ribs. Fantastic nachos. Delicious moonshine slushies. Love this place!!!

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  28. rtfatl

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  29. GR9262018

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    White whiskey and deep-fried bacon...? Yes, please.

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  30. delish

    Atlanta Metro

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good. It is not a place you go for atmosphere or fancy dining for what it is, it does it well!

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  31. GretchenF

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  32. YankeeDINER

    Atlanta Metro

    79 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2011

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very loud music. Not a fun place to meet with friends.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2011

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  34. Scott

    Atlanta Metro

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2011

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2011

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    decent bbq - not the best - but decent. great service

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  36. NatinATL

    Atlanta Metro

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2011

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  37. DustinF

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2011

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a birthday party here and everything was great. The food, drinks, service were all outstanding! Will definately be back.

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  38. Cassie

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2011

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2011

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  40. hokiecub

    Charlotte

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2011

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    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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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 4.2 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for D.B.A. Barbecue

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Amsterdam Ave.
  • Area
    Virginia Highland
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Sun 11:00–20:30 Tue–Thu 11:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–22:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Burgers, Regional American (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, Takeaway, 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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