San Antone by Bludso's BBQ - Crown Melbourne

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$41 to $100
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Barbecue

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Kevin Bludso, owner of iconic Bludso’s BBQ, brings his unique smokehouse flavours to San Antone by Bludso’s BBQ – exclusive to Crown Melbourne. With smoked meats, tasty sides and signature cocktails, let the smoky aroma guide you!

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4.1
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4.2
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OT
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and experience. Love the margaritas

OT
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The overall dining experience was average, the food was overpriced. The meat was dry and the sides were ordinary. I won’t be back again.The potato gems were from the supermarket and so were the onion rings. Very disappointing for $300.

OT
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Brisket was really good and not dry like it can sometimes be. Chicken was also a surprise, just now soft and juicy it was. We left really happy and vowed to be back.

OT
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

For most who travelled to the States, San Antone bring a sense of nostalgia that brightens those memories.

OT
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The half rack ribs were great but a little touch on the outer section. The sauce and chips were very spicy and was not warned about it or asked if that was ok upon ordering. I was only able to get through 3/4 of the meal due to the heat. Still the flavors were lovely!

OT
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was awesome but the waiting service was slow when it came to drinks. Due to this they lost a few opportunities to sell more drinks during our dining. The meat was great but the sides were nothing special other than the cornbread.

OT
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Don’t no who the cook was, but I tell you what I’m still licking my lips a day later. Well done 10 stars

OT
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

It's a vibrant place with a good ambiance and good selection of meats. Great for a birthday celebration or catch up with friends

JG
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it, awesome food, great atmosphere, will definitely be back.

OT
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The brisket was dry, and they didn’t give us sauce options. When we asked for a different sauce they didn’t tell us we’d be charged for it.

The sides were delicious but the meat itself was underwhelming

OT
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Food was very dry, have eaten there multiple times and disappointed on the food for a large group of people. Many people complained that the food was not at usual standard.

DL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Service was quick and good. Will effeminately come back again.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

The food and atmosphere was awesome, however the service tended to lack a little. We always needed to flag someone to get a drink (and we were not drinking fast ;))

OT
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved San Antone!
Customer service was great, really appreciated being put in a private booth after I requested it.

Food was delicious, great value for money and a lot of care has gone into the menu and making sure everything works well together.
The vinegary potato salad cut the rich meat so well and the corn bread was great

Love all the drinks we got, super different to all the cocktail bars at crown. Especially loved the Boozy Apple and Black currant sweet tea and the blackberry moonshine

OT
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

One of the better Briskets I've had from a US style BBQ house, will happy eat here again.

OT
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Interesting food good atmosphere nice service worth a try

LB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Quick meal, didn't have tit long. Meal was ok, have had better from an American BBQ place.

OT
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Beef brisket was the best I ever ate, along with mac n cheese. $75 platter was sufficient for 2 people.

OT
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were great ! The vibe was just what we had hoped for ! Prices were slightly above average but ultimately it was a great meal !

OT
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Concept of smoking meats is a could one, unfortunately the meal and presentation on the night was not something I could rate highly. The Brisket was nice and juicy with a lot of flavour. The Pulled pork was dry, chicken was rubbery. Kids meals were average, however the kids didn't complain

OT
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Both food and service were amazing. only problem i had was i ate too much! but I'm sure i wont learn from this next time I'm there

OT
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Been hanging out for a good slow cooked meal. This did not dissapoint.
We had shared platters including Brisket, pulled pork and chicken. All succulent and topped with some awesome sides like their coleslaw, corn bread and Mac and cheese.
Sauces were really tasty and some good kick.
Service was quick and we took our time to enjoy.
Will be returning soon.

OT
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place for a BBQ experience . We got a Smokey Platter and there was way too much food. It should feed 4 people.

OT
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food and quick delivery of food once ordered....but sat for 15 minutes at the start with no one even offering us water or to take a drinks order - despite numerous servers walking past us during that time and many attempts to make eye contact! Unfortunately had to end up shouting someone across which was uncomfortable or else we likely would not have been served.

Setting that aside, will definitely return as the food makes up for it.

OT
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The brisket and pulled pork was beautiful, it just melted in your mouth!! The hot sauce complimented the meat perfectly.

OT
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

This was the most disappointing Crown restaurant we've ever been to.
The food: We got the smokehouse tray & it was entirely overcooked, dry & tasteless. The tray came with 2 half filled tiny bowls of dipping sauce that was meant to feed 2-3 but was barely enough for 1. The side of mac & cheese was the only decent dish. The service:
After we got our food the staff forgot about us & we had to constantly call them over.
Really poor overall & we wouldn't recommend to anyone & wont be going back.

OT
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

San Antone by Bludso’s BBQ is a restaurant we keep coming back to again and again. We went here for Father’s Day dinner as it’s my dad’s favourite restaurant and they were just as friendly and accommodating as ever. We always recommend!

OT
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great table, with wonderful wait staff who were very attentive and bubbly. The food came pretty fast, was delicious and abundant. Other american bbq places in Melbourne tend to give you very small protions for a high price - we had so much food we couldn't finish it!

OT
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Quite a disappointment. The side dishes were fine but the pork ribs were terrible. They came out barely lukewarm and so exceptionally dry they were inedible. The waitress saw only one rib in my half rack was touched and only 1.5 ribs of my husbands rack were touched and all she said was "do you want to take it away?" When I explained how they were she didn't care.

If you are after ribs, avoid this place. Overpriced as well. We will stick to Meat & Wine Co as they never disappoint.

OT
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing we travel 2 hours for it and it’s so worth it.

JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Good food took a long time for a waiter to attend to us

OT
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Good food, big portion sizes and efficient service. Would go back again.

OT
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The atmosphere was great and electric! The smell as walked in was mouth watering! And when the good and cocktails come out we just enjoyed every mouthful! The meat just melted in our mouths! 10 out of 10 guy's! Will definitely be back and recommend to everyone! Cheers!

OT
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Some of the food was a little bit dry, but the ribs, chicken and brisket were great. The sides that went with the tray we ordered were tasty and plentiful and we 6 couldn’t finish it. Definitely a nice lunch spot.

SH
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good just as good as it smelt. Served the 3 of us with a plate. Nice and quiet and clean. Recommend to friends. Will be coming back for sure.

OT
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Family of 4 all enjoyed the meal. Music super load - had to Talk loud to be heard. Drinks took forever - had finished entre before drinks arrived. Meal was awesome - will return

OT
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I wish I had a bigger stomach to try more of their menu.

OT
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

Meat was fatty and very small portions. Not great value for money. Staff were fantastic!

OT
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food amazing, came out super quick even though the restaurant was full. Beer was cold. Staff were friendly and cheerful. Highly recommend.

OT
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal with many options of meat & sides. We were impressed with everything we ordered especially the beef brisket, fried chicken, corn bread, onion rings and coleslaw. We can’t fault our meals and will definitely return!