San Antone by Bludso's BBQ - Crown Melbourne

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292 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Barbecue
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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4.0based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

The food here is great and comes at a decent price for American style BBQ. The service was woeful. From the disinterested maître d’ who showed us to our table and then was never seen again to the team of waitress’s who pretty much ignored us. When our food had been at our table for 10 minutes we had to ask where our first and only drinks were and then were never asked if we’d like another. No one even swung past to ask if everything was ok. Even getting the bill was hard work. Worst crew ever.

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Service was good, food came out before the drinks tho.
Food was ok but not as good as I expected.
Drinks were quite expensive

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

The restaurant has a great feel too it unfortunately it was let down by bad service and brisket. We had our drinks arrive that we ordered with our food half way through eating.

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Service greeting was lovely. Food was good but unfortunately the ribs were a little dry on one end of it but still lovely to eat. The main issue was the service. It took a while to come and ask us for our order, we actually had to make eye contact. When finished no one came to see if we wanted anything else or clear our table. Had to ask for the menu to order desert, the person dropped the menu off, table still not cleared. We again had to make eye contact in order to get desert

OT
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Yum food and great atmosphere. Highly recommend the redneck rocket fuel cocktails

OT
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fun atmosphere. Friendly, accommodating staff. Delicious, high quality food. Value for money.

OT
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, first time diners and wow the smell as you walk in was sensational, food was cooked perfect, prices reasonable, good amount of food.

OT
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Food was great. Service was poor. Ran out of happy hour beers. Then never came back to the table the entire time to ask if we wanted more drinks. 4 blokes out for dinner and we had one a drink each all dinner.

OT
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Felt rushed and server was not friendly at all.
The person who greeted us at the door was friendly and energetic.
There was no real communication regarding the food ect especially as we hadn’t eaten there before. Very overrated place. Meat was tender but dry. Side dishes were great.

OT
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food, loved the service - very friendly and warm staff.

OT
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Nothing made this special besides the service. Have walked past many of times wanting to eat here finally did and was overly disappointed. Everything was bland and tasteless. For smoked cooked food there was no flavour sides had no seasoning. The only up side was the bbq sauce. Your charging premium price for meat you need to rethink you seasoning on your meat. Absolutely disappointed and will Not be coming back.

OT
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

Disgusting greasy food. Wouldn’t feed it to my dogs. Biting in to the burger was like popping a boil. Oil and gunk flew everywhere. The brisket was as chewy as my sneakers.
Will never return.

OT
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing as always.
Best brisket you’ll find, melt in your mouth. We love this place and come back every year for our Christmas date night

OT
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great flavors friendly staff good value for money as portion sizes are large

OT
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Staffed seemed fairly friendly. Th aides were bad were good (corn bread, max and cheese -needed some salt, coleslaw was great)

Then the the two meats came out with the sides we had the brisket which to me was a triple threat dry, not hot nor warm and not sliced well. I thought it was just us but everyone seemed to have dry brisket and pork as well as us.

We told the waitress about it being dry and cooled and they said it’s not supposed but carried out a dry combo again to another guest.

OT
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

San Antone was amazing food, we were a group of 10 from Sydney that thoroughly enjoyed the food & atmosphere.We will definitely visit next time we are in Melbourne.

OT
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Overall a good experience, service s little slow fir drinks after we had eaten, but generally well done , great food for meat eaters

OT
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Brisket was sublime and the pulled pork was really good too

OT
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The pork ribs were disappointing, very dry.
Service was fantastic.

OT
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pork ribs were sold out, which was a huge disappointment

OT
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

If you are a coeliac or gluten intolerant give this one a miss. It says on some websites that they have gf options, but they are extremely limited, there are better bbq options for you.

Also the cocktails are hideously sweet.

OT
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and experience. Love the margaritas

OT
Dined on 4 December 2019
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 on 30 November 2019
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 !