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Ruby's BBQ

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University of Texas
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512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
(512) 477-1651
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The best BBQ a in Austin!

I've been coming here for many years and it never disappoints. The brisket is hormone free and grass fed and you can taste it. My go to are Black Bean and Chicken Tacos. These are my favorite soft tacos in the world. The BBQ sauce is beyond good. It's the right combination of flavor and spiciness... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
Bbeenz
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I've been coming here for many years and it never disappoints. The brisket is hormone free and grass fed and you can taste it. My go to are Black Bean and Chicken Tacos. These are my favorite soft tacos in the world. The BBQ sauce is beyond good. It's the right combination of flavor and spiciness. Try it once and... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

This was my second official trip to Ruby's, but I "eat" there often because I order their sauce online. I absolutely cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a small restaurant and is a bit difficult to park at times being right off Guadalupe. The first thing that hits you is you enter is the smoke from the meat. It... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We've come here for years, off and on. Our son and daughter-in-law used to eat here so often they had Ruby's cater their wedding reception. We were in Austin for a football game plus a music festival was going on. Everything was packed. We wanted BBQ and decided to try Ruby's since it had been a while. It was a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Why stand in line for BBQ? I know that's the "Austin experience" now at some BBQ places... and maybe great BBQ is worth a 1-hour wait.... but not when you're hungry for some VERY GOOD smokey, authentic PIT BBQ.... and we found it here. We were craving brisket for lunch, and i looked up several restaurants' ratings... wanting to try... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

After eating BBQ in several excellent places in and around Austin, we went to Ruby's and thought it was the BEST! Especially the brisket. Definitely a "diner, drive-ins, and dives" atmosphere, but very clean. Was not crowded, as we ate early, but it probably gets packed later on. Kid-friendly, will come back here when we are in town.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Although it's a walk-up counter, the service was pretty unfriendly. Food was OK, but not particularly good. Ribs poor, lacking in flavour...

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Ridgewood, NJ
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We were looking for a bit of BBQ on Sunday night in North Austin and came upon Ruby's. It has the authentic look and aroma of a pit BBQ place. You order at the counter and pick it up and take a seat. We ordered the chopped spicy BBQ beef sandwich. The meat was tender and smoky but the sauce... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I had heard of Rubys a few times but never tried it. Until today. The place is definitely "Austin" inside and out. I had the brisket (which was 20$ a pound!!!! Way more than what I'm used to). It was marvelous. It was very smokey, very moist, and sliced perfectly. I also got the baby backs. Incredible! Minimal use of... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Starting first, this is Ruby's, not Rudy's. It's a small, funky, BBQ place not too far from the university. We came on a Monday for lunch and ordered the special, a chopped barbecue beef sandwich on a big soft roll. With one side & beverage, it was $6.95. Wife got vinegar coleslaw; I got mustard potato salad. We both drank... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The restaurant was very gracious about serving our large group. They were very fast, and all orders were accurate. Priced perfectly for a university area. Served on trays, so don't expect linen and silver service. It was perfect!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > University of Texas
  • Neighborhood: University of Texas
  • Phone Number: (512) 477-1651

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?