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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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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 18
    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
The best? Not to us.

First of all we're not Austin natives and we may not know authentic BBQ if it smacked us in the face, but we just weren't as impressed with Ruby's as the other reviewers. Sure, the place had the vintage hole-in-the-wall feel, but we found the food okay, not anything to write home about. Of course... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
EricF147
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I stopped in for lunch and had the Brisket And Sausage plate. It was cooked to perfection. The staff were great and help out with all my silly questions. See you next time I am in Austin..

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Flowery Branch, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We found this place randomly and was glad we gave it a try. Absolute nightmare to get into the parking lot. I loved all the random art and band posters. Our kiddo even finished all of her dinner, which never happens. Five stars!

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Cocoa Beach
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

I found the beef excellent and staff very very helpful. Everything was very fresh and menu states no hormones. Great for lunch down town.I'm yet to try anything but brisket as thats standard I go by. Ha.

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kentucky
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great food. Excellent customer service. They make sure you are completely satisfied or they make it right. Highly recommended.

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

First of all we're not Austin natives and we may not know authentic BBQ if it smacked us in the face, but we just weren't as impressed with Ruby's as the other reviewers. Sure, the place had the vintage hole-in-the-wall feel, but we found the food okay, not anything to write home about. Of course our only point of comparison... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Very good overall. Is crazy how good BBQ can be when you are not waiting 3-4hrs to get in. Fall of the bone ribs and very good brisket. Banana bread pudding is to die for. Solid value, the place is an old wood house that adds character to your dining experience. Personal treatment by owner was cherry on top. Might... More 

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Minneapolis
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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Passed by this joint on biz trip and it looked pretty authentic so I circled back at dinner time on a Sunday. Quaint and cozy typical BBQ dining area. Very friendly cashier and staff. Got the brisket plate with sides of okra with tomatoes and collard greens. Nice portion of brisket, tender and very little fat. Love the flavor- doesn't... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You cannot get this at a chain. The slow cooked brisket is old-fashioned Texas DELICIOUS! NOTHING fancy here. You order at the counter and they deliver. Very near campus so you have a student-like atmosphere. Very fun visit!

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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?