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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
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 19
    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
Decent BBQ

Was on the hunt for the best BBQ in Austin and decided to check out Ruby's. Walked a good 20 blocks on a rainy Monday to get there. Decent BBQ. Nice presentation and very helpful and friendly staff. The ribs were the tastiest but the chicken and pulled pork needed more flavor.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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NYC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Was on the hunt for the best BBQ in Austin and decided to check out Ruby's. Walked a good 20 blocks on a rainy Monday to get there. Decent BBQ. Nice presentation and very helpful and friendly staff. The ribs were the tastiest but the chicken and pulled pork needed more flavor.

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texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Excellent service and delicious BBQ. Joey at the counter super pleasant and helpful in ordering. Huge, old school smoker out back...you can tell everything is prepared with love.

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Edmonton, AB
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is my kind of eatery. Good food, decent prices, and loads of atmosphere. Just over a month ago, I made my first trip to Texas, and discovered Texas BBQ. And i'm hooked. On my second trip, we drove past Ruby's, and said, let's give this a try. Inside, it looks like it may have been a feed warehouse in... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We had a platter for two. There wasn't enough meat for my partner so he ordered another 500g of ribs. It was delicious though! Cannot fault. The price was not bad either.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
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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
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110 reviews 110 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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102 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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
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?