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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, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    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
Great bbq

When ever I feel like bbq, I go to Ruby's because they do it great. I love ribs, and they make them very well. Good flavor, cooked just a tad bit rare (the way it should be). Also exceptional service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
Ronald R
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Houston, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

When ever I feel like bbq, I go to Ruby's because they do it great. I love ribs, and they make them very well. Good flavor, cooked just a tad bit rare (the way it should be). Also exceptional service.

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

So my husband eats meat and I'm a vegetarian. I decided to tag along with him so he could enjoy some Texas BBQ. I order the vegetarian frito pie and the vegetarian jambalaya. I barely stomached the frito pie and the jambalaya wasn't edible. The frito pie tasted like dish washing liquid. Maybe they cut up my vegetables in the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Recently visited Ruby's country store and Barbeque and I must say I was very impressed. As we had not been there before they have a ritual where they welcome newbies with cheering and sample of their most famous cuts of meat. It's all served on plain paper and the tastes of both meats and side dishes were excellent I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Great meal with my out of town parents. They love brisket and we are vegetarian. The jambalya was very tasty for us, and they enjoyed their brisket sliced and on a sandwich.

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Cartago, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Brisket is not a regular food for us Latin Amercians so while visiting Austin we had the opportunity to visit Ruby`s... now I am a regular brisket eater!! The quality of the food, the environment and the service at this wonderful place resulted in a remarkable experience difficult to forget. They have a great mini shop in which you can... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The BBQ at Rub's is consistently good. But this is one BBQ joint that has great side dishes as well. Nice fresh beans, jalapeno and cheese fried potatoes, cole slaw done right and tasty deserts.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My daughter, nephew and I ate lunch here 4 days ago. I had brisket(tender, very little fat), hot and spicy BBQ beans, creamy cole slaw w/ poppy seeds, and peach cobbler. I thought everything was yummy although I found the beans a little too hot/spicy. They do have wait staff to bring your food to you but that's all they... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The BBQ is authentic, and for a chain, the environment is fairly authentic too. That means no frills, cafeteria service, with soda and fixing bar, help yourself style. The meat, selection and style are pretty good, not famously, but Texas good. You can see the prep happen behind the checkout for your order. The seating is cafeteria style also, which... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We went in the afternoon, between lunch and dinner, and it was not crowded. Quick service, lots of choices. The BBQ itself was good; brisket was very tender and rib meat melted off the bone. The side dishes were ok... So although it was good, we are not compelled to go back if we wanted BBQ again. We would probably... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Our family of seven decided that we wanted to try a little bit of everything at Ruby's one very rainy afternoon. We were going to sit on the covered patio but the weather forced us inside. We ordered the brisket, ribs, sausage and barbeque chicken and sides of beans, mac and cheese, and corn on the cob. The food was... 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?