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

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 7
    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 Texan Barbeque

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... read more

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

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I am not one to complain or even to take the time to write a review. However, just tried to have a nice dinner with my family while on vacation and had not only the worst BBQ but one of the worst meals I have ever had out. I had to wait longer for my plate then the rest of... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I don't mean this to be a backhanded compliment, but I think Ruby's has some of the best sides for a BBQ joint in Austin. The sliced brisket is very good, always tender and cooked just right. But their beans have a spicy flavor that is above and beyond the plain old pinto beans commonly served. And their potato salad... More 

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Additional Information about Ruby's BBQ

Address: 512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
Phone Number: (512) 477-1651
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > University of Texas
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Barbecue

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?