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Ruby's BBQ

512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714 (University of Texas)
(512) 477-1651
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Ranked #628 of 3,122 restaurants in Austin
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Neighborhood: University of Texas
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60 reviews from our community

58% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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London, UK
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93 reviews 93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

When researching BBQ joints for our Texas trip, I noticed that the majority did not cater for vegetarians beyond sides of potato salad or mac'n'cheese (which wasn't great news for the vegetarians in our party). Ruby's was one of the few exceptions - with salads as both mains and sides, also some Tex-Mex and Cajun options. I went for the... More

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Paris, France
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Both my husband and I got sick after dining here. I had the brisket, which I have had better, not very tender or flavorful. Had a side of mac and cheese not sure they understand what mac and cheese truly is, Kraft in a box is 100% better then what they serve. BTW have not had Kraft in a box... More

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Summit, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We make it a point to stop at Ruby's whenever we are in Austin, which is usually several times a year, as we have family (lucky us) there. We have eaten at Ruby's for lunch, dinner, late night and take-out. They never disappoint. We regard Ruby's as our go-to spot for authentic Texas BBQ. Food handlers are often students and... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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193 reviews 193 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I seem to make it to Ruby's once on every visit to Austin. This is probably somewhat due to its location near the university, but the BBQ is reasonably tasty nonetheless. Sauce is slightly sweet with a definite "spice" flavor that I can't quite place. Sides are fine, with two variations of both slaw and potato salad. While the building... More

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Lindon, Utah
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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We went to the food truck area in Austin and we came across Ruby's BBQ. We enjoyed the meal. I had the Elgin Sausage, Brisket and Slaw. They offer sandwiches or meat by the pound. I ordered 1/2 pound of brisket and 1/2 pound of Elgin Sausage. The brisket was good and had a good smokey flavor, but this was... More

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Only had a few minutes for lunch when traveling and this was right around the corner...They had a quick already made sandwich area that had sliced beef, chopped beef and others...Picked up a sandwich, drink, and chips and it was all under $5!...The chopped beef sandwich was full of meat and was only $2.50!!! Such a deal and DELICIOUS!!!

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Pelham, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

My husband and I went to Ruby's because of their vegetarian creole options, our food was excellent. The restaurant is really cool and the staff was friendly and helpful.

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