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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 #663 of 3,121 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $10 - $15
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Neighborhood: University of Texas
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English first
Austin, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Why stand in line for BBQ? I know that's the "Austin experience" now at some BBQ places... and maybe great BBQ is worth a 1-hour wait.... but not when you're hungry for some VERY GOOD smokey, authentic PIT BBQ.... and we found it here. We were craving brisket for lunch, and i looked up several restaurants' ratings... wanting to try... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

After eating BBQ in several excellent places in and around Austin, we went to Ruby's and thought it was the BEST! Especially the brisket. Definitely a "diner, drive-ins, and dives" atmosphere, but very clean. Was not crowded, as we ate early, but it probably gets packed later on. Kid-friendly, will come back here when we are in town.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Although it's a walk-up counter, the service was pretty unfriendly. Food was OK, but not particularly good. Ribs poor, lacking in flavour...

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Ridgewood, NJ
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257 reviews 257 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We were looking for a bit of BBQ on Sunday night in North Austin and came upon Ruby's. It has the authentic look and aroma of a pit BBQ place. You order at the counter and pick it up and take a seat. We ordered the chopped spicy BBQ beef sandwich. The meat was tender and smoky but the sauce... More

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50 reviews 50 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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