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512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714 (University of Texas)
(512) 477-1651
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Ranked #701 of 3,131 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $10 - $15
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Barbecue
Neighborhood: University of Texas
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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171 reviews 171 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We've come here for years, off and on. Our son and daughter-in-law used to eat here so often they had Ruby's cater their wedding reception. We were in Austin for a football game plus a music festival was going on. Everything was packed. We wanted BBQ and decided to try Ruby's since it had been a while. It was a... More

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Austin, Texas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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294 reviews 294 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 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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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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