We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


18 West Adams, Detroit, MI 48226
Update restaurant details
Ranked #130 of 947 restaurants in Detroit
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery
Description: When you combine the atmosphere of a local Detroit hangout, the excitement of watching the game on a 65” flat screen, and the taste of an old school smokehouse, you have found Rub. At Rub BBQ we are proud to show our Detroit heritage. From the original character of our down town location, to the Detroit history hanging from our walls, we are proud to be Detroiters. We use local Michigan suppliers to bring you the best BBQ around. We mix our own rubs and sauces from scratch using over 20 different varieties of herbs and spices. Our eco-friendly ideas let us bring you unforgettable taste while still contributing to a greener Detroit. So come on down and watch the game and enjoy one of our 30 beers on tap. Ask one of our friendly staff about reserving our Private V.I.P. Banquet Lounge. Have us plan your next event and we will provide you with your favorite food, spirits, and fun. Tailgating packages are available that include all your pre-game musts, so leave your grill at home, because at Rub BBQ we have all your smokehouse needs.
Write a Review

43 reviews from our community

58% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Ann Arbor
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

If your looking for great BBQ this is the place. Walk ins welcome, great service and very prompt. Bit crazy on game days or special event days...but wait for it ...it's worth every bite.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oshawa, Ontario
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

My husband and I had dinner at this pub while killing time before a concert downtown in April 2013. The food was to die for, and a great price too! The atmosphere was amazing as well because it was the Tiger's opening day! We had a lot of fun and a great meal.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We like to come here and eat before/after sporting events and other shows. Last visit was Feb. 2013 after a concert at the DSO. It's always crowded and bustling with activity but the food is great. Love their ribs and mac and cheese.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This place is very unique. The food was delicous and we had the best service. I would highly recommend and will be returning when we are in the area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Romeo, Michigan
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Some friends and I decided to stop here on the way to the ALCS game, and we were glad we could find a table upstairs after fighting the crowd to get into Cheli's with no avail. The waiter was very good despite having a packed house, keeping tabs on us on several occasions after we ordered drinks and food. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Detroit, Michigan
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The food was terrible, if your looking for bbq food in Detroit try Red Smoke in Greektown or the always busy but great slow's. The service isn't much better and the management isn't that friendly.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hamilton, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Well. The "When in Rome theory" Definitely speaks out loud when in Detroit. Never thought in my life that I would find this Southern BBQ pit master of all places DETROIT!!! We ha the 6-8 person platter for the first six of us, and it was like a Stafford long bomb to Johnson touch down pass!! It was out of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Detroit, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We like that RUB BBQ and PUB has gluten free selections marked on the menu. The food is okay and much less than eating gluten free in the area. They also have GF beer and ciders on tap!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Memphis, Michigan, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This place has great food and a great atmosphere. We will go again for sure. Also reasonably priced. convenient to the stadiums.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Harrison Township, Michigan, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

News Flash...Do not ever patronize any of the Rub Pub BBQ locations! I had 4 QFMs (fundraisers) scheduled there for over a month and guess what? Not only did they up and close the location , no one called to tell me and the manager there, Omar, Says oh well...They offered to move it to the Detroit location, across from... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed RUB BBQ and PUB also viewed


Been to RUB BBQ and PUB? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage RUB BBQ and PUB, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing