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Ruthie's Bar-B-Q

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64 1/2 Chestnut St, Montclair, NJ
973-509-1134
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best BBQ in North Jersey

We went to Ruthie's for lunch last Saturday and ordered the BBQ Rib Platter with a side of beans. The meal came with the best French fries I have ever had and red cabbage cole slaw with a vinegar sauce which was also awesome. The ribs fell off the bone and the smoky flavor was incredible. I gave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
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Jersey
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West Milford, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Why did it take me so long to go to Ruthie's Bar-B-Q? I've been twice -last two Fridays. Had a good chopped brisket sandwich, and excellent dry rub ribs. Real French fries! My wife had the goat cheese pizza- with fresh mozz., pesto and eggplant- wow. The place is styled like a juke joint with kitchen dinette tables, high ceilings... More 

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Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We went to Ruthie's for lunch last Saturday and ordered the BBQ Rib Platter with a side of beans. The meal came with the best French fries I have ever had and red cabbage cole slaw with a vinegar sauce which was also awesome. The ribs fell off the bone and the smoky flavor was incredible. I gave it four... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Whenever I visit my daughter in Montclair I always ask to get pizza from Ruthies. The thin crust with eggplant and goat cheese is my all time favorite.

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Montclair, New Jersey
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83 reviews 83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I like everything I've eaten here (the menu is small). Both the BBQ and the pizza are good. The music on weekends is great and you can bring wine or beer and enjoy it with dinner and music.

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chapel hill
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We went because we heard they had the best french fries in Montclair. After reading the reviews about how rude the owner was we weren't sure about the place. We found him friendly and a bit flirty. We had a complicated order and couldn't make up our minds and he was very patient. The french fries were terrific, the hush... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

On Friday nights they have a band outside. Really nice to bring a six pack and share a thin-crust pizza while unwinding after a long week :)

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I went there for the first time and ordered takeout. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and sides of coleslaw and baked beans. The sandwich was deee-lish and the sides were very good and the portions generous. I can't wait to go back and try other things on the menu. As others have noted, there does seem to be a... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We've gotten take out here two or three times when in Montclair. The pizzas are delicious and they have a couple of nice salads too. (Although, I'd appreciate something other than iceberg lettuce to go with that wonderful warm goat cheese). At our last visit we got BBQ and that was good also (but the pizza is better!) Helpful hint:... More 

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glen ridge, nj
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I really want to like this place. The food is good, the place is pleasant enough and the bands out back are really terrific. Problem is, as several others have noted, the guy--(the owner?)-- behind the counter could not be more unfriendly. (The other servers, on the other hand, are extremely pleasant). He clearly needs another line of work. And... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Great ribs, awful owner! I just got off the phone with him and had to come Yelp the convo, because it was that ridiculous. First, I live less than a block away from Ruthie's and am a frequent customer. I called tonight to place an order for pickup. As the girl who answered the phone was about to take my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 64 1/2 Chestnut St, Montclair, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Montclair
  • Phone Number: 973-509-1134
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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