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Circle J Bar-B-Que

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1825 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345
+1 575-257-4105
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
Description: Circle J Bar-B-Que is a family style restaurant. All food is made from...
Circle J Bar-B-Que is a family style restaurant. All food is made from homemade scratch recipes that date back thirty years. The owners have owned and operated the restaurant for 18 years and continue to work to make peoples meals enjoyable.
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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Food and Good Price

My wife and I just recently visited Ruidoso on a short day trip getaway for her birthday, The place is conveniently located right on the main street. The day was visited was cold and blowing wind and visibility was a minimum so decided to give it a shot and were both very pleased. The BBQ tasted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Jnap2500
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El Paso, Texas
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Roswell, New Mexico
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has been there for ever. The food is dynamite. IT is a cafeteria type dinning. You choose your meat or Meats and then push your tray down the line and choose your veggie and such. Great place for a group.

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Thank John B
Portales
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some students at ENMU who are from Ruidoso and Alto told us we must try this place, so we finally did. Wowzers! The chopped brisket in their homemade sauce? Decadent! The potato salad? Absolutely perfect - not too wet and just the perfect dry for me. The pickle? Perfect finishing touch. I wasn't crazy for the rolls (they looked better... More 

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Thank bartokhound
El Paso, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I just recently visited Ruidoso on a short day trip getaway for her birthday, The place is conveniently located right on the main street. The day was visited was cold and blowing wind and visibility was a minimum so decided to give it a shot and were both very pleased. The BBQ tasted great, moist exactly how... More 

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Thank Jnap2500
Albuquerque
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

arrived ~5:30 on a Wed night bec learned they closed at 6:30?? The single portion of pulled pork was generous and the BBQ sauce was tasty. The double meat portion (brisket, pulled pork) seemed to have the same amount of total meat as the single portion version (?). The brisket was quite tender. The menu board didn't list the sides... More 

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1 Thank Kimberly T
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It's right there! It's right there in front of you, the best BBQ place in all of New Mexico. My friend who lives there, took me to this place. We were the first there as it opened at 11am. First of all, the scent... holy moly. She knew what she wanted, her usual, so proceeded forward, while I stood there... More 

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Thank RiverBirch1967
Wichita, Kansas
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Smoked sausage and pickles were good. Ribs, green beans, pulled pork and macaroni and cheese were awful. awful and I don't mean maybe !!

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Thank Bugsey829
Ruidoso, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The food and atmosphere at Circle J Barbeque is wonderful. I eat here weekly and truly enjoy all the food. The brisket, turkey, rolls, and cobbler is absolutely wonderful. I always receive friendly service and love the small business atmosphere.

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1 Thank Stephanie B
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306 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Been twice; same results both times. Their BBQ is just average. Too bad, as the place is clean, decent, pleasant; &, their staff is friendly. But, there's much better BBQ places in town. Their "sides" are very good though - so, if your group has any "vegetarians", they hit-the-jackpot.

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Thank ggrodhaus
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My partner does not like most sides, so the fact that he could order just ribs was great for us. I had the chopped brisket sandwich with a side of peach cobbler. The meet was very flavorful and the serving sizes were generous. The peach cobbler was okay; the whipped cream on top was a nice addition.

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Thank Desert_Sunrise
Picayune, Mississippi, United States
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Loved every bite! Full plates and great service! The one meat plate with 2 sides and a drink and also a fest hot roll were far more than I could eat! Amazingly good especially after a day of shopping!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1825 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: +1 575-257-4105

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 22
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Circle J Bar-B-Que is a family style restaurant. All food is made from homemade scratch recipes that date back thirty years. The owners have owned and operated the restaurant for 18 years and continue to work to make peoples meals enjoyable.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?