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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: Buffet
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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Good for:
Families with children

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  • 22
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 10
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  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Local Color Place and Surprisingly Good Bar-B-Que

We ate at the Circle J last night..... Had been trying to get into Can't Stop Smokin BBQ, which was not open at meal times during our stay.... We even called ahead and they said they'd be open and when we got there they still weren't open. The BBQ at Circle J was surprisingly good. We had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2014
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Yankton, South Dakota
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Selma, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Being Texan we can't go without BBQ. One thing that sold us on giving it a shot; 2 to be exact, was the smoke stack flowing beautiful plumes on a 9 degree snowy day. That doesn't necessarily guarantee goodness, but in this case it did. We had the Brisket and Sausage sandwiches that were on special at the time of... More 

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Decatur, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Service was decent, but the food wasn't good. My twins LOVE ribs and they wouldn't eat more than a couple of bites of them here.... Very expensive for almost average portion sizes!

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Yankton, South Dakota
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We ate at the Circle J last night..... Had been trying to get into Can't Stop Smokin BBQ, which was not open at meal times during our stay.... We even called ahead and they said they'd be open and when we got there they still weren't open. The BBQ at Circle J was surprisingly good. We had a three meet... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We never miss going to the Circle J and have never been disappointed! We eat brisket sandwiches and ribs. Their rolls are complimentary and delicious. They have very tasty sides to add to your meal and they are reasonably priced! Service is excellent!

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Dallas,tx
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We were headed out of town and decided to stop in for a quick bite. Very polite young man helped us. However... Food was dry, overcooked, all of the sides were barely heated through after being dumped from a can. There wasn't even fresh lemon for the iced tea. The window sills had dead flies. Gross! Seriously, this place needs... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The food is fine but the seats,tables etc pretty much everything you touch is sticky or dusty this place made my grandmother sick she was sitting by the toilet all night don't go here!!its suicide!!💀💀💀

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Chaparral, NM
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The menu is fairly small, but it doesn't need to be big with the quality of what is offered. I've never been disappointed here and I stop often. Great value for your money.

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San Antonio
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66 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Food was not too bad; was a little pricey, but that is usual outside of a large city and in a "resort" town. I would recommend for a visitor if you really want bar-b-que fix. You have two choices for bar-b-que,but have not tried the other place.

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Kerrville, Texas, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Circle J is a must for Bar-B-Que. Love the atmosphere. Been going there on vacations for over 30 years. I always get the brisket and sausage plate with corn on the cob. It is wonderful and being from Texas, I've eaten a lot of bar-b-que. Restaurant was clean and the service great. I highly recommend!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The brisket was juicy, tender, yummy deliciousness. The corn was crisp and sweet. The portions were large. Our food was served by a polite, young man. The seating area was clean and spacious, but at the same time it seemed cozy because of the drizzling rain.

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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: American, Barbecue

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?