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Ruby's BBQ

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University of Texas
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512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
(512) 477-1651
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    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
High quality and no frills

This was exceptional quality food but absolutely no frills. You stand in line to order by the pound (1/2 or 1/4). Sit at picnic tables and eat off wax paper but the meats were moist and high quality.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ironman468
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was exceptional quality food but absolutely no frills. You stand in line to order by the pound (1/2 or 1/4). Sit at picnic tables and eat off wax paper but the meats were moist and high quality.

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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you walk in, it has n informal picnic setting. Don't let that fool you. Buy your meat by the pound, get your sides and a loaf od bread will be thrown on top of the heap. Now....for all of you creamed corn lovers...this is the place. It is the most remarkable tasting container of yumminess so get enough to... More 

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Thank Karen B
Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

May be the worst food I have ever eaten. Four of us ate here and 3 of us got sick. It was 2 days before we could eat again. Stay as far away from here as you can

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Thank buildernc
Norcross, Georgia
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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We ordered a meal from Ruby's through Grubhub. While the chicken was a bit dry for our tastes, it still had great flavor especially when covered in Ruby's delicious bbq sauce. The macaroni and cheese was fantastic, but the creamy mustard potato salad seemed to have more mustard than potatoes in it. Overall, the meal was not too bad.

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Thank Tripre
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

We had the mixed plate and the brisket was just amazing, it just fell apart. Cooked to absolute perfection! You must visit this place!

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Thank Emily W
South Egremont, Massachusetts
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Wonderful barbecue with excellent side dishes. Ribs were to die for. Baked beans were delicious and very spicy. They even have wine !!!

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Thank Rstan
Austin, Texas
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190 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We always enjoy RUBY'S BBQ, a small "old fashioned " place where you order at counter, with lots of choices and daily specials. BBQ brisket price is also less expensive, but very good, and I like that they have different types of potato salad and cole slaw. Tried the banana bread pudding... it was great. Definitely a favorite place near... More 

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Thank LK R
Toronto
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505 reviews
335 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The barbeque here is relatively good although not really outstanding. It is reasonably priced. They offer few side dishes. You order at the counter and the service is quite fast.

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Thank TorontoMusicman
Charlotte, North Carolina
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The BBQ was very good, ribs a bit dry but we were there for a late lunch 3:30. The coleslaws were very good (tried both types). Mac n Cheese was good too.

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Thank Debbie S
Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

Very nice place, nice atmosphere, friendly service and the food was good especially the brisket. Salads were tasty. I'd eat here again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > University of Texas
  • Neighborhood: University of Texas
  • Phone Number: (512) 477-1651

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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

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