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Ruby's BBQ

#299 of 3,047 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

When you live in CA and your daughter decides to attend UT in Austin you get a great chance to try food that you won't usually get to have. After 5 years in school, I feel as though I am well educated in Austin cuisine. By far, my favorite restaurant of any kind is Ruby's. the sauce is just delightful.... More 

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Stop by the place, it is clean, well run, and has happy employees. I tried the brisket, turkey, ribs, potato salad, creamed corn, and chocolate pudding (was sharing with friends so don't judge) :-) It really is worth checking out and is great for large groups as well. I see people saying this place isn't as good as this or... More 

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Thousand Oaks
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

This chicken pasta and vegetable eating Californian had a yen for some beef and oh my gosh I found the right place!!! Don't miss the moist brisket and baby back ribs. The best and if you're going to do it go for it at Rudys!!!!

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Thank calkris
Austin
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

They advertise as if they're high quality meat. I wouldn't say anything negative otherwise. Pretty good old-style place with predictable noserings, etc., being close to campus in Austin.

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Thank SurferGuyAustin
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Stopped in during a visit with family and friends. Food came in a reasonable amount of time, plenty to eat, and the quality was very good. Took a couple of folks who'd never had brisket, and they were very impressed and enjoyed the meal very much. Not sure why the folks who ordered the hot and spicy beans were surprised... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We went as part of an office goodbye party. Everyone enjoyed the food and time at Ruby's. Cafeteria style service. Can be confusing especially if this is your first time.

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North Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Ribs were mediocre, sauce too hot even for Austin as well as the sausage. Turkey was inedible. Save your money & go to a decent restaurant where they know how to cook barbeque.

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Thank s m
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

grimy little place with no atmosphere. the baby backs tasted like they came straight out of the oven no smoke flavor at all. the smoked turkey had never been anywhere close to any kind of smoke. it was tasteless. sides poor to ordinary. the beans were so hot seasoned not even my grandson could eat them. sorry but there is... More 

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United States
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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Spicy beans, a bit heavy on the chili powder, and good mustard potato salad. Brisket was OK. BBQ chicken was really OK. BBQ sauce was an excellent Carolina style with a hint of vinegar. Overall good food, just not great.

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Thank Spielzeug
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Spicy BBQ beans, vinaigrette Cole Slaw, and sausage and chicken w/ their signature sauce. Not great but does the job.

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?