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Ruby's BBQ

#257 of 3,028 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
University of Texas
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512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
+1 512-477-1651
Today
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
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Austin, Texas
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207 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Counter service but food prepared to order and served at your table. Meal served on butcher paper along with condiments. Only water and tea is self service. Staff were friendly and patient with first-timers. Good parking on a slow day. Potato salad was chunky german style but lacking much taste.

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Thank Garth M
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rudy's is the best chain BBQ in town. If you don't feel like driving to Opie's or Cooper's, then Rudy's is the place. The moist brisket is awesome! The St Louis ribs are also top notch.

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Thank James L
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105 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

The moist brisket literally melts in your mouth and taste amazing. The bbq sauce is great and it's a great environment to eat good quality bbq

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Thank TrotaAye3
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I went to ACL fest and found this place while I was looking for a snicker store. Let's begin with excellent and helpful attention to my questions about the meal's weight and ingredients. Then, I received my order of brisket and sausage and it was AMAZING!! One of the best brisket I've tasted!! Great experience!

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Thank Monica S
Ridgecrest, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 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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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, 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: +1 512-477-1651

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?