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Ruby's BBQ

#292 of 3,039 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
University of Texas
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512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
(512) 477-1651
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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George Town, Grand Cayman
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

Thank jfreder96
Thousand Oaks
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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!!!!

Thank calkris
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank SurferGuyAustin
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank Dave R
Fairfax, Virginia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank ET385
North Houston, Texas
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61 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank s m
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank David M
United States
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Thank Spielzeug
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12 reviews
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.

Thank IlBuonO711
Sherman Oaks, CA
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Needed some sides to go with the chilled brisket we picked up from Franklin. The mac and cheese and collard greens were amazing. Vinaigrette cole slaw was great too. The spicy beans are SPICY. Look forward to trying some other items soon.

Thank Deborah A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?