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Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, Barbecue
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207 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197-5440
+1 734-340-2381
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

If you love pulled pork or brisket, this is a great place. Before you walk in, it smells wonderful! They have different sauces to choose from, and pretzel bun options. They have 20 award winning craft beers on tap. The place feels cozy and cool with exposed brick, red walls, dark wood and leather accents. Sometimes there is live music.... More 

Thank C M
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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157 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016

Stopped in for lunch at 1:30 pm. One of us had been here before and had enjoyed the visit. After a decent wait, our server came to take our order, only to tell us that they were out of the burnt ends (while that happens, it would have been nice to be told up front, since that's what we'd stopped... More 

Thank JEM196204
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

love the atmosphere of this old repurposed building! The food is great Mac and Cheese, burnt ends, pulled pork and nachos with pulled pork are my favorite dishes here!

Thank Diane C
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

A very nice quaint restaurant. Good menu and selection of bar items. Nice selection of meats and barbecue flavors

Thank Mark L
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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111 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Loved the deep smoke flavor of the brisket!! Corn muffins still have my mouth watering. Happy Hour discounts on adult beverages made the multiple choices even better. Terrific, knowledgable servers.

Thank Pamela S
Macomb, Michigan
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

The food (Burnt Ends and Mac&Cheese) were simply delicious! The service was good and our waiter was wonderful. Try it out for yourself though...

Thank ToyaWalks
Farmington Hills, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2016

First time visit. I'd be back there for breakfast tomorrow, but they don't serve breakfast. Ordered the burnt ends as an appetizer and they LITERALLY melt in your mouth. Even my son who is not a brisket guy couldn't get enough of them. My brisket-junky daughter teared up they were so good. She followed that up with a brisket sandwich... More 

Thank Jeff W
Shawn C, Owner at Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, responded to this review

Jeff, this is incredible! From your daughter's brisket-inspired tears of joy to your comment about the mysterious ingredients in our Brussels sprouts, we couldn't be happier to hear how much you and your family loved our place. Thank you! We hope you all will make it back soon! Yours in BBQ, Red Rock Downtown Barbecue More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

I've been going here to eat on every business trip in Michigan. It is good. Wait staff has always been attentive, food is also hot and Awesome when brought to the table, and prices are competitive.

1 Thank Matthew L
Shawn C, Owner at Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, responded to this review

Matthew, we're glad you make sure to stop by our place every time you're in Ypsi -- that sure speaks volumes of our food and service. Thanks a lot for letting us know! We'll see you next time. Best wishes, Red Rock Downtown Barbecue More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

For us, service is just as important as flavor, so it was refreshing when we walked in shortly before midnight and were told that the kitchen was doing its last call, but that it was no problem for us to order. We were not rushed, and our requests were granted without fuss. However, I will make sure to visit earlier... More 

Thank Jacqulene B
Shawn C, Owner at Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, responded to this review

Jacqulene, the service is just as important as the food to us, too, so we're thrilled that you loved both! From the smoked pork to the collard greens, we'll let the kitchen staff know they did a fabulous job. Thanks for the feedback! Hope to see you soon, Red Rock Downtown Barbecue More 

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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Food is average here but has a great and friendly staff! Never wait on a drink at the bar..great to watch the game..or a quick drink with some friends...i don't ever go for the food...it's not terrible...just not for me :)

Thank Chels0625
Shawn C, Owner at Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, responded to this review

We're sorry you're not a fan of our food, but we're glad you love coming in anyway! Thanks so much for the kind words about our drinks and service. We'll see you next game day! Best, Red Rock Downtown Barbecue More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 207 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197-5440
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ypsilanti
  • Phone Number: +1 734-340-2381
We are a Barbecue restaurant centered around smoked, quality meats and southern comfort food. Black Angus brisket Burnt Ends are a must try! Our full bar features 20 Craft Beers on draft and many more in bottles. Great Happy Hour daily 3pm - 6pm and 9pm - Close.

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