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Ruby's BBQ

#273 of 3,054 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
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Austin
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

You have many barbecue options in Austin. Some are over rated, some are sterile. Ruby's is funky, quirky, and delicious. We tend to put a lot of sauce on our barbecue, which sometimes masks the quality of the meat. I always get the sliced beef (brisket) at Ruby's - they use beef free of hormones and antibiotics. It's not always... More 

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Thank Jackrabbit
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was really friendly, we ordered the brisket with the potato salad and coleslaw, and it was one of the best I had. It is kids friendly with a great kids menu.

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Thank Ariel S
Munich, Bayern, Germany
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there after a long and exhausting day at SXSW and found a relaxed, laid back yet tasty place. We were excited about the brisket, short ribs and fixings. Will come back next year!

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Thank Michael A
Austin, Texas
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240 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

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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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2016

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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115 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 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 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 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
Reviewed 22 September 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
Reviewed 22 August 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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Thank jfreder96
Thousand Oaks
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 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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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
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > University of Texas
  • Neighbourhood: University of Texas
  • Phone Number: +1 512-477-1651

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