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Ruby's BBQ

512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
+1 512-477-1651
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good30%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“spicy bbq” (6 reviews)
“brisket” (46 reviews)
“beans” (10 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705-3714
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Ruby's is a no frills BBQ located in a small rustic, weathered building at 29th and Guadeloupe. It's small interior is cozy, worn, and nostalgic. Autographed pictures of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Little Richard, and other artists add to its classic decor. It was also well...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

While visiting Austin, a local friend took me to Ruby's. It was amazing, the meat is incredible, all ingredients are fresh. We had gumbo, jambalaya, and wine for around $20. The place next door used to be a music venue and there is lots of...More

Thank Mejad
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Great bbq. Wouldn't visit for the ambience tho, and not a wide variety of drinks, feels like a student joint. :-) but the meat is really good.

Thank ooobabatunde
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Love the family style by the pound brisket and pulled pork. Throw in the bread, pickles and onion and we made great sandwiches. The southwest mashed potatoes rounded out the meal. Very good food, friendly staff.

Thank Denise E
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Excellent food, excellent service! We ordered a smoked turkey for thanksgiving. It was ready and delicious as planned. When we went to pick it up, they were quick to point out their other specials and were very friendly and helpful. We bought brisket and ribs...More

Thank laplantes
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We went for a quick lunch break. Rudy's mixes great food and a fun atmosphere. Choose your meat and sides and sit outside and relax and enjoy. Eating on paper is something the kiddies will have fun with too. Fun for all!

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 29 August 2017

My family and I really liked this place! The staff was awesome! My wife and I had the brisket and sausage sandwich. excellent potatoe salad , great coleslaw. My son and daughter in law had the brisket plate .Lots of food. However we had the...More

Thank jabberman_76366
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Great BBQ from an Austin institution. Anyone who went to UT in the 80s/90s can attest that Ruby's may not get alllll the attention, but is a worthy contender for the best BBQ around. And they pack up your stuff to go perfectly for homesick...More

Thank Serena_sayeth
Reviewed 12 April 2017

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...More

Thank Jackrabbit
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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.

Thank Ariel S
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21 September 2016|
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Response from Dave R | Reviewed this property |
Go to Ruby's BBQ website; they've usually got pies and cobblers along with a couple of other things. Be hungry when you get there! Dave
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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
  • Neighbourhood: University of Texas
  • Phone Number: +1 512-477-1651
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