Ruby's BBQ

BBQ Joint · North University
512 W 29th St (at Guadalupe), Austin, TX 78705, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

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  • What you need to know
    Jon M.
    "Get the ribs & brisket combo you won't be sorry"(11 Tips)
    Belinda S.
    "Try the hot and spicy BBQ beans!"(2 Tips)
    "The chopped beef sandwich, vinegary coleslaw, potato salad, and mint..."(2 Tips)
    Ted P.
    "brisket with collard greens and potato salad"(2 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • brisket
  • potato salad
  • pulled pork
  • spicy food
  • collard greens
  • vegetarian food
  • beef
  • ribs
  • great value
  • good service
  • mint iced tea
  • cole slaw
  • veggie tacos
  • peach cobbler
  • good for a quick meal
  • beer
  • sausage
  • pickles
  • BBQ sauce
  • Dre M.

    Good BBQ place opened till late. Go for brisket! 😍

    Dre Michelotti · October 25, 2014
  • Vi T.

    The sauce has an extra kick. A bit pricey, but good.

    Vi Tran · September 11, 2014
  • Alexandra A.

    Food is right below mediocre.

    Alexandra A · September 2, 2014
  • GreatStoneFace

    The chopped beef sandwich, vinegary coleslaw, potato salad, and mint iced tea all are great. The early rock 'n' roll music added to the experience. Near UT and the university area Doubletree.

    GreatStoneFace · July 7, 2014
  • Mac

    Try the BBQ!!!!!!!!!!

    Mac · March 9, 2014
  • Austin Chronicle

    Award-winning barbecue served in a down-home setting, with an outstanding assortment of vegetarian options and side dishes. All meats are available as sandwiches, by the plate, or by the pound.

    Austin Chronicle · February 11, 2014
  • Francisco G.

    I much prefer the pulled pork but I'm not a brisket person

    Francisco Gutierrez · December 28, 2013
  • Kat M.

    Try the Vegetarian Frito Pie. It is awesome!

    Kat Mandelstein · November 13, 2013
  • David S.

    Campus staple. Gotta eat here!

    David Self · November 2, 2013
  • Aida A.

    Vinaigrette based cole sale was good but Mac and cheese was all together horrible, chicken was not really good either. Sauce was amazing tho!

    Aida Ahmed · October 26, 2013
  • I Realty C.

    The best BBQ sauce

    I Realty Connect · May 19, 2013
  • Storm H.

    Brisket and sausage. Skip the turkey. BBQ beans are choice, but spicy.

    Storm Holloway · April 30, 2013
  • Alex Z.

    There is a cat here by the name of Snowball who will give you a love bite if you aren't careful when you pet her

    Alex Zheng · April 24, 2013
  • qwanna J.

    Wasnt very good..never will i come here again

    qwanna Johnson · April 6, 2013
  • Marisa

    Order the brisket! Legit! Delish! Dangerous!

    Marisa · March 15, 2013
  • Brooklyn United

    The chopped beef sandwich will generate feelings of euphoria. Pair with a Shiner Bock or anything Mexican in a bottle.

    Brooklyn United · March 4, 2013
  • Jon M.

    Get the ribs & brisket combo you won't be sorry

    Jon Melamut · July 10, 2012
  • Anastasia X.

    Brisket plate with a Big Red. Nice snackie.

    Anastasia X · June 14, 2012
  • Belinda S.

    Try the hot and spicy BBQ beans! My favorite thing here!

    Belinda Smith · May 28, 2012
  • Justin O.

    The only BBQ place I know that serves all-natural hormone-free meat.

    Justin Ong · May 5, 2012
  • Martin T.

    If you get confused and go to RUDY'S instead consider yourself lucky.

    Martin Thomas · March 26, 2012
  • Angela D.

    Elgin Sausage rocked my world! It's a locally made beef sausage and it's not too spicy.

    Angela Davis · March 18, 2012
  • Josh L.

    Killer brisket sandwich! Nice beer selection too!

    Josh Lieberman · March 14, 2012
  • Thomas B.

    Hoovers can suck it this place is boss

    Thomas Beckett · February 14, 2012
  • Eat Your World

    Amazing chopped BBQ beef sandwich: burnt bits & ends of slow-cooked brisket, BBQ sauce, pickles & onions on a soft white bun--essentially an absurdly delicious BBQ version of a sloppy Joe. Unmissable. Read more

    Eat Your World · January 16, 2012
  • Kelly R.

    All of the tips were so helpful! We tried many of the items suggested...thank you to all that left them.... Greatest BBQ so far!!!!

    Kelly Roman · December 27, 2011
  • Nathan C.

    I agree the food was not favorite. But if u are an ice muncher then u will love that here. The ice is great.

    Nathan Clements · December 14, 2011
  • Anthony T.

    Don't waste your time. Their flavorless food is only a foreshadowed by their crappy service.Save yourself the pain and just go to Rudys. You'll thank me later.

    Anthony Torres · December 14, 2011
  • Adrián E.

    The desserts are delicious, especially the peach cobbler!

    Adrián Encontrado · November 3, 2011
  • Mary Helen M.

    Get to Ruby's early if you want any veggie jambalaya. It sells out fast!

    Mary Helen McNally · August 25, 2011
  • Scanwiches

    Spicy Chopped Beef, Pickles, Onions, Barbecue Sauce. Read more

    Scanwiches · August 5, 2011
  • Mary Helen M.

    Ruby's has great BBQ, but also serves up a delicious variety of vegetarian grub, including spicy veggie jambalaya, veggie chili, and creative veggie tacos, making it a perfect place to take a group.

    Mary Helen McNally · June 22, 2011
  • Jesse F.

    best little bbq ever. jambalaya and chopped beef are brilliant. jazzy and atypical feel - one of my all-time favorites.

    Jesse Fewkes · April 25, 2011
  • Big Red

    Best BBQ near campus. Try the pulled pork Carolina-style.

    Big Red · March 17, 2011
  • Ted P.

    Get the brisket with collard greens and potato salad, then go sit in back. You won't be disappointed.

    Ted Power · March 8, 2011
  • Jordan M.

    Good food. Not cheap

    Jordan Muela · January 30, 2011
  • Dani P.

    beef brisket for all!

    Dani Pak · January 6, 2011
  • Big Red

    Great place near UT to get your BBQ fix.

    Big Red · October 8, 2010
  • J B.

    Mac and cheese was dry; brisket was soaked in grease... NOT IMPRESSED

    J B · August 1, 2010
  • Michael F.

    Had the smoked chicken and mac and cheese. My first taste of Texas BBQ and It was delicious!

    Michael Feldman · March 21, 2010
  • Fernando L.

    Not to be confused with Rudy's, the BBQ chain (which is very good), Ruby's is just north of the UT campus and is the "nose ring and orange hair" BBQ place. Try the spice chopped beef. Delicious! Read more

    Fernando Labastida · March 13, 2010
  • BareNaked F.

    Good stuff! Tastes like home cooking!

    BareNaked Family · February 9, 2010
  • Robert T.

    Go to Ruby's BBQ and have a black-bean taco (w/bbq sauce and pico). Read more

    Robert Timbrook · January 19, 2010
  • Rodney G.

    Try the Dang Pie. it's delicious.

    Rodney Gibbs · December 12, 2009
  • Grant H.

    Get the RC Cola and 7-Up on tap

    Grant Hutchins · December 6, 2009
  • Drew B.

    You want some of the best BBQ in town? Some of the same BBQ all those jazz musicians used to eat at 2:30am when Antone's was open on Guadalupe? Go here. Chopped beef, sausage link, beans and an RC. Read more

    Drew Bennett · November 20, 2009
  • molly s.

    Go to Ruby's and you can even get BBQ tofu. I, on the other hand, will have BBQed meat.

    molly steenson · March 15, 2009

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