New menu and great service
They have changed the menu recently, but I don't think that is a bad thing. I will say that I miss the Gone with the Wings app. If it's your first time there you should order the 3 meat dinner, so you can try a few different things. Brisket is good and the coleslaw is great! You can buy the Rudolphs Coleslaw Dressing in most grocery stores around here. The service was great with our waiter being honest about what he likes and doesn't like on the new menu. As someone who was used the old ways, I appreciated his honesty.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ribs are very good. Mac Cheese
Ribs are very good. Mac Cheese very good.
Everyone in our party of 5 liked their food.
Service was excellent!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food but, the service was really slow. Parking can be a bit of a challenge. Good beer selection. Tasty bbq.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
2 people at my table had the
2 people at my table had the Bogie. Meat was a little tough and got alot of the grizzle on just about every bite. Will stick to the baby backs.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Easter buffet had an adequate
The Easter buffet had an adequate amount of delicious offerings including signature BBQ items.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Rudolph's has always been
Rudolph's has always been the choice for barbecue food and Greek food
Had the Mediterranean platter and man it was fantastic best ever Mediterranean
hummus I have ever had . Kyle was the server and he was a true class act .
I Had crispen cider and it was phenomenal tap hard cider gluten free beer .
It will beat famous Dave's any day of the year hands down ,don't waste time with
Famous Dave's because the prices are about the same only you have first class
Service and food .
Except for Calhoun square they do not have a location with good ambiance .
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and excellent
Very good food and excellent service. Friendly server who was aware, knowledgeable and humorous, yet not intrusive. Very good experience!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and especially
Great food and especially great barbeque sauce! Our server was friendly and was accomodating yet not overbearing. I would definitely return again for lunch!
4/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was a little slow
Service was a little slow at first, they were short staffed. Blake was awesome and made up for that.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the Ribs!
Growing up we used to frequent Rudolph's whenever we had a special occasion. It had been a while since we'd been there and it's still just as I remembered. Their ribs and coleslaw are the best! We also had a awesome server...he was so energetic and engaging. We hope to make it there more often in the near future.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great local BBQ
While the service was good-not-great and the back part of the restaurant could use a small facelift, the food speaks for itself. I had the "Bruce Wayne" (half slab of ribs / quarter chicken.) The portion size was quite reasonable compared to most other BBQ restaurants. I've seen so many other barbeque places mask quality problems with quantity. Rudolph's has no such problem.
Outside of a meal of a friend's competition-grade ribs, these were the best ribs I have eaten. There were also 4 different BBQ sauces. I tried all 4 and wasn't disappointed with any.
The Chicken was good, but not the near-competition-level the ribs were. Still quite solid though.
I also strongly recommend trying the cornbread.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff at Rudolph's are very accommodating, when I couldn't figure out what wine would be suitable for me the waiter suggested a wine spritzer. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. It is a very nice setting for family, work or casual gatherings.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was marvelous and our waiter was simply great, can't wait to go back, made my mother's day great, thanks for that experience.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food for a reasonable price
Rudolph's still has a great a flavor of food and fun. Family went there after the special Mother's Day menu had ended and still enjoyed a variety of great food off the regular dinner menu. When Rudolph's sticks to their specialty of barbeque "anything", they are one of the best places to eat for a moderate price in the Twin Cities! I'm glad I was able to reaquaint myself with their great food. We had a super waiter who capped off a great evening with good service and an ability to keep things festive!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
ok but feeling disappointed
I am giving this a Good rating for the food as basing the menu now vs the old. MISS IT!
The cole slaw isn't as good as before. My husband who loves the restaurant and used to live nearby so was a frequent customer found the chicken flavor changed. (fan of the Norma Desmond). Stated it is now smoky but not as bar b qued.
I also didn't find my meal to be as flavorful. In the past it was always a fine dining experience.
It has always been our go to spot to celebrate special occasions. this time a birthday.
As my son stated The restaurant has lost its Vibe.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Ribs in Town
I have a a serious love for BBQ, and this place tops my list! We went for my birthday and some of the people in our group had never been there. They are raving about it and can't wait to go back! I highly recommend the St. Louis Style Spare Ribs (the Little Ricky is plenty for me) with coleslaw, baked beans, and of course you have to get the skillet cornbread. My sister had the BBQ chopped salad which was HUGE. Definitely reccommend it and will be returning soon!
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Step down, Famous Dave's!
All six of us agreed that the BBQ items here were excellent. Howwver, the apps were outstanding (honey cornbread, sweet potato fries, grilled Buffalo wings) and the side dishes (mashed potatoes, cole slaw) were absolutely delectable! Good service.
Sorry Dave but this place has you beat.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as usual! Ribs were tender and fell of the bone. The service was excellent ! This may be a note for open table. I put under our reservation that it was our 20th anniversary and Rudolph's never mentioned it. Did the note not make it to Rudolph's?
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food,excellent staff. Great for people watching on Lyndale
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The 3 Meat Combo was the Way To Go! The Variety was perfect. The food tasted excellent. Don't forget about thetasty sauce!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible cornbread and mashed
Incredible cornbread and mashed potatoes. The ribs were not as big and juicy as I am used to having, but were very tasty.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal as always. Ribs are fantastic, and if you don't get the cornbread, you will regret it!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Missing Creme Brulee
Went to Rudolph's for Lunch. One of our group was Jonesing for Rips. I order Rib Tips and was very happy with the portion and the flavor. Our server was cheerful and attentive to our group. We ate well and served fast enough to do this on our hour lunch break, driving from the West Bank and back. Except that she came back to say they were out of our Creme Brulee, it was a great lunch.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A delicious me with s we informed
A delicious me with s we informed efficient server
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My party of 4 had a mix of ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, and chicken - everyone cleaned their plates and really enjoyed the food. Our party included diners from Switzerland, Ireland, and Minneapolis - and, every time we meet, they ask to come here. We meet twice a year in Mpls - and this is one of our 2 regular dining experiences (Ireland and Switzerland do not have real barbecue!) Our server was very attentive, appearing at just the right times without interrupting our conversations when we were ready for drink refills and other requests.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really liked the BBQ Sauces. Much better than other BBQ joints. Rib tips were very tasty.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going to Rudolph's for over 27 years and I can honestly say we have NEVER been disappointed! Now that our girls are grown - we are passing on our love of Rudolph's to them!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service are fantastic. Entrees are reasonably priced and portions are good. Our server was friendly and personable.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great BBQ place
Loved the cornbread, great coleslaw, too fancy of a side salad for my taste, great BBQ brisket, pulled pork, and ribs. We had no room for dessert so didn't get to try any of those. Service was good very attentive waiter named Blake.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is always great, it's
Food is always great, it's my husband's favorite spot!!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant was great. Tables
Restaurant was great. Tables were too small for the large plates filled with racks of ribs. It felt cramped
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exactly what I was looking for
I can't believe I've never been to Rudolph's before! I used to live a few blocks away. So glad I chose this restaurant. The ribs were delicious. The key lime pie was.....off. But other than that, very good!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special attention, special occasion
My parents met at this restaurant back in the 60s, when it was Gabe's. My Dad passed away unexpectedly 5 years ago. Twice now we have gone to Rudolph's with my Mom on the anniversary of losing my Dad. It's a way to honor all the beautiful years they had together, by dining where they got their start. I explained this to Rudolph's when I made my reservation and they were simply amazing all night, giving us a booth that we wanted away from the general seating, providing a complementary cole slaw, and taking excellent care of us. The manager Tim and our server Imir were incredibly kind. Food was delicious as always and my Mom was able to share some happy memories with us, despite it being a sad day.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food as usual was great. the noise level was so bad that we couldn't carry on a conversation. it was so busy that the service was very slow.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated in the back room which is much quieter than near the bar, especially on a Friday night at 6 PM. The menu has a wide variety of items to choose from and everything we've had so far has been excellently prepared. The wait staff are friendly, helpful, and experienced. It is a "go-to" spot.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a birthday party in Rudolph and it was very good. Awesome food, nice service and great location. The bbq sauce is really really good there.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, worth the trouble
The only reason I did not give them a 5 star is really is probably not fair, but getting to the resturant is a problem. The traffic on that corner and the limited parking is cause to think twice about going there. Best baby back ribs I have had.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Southern BBQ in the North
Authentic Southern BBQ. Ribs are expertly prepared, prefect texture, color and flavor. Meat pulls from the bone with little effort but not too easy either. Just right! Brisket is firm and flavorful, plenty of marbling but not too fatty. Chicken has an excellent smoky flavor and very juicy. Cornbread is great! This is a must for a side dish. It comes freshly baked in a cast iron skillet with a special sweet glaze. Portions are generous and prices are moderate. I cannot wait to return.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rudolph's makes the best Ribs
Rudolph's makes the best Ribs and BBQ in town, and the service is always great. The noise level in the bar and first dining room was deafening and we had to shout at each other to converse across our table. Perhaps the back dining room would be quieter and that's where we'll ask to be seated next visit.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love Rudolph's. If you've never been, there is a parking lot 1/2 a block south of the restaurant, across the street. The cornbread is a must have! Great craft beer and wine selection, notable happy hour too. The brisket and the pulled pork are some of our favorites. Don't miss the coleslaw either! They threw in a free dinner for the birthday girl when we had a large group too. That may have been one great server though, I thought it was usually just dessert. Either way, we're not complaining!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The ribs and brisket are really
The ribs and brisket are really good, but the ambiance is confusing. There is a bar with a sports bar feel, and then "quiet" booths in back. A bit schizophrenic.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best of the best
Rudolph continues to be the best of it's competition for ribs and all that goes with it!
The coleslaw is the best -- service is really good - and quality is consistently great!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM