Rudolphs Bar-B-Que
Rudolphs Bar-B-Que

Rudolphs Bar-B-Que

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rudolphsribs.com/
  • Phone: (612) 871-8969
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Monday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Jason Barker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Looking to make your party a "blockbuster? Invite Rudolphs to provide the catering! Whether it is a corporate picnic, family reunion, office luncheon or friendly get-together, Rudolphs will cater your gathering in any style you want; we can deliver, serve buffet-style, or for that extra touch, we will grill on site. See first-hand what so many in the Twin Cities already know; Rudolphs will turn your event into an "affair to remember." Call Rudolphs today and talk to one of our catering consultants at 612.871.8855

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Rudolphs has a dedicated parking lot one-third of a block south of the restaurant/Franklin Ave. on Lyndale Ave. Street parking is available on Franklin Avenue before 4PM and after 6:00PM
A word from Rudolphs Bar-B-Que
The most honored bar-b-que producer in the Twin Cities for over 38 years. Independent and family owned and operated, Rudolphs has twice won "Best Ribs in America." Our unrivaled ribs are rubbed with spices and slow cooked in our custom pit. Our creamy cole slaw is just as famous as our ribs.

Rudolphs now has a brand new menu, adding lighter fare options such as flatbreads, seafood dishes, sliders, salads and more. Don't worry, all of the Barbecue we are famous for is still on the menu

Serving an extensive local craft beer selection!



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Rudolphs Bar-B-Que reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (13)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)romantic (6)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Friendly
    Judy
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Liked having the older man (owner?) going from table to table talking with folks. Our waiter was great. friendly and entergenic.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location and food for groups
    luvBenis
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We started with a group of 7 and then ended up seeing 2 other friends there. The waitstaff added them to our table like it was no big deal. Good was great. The wait time for food was longer than normal but that probably had to do with a table of 9 ordering. Had to call and let them know we were going to be late due to weather and roads and they held out reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    CaptainYummy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had never been to the "famous" Rudolph's BBQ until today. I have to say that I was quite disappointed. While the service was good, the food was mediocre at best. Do not order the rib tips. It was like they poured BBQ sauce over cartiledge. They were terrible. For a $100 check for two people I guess I expected much more.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous dining experience!
    luvrudolphs
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food, atmosphere, and service were wonderful. Great place for dinner and conversation whether dinner for two or a large group. Very attentive servers. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mojo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Two Meat combo was disappointing - received only 2 spareribs that contained hardly any meat on them and the rib tips were fatty. Better to get the pulled pork and brisket combo-then you would get alot of meat for what you paid for! As usual -- the Rudolph's coleslaw was a generous portion and very tasty!
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  • Great!
    priorlakefoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were there earlier than our reservation and got right in +, the staff was very friendly and attentive++, the food was great+++, we really enjoyed our dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rudolphs
    foodie82
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    it was a good vibe but for the price the food could have been more tender. service was great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy hour
    Firstimer
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I went for happy hour and had never been before...the deals were amazing! I had 2 cocktails, a martini, 2 beers, and nachos for $21. I was in shock! And everything tasted great! Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was fine
    seighin
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Because my wife and I were going to a play across the street, we finally tried the famed Rudolphs. For a place that has "Bar-B-Que" in the name, the ribs and brisket were very mediocre. But it was a nice looking place, the service was fine, decent beer selection, moderate prices. If we end going back (because we are seeing anther play), I think I'll get a burger.
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  • Consistent with good food as always
    General
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Been years since we were here - It's as good as we remember - Clean and open but with the same touches.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Happy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Coleslaw is not as good as it used to be cabbage is not shred small enough large tough pieces. Ribs could have been a lot more tender.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun night
    Gegolfer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Over the years, Rudolph's has only improved while keeping the best Ribs bar none. Service is the best I have had in quite a few years. I highly recommend Rudolph's for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • allmine1
    allmine
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Excellent! As I expected. Always the best ribs in town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So loud couldn't hear my date!
    Peppylovergal
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Couldn't hardly hear my date over the noise in the only half full dining room. The ribs were the toughest I've had I years anywhere and the rib tips were 90% bone, almost no meat. A $70 bill and I could have gotten better ribs at Applebees!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty BBQ, great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Rudolph's has very excellent BBQ, and is definitely worth a stop. They have a decent beer list as well, though the majority of the micro-brewery offerings aren't that fantastic or unique. The staff was great, and the manager was super friendly. Reasonably good value for the amount of food. I only ate half my meal. The corn bread is fantastic. The only downside is the parking, because if they have a lot it is not very well marked. On the website it says there is a lot, but nowhere near the indicated lot is there a sign saying it is Rudolphs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mommarv
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    great food always consistent love the baby back ribs...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!!!
    SweetPattiePurebread
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Every time I eat at Rudolph's it's excellent. I'm never disappointed. The food is top notch, the best and the servers are too! Super friendly and knowledgeable. The guests I brought were impressed and wowed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    KMT88
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Ribs are fantastic and the Corn Bread is even better!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 435 reviews are from the Rudolphs Bar-B-Que reviews archive.
  • Yummy
    SuSuVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The pecan crusted walleye over veggies was delicious. I am a vegetarian. I asked the manager what ingredient was int to make it so flavorful. She checked with the chef and replied"bacon drippings". Unfortunately being a vegetarian means I will no longer get that dish
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good time!
    LeonVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went with a family group to celebrate a sister's birthday. Ribs are still fantastic - have eaten at Rudolph's since the 70's. And the coleslaw...!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly fast service
    Like
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We are from out if town and live KC BBQ. Rudolph's had wonderful STL and baby back ribs. Their corn bread was fantastic. Definitely recommend. Went with group of 7. Fast service. Friendly waiter. Great kids meal options and very affordable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rudolphs
    jimmy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was as good as it always is. For a Friday evening, the crowd was light. Too bad because it is indeed a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We always have a great time here. The ribs, chicken wings and chicken were perfect, service attentive and parking was a breeze.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    MaybeNextTime
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Plus side: the food and drinks were good. Negative side: Service was bad!! We went to celebrate a birthday and were seated right away (bonus) next to two groups each consisting of 12 loud high school girls and their moms (negative). Some of our food was dropped on the floor by the waitstaff without any apology; when asked which bourbon the bartenders suggested the waitress didn't tell us until we asked again; the flight of beers were good - just remember what you order because the waitress won't tell you; the birthday we were celebrating wasn't recognized what-so-ever; the waitress boxed everyone's dinner but one person before clearing the table; if using a coupon read the fine print THAT ISN'T THERE - only one coupon per table.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    While our wait person was very pleasant, the service was terrible. It was not her fault. It was Father's Day and the kitchen should have been prepared for the number of dinners. We waited at least 45 minutes for our food. It would have been nice if a manager had at least come over to apologize but no one did. We had two young boys with us and it made the wait that much worse. I would certainly not go there again on a holiday"
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was cold!
    misabisa
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is the second time that we've ate at Rudolph's and both times the BBQ that we ordered was lukewarm or even cold. The food is good, but would be even better served HOT!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    fruitloopVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We brought our grandson there from WI as he loves ribs. Boy were we disappointed! The full rack came and the first two bones on either end were inedible as they were hard as a rock from burning. We also ordered corn bread and the bought it with no honey butter and we did not receive any until it was cold about 10 minutes. The rest of the ribs were okay but very skimpy and dried out only the sauce saved them but we prefer very little sauce. We have been coming to this place since it was first established and have just had our first bad meal.
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  • Good BBQ...
    richj22VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    1st time here and it was good. No problem parking and got seated right away. I had buffalo wings as an appetizer and they were VERY good.....I then had the brisket platter for dinner. The brisket was very tender and the sauces on the table (there are 3) are all very tasty, so I had to use them all. Overall the food was good and I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Excellent service and food quality. Always a pleasure to experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another gem slowly dying
    luvbrunchVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Rudolph's was once one of "THE" places in Mpls to go for good BBQ. After our visit Sat night... it will be a long time before we come back to give it another shot (if its still around). For a Saturday night the place was EMPTY... shouldve been the first sign. This place used to be packed on the weekends! Our service was fine, but the food was horrible. My favorite part of the meal-- my starter salad with ranch dressing! My husbands rib tips were thin, dry and fatty-- where mine were actually okay. My pulled pork was dry and luke warm, as were the BBQ wings. Such a shame that one of the last few legendary BBQ places is also having a slow death.
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  • Poor
    Minneapolis32VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We went for an early dinner, so the restaurant was almost empty. Can't understand how both dinners came cold as the kitchen clearly was not busy. Flagged down the waiter, and he took the dinners back to the kitchen. Came back hot, but totally dried out. YUCK!!!
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  • DorothyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Big disappointment! Bad food! Poor service! Cleanliness is big problem!
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  • If you like ribs, this is the best!
    cq15
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We've eaten here before and have always enjoyed it. It's a long drive, but very well worth it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    great mom's day buffet. food was fresh and plentiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but Cold
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was all cold... :-( The flavor was good, but when it's supposed to be hot, it takes a lot away from the experience.
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  • Best Easter Brunch Ever!
    Supercalafragalistic
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    From the head cashier to the waitress, this was the best restaurant experience ever with my entire Minnesota family present. The buffet was fantastic!!! My Barbeque-Rib-Loving sons and grandsons couldn't stop eating them. I had a few more than I should have myself. The salads were fresh, the Gumbo was delicious as was everything on the food bar. Then there were the deserts! Devine Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, Fresh Fruit, and a wide variety of Tarts. For a short time, I was in what seemed like heaven! Everyone smiled (workers and guests alike). Just being there seemed to make all of the cares and worries of the day disappear. It was wonderful and I sincerely recommend this to everyone I meat. It was truly the BEST!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    momofboys2
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My family and I enjoyed the selection of food for brunch on Easter. I was especially happy that the great gumbo was on the menu.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    4diningonly
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Perfect for our group of 8......and perfect for 2 year olds. Reasonable price for the great brunch. I might perk up the desserts.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best baby back ribs
    noitall
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    No surprises at Rudolph's. The ribs are always good. Cole Slaw perfect. Nice place. Get a window table and watch the traffic go by while you enjoy your dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for dinner!!
    Carol
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We were there celebrating our 20th anniversary. Our waitress was great - very friendly and helpful! The food was fantastic. We were so glad we chose Rudolph's for our anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.