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About Rudolphs Bar-B-Que

The most awarded bar-b-que producer in the Twin Cities for over 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!



1933 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Barbecue, Burgers

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Monday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:30am

Cross Street:
Franklin Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 871-8969

Website:
http://www.rudolphsribs.com/

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

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

Executive Chef:
Jason Barker

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Since 1975, Rudolphs BBQ has been hosting private events for groups as small as 20 or as large as 100. There are several different private spaces available depending on the size of your group. We have professional, enthusiastic staff that would love to make your event “An Affair to Remember.”

Rudolphs Bar-B-Que Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

3.9

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Authentic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
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Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

We love the baby back ribs - best ever! Our server, Mike, was very personable.

We were disappointed that the restaurant no longer serves baked potatoes and wish they would do so again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined 2 days ago

I had the baby back ribs, which were absolutely delicious! Cooked to perfection.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a short wait for our table of 9 due to another large party staying longer than expected. The staff and managers were sincerely apologetic, checked in with us often and even brought us some tasty wings to hold us over as soon as we were seated.

Not only was the food great, they have outstanding hospitality and customer service that will keep us coming back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Arrived on time and our table was ready. No waiting. Server arrive promptly and explained the specials and took our drink order. The owner stopped by and gave us a complimentary BBQ chicken wings appetizer, very nice touch. Ordered dinner and within five minutes our salads and appetizers arrived. Salads were chilled and very fresh. When dinner arrived the food was hot and all orders were correct. Rudolph's has the best BBQ ribs in the twin cities. Portions were perfect and each member of our six person group was very satisfied. When the server asked if we wanted dessert we were all full. Great evening and great food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Food is normally 100% good! This time babyback ribs were tough- disappointed!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great! Enjoyed the food and service. Would go back again

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I love coming here! The food and the service are always outstanding!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Live Sports, Great Beer, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Sorry I can no longer recommend our favorite BBQ joint. Restaurant is run down. Food was cold. Service was fair and the menu has shrunk.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good barbecue, nice atmosphere and very genuine server.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were a party of 9. I was there early. Our table was set and waiting. People staggered in over 1/2 hour or so. This was no problem for seating or service. The wait staff was professional and happy. Service was outstanding. Food was excellent. We were fortunate to have Jimmy (owner) join us for a bit. We will definitely dine a Rudolph’s again!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fun, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Spicy
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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Like the personal touch of the owner stopping by and asking how the meal was. Great service, and Valet service on weekends is a blessing as street parking is limited

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great ribs and brisket. Rudolph's is a Twin Cities institution and is consistently good. If you want quiet as to be seated in the back. Otherwise, the noisy bar is always fun.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant has been in the Twin Cities for many years. It is a great place for any type of gathering. They have great rubs and bar b que, which is their primary product. If you enjoy that type of food you will enjoy Rudolphs.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I am so sorry to say but they have changed there menu again. Everything is A la Carte, you only get bread with your meal. This use to be a $40.00 meal with my wife, you would get salad, potatoes and your meat. I spent $60.00 we split a salad both ordered chicken with potatoes. The owner of this restaurant use too own St Clair Broiler in St Paul, that is now closed. I see the same thing happening here, Rib and Chicken joints are not A la Carte that is for Steak houses and good ones. I am sad to say I will not be going back until the menu changes back

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined here with a group of 10, including 2 young children. We couldn't have had a better wait person...Mike, did an excellent job being friendly, attentive and fast. The food was great and we were all pleased. Don't miss the collards! They are an amazing side dish!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely-just lovely on Christmas Eve!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Super slow service and they weren’t busy. The brisket eggrole tasted good, but I couldn’t taste the brisket in it...almost nonexistent. Left after appetizers. Didn’t want to eat dinner after waiting 45 min Doran egg rile with 7 people in the restaurant.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Birthday Dinner

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We went to Rudolph's for my husbands birthday with our boys, one that lives in uptown, the other in St. Paul for school. We hadn't be there for over 20 years, and he remembered Rudolphs having the best ribs and wanted to show our kids. The ribs were great, and the brisket was even better. The sides were plenty and tasty, the only thing I think was missing were some healthier vegetable sides in though- so we added a salad to share too. All in all everyone loved it, any very nostalgic for us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was excellent, I ordered baby back ribs1/2 rack. It was more than enough and a side of sweet potato fries, also yummy. My husband ordered he chicken, and said it was delicious. We will definitely go back. There is street parking.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Service was slow even though it didn't appear to have many people there. We were seated in a booth that was very dark, eventually the manager turned on some lighting so that we there was a little light. Food was good. We especially liked the appetizers.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Lunch was served quickly. The sandwiches and fries were fresh and tasty. Our server was friendly and on top of things. Definitely need to visit here more frequently!

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very accommodating! I planned a small intimate family lunch to do a Gender Reveal- I called a week or so in advance to verify we could be separate, so we didn't disrupt other people dining. We were off to the back and had more than enough room for my family of 10. They charge $1.50 per person if you bring in a cake from outside but that wasn't too bad. The food was on time (considering we had a large group of different requests) and really, really tasty. I loved my experience (hope we didn't get on the waitresses nerves too much lol) but I would definitely consider having more dining event here.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Service was really excellent. Food was great. Love the coleslaw!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Coming here for 35 years. Still my "go to" place for ribs.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Disabled Access, Authentic, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We go there often and have never had a bad meal or bad service. Noise level is low so conversation is easy

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food! We had a terrible waiter though. I think he was new so I wouldn't write it off.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great happy hour.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was great and the service was wonderful and I haven't been there in a long time but I forgot how great the place is.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Great Beer
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We had a great meal. We met the owner as we came into the restaurant and gave complimentary ice cream to the kids at the end of the meal. Very classy!!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 16, 2017

St. Louis style ribs are perfect

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I hosted a party of eight on a Friday evening. Ordered baby backs. Didn't seem as flavorful and meaty as previous visits. Left disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food and service! So fun being back to this restaurant!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Consistently good basic barbecue joint. Delicious ribs! Good beer selection.

Tags: Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Excellent food and friendly staff. Made our special occasion very special.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great BBQ as usual. The rib tips leave a little to be desired, I would opt out of them next time. Brisket, ribs and shoulder are great!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 30, 2017

My Daughter and I were having brunch and it was her first time there. She really enjoy both the food and services. We Really enjoyed ourselves. She said she wouldn't mind coming back again. It wasn't my first time. Have come there quite a few times. Love the food and PRICES ARE VERY REASONABLE. DEFINITELY WIL BE BACK SOON. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SERVICE AND FOOD.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 25, 2017

No impressed. Baby back ribs were average, at best. Chicken was dry. Baked beans were fantastic, until I pulled a human hair out of the dish. Dinner was immediately over. But the drinks were good!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 24, 2017

As always, the service was great and the drinks and food very very good. One person couldn't get a special drink but the server suggested something else and the person had two of those-also two other people had one. Always been happy with the choices of ribs and food

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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