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Rudolphs Bar-B-Que

4.4
718 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
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!



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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Barbecue, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Monday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:30am
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Phone number
(612) 871-8969
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Barker
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Franklin Avenue
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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
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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.”

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What 718 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Service was slow. But food was great as usual. We were next to a party of 14 so it was extremely noisy and disruptive. It would have been nice if they had put the large party in the main dining room.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Myself and famlily (total was 14) of us came in for a couple of our birthdays- I recommended the rib tips as these are always delicious and tender. However they were definately not as tender as usual. I want to say half of us ordered them and all of us had tough rib tips. It could have been we were there about 1:30 pm and they just did not have enough cooking time to get tender :)

The fiery hummus is my ultimate favorite!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great BBQ Really good that the parking problems are being addressed at last.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent service and friendly staff. Great ribs!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Service was great but the ribs weren’t as good as it usually is.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great as always but you need a parking lot for patrons

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Our favorite BBQ restaurant for the last 30 years!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Good barbecue, nice atmosphere and very genuine server.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely-just lovely on Christmas Eve!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Birthday Dinner

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined 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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 18, 2017

Great happy hour.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

St. Louis style ribs are perfect

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3.0Dined 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.

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