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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Serving our regular menu until 8pm on Christmas Eve. Last reservations taken at 7:00pm

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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4.3

service

4.2

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4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for a Date (4)
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Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Birthday Dinner

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 5, 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 3, 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 21, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 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 21, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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 (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 17, 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 17, 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 23, 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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·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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The last time we went was on father's day. It was busy but we had reservations. We waited over an hour for our food. It was ridiculous. This place is great for happy hour but wont be going back for dinner or holidays.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The ribs were burnt to a crisp and the bill they brought me belonged to someone else. I sent it back and they brought one which did not include 50% off father's dinner on Father's Day so I sent it back a second time. When the waiter brought the bill back the third time he claimed that even the manager could not figure it out. I returned home to find three charges on my Amex account. I told them I would only authorize one charge from Rudolph's. What a disappointment, this used to be such a great place, of course that was long ago.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Service was not great at all. From the time we ordered until the time we received our main course was approximately 40 minutes and the restaurant was not very busy. The ribs were good - that's about all I can say. We probably won't be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Been going there since it opened in '75. Still love it even though my favs have changed from the Texas beef ribs to the Hollywood babies.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I'd recommend with a few caveats. I hadn't been to Rudolf's in many years, and decided to try it due to the location. The food was OK, but not of the quality I remembered. The service was good. I had a glass of wine and it almost seemed like it had been watered down.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 8, 2017

The food was very good, as always, but the service was unusually slow. Perhaps they were short staffed that evening?

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Very outdated restaurant. Our ribs were over cooked and the fries were typical frozen fries. The restaurant is about 25 years out-of-date with filthy carpet, scuffed tables and chairs, and an odd smell. Our waitress rushed us through our meal while the place was 3/4 empty. She actually asked us if we wanted dessert while we were just starting to eat our dried-out ribs. I would not recommend this restaurant- go elsewhere. It may have been good at one time but no more.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Very good food and service. The waiter was very prompt and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

As usual, the Mother's Day brunch didn't disappoint. Typical breakfast offerings and a great variety of lunch/dinner selections: included salads, salmon, gumbo, mac and cheese, rib tips, St. Louis ribs, carved ham and beef. After the main course, there was a dessert table that included fresh fruit, cornbread, muffins, sweet rolls and cake.
You could enjoy your dining as there was no pressure for your table. My issues included: the aisles were so narrow that you had to move aside for the help to pass (they weren't curteous to customers), and we had a waitress who didn't treat everyone at our table equally. She seemed to go out of her way to ignore a couple of us!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Just as good as the Easter Buffet. We were all a little turned off by the 20% added gratuity for our party of 7. Especially since our service wasn't exceptional and it was a buffet, not full service. We'll probably go back to our local place because of that. Sorry.

Tags: Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 10, 2017

We haven't been to Rudolph's for quite a while, but we were going to a concert at Pantanges to see Jesse Cook and thought, "Why not go to Rudolph's again?"
When we arrived we were greeted by pleasant, friendly staff and escorted to a nice booth that appeared clean and neat. Our server greeted us quickly and got us refreshments right away. We ordered ribs, of course, and they were like we remember them; excellent. Try the Ultimate Rib Feast For Two for $35.00. Plenty of ribs, good smashed potatoes with sour cream, excellent corn bread and I've always loved their cole slaw. Very good meal, served quickly and hot. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We felt that all food was average except the coke slaw. The ribs were tough and the steak was over cooked. The brisket was dry and the spicy BBQ sauce was very hard to get out of the bottle.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Best ribs and best Cole slaw in town! Great happy hour, too!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Since 1975, I have enjoyed Rudolph's. Now, living close by makes it easy to go often.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 27, 2017

One of the worst BBQ experiences we have ever had. Ribs were dry. 2 of us ordered ribeyes...medium. One ribeye was 1/4 inch thick. The other was a little thicker. Both were charred crisp on the outside and dry as could be and tasted like a dirty grill. Neither of us ate them. Waitress was sort of attentive. We were a group of 8, so they included 20% tip. We would never have tipped that given food quality and service. Cobwebs and dust caked on things. Never again. So sad.

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

Rudolph's was fantastic! My family and I particularly enjoyed the ribs (with plenty of their spicy BBQ sauce). Excellent service from a warm greeting at the door to helpful check ins as we ate.

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