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Sat, 2/24
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Rudolphs Bar-B-Que

712 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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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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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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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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
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 712 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 6 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!

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

4.0  Dined 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!

JohnO (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Our favorite BBQ restaurant for the last 30 years!

ValentinaD (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

BrittB (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

vipBonnieB (Minneapolis)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Good barbecue, nice atmosphere and very genuine server.

loretta (Minneapolis)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  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

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  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.

vipteddy (Minneapolis)
4.0  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.

vipSidney (Minneapolis)
2.0  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

vipVandM (Minneapolis)
5.0  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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely-just lovely on Christmas Eve!

vipGreatFood (Detroit)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Birthday Dinner

vipForty9plus (Minneapolis)
4.0  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.