Ruggles Black Restaurant

4.7
469 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mixing all these ingredients is so exciting for Houston’s wonder-Chef Bruce Molzan and his partner Neera Patidar!
The concept and food at Ruggles Black is modern and fun: a fusion pushing Indian, Asian, and American flavors to whole new boundaries in terms of taste, but keeping it accessible in terms of price.

Ruggles Black is THE place to be for conscious eating foodies, as Bruce “The King of Paleo” cooks his amazingly delicious treats with local ingredients from farmers, while embracing the Paleo principles.

***PLEASE BE AWARE THAT FROM 3PM - 5PM DAILY MENU OPTIONS WILL ONLY INCLUDE PIZZA AND SALADS.***

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was incredible and the large portions of excellent food were great. Seevice was fantastic and the chef came to our table to make sure we were pleased.

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KH
Amarillo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best food I have ever had in my life!! So many options for gluten free/ dairy free, paleo and keto. My only complaint is it’s pricy and though my waitress was awesome she didn’t tell us about some up charging a on some menu items we ordered. I will be back! Awesome chef quality food!

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WM
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Keto and Paleo paradise. You won't believe food on your diet can taste this good..

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P
Houston
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Music too loud - a little 'softer' would make visiting easier.

I am pleased that Bruce always comes over to greet me.

Excellent food - I have brought so many friends to 'discover' Ruggles Black.

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AG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. The only reason I gave 4 stars was because it was freezing in the restaurant. I don't mean cold...I mean freezing and it was blowing right on our table. Loved everything else about the dining experience.
Even when the restaurant filled with people, it was still cold!!!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at dinner loved the food selection and it’s KETO Friendly

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food and decent, but not stellar, service. The table where we were seated was in a very odd location in the middle of the restaurant under a drippy vent. Had the rest of our party not already been happily situated would have asked to be moved. Other than that food great!

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CH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great menu for paleo/Keto practitioners. Lobster tacos were to die for!!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

5 stars is not high enough for their menu selection and innovations.

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ML
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first visit was better than my second. I enjoyed the Keto Lemon fish more than I can say, but this round I had the Keto shrimp zoodles. There were not enough zoodles to justify the name and I left feeling underfed. I had the keto chocolate hot fudge sundae both visits. The first visit it was perfect. The second visit the ice-cream was so hard it took my guest and I both to cut it will a spoon without upending the dish it was served in. I like this restaurant and believe it is better than my most recent visit suggests, therefore I fudged the stars between my impression of this visit.

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal at Ruggles Black. They never disappoint! The savory cheese brulee is a must try.

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JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food selection. Loved it!

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LS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent!!!

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place, the food is delicious and the variety of healthy options are amazing!!!

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RC
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ruggles Black gets “Paleo” they really, really get it. You must try the crab tower, chicken enchiladas with almond flower tortillas is just indescribably good. Coming off a Whole 30 looking for a special date night out and it was perfect.

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JB
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food options for everyone! Love the menu and the wait staff are friendly and attentive. Save room for dessert because there is an option for everyone! Will def be back!

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Keto pizza!!!

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious food catering to the paleo and keto diets. We will most definitely return. Only complaint is that they asked us to leave because there was a wait and we had been done for a while talking and finishing our drinks. For a $180 bill (for 2 people), I would have expected to be allowed to take our time. Oh well.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a great Keto menu!!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family has MANY food sensitivities. This place is a wonderful restaurant anyway, but the Keto, paleo, and gluten-free options are amazing! Also, Ruggles offers the most extensive dessert menu (with allergen free options). It’s a little noisy for those with hearing limitations.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keto and Paleo menu options. Very accommodating for those with dietary restrictions. Food and service were A++
Highly recommend.

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LW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in Houston last week for work and took a group of colleagues to Ruggles Black on the advice of a friend. The food was amazing and so was the service! After we left and I flew home, I realized that I accidentally tipped 20% on top of the included 20% service charge. I called the restaurant and they went above and beyond to refund the extra tip - the owner himself took care of it. I’ll be back next time I’m in Houston!

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L
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited Ruggles Black several times, and always can't wait to return! Great healthy but flavorful menu, one of the only true "Paleo" and "Keto Friendly" places in our city. The dairy free/gluten friendly/vegan queso is completely addicting! Love the ambiance, and the service is always very warm, attentive, and efficient. One of my favorite dining spots in Houston.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good healthy food. Massive dessert tray - may take you a solid 10 minutes to decide! I usually come here for lunch but this time came for dinner and enjoyed it. Restaurant was active but not overly busy and they took great care of us.

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PC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I enjoyed the food but the vast menu choices can be a bit overwhelming. We were a group of six and trying to have conversation was difficult because the music was way to loud and the management didn't try to accommodate the request to dial it down just a bit.

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W
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We arrived for our 7 PM reservation and were told that it would be an extra 20 minutes. 30 minutes went by and there was no line of sight to being seated. The hostesses looked confused and overwhelmed. When I asked for an update, I was told it would be another 20 minutes. We found a seat at the bar to eat dinner on our own, and were never acknowledged again by the hostesses.

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WK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservation for two at 6:30pm on Saturday Evening. For some computer miscommunication our reservation did not go through. The restaurant was packed already with bigger groups waiting for a table. I don’t know how, but with some magic in less than 5 minutes the staff arranged a booth for us.
We started with the appetizer “PROBLEM #7”: the cedar planked scallops in soy glaze with bacon and basil were just the perfect opener for the unbelievable flavor feast we experienced in our entrees. The 1/2 rack of 4 all natural grass fed lamb chops was cooked to perfection and presented with passion fruit and cherries in red wine reduction and roasted vegetable. A wonderful combination of spices and sweetness. The other entree, the “PALEO REUBEN PASTA” seemed from out of this world. The marinated chicken over spaghetti squash mixed with poblano peppers, sauerkraut, garlic, cilantro and coconut sauce was the most wonderful treat catering taste buds and soul.
Practicing the SANE diet we finally found THE restaurant we can enjoy our special needs of great food and awesome creations guilt free.
Not to forget the great service and work the staff is providing. Everybody is very attentive and humble. They all work so hard and fast, although they find time for a little chat in between. What really impressed me was that everyone makes eye contact and smiles, even when they hurry to carry plates of food to a table. The saying “the employees make the company” proves it at Ruggles Black. Well, and the food tops it. I would rate Ruggles Black the #1 in Houston!

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O
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner experience - great food and great staff teamwork!

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m
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I thought I had reservations for dinner for a party of four. I found out that I had a “high top” for four - maybe room for 4 drinks and an appetizer. We would have had to wait at least 20 minutes for a real table. It was noisy and confusing, so we chose to leave.

Very disappointing since my only other visit was delightful and delicious.

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CM
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The keto menu was awesome!!!

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LL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We used to go to Ruggles often and expected the same quality but unfortunately it didn’t meet our expectations. Food was sloppily prepared and over cooked.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have enjoyed all my dinners at this location. So I decided to spend my 6th anniversary there and congratulate my father on his engagement to his new wife.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most exceptional restaurants in Houston.

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MM
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this spot ! Food is so fresh and delicious and the ambiance is cool and modern.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday food and service were excellent!

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JB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. The food was awesome! Ashley, our server was amazing! We’ve been here a few times, and will come back again!

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My keto-eating daughter came to town for the night and found Ruggles Black to meet her needs and my paleo attempts. Both of our meals were so beautiful and delicious. I actually believe it was the most flavorful meal I have ever eaten out - pesto spaghetti squash pasta with chicken and roasted veggies. Server was great, didn't belittle us for no appetizers or cocktails, and our meals arrived very quickly, but we were there early - before 6, so no crowd. It was a little pricier than we expected, but it was worth it! We will return, and we will bring family and friends!

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AQ
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to find a place that has a very good selection of Keto and paleo friendly food! And very good food at that ! Definitely a must try! There entire menu looks amazing as well.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have always loved Ruggles and the different restaurants they have opened. As usual Bruce and his team have assembled another amazing eatery! The food is fantastic and of course the desert menu is fab. We went on a Wednesday evening so as to avoid the crowds, Thursday - Saturday. It is a small restaurant and the only recommendation I have is to turn the music down. Way to loud for some of older patrons to converse.

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