Ruggles Black Restaurant

4.7
568 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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TT
Houston
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An awesome night with friends! This has certainly turned into THE place to be, so I am glad I had a reservation. There was a celebratory atmosphere in the restaurant last night. The food was awesome as usual. We had Angry Shrimp and the gravity defying Crab Tower for appetizers. And I had braised short ribs, instead of my usually Seafood Curry Ramen. It was fall-off-the-bone delicious!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant and I had a great time. Would recommend!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The music was a little too loud, otherwise no complaints.

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R
Houston
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had the crab tower appetizer, which was superb. But my entree was not good -the chicken masala pasta- it was overcooked and the seasoning was not that great. My husband did enjoy his lamb burger. The place is super cute. Noise level is very high, hard to hear your dinner companion. Overall, I feel there was a lot to be desired and the price was high, especially for my bad pasta.

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VA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

7pm on a Friday was extremely crowded. Hostess was visibly flustered. Food was amazing. Worth the wait.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From beginning to end a great evening with friends. Our server (Paul S) was exceptional - he was engaging, spent the right amount of time assisting and his explanations of the menu were spot on.

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JH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paleo and Keto selections outstanding

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OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were grabbing lunch to end a multi day birthday celebration. The restaurant was pretty packed for the lunch crowd, we arrived about 15 min prior to our reservation time and had to wait until our reservation time at 12:30p to be seated. Once seated food and drinks were solid, flavors awesome, presentation on point. Once settled into our drinks and menu we begin to immensely enjoy our server. Will definitely visit again

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PL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Houston and had dinner with family

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e
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & drink is always outstanding.
Crab tower- my favorite.

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bear in Houston

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DW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruce always does an amazing job at making every dish AMAZING! I'll be back and I'll bring friends!

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MO
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yumo crab tower!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife loves this place. I took her for her birthday and she and I were very pleased with our experience. Great service and even better food.

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RB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lot of the menu is overpriced (especially the drinks), but it's all delicious and great for people eating paleo.

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c
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, but the whole experience seemed very rushed. We were in and out in 40 min and spent $240 for 5 of us. If I am going to spend that much, I’d rather it be a little relaxed pace of a dinner.

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PL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is amazing...and healthy. Love this place. Great seasoning. Highly recommend.

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TT
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For such a small footprint, this place delivers a big punch. The interior is elegant, and not stuffy. The menu has lots of selections, but I ALWAYS order the curry ramen. The waiter was attentive, but not overly familiar. The place was packed, but we did not have to wait long since we made or reservation on the fly literally as we were driving over. The crab tower and angry shrimp are amazing appetizers. One last touch that really made us feel special... one of the owners greeted us to make sure were having an amazing evening. I have to admit, it made me feel like a celebrity.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my wife’s birthday. The food was amazing, service was excellent. One of the best places I’ve been, will be going back.

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S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool ambiance. Lots of food options. They showcase a tray of desserts at the end.

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DW
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing flavors and KETO too! They’ve done an amazing job at making all their food taste amazing!! I’m a regular now!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a couple birthday folks celebrating. Our waitress was great. The food was outstanding. Great mixture of culture in the dishes and the food has immense flavor. The beauty is they make decadence without the guilt. Plenty of dietary options to please anyone and I mean anyone.
This has made my favorite list

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j
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I will begin by saying that the place was quite noisy- a restaurant trait I do not generally appreciate, especially when spending 125 for 2. This is par for the course at Ruggles , however. Their Montrose area restaurant was much the same way. The Owners apparently like a bustling, mildly rowdy scene, but my irritation with the dull roar may have been enhanced by the fact that we were close to the bussing area and the service crew made a big racket over there.
The ingredients are of high quality and well prepared; ie; what you would expect at Ruggles. This takes the place a long way. Personally , I am not much on the "Paleo" or"Keto" dishes , but my wife is so I went with it . There was plenty to eat, however; I really thought the waiter was going to stroke out when I asked for a crust of bread. He seemed to regard me as a hopeless old tool after that.... Oh well.
My biggest beef is the fact that the restaurant employees a "Garnish Man" when the food comes out of the kitchen. I watched him. He was energetically dousing the fresh plates with unknown liquids and powdered spices from large dispensers. Most dishes got the identical treatment - be they fish or fowl. There is apparently a sweetener employed because the food was sweet- a kind of asian cloying tart sweetness that worked well on the gulf shrimp app, but not, for my taste, on the roast 1/2 chicken.
You get the idea. The food is good and the servers are above average in attentiveness and intelligence, but the place is off on a frolic of its own so order carefully and beware the garnish station.

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fresh, tasty and keto friendly. Every morsel a party in my mouth. Did I say tasty? Kudos to the chef for his creativity and consistency!!

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BC
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is incredible, wait is very minimal, and the service great!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pie was amazing!

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BC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a friend in town from Sarasota, Florida. This friend worked for the State Department and has traveled all over the world. I thought Ruggles would be a nice threat. She was absolutely thrilled with the food, service, and ambiance of the restaurant. I could not have picked a better place to have a wonderful late lunch on a Friday afternoon. I had the perfectly cooked Lamb Chops. She was absolutely blown away by the bread pudding.

Ruggles Black is a can't miss!!!!!!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice to have a designated Keto menu, including dessert choices. The Keto snapper was excellent...cooked perfectly! The keto lemon cheese cake was so good, ordered an extra piece for later at home. My second time here and I will definitely be coming back.

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OT
Houston
200 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service !!
Great Food !!

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JA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I took my husband for Father's Day here to celebrate because it was recommended as Keto friendly. My husband is a strict keto diet with other dietary restrictions but does not want to make a fuss out of it when we go out to eat. The menu was extensive and did have a keto and paleo menu. The concept of this restaurant is great but I think they should reduce the menu and focus on making excellent dishes instead of a lot of dishes. I also think the wait staff should ask at the beginning of the meal if their are dietary restrictions since the restaurants caters to those people.

The waiter seemed to disappear quite a bit. Also the waiter could not answer ingredient questions when my husband was trying to find a dessert that would fit his restrictions. The lack of knowledge by the waiter made my husband opt for nothing because he didn't trust his knowledge.

All in all, I don't think we will return. Again, it is a great concept but needs to be refined. The food was just ok for the price.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! This is our second time going. I’m on Keto and they have an amazing Keto menu, desserts and even cocktails! I would totally recommend this place to anyone, on Keto or not.❤️

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T
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was great! I enjoy high energy places, but our table was awkwardly placed between the bar and entrance to kitchen. Other than that, delicious!

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L
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Parking not that great. Food exceptional

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience! Crab tower was amazing!!

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LG
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never Disappointing! Love the food, love the service! In addition to being creative and flavorful, the Keto and Paleo menus are unique offerings, even in a city the size of H-town!

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a
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and wine as always! Service mildly slow tonight, but no complaints.

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a
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of healthy options. Chad took really good care of us and made some great suggestions as well.

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Shreveport
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely AMAZING!!! First time there. Everyone from the hostess to the bartender to our waitress (Amethyst) were all very welcoming and the food was hands down some of the best I’ve ever had!! Highly recommend! Portion sizes are very good...I was able to bring home half my dinner and half of my dessert! I had the Keto Lemon Garlic Mediterranean Chicken and my parents shared a pizza! Don’t forget to make a reservation! It’s a VERY popular place, but totally worth the wait!

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Paleo food was amazing! The ramen wasn’t so good and was not cooked with a hard boiled egg as stated.

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RG
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food exceeding expectations. Many options for keto and Paleo lifestyles. They make you feel like you're not in a diet!

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