Ruggles Black Restaurant

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$30 and under
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American
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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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience5

Pass on the crab spring rolls unless you enjoy an over abundance of cream cheese. It took over ten minutes to get a glass of wine. The 2nd glass of wine was taking even longer so I canceled it. Hopefully this was a off night and not the norm.

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vipSpringsteenFan
Houston
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We thought the food was excellent. We both bought an entree. We also ordered a salad, and I casually mentioned we were going to share it. It was brought on two plates which I thought was so nice. Then I saw we were charged $4 for splitting the salad. That cost might be justified if we had not each bought entrees - but I just found that to be more of a money grab than anything.
The food was good. The salad was great. But we left our first visit thinking we probably wouldn’t return. It’s pricey to begin with and then the extra costs.

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LauraC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Houston! Wonderful paleo and keto options and desserts to die for!

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BillS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was very good. I was surprised that during lunch when I added shrimp to my keto pasta dish that cost $22.50 that it was an additional $13.00 for 4-5 shrimp. I would recommend eating here but will be more cautious about pricing, especially at lunch.

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CarolynG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I love the food here and the service is always good. I feel the covid compliance is also good but I really don't like the bathroom and how small it is. Too tight of an entrance near kitchen and locks don't feel sturdy. Pre-Covid I prob wouldn't mind but there are too many risk factors in such a tight/germy space.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t get enough. The food is amazing, and with T Swift every other few songs, this place was made for me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had read rave reviews about this restaurant and, despite living in the nabe for years, we had never tried it. We went Saturday night and were not impressed. First of all, there is little to no social distancing either inside or outside. And the place was packed. We were seated outside and there was a table right next to us. I could've reached out my arm and touched the woman (and her dog!) at that table, they were that close. To make matters worse, not all of the staff were wearing masks, and of those who were many had the mask only covering their mouth and not covering their nose. My husband asked an employee who was not wearing a mask to put one on, and he said 'yeah' and walked away and, as far as I could see, never put a mask on.

Anyway, we had made a reservation for outside seating but they didn't have any tables available so we had to wait about 15 min. before getting our table. The menu is extensive, but there is a VERY HEAVY emphasis on paleo/keto/CBD food. Probably because of this there were very few meat-free items, so vegetarians will have a hard time finding something. I had the crab tower, which was good, my husband had the fish and chips, which he liked, my daughter had the zataar chicken, which she said was good, and my son had the snapper fried rice, which he said was OK. The dessert menu is very extensive, and for a lot of the options you can get a paleo or keto version! We had the coconut mango cake, which was good, and the cajeta cake, which was not. It was very noisy/hectic, but then it was Saturday night. The servers were pleasant but kind of harried and it was sometimes hard to get their attention. Overall I found it kind of pricey and underwhelming. I doubt we'll go back and I wouldn't recommend it, especially as they don't seem to be taking adequate covid precautions.

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vipEnoU
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great experience.

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vipDaleP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique experience

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MicheleP
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food at ruggles black. We were able to enjoy the patio on a gorgeous afternoon.

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Trish
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch outside. We nice meal! So glad we were able to eat there.

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TGL1
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The atmosphere was very upbeat and by the time we left it was quite crowded for the size of the space. Staff was attentive is somewhat slow, especially on drink refills.

Food was excellent. Everything we tried was superb and even our toddler loved their pizza and the Keto Carbanara. Alot of flavors you wouldn't think about blending well together really elevated the dishes.

We will definately be making this one of our main staples, with the possible caveate of booking on less crowded evenings or earlier hours.

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vipNelson
Houston
79 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is y favorite place in Houston now. Creative menu with lots of keto and paleo dishes that taste amazing. They also feed you (unlike most restaurants that serve small portions).
They now have a CBD menu also.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! I went with a party of 7... cocktails and service were amazing... i got the Beyond Meat Pizza ... table was set up and ready when we got there... We had a great time!
I love the patio area also...!

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AlexP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Hands down one of the best restaurants in town. Only took points off for lack of social distancing inside with COVID-19 still in full swing. Seating didn’t look any different than usual.

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vipBrandonD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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AngelaJ
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

The hamburger was inedible. I asked for Medium and it was Well Done. A big, rough hunk of meat that tasted like i was eating solid pepper. My friend loved the pistachio snapper (?) and if I went back I would get that, but I don't think I'll be back anytime soon.

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vipDeborahR
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Ruggles Black!! Chef Bruce is amazing and has created some of my very favorite paleo/keto dishes!! I think he’s WAY ahead of the restaurant game, he understands that we are all trying to eat healthier but won’t sacrifice flavor!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

Thank you Bruce!! See you soon (fist bump!)

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vipToddP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! New menu items keep it interesting.

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Chris
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our server Angie was great. Great spot if you’re doing Paleo or Keto. I will definitely be coming back.

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JessicaM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was delayed but tasted good. Food isn’t quite worth the price paid but still very delicious.

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vipGinaC
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in City

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TiffanyG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful - as always

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ShannelG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I have driven by this place so many times and never knew it was there! It isn't a large restaurant and people seemed packed in but we got a nice, out of the way table outside so it didn't bother us. We ordered the crab tower and it was outstanding but we didn't get our bottle of wine until we were halfway through it... a little irritating but we could tell the waiters were overwhelmed so oh well. We also shared the angry shrimp and brussel sprouts; both were outstanding and huge portions. We ended with the curry seafood ramen which was also fantastic (and they let us swap the noodles for zucchini noodles which was a nice bonus). All in all, it was nice to see some healthy and super tasty options... we will definitely be back to try more of the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a nice time. Server had too many tables, but overall great experience!

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vipfoodiez
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were looking for a good restaurant offering outdoor dining. Ruggles Black is definitely a very good option; loved the menu and its dishes totally out of the ordinary.
The only negative: the indoor dining area does not seem to observe the current sanitary guidelines. People are seated a little too close together in our opinion.

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vipRossac69
London
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

If you are looking to dine out and catch COVID-19, this is the place to go. After reserving a patio seating a few days earlier, we showed up to be told their is no patio dinning available as other people had reserved also.... eh, what does that actually mean! Are you overbooking like airlines in the hope that someone drops out?! Alas, we were escorted to a table in the middle of the dinning room, narrow dinning room. 3 rows of tables, packed like sardines and people packed on all tables. The diner to be left was closer to me than my spouse across the table from me, music was played and people were shouting to be heard... projectile droplets galore! When I asked the service attendant nicely, did they get the memo on social distancing, she shrugged her shoulders and said management decision! We had ordered a drink and appetisers and decided to get out of there pronto. Seriously, this is why Houston and Texas is still killing people with irresponsible businesses like Ruggles Black. I’m done with this place, I just hope I didn’t catch anything there!

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vipDawnyaS
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and there is quite a selection! We just hit the top of the iceberg on this one. We will definitely be back. We even took 2 pizzas Togo

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WayneB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating. Fabulous, consistently excellent menu choices. Wonderful service. Give the Tandoori chicken a shot - it was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and customer service was absolutely amazing, our plates came out very hot and every bite was delicious. It is a very cozy place. We absolutely loved it.

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LoveHealthyEating93
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. One of our favorites from appetizers, entrees, to dessert. They never disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food was good however there was still a 20-30 minute wait even with our reservation. Assuming it was the owner that was passing out drinks to appease those waiting however he only offered them to select people. Restaurant was packed to the max we had previously tried coming a week before this and was told that it was reservations only which is not advertised anywhere. Good food with a different menu but not sure if it’s worth all the waiting and crowds.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

It was too crowded even for non covid times. We waited 30 minutes for a table with a reservation. It took 20 minutes to get a drink from the bar, and the restaurant was packed. They assured us an outside table, as reserved but tried to talk us into an inside table. Service was great, and the chef was doing his best to mitigate with free wine. We enjoyed our time but were disappointed in the overall experience.

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Yummy
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time, really enjoyed a great selection from the regular and Keto menu and had some super cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!!

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vipWaterfordHarborresident
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous! There are multiple menus to accommodate the pickiest of eaters, regular, Paleo, Keto and CBD. Save room for their desserts...FABULOUS!

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NickD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kinda nice eating here during Covid. It was quiet, waiter staff did not seem hurried. I will still go back when its busy but the other night was great. The food, of course, was superb!

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AmandaA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go and have drinks. Food was excellent. Great choices for specific dieters. Would definitely go back. , Recommend the Chicken pizza on keto crust.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing, food was absolutely delicious (& large portions).

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vipWeena
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our experience here tonight was very negative. The place was extremely chaotic and disorganized. It took the hostess a while to find our reservation, and then we were asked to wait. Finally after about 10 minutes we asked what was wrong, and the hostess asked our name again. And then we waited again, with people running all over, jostling and bumping. I felt like I had to keep dodging waiters with food, or I’d get it dropped on me. In the meantime, a short, older man with no mask, I imagine the owner or manager, kept stopping by the front desk and seating people he recognized ahead of everyone waiting. This was extremely annoying, offensive and unprofessional. We asked how much longer would we have to wait and were asked our name - for the third time! On this note, we walked out - never to return. Went to Le Colonial instead and had a delicious and peaceful dinner, with fantastic service in a beautiful setting. There are too many great restaurants in this city that want our repeat business, it’s unnecessary to put up with rudeness and incompetence. Good-bye, Ruggles Black.

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Ruggles Black Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 840 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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