Ruggles Black Restaurant

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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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RN
Baton Rouge
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was excellent! Service and food exceptional! The atmosphere is nice and cozy .

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat for individuals who follow the paleo diet! Lots of great dish and dessert options! The paleo cheesecake and coconut ice cream are amazing!!! Great little date night place too as the restaurant offers a very romantic cozy vide! We got the Ruben pasta and it was fantastic!! (“The pasta” was actually zucchini squash not pasta!!! I loved it)

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and very generous portions. Busy place so reservations are much needed!

JG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistent and I think unique. The grilled? Vegetables are to die for. They seasoning is Spicy, but not too, especially for me and my wife who do not routinely seek out spicy(hot) food. Everyone we have introduced to it has loved it. I always make reservations and prefer the booths in front for noise level. It is our favorite restaurant in all of Htown.

C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They kill it with menu and service

DP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Never got seated. Overbooked and so poorly managed the manger did not know people were not being seated. Reservations were not acknowledged and tables not set aside. Took walk-ins at the same time. Coolers right at the door which are accessed by staff around people waiting for tables. Tables that were sat waiting 15 min for a server. Waited over an hour for a 8:15 reservation finally had to leave. Very uncomfortable experience no place to wait.

e
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Server was overworked, covering too many tables inside and outside and as a result the service suffered greatly.
We are big fans of this restaurant, so we will come again. Hopefully this is just a fluke.

JB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We reserved a different table which was not available when we arrived so we had to take another type table. We ordered an appetizer and right after came the food so we had to eat both simultaneously. After that food was great

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Ruggles Black is amazing. Anyone who thinks keto / paleo meals taste bland definitely needs to try this place. A wonderful meal followed by super tasty desserts...this has become our favorite restaurant.

c
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Everything was perfect! We shared the goat cheese salad and it was divine. Our server was knowledgable, helpful, and intuitive to every detail. It is a beautiful, fun, clean place. The food was fresh, well presented and we could tell attention was paid to every single dish we ordered.

OT
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!!

CG
Adelaide / SA
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to Ruggles Black and we will definitely be back. The food was very good - including the pistachio crusted redfish, crab tower & chicken stuffed spinach. The kitchen turned around our orders extremely fast - which our waitress said was normal for them.

NB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always YUM! Service was great and there's a lot on the menu to pick from, especially DESSERT! Small place, so always recommend making a reservation.

RF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Paul was amazing! He knew the wine menu very well.

MC
Houston
163 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

KETO. MENU.

I was thrilled to see an entire menu with a bountiful variety of creative, farm-to table selections in several categories, dedicated to the high fat, low carb requirements of keto. I'm equally thrilled to be able to report that Ruggles Black killed it. KILLED IT.

We started with the crispy Brussels sprouts, which burst with caramelized, punchy zest and a hint of sweetness. Other starters were deliciously saucy, garlicky butter Parmesan wings, dripping with beautifully complex flavors. And another bright star? The most amazing keto cheese bread... soft, moist, rustic in presentation, delightfully "carby" mouthfeel. Yes, hot keto bread in a restaurant. Believe it!

The keto pizza was truly artisan, topped with savory meats, fresh herbs and spices, resting on melty cheese and zippy sauce. The thin, crisp crust (coconut and almond flours) was surprisingly sturdy, allowing us to actually pickup the slices... like real pizza. WIN.

Of course, we had to try a keto dessert, right? But we couldn't go with just one, so we tackled the two that beckoned loudest from the menu: a light and fluffy cheesecake that tasted exactly like cheesecake, and the chocolate hazelnut pie, which was rich, creamy, dense, and decadent. We were sufficiently stuffed prior to these treats arriving, so most of it came home in a to-go bag. No complaints there!

Needless to say, I was extremely impressed (and quite giddy) with how well Ruggles Black executed on this keto menu, and I cannot wait to return to try more of it.

WB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the wide menu choices!

I
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trying to stay on Keto, and this restaurant makes it easy.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Keto Options. Dessert was wonderful! The food was fresh and came out quickly. Will definitely return.

TS
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I met a friend for lunch and the service was great and the food was fantastic. It's not a cheap lunch but the food is really delicious and well thought out. I had the beef short rib tacos and we split the Brussels sprouts appetizer. Everything was great.

B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We should have stopped after the scrumptious crab tower but no, we asked to see the desert tray. There were so many choices and we zeroed in on the chocolate coconut cake with ice cream. Excellent food , service and value.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun and interesting menu with so much choice! Paleo, vegetarian and more. It was pretty noisy when we were there and I thought the ramen ordered was a bit sweet.
All in all a great place. If you like fried oysters, they are great!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food! Such a huge selections. I have never been anywhere in Houston that had such a huge paleo and keto selection. Wish there was one in Katy by our home. It was a bit small and when it started to fill the people waiting on a table kept bumping into us. A reservation is a must. We will be back.

TD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent, however seating was very cramped and because of that it was very noisy from neighboring guests

JP
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wonderful Keto diet menu choices

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Tons of mistakes in a plastic filled environment

E
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant

OT
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our wait staff helped select food and drinks. Fun and fab!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We never got to dinner. Had a reservation time of 8:15pm for 4 people and a toddler, arrived at least 5 min before our reservation time. Our table was not ready. They don't have much space to wait inside, so waited outside in the heat until 8:45. At that point, table was still not ready, so we called Coppa Osteria, they had no wait time so we canceled with Ruggles and went there. Ended up having a fantastic experience at Coppa as usual. Ruggles needs to do better with reservations if they dont have an area for guests to wait comfortably.

R
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing cannot say enough. The KETO menu is delicious. They also have a very extensive Paleo menu. The servers are helpful and attentive. My ONLY complaint is the reservations. The fact that I make a reservation using Open Table and the table is NEVER ready...ever! And unfortunately I am not the only person in the situation. I was standing in a group of 4 parties all who said they made reservations and they were not honored at the reserved time. This is so upsetting because I always arrive promptly for any reservation I make at a restaurant. I feel it is respectful to all involved from the servers, the owner and the next party assigned my table. Yet this restaurant does not feel the same way. I understand sometimes unforeseeable circumstances arise and you cannot control the situation but this has happened several times. Maybe they should stop taking reservations and just do a walk-in service?

S
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy! Food options for the ‘guy impaired’! I had paleo friendly wings, kale salad and molten lava cake that was the best dessert ever!

NS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Felt rushed from the moment we walked in. Asked to have appetizers brought out first...all food came at once. Obvious they were trying to turn their table. Been a regular customer for years. Won’t be going back.

CC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really like the atmosphere. Great menu with lots of options and biggest dessert tray in town! Good for groups or just a couple. Nice lighting. Our food was great as usual and our server was fantastic! Will definitely be back.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. It was very loud, that would be my only complaint, as the restaurant isn't very big.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our food and overall dining experience at Ruggles black! Their menu is impeccable and service was on point. Our server was super sweet and extra accommodating to ensure a perfect date night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For trying somewhere new, this was a great choice. Food was delicious, great drinks and service was AMAZING! I highly recommend the lamb, samosa pizza and bread pudding.

CP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place.. The owner/Chef was very attentive...

P
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surpassed all expectations! I booked this place to celebrate my husband bday and the overall experience -ambience, creative palate of flavor, presentation, table service was outstanding. They offer huge variety of dishes for ppl with dietary restrictions. Highly recommended !!

CG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

There were 6 of us for lunch (and a small bday celebration). The server took our drink order and delivered the food but never returned except to drop the check. One item had not been delivered which was rectified but we were never once offered additional drinks which was odd since we had ordered cocktails.

HP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique Cousine with Amazing Keto, Paleo, and Gluten-free Options

a
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

I’ve always enjoyed coming and the food (although pricey for what you get) is good, Saturday night was disappointing. We had a 7pm reservation and were not seated until 740. No apologies from hostess or owner. Server was nice, but we felt a bit rushed.

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