Cuisine: American, Barbeque,
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 1933 Lyndale Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55403 612.871.8969
Atmosphere: Rudolph’s Barbeque is located on the corner of Lyndale and Franklin, just off I-94. There is a parking lot on the southwest side of the intersection for Rudolph’s customers. Rudolph’s has been open since 1975, and was named after silent movie Legend, Rudolph Valentino.
Like its name sake, Rudolph’s is a movie-themed restaurant. Throughout the restaurant you will see various movie memorabilia and the back room even has a mock stage complete with regal-looking movie curtains and spot lights.
Menu: All of the Menu Items at Rudolph’s are named from different movies but I will make it easy on you and tell you in plain English what foods they offer.
Appetizers include Pita Bread with Hummus and Spicy Feta, Grilled Chicken Skewers, Corn Bread, Smoked Rib Tips, Chicken Wings, Onion Rings, Loaded Nachos, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Popcorn Shrimp, Sweet & Spicy Wings, Buffalo Wings, Wing & Rib Platter.
Soups and Salads include Barbeque Chicken Salad, Greek Salad, Caesar, Asian Chicken, and Louisiana Gumbo.
Rudolph’s Sandwiches include Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella, and Cajun Walleye Tacos. You can also build-you-own Burger from a variety of meat, cheese and bread.
Barbeque delights include Baby Back Ribs, St Louis Style Spare Ribs, Rib Tips, Barbeque Chicken, Smoked Brisket, and Prime Beef Rib.
Other entrees at Rudolph’s include Fried Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Grilled Walleye, New York Strip Steak, and Marinated Sirloin.
Price guide: Appetizers $7-10 Salads $6-8 Sandwiches $8-10 Barbeque Entrees $14-26 Entrees $15-25
- Sunday-Friday 4-7pm 10pm-Close
- Saturdays & Holidays 4-6pm 10pm-Close
What we ordered:
We started with the Rib Tips, dubbed “The Academy”. These meaty, juicy ribs were very tender with the perfect barbeque flavor and just the right amount of char cooked right in.
I was intrigued when I saw the “Jaws Tacos”, and thought it would be a good one for me to try. I love fish tacos but had never had any like these before! Each taco had a full fillet of walleye, seasoned with spicy cajun, and a generous serving of coleslaw and sliced avocado. I thought the cajun went really well with the sweet slaw. It was also served with a salsa that was mildly sweet. Overall a very tasty taco and a great buy for less than $10!
My companion ordered the “Cruella De Vil” which is a big Prime Beef Rib served with chipotle pinot noir barbeque sauce. The flavor of the beef was good but it was cooked a little more than expected and slightly dry. It was good but it wasn’t great.
The coleslaw came with my companion’s meal, it was creamy and sweet. Very good!
I was almost too full to have dessert but since the manager offered one for free, we took him up on his offer and ordered this giant six-layer Chocolate Cake. This was so good! It was rich and chocolately, doubly so when drizzled with the hot chocolate sauce it came with. In addition to a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, there were also a few strawberries garnishing the plate Who doesn’t love chocolate and strawberries? This dessert was seriously so big that it took me about 3 days to eat it all ;)
Service: My companion and I visited Rudolph’s on a Saturday night, right at the height of the dinner hour. Fortunately the restaurant is quite big and we were able to get a table without a wait. We were greeted by our server after about five minutes, which seemed like a long time. Our server was friendly and made good recommendations from the menu, but it took a really long time for our meals to arrive. The manager stopped by to apologize for how long it was taking and offered us a free appetizer or dessert for the inconvenience.
Overall Impression: Rudulph’s Barbeque is a cool restaurant if you’re into movies and even if you’re not, the food is worth a visit.