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“All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Beef Ribs”
Review of Rustler's Rooste

Rustler's Rooste
Ranked #41 of 3,188 Restaurants in Phoenix
Price range: US$ 20 - US$ 30
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Good for: View, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: South Mountain
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Located atop a butte with spectacular views of the Phoenician Valley below, Rustler's Rooste has been serving diners for over four decades. Packed to the rafters with character and characters (starting with Horny, the "doorman"), this restaurant is known as a stellar performer in a high end location without the pretense of many other "fine dining" establishments. Equally at home hosting a wedding reception and a child-ladened family dinner, your dinner will be accompanied by live music, a tin slide and an indoor waterfall.

The menu is steak and all the fixin's. I opted for the "All-You-Can-Eat" BBQ beef ribs which left me feeling very well fed at the end of the meal. In addition to the ribs, my meal came with vegetables, corn on the cob, assorted rolls/cornbread, potatoes and a salad. Despite the number of ribs I consumed, I'm happy to report that Horny was alive and well when I left.

Service was a bit slow to start, but not too long of a wait. It was packed but the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Our server, Mike, even gave us a big ball of Cotton candy at the the end of the meal.

You won't be disappointed by spending an evening at Rustler's Rooste!

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Reviewed 22 May 2016

If you are looking for a fun evening in the Phoenix area put Rustler' Rooste on your list of places to go. From the minute you walk through the dark hallway to enter the restaurant you are aware that this is not your typical steak house. You are given the opportunity to enter the dining area the way the original rustlers did and that is by a slide. And it is not just for kids. Start your evening off right and slide in. At the bottom the fun really starts. Whether it is your waitress explaining the history of the rustlers or the balloon man making hats and animals, it is a party atmosphere. Food was well prepared and tasty. I had the Memphis style pork ribs and my wife choose the burger. She left will half the burger in a box. The band plays country and western music but not intrusively. Our bill was less than forty dollars with most of the items on the menu in the high teens to mid twenties.

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Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

This evidently is very popular with families as there is a gigantic slide. That of course is why it is so noisy.
Because they take no reservations you wait near or at the bar ...of course buying something. Parking was difficult due to the crowd. The food was good but given the other negatives you can easily find another place in this area.

Thank patepies
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Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

There are some places we go because they are fun. The grandkids like the slide. The view is great of the city. The band is always entertaining and for the most part the staff is ok. Not five star servers but nice enough waiters. The unfortunate part is the food. I keep going back hoping the food will improve. It hasn't. I order BBQ chicken. It is usually safe. There's is done in the oven and often dry but with enough sauce it's ok. My family orders steak. They are usually over cooked. I assume a choice cut based on the price. The kids ate their burgers and Mac and cheese.
The biscuits, flatbread, beans and salad are ok.
I ordered a baked potato. Not so good. The most disappointing dish was the rattlesnake and cactus. Expensive, fried to death bits of I unrecognizable substance. Yuk! The ice cream was good the apple pie under baked.
They really could do so much better but probably never will as the place is full of tourist all the time. It's not a place for foodies but good time for people craving the southwest cowboy experience.

Thank LocalTravelerAZ
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Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Had the Cowboy dinner for 3 and was disappointed. Salad was tasteless. Cowboy platter was very salty. Chicken was good, chicken kabob was VERY salty. Only good part of the platter was the fried shrimp and the coleslaw (not sure why there is coleslaw when they give you a salad bowl to start with). OK at best. Wouldn't recommend this place.

Thank Deb S
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