Rudie's

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Description

Nestling itself into north-east London's quirky Dalston den, Jamaican-inspired Rudie's is a funky-friendly and happening haunt for Hackney-ites and tourists alike to come catch a slice of the Caribbean as you sample the crafty cocktails and mouth-watering meat feast.

Super chilled vibes flowing from the sweeping Caribbean beaches wash up at this rum shack and jerk meat joint. Soak up a breadth of busting beats and a relaxing roster of reggae tunes as you and your troop tuck into the scrumptious sharing-style platters in store. Using traditional Jamaican cooking methods, the meat is marinated for 24 hours over coal-crammed jerk drums and sprinkled generously with spices and herbs - we guarantee you'll be well and truly lip-smacked by this mighty munch as you're transported straight to the sandy shores of Jamaica.

Info

None
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Dalston
18 (Children allowed for food)
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Hours

Day Open Close Notes
17:00 23:30
12:00 23:30
12:00 23:30
12:00 23:30
12:00 01:30
12:00 01:30
12:00 21:30

Location

Rudie's
50 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB

Area:
East London

Nearest station:
Dalston Junction (Rail)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Pint of Real Ale £4.00
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.00
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £3.50
Cocktail £8.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.00
Bottle of House Wine £18.00
Bottle of Champagne £44.00

Menus

Sample Food Menu Download
Sample Drinks Menu Download


This venue serves Caribbean food.

A word from the chef:
A Caribbean-themed menu, dive into a delicious sharing-style menu of real jerk meat shooting you straight to the shores of Jamaica.

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We couldn't have loved it more. The food and cocktails were amazing!!! Get the real jerk platter and the dark and stormy cocktail. Great restaurant. Will definitely be going back. katiesparrow visited Rudie's on 29 Jan 2016
31 Jan 2016 by
5

The food was really good at Rudies, especially the Jerk Chicken. Staff was very attentive but some staff did not have good knowledge of the menu (I think the waitress was new). My only complaint was that the 2 for 1 cocktails did not have much alcohol. I will go back again. Stephanie visited Rudie's on 16 Jan 2016
24 Jan 2016 by
4

Really enjoyed our meal at Rudies! Lovely staff, decent food and amazing homemade hot sauces! I would say its ever so sightly overpriced but I'd still recommend! Calamari and goat patties were divine! Nicola visited Rudie's on 15 Jan 2016
17 Jan 2016 by
4

We had a wonderful meal at Rudie's and we'll definitely be back! The Jerk Calmari was out of this world! Also, half price Jerk chicken on a Monday is amazing value! Make sure you come hungry..... annacrowley visited Rudie's on 11 Jan 2016
13 Jan 2016 by
5

Sorry Rudies, 4 stars not 3 Arrived at Rudies for my birthday lunch with my friend, the waitress greeted us with a welcoming smile. She was attentive to us throughout which was quite nice. The food was great. My favourite was the cassava...with saltfish, it was well put together, the salfish was not salty and the fresh tomatoes gave a refreshing burst to compliment to the dish. The curry was good and the rice and peas tasted very home made which was a big plus. The mango salad and coleslaw was one of my favourite, the salad combination worked well. We were there for nearly three hours(not observing the time limit) but was so comfy we forgot. Complimentary drinks for my birthday was a nice gesture. Thanks Rudies, I will certainly recommend and will visit again. Donette visited Rudie's on 06 Jan 2016
08 Jan 2016 by
4

Arrived at Rudies for my birthday lunch with my friend, the waitress greeted us with a welcoming smile. She was attentive to us throughout which was quite nice. The food was great. My favourite was the cassava...with saltfish, it was well put together, the salfish was not salty and the fresh tomatoes gave a refreshing burst to compliment to the dish. The curry was good and the rice and peas tasted very home made which was a big plus. The mango salad and coleslaw was one of my favourite, the salad combination worked well. We were there for nearly three hours(not observing the time limit) but was so comfy we forgot. Complimentary drinks for my birthday was a nice gesture. Thanks Rudies, I will certainly recommend and will visit again. Donette visited Rudie's on 06 Jan 2016
08 Jan 2016 by
3

The venue has a nice ambiance with a good mix of background foot tapping reggae tunes. Our waitress, exceptionally attentive.. Staff were friendly, patient and helpful. Overall costumer service very good. Food portions relatively small although full marks on presentation. Conclusion on our dishes. Jerk burger: 6/10. It was ‘just’ nice. No better or worse than burgers in Gourmet Burger Restaurant. Jerk calamari: 6/10. It was ‘just’ ok. Somewhat scraggily in appearance giving the impression they were ends made good of. Dippin sauce was nice. Sword fish steak: 8/10. Of what there was of it. It was very tasty but not enough for others to sample even a tiny piece without being left with an empty plate Pork shoulder: 6/10. Wasn’t really that jerky and again portions far to small. Pickaninny size. Sides: 6/10. Rice and peas: Light and pleasant enough though a little bland, lacked traditional flavors coming through.. Tyme. Coconut and ting.. Happy Hour Cocktails: Very nice but over loaded with ice in titchy glasses. Thought it was a slightly over priced. Service charge is optional so thought it was a little cheeky to include it in the total of the bill. This aspect could potentially spoil a reasonably delightful dinning experience. Would we go back. Yes. Would we recommend Rudies to family and friends yes... But would recommend Shades Red Van Man Take Away box food of Falkirk Street in Shoreditch first . Their Jerk chicken is the best yet. Sooo yummy.. vinn visited Rudie's on 29 Dec 2015
05 Jan 2016 by
3

My Ladies & I have been itching to taste the avant-garde cuisine & we're not disappointed except no curry goat, 🙄 The vibe is congenial, cocktails good & food very good... will bring our own containers to take away coriander sauce!! Finally, team (proprietors) @ Rudie's you have very bright future & expansion prospects.... Best, 🙏🏼 karimlalani visited Rudie's on 02 Jan 2016
04 Jan 2016 by
5
1 person people found this helpful

Fantastic lunch at Rudies. I'd been a couple of weeks before for dinner and wanted to go back for more delicious calamari, jerk chicken, sweet and spicy sauces and of course rum cocktails! Food full of flavour, really accommodating staff and great atmosphere. Love it. lshanti visited Rudie's on 22 Dec 2015
24 Dec 2015 by
4

Rudies is the place to be! Fantastic owners, great atmosphere and absolutely exquisite & authentic food! The Peppa shrimp is my absolute favourite - and I challenge everyone to give it a try! Love Rudies, love food, love life!! Rudies deserves its place as one of the top 10 authentic restaurants in london! Fantastic!!! jay339 visited Rudie's on 11 Dec 2015
15 Dec 2015 by
5

Fantastic variety of food and a great atmosphere! Went with colleagues and we all enjoyed ourselves. Minor complaint that the staff were a little slow and weren't sure which dish was vegetarian etc. Would fully recommend it to anyone! andyplmr1 visited Rudie's on 09 Dec 2015
11 Dec 2015 by
4

Absolutely loved it. From the decor to the atmosphere. The service, the cocktails and the food everything was superb! Although I'm not of lover of spicy food the Jerk pork was amazing, melt in your mouth with just enough heat to let you know you were eating jerk without making your ears burn! Would highly recommend the bammi bruschetta, and salt fish bakes. Although the curry goat was off the menu on the night the oxtail fell off the bone! Flavours to savor Will definitely be visiting again very soon because on the menu needs to be sampled! lovelyness visited Rudie's on 04 Dec 2015
06 Dec 2015 by
5

The food was fantastic. A great fusion of fine dining and Caribbean food. The service was brilliant too. It was polite, quick and incredibly efficient. My only snag was that the food and alcohol is quite expensive. But it's a real treat rather than an 'every weekend' dining experience so it's worth it every once in a while. They'll just need to maintain high standards of service and food to justify some of the pricing. staynton visited Rudie's on 13 Nov 2015
18 Nov 2015 by
4
1 person people found this helpful

Nice atmosphere, polite staff but it suffers from the same old Caribbean restaurant problem I.e slow service and running out of popular dishes. Jerk chicken nice, bakes were microwaved so impossible to cut with a knife and fork. Way overpriced. jeep visited Rudie's on 06 Nov 2015
08 Nov 2015 by
3

Food was OK. Platter was quite big but I paid £45 for some grilled meat 1 beer and 1 rum and coke. Too expensive for what is essential caribbean street food. Won't be going back. Disappointed as I was hoping to really like it. michaelmagro visited Rudie's on 05 Nov 2015
07 Nov 2015 by
2

Underwhelming . If you are of carribbean heritage you will laugh this place out of town. Goat curry was bone curry , not a sprig of thyme in sight. Ackee and salt fish lame and limp with no taste . 4 slices of jerk lamb 14 quid . Only decent thing was the calamari . Thank god I road tested before recommending to others. I have no idea what Grace Dent is chatting about . The hour and half table time makes the place a massive swerve especially if you are into proper West Indian food . Cocktail were decent. Rest all hype jason visited Rudie's on 31 Oct 2015
02 Nov 2015 by
2

Fabulous cocktails nice atmosphere - music was good people even singing at their tables but the food lacked a bit of seasoning for me personally would go back for the drinks and desert. Great people there though sasha345 visited Rudie's on 10 Oct 2015
31 Oct 2015 by
3

Second time there best food eaten in a long time and staff are friendly love it love it !!! 100% Cnt wait to go the lobster was georg and pork was mouth watering and cocktails tummy !!! well done !! Louise visited Rudie's on 22 Oct 2015
24 Oct 2015 by
5

Really disappointed in this restaurant. After making a reservation the waiter looking confused as we mentioned the fact we had made a reservation. proceeded in separating a table just as we stood at the doorway . We were guided to our table which wasn't far as we had only stepped in the door way. As I mentioned this being the table at the door Overcrowded seating and placed next to open door. That was not shut at any stage despite late in the evening. Being of Afro Caribbean heritage I looked forward to some home cooked Caribbean food. Sadly I was left with a severe nasty taste in my mouth. After having a starter iof ackee and salt fish bakes. I can only say it was totally tasteless like our whole meal for the evening. The Ackee and salt fish had clearly been heated up in side of the bakes giving the food a spongy texture.i clouding the bakes. Due to it been warned up in a microwave. Ok we thought and waited for a main meal with anticipation My husband ordered curry goat and rice and peas. And was presented with two tiny bowls which reminded me of the kind of tiny bowls you wash your fingertips in. Ok my strapping husband was clearly not going to fill his belly on baby's portion size bowl. So he proceeded to eat his facial expression said it all as he ate a few morsel of his dinner. Where's the condiments which believe me were strictly needed which were no where to be seen on any tables. I thought ridicolous I'll have a try. But after sampling I thought maybe we made a mistake an ordered some form of casserole. As I can only assume they had run out of any form of seasoning being the most important Ingredient curry powder. Ok I thought no way can my choice be as bad as my husbands. I grinned over to him as the waitress brought over my meal . Quarter jerk chicken and sweet potato fries. I was presented with a mini chopping and placed neatly in the centre four tiny pieces of cubed chicken. Quarter jerk chicken !!! I don't think so. Taste sadly missing once again Would I return back to this over priced so called Caribbean restaurant sadly no. if you want a real taste of cooked carbbean food stick to your mothers meals !! Angie visited Rudie's on 17 Oct 2015

Reply from Rudie's

It was very disappointing to read your review of your recent dining experience here at Rudie’s. We appreciate all customer feedback and strive to ensure we provide an enjoyable experience for all our diners. It’s unfortunate you did not feel comfortable with the table you were allocated, however if a dinner requests to be moved to another table we are more than happy to oblige where this is possible, did you ask? We take any feedback regarding the quality of our food offering very seriously as our reputation is built on the quality of our fresh produce and flavorsome Jamaican classic & inventive dishes, such as the very popular Ackee & Saltfish Bake. Our open plan kitchen allows dinners to see how our chefs skillfully and lovingly prepare every dish using many traditional techniques, there’s not a microwave in sight! Rudie’s is a small plate / sharing style menu with menu options for small or large portion for many of our dishes. In this instance both the Rice and Peas & Curry Goat were available in the larger portion size. The chicken comes in portion sizes of quarter, half and full in order that we can cater for all appetites. We have proved very popular since opening in September with positive feedback far outweighing any negative feedback we have received. We do hope that you will try Rudie’s again in the future and we would be delighted to hear your feedback in person on that occasion.
19 Oct 2015 by
1

Stylish, modern, decor. Service very good, Food - Excellent, traditional fare with a twist, varied/interesting selection of starters/mains, done to perfection. Cocktails brilliant, not pricey. Music amazing! Truly great experience! wendywoo142 visited Rudie's on 13 Oct 2015
15 Oct 2015 by
5

Friendly service and charming modern decor. Food was a little on uneven on opening night, but they delivered where it counted. Jerk chicken tender, flavorful and smoky. Jerk pork had a brilliant crisp skin. Both salads really great, refreshing with very well balanced flavors. We started with patties that were tasty but unpleasantly, tough having been deep fried to amahogany color. Side of rice and beans was a little dull. Grilled corn a little undercooked. Alice visited Rudie's on 05 Oct 2015
07 Oct 2015 by
3
1 person people found this helpful

Great food! Brilliant tune selection to accompany the meal...staff are attentive and clued up on the menu....extensive cocktail list was very tempting but it was a Monday night. Will definitely return!
07 Oct 2015 by
4
1 person people found this helpful

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