Updated in 2021! This casual American bar and grill serves a wide range of meat and seafood dishes, and is well loved for their burgers. Although I wouldn’t recommend Ruby Tuesday to vegans, it is a great find for dairy-free diners. They offer a big array of chicken, steak, seafood, burger, sandwich, and salad options without milk.
Ruby Tuesday has been on a downward slide since 2016, and did have a very tough 2020. Like many restaurants, they had to close several more locations. To stay alive, they chose voluntary bankruptcy in 2021. The move allowed them to quickly come out on the other side, and hold onto over 200 corporate-owned and operated locations.
Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Ruby Tuesday
Of course, experiences can vary by location, due to differences in management and staff. But overall, Ruby Tuesday has received top marks by food allergic customers for their attentiveness to needs. And their allergen menu reflects this accommodating attitude. It lists not only what items are free of certain allergens, but also how to modify other menu items. This is our quick and organized list of the dairy-free options as supplied by Ruby Tuesday.
- Garlic Breadsticks with Tomato Basil Sauce (no parmesan cream sauce)
- House Baked Soft Pretzels with Mustard (no cheese)
Entrees (without sides)
- Hickory Bourbon Chicken
- Asiago Bacon Chicken (no cheese, no cream sauce)
- Smoky Mountain Chicken (no cheese)
- Chicken Fresco (no butter sauce)
- Baby Back Ribs with Classic Barbecue, Texas Dusted, or Hickory Bourbon
- Rib Eye
- Hickory Bourbon Bacon Sirloin
- Top Sirloin
- Blackened Tilapia
- Grilled Salmon
- Hickory Bourbon Salmon
- New Orleans Seafood (no cream sauce)
- Grilled Shrimp
Notes: Ruby Tuesday uses a liquid margarine to cook their meat that’s dairy-free. They also have garlic spread and scampi butter that are listed as dairy-free, but containing soy. Surprisingly, the spicy glaze in the Nashville Hot Ribs contains milk.
Burgers & Sandwiches (without sides)
- Classic Burger
- Awesome Burger
- Turkey Burger
- Bacon Cheeseburger (no cheese)
- Hickory Bourbon Bacon Burger (no cheese)
- Smokehouse Burger (no cheese, no onion rings)
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Notes: The Brioche Buns and Gluten-Free Buns at Ruby Tuesday are dairy-free, but make sure they don’t butter it. Their Crispy Chicken does contain milk.
- Baked Potato (plain)
- Fresh Steamed Broccoli
- Fresh Grilled Zucchini
- Buttered Corn
- Roasted Baby Bellas
- Seasoned Lavash Crackers
Note: The French fries, sweet potato fries, and tater tots at Ruby Tuesday are not listed as milk free. This might be due to potential cross-contamination in the deep fryer.
- BBQ Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad (no cheese, sub dairy-free dressing)
- Garden Salad (no cheese, no croutons, dairy-free dressing)
Fresh Garden Salad Bar: All the non-cheese toppings, except the croutons are made without dairy. This includes the wasabi peas, ham, and seasoned lavash crackers. But Coleslaw is the only dairy-free prepared salad option.
Dairy-Free Dressings: Golden Italian, French, Honey Mustard, Thousand Island, Balsamic, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
- Marinara Pasta
- Buttery Pasta
- Grilled Chicken
- Fresh Grilled Zucchini
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Where to Find Ruby Tuesday
They have a few hundred locations in the U.S. See their website below for locations, hours, contact information, and their interactive allergen menu.
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