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Crystal Lake Rib House

540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-3652
+1 815-477-3600
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good27%
  • Average14%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible8%
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“rib tips” (9 reviews)
“ribs” (61 reviews)
“bbq chicken” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-3652
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped for late lunch after shopping and couldn't have been more pleased. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable. My husband had the huge rib tip dinner and had enough to bring home for dinner--you get a choice of side as well as coleslaw...More

Thank Calmac3
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We asked Crystal Lake Rib House to help cater our event and they were AWESOME! We could not be happier with the entire experience from setting up contracts to enjoying the best BBQ around. As an outdoor event, the weather provided potential challenges but Dave...More

Thank Nicole H
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The chicken is moist and juicy, choose a pita instead of a roll and slather on their honey butter its a real treat.They offer all you can eat specials and buffets pretty regularly...personally we skip those not because they aren't good but because the regular...More

Thank Pat G
Reviewed 21 August 2017

I'm sorry but we in Northern Illinois just don't do BBQ like they do down south like in Tennessee or Texas. So, Crystal Lake's version is very good but as I was eating my half-slab rib dinner last night I just kept reminiscing about the...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 26 July 2017

My last review of this place was in May 2016. At that time we had some terrible service and decided not to waste our time there anymore. The other day, Monday to be exact, we decided to see if things had changed. They had not....More

Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

They are expensive,but a good place there appetizers are good. You get a lot of food. The owner is involved in a lot of town sports . And he is very nice . Loves to go and check out other BBQ restaurants. I've heard there...More

Thank Bankybear245
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Went for a road trip to Crystal lake and decided to try this place for BBQ. We stopped in at 1245 and the place was a ghost town. We thought it was closed. We tried the door anyway and walked in. 2 people were sitting...More

Thank Clinton A
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been to the Ribhouse since it was located across the street from its new location. I really liked the food then, and I'm happy to say that nothing has changed on that front. However, the new place is much larger and can hold...More

1  Thank sh1520
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

I wasn't impressed at all and I had high hopes! Menu doesn't have very good or many combination platters. So poor menu options make this difficult for me to try a few things. There are no BBQ sauces on the tables so I assumed they...More

Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We go here quite often. While we miss the old location, this one is very nice and much more practical. The ribs and burgers our really good. The service is usually good. We either share a plate or plan on taking half home for dinner.

Thank seabsct111
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Response from Travelprn | Reviewed this property |
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Norman J
2 June 2016|
Response from Mr45 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, but it is great for families, it's a family type of place. I would think kids would like the straight up meat & potatoes type menu, with enough choices. I've seen tons of kids eating and enjoying it there a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-3652
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Crystal Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 815-477-3600
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