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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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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (12 reviews)
“rib tips” (9 reviews)
“baked beans” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
$$ - $$$
540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-3652
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1 - 10 of 111 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Went for Friday fish fry, big mistake!! Mostly fried fish, pop corn shrimp which are dry and rubbery. There was no fried clams!! Steamed broccoli was cooked to death! Rice pilaf was dry and no seasoning. Soup was just warm. Service was terrible. We sat...More

Thank Travelprn
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Horrible experience! I would have actually given it no stars if it were possible!! Will not be back and do NOT recommend. We decided to try because of a coupon we purchased from a HS fundraiser. The coupon was for $5 off or $20 purchase....More

Thank mommiegw
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Questioned a gift certificate policy and was threatened that they would call the police if I wouldn't pay but I didn't say I wouldn't pay I just wanted to talk to a manager but they " just left" it was my first visit here and...More

Thank jeremy f
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The pulled pork and beef brisket were fabulous. Tasty red potatoes and fresh salad. Generous portions and fast service. Definitely will be back

Thank Nicole C
Reviewed 6 February 2017

I placed an order the day before super bowl for shredded pork. Drove a half hour to pick it up. When we arrived we were made to wait 20 minutes as it was not ready. The lady behind the counter seemed most confused about things....More

Thank Jane C
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Took my boys & grandboys, 8 of us, out for a holiday dinner. Boys really wanted the brisket but we were really disappointed because on a Thursday at 4:00 they ran out of barbecue brisket and shredded chicken barbecue.....don't understand how they could run out...More

1  Thank GrandmasBunch
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Norman J
Do you have a kids menu
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
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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