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Southside Ribs

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903 S Saint Louis St, Sparta, IL 62286-1942
+1 618-443-2200
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 16:00 - 20:30
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Red Bud, Illinois
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258 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The pork steak was huge and delicious! The cowboy beans were also very good. It's not often that I have to take BBQ home, but couldn't eat all the pork steak. I will definitely be back to try more.

Thank Siwasher1993
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636 reviews
368 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Sparta is a very nice town. Southside Ribs has good BBQ for a town this size. We try a lot of BBQ so it may not be fair to compare. but on a scale of 1- 10 give it a 6. Very nice wait staff. Maria very friendly and helped with the selections. The various sides rate an 8!!!

Thank rollinsthomas
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

We eat here quite a bit. Everyone I have talked to love their pork steaks. I usually get the brisket. It is amazing. It is sliced thin and is so tender. The homemade chips are great also. The Caesar salads are my favorite.

Sparta, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Southside Ribs has both good food & decent prices. You won't be disappointed. It's more crowded on weekends. Great choice for lunch or dinner.

Thank bbtmmj
Swansea, Illinois
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577 reviews
395 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

We were traveling around southern Illinois visiting various customers and happened upon South Side. While not fancy, the staff was friendly, the atmosphere casual, and the food hot and tasty. The menu offered everything from a club sandwich to ribs and steak, and there were numerous sides to chose from. Everything was served as expected and we all cleaned our... More 

Thank David F
Tecumseh, Michigan
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2015

The smell was awesome as you entered the building. The crowd was mixed from senor citizens to families to high school kids on a date. The staff was great!!! Could not ask for better service. The food was brought out in record time, less then 10 minutes from when I ordered. I ordered the half rack of ribs, sweet potato... More 

Thank Chris G
Meansville, GA
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

If you want a great dining experience, you should eat at Southside Ribs. They have a great variety of food and the servers are the friendliest that we have ever encountered. We love the Turkey Club, Cowboy Beans or the Overstuffed Baked Potato. Just make sure that you bring your appetite because the quantity of food is as good as... More 

Thank Ruth N
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Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

This place does it all well. Ribs were great. Even the green beans had a little something extra to them. Eat here.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Spencer, Tennessee
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Dinner was excellent! My husband and I both had their ribs and they were falling off the bone, melt in your mouth tender! The service was friendly and good! Definitely a place we'd recommend if you're ever in Sparta, IL

Thank Kathy S
Savanna, Illinois
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015

During our 8 day stay in Sparta, our group ate at Southside Ribs 3 times. Each experience was great. The food and service was excellent.

Thank Paul W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:30
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: 903 S Saint Louis St, Sparta, IL 62286-1942
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Sparta
  • Phone Number: +1 618-443-2200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?