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Crystal Lake Rib House

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-3652
+1 815-477-3600
11:00 - 21:00
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 way more customers. They have banquet rooms as well. The ribs are fantastic, as well... More 

Thank sh1520
Chicago, Illinois
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117 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 only had one, which was odd and disappointing. I ordered the BBQ pork sandwich and... More 

Thank Jennifer E
Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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 at the banquet room for over 10 minutes before a server showed up. Best thing... More 

Thank Travelprn
Lake in the Hills, Illinois
1 review
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. Sounded great...but wait... even if you spend over $20 in food you CANNOT use this... More 

Thank mommiegw
1 review
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 it'll be my last I wouldn't recommend to any one don't waste your time or... More 

Thank jeremy f
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62 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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
Woodstock, Vermont
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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. We thought perhaps she was new. There was a young man there that took the... More 

Thank Jane C
Cary, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 that early. Had to settle for something different. I would suggest calling them to see... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Visit family from out of town, and we always have to come to the Rib House! The Ribs are delicious and smoked to perfection. They have a kale salad with grilled chicken that is probably one of the bests salads we have had. Not sure how any one can post a negative review, unless they are the competition. On Thursdays,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?