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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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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good27%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“rib tips” (10 reviews)
“ribs” (65 reviews)
“bbq chicken” (8 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-3652
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Good BBQ and great bloody Mary's, Prices are average for this bar and restaurant. Three types of Bloody Marys Mega Mary, serves about 5 or 6 people Queen Mary and regular Bloody Mary priced 60 dollars to 6 dollars. the mega needs to be ordered...More

Thank boopdboop
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

No separate checks, $3 charge for sharing, didn't know the beer menu and many not available. Not a very good mix and match selection of the normal choices. Well below my expectations for BBQ and won't visit again.

Thank bgskyman
Reviewed 23 February 2018

You will not regret going to this restaurant and ordering the MEGA MARY! The price of it is $59.95 and well worth it!! Dave the owner and wife couldn't have accommodated us any better (group of six). Call ahead days and maybe a week before...More

Thank jmleuc
Reviewed 12 February 2018

A must stop if you like BBQ, we have been there on several occasions and have tried several different items on the menu and Nothing has disappointed us! Great prices and huge portions, their Chili is a killer as I am a Chili man! Good...More

Thank MchJay
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

This place is far from fancy but oh my the food is delicious. The chili is by far the best I have ever tasted. All the fare is outstanding and the wait staff is courteous and friendly. Nice specials and nice coupon offerings. We have...More

Thank n4o1r3m5e2
Reviewed 22 January 2018

The BEST BBQ in the area hands down! All the sauces and meats are wonderful! Ribs, Pulled Pork and the BBQ Chicken all are fab! Around Thanksgiving a Smoked Turkey is offered for Takeout that rocks! My only wish was I hope someday they begin...More

Thank BearNTrout
Reviewed 8 January 2018 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
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Sherry P
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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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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