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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Lake in the Hills, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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
1 of 5 bubbles 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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58 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Woodstock, Vermont
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank GrandmasBunch
Rockford, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank richarddrob
Fox River Grove, Illinois
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Senior couple went to Monday burger lunch special. Outstanding service and quality of food. Great selection of sandwiches and good variety of American and BBQ plates.Staff friendly and service quick. No rush to get out back in the cold weather. Will definitely be back for future lunches with friends.

1 Thank Ron H
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We always get "to go" here, although they do have tables for dine-in. The ribs are OK. We get them when we don't want to cook nor drive very far. Sorry - nothing very special!

Thank clp2csp
Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The ribs were tough and the shrimp was bad. At one time they were good but not anymore. Will not go back.

Thank Jennifer Z
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The platter is a great experience! 4 kinds of meat: RIBS, BEEF BRISKET; SAUSAGE, BBQ CHICKEN. All excellent, a lot of food, alot of meat, each is a meal in itself, bring it home for 3-4 more meals. QUALITY & QUANTITY. All lean & tasty. The brisket is thick and beefy, and more tender than any steak. Where else can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?