Crystal Lake Rib House

BBQ Restaurant
540 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 540 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake Directions
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90% of 1834 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Barbecue, American, Steak, Catering, Deli
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    <$15
  • Cuisine
    Barbecue, American, Steak, Catering, Deli
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Valet
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
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Report | 2 days ago
Very good, but don't go there if you want something light! Love going there!
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Report | 5 days ago
Be ready to enjoy great BBQ!
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Report | 8 days ago
Portions are VERY generous... Go hungry!
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Report | 18 days ago
Excellent
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Report | a month ago
Great ribs and sides!
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Report | a month ago
Everything is delicious here. Ribs and chicken are very tender and juicy.
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Report | a month ago
Chili is excellent. Ribs were a little tough, according to my wife. Beef brisket sandwich piled high with meat. I enjoyed it. Recommend it.
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Report | a month ago
Best ribs in Crystal Lake, wait staff is very attentive.
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Report | 2 months ago
The ribs were excellent and so was the service.
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Report | 2 months ago
they serve fast! food is good, I dont like the buns they give you for a bisquit, that is kind of odd.
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From Our Editors

Inside the kitchens of Crystal Lake Rib House, chef David Faccone takes a methodical, multistep approach to making his baby back ribs: he covers them with dry rub, smokes them, and finally chargrills them before brushing over the final product with housemade barbecue sauce. His work has paid off—his tender baby back slabs earned the restaurant a 2012 Best of the Fox Award for Barbecue from Planit Northwest, as well as praise from Pat Bruno of the Chicago Sun-Times, who called them "a gift from the Gods of barbecue." In addition to ribs, the cooks also chargrill half-pound burgers, topping them with lettuce and tomato or a meaty pile of pulled pork and melted cheddar. The kitchen’s old-fashioned attention to smoked flavor is reflected in the building itself, an old house whose wooden front porch is adorned with wagon wheels. Inside, rustic hardwood floors support tables topped with white-and-red-checkered cloths, where patrons dip their spoons into hearty chili and sip domestic and imported brews.

Crystal Lake Rib House also arranges catering services for office gatherings, family reunions, and pool parties near bubbling barbecue-sauce springs. They have even catered for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Randy Travis, and Illinois governors, according to staff.

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