Crystal Lake Ribhouse

BBQ Restaurant
540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake Directions
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90% of 1781 customers recommended

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Senior Citizen Discount
Monday, Sunday
Senior citizens (65 and older) get a half-slab dinner free with the purchase of a full slab dinner
Kids Eat Free
Tuesday, Thursday
Kids eat free from kids' menu

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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Tips

250
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Report | 3 days ago
Great food, new place and great service. Excellent overall
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Report | 2 months ago
let the wait person know you have a Groupon coupon before you order, you can't use the coupon when you order a special
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Report | 2 months ago
Friendly staff! Good hamburgers.
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Report | 2 months ago
Brian was a very nice server :) Cheese curds are tasty, brisket moist and yummy, sweet potato fries are delish.
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Report | 3 months ago
Excellent service and food was outstanding...i need a nap now.
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Report | 3 months ago
We love the Crystal Lake Ribhouse. My only suggestion would be that the mac cheese, which tasted very good, had way too much cheese tonight - not sure why so different than our last visit. But again, we love it. Great food and atmosphere.
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Report | 3 months ago
Fried green beans are THE BEST! Huge portions so you can get another meal out of one.
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Report | 3 months ago
I ordered sliders which weren't on the menu. The portions are HUGE and delicious. Our waiter was adorable and the right amount of attentiveness. I liked the ambiance too. The many TVs provided entertainment and conversation. We'll definitely return!
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Report | 3 months ago
The food is amazing! Their portions are large and have so much flavor. The staff was courteous. I've heard about this restaurant for years and finally tried it. We went after the lunch rush and we had the place to ourselves. Great atmosphere. Best decision! 2 very satisfied customers.
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Report | 3 months ago
It's a little pricey but great food (if you like spicy bbq).
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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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Many people described the Pulled Pork as Fantastic.
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Many people described the Coleslaw as Yummy.
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Many people described the Chili as Great.
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Many people described the Ribs as Good. Others thought:
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  • Good
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  • Tender
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  • Wonderful
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  • Dry
Many people described the Beans as Yummy.
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Many people described the Potatoes as Good. Others thought:
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  • Good
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  • Buttered
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Many people described the Portions as Large.
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Many people described the Atmosphere as Cute.
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Many people described the Meal as Favorite.
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