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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
  • Website
    crystallakeribhouse.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • 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

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Andrew S.
Verified
Report | 3 days ago
Excellent service and food was outstanding...i need a nap now.
Jill
Verified
Report | 5 days 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.
Jeanne R.
Verified
Report | 9 days ago
Fried green beans are THE BEST! Huge portions so you can get another meal out of one.
Debra G.
Verified
Report | 11 days 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!
Staci B.
Verified
Report | 15 days 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.
DANIEL P.
Verified
Report | 21 days ago
It's a little pricey but great food (if you like spicy bbq).
Jeannie H.
Verified
Report | 25 days ago
Come hungry -- very hungry!
Nancy S.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Everyone is always so nice and the food is EXCELLENT! Rib tips are the best!
Judith R.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Read the print careful. Not good on Fridays. Even tho in large print, I missed it. Didn't matter to us, we go there often.
J D.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Great food, terrific service!
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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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