Crystal Lake Rib House

Reviews: 36

Average: 4.1 out of 5 Stars

540 E. Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
United States
(815) 477-3600
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Best barbecue best barbecue ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken. You can either have your beef brisket sliced or pulled, they both have an amazing flavor. Check out their specials and their Sunday brunch along with their mega bloody Mary that's gotten over 10 million hits on Facebook... See More

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I've eaten so many times at this restaurant and have never ever submitted a review. They have an amazing kale salad with grilled chicken, and so many other salads that are truly amazing and delicious. I was asked to give a review and happily said I would. It's really a nice place and nice atmosphere... See More

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Friendly staff, awesome chicken wings! Seriously the best I've ever had. You must try the buttered red potatoes and the homemade baked beans.The owner Dave obviously knows what he's doing, he's been in the business for over 35 years! Don't listen to yelp, they only post negative reviews.... See More

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Best chicken wings, best rib tips, never had a bad meal here food is fresh practically homemade from scratch, Love having a bloody Mary along with their brunch items on Sunday. They've been in town for a long time and our local favorite and apparently used to be in Chicago for over 20 years, the bar... See More

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Was at the Rib House last Sunday for the mega bloody Mary, and it was fabulous! A full slab and a whole chicken as part of the bloody Mary garnish along with donuts, a cheeseburger sausage and so much more. I met the owner Dave who is back in the kitchen prepping who is one of the nicest people I've... See More

2/18/18

We had a great time and the food and bloody mary and service were top notch. Only wish we lived closer so we could enjoy more often... See More

2/20/17

Best ribs wings etc by far . Warm friendly atmosphere and service.... See More

2/20/17

Had the best ribs ever and the pulled pork was fabulous. The entire staff was extremely friendly. Can't wait to go back again..... See More

2/20/17

Awesome BBQ every time! Love the buffalo crackers and the bloody Mary's! Great job !... See More

Burgers are the best! Make sure to get some of the roasted potatoes with butter! Honey butter is great!!!! I have been to a few of the pig roasts that the restaurant does, A good time for all!!! Except for The pig that is...Recommended highly the baked bean sandwiches!!!! Fun fact I am from crystal lake and I believe it was possible that my mother was born in the old rib house building way back in the day. Still trying to do research on that!!! Kinda hard to confirm since the property is now a gas station. Staff has been very nice to me!!! Good food give them a try... I am troubled by some of the negative comments I see . It doesn't seem like these folks have been to the same restaurant as me. I assume that all these naysayers own their own restaurant and have room to comment on someone that is actually running one. Let me know I would like to visit their businesses and see how they stack up. Thanks for your time D mill out... PS ask for the cinnamon carrots a special order!!!!

Douglas Milsap gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

This is the best barbecue you can get anywhere within 20 miles minimum. Their ribs are to die for as is everything else. I've traveled the entire midwest from Wisconsin to South Texas and everywhere in between and in my opinion this is the second best BBQ I have ever had out of hundreds of restaurants. They also have a great bar and friendly staff. Love this place.

Michael Smith gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

Food is always great. The Mega Mary was a spectacle that needs to be witnessed. Had 5 adults and 1 child that were fed off this. We only ordered additional drinks, and still had 3 to go boxes. Well worth the price and experience!

Christopher Teeter gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

Best Rib place I’ve ever been too !!!!

Tina Rivera gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

Mega Mary was amazing! All the meat was the best we’ve ever had! So good. And the staff was super nice. Well worth the 3.5 hour drive.

Marcy Burdette Steele gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

Fun atmosphere, great food! #Bloodymarybuffet Well worth the weekend trip!

Debby Monson gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

I have been going here for the past 10 years. I always had great service, great food, great drinks, and a great time. Our out of town family and friends always requests to come to the Crystal Lake Rib House. The smoke food is so tender and delicious. They have every kind of beer you want and the cocktails are made to perfection. The staff is amazing. Always friendly and attention to everything. They have daily specials for food and drinks which are great! We recently had them do a large catering order and everything was to perfection!! We appreciate this local resteraunt and highly recommend.

Chris Becker gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

4 of us came in and ordered two Mega Mary's. We were so looking forward to the experience and were not at all disappointed. What an absolute piece of art and spectacular treat. The service was fantastic and very attentive. Would highly recommend coming in to experience this masterpiece. By the way, we brought food home for dinner and the next day with all that was left on each.

Steve Ward gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

15 reserved megas made and enjoyed in 4 hours! Another successful Mega Mary Sunday!!

Ikki Salamander gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

I'm shocked after being there this afternoon, and reading some of these reviews. Our experience was excellent! Great, and prompt service from the moment we walked in. Our Mega Mary came out within 15 minutes of our reservation time. Everything was hot, and delicious. We were both super full when we left, and had enough food to feed us for 2 days lol. I honestly think the cost for this was pretty low considering the price to individually get most of these items. I manage a brewery, and have been in this industry 10+ years so it takes a lot to impress me, and impressed I was. Thanks for the great afternoon!

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Kenney Schrock gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 4 star review

Had a great time today. We pre ordered 2 mega Mary’s for 7 people. Had a blast. What a great presentation. People where friendly and helpful. Get the mega Mary!!! They were amazing!!!

Eric Bronke gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review
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William Voss gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

It's 385 miles from my house, and can't see diving that far for a bloody Mary.... even tho it looks amazing! Actually thinking about making this a vacation!

Ryan Henderson gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review
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Priscilla Jara gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

Awesome food and plenty of it. You can't leave this place and still be hungry. We have become regulars here.

Michael T Vanderwyst gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 5 star review

I ordered the Full Slab Dinner, and it was great. The ribs weren't "fall off the bone" ribs, but they were incredibly tasty. The meat had a great flavor and... more

Tom I. gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 4 star review

Yeah, I'm just not a rib guy. Never have been. I'll cook them for others, I'll go to restaurants that serve them, they just aren't for me. When it comes... more

Peter T. gave Crystal Lake Rib House a 4 star review

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