We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Crystal Lake Rib House

) #73 of 108 Restaurants in Crystal Lake €€ - €€€ American, , Barbecue
540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-3652
+1 815-477-3600
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good25%
  • Average15%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“rib tips” (9 reviews)
“ribs” (63 reviews)
“bbq chicken” (6 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Bar, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
540 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-3652
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (112)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 112 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My last review of this place was in May 2016. At that time we had some terrible service and decided not to waste our time there anymore. The other day, Monday to be exact, we decided to see if things had changed. They had not....More

Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They are expensive,but a good place there appetizers are good. You get a lot of food. The owner is involved in a lot of town sports . And he is very nice . Loves to go and check out other BBQ restaurants. I've heard there...More

Thank Bankybear245
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Went for a road trip to Crystal lake and decided to try this place for BBQ. We stopped in at 1245 and the place was a ghost town. We thought it was closed. We tried the door anyway and walked in. 2 people were sitting...More

Thank Clinton A
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been to the Ribhouse since it was located across the street from its new location. I really liked the food then, and I'm happy to say that nothing has changed on that front. However, the new place is much larger and can hold...More

1  Thank sh1520
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

I wasn't impressed at all and I had high hopes! Menu doesn't have very good or many combination platters. So poor menu options make this difficult for me to try a few things. There are no BBQ sauces on the tables so I assumed they...More

Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We go here quite often. While we miss the old location, this one is very nice and much more practical. The ribs and burgers our really good. The service is usually good. We either share a plate or plan on taking half home for dinner.

Thank seabsct111
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Went for Friday fish fry, big mistake!! Mostly fried fish, pop corn shrimp which are dry and rubbery. There was no fried clams!! Steamed broccoli was cooked to death! Rice pilaf was dry and no seasoning. Soup was just warm. Service was terrible. We sat...More

Thank Travelprn
Reviewed 29 March 2017 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....More

Thank mommiegw
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...More

Thank jeremy f
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
Nearby Restaurants
da Baffone Cucina Italiana
139 reviews
1.38 km away
Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria
150 reviews
1.55 km away
Retro Bistro
37 reviews
1.53 km away
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
188 reviews
1.42 km away
Nearby Attractions
Three Oaks Recreation Area
87 reviews
2.59 km away
20 reviews
6.58 km away
Joe Diamond Studio Series
34 reviews
4.20 km away
Crystal Lake Brewing
45 reviews
1.38 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Sherry P
2 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Travelprn | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, don't know
Norman J
1 June 2016|
Response from Mr45 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, but it is great for families, it's a family type of place. I would think kids would like the straight up meat & potatoes type menu, with enough choices. I've seen tons of kids eating and enjoying it there a... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing