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34294 Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 661-9500
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Chris Cram is here Thursdays- great R&B; 70's/80's etc music-ribs too

Went for ribs which were ok- didn't enjoy these as much as Chris Cram one man band (he is so much better than that description- check him out on Youtube). Enjoyed his sound and beer very much- serving staff very friendly- warm cosy atmosphere- nice older clientele- you can make friends here! I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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Ennis, Republic of Ireland
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Ennis, Republic of Ireland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Went for ribs which were ok- didn't enjoy these as much as Chris Cram one man band (he is so much better than that description- check him out on Youtube). Enjoyed his sound and beer very much- serving staff very friendly- warm cosy atmosphere- nice older clientele- you can make friends here! I would go back- great experience in a... More 

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Cincinnati. Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My friend and I did not go here for the food. We went for the music. Chris is usually there on Thursday nights. He is a one man band. He plays, sings, and will let you do karaoke. He takes requests, also. The place is small, but it was not crowded when we went and there is an outside patio.... More 

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Dana Point, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Don't let the rough exterior fool you! This place has some of the best ribs around...period! Drop in to the bar or carry out!

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Anaheim, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you're familiar with that phrase "don't judge a book by it's cover," it well applies to this place. It's basically a shack & when you walk in you might pause & wonder why you're there. But the food itself is delicious. I ordered a chicken n rib combo plate - 1/4 chicken (very moist), 3 pork ribs (great flavor)... More 

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Argyle, Texas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had heard about a place in Dana Point that made great ribs, and I'm fairly certain this was the place. It does not look like much, and we had some trepidations about staying once we were in the place. However, the salad bar was delicious and fresh, and the BBQ was truly outstanding. We ordered the Family Feast, which... More 

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Alpine, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place doesn't look like much on the outside and is a locals-friendly bar hangout, but give it a chance and your tummy will be so glad you did! My husband had the brisket sandwich piled high with tender, moist meat on a house made bun with a house-made, delicious coleslaw. It was more than he could finish with sauces... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A night out with my lady friend found us at the Rib Joint. We almost drove by, as there wasn't much curb appeal. However, I'm always up for an adventure, and this place did not disappoint. The place has a salad bar, the potato salad here is a bit on the spicy side. The coleslaw is very good, and well... More 

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Southern Cal
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134 reviews 134 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This is the quintessential road house bbq place. I love it! The feeling is traveling coast hwy 50 years ago with a wood fireplace, big booths and a hillside back dropped patio. Great music and a bar that rivals the "local" bar you have at home. Delicious ribs and meats served with cornbread and a salad bar that most describe... More 

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San Clemente, California
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181 reviews 181 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
362 helpful votes 362 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

OK... this is a little place. Old, but right on PCH. We ate there in the afternoon, so the restaurant was not busy, but there was a crowd at the bar. Locals, I presume. The baby back ribs were good and the service was excellent. Now, you can't compare this to an upscale restaurant because it is not. You'd probably... More 

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Ebeltoft, Denmark
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Well... We visited the place because of their advert saying "Best ribs i CA".... The bartender was nice and so was the beer - nothing else good to say about this place. We ordered Prime ribs - supposed to be the best on the menu and they were very rich and felt like chewing gum. Very poor indeed. Would never... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34294 Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: (949) 661-9500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

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