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Rib Joint Roadhouse

34294 Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 661-9500
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Ranked #55 of 113 Restaurants in Dana Point
Cuisines: Barbecue
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- Aug 25, 2014
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Anaheim, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
318 helpful votes 318 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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San Diego, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

As a person who loves to smoke their own meat, as was not impressed by their baby back ribs. Food was warm at best and the ribs needed the help of the BBQ sauce. Well cooked ribs should not need any sauce.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Positives: one family member enjoyed the pork ribs...and that is about it. Kids chicken tenders had NO flavor. Baby back ribs were tough and also lacking flavor. So I knew ordering chicken marsala in a rib joint was dangerous...but I have never had marsala that tasted sweet like teriyaki. Service was a bit slow for a small place that wasn't... More

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed lunch here today. Nice chatting with the waiter, loved the selection of beer, and the BBQ was delicious. The chicken was super moist and flavorful. The pork ribs were beautifully seasoned, the dipping sauce is what made them so tasty. The cornbread was dry and the potatoes ho-hum. But the BBQ was great, as advertised. We'll come back... More

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