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Rib Joint Roadhouse

34294 Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 661-9500
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Ranked #69 of 113 restaurants in Dana Point
Cuisines: Barbecue
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- Jul 5, 2014
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English first
Alpine, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

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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127 reviews 127 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
297 helpful votes 297 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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
65 reviews 65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Pasadena, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The Rib Joint interior conjures the classic look of a place you'd expect to have good food. Dimmed lights, locals at the bar, and a pleasant lack of "cookie-cutter" decor you'll find at chain restaurants. My wife and I ordered both the beef and pork ribs, and both were delicious and gigantic. The bar has a descent selection of beers... More

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San Clemente, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

I am an absolute BBQ Lover. At 49 years old this place gets my award as the worst BBQ I have ever had. Greasy, and flat out yucky! Service was poor. I don't mind paying for good BBQ, but when my wife and I walked out I felt like I had been robbed, and felt sort of gross from the... More

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