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223 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066-4838
(650) 589-1178
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 7
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  • 3
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 1
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Great ribs

I stopped by here on a lark and got the chicken and pork rib combo. The chicken was good but the pork ribs were excellent. Best I've ever had. I was disappointed they were out of beef ribs (my favorite) and the sides I wanted - corn on the cob and the tomato/cucumber salad. I got the potato salad... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2013
Jaktri
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Lake Elsinore, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

There were 4 of us We could not eat all that we got prices are fair The Ribs are Great The Chicken Great Not fancy but who cares when you are eating great ribs Highly recommend this place

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Chehalis, Washington, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The location is nothing much. In fact, you have to be sharp eyed to spot it, but the ribs make up for it. Cooked over a wood fired pit, they come in different types, sizes and modes, but they're all finger-lickin' good.

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So.NH
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

The day had been marginal. Flight to SFO delayed almost 3 hrs from Boston. The GF and I both in pretty bad moods. We were staying just down the street at Ritz, waiting for an early morning rental car to drive north. The manager suggested Rib Shack. We walked there and brought the food back to our room, stopping at... More 

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

I stopped by here on a lark and got the chicken and pork rib combo. The chicken was good but the pork ribs were excellent. Best I've ever had. I was disappointed they were out of beef ribs (my favorite) and the sides I wanted - corn on the cob and the tomato/cucumber salad. I got the potato salad and... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was the place to go for baby-back ribs. It's appears to have changed owners, and the taste and quality of the food has changed too. Unfortunately not for the best. The two times I was there the ribs were dry and like shoe soles. I'm now looking for a good rib place...hard to find these days!

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Norcal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We tried the Rib Shack while staying at a nearby hotel. The pulled pork sandwiches were delicious and the sides were great. We had collard greens, chili beans, corn on the cob, fries, fruit salad, coleslaw, etc. All were very good and at reasonable prices. It is always a risk to try a new place in an unknown location, but... More 

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Euless
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

yes, the beef/chicken/pork are excellent. The food is great and fresh. Be ready, one plate is BIG!

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South San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

So far, some of the best BBQ I've had on the peninsula. Try the T-Rex if you ever get a chance and like beef ribs. I have yet to try ANYTHING bad here! Nothing but good experiences with service and the food. Get the Backyard BBQ deal which is $50, but worth if if you split it with 3 people!... More 

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

There are only a few rib places in the penninsula and rib shack was are best choice. Nothing fancy, no reservations needed and the variety of sauces was great.

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san mateo county
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

We had a Groupon for the rib shack so we decided to give it a try. We purchased the sampler and found the meal to be awful. I've had better BBQ style pork ribs at Costco! The pork and beef ribs were tender, but not smoky as expected with BBQ. The chicken was so dry we couldn't even eat it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 223 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066-4838
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Bruno
  • Phone Number: (650) 589-1178

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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