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16 Main St, East Haven, CT 06512
(203) 468-6695
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Mediocrity

Besides the shabby, uninviting exterior, the food is pretty mediocre, too. This is not barbecue, folks. It's oven-cooked ribs, finished on the grill in the kitchen. It'll do in a pinch, but if you want real barbecue, go to Uncle Willie's in West Haven - real barbecue slow-cooked with hardwood... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Besides the shabby, uninviting exterior, the food is pretty mediocre, too. This is not barbecue, folks. It's oven-cooked ribs, finished on the grill in the kitchen. It'll do in a pinch, but if you want real barbecue, go to Uncle Willie's in West Haven - real barbecue slow-cooked with hardwood, the way it's supposed to be. On the plus side,... More 

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Connecticut Shoreline
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I wrote a positive review about our visit in November and we just went back and I had to come write another review because we were disappointed. They got new menus and raised their prices to $22.99 for a rack of ribs now. This is with two sides but NO SALAD. At that price it should include a small salad,... More 

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Connecticut Shoreline
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

The atmosphere is not fancy, nothing to write home about, but dont let that stop you from making a stop here. Service is good, casual atmospheric here, could have more comfortable seats the booth need new cushion but even still a must stop for the ribs. The ribs - go with the baby back! - are the best I have... More 

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

we have eaten at this place several times over the past several years and had not been there for some time until this past week and we were surprised with how far the quality of the food had fallen. The ribs were not very flavorful and tasted as like the pre-prepared ribs sold in bags in the grocery store. They... More 

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Bellevue, WA
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190 reviews 190 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Wow, we got great service and the our entrees were great. Sure is aptly named -- the Rib House serves the best ribs and offers various sauces, too. On the night we showed up we thought they might be closed because there was only one other car, but we just picked a great time to come because the tables started... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Ribs and the onion brick are so delicious. Ribs have always been delicious and the tradition continues. The onion brick is a little greasy but good! Restaurant is old needs updating!

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Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

My husband and I along with my 11 year old daughter ate here Friday Sept 20th 2013 at about 5:50pm. We arrived and were immediately greeted by the hostess and seated.Our server came over and greeted us and took our drink order.We received our drinks within minutes and she took our order taking the time to explain to me what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Had the baby back ribs the we're great. Not smoky but still great. The fries were good but Avoid the coleslaw. It was one of the worst things I've ever tasted. Service was poor but the hostest was nice.

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84 reviews 84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

This has been a perennial favorite restaurant of mine for the past 25 years, but the quality, and service have dropped significantly. While the ribs were never truly smoky you could always count on well prepared ribs with just the right texture, and a good bbq sauce. The real kicker has always been the onion loaf. Atmosphere was never a... More 

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East Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

meat falls off bone and tastes delicious. The service was great and I would recommend everyone to try the food here

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16 Main St, East Haven, CT 06512
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Haven
  • Phone Number: (203) 468-6695

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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