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16 Main St, East Haven, CT 06512
(203) 468-6695
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11:00 am - 10:00 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
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Doesn't look like much but ribs are great!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2014
Bikinibabi
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Connecticut Shoreline
via mobile
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East Haven, Connecticut, USA
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Heard this was a great place to eat. Always smelled good when we drove by. Food was okay but service was slow even tho there were few people in the place. Atmosphere was nonexistent. I felt like i was in my grandmother's kitchen.

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Thank Peabody51
Hopewell, New Jersey
Level Contributor
111 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The Rib House in East Haven, CT is a family favorite. We drop by every chance we get when we are back in the area. During a recent trek through our old stomping grounds we found ourselves on 95 heading to New Haven from Guilford. The kids mentioned they were hungry and we were listing the options when my wife... More 

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Thank Hunt201
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106 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This has been my 2nd favorite rib joint, but there has been issues with having popular side dishes in the past. We made reservations for father's day dinner with our kids. I was looking forward to having the ribs, and onion loaf as we rarely get here now that we live well out of state. We arrived, and I noticed... More 

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Thank MarkBCharlotte
New Haven, Connecticut
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We just find ourselves never getting tired of going back. We like to try different things on the Menu and everything taste great and i always go home Full

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Thank john c
East Haven, Connecticut
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59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It was such a disappoinment to come back after living away for a number of years to find Rib House in such condition. I remember looking forward to getting a bucket of ribs to go or a cozy dinner for 2 in. The condition of the interior looks like they have little except sweep the floor in all these years.... More 

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Thank Bobby_Z1948
New Haven, Connecticut
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Great food and customer service. They have a variety of food on their menu and everything is in large proportion. You will not leave without a doggie bag. Friendly bar atmosphere and also a dining hall. Love the football team helmets on the bar.

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Thank cin0224
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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Thank thingfishp .
Connecticut Shoreline
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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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Thank Bikinibabi
Connecticut Shoreline
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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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Thank Bikinibabi
New York City, New York
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82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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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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, American
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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