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Southside Ribs

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903 S Saint Louis St, Sparta, IL 62286-1942
618-443-2200
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Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice menu, great service, small town dining at it's best

We were traveling around southern Illinois visiting various customers and happened upon South Side. While not fancy, the staff was friendly, the atmosphere casual, and the food hot and tasty. The menu offered everything from a club sandwich to ribs and steak, and there were numerous sides to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
David F
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Swansea, Illinois
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Swansea, Illinois
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382 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were traveling around southern Illinois visiting various customers and happened upon South Side. While not fancy, the staff was friendly, the atmosphere casual, and the food hot and tasty. The menu offered everything from a club sandwich to ribs and steak, and there were numerous sides to chose from. Everything was served as expected and we all cleaned our... More 

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Tecumseh, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The smell was awesome as you entered the building. The crowd was mixed from senor citizens to families to high school kids on a date. The staff was great!!! Could not ask for better service. The food was brought out in record time, less then 10 minutes from when I ordered. I ordered the half rack of ribs, sweet potato... More 

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Thank Chris G
Meansville, GA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

If you want a great dining experience, you should eat at Southside Ribs. They have a great variety of food and the servers are the friendliest that we have ever encountered. We love the Turkey Club, Cowboy Beans or the Overstuffed Baked Potato. Just make sure that you bring your appetite because the quantity of food is as good as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

This place does it all well. Ribs were great. Even the green beans had a little something extra to them. Eat here.

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Spencer, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Dinner was excellent! My husband and I both had their ribs and they were falling off the bone, melt in your mouth tender! The service was friendly and good! Definitely a place we'd recommend if you're ever in Sparta, IL

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Savanna, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

During our 8 day stay in Sparta, our group ate at Southside Ribs 3 times. Each experience was great. The food and service was excellent.

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Thank Paul W
Mattoon, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

if you advertise ribs in your name you should have them! first time we went they stated theyb were out of ribs so we came back a few days later to try them. as much as everyone raved about them i was not impressed. ribs were a litte tough flaver was ok. other food was not bad and service was... More 

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Thank john y
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We arrived at closing time and staff very accommodating and we soon had pulled pork, salads, and areuban sandwich in front of us with cold beer. All was very good. Will definitely return.

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Thank Joe G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

Eat there 3-4 times a year. Service can be slow just depends time of the week you are there. On this occasion there were 6 of us with plenty of praise abounding. However I chose the 10 oz filet and the while it tasted awesome, it was probably one of the toughest filets I've ever had. I've ordered the 8oz... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Great food and lots of it at fair prices. Dry rub on the ribs not too much brown sugar but several wet sauces available. Aged steaks very tasty great side dishes.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 903 S Saint Louis St, Sparta, IL 62286-1942
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Sparta
  • Phone Number: 618-443-2200

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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