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Rib Shack

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223 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066-4838
(650) 589-1178
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Munsingen, Switzerland
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

this place is hard to beat! delicious food in a small little restaurant! the ribs are awesome and also the sides are over the top. highly recommended!!

Thank snowside77
Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got into San Bruno late and they were just closing up. We were starving and the wonderful Southern lady from Louisiana took these weary travellers under her wings and fed us the BEST ribs and beans we've ever had! It may seem somewhat pricey, but it's worth every penny, for sure! Best meal we've had in ages! Definitely a... More 

Thank Jim L
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The owner was courteous and sweet. When our order was up she called us by our state, "Wisconsin, your order is up"! It was like a 10-15 wait for our food, but totally worth it. We took it back to our hotel..even after a short walk the food was still warm and amazing. The potatoes seemed to be instant, but... More 

Thank Mandi B
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

This place has the best barbecue in town hands down. Family run, the staff is so warm and friendly making you feel right at home. The food is a little pricey but for a home cooked meal it's well worth it. I got a huge meal enough to feed four for $24. I absolutely love this place and anyone who... More 

Thank Christian T
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016 via mobile

Rib shack is true to the southern flavor that you find in great BBQ. Ms Lottie's love to please and see people enjoy food is a testament to her southern hospitality. Great que, wonderful atmosphere, and a whole lot of love. This will be my go to place when in San Bruno.

Thank Walter L
Lake Elsinore, CA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 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

Thank litalLakeElsinore_CA
Chehalis, Washington, United States
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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.

Thank SteveandSueC
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Thank mswales
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Thank Jaktri
Bangkok, Thailand
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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!

Thank R James P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?