RackHouse Tavern
RackHouse Tavern

RackHouse Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rackhousetavern.com/
  • Phone: (847) 640-7225
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Payment Options: Carte Blanche,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Nestor Soto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We do off site catering and delivery
  • Entertainment: 17 Flatscreen HD TVs throughout! Football, Hockey, UFC, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and MORE!!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arlington Heights Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free valet on weekends
A word from RackHouse Tavern
Our Menu: Rack House has taken our timeless American cuisine to the next level offering a menu comprised of all of our favorites done in house with a rustic smokehouse flair.

The rackhouse (or rickhouse) is where bourbon barrels are stored and aged. With this, Whiskey and Bourban play a major role in many of the dishes and house made sauces. We also take pride in our exploration of local craft beers and regional Whiskey and Bourbans to enhance not only our techniques but your taste buds too.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
RackHouse Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.8
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (18)great for outdoor dining (14)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (6)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)special occasion (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good food, service needs an upgrade
    MODFOOD
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Menu offers many of the basics found on higher-end sports bars and gastro pubs. Good variety. We were pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavors in our dishes -- very flavorful, well prepared food. Our server was not on his game however. While pleasant and agreeable, he did not follow through, leaving us repeatedly having to flag down someone to bring a missing spoon/fork, find the dipping sauces we ordered, etc. He even messed up the simple request of splitting the check evenly down the middle. Would definitely go back RackHouse for the food and casual/fun atmosphere. Would be leery if our server is Joey, again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wings
    Enjoysgoodfood
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Service was good. Wait staff very attentive. The portion size for entree's was on the smaller side . Some of us had the combo entrees and didn't even see one of the combo parts as it was under the first and so small. Taste of food was very good. Baked potato was overdone. Sweet potato tots as an option were a nice change of pace from typical fries. Also had BBQ wings as an appetizer. They were exceptional.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Restaurant
    Mrod
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good Menu with something for everybody. BBQ food was very good. I had Pulled pork, Chicken and Sausage. Daily Specials are O.K, not real excited by Sveda Vodka specials or $1 wine by Franzia ( box type ) I would rather spend more $ on better liquor! Service was very good and got seated immediatly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still love them
    61chiriv
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A very rocky night service-wise for our group of six yet the server and mgr were very apologetic. Ultimately we finally did get our food (albeit at 10-15 minute intervals) and it was great. We are a forgiving and fun loving group so we will chalk it up to a very busy Sat night and we will return for the yummy food again next month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it was... fine
    takeme80sVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was ok... portions were small. fries were not good... tater tots were better. it was just ok. bar specials were good. how do you charge $12.95 for a brisket sandwich and the same for a vegetarian version with potatoes that was small???? Overpriced for what it was.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    Mia1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place is great, come here all the time with my family.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • notpickyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A must for bar-b-q lovers. Many wonderful choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for big group
    bluebird
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went to celebrate a birthday. Very accommodating when we wanted to switch from outside to inside
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was our 1st time at Rackhouse Tavern. We had a wonderful waitress named Danielle. She took very good care of us. It was PENNY WINE night. They have a great looking outside area. We will be bringing friends back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service lacks
    Gray8food
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    food was good and ample. Been here before. Service was less than satisfactory. The restaurant was basically empty except for the bar area as we came before the dinner rush. Thought that we therefore would have had better service and a more attentive server. NOT! He was never around and we had to hunt him down several times ourselves. Very disappointing. Don't know if we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Must try
    61chiriv
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A warm and cozy restaurant with good food and drinks at reasonable prices with decent service. Third time for us this Summer with friends (6-8) and will continue to go there about once a month with our group. The burgers are really nice as are a variety of salads.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a great dining experience here the food was great, the drinks were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    food4me
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good wine & food. Loved the $5 burger Thursdays! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moonshine Heaven
    Hillbilly
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Good food with lots of choices. Great list of moonshine to choose from.. Poor wine list. Services was slow but the waitress was nice. Management could be more organized.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious food, great beer
    HarrietVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were a group of seven and sat outside. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered - burgers, salmon sandwich, salads. cornbread and sweet potato tots were excellent sides. wide variety of beers. beignets were good for dessert but too much powdered sugar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor Patio
    chicagoannie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great venue, spacious and comfortable. Outfitted with flat screen TVs, screens and a bar. Enjoyed our meal and the servers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 79 reviews are from the RackHouse Tavern reviews archive.
  • Great find!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I never knew this place was here, I saw the specials they have for every night and went Saturday nite for penny wine...great idea, but I loved the moonshine cocktails and for $1 you can get a shot of the Cherri's that are soaked in the moonshine...the food was great, we outside on the patio and is so nice with the music and tvs and light. I'll def be going back there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon with a cousin
    annevarsaryVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was great, host was gracious and service was entertaining and nothing but superb. We were there to spend time with a cousin and talk. We did that with no problem on an early Sat afternoon about 5:30. Ribs are good, salads cold and crisp and seafood done simply and fresh. A comment was made about a desert not being authentic and management handled it perfectly. I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DBoy
    DBoy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The day after 4th of July we stopped in for dinner. It was quiet. Sat outside and had 4 different meals between the 4 of us and all went and tasted fine. Danielle was a gracious host and waitress. Price was right too. We will be back and try an inside table just because. Try it. You'll like it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back again!
    Rachael
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is the 3rd time I've been to the Rack House and will go back again. Very good food - I don' t know if I can go there and NOT get the nachos! They're so good! One downside is you always run out of chips. We asked for me and they charged us...which is fine...I just thought it a bit odd. We sat in the outside dining area and loved it. The only thing I would change is the attentiveness of the server. She easily missed out on us ordering another round of drinks, likely another app, and dessert. It was sloooow and we rarely saw her. She was very nice, but I think perhaps a bit spread thin. This would not keep us from going back though!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    GonzoC
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our first time trying this restaurant. The food was very good and there are a lot of healthy options.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BBQ Spot
    2havefunVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    If you like BBQ this is the spot. Nice, tavern type décor. Outside patio lively. Attentive wait staff. Would recommend for casual dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service a bit slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was above expectations, service was a bit below.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    James
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    It was a beautiful night, so we decided to go here so we could eat outside. Big mistake. It was not that crowded out there, but it was more like a bar scene. Music was WAY too loud to have a family conversation. Also lots of small red ants crawling around on the benches which was really upsetting to my 6 year old granddaughter. If I were to go back I would not eat outside again, but if I were going to eat inside then the food was not memorable enough for me to want to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Good Place For Comfort Food
    Alex
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The Rack House Tavern offers a wide variety of choices ranging from salads to sandwiches/burgers to entree's at reasonable prices. A good place for a group lunch and kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • notpickyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is the place to go for bar b q which is as good as it gets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Robert
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were looking for a reasonable priced restaurant for Mother's Day and found it here! While it looked like a place I would love to hang out for dinner, I was skeptical about it as a place for brunch. I have to say we were very pleased with the food. The quality of the food was excellent and the amount they offered was exceptional. They restocked the food often and we rarely had to wait long at any time for more food. There were a few times there was a wait for clean plates, but the wait was not unreasonable. The only concern I had was it took a long time to receive our drinks. There was in extra long wait for the coffee because they were washing more mugs and we had to ask several times for more creamer. Overall it was a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day- Brunch-just O.K
    Mrod
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Meats were had a smokey flavor- the Prime Rib was outstanding other than no well-done pieces. The flavor was unique and tasty- never had hickory smoked roast- beef! The ribs were fatty with lots of sauce. I will come back to try them again. Pulled pork was more chunky than pulled, with not so much smokey flavor.My Bloody Mary had no celery/lime in it- the mix was bad as it was too peppery. The Omelette station was decent, but the cook left a watery center after flipping with the cheese. Also no plates were even on the table in front. An older woman actually walked across the room to hand me a plate! I will come back and give the place another chance, as the menu looked good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nice brunch with good food and a great omlet station. Meats were excellent, but prime rib was way too fatty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • just ok...
    chibuilder
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The bacon wrapped cajun shrimp were very good and the brisket was very good. Other than that, the ribs were mediocre, the skirt steak pretty fatty, corn bread dry and collards way over-cooked without much flavor. Nice looking spot and great outdoor area and our waitress was nice so hopefully they will improve food quality. Until then, there are plenty of great BBQ joints in town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Outdoors Dining of the Season
    LyleKVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A good choice for one of the first opportunities to dine outside this year in the Chicago area - everyone wanted an outside spot and Rackhouse Tavern worked to accommodate. Nice menu, good variety, excellent ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall good bbq place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The ribs were meaty! But some were a little too thick so it tended to be dry. The sausage was great! The jalapeño slaw was tasty too. Overall good place 4 bbq. And they had alot of diff beers to accompany the ribs.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    MikeyD
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Good specials, but mediocre food and very casual service. Waitress ignored us unless we asked for her attention. She made suggestions for upcharges, but never told us that they were additional charges. Big deal? Not really. Worth the hassle or extra charges? Not at all.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A last minute choice.
    Bbclwn
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    When looking for Northwest suburbs Easter brunch restaurants, I was surprised to see the Rackhouse on the list. My family has enjoyed going there several times for dinner in the past so why not try the brunch? The place was not at all crowded when we arrived for our 1:15p reservation. The brunch choices were fewer than what we're used to but loved their specialty items ie. prime rib, BBQ ribs and BBQ chicken! No salad greens to be found, only roasted vegetables. Good thing we weren't limited to the buffet. My Dad enjoyed his salmon citrus salad and Full moon drink! Our server was very nice, patient and attentive. She apologized and corrected the check when my still 12 y.o. daughter was charged adult price.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was outstanding with
    RibGuy
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Food was outstanding with very generous portions!! Would definitely recommned & will come again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    JillVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    When we were first seated, it was so cold at our table we asked to be moved. The next booth was falling apart, and finally we were seated at a comfortable booth. I ordered a cheeseburger, medium. I got no cheese and it was well done. The fries were soggy. I would not go back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome ribs!
    Jennyblock
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The best ribs I've ever had! Food was great, service was great, such an awesome find! Can't wait to go back the next time I'm in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    WinewithmeVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This place was a pleasant surprise. Nice decor, a few TV's scattered about to keep an eye on the game. The only real issue was an inexperienced server. She was pleasant and attentive but didn't explain a wine promo that they must have had going on. And she didn't know the types of wine on the wine list. But the food was very good. Ribs were meaty and tasty. Variety of sides I ordered the Sautéed spinach. Good not great- slightly over seasoned. I noticed they had a good beer list also. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Penny wine special on Saturday
    DrDeeVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Decent barbecue, great service for a neighborhood place
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good local place
    Nick
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was good for the price. Easy to get a reservation on Saturday night. Great beer menu. Menu had enough variety for the group. Waiter was helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.