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RackHouse Tavern
RackHouse Tavern

RackHouse Tavern Details

  • 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, Barbecue, Burgers
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If you like BBQ this is the spot. Nice, tavern type décor. Outside patio lively. Attentive wait staff. Would recommend for casual dining."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was above expectations, service was a bit below."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is the place to go for bar b q which is as good as it gets."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was outstanding with very generous portions!! Would definitely recommned & will come again!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Service was great and the food was very tasty. Had a table next to the fireplace, which was nice."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Decent barbecue, great service for a neighborhood place"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The ambiance was just so-so. It reminded me of a chain restaurant combined with a sports bar. It may have just been the section where we were seated. The food was good. The cheese curds were delicious as were the fish tacos. We also had the beignets. They were just ok. It doesn't seem like they were cooked enough. All in all, we would try RackHouse again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Booked a reservation for valentines day through this restaurant that's right down the street but never cared to try it. Man was I missing out all the times I drove right by it. They even honored a special request to locate us close to a fireplace prior to our arrival. Food was great. The rack house burger was filling and full of flavor. The beer list was incredible! Including having anti-hero on tap, never found a place besides rack house to have it on tap! It was a nice and relaxing atmosphere with a little southern style in it, which we loved!! Moonshine and country music, doesn't get much better. Service was great, beer was great, food was great, I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were so thrilled to find a place where the management and staff seemed really glad we were there! Everyone was more than cordial and polite. Not only was the food outstanding, but we also enjoyed great service. The value was more than fair and the portions were very generous. We are both in the "clean plate" club but found it hard to finish the pulled pork entree but it was excellent and we gave it our very best effort! The place is warm, welcoming and we are thrilled that it's in our immediate area. I look forward to summer outdoor dining on the beautiful patio. Thank you Rack House for an exceptional experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have only been there twice but will be back again. The food is very good. The ribs fall right off the bone! The ambiance was perfect on a cold snowy day. We sat right by the fireplace. I would recommend."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My husband and I were meeting for dinner on a very cold night. This was a perfect decision. The atmosphere was comfortable and pleasant. The smells from smoked food as you enter made you even more hungry. The hostess and staff were very friendly and efficient. The menu had so many choices. The Asian salad was perfect for me and my husband loved his brisket. Too bad we were not hungry enough to sample the dessert menu. The fried twinkie with a whisky sauce looked interesting!!!!! Would definitely recommend Rackhouse Tavern to family and friends."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "great place for ribs or any other bar-b-q option. good staff and good service"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Good selection and a friendly staff. Good experience for the price. We will go back."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Danielle was so friendly and attentive to our needs! She made our New Year's Eve a great one! Thanks!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "fantastic ribs--lots of good choices on menu. Our waiter was right on the ball."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "we were looking to go find a good bite to eat without getting dressed up or spending alot. both college daughters were back in town and going out with us, so I found this on a quick search and gave it a try. food was excellent, moderately priced, and the service was great. chicken, beef brisquet, mac & Cheese, cheese curds, etc were all excellent. for a family of 6 to get out of there at $100 before tip was pretty good from what I'm used to spending on a night out for all of them. had a few beers as well. enjoy"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Wonderful restaurant, great food, atmosphere and more! Best of all, our waitress, Katie S., made us feel so welcome on our first visit to Rackhouse Tavern. She was professional and also very enthusiastic when making suggestions or pointing out items on the menu or beverage ideas. When she learned we were out celebrating our first date she offered to take our picture and later sent over a complementary plate of delicious dessert beignets. We'll be back for sure to Rackhouse Tavern and will recommend it to others!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "My wife loved the ribs ,because you have to chew them off the bone as to where i like ribs that fall off the bone. Brisket was very good."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This place smokes it's own meat. Absolutely the best!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "It was a cold Chicago night and they had problems with their heat (it was freezing) but they did not tell us until after we got started and realized how old it was. The beautiful gas fireplace next to us was off and when we suggested they put it on we were told it was broken. Service was slow- food decent. Not going back and not recommending it."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Outstsnding food and service It was do good we went back the next Night"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Outstanding food and service We had a great time the food was So good we went back the next night For dinner and drinks"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "We wanted to try some place new, casual and close by... and RackHouse more than filled the bill! They have lots of craft beers and you can do flights of beer or whiskey (which is a theme in some of their dishes) but there is wine if you prefer. Prices are extremely reasonable and food is excellent. Our table had everything from a wrap and a burger to BBQ ribs and chicken and all were extremely tasty. Their slaw is wonderful - tangy and creamy at the same time and other sides were great too. Service was friendly and fast but not rushed. We will be back!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013