RackHouse Tavern

4.2
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$30 and under
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American
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 Bourbon 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 Bourbons to enhance not only our techniques but your taste buds too.

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DR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! My daughters, husband, and I went there for my husband's 42nd birthday. Beautiful! Wonderful meal! Amazing ambiance. We were greeted by the manager, Patrick, personally! We will be going back for every birthday every time! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ~Dr. Karen Thames

c
Chicago
205 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service of Erika was wonderful. We appreciated the fact that Chef Zack came out and spoke with us about my garlic allergy. Even though one of the parties had asked about the amount of sauce on the ribs, stating that she did not want a lot at all, when her plate arrived, the ribs were smothered in sauce. The pulled pork was delicious, and was the mac and cheese and the brisket, but the barbecue sauce had quite of bit of garlic in it.

DH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a dinner out with friends! Service was EXCELLENT! Loved the Smokey aroma and flavors!

A
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends’ first time and we all enjoyed our sandwich choices.

P
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Chicken wings with rub were fabulous! My husbands Cuban sandwich was delicious. My chicken was good, broccoli and mashed potatoes not even warm 🙁

JR
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went for a early dinner. After being seated, it took 10 plus min to get someone to come to that table after I went back to the hostess station. Smoked turkey was delicious! But paying almost 20.00 for a platter they could have given you a bit more turkey, it was a few small slices. My GF ordered a BLT with a fried egg... extra 2.00 for the egg that was over cooked, SMH. Hard to tell the waitstaff how the food was since they were not around. I did ask a different server for some extra napkins and got the look for death for bothering her. Ordered the fried donuts for dessert, unfortunately they tasted like the deep fryer ( old oil). Not a good closing to a below average experience. No manger stopped by the table or asked us how everything was when we left.

BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The meal was good, and the waitstaff nice, but the service is consistently slow when we come.

CS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ribs I’ve ever had!

Lindsay is amazing!

ML
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff with great service and an outstanding menu. My first visit but certainly not my last!!!

DV
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the beer garden for dinner and really enjoyed the fireplace and atmosphere. We got a platter of several meats to sample and enjoyed everything!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside patio is beautiful you have to try the dry rub wings the salmon was amazing mac and cheese was great ribs were okay but overall I would highly recommend

CS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Tried the platter with all the meat, it’s definitely enough for 4+!

e
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were not disappointed in the food and the portions are large. I didn't love the bbq sauce

TJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food and ambiance, service was very slow. They were not crowded either, a lot of empty tables. I think it is in part because of the slow service. It's a shame because it really is a good restaurant.

CV
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

oh damn those brussel sprouts were the bomb . . . i ate some brisket nachos too but damn those brussel sprouts were IT

HG
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a nice Sunday evening dinner outside including discounts on delicious entrees from The Pit. Always great barbecue and friendly service.

t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The door to the outside seating kept slamming constantly, was really annoying. Surely a small investment in a door dampener or electronic door would be a wise investment.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, fun atmosphere. Definitely going back, again and again.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The overall experience was good. The service was good, a bit brisk but good. The food was good. It could get a bit noisy but we could hear each other talk so that's ok.

LA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful place to meet with friends and enjoy a delicious meal.

DF
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

food was good but the room was uncomfortable do to poor air conditioning

CD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Best bbq and great prices. They have a great outdoor area as well.

PB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always satisfied with the service and food specials. Highly recommend

RL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Started off questionable when we walked in and we are given 3 adult menus and we had to ask the server if our 2 year old had to order off if it and we were told that they had a children’s menu, but we had to ask for it. Had to have the hostess bring us our check and boxes. Server had 4 large parties and then our small table so we may have been an after thought. Took literally 10 min before we got drink refills and never asked how things were going after that. Food was just ok. Ribs were good but brisket was too fatty. Don’t see ourselves going back anytime soon. We were wondering why the service was amazing last time and then we remembered that we were 1 of 6 tables in the entire place the time before.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers day

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fast service and the waitress was so kind and gave us wonderful service.

MB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I come here occasionally for a casual, affordable meal with friends. BBQ is fairly good, great drink menu, and service is okay. The staff is always friendly and lets us sit and visit. There is an excellent outdoor space, and a nice sized bar area.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience1

This was the 4th Monday this year they couldn’t honor their daily special! It’s a BBQ place and guess what......again on .75 wing day. They have no chicken wings available. #lame Won’t be back

DK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Our service was decent. I feel like the restaurant was too large for the staff to properly manage. Service was quick when we got there but slowed down drastically as the restaurant got busier. I got the combo, the ribs were excellent, the brisket was good. The baked potato was fairly basic and the corn bread was different. I loved the coleslaw because it was creamy and had some kick to it. I feel like they need to provide an extra cup of bbq sauce for the meat but I didn’t bother to ask because my waiter was too busy. We had drinks near the fireplace outside which was very nice. But again, staff was too busy to serve us. Overall enjoyable dinner and drinks though.

l
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rachel is a fantastic server!

Oh, by the way, the ribs are great too!

GB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was great, but had to wait 7 (SEVEN) minutes for host. No one in line before us, and no apology or explanation for the delay.or Ladies bathroom was quite dirty. Never had that issue at Rackhouse before. Lindsay, our waitress was great.

TB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a late Easter celebration with four generations of the family. Our table was ready when we had reserved it. The same staff member who got the table ready also cleaned and set up 2 high chairs which we needed. Katie the server was excellent: she was friendly & engaging, got crayons & coloring pages for the kids, and took care of needs even before we asked. The food was delicious. A place we'll gladly go to again.

VV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went to brunch buffet and the food was fantastic! Huge shrimp, beef brisket, prime rib carving station and more. Service was spot on, it was a very busy day but they could’ve done more to clear tables and sweep. I did have to stare at an old broom in the dining area for 30 minutes before it was removed.

J
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food here is basic, but consistently good. While they do have some BBQ items that are very good, the restaurant's name is more a reflection of it's Bourbon selection. Service has been somewhat hit or miss at times. The latest visit was when a large party was being held in a private room, so that might have slowed service a bit. It took awhile to get a waitress to come to our table after we were seated, but the food and beverages arrived quickly after ordering. Overall, it's a good but not great spot. We do go back, just not as often as we return to other restaurants.

JN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got in at our reservation time. Our waiter was great! He made suggestions, which we took and the blackened chicken sandwich was very good! BBQ wings were excellent! We also had the buffalo garlic wings, which to me were too spicey, but my husband and son-in-law really liked the spice. Drinks were good and we had a great time! Will definitely go back.

r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service ( our Bulgarian server was absolutely the best👍😀 sorry I don’t remember his name😩) Enjoyed options in menu we had wings, ribs, macaroni, etc. Will definitely come back!!

PM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The smoky mountain platter was great!

NC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food nice service and good portions for the price a bit pricey but well worth the price

RT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was outstanding, the value was exceptional and the food was beyond delicious

A
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped because we saw it on Chicago’s Best and they didn’t fail!!! Will definitely be back

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