RackHouse Tavern

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328 reviews
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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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Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
77 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

HG
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

DF
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

CD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always satisfied with the service and food specials. Highly recommend

RL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers day

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

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
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rachel is a fantastic server!

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

GB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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
42 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

NC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

A
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing BBQ! Burnt Ends are superb too. The Beef Short Rib was huge and very tender. Great Sides...Mac and Cheese was tasty and perfectly prepared.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Dry rub wings were burnt to the point of tasteless char, sent them back. Replacement wings were barely better. C’mon Rackhouse, you can’t get wings right twice?

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was wonderful except the service. Or waiter would disappear for long periods of time. It took a very long time to get drinks and/or refills.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great drink and food specials . Service was very good! We ordered the $50 platter and it was okay . Wasnt really happy with that. However the smoky wings were great. It was hard to see what we were eating lights were dimmed too much. Overall great ambience and i def would go back. Great moonshine drinks!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time

N
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was surprisingly good. I had a beef brisket sandwich, which was tender and very tasty. The tater tots were fresh, crispy and delicious. My girlfriend had the smoked Reuben, which she loved. We both thought that the BBQ sauce was zesty. Service was fast and attentive. We'll be back.

d
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dinner was nice. The fireplace was ablaze which felt good on a cold winter night. The ribs were good, but maybe slightly dry. Food came quickly but the service was a little slow. Took a long time to get our check. Otherwise, besides those minor issues, it was good.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Quite atmosphere, The staff was friendly and attentive

j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Okay, brisket very dry . Service was friendly

LK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very loud table near us. Other than that it was very nice. This is one of my favorite places to go

J
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed our meals. Some had brisket, meatloaf, short ribs. Loved the tater tots.

HG
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy an evening at The RackHouse. Tasty barbecue entrees. Great friendly service.

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