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Famous Dave's

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3103 S. Dogwood Rd., El Centro, CA 92243
760-352-9044
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good barbecue & Great Sauces

Famous Dave's is a quality barbecue restaurant. It is not in the vein of the famous barbecue shacks that populate the Southern United States. The food is always fresh, tasty, and served with an array of super-delicious sauces. The only negative regarding Dave's food is the french fries. Dave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ronald F
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Holtville, California
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Peoria, Arizona
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107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to Famous Dave's several times in different locations. This one was OK but I was disappointed in the menu which has changed since the last time I had been to one. However, we were well treated there and we were fortunate to arrive at a time where there was no waiting.

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Thank JJS1959
Holtville, California
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Famous Dave's is a quality barbecue restaurant. It is not in the vein of the famous barbecue shacks that populate the Southern United States. The food is always fresh, tasty, and served with an array of super-delicious sauces. The only negative regarding Dave's food is the french fries. Dave, why do you demean your delicious barbecue with what looks, feels,... More 

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Thank Ronald F
El Centro, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I went to Famous Dave's last week for lunch. It was my favorite place to eat. My husband and I ordered a brisket sandwich that came with 1 side and a glass of iced tea. We were charged $31.00 for a sandwich that was more like 1/2 a sandwich with 4 slices of brisket. I know the price of meat... More 

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Thank Kim0335
Irvine, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We were staying at the neighboring TownePlace and walked in to get some 7-up as my wife had a upset stomach and hotel did not have any. Great friendly service. Next time we are in El Centro we will definitely come back and eat at this restaurant due to the attentive service received.

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Thank prezsteve
Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We have a Famous Dave's at home, and I like knowing what to expect. The consistency is comforting. I am in town for a couple of days and definitely plan on trying some local favorites, but it was good to hit up a tried and true.

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Thank Shelly P
La Habra, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We had Famous Dave's cater our luncheon after a funeral service. They provided ample ribs, chicken, pulled pork, corn muffins, sauce packets, coleslaw, mac n cheese, baked beans and brought it all to the church.

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Thank molly943
New York City
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Gave this restaurant two chances, and would not go back. ON Tuesday I ordered the combo platter for $16. The combo platter was 1 rib, 2 pieces of brisket, and a corn muffin. Ribs had no meat, brisket was tough. The second day I ordered a burger and friesidn't they tell me after I took a bite. ASked for a... More 

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Thank Lito51855
Northern California
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100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

I ordered a brisket sandwich. I was a little disappointed as the meat was in chucks rather than layers of brisket. All of the meat fell out the second I picked up the sandwich. The flavor was good (a few pieces of pure fat) and the sauce was good. I had the beans as the side which were very good,... More 

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Thank businesstraveler155
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Visiting the US for the second time and had to go to this place! Tasty BBQ food at reasonable prices with low prices!

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Thank seanmccarthy1
Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Very tasty food, excellent wait staff. Reasonable priced for quality of food. Very nice atmosphere, nice quiet bar.

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Thank Bennie C

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3103 S. Dogwood Rd., El Centro, CA 92243
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  El Centro
  • Phone Number: 760-352-9044

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?