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Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

23760 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
+1 949-581-7427
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Ranked #4 of 172 restaurants in Lake Forest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 27, 2014
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Mission Viejo
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Lucille's has the best fried green tomatoes in town, hands down! The chicken sandwiches are delicious, as are the baked beans. I've never ordered anything that didn't taste wonderful here. The atmosphere is a bit loud due to the non-carpeted floors, but that's easily overlooked when the food is so tasty.

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San Clemente, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I came with my family to Lucille's. My tri tip was excellent. Also, everything else I had was really good. There was six of us and everyone kept saying how good their lunch was . You can also buy their Gift Card at Costco. You get $100 for $79.99. It's a great deal. I have been eating at Lucille"s for... More

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Laguna Woods, CA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I've been living in the area for nearly 7 years and had never eaten in this restaurant -- and we eat out a minimum of three times a week. What a nice find! Loved the atmosphere - 'Southern smokehouse' and the service was great. We were there on a Monday evening and the place was very busy -- but it... More

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Lake Forest, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

It is a good place for BBQ , the menu is great, food for every mood you might be in. It can get Busy on weekends

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Lake Forest, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This place offers good BBQ meats and several other items such as the giant fried chicken sandwich. It's so big and made with two chicken breasts, order a side of warm cheesy grits or sweet potato fries. The place can get busy so try to make a reservation if possible. They offer you freshly baked biscuts & apple butter as... More

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Lake Forest, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

As it is at times very crowded, we order take outs. Most of time the orders are not ready. Quality of food (sliders) is just about average.

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MELROSE
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

I found the food and the service at Lucille's very good. I tried a sampler and found the meat smoked to perfection. You gotta try if you love BBQ. They will not disappoint.

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Cordoba, Argentina
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109 reviews 109 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We came here invited by another couple. The tables look really cheap. The service was more slow than quick, the plates were still wet and greay, the waitor called me "man" all the time. We asked two beers, they brought only one and gave us a lame excuse, ten minutes late: "I will bring your beer soon, man". I was... More

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Lake Forest, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you enjoy large quantities and great barbeque flavor, this is supposed to be THEE place to go locally. I tried it once and it's ok....

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Irvine, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I have passed a Lucille's BBQ restaurant many times in several shopping centers, but today I finally stopped to have lunch at the one in Lake Forest. I was surprised to see others ahead of me waiting for an open table at lunch time on a routine Wednesday, especially because this is quite a large restaurant. However, my wait was... More

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