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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 #7 of 172 Restaurants in Lake Forest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Mission Viejo, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Great BBQ, smokey and delicious, but the sides range from excellent to inedible. The potato salad especially is terrible. I found exactly one potato chunk in the entire side dish of potato salad. The rest was mayo, mustard, and relish. This is not potato salad. This is mush. When they first opened they had some of the best potato salad... More

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

the St.louis style rib's are great, the rest is just ok but i would go back for the rib;s the fry's were good too

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Olympia, WA
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

The service was good and friendly.... important! I ordered the chicken and rib tips with Cole slaw. The chicken was tender, and was not cooked dry... juicy and falling off the bone. The rib tips I ordered were died out.... sauce didn't help. I notified my waitress, and she brought me another order of rib tips that were perfect, and... More

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Lake Forest, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I went for a Saturday night dinner with friends, and got in with now wait at the District Lucille's. I love all the fun and different choices for their side dishes. I got a tri-tip sandwich which was yummy and filling. So much food I could not finish it all. This is a fun place with all the knick knacks... More

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Mountain View, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Lucille's is your typical chain restaurant, focused on ribs and BBQ. Always crowded, service here can be spotty. Close to the 405 freeway.

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Arlington, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I went here with my coworkers while we were in the area for training. The BBQ here is soooo good. I can really rate BBQ because I'm from Memphis, TN, and we're known for having some of the best BBQ in the world. I ordered the Front Porch, which is 2 Smoked Sauages, Half Rack of Ribs, and Half of... More

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San Clemente
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Thanks to a friend of ours, we used a gift card to try Lucille's for the first time. We took a chance and ordered the fried green tomatoes, also a first for us, which was excellent with the pepper sauce. It's definitely a must-have there. We got the fried chicken and ribs for our entrees which were cooking perfectly. The... More

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Mission Viejo
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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91 reviews 91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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