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Famous Dave's

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1391 N. Davis Road, Salinas, CA
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Its A Chain But Was Quite Tasty

I have eaten at another Famous Dave's and wasn't that impressed. However, this was very good for our lunch on Valentines Day. The staff was friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The food is just Okay. I visit because I love BBQ once in a while and they offer Groupon special promotions. Nice promotions are available. This visit I walked in and was asked if I wanted to sit in the lounge area for lunch, by a friendly greeter. Sure! So after looking at all the available 4-6 people tables, most... More 

Thank Kim H
novato, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We don't have many barbecue spots where we are so we were looking forward to this. I asked the waitress about the margaritas - how big - how much $ etc. Didn't get a good answer. Well they were $9 and tasted like watered down lemonade. : / Food was ok, salty fare, mostly carbs for the sides. Best thing... More 

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Monterey, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I got a Groupon coupon and decided to try our local Famous Daves. We had previously tried the one in Gilroy when it first opened and liked it. They used to start with house made potato chips and now they started with their corn bread which was very good. The portions are very large. The ribs were very fatty. In... More 

Thank Anne S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

I had the burnt tip sandwich, it was the best bbq sandwich I have ever had. My husband had the brisket sandwich which he really enjoyed. The honey cornbread was great, coleslaw was average. Service was good. Would definitely go again if I live in the area.

1 Thank Lizlam
Lafayette, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

That night a sign on the door read - we are having problems with our credit card reader and cannot accept credit cards. All six of us turned away. The restaurant was almost empty. If you see only few people dining in almost empty eatery turn back. It is either expensive for what you get, or bad enough that does... More 

Thank RPR989
Half Moon Bay, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I love BBQ and was looking forward to dinner here while on a trip. It was a me'h. The slaw was bland, the grilled pineapple was OK and the corn bread was under-cooked. The brisket had no character: not a lot of smokiness and no char. The BBQ sauce was OK but, again, just average. The service was very up-beat... More 

Thank Marfak
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

Ribs are delicious! I love that you can see the smoke ring. Mac and cheese was definitely different in a very good way. Best happy hour in town- large $4 menu. Staff was very friendly from the moment I walked in the door.

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Elk Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

First time hubby and I ate at Famous Dave's together in this area . I have to say service was excellent and food was beyond our expectations. When we are in areas again we will definitely eat here again . The waiter was very attentive she made a error with our order but took care of it immediately once it... More 

Thank Beverly M
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101 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I have eaten at another Famous Dave's and wasn't that impressed. However, this was very good for our lunch on Valentines Day. The staff was friendly.

Thank Traveler11California
Royal Oaks, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It's been some time since I visted this restaurant, so decided to go for lunch. Ordered lunch special with pork ribs and pulled pork. The pork ribs are some of the best I have had. I would have given them 5 stars, but the pulled pork was not really pulled, it's was chunks and lacked the smokey flavor that the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1391 N. Davis Road, Salinas, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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