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303 Vista Village Dr., Vista, CA 90283
(760) 726-7866
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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

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  • 16
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
BBQ Yum!

The food was very tasty, especially when eaten with the different sauces available! Good beers on tap! My family had a great time eating here!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
jeans151617
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Oceanside, California
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39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Vista, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is fantastic. We go here often. This isn't Phil's BBQ, this is Dave's. The two places are totally different. This is a good sit down place with lots of variety and it's all good. The service is very good. These people aim to please. If you go away hungry from this place it is your own fault. They... More 

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California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great BBQ ribs, pork, chicken, beef. Comes with spicy beans, coleslaw or fresh veggies. The burgers are great, too!

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Oceanside, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The food was very tasty, especially when eaten with the different sauces available! Good beers on tap! My family had a great time eating here!

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san diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Ordered take out to eat in the car before going to the movies. I ordered by phone and the guy was SO HELPFUL and patient! We ordered coleslaw and baked beans. The beans had meat in it and was DELICIOUS! a little spicy so if you don't like spicy you might want to pass up. We will come again and... More 

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San Diego, California
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187 reviews 187 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

It's great to get some real BBQ west of kansas city, the way it's supposed to be done. For those who think BBQ is grilled chicken with BBQ, they need to either go to Kansas City or come here. I had BBQ chopped pork with BBQ sauce on the side. Hubby had beef ribs with burnt ends of the trip... More 

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Vista, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Famous Dave's always meets expectations - whether it's pulled pork sandwich for lunch or mixed BBQ meats for dinner. Tasty, cooked to tenderness and the sides are good (I skip the waterlogged corn on the cob).

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Oceanside, California, Usa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Famous Dave's offers a wonderful experience, from the fun décor to the famously friendly staff, just being there is great. Their extensive menu offers many choices of great barbeque. I love the food and look forward to every visit. Lunchtime offers a loaded baked potato with you choice of barbequed meat mixed in that is awesome. If you like barbeque,... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

I can't say enough about the food. Absolutely delicious and great service too. No wonder Dave is famous

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We've been enjoying Famous Dave's since it opened in Vista. We got hooked on great BBQ when we went to Memphis to be married at Graceland, and now we have a taste of that nearby! Generous portions, great selection of menu items from salads to catfish, chicken, brisket, pulled pork & ribs. Traditional sides include cole slaw, Wilbur beans (which... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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121 reviews 121 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A couple years back, we used to be at this restaurant every saturday during the college football season. While my favorite meal, the cajun chicken sandwich, is still very good most of the other items are not what they used to be at all. My biggest issue is with their mixed drinks. They are soooo sweet now and I'm not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 303 Vista Village Dr., Vista, CA 90283
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Vista
  • Phone Number: (760) 726-7866

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
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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