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4351 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
+1 515-331-3300
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Recommend the Chopped Pork Sandwich w/Coleslaw

Besides good BBQ, this Famous Dave's always seems to have a friendly and efficient crew on staff. The last time we stopped the dining areas were getting busy so we sat at the bar to eat. In the first 5 minutes we sat down at least 3 different waiters and bartenders checked to make sure we were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The Cajun Chicken sandwich is to die for! It was grilled chicken, onion strings, and remoulade sauce. I got extra sauce for dipping! Plus, their mac n' cheese is great..it has corn and diced jalapeños.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Besides good BBQ, this Famous Dave's always seems to have a friendly and efficient crew on staff. The last time we stopped the dining areas were getting busy so we sat at the bar to eat. In the first 5 minutes we sat down at least 3 different waiters and bartenders checked to make sure we were being served. They... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great BBQ for Iowa. Fun decor in restaurant, friendly staff, excellent fast service. Highly recommended.

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Franklin, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

Our party of 6 enjoyed the atmosphere, the service, and the big screen tv's on a football Saturday . We each had a different selection, including an offering of "burnt ends", and each of us enjoyed an excellent meal.A known chain with a proven track record, worthy of more than one visit.

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Friday is Famous Dave's for our work crew. We do lunch there almost every Friday. They recently remodeled the inside dining area and really opened it up. They've added huge flat screen TV screens that are visible wherever you sit. The manager, Dave, yes his name is Dave, is very nice and friendly and makes sure your meals are done... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Average but I live in the South and you are not comparing apples to apples--OK for Iowa but would go out of business in Birmingham

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

There were 15 of us. The waitress that took care of us did a fantastic job. Food was good. Wish they would have some of the same things that are on the lunch menu on the evening menu or have half orders.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Do not order the burnt ends. I ended up with many lumps of fat with only 2 small pieces of meat. I have never had burnt ends before and I thought this was what they were but when I got home and looked it up online I found out differently. I only had a couple bites of meat and would... More 

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Colo, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Famous Dave's makes me really happy that I'm a Carnivore . Dave's is all about the Meat, and serving it to U oh sooo well ! ! I believe that they serve Great food at fair prices.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were so happy to find the 'to go' menu as a family with a 2 year old. The meal for one was plenty of food for the three of us however the chicken was pretty disappointing. The smoked pork, brisket and coleslaw were all great!

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Additional Information about Famous Dave's

Address: 4351 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone Number: +1 515-331-3300
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4351 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-331-3300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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