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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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104 reviews 104 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
1 review
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
2 reviews
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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Dubuque, Iowa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We went to Famous Dave's after the IMT Des Moines Marathon for late lunch. It was fairly busy, but we were seated quickly. The wait staff was very attentive and were able to answer all of our questions about the different sauces, etc. They were able to modify any menu item, and were very friendly. I had the burnt ends... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Last night was our first visit to a Famous Dave's restaurant and I must say we were pleasantly surprised. It was a Thursday evening and it wasn't crowded at all. We were able to get a table in the back and enjoy a quiet meal. The booths were comfortable, large, and well made. Wood everywhere. The service was spectacular--our waitress... More 

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Rochester, NY
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72 reviews 72 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I always get good food here - hot and as ordered. Wait staff is fast and efficient and they help each other out.

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Pleasant Hill, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

My wife and I just got home from Famous Daves. My wife had chicken, Wilbur Beans, and fries plus the cornbread muffin. I had brisket and boneless wings with Devils Spit sauce plus grilled pineapple and potato salad. We both loved every bite. Tender, flavorful, and plentiful. The best BBQ of all the places in town and we have been... More 

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Additional Information about Famous Dave's

Address: 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone Number: (515) 331-3300
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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