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Famous Dave's

4351 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 331-3300
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Ranked #111 of 502 restaurants in Des Moines
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Dining options: Delivery
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Dining options: Delivery
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72% Recommend
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English first
Grand Island, Nebraska
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Denver, Colorado
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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This place wasn't bad. I have had WAY better BBQ. The service was awful. We waited for 30 minutes to get our food that we basically ordered upon arrival. By the way, our wait to be seated was 0min. I was satisfied once I left, but I cannot see a return in my future.

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Harrison Township, MI
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Been to Famous Dave's various times and love the many sauses and choices. There are a few options for dieters, but not a lot, but this is a menu for indulging. Corn bread and coleslaw is tasty. Sinful desserts and big portions. A+ for decorative atmosphere! A fun way to step into South without driving that far.

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