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21080 Southbank St, Sterling, VA 20165-7273
(703) 406-9244
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10:45 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Ribs are not consistently "fall of the bone" for us.

In the past this place use to be better for us. Now it is not the same. They no longer serve the chicken rice soup, which was the best. Things change, and this place has for us.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
KathyLa2014
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Sterling, Virginia
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Sterling, Virginia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

In the past this place use to be better for us. Now it is not the same. They no longer serve the chicken rice soup, which was the best. Things change, and this place has for us.

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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The food is passable for a quick lunch but not the best for a real meal. The frustrating part is that is occasionally good, which means that they are buying subpar ingredients and not training or monitoring their staff. It is frustrating when a restaurant is capable of being good but decides to be average.

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Leesburg, Virginia
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I have gone for lunch twice. The ribs were dry and tough. Seemed to be warmed over from last night and covered with sauce. Very disappointed. Tipped waitress well because service was good but 'live and learn'. No more.

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Sterling, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Have been to this restaurant 4 times hoping for improvement each time. Always get meals that are dry and lacking in flavor. Have finally learned from my mistakes. Naver again.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

They have delicious ribs fixed several different ways. The portions are generous. The staff is helpful and friendly.

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Sterling, VA
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Ate here with my family and it was obvious that the food was reheated. It came out lukewarm at best, cold ribs, cold fries. We suspected a problem when we ordered and within 10 minutes our food had arrived. I would have complained but had my young hungry children with me. Definately below standards.

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Sterling, Virginia
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256 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I've been to a handful of Famous Dave's restaurants and this one was mediocre. We were there on a Saturday around 1pm for lunch and there were only a couple other folks in the restaurant. Our food arrived very quickly. We got ribs and brisket. Both were pretty dry. As a few others have said, it seemed like the food... More 

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Sterling, Virginia
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Every time I go here, the food isn't that good, or its small portions, not enough sauce, not a good selection of food and toooooo salty!!!!!!!!!!!! .... I think there are better places for BBQ

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Cordova, Tennessee
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78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I am not sure what Dave is Famous for but its not this food at this location. The food was reheated at best. I went on a Saturday and there was hardly anyone at this restaurant compared to others in the area. The wait staff was congregated around the bar chit chatting when I arrived. After being seated, my server... More 

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Herndon, Virginia, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

NC Outerbanks BBQ is gr8; and so is Famous Dave's!! A taste sensation. The restaurant is clean, not-so-modern, and just down homey. You come for the food and service. You won't be disappointed.

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Additional Information about Famous Dave's

Address: 21080 Southbank St, Sterling, VA 20165-7273
Phone Number: (703) 406-9244
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Loudoun County  >  Sterling
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:45 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:45 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21080 Southbank St, Sterling, VA 20165-7273
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Loudoun County  >  Sterling
  • Phone Number: (703) 406-9244

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:45 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:45 am - 11:00 pm

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