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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

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  • 27
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Ribs!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
Melanie G
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Sterling, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews 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 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 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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35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 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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78 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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 78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 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 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Colchester, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

The food here is way too salty. We had the ribs, chili, Texas brisket, and pulled pork. The brisket was extremely salty and spicy. The chili was too spicy for my teenage daughter and we dont mind spice. Corn muffins were the only food we enjoyed. None of us finished our meals. We had to drink alot of water the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I've been on the road since April, eating out. And while I want a home cooked meal, my time at home is spent taking care of business and preparing to leave again! Oh well, it is what it is and not a complaint. That being said, I was craving some ribs and Famous Dave's potato salad. What a disappointment. The... More 

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Old Monroe, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

While visiting the capitol, we stayed near this restaurant. It was so, very good. The atmosphere was southern blue grass meets Kriegers. Almost everything has a, "kick". If you can't handle a little spice, don't eat here. All 3 teenagers LOVED the food. For 5 people to eat and drink it was $80.

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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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