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Famous Dave's

1901 South 72nd Street, Tacoma, WA
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Ranked #56 of 660 Restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
Most recent review
- Sep 17, 2014
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Tacoma, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This location is bigger than it looks and we've never had to wait very long to be seated. The hospitality is great! The staff is really friendly and the management always makes sure you enjoy your visit. They don't have a problem comping a few items if the service is slow and they'll bend over backwards to make sure your... More

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Olympia, WA
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181 reviews 181 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was our first time to Dave's. Service was very good and attentive. It was a Saturday evening and we were seated immediately, although others had to wait later in the evening. We had barbeque beef and it was good, but maybe a little dry, but definitely not like the barbeque you get in Texas. We would be willing to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I've been around the world and lived in many states, I've been in every state but Alaska and I have to say- DAVES BBQ ROCKS! Whether your into Georgia, Missouri, Texas or whatever, they have it all. Top of the line sauces and crem de la crem melt in your mouth meats. I highly recommend everything they sell! Come and... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

I brought a group of 42 for lunch at Famous Dave's in Tacoma! The staff did a great job and the food was delicious! Our servers, Shelby and Jessie, took wonderful care of us! They were so friendly and helpful.

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14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

So not a fan of chain BBQ joints usually. But being here in WA there are no good BBQ restaurants. So Famous Dave's is a welcome addition to the area. Their food was good, I had their Feast for One. It came with 1/4 Roasted chicken, 3 ribs, chopped pork, coleslaw, fries, and beans for $20. Everything was good. Service... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

So, I love Bbq and like when I can find a really tasty place to enduldge in that craving moment of tender saucy meat ;)) andddddd this place served me justice! I ordered pulled pork and must add i was satisfied upon leaving. Great Place

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144 reviews 144 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I participated in a unit-sponsored event at this restaurant and found the experience to be QUITE enjoyable! For the event, we were tarted to a buffet of ribs, chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, and cornbread...just delicious! Aside from the great food, the staff was TREMENDOUSLY helpful. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant for organizations hosting an event.

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Lakewood, Washington, USA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

It's Father's Day and we headed to Dave's for the garbage can lid feast. It's my husband's favorite and always a hit. Ribs, chicken, pulled pork, fries, beans, coleslaw and cornbread. Enough for 6 or 4 really hungry folks. Basically it's real man food and you have to get messy. Don't wear white. If you leave hungry it's your own... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The barbequed brisket was great but a touch dry for my tastes, and the grilled pineapple was tasty, but the sweet corn was overcooked. I like that you have several sauces to try. It's a great spot for large groups -- we had 15 in our party and got seated right away and received fast, friendly service. (They don't take... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My colleagues and I decided to visit Famous Dave's as it was close to our hotel. There was a 15-20 minute wait, which I normally see as a good sign, and the atmosphere within the restaurant seemed average. Staff were friendly and approachable. I ordered spicy sausage and spicy pork, which came with what I think was coleslaw, baked beans.... More

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