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“Looks better then the taste.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's
1391 N. Davis Road, Salinas, CA
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Ranked #25 of 285 Restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Monterey, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Looks better then the taste.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

We had good service and the decor was good. We love BBQ and thought it could have been better. We had the big platter family tray and wanted one extra biscuit and there was a charge for that. Seemed to be nit picky if you ask me. Chicken was good and so was brisket. Ribs were somewhat cold and were just not as good as I have had at other places.
The place can be busy so it could just be me.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

Love the food,love the service, love the place I was very sattisfied with food it was bomb ribs are delicious and our guy server it was a tall guy he was very nice and I love his service I will go back pretty soon.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sun City, California, United States
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“Famous Dave's Best Brisket in Salinas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Our hotel concierge at the Holiday Express recommended this place for dinner. We were not disappointed..! First the waitress brought out all 5 of their sauces and a basket of thick potato fries to tide us over while waiting for our entrees.. My favorite was a mixture of the ":Devil's spit" & the "Hot & Sassy". We wanted to try a little of everything so we ordered the " All American BBQ Feast" There was enough for the 3 of us & then some. It came with a Full slab of St. Louis-style spareribs (Yum), A whole chicken, 1/2 lb. of Texas beef brisket-very tender (could substitute Georgia Chopped Pork), Coleslaw, Fries, Beans,4 Corn-on-the-cob, and 4 Corn bread muffins. Glad we had refrig & micro in our room. damn that was a lot of food & really good too. Service was perfect... Never ran out of drinks & continuously check on us for whatever we might need. What a great place for country BBQ... Glad to see they have a location close to us that just opened in Temecula./

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Salinas
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“Middle of the road BBQ for Salinas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Service was good: We were seated quickly. The place was busy, and the empty blue plate on the table seemed a bit strange, until the waitress came around and used it to show us the various sauces on the table. They also provided a bowl of fresh, thick potato chips with which to sample the sauces.

To be honest, most of them tasted very similar, and the "Devil's Spit" was only slightly hot. But none of them were horrible. Most were pretty good.

I had the rib tips, which proved to be the easiest way to eat ribs there. My friend had the brisket. The ribs were tasty, and had a good bark, with some smoke ring and a decent flavor. They also had a lot of fat, and some of the bark was because the outside of the meat was scorched (not just seared). In all, I'd give them a B on cooking ribs, based on the tips.

The brisket was tender, well cooked, had a good smoke ring, and had a decent flavor, but nothing to write home about. When Rosie O's was in business, the brisket there would have stood head and shoulders above this in tenderness and flavor, but alas! it is no more... and since one of the other BBQ places in Salinas shreds their (otherwise tasty) brisket, and another serves bad brisket buried in a sauce, Famous Dave's might now be the best brisket in Salinas.

Dave's is definitely worth another trip. It's not at either extreme in quality -- nearer the good end than the bad -- and is, overall, very good. The Service is first rate, and the atmosphere is pretty good.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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