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“The service is always great. The food is hit or miss.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's
100 West Main Street, Christiana, DE 19702
302-737-0300
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Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Christiana
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Newark, Delaware
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129 reviews 129 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“The service is always great. The food is hit or miss.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We've eaten here several times. Someone in our party has always gotten the baby back ribs. I don't know what happened last night, but without a doubt, they were the worst ribs I've ever eaten anywhere. $25.99 for a full rack and none of us could chew the meat off the bones. We had to use our steak knives.

Another in our party ordered a burger, and was told after it came out fried to death, that they could not accommodate a medium order. OK, so the last few times it was ok, and now it's not? He had to order something else. They did give him another kind of sandwich for free.

For being a bar as well, you'd think you could get a pitcher or at least a reasonably priced beer. No, $5.50 for a 20oz Coors Light was their special. (Aside from a $2.00 PBR.)

You would also think that with over priced food, you could catch a small break on any of the beverages. That wasn't the case either. A small milk ( tiny) for a child was close to $3.00.

The service however is always fantastic. I always stick with the Burnt ends, or the catfish. That's pretty hard to screw up.

To me, this is just another franchise that's no more or less mediocre than the rest of them. That's why I gave them an average.

Not impressed.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Branchville, New Jersey, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good Barbecue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you like barbecue, it is a good place to go, with large portions and enough variety that most non-vegetarians can find something they like.

It is as close to a good BBQ as you are going to find in the northeast.

Visited March 2013
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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92 reviews 92 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Satisfies the BBQ Craving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Visited this restaurant while on vacation and was pleasantly pleased with the meal. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and had fun trying the different BBQ sauces supplied tableside. The pork was tender and delicious. Atmosphere was quiet and restaurant was clean. Waiters and waitresses were very attentive. A nice place for family, friends, or couples with plenty of parking.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newark, DE
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Tasty BBQ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

One of our go to places for BBQ. Lunch prices are very reasonable so we always go for the lunch combos. You get almost the same serving size as dinner portions at a fraction of the price. Lunch prices are in effect until 5 and we have even had lunch combos a little later than 5. A BBQ meal for $7.99 is unheard of and there is a very nice selection of combos for that price. The cornbread muffins are to die for and are good enough to save for dessert. Their homemade chips before your meal keep you busy until your food comes. Depending on the time of the day the service can be very slow or very quick. We have enjoyed everything we've had from Dave's and we've been going since it opened several years ago.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food, terrible service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We liked the barbecue. We had the baby back ribs. But I cannot recommend this establishment because the service is so poor. Our waiter, Michele, spent most of her time sitting at a table in the bar talking with 2 other wait staff. All of whom had tables by the way, so I am sure a lot of other people were being ignored. We had to wait a long time for everything. Even 2 glasses of water! I expect a higher quality of service when I am dropping over $50 for 2 people on a meal. If you don't mind waiting and being ignored, then the food is ok.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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