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“Best BBQ Joint in Estes Park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Tap House

Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Tap House
820 Moraine Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517-8005
970-577-7427
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Ranked #2 of 98 Restaurants in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Houston, Texas
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best BBQ Joint in Estes Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I am from Texas so I didn't expect to get good barbecue in Colorado. Well I was wrong. The food is great! The baked beans were the best I have ever had. The atmosphere was rustic but nice. I would go back again in a heartbeat.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This BBQ!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This was the first recommendation of all the locals that we asked for a recommendation. Get the combo platter and lots of ribs - oh heaven...

Visited May 2013
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103 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Decent food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

The service was great at this location and the food was very good. We ordered the Big Khuna meal and had plenty of leftovers! Be prepared for a wait as this place was busy every time we drove by...

Visited June 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“It's Good - Just Enjoy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is our usual stop in Estes and we visited recently in the later afternoon as the clouds rolled in over the Park so being too crowded wasn't an issue. We enjoy the food, especially the brisket and there's a kids menu for the boys. If you're a visitor, there are lots of great Colorado beers to try on tap.

For a casual spot in a tourist town, we've always found the service to be friendly even if it's not always 100% spot on. Estes isn't exactly known as a culinary destination but we always enjoy Dave's. Some have commented that it seems expensive but again Estes is largely a visitor destination and food around town can be a little pricey. I've had lots of bland, overpriced Mexican food and bad pizza in town... Just sayin'.... try Dave's.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ross On Wye
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't expect small portions!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Phoned ahead, as we read about it being busy and they put us on 15-20 min wait list! Got there within 10-15 and were seated 5 mins later. Excellent choice of very good beers and food! The Double meat Smokin Platter was superb, as was the Catfish salad! If we were in Estes Park for longer, we would be regulars!

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