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Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

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1639 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5809
+1 714-990-4944
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Lucille's BBQ sets the standard. No other BBQ comes close..... especially, when it comes to the perfect balance of smoke flavoring in the meat and the tanginess of the BBQ sauce. We've tried BBQ places in Kansas City, Houston, New Orleans, etc. and Lucille's is still my standard. Truly superb BBQ.

Thank Dr_C_and_E
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard some folks belly-aching while I was coming in about a wait. Parking lot was empty and it was 2:00 so I figured it could not be long. Went in anyhow. Place was absolutely dead. See pic. No one at the bar, a couple waiting on a bench, but we (4 of us, typically $100 eaters and drinkers) were told:... More 

Thank 4thefins
Rebekah G, Guest Relations Manager at Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ, responded to this review

Hi there, we are really sorry to hear about your experience with us. Please email us at guestconcerns@lucillesbbq.com (specify which location visited) and we will make things right. Thanks! More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in at 2:00 in the afternoon for lunch. Place was completely dead. Hostess said there would be a 15 min wait. Seriously? Wait staff was standing around so it wasn't a lack of help to cover the tables. I asked if the hostess was joking and he said actually said no and laughed. Won't be stopping in again.

Thank Christine S
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the food and their lunch menu is awesome and super fair prices. I enjoy the atmosphere here a lot. But the multiple times I have gone during dinner time I have received cold or wrong food. Not all the time but over half the times in the evening. Lunch has always been spot on.

Thank Stebdawgf3
Brea, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we want to celebrate an occasion or just have a really great meal, My family usually picks Lucilles. The food is great. Very good BBQ and down-home faire. (The only local place I can get cheesy grits.) The staff is always kind and make us feel welcome. I love the hot towels after the meal, after chowing down on... More 

Thank SteveC61
Fullerton, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Saw this restaurant on TV, was rated #1 BBQ in So. Cal.. The crew came to the restaurant interviewed, ate and drank. We had been here prior to air time of the program so when the top 10 countdown began we knew it would be near the top. Surprise, it was #1. With good reason. Excellent food and service. A... More 

Thank 22yardy
Anaheim, California
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

took a group of 12 without a reservation. Staff made a table for us quickly and we were seated in minutes. This is real barbecue - it's one of the 2 or 3 best in OC. Highly recommend.

Thank dan9669
La Mirada, California
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The only issue I have with this restaurant is the noise level. It can get quite noisy. As for the food, it is great. It is a little pricey, but it is very good so I guess it's worth the money.

Thank sleepowers
Fullerton, California
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134 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The wait: The hostess informed us that there was a 1-hour wait. 60 minutes later, we were called. Nice! The biscuit: I am not a fan of the biscuit. It's a southern-thing which I do not get. You know...biscuit and gravy...meh! It's like eating a powdery rock most of the time. However, the apple butter made it bearable. Main course:... More 

Thank jt99941
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This is BBQ with a great twist. You get Smokehouse meat that you can enjoy the pure smoked meat flavor or add or mix a variety of Carolina Style sauces that are available at each table for an experience where you control the BBQ sauce experience. My wife and I shared a full pound of smoked Tri Tip with sides... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1639 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5809
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Brea
  • Phone Number: +1 714-990-4944

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?