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Famous Dave's

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$$ - $$$
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3103 S Dogwood Rd, El Centro, CA 92243-9666
+1 760-352-9044
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Frisco, Texas
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177 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for a late night snack. The service was good, the food was good, and the beer was cold. Tried to get some hockey on one of the TVs but the gal at the bar was remote challenged.

Thank bad4bob
Chester, California
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104 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

had the combination plate, ribs and burnt ends, all very good, coleslaw and mac and cheese very good. The place is clean and service is good.

Thank walt k
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9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Best BBQ in the Imperial Valley. This is the only restaurant in the valley for BBQ, but it is the best. You don't have to drive to San Diego you can be eating within 10 minutes once you get there. The food is awesome and the plates are full. You do pay for the amount but it's still worth it.

Thank Salvador Q
Dalton, Georgia
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96 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Excellent food and atmosphere. We sat in the bar area and Cindy was our server. It was so good we ate there on Monday and Wednesday. Wings were fantastic and plenty. The brisket was tender and smoky. Right next door to TownePlace Suites so very easy to get to.

Thank Don S
Surprise, Arizona
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87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Stopped in with my in-laws for some American BBQ after a few days of home cooked Mexican food in Mexicali. We all enjoyed the variety of sauces and meats and our 2 year even dug into the mac'n'cheese our server, Antonia, recommended for her. The atmosphere was inviting and open, the staff was friendly and very helpful and the food... More 

Thank 1Stark1
San Felipe del Progreso, Mexico
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Baby back ribs have been removed from the menu! We have been eating BBribs for years several times a year when passing through El Centro. Never again! Regular ribs not neary so good and service has taken a real dive. Had to wave our waiter over from his 15 minute plus conversation with customers at another table to get refill... More 

Thank arcmickw
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Love this restaurant!! It has great food excellent service. We always sit in the BAR they have the best service!! The full slab of ribs feeds two people our favorite. The bar has daily specials which is a plus

Thank Maribel M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

I'm a bit of a regular here when I'm in the area, and is without question the one place I always come to eat...why? Food is great, I've chomped my way though most of the menu, and it is always great...ribs that the meat falls off, burnt ends are terrific and the brisket is so tasty. Secondly the staff are... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Terrible is what I have to start with my first time and last going there first we had ketchup that tasted like beer our burnt ends were really just fatty pieces. My niece dropped her crayons on the way out she reached under a chair and there was a sticky trap for mice with a bunch of roaches on it.

Thank Roxanne D
San Diego, California
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433 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Can not say enough about this Bar-b-Que Restaurant. The food was amazingly tasty and lots of it with many choices of meats to choose from. The sides you can order are very very good, Probably the best I have tasted. Great atmosphere, Clean and the staff were very keen at serving you and interested in you satisfaction. Can not wait... More 

Thank Perry H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3103 S Dogwood Rd, El Centro, CA 92243-9666
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  El Centro
  • Phone Number: +1 760-352-9044

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