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Famous Dave's

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3103 S Dogwood Rd, El Centro, CA 92243-9666
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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284 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
Yuma, Arizona
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159 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

My wife and I stopped at this location after a LONG morning of shopping in the nearby mall. I ordered the BBQ combo with beef brisket and chopped pork and my wife had the brisket sandwich. My brisket and chopped pork were very good, but he portion size was average at best. My wife's brisket sandwich was also very good,... More 

Thank RaptorMD
Heber, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

It's a hit or miss here. You either get bad customer service which is most of the time, or ok customer service. The food is good, but not the best. It is pricey for average food. I normally go when they have specials either in the bar or in their dining room, using coupons via email.

Thank Christina M
No Name Key, Florida
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84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Not the best bar b que I've ever had, but filling and convenient. We ordered Baby back ribs, but the meat wasn't falling off the bone. The brocolli was fine, brisket was fine, onion rings were fine, but nothing was spectacular.

Thank nanac369
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Whenever I'm craving some good bbq, there is no better place in El Centro than Famous Dave's. Their service is always fast and courteous but most important of all, their food is great. I always go for the "Feast for Two" you just can't go wrong with it. You get a little bit of everything, you get ribs, chicken, pulled... More 

Thank 82arod
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Coming from England, I didn't understand a lot of the menu which was no problem, the staff explained it all to me. I ended up having the brisket beef which was fantastic. I don't think the food is particularly outstanding but if you're going there, you're likely looking for cheap and easy eats which this place will satisfy with ease.... More 

Thank LukeSJsy
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

I like all there food, beer, and spices. I ordered their famous Country roasted chicken and it was very tasty. The bar tender was very friendly. I was confused about there beer selections and she got me few samples to try. Great service!!!

Thank Sam A
El Centro, California
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Love the burgers here. The fried pickles are awesome! And the bread pudding is delicious. Try the burnt end sandwich.

Thank 843stevenv
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

First visit to this place was after a very long journey/ flight. Didn't feel particularly hungry but managed a full meal regardless. Have been several times since and would happily go again. Good atmosphere, friendly staff, great service and a large selection of food and beverages.

Thank Tony F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
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: 760-352-9044

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?