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Famous Dave's

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$$ - $$$
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1901 S 72nd St, Tacoma, WA 98408-1200
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Olympia, Washington
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296 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is still one of the best places to get good east-coast style BBQ in the west. The portions are reasonable as are the prices. They have chopped BBQ instead of pulled.

Thank Brimsmith
Milwaukie, United States
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

The food was great. There was a lot of food for my order. The staff was patient, friendly and very helpful in filling my take-out order.

Thank Jerry M
Newport, Tennessee
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

I am from Tennessee and know country food by heart. I was stationed here with the military and went two or three times. The food was alright at best. However, they did have sweet tea. Sweet tea is hard to find in that area. Unless you make it yourself that is.

Thank Skeewbaru
Tacoma, Washington
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100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

We lived in Raleigh for 10 years before relocating to Tacoma, so sometimes we get a bit of a yearning to have food we learned to love from southern states. Famous Dave's tries to provide some of the southern ambiance, but we were not too happy with the dusty (and low maintenance) appearance. The tables were not particularly clean, the... More 

Thank KindheartedSir
Olympia, Washington
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296 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

These people do pork BBQ pretty well. The Georgia BBQ sandwich is very tasty. It's almost as good as real Georgia BBQ. I like it.

Thank Brimsmith
San Antonio, Texas
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278 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Famous Dave's has too many choices when it comes to your meal. They have helped you with your problem. They have different size sampler platters for as many people as you have. The sampler for one had 4 meats and 4 sides plus 1 cornbread muffin. Couple that with beer on tap and how can you go wrong. They had... More 

Thank Davin D
Castle Rock, Colorado
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

kristen was prompt and very helpful. My first experience eating at a Famous Dave's but it won't be the last. Ms. famous Kristen was prompt, polite & positive. The items that my husband and I were most interested in were not available on the lunch combo menu but that didn't stop us from getting the meal we wanted. Very good... More 

Thank Laura B
Vancouver, Washington
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330 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Celebrated a milestone birthday during happy hour. Jessica provided excellent service. We had an order or rib tips. They were great and amply portioned. The long island ice tea was very good. Going to happy hour afforded us excellent price value. Jessica was friendly and listened. She made excellent suggestions regarding the menu. Food and drinks were great.

Thank jumpa23
New York
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81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This wasn't our first visit to Famous Dave's, although it was our first time dining at this particular location of Famous Dave's. We didn't receive a printed drinks menu, and our waiter didn't seem too confident when reciting the beers and wines from memory, so ordering drinks wasn't the most seamless process. There was a large party--looked like a family... More 

Thank macatw
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

So nice to be taken care like your a special customer. We love the bar-b-que sauce and the staff is just terrific.

Thank Gregory T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1901 S 72nd St, Tacoma, WA 98408-1200
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: 253-722-0500

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