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“Food great, service NOT”

Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Tap House
Ranked #6 of 137 Restaurants in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Called for reservation, would not accept reservation. Get to the restaurant am told 15 minute wait. They seat 5 other, smaller parties that walk in. After 25 minutes we ask if we can preorder food for the kids that there will not be a long wait before they eat since they are starving. 5 minutes later we are led to our table and the place is half empty! Waitress was un attentive and only became attentive when the manager asked me if we needed something. Food was pretty good but the fries were undercooked and therefore limp and greasy. Brisket and ribs good. Greeter and waitresses need serious.........training.

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Thank George K
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

....but you have to get there early because it is so popular....lots of good food and good (sports) on TV on a Saturday. Just couldn't eat it all....and the wait staff terrific and friendly.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We had to wait 40 minutes to be seated since we were a party of 6 but the food was worth the wait! We had the cheesy fries with green chiles as an appetizer and it was YUMMY! The pulled pork BBQ with the many choice BBQ sauces was very tasty as well. the atmosphere was great. It was packed. The bar was full with people eating there also. They gave us a dessert which was huge when they found out it was a birthday party for my husband. We all shared it because we were quite full.

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Thank Yleonard
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Our guide to RMNP strongly suggested Smokin Dave's. Matter of fact, he instructed us to not miss it unless the wait was over an hour, which it was not. They seemed to be very short staffed and the wait was about 20-30 min for a table and 15 min for our order. The staff seemed very busy and not near enough of them. Many customers were complaining about the empty tables and no one to seat them. BUT, once our food arrived...all was forgiven! The food was delicious. We are from Texas where the bar-b-que is wonderful. Smokin Dave's was probably the best we have eaten. We will definitely be back when we are in the area again. I hope they work out their staffing issues because this is a great place!

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Thank FortWorth1984
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We drove by after a morning spent in the National Park. Didn't look like much from the outside, but after not finding anything we liked any better in Estes Park we came back. Terrific beer selection. We had brisket, it was delicious! Fast too! Looked like the locals know a good thing, it was busy, but the short wait was worth it.

Thank Debbi D
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