Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

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80 reviews
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WE'RE ALL ABOUT THE TASTE. Babe's Bar-b-que & Brewhouse, centrally located at The River, opened its famous doors in 2002, the dream come true of founder Don Callender (yes, that Callender), Today, Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse is a successful testament to his vision. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT IN COACHELLA VALLEY. That's why folks come from Orange County, San Diego and all over the world whenever they're in town. And why locals choose Babe's as their favorite, all-season hangout for dinner and a movie or shopping, Happy Hour and definitely for Monday Beer Appreciation Day. There are franchises galore you can visit anytime. But there's only one Babe's.
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JK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and timing, entire restaurant functioned extraordinary under busy pressure. Certainly recommend to anyone in their area, any time!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated early with reservation..Great food! Chicken fried steak best around . In and out in about 40 minutes ..
No complaints.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every item is made to perfection. Delicious

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MR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing baby back ribs! Their brewed beer was amazing as well definitely going back for some more!

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L
Palm Springs
121 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were a group of eight and our meals came out at all different times so between the first and last meal served was 15 minutes. All wrong. Decent food. Lots of choices for a diverse group and a nice atmosphere.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ive had in a while.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too much bbq sauce, would ask for it on the side next time.

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AA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dinning at Babes and it was a great experience and highly recommended it to friends and family.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Manager got us in quickly after I made a mistake on our reservation. Service was excellent. Chicken fried steak was excellent. Thanks.

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T
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town on Vacation. Had the baby back ribs and they were good but my friend had the spare ribs and they were even better, more tender and meaty. There own beer brews were also great. The dessert looked awesome but ate too much to try.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and the ambiance. The barbecue likely won’t rate as the best you have ever had but was good. The only negative was the amount of time it took between the time our orders were taken and the food arrived. We felt 45 minutes was way too long.

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MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The drinks are terrific, so no complaints there. The ribs seemed fatty and tough to me. Also, they have no barbecued chicken that is white meat on the menu. She said they just don’t carry it. They gave me a plain skinless chicken breast, but she said she had to ask the owner to do that. The beans are plain, do not recommend those. I would say to stick to the appetizers and you’d be fine.

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MB
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were disappointed in the baby back ribs. Our server (Jose, who was very good) assured us that they would be tender, but they were not. They were blackened too much on the edges, hard to cut (even with a sharp knife), and tough and chewy. One of us complained, and Jose brought him a replacement half rack. It was better than the first one, but not by much. The BBQ chicken and side dishes were fine, but we won't be coming back for the ribs. We had better ribs at Smoketree BBQ for much less money.

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GH
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Bar-B-Que was under done. Other meals were good. Service was fine.

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LM
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great venue for a group with a variety of tastes. Works well for adults alone or for families.

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had never been to Babe's BBQ and Brewhouse. My sister recommended it as she lives in Palm Desert. We had a party of 9 for a birthday celebration. The staff was very attentive, and pleasant. We loved the pig decor! Nicely decorated and a wonderful atmoshpere. The food was delicious. Large portions. My only complaint was that the music was to loud to be enjoyable. We felt like we were yelling over the music. Hard to have a conversation. I have to add: Part of our party drove in from Orange County. On the way we got a call from Babe's, checking on our reservation. I thought that was above and beyond. Great service!

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M
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice. Food is always good and service top notch. We eat at Babe’s often and have never had a bad experience. Best sweet potatoes fries in the desert!

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CH
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Great service!

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FD
Palm Springs
257 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit to Babe's, and we enjoyed it. Overall, this was a "good" experience. The food is fairly priced, and the menu has some pleasant surprises. The flavors are robust, and the portions are generous. One of the reasons we returned (it's a bit out of the way for us) was that during our initial visit my spouse and I both ordered hamburgers - the way we order them: "Bleu; a genuine bleu... lightly marked on the outside, but the inside extremely rare throughout, preferably with a cool center - more rare than rare (and not "black & blue"... extra, extra, extra, EXTRA rare. We feel realy bad, when we send something back to the kitchen, so please don't let that happen.." First visit - PERFECT! This visit, my burger was more medium than anything else. I simply drenched barbque sauce on it and choked it down. I'd been clear - VERY clear, but the kitchen let down me, the server, and the restaurant. It was clear that the server would have been willing to return the burger, but by then my wife was eating, and I really don't like sending food back to the kitchen. Besides, they were busy, and we had a performance to catch at the McCallum Theatre, nearby, and I didn't want to be late.

We live in the PS area part time, year round. We never cook. There are simply too many high-quality, reasonably priced restaurants of all varieties, and hospitality competition is severe. This wasn't a bad meal. It was a disappointing part of a good meal. One of the nice things about dining in this region is that very rare beef - including burgers - can easily be found. Indeed, my previous one at Babe's was just the way I ordered it. To our delight, there are many restaurants that serve a wonderful steak tartare.

Of course, we'll return to Babe's. It's too wondeful not to. However, if I order a burger again, I'll provide the same set of instructions, being just as emphatic, but cautioning that my last burger was overcooked, and if this one is, I'll mention it to the manager.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and server seemed like she Wouk dragged be somewhere else. Setting was nice. Food was ok - not the best bbq we have had. Somewhat pricy for what we received

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DJ
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The happy hour menu was varied and delicious. We had pizzas, fish and chips, and rib basket. All were great. Service was quick and good. Only problem occurred when we discovered that they had charged us for 3 additional drinks (2 beers and one wine). I do hope that it was inadvertent but am not convinced it was..... hmmmm

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k
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really great food and service. Noisy atmosphere is fun and energetic but difficult for table conversation with a large group of 8.

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m
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

God ribs, good service. Have the baby
Back ones-they were
Excellent

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h
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great short ribs and beer. We'll go back soon.

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CT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent although the portions for the sides were small. It was also very noisy.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Brisket was not good. Everything else was ok

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T
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We’ve many times while previous owners were in charge. Food and service was always really great. Not so much under new owners. Ordered prime rib sandwich - 1 1/2 slices of thinly sliced of meat, half of which was gristle. When the bartender asked how the food was I explained the shortcoming. He just stared at me, giving no comment. I then said that whoever prepared the sandwich should have made sure the meat better prepared before serving to the customer. He again did not respond and just turned away. Quality and quantity have gone way downhill ... we will not return.

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D
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Server was very nice and efficient. We were catching up with relatives and we were pretty slow at looking at the menu and ordering. Server reassured us that there was no hurry and in fact we were quite relaxed a pleased with the time together.
Pulled pork sandwich was enough for two people and tasted good.

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S
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Bbq food was great! A bit bright for our liking.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food but confused service - and a mess up with the bill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Loved the atmosphere!

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We have had a romantic dinner , friends , family, large gathering. Beautiful local perfect location. Food is always perfect. Eat here "year-round.

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T
Palm Springs
81 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best, affordable and comfortable place for ribs, steaks ad family dining. Great bar spirits and wines in addition to their really good beers. Highly recommend to all full time and visiting folks here in Rancho Mirage.

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FD
Palm Springs
257 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a fun place, and with a fun history! What, at first looked like a chain (or a chain in disguise, one of those wretched "groups") turned out to be unique and very, very special. With a very fun decor and pleasant servers, as well as somewhat of a craft brewery list (including their own brews, some mixed with others to give the appearance of a wider range), it's a good place for someone who realizes that a bodacious supply of craft brews or breweries has yet to strongly hit the Coachella Valley scene (to be clear, there are excellent microbreweries in the Coachella Valley, including this one, but there just aren't that many, and most of "fine dining" establishments haven't yet figured out that even sophisticated diners have discovered craft beers). A great place to bring whole family, or to just coonect with some good friends for a time out to relax and enjoy.

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B
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Every time our family visits Palm Springs we make Babe’s a part of our trip. We’ve been traveling to PS for at least 12 yrs and we’ve never missed a Babes visit. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fun and the service is always great!

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M
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would have given Babe’s 5 stars for overall and ambiance if the place was not so cold. The outside was cold, and the inside felt like the air conditioning was on. The server said he had no control.

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M
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

So busy it seemed they were overwhelmed and couldn’t do things properly including preparation of the ribs. Came out almost raw and even after sending it back they were still inedible. Won’t be returning anytime soon

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S
Vancouver
135 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant, excellent food,wonderful service (thank you Jose), fun ambiance and reasonable prices.

The pulled pork sandwiches, the yam fries, the white chocolate bread pudding and of course delicious beer and wine made this dinner just perfect

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D
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok. Nice ambience. Service was good. We were there early as we had a wedding to attend. Place had just opened so it wasn’t really noisy or busy.

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B
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Yum, second time eating here, great barbecue at a reasonable price!

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