Famous Dave's - Irvine

4.6
19 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Our authentic BBQ starts in a live-wood smoker stoked with genuine hickory logs. Our pitmasters hand-rub the meats with a custom blend of spices and cook for hours to extract the natural flavors. We source the highest quality meats and trim them up like we’re in a competition and hand-rub them with the freshest seasonings available to create mouthwatering experiences! In addition to our BBQ and grilled meats, our menu features a selection of salads, sandwiches, side items, and made-from-scratch desserts.
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Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to Famous Daves for years but this was our first time at this location. Loved that we didn't have to wait in line and service was amazing!

SE
Central Coast
70 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to a Famous Dave's. Great first impression. We shared an appetizer of burnt ends, and then I had a side salad with a tasty honey mustard. My entree was a three-meat platter with rib ends, a hot link and pulled port, plus sides of beans and a corn muffin. Outstanding all around. Our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, giving us his recommendations. A fun evening.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was plenty of food and it was good and was served very quickly!

M
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The best thing about our dining experience at Famous Dave's was the service provided by our server. I wish I could remember his name but he made sure our needs were met as customers. He would always come at the right time to refill our drinks and offer anything we needed. We enjoyed the potato chips served as an appetizer and he offered us another plate after I said how good they were. He even provided my husband a to go soda cup when we were leaving. The amount of food on the 3-meat plate was plenty for the two of us and the value was great. The corn bread and the roasted Brussels sprouts were good. We got to use a 20% coupon which was huge. This was my second time at this location and it was definitely better than the first. Glad we gave it another try. Will definitely go back.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! The chopped pork was excellent. It was just like something this southerner would find back home.

m
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was marginal at best. The seats are very uncomfortable as well. The only real positive was the service. Our server was very attentive.

JC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The meat was really fatty and hard to eat.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attentive service. Food came fast. Nice place to feast on BBQ and chill with family/friends. Parking can take a while to find during peak hours.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Almost 1/2 of the meals were served incorrectly. 4 of 9.

L
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good. Burnt ends are amazing. We love that we can rely on this restaurant for a good meal.

M
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Food was superb. Dessert well worth the stomach ache. Huge portions. Fantastic. Fun for entire family.

P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST BBQ! And the best service! The staff is always interactive and personable--not that fake stuff. They remember customers and are very kind. I do wish the music was not so loud.

GL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, We arrived early and they where ready for us. Waited all of 5 min.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Famous Daves never disappoints if you’re looking for good bbq! A basket of fresh potato chips is the perfect starter to every meal. The delicious St. Louis ribs with a variety of tasty side dish options and cornbread seems to be our go-to choice; bbq beans and the jalapeño mac n cheese are always our favorite side dishes. It’s a real bonus that the generous dinner portions are large enough to be shared. This location is small and very casual, and can be rather loud, which is my only real complaint other than the horrible parking situation.

M
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It isn't bad , it is just poor quality, if you are in rush and want to quickly grab food, sure go ahead otherwise skip

L
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great for families and groups!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent BBQ Restaurant

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CF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered brisket and it had a lot of fat. They replaced it with another sandwich that also had too much gristle and fat.
My daughter ordered chili and it arrived cold.
Last time we ate there it was excellent. This time ruined us we won’t go back.

KD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time. Been down at the one in Long Beach also. Service was great, food was geat.

Will e back soon.