Famous Dave's - Mesa

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$30 and under
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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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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have eaten at the original location in Wisconsin, and well as others in Minnesota. Based on those experiences, Famous Dave’s was one of my favorite bbq restaurants. I was disappointed with the food quality at the Mesa location, as it didn’t live up to my expectations. I do not plan to return.

1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time and great service and food. Thanks famous Dave’s! I could of eaten a million of the corn muffins lol

San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When it comes to baby back ribs, no one does it better.

2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was horrible. I had a hamburger and the top of the bun was so hard I had to take it off and eat my burger with a fork and knife. My friend had the “famous” ribs and the were so tough he had to saw through them with a knife to get them apart. Also, the ribs seemed like they had been cooked several days beforehand. I’ll never go back. But the service was good!

1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grandsons birthday

1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

first time at famous Dave's. This was a work lunch and all my team enjoyed the meal. You have a good lunch menu

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

Scheduled a reservation with OpenTable and when we got there the table was not ready had to wait 30 minutes to sit outside when reservation was for inside

114 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Famous Dave's hasn't changed its formula in years -- and that's good! One can depend on a very fine plate of ribs or pulled pork or brisket or whatever. Good bar, too. Fine for groups or for couples, although some shops can be a little noisy. Great food and great fun. We'll definitely be back.

San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Arrived 10 minutes before reservation (party of 6) and waited 25 minutes before being seated. Ordered food and waited almost a full hour before it arrived. Salmon was awful and dried out, hamburger was mediocre and Brussels sprouts were burned. Brisket sandwich was very good and apple crisp dessert was good. The manager did significantly reduce our bill thankfully but it was a frustrating evening with not fabulous food.

San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I Love Famous Dave's. Always a fun family experience Great food food price & we always have some to take home.

1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Reserved a table, got there, they had no idea about my reserved table. Had to wait 20 minutes to be seated but when I went to the restroom to wash my hands I saw about 10 tables open. Some where dirty but most were not. Service was just as bad. Checked on only once during our hour stay. Some other server finally came to take our payment after he had seen us sitting there for about fifteen minutes waiting to leave. Won't go back to that place again.

Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Waited over one and a half hours for standard order. Screaming kids running around, noise level close to unbearable. We will never go again.

1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We have been here many times, and always enjoy ourselves.

1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for my fiancee's birthday and it was wonderful. It was New Years Eve and it wasn't even crowded. It made for a nice evening. The server was helpful and patient with my annoying stepfather who changed his mind a bunch. The food was prepared well and made me want to finish something that was too big for me to eat. That never happens for me. I eat small portions so that should say something about the food. Good job, chefs! Overall, it's a great place to go for family gatherings, date night, lunch, or any occasion.

1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Hostess was very kind. Our server was not very helpful/good, our food was cold, reaturant wasn’t very busy, but our food took long to arrive after placing order. Will not be returning.

1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting my family in Phoenix and we were looking for a fun place for lunch. Famous Dave's fit the bill. Great food, great atmosphere, overall a very fun outing. Would definitely visit here again.

1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Met family for after Christmas meal, waitress tried to put a group of 8 next to the kitchen, in an almost empty restaurant. I requested to move, she moved us two rows back to restroom entrance, I moved us into room beyond fireplace.
Meal went great, new waiter was pleasant and accurate. However after he took care of our check, we never saw him again. Clearing of table stopped, so we moved plates to a clean table.
Volume was too high on music, yes I'm 60 but I paid the bill.
Not recommended for groups, as there was no place to get away from the music.

Love the food, adequate staff, friendly.

Thank you for this review opportunity.


1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and we really enjoyed the singing manager. It was a lot of fun!

1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was GREAT as always. Had to keep stopping other servers as ours would disappear

1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Sever took LOTS of time getting to us to start, and in between visits... Otherwise great.