Famous Dave's - Portland

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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The staff was helpful from reservation to chasing grandpa and his walker after he loved his meal and got away with some left overs. It was an enjoyable experience and we all were first time visitors . Thank you for attentiveness and care to my family.

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JosephG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was up to par as usual but the service was terrible! Our server couldn't get our order right starting with the drinks...just a disaster from start to finish.

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MelissaV
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom here for her birthday and it was wonderful. The service was quick and our server came back to check in with us plenty. Our food orders were correct and the quality food was delicious.

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vipSD808
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great BBQ at a reasonable price. We always stop by Dave’s when we’re in Portland.

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JanC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands birthday party!
Great afternoon! Wonderful food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Service was basic, didn’t explain anything, food portions were extremely small for the price

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Famous Dave's was really nice, especially for our 7 year-old granddaughter. Crayons, a great kid's menu, and lovely wait staff - for us big people, too!

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BarbaraK
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would absolutely recommend Famous Dave's! We were there with a party of 12 and there was not a pause in service. The orders were taken quickly, the food was awesome and it arrived quickly. And, just as I asked for my check, our server had all the individual checks in his hand ready to hand out. Everyone from the front desk to the server seemed genuinely happy to greet us. Sometimes, restaurants put restrictions on groups but Famous Dave's welcomes our group and does not disappoint us. I don't think I've had a restaurant handle a group as well as Famous Dave's does.
We will be back.

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Youdaman
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group but there was a lot of space. Food was great! Service was prompt. Love the multiple barbecue sauces.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A successful family gathering at Famous Dave’s! This establishment was able to accommodate our group of 15. The service was outstanding- especially that our server was more than willing to handle 5 different split checks! They even had outdoor seating that was available for one of the four-legged members of our family.

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TammyS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food , atmosphere and service. I will definitely continue to eat here whenever I want some fantastic Barbecued food. The sides are tasty as well.

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Ellie
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great BBQ. I had the Spare Ribs and my friend had the chicken. The waitress was friendly and really attentive. I will definitely come back

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JakeT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The online reservation tool through Google / OpenTable worked great.

I'd never used it before, but Famous Dave's was ready for our large group.

Very easy! Thank you!

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent staff and waiters. Food was very good. There were quite a few people so the noise level was kind of high. I recommend if you haven’t eaten here yet. It’s a great place!!

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StephanieB
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Service was really bad. We were not attended to when waiting for our table. The manager never smiled and was kind of a huge jerk! The food was good and I have had better service in the past, so I will probably give them another try, but I was not impressed this trip

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CrisL
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

When we arrived the two disabled parking spots were taken. I do not understand why there's only two disabled parking spots for a whole restaurant. Anyway we did find one nearby that was a regular parking space. When we arrived the place was very busy as was the takeout window. It took us a little while to get our salads but once we got those, the entrees were soon to follow. The brisket was divine the chicken sublime, however the ribs were dry and not as meaty as I like. I would say among the items on my tray that 80% to 90% where perfectly cooked and seasoned. The french fries were awesome and salty. The cornbread was sweet and tender and my kids tell me the hot link was awesome. As the evening went on the crowds die down and the dining experience became more intimate. A good time was had by all at this, my 56th birthday celebration dinner. Overall of course I recommend famous Dave's however I did not get my pickles this time and I wish I had remembered to ask for them. I love famous Dave's food right down to their beans with brisket pieces in them off. We will dine there again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

JL
vipJuliaL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal with family. Food was great as always. It's nice and quiet at 3pm.

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vipLuvgr8Food
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ribs were pretty good but side dishes were really lacking . Fries were really more potato wedges and lacked flavor. Thought it strange to be brought greasy potato chips (like some restaurants bring bread to table). Not opposed to chips but they were really greasy.. This is really touristy type place and you can definitely tell it is a chain restaurant.

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LyndenE
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place for a family gathering. Food is great. Service was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The waiter was awesome! He was friendly and talked with each of us! The food was good for the most part! There were a few missteps. We would go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

80th birthday

LC
LeslieC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Other than a very slow hostess everything was great.

JR
JeffR
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I took a group of 13 people for a business dinner and Famous Dave's was great. The service was quick and professional and the food was fantastic!

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Skinny
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. Part of our party got stuck in traffic and were later than we had reservations for and the waitress was very accommodating and kept filling our glasses until the second party arrived and were patient in waiting for them to decide what they were going to order.

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Gambino
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Over priced, too loud and waitresses have attitude

JC
JohnC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The waitress was super. She came by and was polite many times, she even gave recommendations. The food was marginal and was way overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was very packed (obviously cause it was a Sunday) but our server managed to help us quickly and our food came pretty quickly. We’ve been to this place numerous times and they never disappoint us no matter if we come with a big group or just our family.

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JoeH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We were a party of 6 with a reservation but were not allowed to sit at our table until most of the rest of the party showed up15 minutes ...so we didn't get to order any appetizers. We sat and waited for 15 minutes before we asked if we could get some water and beverages.... ordered the large family platter and then waited another 20 minutes to get our food. The ribs were undercooked and it took a knife to get it off the bone and there was no bbq flavor to the ribs or the chicken. All in all it was the worst of everything in all the times we have been to Famou's Dave. We were embarrassed that we had brought our guests there after we had said how great Dave's was.

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SandyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food is really good. We just didn’t like the service. At first I called and see if they take reservations. And the Lady says yes but online. So that’s what I did. When we arrived the worker says still have to wait 20 min even if there’s a reservation. So we waited. We noticed they keep letting people go even if we got there first. So we let it go cause we’re party of 9. We’ve been waiting for 25 min and still not seated. Checked to see if there’s available table for us.and yes there’s enough table for all of us!! We got seated when we told them. Slowest service of Famous Dave’s I ever went.

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vipgraces
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was awful and food tasted old. Our dinner came out before our beer.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good variety and everything we ate was very good.

MD
MartyD
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous and always have more than enough so had lunch the next day

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service.

Always a pleasure to dine and hold special occasions at FD’s.

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NicholeG
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Yes. I would reccomend to everyone. The food is delicious. The only thing is once our food came our waitress didnt come and check on us to see if we needed refills. Was pretty disappointed about that. Other than that it was really delicious. .

SP
vipSapanaP
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious

AM
AnthonyM
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food as always, service was a little lacking, but not bad enough too keep me from enjoying the best BBQ. Always amazing food.

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KristinA
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food! We shared two feast platters between 11 people and had leftovers! And the birthday treat surprise was huge too! Thanks for hosting a family birthday get together! We’ll be back soon!

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Famous Dave's - Portland offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 493-9000.

Famous Dave's - Portland is rated 4.6 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.