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Famous Dave's - Famous Dave's - Portland, Portland, OR

Famous Dave's - Portland

4.3
4.3
61 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Meat
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 493-9000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
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What 61 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

61 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brisket was gristly. They provided more but that was dry. Otherwise the meat was pretty good.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good as usual. Thankfully it wasn’t too crowded as the host said they don’t accept reservations. I tried to explain but he was not very interested in hearing. Not sure if he just doesn’t know or they really don’t work with Open Table any longer.

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  3. Volvo

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This Famous Daves location says it doesn't use OpenTable. They said even though it is on the website, there location is listed, and I had a confirmation number, they do not use OpenTable for reservations.

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  4. nrkmann

    Portland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was good, server told us that she had been there 15 years. Food was very good with exception of the mashed potatoes. St Louis ribs and chicken were done well with choice of sides. Drinks: Good selection of beer and wine. Ambiance: Open noisy bar. Recommendation: Yes for BBQ and having a selection of sides and drinks.

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  5. veRn

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ribs were not as good as one would expect. The chicken in the chicken Caesar salad was fairly cold. The corn bread muffins are yummy!

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  6. ToddC

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service with excellent food and drink. Loved the experience from the moment we entered the door.

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  7. DavidK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a reservation on Open Table for 7pm and the reservation was confirmed via email. When we arrived, we were informed that Dave's closes down all reservations in the morning and that we would have to wait 45 minutes for a table. We went elsewhere. I will not go back there again.

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  8. Jackied

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Average food could have had more butter for the corn. Chicken was well cooked and mashed potatoes were good. The turkey was a little dry but gravy helped We did have a very nice server.

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  9. CarolS

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was excellent. Most of the food was good, but two of our group ordered the brisket and it was tough, full of grilse and fat.

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  10. Nameless

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited 10 mins for a table (we had reservations) and another 20 mins for someone to acknowledge us/ ring us water. Requested a booth, yet, “no booths are available”… there were clearly booths available. Empty. A few mins later, a couple was seated at a booth. Food was decent enough… but we didn’t care for their bbq sauces.

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  11. FrozenButterYum

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress was very slow, we arrived at 6-6:30 and our order was taken at 7:15 then we got some very well done chips to snack on at 7:30. It was 7:45 pm before we got our food. So I will not be going back! My grandkids where getting cranky due to waiting so SO long for our food to arrive. At about 7:20 someone gave my wife 2 crackers wrapped in plastic. That held the kids at bay for a while. Then after finishing our food, and got to go boxes, it took another 15 minutes for the waitress to figure out we where ready for the bill. Finally left a little after 8. The mac and cheese was very spicy, some hint of that would have been helpful, rather than my grand daughter spitting out the mac and cheese! The garlic mashed potatoes where fine, so was the pulled pork on my hamburger. But the fries where cold and chewy. Butter for the cornbread was FROZEN! not cold, Frozen.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    They do NOT accept reservations Confusing that open table makes them

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  13. htspdx

    Portland

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, and the server was very attentive. Other than some pesky flies that kept surrounding our food (we were seated inside, not outside), it was a good spot to meet for a lunch gathering.

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  14. BKMdog

    Portland

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Make sure your server understands when to serve your appetizer, NOT with the entire meal!!!!

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  15. GwenS

    Sacramento

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and service!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    When we arrived for our reservation, I was told it would be a 20-30 minute wait for our table. They told me other people were ahead of me. I asked if the other people had reservations and they told me “no”. Not sure what the point of making a reservation is if it doesn’t matter. The host and front manager were very unwelcoming and rude. I definitely do not recommend this location but love the food so a different location it is! Not going back.

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  17. Earl

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were excellent. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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  18. SarahF

    Portland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Tables were spaced, but I witnessed a patron at the next table sneeze 3 times into the air with no mask and without covering his face. He put us all at risk and I was completely disgusted. Also the restroom at this location smelled insanely strong of sewer - it was the first thing I smelled before I sat down to eat. The food itself was cooked fine. It is seasoned way too heavily with salt however, which ruins the meat/bbq. My husband also had stomach issues after the meal and barely made it home to the toilet. In all, this was our first time trying to eat out since the pandemic started, and we do not think it was worth it to eat out at a restaurant. We will not be eating out in person again, and we will not be back to Famous Dave's regardless.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service! Early bd celebration with son Before heading back to Houston , Texas!! WE NEED A FAMOUS DAVES IN LOUISIANA AND HOUSTON ASAP!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Great food! Especially the bread pudding!

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  21. John

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best BBQ in Portland, was looking for a good meal after Covid 19 lock down and Famous dave's didn't let us down.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  23. JosephG

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  24. MelissaV

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  25. SD808

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great BBQ at a reasonable price. We always stop by Dave’s when we’re in Portland.

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  26. JanC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Husbands birthday party! Great afternoon! Wonderful food!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was basic, didn’t explain anything, food portions were extremely small for the price

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food!

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  29. Karen

    Portland

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  30. BarbaraK

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  31. Youdaman

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  33. TammyS

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  34. Ellie

    Portland

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  35. JakeT

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  36. MichaelK

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  37. StephanieB

    Portland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  38. CrisL

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  39. CharlesW

    Denver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service

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  40. JuliaL

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Famous Dave's - Portland using the Order Online button. Famous Dave's - Portland also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 493-9000.

Famous Dave's - Portland is rated 4.3 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

Famous Dave's - Portland does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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Google Map for Famous Dave's - Portland

9911 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Southeast Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Meat
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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