Famous Dave's - Portland

4.6
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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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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

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

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food!

OT
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 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!

BK
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

Y
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

TS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

E
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 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

JT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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!

MK
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 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!!

SB
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 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

CL
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 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.

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

JL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LF
Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

LE
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

80th birthday

LC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Other than a very slow hostess everything was great.

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

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!

S
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

G
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Over priced, too loud and waitresses have attitude

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

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

OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

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.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

g
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good variety and everything we ate was very good.

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

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service.

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

NG
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

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
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was delicious

AM
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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

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!