Famous Dave's - San Jose

3.9
51 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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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.7
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
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KenS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were sat far away. There seemed to be a shortage of servers. Finally the hostess came and took our order. The food was good, I’m sure the manager will get it straightened out.

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Granny3
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a family dinner and great value for your money. Staff very pleasant.?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation. When we got to the restaurant the doors were locked. Wasted out time going there

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Dick
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ribs,great fries,friendly staff, what else is there?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Ordered 4 Famous Feasts. The food was great but very small portions of the pulled pork and brisket compared to everything else. Plenty of everything else but the feast is supposed to feed 4-6 people and we had 12 people eating and each only got a small slice of brisket and about a tablespoon of pork.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fast service. The waitress was very polite and attentive.

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Travl2Eat
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a group of 13. The waiter was a bit lethargic and used what felt like inefficient methods to serve us. One of our party, after being there for 20 minutes, went to the bar for a drink cuz his order had not yet been taken. Food was great - especially for varied taste preferences.

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SweetPepsi
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress, and managers were super friendly. They checked in with us throughout our visit to make sure all was well. They joked around and made the visit very pleasant.

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Dick
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly, and our server took our drink order, came back with the drinks and terrific chips. We placed our order, and it didn’t seem very long until our order was served. Absolutely delicious! This place has great food!

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Marsh
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Food was delicious and service was great

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KellyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was slow. Will go back for good food.

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VeronicaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from beginning to end. The food was delicious and the service was great. So happy that we celebrated my mom's birthday there.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Server deserted us multiple times, food was ok. I will go back but not for a while.

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AliciaW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We were seated in Werent attended to we sat down at 1:15 and we got our suite at 1:59 and one not checked on by anyone

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good great customer service and great food great hosts

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It’s was a birthday celebrating

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vipLuv2dine
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When the entree’s arrived, my wife and I were both taken aback by the lack of meat, brisket and chopped pork, compared to previous visits. Asked our waiter about only having 2 slices of brisket vs 4 before. He offered its by weight. Well my wife and I are skeptical as her 2 slices were considerably thicker than mine, weighing more. And the chopped pork ‘piles’, were lacking compared to previous visits.

We’ve been happy with the portions before, but this visit leaves us wondering - ‘Are they getting cheap?’

Will we go back, maybe.

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Maybe
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I was excited to give this place a try, but disappointed in the end. Not sure if they were short staffed in the kitchen but we were seated fast, drinks and food order taken within 10 minutes but our food then took another 45 minutes to come out and barely warm. The restaurant was pretty empty as it was Labor Day. I'd give it one more try as they may have had an off day.

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MiguelS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I noticed that this place a lot of bad reviews for service and food taking a long time. I didnt experience neither. Reserved table for 6:30PM on a Saturday. Got there around 6:20pm and they sat us down right away. Maybe it wasnt that busy, but the food arrived within 15 minutes. It was a total of 4 adults, 2 kids, toddler and an infant.

It is pretty loud, but it is okay for me. Food tasted good, lots of leftovers (had the All American Feast.) Would go back there again. This was the second time we have gone and last time is was about 8yrs ago.

MB
vipMikeB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not been to this restaurant in about 2 years and was pleasantly surprised. Family enjoyed the food and it was a fun night for everyone. Staff was very friendly and made us feel very welcome.

I was a little disappointed our table was not ready at the time booked on Open Table, but it was a last minute booking on a Saturday night.

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cg99
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Waited too long for our food........................................................................................................................................j

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GracielaR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I waited 45 mins for dinner , the waitress never took the time to even let me know the food was ok the way . Or they were hiding. It was not busy at all they had two birthday party’s event and it seems they were more to them instead of us acknowledging us and letting us they were behind

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Kane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was terrible, been sitting under heat lamp to long, food took forever to come out an hour after ordering. food was wrong not what some of us ordered, when we told the waiter. his responded with attitude "well that's what i wrote down". and walked away. i ordered a brisket burger and got a platter. waiter never check on us or refilled our drinks. after we ate and were waiting for 25 mins we had to ask a staff member to get our bill. once our waiter brought us our bill we waited for 15 mins and went to the host for the manager. manager was ok by this time wasn't happy and just wanted to leave.

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vipERuiz
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great .. time, service and food... had not been here in years... because of bad service and small plates... dang!!! i am eating my to go box of food today and its a lot of food!!!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great Food, Great Service. Brisket was the most tender I have ever had.

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AmyD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were escorted to our table right away. Excellent service and great food, yummy ribs and briskets. Will definitely go back soon.

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KatieH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Order got messed up from the start and then we felt ignored for the rest of the meal. Rib tips were dry, no chicken wings so brought boneless...too spicy. Waitress did offer food discount but too late.

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vipCynthiaB
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The management did the right thing when my food arrived cold...

Love this place!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Arrived early and were sat immediately because there was hardly anyone in the restaurant. They were completely out of brisket, which was the reason why we went to the restaurant. Were told it would be an hour wait for brisket. I ordered a chicken ceasar salad and my husband ordered a chicken/pork combo. Still took them close to an hour to get us our food. We were severely disappointed in the service and quality of food when it was received.

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GraceG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The outstanding staff made this evening a delight. The hostess was communicative and friendly. The server was outstanding. We started with 9 people, I changed it to 8. At the end one more person joined us who was not expected. The restaurant accommodated all changes seamlessly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Agradable lo único es que tardan en tomar una orden pero trajeron la comida pronto

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Imagine reserving a table for a party of 12 for a special occasion and having your reservation cancelled after showing up 7 minutes late.

Of course I am upset that this threw a wrench into the day that was meant for a special celebration. If we were 15 minutes late I would have even understood (see no-show policy). I rarely write reviews, but felt this is important for Open Table users to see when thinking of dining at Famous Dave’s.

I have dined at this location frequently since they opened in 2010, and the first time using Open Table. Unfortunately, this will be the last time going in there.

I, like many who use Open Table, use this service to save time and dine at your favorite restaurants through a pain-free experience. Through this experience, I do not have confidence that they will honor your reservation. Therefore, I cannot recommend booking a reservation when thinking of your dinner plans.

Skip Famous Dave’s and choose any other restaurant when looking to plan a night out with a large (or small) party.

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Bayareayola
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for a birthday party. About 20 people. Food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waitress forgot to put in our order and we waited over half an hour! Asked to speak with a manager.

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ErikaR
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We Love going to famo;us daves for the RIBS, but this time we had a person in our party that doesn't eat pork so they ordered the samon.. Well the salmon was overly well done(burnton the bottom) both times... Not good at all ... I will never recommend the salmon to any one..

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RosalinaC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Awesome experience! The food was excellent!!! The entire family loved the food selections...even the little ones!

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JBJB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great from the time we walked in until we were done.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Took my parents and Grandma for lunch, the experience was very odd. My Grandma is in a wheelchair and my Mom very clearly is sick, she has no hair. I'm not sure if the waitress was uncomfortable with the situation, but she ignored us the entire time. The only times she came by was to take our order, bring the food and deliver the check.

The first time she came to take the order, it was very obvious we were not ready to order because I had just stood up and started pushing my Grandma to the restroom. It took the waitress about 10 minutes to come back.

The other issue was the restaurant was super cold, every customer was wearing a jacket. Since it was so cold my Grandma wanted either tea, or wine .... which means she really just wanted wine. I kept trying to flag our waitress down, but never succeeded. This went on for about 10 minutes, she would walk by and look the other direction. It was extremely amusing and turned into a game for me, which I clearly lost. As a result I ended up walking to the bar, ordering 2 glasses of wine, paying there and bringing drinks back to the table. The waitress never came to the table while I did that. Mind you, the place was not busy, she had 3 tables.

My family is not rude in any way, there's very little extra work involved with us, just the wheelchair aspect. I have no idea why the waitress was very clearly ignoring us, except maybe she was uncomfortable with someone in a wheelchair and another person who was missing all hair.

Sadly, when we paid I only tipped 10% because service was so crumby. A total bummed because the food was great and the back of the house deserves to be tipped out well.

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vipnothing
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Waiter was outstanding. Best ever had there. Service is great. Only problem the were out of turkey. They were out the last time also. Asked and they said they weren't sure when they would have turkey even though it is on the menu. All the other items were great. One of our party had the salmon and said it was excellent, some of the best they had ever had. I had burger and it was very good.

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CyndiK
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I’ve been to Famous Dave’s and I was happy with everything. The food was great and I will definitely be going back.

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Famous Dave's - San Jose is rated 3.9 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

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