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Famous Dave's

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3103 S Dogwood Rd, El Centro, CA 92243-9666
+1 760-352-9044
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11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best BBQ in the Imperial Valley. This is the only restaurant in the valley for BBQ, but it is the best. You don't have to drive to San Diego you can be eating within 10 minutes once you get there. The food is awesome and the plates are full. You do pay for the amount but it's still worth it.

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Thank Salvador Q
Dalton, Georgia
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92 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food and atmosphere. We sat in the bar area and Cindy was our server. It was so good we ate there on Monday and Wednesday. Wings were fantastic and plenty. The brisket was tender and smoky. Right next door to TownePlace Suites so very easy to get to.

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Thank Don S
Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Stopped in with my in-laws for some American BBQ after a few days of home cooked Mexican food in Mexicali. We all enjoyed the variety of sauces and meats and our 2 year even dug into the mac'n'cheese our server, Antonia, recommended for her. The atmosphere was inviting and open, the staff was friendly and very helpful and the food... More 

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Thank 1Stark1
San Felipe del Progreso, Mexico
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Baby back ribs have been removed from the menu! We have been eating BBribs for years several times a year when passing through El Centro. Never again! Regular ribs not neary so good and service has taken a real dive. Had to wave our waiter over from his 15 minute plus conversation with customers at another table to get refill... More 

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Thank arcmickw
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Love this restaurant!! It has great food excellent service. We always sit in the BAR they have the best service!! The full slab of ribs feeds two people our favorite. The bar has daily specials which is a plus

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Thank Maribel M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

I'm a bit of a regular here when I'm in the area, and is without question the one place I always come to eat...why? Food is great, I've chomped my way though most of the menu, and it is always great...ribs that the meat falls off, burnt ends are terrific and the brisket is so tasty. Secondly the staff are... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Terrible is what I have to start with my first time and last going there first we had ketchup that tasted like beer our burnt ends were really just fatty pieces. My niece dropped her crayons on the way out she reached under a chair and there was a sticky trap for mice with a bunch of roaches on it.

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Thank Roxanne D
San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Can not say enough about this Bar-b-Que Restaurant. The food was amazingly tasty and lots of it with many choices of meats to choose from. The sides you can order are very very good, Probably the best I have tasted. Great atmosphere, Clean and the staff were very keen at serving you and interested in you satisfaction. Can not wait... More 

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Thank Perry H
Yuma, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

My wife and I stopped at this location after a LONG morning of shopping in the nearby mall. I ordered the BBQ combo with beef brisket and chopped pork and my wife had the brisket sandwich. My brisket and chopped pork were very good, but he portion size was average at best. My wife's brisket sandwich was also very good,... More 

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Heber, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

It's a hit or miss here. You either get bad customer service which is most of the time, or ok customer service. The food is good, but not the best. It is pricey for average food. I normally go when they have specials either in the bar or in their dining room, using coupons via email.

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Thank Christina M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3103 S Dogwood Rd, El Centro, CA 92243-9666
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  El Centro
  • Phone Number: +1 760-352-9044

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