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Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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23760 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4711
+1 949-581-7427
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great BBQ ribs and beans are also very good. Staff is very friendly. House wine not very good but 22 Oz beer was.

Thank Robert K
Homewood, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to eat here with two co-workers. Friendly staff, open environment, menu had plenty to choose from. Would definitely come again.

Thank rondrejkajr
Lake Forest, California
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185 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in the Orchard Shopping Center, less than a quarter mile from the I-5 intersection with El Toro Road, the pricey, slow service, so-called “smokehouse” LUCILLE’S offers the California version of BBQ (slow grilled), but people who have not been to Texas, Kansas or South Carolina to eat real BBQ still enjoy their offerings. The place is popular. For me,... More 

Thank Robert D
Carlsbad, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always go after the movie and we all have the Tri-tip Salad. Fantastic as always. Service was flawless.

Thank bigdad50
Dove Canyon, California, United States
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82 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The overall ambiance and environment is outstanding. You can smell the smoke when you enter the restaurant. We been here a few times and have learned to avoid 'rush hour' and typically dine during 'off-peak' hours to avoid long waits. Everything we have tried (ribs, burnt ends, chicken, pork, various sides) has been well prepared and has very good flavor.... More 

Thank Stephen N
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47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We had a reservation for our family of 13, our table was ready when we got there. Our server was amazing!! Food was served quickly and efficiently. We got the family feast, soooooo much food and everyone was happy which was amazing! (Grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 15 including normally picky eaters!) Always a win at Lucilles!

Thank Beverly S
San Clemente, California
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253 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 400 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

If you are craving ribs... this is the place to go! My husband and I ordered the a full rack of Ribs to shares which is plenty to share!!! Their biscuits are great, so you never leave hungry!! We will definitely be returning soon!

Thank Sylvia H
Laguna Woods, California
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33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I am now going to this place for the third time. The baby back ribs were astounding, meaty, tender, moist. The garlic mashed potatoes were the best I have ever had and the honey roasted peanut slaw was delicious. If you want fresh food this is the place to go. If you do, there is a good chance you will... More 

Thank Vince F
Coto de Caza, California
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

They have a Gluten free menu with several BBQ options, there sauce is GF. However, they do have a Gluten free "Sandwiches and Burgers" section and I don't think they have a GF bun. Nobody wants a bread-less sandwich. This would be a good place to go with small children as it is a loud place.

Thank lisagood99
Irvine, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Lucille has the best short ribs in town. Period. Make sure to try the fried pickles as well. The tenderest, meatiest little pork ribs, slow-cooked with sweet hickory smoke, then grilled and basted with our special BBQ sauce.

Thank Farzin-Anthropol

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23760 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4711
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-581-7427

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?