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Famous Dave's

16539 Washington St, Thornton, CO 80023-8971
+1 303-280-6227
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good44%
  • Average19%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (9 reviews)
“ribs” (18 reviews)
“cornbread” (3 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
16539 Washington St, Thornton, CO 80023-8971
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We live nearby and visit this restaurant a few times per year. Pretty good BBQ, especially for a chain. The burgers are fantastic. My husband loves the burnt ends. I love how they have different varieties of sauce right there at your table so you...More

Thank Jessica W
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Without sounding too snobby, I would typically not go to a barbecue chain specially when it has a name like Famous Dave's. But my son, whom I was visiting in Colorado wanted to go, so we went. I was expecting to be underwhelmed, and instead...More

Thank Jake B
Reviewed 3 August 2017

I met a oil and gas colleague for lunch at Famous Dave's on 8/2/17. We had the best service of any restaurant in the last 2 years thanks to Margo. I like the atmosphere and especially the moose over the fireplace. I ordered the Country...More

Thank Russell34550
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Nothing short of a circus.....arrived at 9pm, only one other table, servers pretty much running everywhere closing and yelling to each other very loud while playing.cooks could be heard screaming in the back. Server dropped the food and we didn't see her again until finished,...More

Thank Bigwillysallon
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Famous Dave's is one of my 2 favorite BBQ places. (The other is Sonny's located only in the SE.) Everything I have ever had was great. But my favorite is their rib tips; which are on special every Thursday. They have a nice variety of...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We ate here with friends. We got the feast that feeds 4. It was amazing. Also tried the mac and cheese(spicy and good). Only downfall was I didn't save room for the famous bread pudding. Oh we'll. Next time! And there will definitely be a...More

Thank jjjjja
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Famous Dave's is always a favorite of ours for ribs! They offer ribs, tips, chicken and even fish so there's something for everyone. Prices are reasonable and servings are large so you can share dishes and sample different foods. You won't leave Famous Dave's hungry!

Thank 138duchess64
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Had a little of everything. Our favorite are the burnt tips. Also had a little of brisket, ribs, sausage,and rib ends. Brisket and ribs were excellent. Rib ends and sausage were ok. Fries were actually pretty good. Only issue was service....More

Thank ricovaldez
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Famous Dave's remains one of my favorite BBQ joints and that's saying a lot since I'm from Kansas City. We love getting the trash can lid and sharing it as a family. Always great food and service!

Thank alyssaaaron563
Reviewed 3 January 2017

From the catfish and ribs to blackened ends and onion strings, not to mention their brisket, Famous Dave's does a brisk business and is oftentimes packed so that you might have to wait a short while for a table. The menu is quite large and...More

Thank Robert N
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16539 Washington St, Thornton, CO 80023-8971
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Thornton
  • Phone Number: +1 303-280-6227
WELCOME TO THE LONGEST-RUNNING BACKYARD BBQ PARTY IN HISTORY! We serve amazing BBQ to friends and fellow food lovers. Reserve your seat now and join the best BBQ party in Colorado.

MADE-FROM-SCRATCH GOODNESS! A passion for authentic BBQ is behind everything we do. We start with top quality meats, hand-rub them with fresh spices, and slow-cook them to perfection.

FAMOUS DAVE: HE’S THE REAL DEAL! Raised by Southern-born BBQ lovers in a world of street-corner barrel smokers, Famous Dave spent 25 years visiting thousands of BBQ joints. After decades pulling his own all-night cooking sessions, he felt he was ready to open his own BBQ place in 1994.

AMERICA’S MOST AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANT! Our passion for BBQ is famous! We’re honored to be consistently chosen as America’s favorite BBQ restaurant. We also like heading out to competitions and putting our BBQ up against what the other elite pitmasters are cooking. To date, we’ve won more than 700 awards!
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