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Famous Dave's

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16539 Washington St, Thornton, CO 80023-8971
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Thornton, Colorado
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Manila, Philippines
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 the walls are covered in non-urban paraphernalia revolving around hunting and fishing. There are stuffed... More 

Thank Robert N
Denver, Colorado
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426 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a recent first time visit to this property on a mid day Friday afternoon, although I have been to one in Omaha. The beer was good and cold, but the Cedar Planked Salmon with Pineapple Glaze was really really good on the burnt cedar. The fish was really hot all the way through unlike I have not... More 

Thank 07BigBlue
Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Was impressed with not only the beans but my ribs and my wife's chicken that was moist and tasty. Wait staff was a little weak on team work and waited on refills and plates to be cleared. Will definately go back.

Thank Helen D
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is a great place for lunch. The ribs are delicious and the staff is informal and friendly. If you like ribs, you cannot make a mistake, you will love this place.

Thank Hugo V
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This has become a favorite drop-in, before or after a movie, late-night or anytime sit-in-the-bar eatery for us. The drink selection is good, the food is great and there's a nice selection of beef, pork, chicken, sausages or combinations to choose from.

Thank Ge0rge678
Westminster, Colorado
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

It's been at least a year since we've been into Dave's. Last time, I remembered it being really good. So I was excited to take my out-of-town family there because they really like BBQ. This time I was surprised that it really wasn't good at all. The meat was pieced together to make a plate. My husband's brisket was grisly,... More 

1 Thank mountainholmes
Casper, Wyoming
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

6 adults and 2 kids enjoyed a wonderful meal and great service! We sure love meeting here and the food is always delicious!

Thank Marinemama
Commerce City, Colorado
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162 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

The food was great and can accommodate a big crowd! It is a little pricey and the service is on par. I would recommend the burnt end sandwich or the ribs! Nice place to go to celebrate a birthday party. If you don't like BBQ the chicken sandwich is a great choice!!!

Thank Andrew F
Yukon, Oklahoma
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121 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Our road trip took us through Thornton and it was lunch time. We had to stop for gas and a meal. We had never ate a Famous Dave's so we thought we would give it a shot. We both had the brisket sandwich meals and thought it vey good moist brisket, the way brisket should be.

Thank Mike B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, 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: 16539 Washington St, Thornton, CO 80023-8971
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Thornton

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