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43 19th St. SW, Forest Lake, MN 55025
+1 651-464-4400
11:00 - 22:00
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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Famous Dave's is famous for their consistent meal prep. If you like a menu item, you can count on it being just as good on another visit. It is nice to watch your meal being prepared in the kitchen. Free refills on fountain beverages.

Thank yankeclipper
Forest Lake, Minnesota
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Famous Dave's an old town Memphis food experience right in Forest Lake.. BBQ Bob and Blues man Joe and their crew run a CLEAN, FUN casual BBQ rustic diner serving 5 star food with Memphis Blues music .. You must try their BURNT ENDS brisket , it's the best casual meal in town. Try it for Happy Hour with a... More 

Thank Jerry P
Palenville, New York
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

If you've been for a Famous Dave's, you know the allure. Tasty BBQ, good portions, amazing sauces (6 of them) and good quick service. This one is the counter service style as you order your food and they bring it to you. I've had the ribs, chicken, and walleye without complaints. Definitely get the mac and cheese as a side.... More 

Thank Blake G
White Bear Lake
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

We were there late on Monday night and had brisket it was so tender and had great flavor. Love the corn bread muffins too. I will come back here for the brisket.

Thank LeenieWhiteBearLake
Austin, Minnesota
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

I ordered the St Louis ribs and brisket with the creamy coleslaw and Wilber's beans. The pork ribs still held the membrane which I always remove prior to cooking. The brisket was tasty as was the coleslaw. The Wilber's beans were simply pork and beans with some vinegar and smoked pork bits added. Not good. The corn meal muffin was... More 

Thank James B
Chisago City, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

The food use to be good! The last few times the ribs have been so hard you can't eat them. I complained once a year ago. But, it is the same the last few times after that. We always order the big meal that feeds the family and an extra order of ribs. But, we have been avoiding this place.

Thank Karen K
Champlin, Minnesota
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129 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

We did a large catering order out of this location. It was done on time and the food was perfect. Love their baby back ribs and corn bread!

Thank Got_too_many_dogs
North Branch, Minnesota
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148 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

Have been to this Store MANY times, Sweet water Catfish has always been a favorite of mine and I was not disappointed yesterday! LOVE the sauce that comes with the Catfish-spiced just right... My Daughter and I really enjoyed the Corn bread as well, delicious and fresh. Service was quick, Staff were polite, friendly and easy going as well as... More 

Thank Marla M
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251 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

Hadn't stopped at a Famous Dave's in a few years. With the change in ownership I wondered how the food would be. I was pleasantly surprised. The food was still good. I had the pulled pork which was juicy and flavorful. The cole slaw was creamy and not overly spicy. The cornbread was outstanding! Very moist and full of flavor.... More 

Thank CazCoach
La Quinta, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

I stumbled on Famous Dave's looking for a dinner spot while on a business trip. It was a fun atmosphere and the barbecue was great! I had the "Feast for One" which was a sample of all their meats and sides. I also had the bread pudding with pecan sauce. So good! The staff was very friendly and made suggestions... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 19th St. SW, Forest Lake, MN 55025
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Forest Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 651-464-4400

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