- Our Story
Famous Dave’s Cleveland started with a passion for excellence and a deep love of barbeque. Elliott Baum, owner of Blue Ribbon Restaurants, and franchisee of Famous Dave’s, had a vision to bring the best BBQ in the nation to the Greater Cleveland Area.
With hundreds of national awards already under its belt, Famous Dave’s opened on November 1, 2004 in North Olmsted, OH. Barbeque aficionados and local families waited hours for a chance to pig out on the best darn BBQ ever! Famous Dave’s has spent over a decade preparing Cleveland’s best barbeque. Our pitmasters arrive early every day to prepare our scratch-made sides and homemade desserts. Our smokers never sleep, and you can smell that real hickory wood smoked meat from blocks away.
Ten Restaurant of the Year and three Franchisee of the Year awards later, Blue Ribbon Restaurants is one of the most awarded franchisees in Famous Dave’s history. But even more beloved than our company awards are the awards we win within our communities. These come from the heart and soul of our Famous Fans. Without them, we wouldn’t be Cleveland’s Best BBQ (Cleveland Hot List 2008-2017). The love of our surrounding communities has allowed our flame to endure for more than 13 years. Today, Blue Ribbon Restaurants owns and operates ten Famous Dave’s throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Our mission: Be Famous. Be Real. Kick Butt. Have Fun.
You’re never too far from Cleveland's best barbecue! Famous Dave’s in North Olmsted will satisfy your BBQ cravings. Our local barbecue restaurant features craft beers, award-winning barbecue and an amazing dining experience in a fun and kid-friendly atmosphere.
In a hurry? No problem! Famous Dave’s New Olmsted offers curbside service. We make it easy to take our homemade sides, desserts, and slow-smoked and grilled meats to a party, a picnic, a sporting event or just a relaxing night in.
Treat your guests to something original! Famous Dave’s caters events of all sizes and types. From outdoor weddings, graduations and birthdays to corporate events, luncheons and celebrations. We provide exceptional food, attention to detail and amazing service for you and your guests.