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Papa's Smokehouse

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56098 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284-2535
+1 760-369-2227
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Finally we had some time to enjoy the delicious & falling off the bones BBQ! This lil place knows how to make homemade food right. It reminds me of the BBQ places in the south. You order your food at the counter, and the friendly staff bring it to your table. Very pleased with our meal and will go back... More 

Thank usabrand
Yucca Valley, California
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This friendly family owned place does barbecue right! Tender, not too smokey but just right. Not drowning in sauce because you add your own, and theirs is excellent!

Thank sh92284
New Jersey
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534 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I love BBQ and after a long day hiking around Joshua Tree this seemed like the perfect place to grab some food. It was a Friday night around dinner time and the place was empty. The waitress was really friendly, and funny. You order at the counter and they bring it out to you. Their homemade BBQ sauce was really... More 

Thank Steve H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The baby back, brisket and pulled pork have always been great and ready for your amount of sauce. I'm not a fan of drowning, burnt barbecue. They supply food for a monthly workshop at Mimi's Quilt Shop for the past few years so it has to be good. The cole slaw is fresh, ready for your amount of pepper. Good... More 

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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

These folks do it right, fast friendly and amazing food. melt in your mouth barbecue, great place to cool off anf relax.

Thank smith1200
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

The food is always good and filling. Nice smokey flavor and the sauces were good. The website link has a typo in it, there is supposed to only have one "s" between papa and smokehouse.

Palm Springs, California, United States
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

They serve great pulled pork sandwiches and superb potato salad and baked beans. We compare the pulled pork to a spot we used to frequent in South Pittsburgh and these guys are every bit as good. Thanks much for being here in Yucca Valley.

Thank Margaret B
Yucca Valley, California
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163 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

They have the best bbq in the area their pulled pork and ribs are fantastic only thing they lack is variety of bbq sauces they have good sides i reccomend the sampler

Thank Tom H
Joshua Tree National Park, California
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

I'm a local. We ate here one time and one time only. The meats were (admittedly) re-heated. The place was empty and the atmosphere strange. I had wings, which were tasty, but again, they admitted taht they're not cooking on the fly. Not for me! I don't want to pay for reheated foods. Fries were fresh though.

Thank tabijo3
Palm Springs, California
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Best to there for the music and some drinks. The food is average at best. Staff is polite and helpful. Great setting!

Thank fillmybelly69

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56098 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284-2535
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Yucca Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 760-369-2227

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