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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 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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San Diego CA
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89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The is a basic, hometown kind of place, which suits the area. The food? Not so great. We tried a sampler plate and found the taste lacking all around - pulled pork and beans were nice. They were short-staffed and even though the place is supposed to close at 9:00, they were mopping the floor at 8:30 and the stench... More 

Thank Valerie P
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth the price! The mac and cheese taste like it came from the box. The barbecue sauce was gross!!!! Rather go to Rib Co.

Thank Norbert V
Oxnard, California
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was camping with my family nearby and we were looking for some good takeout food to bring back to our rented trailer after a day of hiking. The pork ribs were tasty, as was the sweet and slightly spicy sauce.The brisket was dry, almost desiccated. The pulled pork was not as bad, but underwhelming nonetheless, as was the potato... More 

Thank keltytrekker
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77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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554 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 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 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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44 reviews
24 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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22 reviews
16 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

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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
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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?