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Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

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23760 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4711
+1 949-581-7427
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had a reservation for our family of 13, our table was ready when we got there. Our server was amazing!! Food was served quickly and efficiently. We got the family feast, soooooo much food and everyone was happy which was amazing! (Grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 15 including normally picky eaters!) Always a win at Lucilles!

Thank Beverly S
San Clemente, California
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253 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 399 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are craving ribs... this is the place to go! My husband and I ordered the a full rack of Ribs to shares which is plenty to share!!! Their biscuits are great, so you never leave hungry!! We will definitely be returning soon!

Thank Sylvia H
Laguna Woods, California
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33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am now going to this place for the third time. The baby back ribs were astounding, meaty, tender, moist. The garlic mashed potatoes were the best I have ever had and the honey roasted peanut slaw was delicious. If you want fresh food this is the place to go. If you do, there is a good chance you will... More 

Thank Vince F
Coto de Caza, California
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

They have a Gluten free menu with several BBQ options, there sauce is GF. However, they do have a Gluten free "Sandwiches and Burgers" section and I don't think they have a GF bun. Nobody wants a bread-less sandwich. This would be a good place to go with small children as it is a loud place.

Thank lisagood99
Irvine, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Lucille has the best short ribs in town. Period. Make sure to try the fried pickles as well. The tenderest, meatiest little pork ribs, slow-cooked with sweet hickory smoke, then grilled and basted with our special BBQ sauce.

Thank Farzin-Anthropol
Honolulu, Hawaii
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37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

BBQ was ok service was ok and restaurant clean and quick to be seated. Not sure why but brisket was cold and dried out. Wasn't very impressed.

Thank tedRh
Laguna Hills, California
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017

My daughter says that the brisket and Tri tip sandwiches are excellent. For me, I get one of the large combination plate (they have several options). The thing is, no one in my family has ever left hungry and we always bring food home. If you think it is pricey, remember you are likely getting two meals for the price... More 

Thank FGU
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We walked in just before the crowds! (@ 1:00) We were seated fast, lunch was quick to arrive. We both tried the burnt tips salad today. A southwest flare, oh my goodness DELISH!! The salad was huge with generous portions of tender meat! I recommend getting the dressing on the side (I always do anyway) otherwise all the flavors will... More 

Thank Beverly S
Houston, Texas, United States
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I love Lucille's, it's more of a Louisiana style BBQ. The smoke is the finest on their meat, they have a fine blend of apple and Hickory. my recommendation would be the chicken or the ribs if you're going there. I also love the sweet potato fries. Dip them in the garlic Mayo.

Thank Larry A
Lake Forest, California
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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Terrific for baby back ribs and all the sides like the bbq beans and the coleslaw are very tasty. Just don't get shocked at the prices that seem always above the norm for the area. A festive environment and I caution anyone on a budget, think twice.

Thank Whimsicalartist

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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, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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: 23760 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4711
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-581-7427

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