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Gram's Mission Barbeque Palace

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3527 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501-2836
+1 951-782-8219
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Encinitas, California
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the early 90's, I was lost in Riverside and needed lunch. I found a small BBQ shop, with phenomenal food. The sauce is robust, not too sweet. Years later, I was at the Riverside Convention Center and walked down Main Street. A familiar aroma pulled me in. New location, same great food. While the pulled pork and catfish are... More 

Thank jdalpert
Phoenix, Arizona
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275 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

I agree with the average of Trip Advisor reviews - about a 3.5. The portions are very large so share a meal. I got the red snapper dinner and shared it. We both had plenty to eat for about $15. I chose the Mac and cheese and grilled veggies. The fish was a fried a bit too long but tasted... More 

Thank EHPhxAZ
Jurupa Valley
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Very nicely done traditional BBQ items. I have been there on several occasions. The inside seating is more informal. This is not a dress up place. Portions and selections were good. Consider this African-American standard fare. While my family and friends have never been mistreated, the last occasion of my visit to inquire about catering was a little hostile and... More 

Thank Daniel M
Riverside, California
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

I have seen this place grow for many years now! Great food if you like barbecue and reasonably priced. Always good conversation with the management! Great people and great food! Good location at the end of the walk through mall area of downtown. Great ambience with the Mission Inn and all the antique stores and dress shops.

Thank suzansuz4sure
Riverside, CA
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

I'm from the South and I think I know BBQ, which is why I am skeptical of anybody's attempt to do it in California. But Gram's is the real thing. I had a pulled pork sandwich with potato salad on the side. The sandwich was large enough to be one-and-a-half meals, and it was assembled in the southern tradition with... More 

Thank SoCalAstronomer
Anchorage, Alaska
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695 reviews
527 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I am in Riverside about three times a year and every time I come to Gram's Mission barbecue. The food is good and priced right.

Thank Mike P
Riverside, California
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Friday's lunch took us to Gram's. My brothers and I always meet at 1:30, so that most places we go we can have the place to ourselves or at least have the best chance for good service. Being retired, that's how we roll! Today was a good day! Alesha took great care of us and set the tone for a... More 

Thank craig g
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Just the best recipes. Their meats come with a choice of BBQ sauces ad their Mac n Cheese is the homemade yummy kind, try the peach cobbler. This is picnic skull food, I love it. The seating isn't great, but worth it...

Thank Ted M
Anchorage, Alaska
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695 reviews
527 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Staying in a hotel near Gram's, I eat here every time I am in Riverside. They BBQ is good, the serving sizes are adequate and the price is fair. In addition to the BBQ, the fish selections are good, as is the "late night menu".

Thank Mike P
Spring, Texas
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I was very disappointed. They recommended the brisket so I tried it. The meat was dry and chewy. It comes drowning in the worst sauce I've ever tried. The coleslaw and fries were good. My husband had the hot links. They were also drowning in the sauce. He said they tasted like microwaved links with very little flavor except for... More 

Thank Amyswrld2011

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3527 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501-2836
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverside
  • Phone Number: +1 951-782-8219

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