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Location
1753 Research Park Drive (Off Richards Blvd., near Del Taco)
Hours
11 am – 12 am Sun – Thurs. 11am - 1am Friday and Saturday
Phone
(530) 747-0414
Websites
[WWW]Applebees.com (general)

Applebee's is a chain restaurant that serves Americana type food and sports a bar. It is currently the largest casual dining restaurant chain in the world. Their prices range from $6.99 lunch combos to $17 rib/steak dinners. Some dispute this particular Applebee's quality compared to other chain restaurants. The Applebee's chain by was bought by IHOP Corp. on November 29, 2007. IHOP decided to franchise Applebee's. What this means that the restaurants are sold to local owners throughout the country and those local owners pay Applebee's to use the company name on the restaurants. The local owner pays Applebee's a percentage of the profits from the restaurants. This particular Applebee's has been acquired by Apple American Group which is a local franchise owner. Like some other franchised restaurants, some Applebee's dishes are microwaved as part of the "cooking" process.

Several of their entrees are from inauthentic Cajun or Cajun-inspired recipes. They are all terrible. They are most popular for their burgers, steaks and sizzling skillet entrees. They have a very large menu that changes regularly incorporating seasonal fruits and vegetables, and have a whole menu page devoted to items under 550 calories. They also feature a full service bar.

Happy hours are:

An [WWW]article written for the Sacramento News & Review took place at the Davis Applebee's. The reporter was there to infiltrate a local group of white supremacists who met for dinner there. The article generated [WWW]a very mild scandal as to how it was presented.

Like all Applebee's restaurants, part of their shtick is that they have lots of random junk on the walls, like posters, sports equipment, musical instruments, etc. Some of this is obviously provided by the chain headquarters (many different restaurant locations have most of the exact same decor), but each chain also has a lot of "local" memorabilia. This includes photos of the fire department, davis police department, and the high school football team.

Beginning April 2013 they will be undergoing a remodel which features new lighting, decor, and seating adding a much more modern and vibrant feel. They will remain open during remodel and are auctioning the memorabilia that currently adorns the walls including vintage posters, fun bar signs, and a carousel horse, as well as the chairs and the tiffany lamps.

They regularly hold special late night events, including discounted food and drinks that revolve around the theme. Upcoming events include:

Want to avoid trouble while eating and/or drinking here? Check out the Bar Taboos page before entering.

The Davis Applebee's opened up around the year 2002.

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2005-05-23 11:48:03   Not-so-affectionately known as "Crapplebees". The few times I have been there, the food arrived lukewarm and the service was about the same. —AlexPomeranz


2005-05-23 12:18:08   Why is it, that whenever chains are introduced into Davis, they always pick the worst one? Hmm... TGI Fridays? Chilis? No, let's do Applebees...! —JaimeRaba


2005-05-24 02:43:53   I have no reference, but I swear that the print version of the interview was longer and made it clear that the supremacists he interviewed lived several hours away, up in the foothills or mountains. They aren't local - at least no more so than someone from Chico is local (it's all relative). —JabberWokky


2005-05-24 08:38:48   Kinda, JW— there was a request for a [WWW]retractionCraigBrozinsky


2005-05-24 12:54:15   I was under the impression (from reading the hard copy) that the "dumpy girl" was a UCD student, possibly the poster girl as well. —ArlenAbraham


2005-12-12 13:18:45   We actually had a good experience we were 3 adults and a kid with bueger, steak, salad and kids menu (and desert) it was defintly a good experience, actually better than we expected... —GilCo


2005-12-12 14:46:28   Been there once. Not keen on the flavor or presentation. —JudithTruman


2005-12-12 17:59:12   It is not the best AppleBee's in the world, but many people have reported that it's much improved since it opened. Anyone know if they have any happy hour specials? Or perhaps they do well enough drawing on the freeway crowd. —JaimeRaba


2005-12-16 10:15:50   It's meh here... It's what you would expect from a chain restaurant. I rarely eat here. —JoAnnaRich


2006-03-05 20:43:14   Wow, not happy with this place. This is my first (and last) time eating at this Applebee's, and it's certainly soured any future experience with the chain. (1) Chili's is better. And cheaper. 'Nuff said. (2) I got the babyback ribs, and they came with fries, cole slaw, and baked beans. Only problem: while eating said cole slaw, I found a "best-by" date sticker. And it was expired. The tag read "Best By Feb 24 06" but I was eating it on March 3rd. (3) I told the waitress, she told the manager, the manager came out and embarrassed me in front of all my friends, making a big scene about "Were you the one who got the suprise?" He then very creepily said that I should wait and there'd be a surprise for me. This surprise was apparently an unordered-iced-tea charge on the bill, and only $3.00 off from my meal. I promptly talked to the waitress, and she removed the charge for my dinner. (4) Pathetic. —JulieEickhof


2006-03-06 19:19:08   don't eat here, it's bad for your soul —AviBirns


2006-04-02 10:03:30   Ahhh, Applebee's. Every time I go there, they never fail to disappoint me. The latest is no exception. So you are probably asking, "So why do you go there if you are always disappointed?" The answer is..."I just don't know." Perhaps it is the fact that maybe the last time was a fluke and that there was only one less than satisfactory meal servered that day and that kharma decided that I were to be the recipient of "said" meal. Or perhaps that I have a tendency to block out any unpleasant event from my memory allowing me to constantly learn from my mistakes...and then forget. Here is the run-down:

Overall, another disappointing visit to Applebee's. I recommend that if you want a good burger, go elsewhere. Try The Graduate for a better burger experience. -GruntledMonkey


2006-04-02 10:53:49   drinks here are expensive! I would say you're better off going to Denny's. —RohiniJasavala


2006-06-23 13:58:01   If you absolutely MUST eat at an Applebees, go to the one in Woodland (in the same shopping center as WalMart (1790 E. Main Street)). It's much better. I had lunch at the one in Woodland with my company and the food was not only edible, but it was actually half-way decent. I can't say that about the three or so time I've been to the Davis one. —AlexPomeranz


2006-09-11 13:20:04   How 'bout we go get kicked out of an Applebee's? —AmyGoogenspa


2006-10-01 16:37:49   Half price appetizers after 9 o'clock. Appetizers are nothing special but worth the reduced prices I think. —RyanBaldini


2006-11-08 20:47:12   I dont know why but we had the baby back ribs here, and they flavored it realy weird. different from any other applenees ribs I have ever had. anyway, it was barely edible —AnnThiNguyen


2007-03-09 10:36:33   I know for a fact that Applebee's never makes food ahead of time, or "pre-cooked". A bad burger just happens sometimes, but all the food I've eaten here has been fresh and good. Ordering food to go there is way better than waiting half an hour and paying more at Murder Burger. Sometimes the waitstaff isn't great, but the management is really nice and helpful. —SonnyStack


2007-04-03 21:02:26   I like Applebee's in Davis, very nice :-) —jamesqi


2007-05-09 00:47:01   If you have to go there, get the riblets platter! —MikeHubby


2007-05-11 19:16:30   I like this place. Occasionally the food isn't perfect, but the half off appetizers and dollar beers after 9 are great. Once I got cold wings, once I had shredded chips. They fixed both in a timely manner. It's not super expensive, and I like their boneless wings much more than Chili's. Although you have no choice in server, Chadwick and Lauren are the greatest. My only beef with Applebees was the healthy sounding burger on Chibatta bread with some green sauce that was terrible. Whatever tho, appetizers rock. Bring back 1/2 off appetizers on weekends!!! ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! —William.Peacock


2007-05-21 20:35:52   Go to IHOP, jesus this place is horrible. —AlexKang


2007-07-16 22:22:59   I have been going there for 4 years about 3 times per year and food is ok different, Hey is it me or does Horatio sanz work three every time i go there there is a waiter that looks just like Horatio sanz ? —dickjones


2007-07-16 23:02:16   Haha, I've noticed that before too (a guy that looks like Horatio Sanz). I'm not a big fan of Applebees overall. I went once in a large group, about 22 to 25 people, and had a surprisingly good waiter - the guy actually managed/offered to do individual tabs. I think we ended up with 5 different tabs for our group (split it by table to make it easy for us). Never saw that guy again though. The food is alright, nothing special. A bit pricey overall. I swear they charge different prices for drinks though - when it was just me and my girlfriend, her Midori Sour cost over a dollar less compared to when ordered in that big group. We haven't gone there much in the last 4 or 5 years, much less order that many drinks (a few times during happy hour), but had gone enough to notice that everyones drink seemed to be marked up. It was $7.something for a Midori Sour, yeah right! —EdWins


2007-07-17 13:33:40   yes haratio sanz is there this guy would win a look alike contest easy , as for the Drinks same thing happened to us a few times different charges strange , just a average place it is very hard to get good service there it seams like anyway i will go there again for the Indochinese chicken salad that is very good and sweet —dickjones


2007-07-18 16:11:04   Applebees was recently purchased by IHOP. Not that it will change anything. —AlexPomeranz


2007-07-18 21:42:36   I went here with a group of fellow Unitrans people. Similar to another review written here, the food arrived lukewarm. My friend's fruitshake showed up with the water separated from the pulverized fruit. Obviously, they had left it standing for a very long time before they brought it out. The crab cakes I ordered were burnt and crummy. The ribs my other friend ordered were ridiculously mushy like baby food. I'm just glad Unitrans paid for the meal in full. I will not and would not return. —AlexQuan


2007-08-03 15:35:02   This place is great just to stay local average food but like i said if want to stay local it is good i love the chicken salad —Brians


2007-09-02 01:44:10   I kind of feel that half the description on this page being about the scandal hurts the reputation of this place. I mean, how was Applebee's supposed to know that they were going to come there? It seems unrelated to the establishment itself. In any case I usually get milk shakes or ice cream here. —SteveOstrowski


2007-09-14 13:23:21   does anyone know if they still have half off appetizers after 9? —MattHh


2007-10-13 23:09:10   The last time we were there the waitress dropped silverware on the ground, waited for the customer to walk by and then put it back with the clean ones. Our drink order (which was tea and water) took fifteen minutes. The appetizers were still cold in the middle and our plates had food from the last patrons...........mmmm clean. Every time we tried to get the waiters attention to ask for more water we were ignored or maybe just not heard (intentionally). The obvious disdain for sanitation far outweighed their dislike of customers. I don’t think I will ever go here again or in good conscience let my friends. —Hen


2007-11-29 15:10:35   I've loved this place for years. After 9pm, 1/2 off appetizers on weeknights.

Also, they changed managers a little while back and suddenly, the last time I went there, the food was even better than usual. I see a lot of hate on this page, but I've only had one bad experience out of the many many times over the past few years that I've gone there, and the waitress fixed it immediately. Try the maple brownie thing... I forgot the name, but it is uhhhhhmazing. —William.Peacock


2007-12-16 11:43:01   I have been happy with this place except once when a friend and I went there for steak, I ordered the ny strip steak, but the size advertised in the menu did not resemble the actual item. I told the waiter and he did nothing. Being a frequent customer, I was shocked at the service that night. Other than this night I have been happy with the food. My favorites on the list include the sampler platter, artichoke and cheese dip, shrimp dishes, pasta, and mozarella sticks. The best thing here are the mixed drinks and the triple choc meltdown with icecream. —ElizabethBarthel


2007-12-23 15:09:56   The staff here are ridiculously slow, I was in a few months back and that was the last time, me and my party waited 15minutes to be seated and the place was empty and then after waiting 20minutes at our table we left due to no one being interested in serving us! The drinks are over priced and have no alcohol in them. Chilis all the way, might be a 20minute drive but thats what you wait at applebees before you even get looked at. —DavisResident23


2008-02-17 18:54:09   It was alright, but keep in mind that I never really liked Applebee's to begin with. The food is mediocre and overly priced. I usually like that one side dish, the mashed potatoes with cheese, but they've ruined that for me.

I've also tried their combo meals - the ones that are supposed to be a "deal" but when you see the actual dish it's a lot smaller portioned than they make it out to be. —feichu-huya


2008-03-30 14:35:34   Is it just me or does the place just keep getting worse? It seems like every time I go there, the service gets worse, food is less tasty, the portions are smaller, etc, etc. I like their booths, but the food is bland and boring. And it's rather expensive for what you're getting. —CurlyGirl26


2008-06-23 21:33:04   A group of four of us went there for dinner on a Monday night. We had average service (can't expect too much from Applebees). I ordered the the NY Strip and asked for it to be cooked RARE. It came out MEDIUM. I know it wasn't the server's fault and made sure that they knew that. I returned it and said that I would wait for a RARE steak. The manager (I beleive his name was Rayn who shouldn't be a manager and you will find out why with what happened next) ended up bringing out the steak. I started cutting into the steak and what do you know? It was still MEDIUM. I told him that this wasn't RARE. Before I could say anything else, he chimes in with these exact words, "I'm sorry (he wasn't sorry, just sorry that he got me as a guest) but with the health code laws we are not allowed to cook rare." First of all that was a line of bulls@*t (you big dooshbag)!! Second of all, if that were true, which it isn't, then don't have your servers ask if we want "rare, medium rare, medium, or well done" you effen retard! I then asked him what he was going to do about me not getting my steak the way I wanted it. He replies "I'm sorry (again). I can offer you a free dessert?" I'm thinking, "what the f does this have to do with dessert?" I then walked out. —sytucd


2008-06-23 21:45:25   Actually, there is in fact a fairly widespread requirement that meat be cooked to a [WWW]certain internal temperature. This is designed to prevent the spread of E. Coli and other foodborne illnesses. I think that the people at Applebees responded in an acceptable manner, given the situation they are in as a chain restaurant with their own set of internal regulations. —JoePomidor


2008-06-24 12:57:18   Upon revisiting the site, I found that that requirement is for pork, poultry, and ground beef. In any event, it was meant to illustrate that there are such requirements. —JoePomidor


2008-06-30 19:39:11   I like Applebees but for this particular location, I think the tastiness of the food is a hit or miss. But still a good place to go when you want to eat out. —sweetsoni


2008-07-05 19:10:06   I detect some Davis snobbery in these posts. This place has great burgers. The beef is seasoned well, and it's as juicy as they come. Fries are tasty but are usually lukewarm. It's kind of pricey though. A burger and fries will set you back 10 bucks. —JimBob


2008-07-12 13:05:04   I have a friends who likes this place, so I end up here pretty regularly, and I wholly recommend the Teriyaki Buffalo Wings. They are made almost entirely from deliciousness. —JoePomidor


2008-07-20 01:12:36   It's not the best place in Davis to eat, but it can relieve you from hunger. I recommend their ultimate trio, it's a pretty good deal. —cnk.midori


2008-10-21 13:35:35   sundeep is the man —ChrisWaterstraat


2008-11-16 20:37:47   a decent long island i guess. They can pour 'em kinda weak. on thursdays they have "happy hour all night" which means cheaper drinks, draughts & appetizers and it can be fun then —Chrissapher


2009-02-04 15:29:32   Niel (one of the main bartenders) is awesome. We always try to get there before happy hour ends which is like 6pm so we rush on in and Niel is always hurrying to get in our order so we get the happy hour deals. And he always remembers our drinks. He's got his own regulars there. I love the food too! —Rachelottlinger


2009-05-19 12:43:26   Our visits are all about one man...Stephan. best freaking waiter ever. —patrick82


2009-05-31 09:08:50   I come here pretty often, it's right next to my work and open late, both of which are good for me. Some of my favorites are the fried shrimp, the fajita roll-up, the blondie dessert, and the strawberry sparkling limeade. The fried chicken salad and apple chicken salad are both very good too, make for a nice meal after a late shift.
The staff is very friendly, though sometimes they seem a bit hurried. It can also be very slow if you come late, just before closing (unless it's a Friday with happy hour and whatnot)... but they're really nice about letting people stay late.
If you're looking for fancy eats, not the place. But it's convenient and a nice place to get together with friends, even on a budget. —KBathory


2009-07-27 17:58:27   Food: it's typical American food (w/ some strange take on Asian food) Tasteness: medium - something we can all cook if we weren't so lazy.
Service: get ready to wait! (I use to think once my party and I order our food they would then go outside and harvest the food)
Would I return: Not anytime soon.
rating: 6/10 —FoodGloriousFood


2009-10-17 03:35:38   This is one of the worst places i have ever went to for dinner. my housemates and myself were hungry and decided to eat at applebees'. not only did they get our orders wrong, but they got it wrong TWICE!! they thought we ordered 1 dish when we ordered 3 and when they fixed it, they only gave us 2 of that order. not only was the service bad, but the food itself was not very pleasant. it looked like food that had been left over night and microwaved. after i ate half of my order, i just couldnt continue eating. in fact, none of my housemates finished their meals either. after that, i started feeling sick and had to use the bathroom TWICE in an hour or two. i am definitely NEVER returning to Applebee EVER AGAIN. this will be my FIRST and LAST time eating at Applebee's. —Jacko


2009-12-29 12:25:02   This isn't real food. Not much taste and lots of calories. —stodd84


2010-03-02 18:48:25   Service is slow/lacking, food is mediocre,tad pricey. The happy hour appetizers are fantastic deals though ($4 buffalo wings anyone?). Generally would advise avoiding unless it is in the late night and you are without any options - though I'd personally just go to the 24hr McDonalds drive-through before trekking out to Applebees... —blastoff


2010-03-25 16:43:37   I like applebee's. Just not the one in Davis. I continue to go becasue it is close and easy but I preffer the one in woodland and would choose any other similar franchise if there was one in town. The service is always good but the food is never prepared well and is almost never hot. —JoeRandom


2010-04-21 12:39:43   the hostess is very welcoming.....i'd rather have them be the server than the actually servers. the new host is cool....i dont know her name but shes short and Filipino... also the other asian girl as well..... —Karen-chuuk


2010-06-09 23:02:55   Applebee's is now open until midnight on weekdays. Amanda is one of their new bartenders. Amanda is a model (no surprise considering she's beautiful) and works most evenings to supplement her income. They've hired several new servers who seem to be doing a good job. —nowhereman


2010-07-03 00:44:57   If you don't know what applebee's tastes like you should probably just break down and give it a try. It's part of the American experience, although not necessarily a good part. The food ranges from mediocre to pretty decent, with an occasional "the cooks in back f***ed this up." Aside from that there isn't really a whole lot to distinguish one applebee's from the next, so all that really counts is the service. I've been to this location twice, both times a couple years ago. The first time the service was excellent. I was in a large group (20-30ish) and I don't even think we had made prior reservations (although I do believe we called ahead to check for tables). The staff was friendly and very accommodating, sitting us up in the back patio area by ourselves. The second time around I went with two other friends. There was an order mix up and a member of our group eventually got into an argument with the staff, leading to us being dismissed from the restaurant. I would tend to think that the first time around is more representative of their service, but I'm sure order mix-ups are not uncommon and if I recall correctly the management didn't exactly deal with it in a conciliatory fashion, although we probably didn't help the situation any. Overall, its an applebee's. Mediocre food, typically decent service, and cheap enough to be convenient while being costly enough to try to fool you into thinking it's a real restaurant. —tjpeck


2010-07-06 16:00:44   Things seem to be going downhill since I posted a positive review last month. The food has always been average, but the bar was starting to show signs of
life with the addition of superstars like Amanda and rotating shifts. The GM
is ignoring customer and employee feedback and giving busy closing shifts
to guys who are just so-so bartenders. Too bad! Better to ask for a booth
than sit at the bar. The new table servers are cool.


2010-08-14 12:10:33   Applebee's seems to be for the "off the freeway" crowd... like a Fairfield or Dixon chain restaurant. The last time I went in there it was full of fat out of shape 50 year old white men in shorts, sneakers and "Jesus Loves You" tee shirts and their incredibly homely spandex wives and dysfunctional children...

Oh yeah, the service was highly dysfunctional, as well...

Unless I am invisible, in which case a ditzy waitress could walk by us 8 times without noticing breathing customers... Do you think you are impressing customers with actual money by ignoring them for a half hour? Is that why white supremacists choose Applebee's for their meetings? You can meet for at least 30 minutes without being disturbed or your conversation overheard... Then when the water arrives you are guaranteed 40 minutes more to plan your next hate event before the waitress comes back?

Maybe she was doing us a favor, trying to get us to give up and leave before the incredibly room temperature food did arrive... How something can be greasy AND cold is beyond me.... Well I could have gone down to Safeway and bought the Hungry Man BBQ dinner and had better cold food. How does this place stay in business? Oh yeah... all the fat families off of the freeway. —LouisM


2011-01-26 13:54:19   I go to applebees every friday that we can with my sis and dad and will only sit in Garry's Section because he is a super star server ;) lol anyways the food is ok... —CourtneyJones


2011-02-24 23:12:25   Food was loaded! with sodium. Steak was way overcooked...shoe leather. Broccoli was wilted and tasted like a salt shaker. Drinks were literally short, i.e., there was about an inch missing from the "cheaper" happy hour drink. The sign above the door says "welcome back" which is ironic considering that all their customers must be first timers. Stole the glass for redemption! —AlexHinxmann


2011-03-02 11:19:45   Sadly, I didn't much care for Applebee's food. I thought I remembered them being decent, but their food may have gone down since the last time I was there (a few years ago). —Ravyn


2011-03-04 21:29:12   Check your drinks/straw before you take a sip. I went there about 2 weeks ago and ordered a margarita 10 minutes before happy hour. When I got it (30 minutes into happy hour), I took a sip and then discovered a nasty SPIDER in my mouth. Don't know if it was in the straw or in the cup but it was there. The manager's excuse: "we changed the light bulbs in the bar earlier today" which I considered a bullshit excuse. Disgusting experience. And this happened on my birthday. I will never come back here again. —IzzyC


2011-03-15 17:01:15   I recently tried the hot wings at Applebee's for the first time. I was really surprised—they were excellent. Very flavorful, very peppery. Maybe a tiny bit on the oily/greasy side, but it was very slight. The sauce was delicious—I got the "hot buffalo" which is "hot as a habanero" according to the menu. Don't be fooled—it's no hotter than a typical Buffalo sauce, but quite delicious. —TomGarberson


2011-03-17 23:23:46   Staff is nice, especially the bartenders.. I'm a fan of all the appetizers, and some of the burgers —NikhilDahal


2011-03-30 21:38:16   Went there for the endless soup and salad last week. I liked it but for some reason it took them a very very long time to get our food out. COME ON its only soup and salad. I dunno what happens in the kitchen because i have never worked in a restaurant before but i'm just thinking the soup and salad must be made in a mass quantity and all the waitress needed to do was to scoop it up onto the bowl and plate. maybe they wanted us to get full from the bread sticks or something. —purplemonkey


2011-05-17 22:20:59   Always great service here, though can be slow sometimes at night. That's fine by me, if I drop in near midnight I expect things to lag a bit. The new (by Davis standards) manager seems to be doing a great job. I've talked to him a few times and have been consistently impressed with his proactivity.

As to the food, it's what one should expect from a chain restaurant of this sort. Nothing particularly impressive, a little expensive, but rather convenient. I've never had any bad food, and I'm rather hooked on their salads.

I've probably eaten at Applebee's more often than anyone in town who doesn't work there... because MY work shares their parking lot, of course! It's really nice to be able to grab something when I'm starving during work and nothing's open when I get done except fast food, IHOP, or Applebee's. I don't "do" non-In-n-Out fast food and, sorry, but I work at a hotel that serves breakfast every day. I can't stand the smell of waffles and pancakes these days. That leaves Applebee's. Luckily I've never left there disappointed.

That said, I don't understand most of the complaints in here. It's not some artisinal bistro. Get over it. —KBathory


2011-06-15 21:22:01   Great service always when I come here. —NikhilDahal


2011-08-11 07:52:25   Every time I've been here, the service has been excellent. The staff are very nice and quick to serve, and the food has always been good too. —BMarsh


2012-01-21 09:57:42   I was standing at the front desk for 10 minutes and did not get helped. I just left and never came back. —MikeMorrison


2012-05-22 22:24:16   This is the BEST PLACE IN DAVIS TO SPEND ST. PRACTICE DAY!!!! —KCSlater


2013-01-20 15:35:05   Had the worst fettuccine alfredo here. —Lenina


2013-04-12 22:27:51   I work at Applebee's and the comments on this page may seem disheartening but its a fact that people don't typically leave comments when they've had a good experience. Only people who've been the unlucky ones. I work here and I still eat here everyday. Food is great, servers are fun, efficient, and knowledgeable. Come by and give us a try. My name is Stephanie. Ask for me if you're visiting in the early afternoon :) —StephanieCall

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