Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Apr. 01, 2018
May 11, 2018
Document and entity information [Abstract]    
Document type 10-Q  
Document period end date Apr. 01, 2018  
Document Period Focus Q1  
Amendment flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Entity registrant name FAMOUS DAVES OF AMERICA INC  
Entity central index key 0001021270  
Entity current reporting status Yes  
Current fiscal year end date --12-30  
Entity filer category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity common stock shares outstanding   9,069,358
TradingSymbol DAVE