Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, restaurant operator BJ's Restaurants (Nasdaq: BJRI) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at BJ's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

BJ Restaurants facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Huntington Beach, Calif. (1991)

Market Cap

$630.2 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$446.0 million


CEO Gerald Deitchle (since 2005)
CFO Gregory Levin (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Price-to-Earnings (BJRI and S&P 500)

46.7 and 15.8

1-Year Return



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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 20.5% of the 141 members who have rated BJ's believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include GSpot1 and JackCaps.

Two months ago, GSpot1 noted that bear case all boiled down to price:

I like this restaurant and company but the stock has gotten ahead of itself and is overvalued. The expectations of growth are very high and already priced in. Even a modest miss is likely to hurt the stock. A double dip recession or stock market correction will likely pummel this stock.

In a pitch from one week earlier, JackCaps also thought BJ's was too rich for his taste:

BJ's has a ROE of about 5.5% and is currently trading at about 50% over book value with a P/E well into the 40's. Earnings are not yet the goal as expansion continues to obtain revenue growth. Perhaps the growth potential is worth the price premium, but I'm not buying it.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Buffalo Wild Wings is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.