Permanently Closed - Smoke & Grill
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Saturday: 9am - 11pm
Sunday: 9am - 10pm
Smoke and grill left open table after accepting my reservation through that site. I got a notification from open table telling me that they had left and my booking wasn’t confirmed, but for some reason it went straight to my spam, so I only saw it when I searched my inbox for smoke and grill on the evening of our meal. I received nothing direct from open table.
On arrival, the restaurant was shut up. People were working inside (not obviously refurbing) but didn’t acknowledge us.
Before trying to book through open table I’d tried to call to book a table, but couldn’t get through after trying at lunch and after work for 4 days running.
If this all sounds like a lot of effort, it’s because smoke and grill listed a groupon before they went out of business or did whatever is causing them to cancel bookings without notice and shut up shop midweek. I’ve already paid for a meal with these guys. I’m surprised I was asked to write a review
The restaurant was closed (presumably for Easter) despite Opentable confirming our booking, so we never got to eat there in the end.
I’ve now visited twice, both times on a Saturday night, but the place was nearly empty on both occasions. The food has been very good - a wonderful salmon ceviche starter springs to mind - but the staff seem bored and uninterested in their customers. Service is slow and a bit chaotic despite the lack of tables to be catered for. I’d visit again for the food, but something doesn’t feel quite right and I wonder whether it is going to last. It would be a shame if not.
Went here for the first time and we will certainly be back. The steaks were cooked to perfection and had a delicious choice of sauces. Our amazing waitress (Jessica) advised on the Chimichurri sauce and it was so delicious - we can’t stop thinking about it!
The cocktails and uplifting house/pop music certainly added to us having an awesome Saturday night...thank you!
Food was nice but service was a bit slow and they forgot parts of our order.
Nice spot in Balham. Food was okay, it was a Sunday afternoon so quiet.
While the food was unexceptional the service was unacceptable. We were originally given an inadequate brunch menu (no sides) and when we did order from the lunch menu the food was bland. The ribs dry and the steaks tasteless. However what really let the Smokehouse Grill down was the sides these came long after the meat which meant the steaks were finished before the sides arrived. It appears the kitchen staff were more interested in watching the football on the big screen than cooking our food.
There are a lot of other restaurants in the area. I will go to each of them before I go to the Smokehouse again. In a competitive market it really isn’t good enough.
Nice place nice food, just would say for kids the portions are a little bit to big. Would be back again.
Everything was nice about the meal.
Good attentive staff, reasonably priced and good atmosphere.
Will do well in Balham.
Great food and menu however (perhaps because it is still in the teething stages) the service was poor. The waiters did not know who’s meal was who’s and which steak was which. In the end I had my friend’s rare steak while he had my medium-rare as the waiter got them wrong. Also, the drinks waiter was wearing a hoody with jeans worn very low around his backside such that his boxers were on display. It was very difficult at first to work out if he really was an employee. There is casual dress code and there is totally unacceptable which unfortunately this was.
Hopefully they sort out staffing and this could be a great place.
Very good value for money.
Just what Balham needed. Will be back soon. Brilliant food in a casual environment.
Had a wonderful valentines dinner. Food is lovely very friendly customer service. High recommend
Went for valentines dinner with me wife. Staff couldn't have been better. The food was sensational (we struggled to finish the mixed grill for 2!) and just so tasty!
Wasn't sure what to expect as we got a Groupon deal on a steak dinner. We were certainly not disappointed and on the contrary amazed at the quality of the meat and the wine. The service was excellent, not too intrusive but helpful. The ambience just right. We could hear each other speak, as the music was low key. Really enjoyed our first experience at Smoke and Grill and will certainly be visiting again
Staff were soo polite, was very refreshing to have such good service that didn't feel forced or superficial. The food was marvellous!
Went for anniversary. Best steak South of the river!
Really great little find in Balham so pleased it's popped up. We got the shared mixed grill omg it was huge and oh so tasty. The staff are friendly and attentive. Please visit for yourself we will definetly be returning regularly.
Extremely impressied with the smoke & grill a definite recommendation! The food, drinks, music , service outstanding will defiantly be returning.
Steak was ace, chimichuri sauce was delicious and the service was super friendly.
Nice new place run by nice people. Very friendly service and good food.
Balham’s newest restaurant. Very different to the other restaurant’s in the area (more vibrant).
Had the mixed grill to share for our main course, amazing value and very tasty! Look forward going back soon to have more of that Mac n Cheese!!
First time visiting Smoke & Grill, lovely atmosphere and very friendly/accommodating staff. Went for the Mix Grill with some sides, highly recommend! Can’t wait to come back and try more.
Tried this restaurant as new to Balham. It seemed quite pretentious and over priced, although staff were friendly enough. I have to say that the Argentinian steak that I had was fantastic, and actually reasonably priced, but the sides were pretty poor and £5 each for sweet corn and chips. Drinks were overpriced too at £8 for a glass of wine and £6.50 a pint of beer. Empanada starter was ok, squid a bit tough. Nice to try something different, but some work to do here.
My new favourite place for brunch and drinks! Great atmosphere, and friendly staff who are happy to advise and recommend. We came for brunch and had an amazing spread of food for a very reasonable price! We came back again in the evening for drinks and had a great time. Great music, and the outside seating area is a great size for big groups! The quality and range of drinks is also very high. Will certainly be a regular!
Jumped into Smoke & Grill in Balham a couple of nights ago and had a selection of dishes including the barbecue chicken wings and dulce de leech dessert - both phenomenal. Returned for breakfast next day and the eggs benedict is not to be missed!
New to Balham, it offers a small but good menu focused around bbq and grilled meat and fish. Very nice inside, playing chilled dance music and good drinks. Quite expensive for Balham but not overpriced.