Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

4.7
96 reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Born from the idea that barbecue can be more than just traditional, smoke can be more than just smoky, and passion can be crafted, Smokecraft is a team of dedicated members always striving to provide the best culinary experience. Our award-winning techniques are tested and perfected on the competition circuit, and are continuously evolving to push the boundaries of barbecue. Experience the art of Smokecraft.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 96 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BBQ ever!

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DanielP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Server wasn’t friendly at all. Food was good.l though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My boyfriend and I were in the mood for BBQ and this hit the spot. Love the mini cornbread muffins, too! My bf didn’t love the brisket sandwich and we had to wait forever to catch the attention of another waiter for BBQ sauces since our waiter never came back around.

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vipKO100
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’ve rarely had BBQ where all of the meats are spectacular on the same evening. Usually quality is more uneven on any given night. But the brisket was maybe the best I’ve ever eaten and the pulled pork and ribs were fantastic. Sides were great as well - especially the Brussels sprouts. It was all so good I returned a couple of days later for takeout.

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GregC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great bbq and other tasty things

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AlecY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service and food were good but feels a bit overpriced little overpriced for what you get.

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Jack
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great BBQ food and friendly staff. Also a nice place to grab a pint and watch sports.

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samh
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! My cocktail was delicious, the service was great, the barbecue is the best I’ve had in Arlington. Great portion sizes, flavor, value, I will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Food was great. All of the staff members where helpful, fast, and kind. Dining room and restrooms were clean. COVID measures were appropriate. Chief came out to ensure our meal was good. Great experience, we will be back.

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SamanthaS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an incredible eating experience. Booked a last-minute reservation on a busy Saturday night, and we were greeted and seated immediately. The restaurant took our temperature and was very COVID-safe. Our menus were online that we scanned a QR code for, and we never were too close to another table. Our server was always prompt and offered great advice on what to get. We ended up ordering the "Whole Lotta Que" for our party of four, which came with four sides and six sauces. It was overall an incredible experience. We were helped often and our waters were never empty. I would suggest going here to anyone who is looking for a safe, comfortable, nice place to eat!

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best food in Arlington. Do not go anywhere else for food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Galentine’s Day

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JasonK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ribs and greens!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday Dinner

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Amanda
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Smokecraft and felt very safe during Covid. We went specifically for brunch and were pretty bummed to find out we couldn't order 1 of the 2 brunch drinks on the menu (they did not have any bloody mary mix)... but were pleasantly surprised by the other cocktails we did order - they were delicious albeit a bit pricey. The service was outstanding and the food was tasty. We will definitely be back to try more of the menu!

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stevendavis
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great BBQ, poor service, bad bar. Would recommend for takeout I guess!

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Caitlin
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and the service was great. We will definitely be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Random lunch one day, but wouldn’t go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best barbecue around! We started with the deviled eggs and had some of their complimentary cornbread. For entrees we had the pulled pork sandwich and a combo with pulled pork and brisket. Absolutely amazing! A lot of food for a reasonable price. This was our third time here and we’re already planning our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Unfortunately they were out of a lot of items on the menu

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried chicken Benedict is gas

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best local bbq place in Arlington! We got the full sampler and everything was delicious! Also bonus points for the smoked deviled eggs, we love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience5

Interesting form of protocols.

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BallstonBBQ
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I had brisket, pulled pork, and Brussels sprouts. All were excellent. Server was very friendly. My only quibble is the beer list doesn't have much in the way of darker beers. Otherwise, I highly recommend this place.

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BrittneyR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing service and friendly staff. The food and drinks were delicious as well. I can't wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Husband’s birthday and he really enjoyed the service and food.

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vipbradm
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Smokecraft is a new bbq restaurant that got a great review in the Post's top 10 so i was curious, especially since it's only been open for 3 1/2 months. the decor is very inviting and warm and i love seeing the wall of the dozen or so different types of woods used to smoke the meats- a rarity in the biz. we ordered a range of foods to test the house. each meat had a different wood infusion and none of them were too strong which is a problem with many places. what really sets Smokecraft apart is the quality of the meats. the chopped beef brisket was certainly a cut above in it's silky texture and juiciness. fries were above average too. decent amount of beef. cole slaw was average and neither too sweet or tangy, just neutral. the min cornbread cakes has a nice sweetness and caramelization. sauces were solid too and not overwhelming. the 3 meat tasting menu was a winner. the sliced brisket was the perfect combo of lean and fatty with with the thickness offering it a bend but not break that pulled apart just right for an excellent chew. again, the quality of cut was above almost all other competitors. the pulled pork was rich and moist and evenly smoked. most bbq places leave their smoked chicken as the neglected step-child of the family but not here. great color and delicate smoke with a moisture level that showed a mastery of the bird. i know it's Arlington and rent is high but the only negative would be portion size here on a $25 item. service was acceptable and the kitchen had our food out promptly. the Q'lub sandwich was fantastic with it's candied bacon and smoked ham being hard hitting flavor bombs. again, the balance of flavors and ratio of complimenting items shows a level of competence that's harder to find all the time. made with love and expertise. a modern take for sure and a place that offers many items you just never see so it will take many visits to truly explore all the options. a burden i gladly endure as it's a keeper.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They were out of several items on the menu.

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Yodagunn
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food. Reasonable prices. Parking was no problem on a Saturday night in Arlington. Service was friendly and flexible.

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Christin
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here and we were not disappointed! For appetizers, we tried the pork belly burnt ends, smoked avocado deviled eggs, and the salmon crostini. All of these were delicious, but the burnt ends were amazing!
For dinner, we went all out and had the "Whole Lotta Cue" platter so we could try everything. Everything was perfectly cooked and tasted amazing. I would definitely recommend this place for some great bbq, great drinks, and overall a great experience. We will definitely be back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent. Great service too. We will definitely go back.

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TAPMD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a BBQ judge and fellow competitor, I wanted to try (and judge) Andrew Darneille’s restaurant Smokecraft Modern BBQ. The spot is gorgeous and the food is perfection! Sure, I knew Andrew made amazing BBQ, but the cocktails, the appetizers and the sides were all equally amazing!! Great job Andrew!!

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TyWyzl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale bbq joint with exceptional delicious quality smoked meats at a reasonable price, if you like tender and juicy!!

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vipCatherineS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server was excellent and they offered blankets for outdoor dining which was a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food!! The pork belly was our fav! Wow!

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vipMollyR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very cared for with the added precautions. Food was delicious, cocktails were superb, and the server was knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best modern BBQ place one can ask for if you’re a carnivore!

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Ashlyn
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing! The Cucumber Collins was delicious and I’m not usually a gin drinker. We had the nachos with brisket, the whole lotta cue and the tri tip, everything was amazing. My favorites were the Mac n cheese, the pork belly and the sausage. Alex was an amazing waiter. Definitely a must have in Arlington.

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vipJeff
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Been here many times with my wife, and brought friends with us a few times too. Everyone agrees...YUM!

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vipOpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so yummy! The spicy margs are delicious and the service was excellent.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Smokecraft Modern Barbecue using the Order Online button. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 312-8791.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue is rated 4.7 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/smokecraft-modern-barbecue-1051-n-highland-street/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.