SMOKESTAK

4.6
900 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Barbecue
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SMOKESTAK | london barbecue

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

If you’re looking for serious meats, Smokestak in Shoreditch is your answer. The Southern barbecue, especially the brisket, is the best in London.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 900 People Are Saying
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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, excellent helpful service and nice atmosphere. The brisket bun is truly special.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love pretty much everything about this place, but the burnt peach old fashioned and the brisket buns are something special. Can’t recommend enough.

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S
London
89 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great restaurant with excellent food

I lived the pig tails & ox cheeks. The beef ribs stopped conversation completely they were so delicious.

The seating wasn’t great as we were on a tiny table & I had to sit on a shelf. My partner was constant knocked by those passing.

I loved every moment of being their though. It was a really great experience.

No question that I’ll be back

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on everything!! Super cozi and cool atmosphere. The waiters were the best sympathy I found in recent years and the food was amazing, seriously, sooo good!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Greatest steak restaurant in London

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Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever - suitable for all kinds of occasions

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G
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We shared a sea bass wonton unusual but delicious and pigtails couldn't have the ox cheek because of my dairy intolerance which was a great pity We had Brisket Pork belly Aubergine and Charred greens which were all excellent and very tasty Nice Rioja and left well sated A great evening out Will be back

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s
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place Nice food perfect service try the aubergine and the ox cheek

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v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice meals, tasty and different. Interesting place to visit.

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SH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The ambience makes me feel like it’s a horror slaughter house but in a good way since it is a meat based place. The menu I had offered ox cheeks and I haven’t experienced a place that cooked this ingredient as well as this place. Another great dish that I believe that mesh Japanese and Modern Western taste together was the mackerel, this was perfectly cooked - it was simple, beautiful presented and consistent sized. I’ve wanted to try this place for quite some time and I’ve heard many amazing reviews, after tasting their food it was worth the wait. However, some of the dishes can be overly salted but that can be easily adjusted within the cooking process. Overall it was fantastic - the services by the staff there also was super friendly. I highly agree that services in restaurants elevate the experiencing of dining

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal here on a Saturday evening. We sat at the bar in front of the kitchen so could watch everything being made. The staff were very friendly and helpful explaining the menu. Pigs ears were auper tasty. My only complaint is that we are so much meat we couldn’t fit pudding in..next time!

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CH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my life, the food was astonishing! Pig tails, beef rib, pork belly & beef brisket were all totally magical and our veg sides were delicious and perfect with all of that meat. Will defo visit again. Everyone at the table is now a big fan 😋

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, everything was sort of as expected and better. Very modern and vibrant restaurant if you're into your meat dishes.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with visiting friends and we were amazed by the outstanding food and restaurant environment. Aubergine and brisket are the best, and would definitely visit again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to sit at the counter and watch the kitchen magic happening! And the food is amazing! Good to order a few things and share with 2-3 people. Or individual plates too.

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N
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good comfort/slowfood. Friendly and helpful staff.

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B
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fantastic! Tasty food, good service!

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OF
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful work lunch. Great food and great staff. Can't wait to come back.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food, carnivore's delight

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! The food was heavenly good!!

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London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome will be back soon

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r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Small brisket buns & pigtails fingerlicking good. Pork belly rib very good, but meat at one end of the bone a bit dry.

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ML
London
21 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food for friends to share - the brisket bun is outstanding, as was the pastrami, and ox cheek, and mushrooms on toast! Great service with menu recommendations.

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D
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently very good. I can recommend the crispy ox cheeks starter and the 30 day dry aged beef rib and the house larger is not to shabby either as it goes perfectly with the food.

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PB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Three friends met for lunch and stayed most of the afternoon. We were very fortunate as it was a warm October day and we sat outside people / car watching (so can’t comment on indoor seating/ ambience). Menu is designed for sharing which suited us very well and the food was very good. Wines start at a reasonable price, we have the cheapest red (Rioja) which was excellent. Service was friendly and efficient, we were not hassled to leave even though we were still there at 4.30. Shame they don’t do coffee.

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B
London
40 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Smokestak remains one of my favourite restaurants in London. I have brought different people here over time and they have all been impressed. My friends said these were the best aubergine and potatoes they ever had. Everything is so tasty, cool but casual atmosphere and friendly service with a shout-out for my friend's birthday. Only small (-) was that one of the meats was a bit cold this time. Most people do not get to the desserts there but they are actually outstanding.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For who like me most of the time eat meat-free, this place is where to go for remember why eating meat sometimes is good! Btw also the eggplant and the salad worth the visit.

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. Showed up to our reservation and while they had open space, were asked to go downstairs to the bar while our table was prepped. At the bar, there was no bar tender. Waited ten minutes and went back up to where our table still wasn’t ready and they asked us to get a drink at the unmanned bar... decided to just wait. After being seated, did not get service or water or menus for ten min. Had to stop servers multiple times to ask for water, then drinks but the person who took our drink order wouldn’t take our order for appetizers. Our server finally came and seemed annoyed that he had to serve us and asked for our drink orders again because he forgot what the other person had told him we wanted. Then we had to call him back to order our meal. That was the start and not much better from there...

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OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Such good food

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and staff. Deco is nice and clean facilities. Portions are on the smaller side but the quality and taste packs a punch. Would like to visit again.

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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All food was too salty!

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VL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Meat is delicious!

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L
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ place in London. Consistently high levels of service and food quality. Sea Bream and Ox Cheek are amazing.

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SG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked this place on a whim, however it turned out to be better than expected. We love the industrial feel, were well looked after, service and atmosphere was great yet not overly noisy so could comfortably chat, food was fabulous and good value considering where you are (Shoreditch). Have already recommended it and were looking forward to going back some time soon...

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J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and served quickly. Brisket was overpriced for quantity of meat

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e
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always great food but this time the service was really slow and we waited a while for our food. Might be because we were sitting outside.

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BN
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice spot for a bite to eat. If you like smokey bbq flavour and an atmosphere that equals that you will love this place. Staff were really nice and helpful, food was well priced and options for vegetarians were really interesting.

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UF
London
43 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smokstak is the best barbecue in London for not only the meats but also the excellent sides that make it more interesting than most BBQ restaurants. It’s a little expensive but worth it.

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