SMOKESTAK

4.6
887 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Barbecue
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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 887 People Are Saying
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CH
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
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
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
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
14 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fantastic! Tasty food, good service!

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

Great food and atmosphere

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

Always fantastic food, carnivore's delight

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

Perfect! The food was heavenly good!!

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

Awesome will be back soon

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r
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
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
10 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
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
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
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
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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H
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
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All food was too salty!

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

Love this place. Meat is delicious!

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L
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
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
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
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
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
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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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always

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AP
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Amazing food. Seriously mind blowing. Their very well known bun brisket is one of the best things I got to eat in my life, the aubergine with miso paste and cashew is insanely good, everything you will eat will be beyond your expectations. And not that expensive for the quality you get which makes it even better. Service a bit slow though, everyone is running everywhere and it's hard to get their attention. The place is really cool too, low light industrial vibe which goes pretty well with the smoked meat in your plate.

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S
18 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent dinner at Smokestak, never going to be a particularly light evening, but the meat focused menu offers a great deal of variety and does not disappoint. Inside and outside seating offers a nice view of passersby heading to and from Brick Lane.

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OT
14 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing chicken wings and the bbq was the best I’ve had in London!

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l
81 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally everything was amazing. Can’t wait to go back

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NC
9 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been waiting to go here for a long time and totally loved the food in this place. We went on a hot summers day so restaurant wasn't busy at all but the food was excellent. Would certainly recommend.

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GS
16 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was amazing! But being from Texas the portions are stingy. You pay a ridiculous amount of money for two slices of brisket. It tastes delicious, but to me seems overpriced.

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HB
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Other than the slow service at the start, and the slow arrival of dishes at the start, the staff and food were amazing. It was about 30 degrees so we sat outside but realised the cutlery is close to useless as we could hardly pick it up...obviously this only happens for about 2 months in England! The ox cheeks and brisket were amazing and the staff kept us alive with cups of ice cubes and constant water! It's a fun place for meat lovers and think there's a vegan dish on there should you need a vegan dish . Very Shoreditch but very good!!! I've been a fan when you were a food truck so will be returning for your amazing food forever!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such good food and well priced

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Locale molto particolare e carino. Ottima ristrutturazione industrial chic. Tutto peró è pervaso da un’odore di affumicato fortissimo che impregna abiti e capelli. Servizio discreto ma non cambiano i piatti tra l’antipasto e il secondo per cui non è gradevolissimo. Ci hanno fatto mangiare in mezz’ora praticamente strafogandoci. Il vino è di scarsa qualità. Il cibo è particolare e buono, mq molto molto affumicato.

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HB
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional, even though this is a smoked/bbq meat place, even the sides and veg is superb. The beetroot and goats cheese was probably the best thing I’ve even tasted!

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JO
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ox cheeks were fabulous. My son and I both followed this with the beef brisket, which was soft and full of flavour. On reflection we probably should have ordered on brisket and one plate of ribs; partly because the brisket went cold very quickly but also because the ribs looked good and stayed hotter longer.

We thoroughly enjoyed Friday lunch.

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