SMOKESTAK

4.6
855 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Barbecue
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
SMOKESTAK | london barbecue
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 12:00 -15:00 | 17:30 - 23:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 21:30
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Phone number
020 3873 1733
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
2 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street station.
12 minute walk from Liverpool Street station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine

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 855 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Perfect as always

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 26 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Such good food and well priced

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3.0Dined on 17 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

A decent BBQ restaurant. A fairly limited menu, but all items we had (in particular the brisket and beef ribs) were tasty and well cooked. Compared to other BBQ places, portion sizes are small, but good quality. You also don't come away totally stuffed.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Best BBQ restaurant ever

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5.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Everything was great from the moment we arrived, from the greet, to the drinks at the bar before the table was ready, Rhiannon was excellent.
Restaurant setting was perfect and the decor is just brilliant.
Food was out of this world, it was all so good, with the stand out being the mushrooms on toast. All food was served in amazing timings, but we never felt rushed.
I manage a restaurant that does similar food which is why I wanted to try this restaurant, and the food blew me away.

Will be back many times I’m sure.

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

We had to to wait for our table but we had only booked ten minutes before so absolutely understandable. The food was absolutely incredible. The manager came over to apologise for the wait earlier but it was not a problem at all. Our food came out really efficiently and was delicious. Back soon thanks to all

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

I previously left a review that focussed on the bad service of one service staff, and my experience could not have been more different this time. Every member of staff was flawless, the food was perfect and the drinks were great. I would give 6 stars if I could.

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Smokestak is my favourite spot in East London - I always bring friends here who are visiting me or suggest it for newbies to the area. Food is innovative and delicious, good value and the staff are the right balance of friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Brisket ruled the day but everything was bursting with flavor

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Delicious food

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

It was so delicious and we will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Amazing as always. Every person I recoment this place too loves it! You cant go wrong.

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5.0Dined on 23 April 2018

I always have amazing meal here

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5.0Dined on 22 April 2018

The food is exquisite! It never fails , best place I’ve eaten by far !

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Lovely food with a varied menu of different meats. Brilliant service

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3.0Dined on 15 April 2018

I was a very regular customer at Smokestak, however the service here has continuously gone downhill. My last experience was by far the worst. Despite being a quite Sunday afternoon and a half empty restaurant, I waited 20min to order my food, another 20min for the plates to be cleared (after they had been empty), and then waited another 30min before someone came back to us to take a dessert order (or if we wanted our drinks topped up perhaps?). I decided to skip dessert entirely and not return to this restaurant again. It’s a true shame because the food here is stellar and competes with the best BBQ in the world.

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

The food was out of this world, as it was the last time I went. And the service by almost all of our servers really was great, so commendations to them. Sadly, the score was let down by one server who started off strongly but really let us down at the end.

We ordered a round of drinks after out meal instead of dessert and when we received them were told that someone was waiting for our table and we had to pay up and leave in a mildly hysterical manner. Now, I TOTALLY understand that restaurants need their table back and we respected that and paid up. We were then told we could drink our drinks in the bar downstairs, but we were penned in with no seats, right by the toilet. We absolutely wouldn't have minded this but we went up and saw that our table was completely empty, and the server had told us to pay up and leave quite rudely for no reason.

It wouldn't stop me coming back, and perhaps not recommending to a friend. But I would advise that in future:
- If you take a drink order from a table and you know you are going to kick them out when that order arrives, at least give them a heads up before they pay
- If you don't need the table, don't chuck customers that haven't finished off for no reason (especially if they are going to walk past and see it later)

Again, massive commendations to the chefs and all the other servers :)

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Chair was uncomfortable and brisket was cold and a little on the measly side, when I was expecting it to be hot. But apart from that the food was delicious and the service was very good.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Amazing! I loved the brisket and roasted beetroot! Will definitely go again

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

The food was very good and arrived quickly. The service wasn't very good at all and not what I expected from a restaurant of that stature. Firstly we were ushered onto a large group table with only 3 other people on it. We were then interrupted considerably to ask if we were ready to order which clearly we were not. As we eventually found out this was because a large group was arriving at 3.30 to take the table. Had this been explained at the outset we would have had no issue but it wasn't leaving us to feel that the service was very aggressive and not friendly. Eventually at 3 we were given another table where we could sit till we wanted. This was a table that had been available since we first arrived at the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Absolutely outstanding food. Superb BBQ, amazing dishes, really friendly staff and great value.

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Food was great. Seating is very uncomfortable and awkward

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Lovely service with food. Although we felt like we were slightly rushed out of there so that they could get waiting customers in, which is fair enough.

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Food was fab as usual! That brisket burger never gets boring 😄

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

This place gave me and my company if 3 mixed emotions.
The food was nice but overpriced and the meat is being served plain. No side. No salad.
They don’t provide nutritional facts on the menu. The service wasn’t very good. The girl on the entrance though was lovely.
It ‘s quite pricey.
It has really good music and ambience.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

We love Smokstak and will definitely be back!! The beef rib is to die for and the cocktails are excellent. Try to rhubarb sour!

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Snooty staff

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2.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Really gone down hill recently. This place used to be outstanding. Pork ribs were very over cooked and the brisket in the burger was very fatty. The sticky toffee pudding which used to be a highlight due to it coming swimming in sauce had barely enough to cover the pudding. Wont be back until the reviews pick up.

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4.0Dined on 27 March 2018

The food was very good, with excellent brisket, which was enjoyed by all. The prices were reasonable. The tables were cramped and a little uncomfortable.

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