Smokeys Brighton

4.3
442 reviews
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£25 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
Welcome to Smokeys, a slice of American heaven by the British seaside.

We’ve taken the best of classic roadside cuisine from the heart of the States, added a pinch of spice from South of the border, and brought it on home to Brighton.  

We proudly serve California Brunch and Texas BBQ, freshly prepared with love and care from the finest local ingredients for your dining delight, day and night.

*PLEASE NOTE*
For bookings arriving before 20:00 we will respectfully require your table back within 2 hours. (for any special time requirements please call the restaurant directly).
For any weekday bookings for Breakfast  or for group bookings  larger than 8 people please contact the restaurant directly to book your table. 01273 323888

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Barbecue, Mexican
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu 08:00–15:00
Mon–Thu 17:00–22:30
Fri, Sat 08:00–22:30
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Phone number
01273 323888
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
Nearest Public car park on Regency Square
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Public Transit
Brighton station
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 442 People Are Saying
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MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We were a table of two and were practically seated on top of a stag do (we couldn't move our chairs without touching) which meant conversation was pretty much a no-go. Food was OK but one chicken wing was cooked perfectly and the rest were underdone so they obviously weren't all cooked at the same time which was disappointing.

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AT
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic evening at Smokeys, the staff are friendly and efficient, without being overbearing. Leading to a generally friendly, vibrant environment.
The food is freshly prepared and never disappoints. The portions are very large, wear loose clothing!

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service excellent waiting staff

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S
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and lots of it.... service really fast and friendly....love this place.

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MH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service. Best burger I've had in years.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for 18:15 and due to traffic was going to end up late. Phoned the restaurant and they very kindly moved the reservation to 18:30. When we got there they didn't berate us for being late or tried to rush us. They were fantastic and attentive without being overbearing. Give those workers a raise!

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TB
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service as usual. Food was great as usual. Good value for money. A little too noisy on this visit

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LD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our host was lovely she gave good advice on the menu and ensured all good was too a good quality. Very friendly and advised where to go for the rest of the evening.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Smokey’s provided the perfect place for a pre concert meal in a good atmosphere.nthe staff were willing to please and efficient. Our waiter made us an excellent Irish coffee even though he only had ordinary and not squirts cream! “Good!” We said. We shall return. Oh food was delicious and portions were not stingy!

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters 15th birthday - she loves smokeys!! Everything great as always!! Thank you

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table for me and my 12 year old Daughter prior to attending the Brighton Center for WWE wrestling show. Service was quick and attentive. I was aware due to previous reviews that the portions were large so I ordered chicken and ribs with fries and slaw, which is one dish, for us both to share. The food arrived within 10 mins and was hot, plentiful and delicious. 10/10 in my opinion.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Good meal, restaurant was pretty quiet, this led to bad ambience with poor lighting and music. Food was decent though.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the Hotel above 'Smokey's' and decided to give the restaurant a 'go' for Dinner.... (& Breakfast)....
The Service was Awesome.. the staff were friendly and welcoming.... The food was great. Served up quickly and piping hot...
What a great place to eat out...!!! I'm soooo coming again..

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SS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

My first visit to Smokey’s and I was not disappointed, I starved myself all day as I read on reviews that portions were large, this was true and I couldn’t move after 3 courses.
Great beer and wine selection and served in the correct beer glass.
The only gripe I had was service was a tad slow given it wasn’t very busy .
But don’t let that put you off as it’s a great place for good food and good portions!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Nice place worth a visit. Casual dining experience

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EL
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and lots of it. Make sure youre hungry. The staff are brilliant. Nothing is too much trouble. Very friendly and attentive. Well done to all at Smokeys

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DS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, massive portions, friendly staff, and relaxed atmosphere

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KP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

second visit in a few weeks, just fantastic. Loved the place and the food. Will be back soon. Food was 10 out of 10 and same with the service. Thank you
. Ken

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K
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful friendly service, clean, good atmosphere even on the Sunday night when we dined, lovely location on the seafront for a stroll after eating, huge portions and accomodating to out requests due to fussy eaters, good value for money, go hungry !

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CL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place, friendly staff. Service a bit slow but food plentiful and delicious. Their special thing is breakfasts. Their full English spoils you for any other.

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l
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

OK nice and clean.... not busy so thought I would get quick turn around no unfortunately not . 7 off us eating it all came out in dribs and drabs ... would try it again though

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GC
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well looked after by our waitress, warm but professional. Food plentiful and good value for money

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C
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and staff were great.

Only issue was we had a table at 9.30pm and The staff were cleaning all the table around us so I guess they could leave when we finished but we just had the smell of wood polish that was so strong. Also it wasn't so romantic having that.

I don't think they should do that until we have finished eating. It made us feel rushed and bad that they were impatient.

Food was great tho and staff were very friendly. Defo go back

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d
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was authentic to the theme and portions were generous. Sadly, it took over 30 minutes for the starters to come and then another 45 minutes from clearing to producing the mains - despite the fact that we had booked and were only a table of 4. Such a shame. Otherwise would have been a good experience.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal. First time we had been there. Would recommend it.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Quite a nice evening. Staff seemed to have forgotten us at first but were quite good after that. Waitress particularly helpful with advice on what to order for our (quite fussy) kids. Unfortunately they forgot the coleslaw with my brisket and I didn't realise till afterwards!
Room was pretty cold with all the doors open.
Bill was steep but probably the going rate for Brighton. Four of us ate for about £100 with tip - only one starter, no desserts, two rounds of drinks.

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M
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual, fantastic staff and food, the Mac and cheese is wonderful, husband enjoyed the brisket and rib combo, I had smoked chicken fjahitas, we had to have a side order of Mac and cheese, highly recommend, you will not be disappointed
5 ⭐️

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B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The portions are huge so forgo the starters. Nice atmosphere outside in the summer watching the world go by.

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TB
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have eaten here on a number of occasions. The staff are always friendly. The food is always cooked well, and the portion size is on the large side. Good value for money. Can be noisy. We will be going back, and would recommend this restaurant.

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K
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The service and ambiance was great! The staff there were attentive and friendly. The portions are very generous. But the food itself left a lot to be desired. The items from the “Smoker” lacked any trace of smoke flavour. Unfortunately, the food is what let the place down.

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C
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

ordered steak medium but was literally still alive on my plate.
mac & cheese wasn't macaroni was pasta.
Calamari starter was so chewy it might as well be chewing gum.

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p
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food absolutely delicious, fast service. Beware of portion sizes - my dad has only ever not been able to finish a meal once in his life before Smokeys.. but he was beaten by his mammoth portion of mac n cheese!
Server also swapped a garlic bread for plain very easily.
All in all, a brill place to eat whenever you're in Brighton.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, tasty food. Waitress gave us some recommendations as this was our first trip to Smokey’s. the sharing platters are great value and a huge amount of food. Friendly staff lovely seafront position. What more can you ask? We will be going back soon.

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K
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!! This my 5th time coming to smokeys since I found it a couple of months ago, and can I just say it is absolutely amazing, I live 2 hours away, deffo worth the drive. Huge portions definitely worth the money, and love lovely staff!!!

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M
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Experience was Ok, Food wasn't that great, We went for 2 platters to Start and 3 Platters for main, Brisket very dry, BBQ chicken had un-rendered skin and BBQ sauce brushed on top, so a very fatty taste, Ribs were good, Sausage was good, for a BBQ Smoke House you would have thought the BBQ food would have been good. Mac and Cheese balls were very over cooked. Garlic mushrooms, were sliced mushrooms in a watery butter mix, no taste of Garlic, Shame as we were looking forward to it and a catch up.

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MP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great as ever, went for brunch on my sons birthday.
Cheerful waitresses, we hoped to sit outside but it was overcast so we opted to sit in.
We had the breakfast burrito, full English, ham and eggs Benedict and delicious blueberry pancakes. All excellent as ever and plenty of food - we were all full after. My only criticism would be the tea and that is largely because I am fussy and the milk was very creamy so I actually couldn’t drink it.
Not a bad price either.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was yummy and huge portions. Probably wouldn’t recommend if you are just stopping for a quick bite as food takes a little while to come out which is understandable for the quality of it (about 30mins we waited). We weren’t in a rush so didn’t bother us and food was lovely.
Only downfall is that drinks took a long time to arrive and we only ordered a coke float and a cider... only came just before dinner was served, we started to wonder if they had been forgotten. Other than that, the waiters were friendly, food was nice and would come back again.

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RH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all round experience. The food was of a high quality and was served nice and hot. The portion size was amazing and I doubt that anybody would leave the restaurant hungry.

I would particularly receoomend the Clam Chowder which was first class, as was the meat platter for two to share.

Our waiter was very friendly and we were served efficiently.

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B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The portions are huge. Make sure you are hungry and I suggest just having a main course.
The food is very tasty. Great atmosphere next to the beachfront.
Only slight downer is because it’s outside people can smoke.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this restaurant while driving down to Brighton to see a show and decided to give it a go based on the good reviews. It did not disappoint. The baby back ribs were fantastic (and the portions are large). The waitress who served us was knowledgeable, very friendly and extremely helpful throughout. We sat outside (admittedly it was a lovely evening) and found it a great atmosphere. Give Smokeys a go - I really don't think you will be disappointed.

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