Smokeys Brighton

4.2
422 reviews
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£25 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Birthdays
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 422 People Are Saying
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CL
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
Kent
1 review
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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JA
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pre show meal that did not disapoint. Great menu, drink selection, service and generous portions - will go again

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J
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It's a nice seafront restaurant. Staff was very welcoming professional and nice, food is OK

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BD
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a brilliant time at Smokey’s for my birthday. Good food and great staff.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to eat outside on Brighton seafront and people watch. Great views of sea, west pier and the i360. We had a sharing smoked meat platter with fries and coleslaw. Good food and great value for money. A bottle of good Spanish Crianza red wine. Went down very well with our meabl. Would recommend ,worth a visit and Regency Square underground car park just around the corner.
As we stayed overnight in the Granville Hotel , we had a wonderful breakfast outside in the morning sun. Eggs Benedict Royale for me and full English for mu partner. Its the 1st time l have seen him beaten and actually leave a little food.
So well done Smokeys.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Discovered this great little place on one of our visits to Brighton and now book for each visit. Recommended to lots of friends who have always loved it too.
Lovely staff and great food!

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WM
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately all in all a disappointing evening. We were first sat at a table that was impossible to get into as it was so close to customers at the next table. The service was incredibly slow and items ordered were forgotten, Not enough cutlery on the table and only brought after food had arrived. Macaroni balls were frozen in the middle and other dishes were only just warm. Staff were indifferent. Food was overpriced for what it was and we would definitely not recommend it to anyone else.

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K
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very slow service - our table gotta given to someone else which meant we had to sit in the busy loud area and couldn't hold a conversation with my partner due to the noise and asked to move and was told we couldn't. Food was luke warm and the portion size wasn't worth the money - the beef brisket was dry and rubbey. Think it has gone very down hill and felt very rushed on Saturday

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AA
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, service was great, leftovers were still delicious a day after. Had the baby back ribs, fell off the bones, just excellent service all round.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food as usual
One waitress not happy when we asked to sit at another table empty restaurant and wanted to sit us right next to the only other couple in the place ! .
Other waitress lovely
Been going to Smokey’s since it opened , great food great prices good portions

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VS
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner here on a Friday night in April, not the busiest of nights but the food and service were fine. My ribs and chicken combo were great and suffice to say I struggled to finish the huge portions!

Thoroughly recommend you visit this place

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D
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The Brisket was bland and expensive.The chips / pork ribs were delicious. The pulled pork was ok. The Coleslaw one would expect to be homemade.The drinks weer ok. The service was good

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal, beef brisket was amazing! Lovely staff, good value. Highly recommend

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us ate here, starters were Nachos and a Chowder, Mains were vegetarian fajitas, quesadillas, and fish with chips, we also had some sides. Desserts, were American pancakes and Waffles. We had a lovely evening would definitely recommend.

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J
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointed on this occasion. We visited Smokey’s when it first opened and thoroughly enjoyed the food. I had smoked chicken fajitas which were melt-in-your-mouth good! Sadly this time the food was no where near as good. I went for the same meal and the chicken was definitely not smoked and was just covered in a gloopy sauce. It’s not pricey so you can only expect so much but it was mediocre. The portions are still enormous so perhaps they should reduce the portion size to try and achieve better quality. The service was friendly but the bar/entrance area looks a bit shabby now.

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S
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was swift and with a smile, food was hot and well presented, Good value for money
Would go there again

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DL
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended based on recommendation from ex colleagues. Went for a date with my partner and had the BIG sharing platter between two. So much food. All delicious. Ribs were especially great. Would definitely recommend.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Was ok but we found the food portions are very large and the southern fried chicken burger had no southern fried flavour at all, was just fried breaded chicken.

Went there to celebrate an anniversary and the food left us feeling deflated ... The cocktails however were super yummy!

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CP
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A recommendation by a friend in Brighton brought us to Smokey's. We were made welcome, the food was excellent with some authentic flavours. Staff were friendly and helpful despite being busy. Only downside was a very noisy table of diners celebrating St Patrick's Day. Would definitely recommend.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and Delicious food! Brilliant price for the whole evening.

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