Smokeys Brighton

4.4
482 reviews
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£25 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
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

What 482 People Are Saying
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AB
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food at Smokey's was fantastic! Our group tried four or five different dishes, and everyone enjoyed their food. The portions are huge (by UK standards anyway!), and the service was friendly and quick! Could not fault it!

GW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Love Smokey's always great. On this occasion a HUGE party of people came in part way through our meal and took over the service, the staff and the noise levels. Got way too noisy and couldn't hear ourselves at all on a table of 4. But always live the grub.

CG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ribs are to die for!! Thursday night all you can eat ribs is amazing value and well worth trying! Never disappointed by this place, from the platters to the unlimited wings on Tuesdays, for lunches and brunches too...

JT
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, and such great value. Make sure you bring your appetites when you go.
And Smokies ale is great, definitely in my top 10 beers.
Cant wait to go back and try other stuff from the menu.

PT
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Service averageish. Food only warm. No apology or concern when another customers ketchup exploded over ceiling, floor, and me.

AJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Plenty on your plate. Hidden below street level.

JF
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick and friendly service, HUGE meal and staff let us take away left overs! Comfortable restaurant with good atmosphere

R
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Meal was good but not amazing. I love smokehouses but my brisket and ribs definitely weren’t properly smoked... no smoke ring and barely any smoke flavour. Tasted like it was just done in an oven. Disappointing

MM
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, however I would suggest that if you are going to have a main meal, ignore the starter as the main is huge and I couldn't finish mine😥, great staff and good beer and all priced correctly (they even offered a doggie bag for what couldn't be eaten) . Would recommend to all!!

LL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely staff and delicious food. Took my Dad for his Birthday and they surprised him with a cheesecake. Really nice touch. Thank you so much

D
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food portions are good, and the food taste nice. The staff are laid back, but I mean that in a good way, they just make chill and you can relax and in a nice environment, with some nice BBQ.
Been before and I'll go again.

g
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

fun and satisfying especially for my teenage son, he came away very full

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Got the BB ribs, dirty fries, and onion rings.

Dirty fries: the whole platter had maybe a teaspoon of cheese curds, with a mayo-like sauce covering the spuds and thick chorizo cubes. Flavour of chorizo more than overpowers the rest of the ingredients. Fries cooked well, nice and crispy.

Ribs: Lacking in tenderness, with ends and top-meat tough like jerky. More than likely cooked too short at too high a temperature. Barbecue sauce is standard HP-Iike. Diluted brown sauce.

Onion rings: too much batter, ends up making the onion rings taste like crispy bread. Seasoning was good, balanced.

PS
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Food was good, but be aware that if you're sat outside you may get someone smoking on a neighbouring table, we were eating at the time and it was really inconsiderate of the people sat next to us, wouldn't be a slight on the restaurant had they not given them an ashtray in the first place!

DB
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Pleasant, attentive staff but the food was nothing to write home about. The garlic bread looked like it’d been bought at the local Tesco and the calamari was rubbery and hardly coated. The Smokey’s sharing platter was bland and certainly did not have the authentic bbq taste I was expecting. The best bit of the meal was the chips.

HA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, friendly staff and delicious food. Kid friendly too which is great. My only criticism (not really a criticism) is the kids portions are huge so lots left over which was a shame. Recommended for a relaxed, food stuffing meal!

s
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great mac n cheese with added chorizo ! Our party had fajitas, burgers and a combo dish of ribs and pulled pork with a side of their dirty fries - all good !! Service was good too

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Father day meal first time visiting food was ok would order different food next time good service nice restaurant

LY
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I recommended friends and family to come here before I'd even left the restaurant hahaha.
There was only 1 minor slip up with my main (no spicy mayo that should've come with the burger) but the waiter fixed that, no problem, super quick. He was super polite, friendly, not pushy to take our order. Wasn't too noisy either, even though there was a large group for a party! Defo coming back!

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Huge portions of awesome food! The pulled pork is immense!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just always amazing!

JB
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal at Smokeys. Really friendly and helpful staff who were happy to move us outside as the weather was great. Excellent location; looking out to sea. Made the mistake of ordering a starter, which definitely wasn't needed considering the size of the full rack of ribs I / we had for main course. Would definitely go again.

AC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brighton is our favourite place to get a weekend away and we always head straight to Smokey’s for dinner as the service and food never fail to impress!

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really good service and food.
There was a very relaxed atmosphere, which allowed our family to chill and enjoy the food.

We were also allowed to bing our daughters birthday cake, light the candles and all the customers joined in signing 'Happy Birthday'... Nice touch!

CS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for ribs, brisket and chicken with good, attentive service and a relaxed atmosphere. Very family friendly too.

RE
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, fantastic food and huge portions!! Also enjoyed a cocktail and a nice bottle of wine

D
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and there was lot of it, portion sizes are massive! Great value for money😍 would definitely recommend this restaurant to my family and friends. Lovely and friendly staff. I will definitely be returning.

DM
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Smokey’s has good quality food that is reasonably priced and served in good time. Our waitress was very helpful. We will be returning

AB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Will definitely be back. Great service with happy, friendly, welcoming and attentive staff.

P
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food and proper sized portions. Would definitely go back when in Brighton.

J
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We got a last minute lunch booking on a very busy day (we were in town for a conference). We had to seat ourselves as the staff were swamped but once we let them know it was great. Quick service, tasty food and really good value. We ordered mac and cheese, pulled pork sandwich and a hotdog and we were stuffed!

AN
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I start? Nice welcome, friendly and helpful staff, nice decor (American rustic), easy to find and then....the food, OMG! The portions are huge and the quality of the food is amazing! All I would say is, make sure you are hungry!!!

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food and hospitality but we were seated closely to a loud group of dinners.
Can’t fault the staff and food though

SS
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time here, it wasn’t packed when we went so were able to relax and talk easily amongst our party. The service was good and the food amazing. I had the mac and cheese and it was the best I’d ever had. The platter looked stunning as did the salad. The portions were much more than adequate and I was able to take home what we had left over. All in all the evening was a great successful

M
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I booked this blindly the day before we visited, as a group of friends were going to be visiting the I360 and wanted a restaurant close by. Smokey’s didn’t disappoint however we did have to laugh when my friend ordered a plain burger with lettuce, nothing else, and out came a burger bun with a huge amount of lettuce and no burger! Will definitely be back.

DB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited Smokey’s on a horrible, wet, blustery Sunday evening so, not surprisingly, it was very quiet.
Staff were welcoming and friendly. Food arrived very quickly, good portion sizes - the beef brisket was absolutely amazing, we weren’t keen on the pulled pork but only because it had a very strong flavour - tomato/bbq and couldn’t taste the pork.
Would definitely go back and recommend to anyone wanting a good hearty meal.., the brisket is a must have!

JW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food portions are huge - kind of bar like but the restaurant is very quite.

I
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Particular girl, extremely rude. Given wrong food, sent it back and they took half the food off my plate and tried to give me a smaller portion! Asked for the bill and the lady laughed and ignored me. Won’t be returning

g
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 star will be back 100% staff where very helpful food was a great value. kids were welcome

TO
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very welcoming even though we were a little late for reservation. Got "lost" after Uber dropped off. Not realizing we were almost next to it and they were downstairs. It was dark out and windy and rainy and cold

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