Smokin' Betty's

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$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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Smokin' Betty's is nestled in the heart of Midtown Village offering American comfort food that would make your mama proud. One of Philly's favorite spots for burgers and BBQ ribs, Betty's is also known for their 16 rotating craft drafts, daily menu additions, weekly happy hour and weekend brunch.

With two floors and two bars there is plenty of room for happy hour after work, business lunches, group dinners, and special events. Come enjoy dinner with the family, the big game with friends, or many of Philadelphia's annual promotions.

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4.0based on recent ratings
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3.8
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3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DominiqueW
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went there For a birthday dinner and our server never mentioned her name. One of my friends did not like her meal and she asked to take it back in the server told us that she would have to pay for the meal she already had and the new one that she wanted to order. The manager was immediately called over and instead of diffusing the situation she asked ” why would you order something that you don’t like?” mind you This is our first time going so that was pretty surprising for her to say. my friend said that she would like a buffalo chicken sandwich and the manager replied and said “ well why don’t you try out one of your friends chicken sandwiches before you order it just in case you decide to send that back too.” This was appalling coming from somebody who is supposed to show leadership amongst their establishment. I know exactly what good service is because I am a server myself and smoking betties did not represent themselves in a decent manner whatsoever. I felt as though we were targeted because we were a group of young black adults who fell victim to passive aggressive racism. I will never return to this awful Restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

They were out of champagne on

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HolliM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great lunch. Prefer the bar area. Great sandwiches

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DeeB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambience is good. Food is reasonably priced and always tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great menu! Unfortunately, we were there on a weeknight and the service was underwhelming.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch and it was great! The food was amazing and all the staff were super friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had an 8 o’clock reservation. There was no one at the front desk for 10 minutes and when someone did arrive she claimed the iPad was dead and could not look up reservations. We were then ignored for another ten minutes before giving our business to Barra Rossa down the street who had us were very attentive to their customers.
This was a birthday celebration that smokin bettys put a damper on.
Will not return.

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vipGaryC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Our table never had a server, the manager came up to us 50 minutes into us waiting to take a drink order. then we waited another 25 minutes before telling the manager that we were about to leave. An Hour and half total we had our drinks. When we got our food there was several pieces of hair in my friends burger. The entire meal we had to ask the busboy for help because we had no server. It was a 2 hour and half meal for burgers and 1 app.

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PatrickC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location for BBQ! This was our second visit and would visit again when in Center City!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I had eaten here before, less than a year ago, and it was very good. There seems to have been some kind of change. It’s not what it used to be. The only saving grace is it’s not pricing people out. So the quality matches the value I guess. It just isn’t what it was. Also FOH seemed quite chaotic.

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ARTC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience1

We presented ourselves on time for our dinner reservation following a show at Walnut Street Theater and were promptly seated. After a few minutes our waitress served us glasses of water and an older woman (not our hostess or waitress) came to our table and told us we would have to move because she needed our table for a party of 11 waiting to be seated. She then disappeared and a few additional minutes went by before we were again approached by her and our waitress telling us we were being moved to a high top table near the bar. She was very abrupt, not apologetic and we were not pleased with our new location. We are older ourselves and found the high chairs difficult and we were literally squeezed into our chairs in a corner with no room to breathe. Next the waitress announced they were out of two items on the menu. I inquired about the seasonal sangria listed on the blackboard only to be told they were all out of the sangria too. We both ordered burgers/fries and coffee/tea/dessert. We were pleased with our food and food service. However, we have been to this restaurant several times and have never experienced such poor hospitality. Throughout the meal we expected the older woman to approach us and offer an apology and an inquiry into our satisfaction with our meal but that never happened. Before departing we did a trip to the restroom and again, very disappointed. It was not clean, waste basket was overflowing and hadn't been emptied all day. I should add that we arrived before 5:00 pm (dinner time) and we were amazed that they were out of menu choices and drinks so early in the evening. We will not be headed back anytime soon. There are too many restaurant choices to try this one again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Had looked forward to trying our Smokin Betty’s for awhile and ultimately disappointed in the experience. Arrived at 11am for brunch, seated at high top in bar area, fairly light crowd. Was enjoying drink and company and did not notice tables around us were seated, ordered and served while we waited for food. Food arrived ice cold. We returned it and was clear when it was returned back to us it was simply reheated and not remade. Eggs from my burrito wrap spilled out onto plate so burrito was warm but plate cold. Husband’s salmon over sweet potato mash - bowl was hot but clearly reheated only since salmon was dried out now and hash lukewarm. Bartender was strapped trying to serve the 5 high tops and everyone at the bar on this one. He clearly did his best. But we were always waiting for drinks we ordered and while we are lukewarm food, they still forgot my toast. After all that - bartender did compensate with a round fo drinks on house but manager never engaged, never checked on us. Never offered apologies for inconvenience. Food was okay but customer service absent the overworked bartender was subpar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was very slow, and I felt the food quality was mediocre at best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best French Toast in the city!

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mickey
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The restaurant had over booked for valentines weekend and was very crowded. No seats available at my reservation time. Also seats by the windows were very drafty and cold. Unfortunately most of the seats on the lower floor are by the windows. The food tasted great. Will go again, in the summer

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

They sat us upstairs, I guess since a larger party. They tables around us all had chairs on top of the table. There was no ambiance up there like there was downstairs. The bar was closed upstairs and the waitress ignored us. The food was mediocre

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ShaneW
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Dined with my wife and kids. Placed was busy. Service was slow. Food was really good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Everyone seemed really stressed out, our server wasn’t great at communicating and everything we asked for she “had to check” to see if they had it (they didn’t have Corona, egg rolls, steak, corn muffins).

They seated us upstairs where it looked like an old rec room at a community center.

No bueno.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful place and the food was very good. As a first time guest, would definitely recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great, pricing was fair, and drinks were refreshing. Our waitress, who was also the bartender in the area we sat in, was also super sweet. We were at a high top table in the bar area, which was a bit crowded but no complaints, since we chose our own seating. The only complaint I have is the staff at the host desk. We stood by the counter with no one else waiting for at least 5 full minutes without someone acknowledging we were standing there. There was a host standing there, who didn’t look up from the desk until the phone rang a few minutes into us standing there. While he was on the phone, a waiter came over and seated us. We mentioned our reservation but the waiter didn’t really ask anything about it. I got an email from open table later about the restaurant reporting us missing our reservation. None of these are major deals and doesn’t effect the taste of the food but worth mentioning.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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juliej
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our valentines dinner after the car show. The food was great. The service was also good.

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remarkDOG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Valentines day

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, and we made it in time for the great HH specials!!

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vipladyl
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great. very good prices but above all else? Very good quality for your buck. Nice happy hour specials also. Probably could go here weekly and never get the same think but the short rib tacos,and the turkey dinner? Out of this world.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
329 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were pleased with the service and items o. The menu
One of us however ordered a turkey burger
Which almost needed a saw to cut
In due deference I did not send it back because the meal was going smoothly and it was hard to get attention because we ate I. The bar
I suggest they use something to soften the texture of the burger
We however are ready to go back

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ToWa
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Reuben egg rolls were great. The short rib tacos were a little short on the rib. They were not filling as an entree. The buyers were delicious. The server never asked us about drinks. It seemed they were short handed at 5 pm.

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vipgrandma3
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good and reasonably priced. Nice variety and a great children’s menu. Only problem was there was four of us (2 adults and 2 children). The children were served, then 10 minutes later my daughter was served. I waited an additional 15 minutes later to get my food. So now my daughter food was cold.
The meals should all come out at the same time

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LisaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smokin’ Betty’s got rave reviews from everybody in our 8 person party. Everyone agreed that the food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was slow. It took over 30 minutes to get our order & our server didn’t ckeck in with us for updates on ETA.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We’ve been here many times, always really good. This time we ordered eggs over easy. The eggs were very runny and not hot. Everyone has a bad day so we will go back. I don’t know if it was a coincidence but our regular server wasn’t there. There also seemed to be some new staff????

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deegroup
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The BBQ sample was a very small portion. One of the things in the samples was chicken wings. I got ONE wing split in half. Someone else in my party said there fish and chips was not good.

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EDRMSW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great, a little too loud for my taste.

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JohnK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had fish and chips
The fish was cooked in oil that was too cool
The chips were past ideal serving time
This was my third time here
I don’t know if I would rush back knowing the service and quality that you can get in that neighborhood

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GregoryK
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing. Service was slow although restaurant was not crowded. Food for a table of 5 came out sporadically. Food was not tasty.

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msw2012
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I would highly recommend this restaurant as the food was delicious. We went during Philadelphia Restaurant week which made our wait for food likely longer than it usually would be. The service was excellent and very attentive. It is a LOUD place so if you prefer a quieter venue this is not it.
Overall, the food was priced fairly and delicious.

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vipDkarb
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. There were plenty of beers on tap to choose from and the descriptions were spot on. The cheese steak egg rolls were the best I’ve ever had. The buffalo chicken sandwich and the burger were both terrific. I can’t wait to go back!

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vipStephenE
Philadelphia
7 reviews