The Smoke Ring
The Smoke Ring

The Smoke Ring

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.smokeringatlanta.com/
  • Phone: 4042286377x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch & Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm (kitchen closes at 10)

    Friday: 11:30am - 1:00am (kitchen closes at 11)

    Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am (kitchen closes at 11)

    Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am (kitchen closes at 11)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Jordan Wakefield
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Music on Friday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chapel St. SW
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Smoke Ring
This Bar-B-Que haven is the brainchild of Chef Jordan Wakefield. Jordan and wife Erin Wakefield opened the doors in October 2014. This "Gastroque" concept is very chef driven, with a focus on the meat itself, as well as an infusion of unique southern cuisine. However unlike most Bar-B-Que restaurants, the sides are not an afterthought. The creamy mac-n-cheese is topped with bread crumbs and baked to order. Our crispy brussel sprouts are flash fried, then drizzled with sweet maple syrup. Just as Jordan put his touch on all of these classic items, his wife Erin created an award winning cocktail list that pairs perfectly with the delectable food. The Restaurant is located at 309 Nelson Street, in the eclectic Castleberry Hill neighborhood. We are just a short walk from many downtown attractions, such as CNN Center, Phillips Arena, Centennial Olympic Park, and The Georgia Dome.
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The Smoke Ring reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (7)great for lunch (5)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • great find
    mztravia
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice cozy BBQ spot! The food was great! The service was wonderful. The pricing was great as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went to the smoke ring this past weekend before the bears/falcons game. It was close to the stadium, and it was very crowded. We did get seated fairly quickly, but the service was so slow. We had to wait forever for our food to come out, and when it did, it was cold. the food was good, but I really would have liked it warm. There was no friendliness from the staff. We were told that our food was being checked on three times, but there was no follow up. I asked for ketchup for my fries and never got it, I had to go to another table and ask for theirs. It is a very cute place, but try it when they are not crowded at all. Even though they had a crowd, I feel as though they could have handled it better.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful BBQ and great bourbon!
    LeinieloverVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Flew in on a Sunday evening and headed out for a bit of BBQ. Great looking place, not too busy on a Sunday evening, but the food was really good, the libations cold and great selections... but the bar staff outshined it all. Thanks Taylor. LL
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place after football game
    PapaB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Reserved a table to eat dinner while MARTA cleared out from the football game. Fast seating in a busy environment. Great server. Took a few minutes to get the food with all of the crowd, but it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth your while!
    Foodluver
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was expecting an authentic bbq spot, but ended up with food that left a lot to be desired! The mac and cheese was dry, the collards tasted of vinegar and the bbq was a bit dry as well. The best thing I tasted was the corn on the cob.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WestsideFoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Although I've had great meals here before, the Sunday brunch was not as good as usual. Even though the wings were awesome, the breakfast burrito had many over charred pork pieces. Although there was a large party present, the music level did not help matters when trying to talk to fellow diners - very loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good neighborhood Que
    NYtransplantVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I'm not from Atlanta so I don't know all the ins and outs of the BBQ scene. I've heard Community BBQ is an old favorite and that locals pooh pooh the Brothers BBQ place. Smoke ring is near where I was staying near the Georgia dome so it fit the bill. The BBQ is probably not award winning but it is solid. I liked the Alabama white sauce, which I never had before and which was a nice complement to their pulled pork. Overall I would say their brisket and pulled pork was better than their baby backs which seemed to have a thick coating of dry rub which was a bit too salty for my taste but overall solid when you have a hankering for Que!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of the way, not quite worth it
    ConferenceExibitor
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I found the place while in Atlanta for a conference. It was a mile walk from our Hamton Inn hotel through seemingly deloate and abandoned streets. The food was OK but definitely a little over-priced. The beer selection was nice and the portions were a little small. I would not recommend this to others who stayed in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Found this place scrolling through open table and glad I went. Food was good, at a great price. Had 2 small kids along and they were happy especially with the ice cream! Service was also good, attentive without smothering. In an up and coming neighborhood. Taxi drivers don't quite know how to find it but with a little help from a smart phone map you can guide them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dynamite food and killer drinks
    OregonEater
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food at The Smoke Ring is second to none. The fried green tomatoes topped with chow-chow are an excellent appetizer. Their burgers are amazing, and the best side to get is the fried brussels sprouts drizzled with maple syrup. Simply an amazing dish!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Before Concert @ Phillips
    EricVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The sides were the best part of the dinner, the meats were good, but nothing to rave about or drive out of my way for. The portions were also very small for the prices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best smoked BBQ!
    4HonestusVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This restaurant is my new favorite in ATL. Close to Turner field and not in the best neighborhood, but it's directly across from the fire station, so i wasn't really concerned. The food is some of the best BBQ i have had anywhere. They smoke and dry rub the meat, you add sauce if you want. Good beer and whiskey list made it even better. Enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 3 reviews are from the The Smoke Ring reviews archive.
  • Great Ribs
    Mayank
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    As the name implies, this is the place you want to go for smoked ribs, brisket etc.. The half rack of ribs was great and that along with the 2 included sides was enough for a great dinner. The server was very pleasant and attentive and took time to explain the sauces available and even suggested some combinations that other diners thaought were out of this world. Would definately go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OMG! Horrible
    Hungryinthecity
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was not seasoned - the baked beans were crunchy as if they had been saved from the day before. The chicken needed salt and more. I was greatly disappointed with my dining experience, which was made worse by the poor service I received.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Holy Moly
    FoodLover11VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was amazing! Found this gem our first night in ATL and could not have been happier. Fried okra, deviled eggs, brisket, pulled pork platters, mac and cheese, brusselsprouts - all amazing!! We all shared and we're so glad we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.