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About Poogan's Smokehouse



Charming without pretension, playful yet proven; a seat at Poogan’s Smokehouse is a bite into the American South. A rustic, refined interior welcomes guests to enjoy a meal in a cushioned booth or sip a handcrafted cocktail at the bar. Classically and casually Southern, Poogan’s Smokehouse brings all that is tried and true to the supper table, creating bold authentic flavors sourced from local farmers and purveyors.

188 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Cumberland St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 577-5665

Website:
http://www.pooganssmokehouse.com/

Executive Chef:
Jeffrey Myers

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Poogan's Smokehouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (177)
Good for Groups (175)
Neighborhood Gem (125)
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Great for Lunch (114)
Kid-friendly (80)
Hot Spot (63)
Comfort Food (58)
Casual (54)
Special Occasion (44)
Great for Brunch (37)
Vibrant Bar Scene (37)
Local Ingredients (36)
Fun (34)
Authentic (33)
Good for a Date (32)
Great Beer (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Late-night Find (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Romantic (15)
Outstanding Value (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (12)
People Watching (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Spicy (9)
Live Sports (5)
Seasonal (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Poogan's Smokehouse is a casual and delicious dining experience. They have a great diverse beer selection that will accompany any of the fantastic smoked meats options.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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food5
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 (Savannah)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Awesome BBQ. Great staff, very helpful. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on March 11, 2017

Incredible food, great service!! Portions are huge and worth every penny. Ribs are dry rubbed to perfection. Best I've ever eaten!! Love the atmosphere here. Nice place but not uppity in the slightest. Very comfortable and classy. Loved it!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Good Southern smoked comfort food. I had a sizable pile of pulled pork. Best cole slaw ever.
My wife had a burger. She seemed to enjoy it since there was none left. The local beer was excellent.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Delicious food! Pulled pork was yummy and that's coming from someone who grew up in a big BBQ town in NC. If you're a fan of the show "Fixer Upper" you will love the decor. Way more food than we could eat!

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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 23, 2017

The I was sold with the cast iron cornbread w/pork drippings but enjoyed the Smoked Tomato Bisque together with the Hash and Carolina Rice I shared w/my wife who also had the Skillet of Mac & Cheese. A night of appetizers but filling and delicious. Service was great and it wasn't noisy (although we were on the early side at 5:30). A great meal experience in Charleston.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Great ribs . The fish and grits were delicious. The Brussels sprouts are out of this world. We had a great dinner here while in Charleston.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Smokey. Flavesplosion. Fast.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Poogans is one of my fav spots in Charleston great service and atmosphere! Most of all delicious BBQ food! They also make the best sangria! I would recommend this to everyone definitely check it out!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Everything about Poogan's exceeded our expectations. The cornbread appetizer was amazing and recommended by our server who also explained the menu and some of her favorites. Pulled pork, fried chicken and mac n cheese were all out of this world. Sauces for barbecue were phenomenal- especially the mustard blend. Next time we are in Charleston, we will return without a doubt.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Food was delicious. I had the brisket special with broccoli, mushroom gravy and an egg. My wife had the pulled pork. The brisket was good, but the pulled pork was some of the best either of us have ever had. It was clearly slow smoked for an extended time and full of smoky, meaty goodness. Cocktails were also good, which was a bit surprising for a barbecue restaurant.

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ambience4
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Great food!!! BEST HOMETOWN FOOD EVER!!!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My wife and I were in Charleston for the weekend, and though we typically enjoy seafood when we are there, we decided to try Poogan's smokehouse, since we had previously enjoyed our experience at Poogan's Porch a number of years ago. My wife had pulled pork, collard greens, and brussel sprouts. I had pulled pork, ribs, blackeyed pea salad and collard greens. Both of us enjoyed the pulled pork. It had a nice smokey flavor and was not overly seasoned. Available sauces were spicy vinegar, mustard sauce, and a tomato based sauce (with some mustard sauce). All of these sauces were very good, though I am partial to the mustard and vinegar based sauces, but the pulled pork was very good with no sauce. The ribs were very tender, but they were far too salty for my taste, and the salt overwhelmed the rest of the dry rub seasoning. The collards were tender with a mild vinegar and sweet flavor. The brussel sprouts were well seasoned and cooked with bacon. The blackeyed pea salad was served cold with cherry tomatoes mixed in, and if there was a sauce used, it was hardly noticeable, with the blackeyed pea flavor being very present.

The staff was very friendly, and our server was engaging and attentive to drinks and very available if something was needed.

The only disappointment was the salty ribs, but I would recommend overall, as the pulled pork was very good, as well as the sides, and the service staff.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Really good barbecue. The portions are huge! We got a sangria pitcher I wasn't too fond of but that was just my personal taste.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Good food, but nothing that sets it apart. Worth a try to see for yourself.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Good bbq, generous portions, nice casual place to eat / drink.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Very good. Hit this the night after we did Husk so our bar for Charleston's food scene was set high early and this didn't disappoint. My table had the catfish, ribs, wings, and Mac and Cheese. Would absolutely go back. Comfortably busy (operating at 90% of capacity) and food, service, cleanliness, were all top notch.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Very good bbq. Had the ribs and pulled pork, and both were great. Also tried the Pimento fried cheese balls, and fried buffalo pork rinds and really enjoyed them. My wife loved the fried chicken. We had a terrific server. She recommended a cocktail (Italian American in Paris) which was delicious. Really great night out.

Tags: Spicy, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2017

The ribs we're delicious. Sides of pork and beans and white cheddar grits were great. Also, the holy city pluff mud porter was very smooth - a great cool season beer.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Best upscale BBQ in Charleston. Every time I go the restaurant never fails to impress. Best pork belly in North America!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The food was very ordinary, bland, and distasteful. It did not sit well.

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vip
 (Bonn & Umgebung)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Very good BBQ in the heart of downtown Charleston -- food was excellent and beer and spirits selection also excellent!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Loved the meat sweats sampler

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 15, 2017

We've been here multiple times on various trips to charleston. Food was fabulous as always. Unfortunately the service was less than stellar. After ordering our drinks the server disappeared for a rather lengthy time. When he finally reappeared, he gave us our drinks but didn't even ask if we were ready to place our order. He disappeared again for about 15 minutes before coming back to take our order. Once our food came, we did not see the server again. No refills, no questions if food was okay. We had to flag him down to get the bills.

The best meal can be ruined by poor service.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Food was great, seating could have been more comfortable but overall very good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 15, 2017

My wife and I had a brunch date at this location. She loves Poogan's, but had never been to the smokehouse. Neither of us were very hungry to begin with, which was unfortunate, since the portion sizes were quite generous. She got the chicken and waffles, which were good. The waffles came with a bacon grease infused butter which gave it a nice extra kick. We split an appetizer of biscuits, which were some of the best I've had. The biscuits were hot and fresh, moist and fluffy, very nice. The jam we got with them was individual tubs of Smucker's strawberry. My entree was the two-meat combo, with pulled pork and ribs. The pulled pork was recommended by the waitress, but it was average. The ribs, however, were cooked to perfection and the dry-rub was awesome. The rice and hash side dish was one of my favorite sides I've had at a BBQ place, and the cheese grits were pretty good too. In all, definitely worth your time, just come hungry.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Service was good, Food was excellent. I had the bird, belly and hash and it was huge portion and excellent. My wife had the choose two meat combo and large portion of pulled pork and huge chicken wings with great flavor. Will go again for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Excellent Food, great service, cozy atmosphere! Ribs were absolutely delicious and fell right off the bone. Great selection of Beer and tasty!

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Fun
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Nicely done Poogan's. Had a group of 8 set for the Friday night rush at 7:30 PM and we were seated immediately, paid attention to throughout and thoroughly enjoyed the food, drink, fellowship and surroundings.

From boiled peanuts to pork rinds to two meat platters and sides, all was enjoyed and commented on as we dined. I had the pork belly bowl (forgot menu name) on server reco and it was outstanding. It was energetic but not overly loud in the space and the vibe was how I would build it out if I had the chance.

As is my habit I asked about tableside Bananas Foster and Hot Banana Pudding and neither was on the menu, (This is how I get out of ordering dessert, not a slam) I am sure the desserts rock as well but no room left.

Will return and have already recommended to at least three or four folks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2017

The food was outstanding. Best ribs that I have every eaten with our without their house made sauces, which were tasty as well. Service was a little slower than I prefer but our server was very attentive and thoughtful. Will go back because of the food quality was so good and I have already recommended on my Facebook page for others to try.

Tags: Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Ribs and mac and cheese were great! Portions were huge and easy to share

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 10, 2017

We will definitely be returning. Food was amazing and portions were generous! Our server was attentive and so was the floor manager.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2017

I love love love Poogan's Smokehouse!!! It has a very friendly atmosphere with the most welcoming service! Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2017

We had a marvelous experience from top to bottom and can't wait to come back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Good food and service!

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 2, 2017

LOVED EATING HERE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND OUR SERVER WAS THE BEST

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Food was good, service was adequate. Food was a little slow in coming, people seated after us received their food before we did, but was worth the wait. Would define Ly go back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Poogans Smokehouse never disappoints- from brunch to dinner - great food and service!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Went in for duck, listed on the online menu. Menu in restaurant was totally different. Not a single side item I would eat. Really loud, Wouldn't return. Just personally not my scene.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Awesome Southern Bbq food. The ribs were amazing. Everyone loved the Mac & cheese.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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