Bootleg Smokehouse

3.9
52 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Barbecue

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Bootleg Smokehouse reimagines typical barbecue fare through the lens of sharing-style small plates.

With a menu divided into land, sea and garden categories, it’s recommended diners order two or three plates per person to encourage a feasting mentality where you get to try a little of everything.
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Quiet
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Service great. Location was really great.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

It was a 40th birthday and there were a bunch of us dining here for the first time. The host was very friendly but the server seemed perturbed. There was another group seated near us and it felt like we had to fight to hear each other. The space was nicely decorated but the noise just seemed to bounce off the walls and magnify. The mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts were fab. The NY strip was cold when served and the tacos looked and tasted like they’d been made the day before (cold and dry). Overall wouldn’t recommend.

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TomM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Would definitely go back.

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cannedfresh
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

I don't often experience a restaurant where 3 out of the 4 dishes are bad. Complimentary cornbread was honestly the best item, then followed by the pulled pork tostadas. Otherwise we found the brussel sprout salad so acidic that it was hard to swallow and we had to return it. We found a similar problem with the salmon fritters. The pork belly was as tough as rubber. I've had pork belly many times but it's always so soft and melts like butter. Not here. Service was great, ambiance was ok but too bright and empty. Awkward layout. Drinks were well prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food!

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Youngatheart
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, fast friendly service. Had the pulled pork, brisket, brussel salad and baked beans. All were delicious; good portions for two to share.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

No complaints. The food was excellent, the service was good, and the prices were relatively reasonable. The corn bread was really tasty and the combination of meat dishes (pulled pork, beef tartare, pork belly, fried chicken) were all great. Definitely adding to my rotation of nearby restaurants to visit from time to time!

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JohnT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We had a party of 6 people on a Sunday night and we had an excellent dinner. Service was great and everyone loved the food. It’s family style service and our server was a great help at ordering enough plates for all of our party. Amazing food .

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GaryL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, very unique and flavourful. Excellent service in a very intimate setting. Would definitely come back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service.
Made a reservation for 7:00 not knowing if it would be busy
The reservation was not required as we were the only diners. No one else came in to the restaurant the whole time we were there. It was a Monday so a quieter night however it was still a weird private dining experience.
That aside all the dishes and cocktails we had were very good.

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JamesJ
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very confusing experience, cocktails were awesome and some of the food was excellent, however they made some very odd choices when it comes to the food. We had a lovely beef tartare for starters, which was ruined with some underwhelming tortillas chips, which just didn’t go together. We also had the torched tuna which again came with boring tortillas chips and left us frustrated with our experience. The final problem was with the steak, which came out a while later on its own and was cold. It had been sliced on mash potatoes with gravy and didn’t taste or look great. We sent it back and decided to cut our losses and leave. Wouldn’t recommend which is a shame because it’s our local smokehouse and I really wanted it to be great.

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WayneB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The staff was very courteous and knowledgeable of the menu.

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BrianS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is an interesting place. Food has a nice taste. Need to know how to order the food as it is all tapas. Need to know how to pair dish es otherwise you end up being a carnivor.

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vipGill
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was warm and friendly, but slow. Food was patchy - some good options and some just so-so. Draught beer choices not as wide as on the website. Wine options fairly good, particularly the sparkling wines (choice of four by the glass).

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vipSPiel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great evening and everything we ate was delicious.

JC
JamesC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great cocktails and service! Would go here again for a cocktail.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance and friendly staff. Some food items were really delicious while others were underwhelming, but overall it was a very good experience.we had a surprise birthday for one of the guests and they allowed us to bring a cake at no extra charge, which was a very nice and appreciated gesture.

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Patrick
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best restaurant I've been to in years, and I go to a lot of restaurants. I was talking about how much I liked everything with my girlfriend for a while after, and also during the dinning experience. Food was perfect. Music was perfect. Ambiance was perfect. I would recommend it to anyone. But I wont because I want to keep it a secret. It's my new favourite downtown restaurant. Hands down.

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JAYB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Frankly, a bit disappointing. While the food was serviceable, it was unremarkable. The andouille sausage needed a bit more flavor, and the brisket was tender was similarly lacking in oomph. Perhaps I was expecting a more traditional southern-U.S. style cooking than I should have been.

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rconz
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There for Mother’s Day brunch and fixed menu selection was wonderful. Something for everybody including vegetarian.

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vipGianMarcoB
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The brisket was fantastic, great location, good value for cocktails

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Wayicit
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Although the service was excellent, the "smoked" meat was not smoked, rather sous vide and then put on the grill to get some smoke flavour. The brisket was the worst I have ever had. Period.

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obesacantavit
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a delicious and filling brunch at a good price point for downtown. The brunch cocktail menu was inventive and the drinks were refreshing. If your group loves meat this is the place to go.

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JeanieLam
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grabbed some dinner with a friend on a whim and was pleasantly surprised at this hidden gem.
We sat at the bar for a drink and ordered from their original cocktail list. I had the Tomoka which was phenomenal and after some deliberation my friend was steered towards the Harlem sunrise by the bartender, which she loved.
After chilling out at the bar we grabbed a table and perused the food menu. Our server was amazing, she was so helpful in explaining the shared concept of the menu & after some consultation with her we settled on 6/7 items.
The highlights were definitely the brisket, which was sublime, the huge portion of chicken & the sprouts.
Couldn't speak highly enough of my experience here and look forward to returning to sample their brunch!

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Starrat1
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Shockingly bad food for a restaurant in downtown Toronto.

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JNNYP
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Worst meal I’ve had in Toronto. Service was beyond slow and our meals all arrived at different times. “Corn bread” was burnt and had a fishy taste. 2 meals were stone cold! So much salt it was virtually inedible. Server offered us complimentary donuts for the mishaps and we waited 20 mins. after paying and they never came! Do not recommend.

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darrenb
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the reservation last minute, did not know what to expect going into the restaurant and we weee amazed by it. Nice ambient atmosphere, was not too loud so you could talk nicely without yelling. The food was amazing with the sharing style plates. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the food on the menu to assist with making decisions

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JM14
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, quiet, nice atmosphere. Good for groups

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was only okay for BBQ. Portions were small for “shareable” plates. Room to improve.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Neat and unique tapas-style BBQ spot, but unfortunately the food isn't on par with more traditional barbeque/southern joints. Also quite expensive given the smaller portions. Service was great, especially given our large party of 12.

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viplovefood
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Amazing cornbread. Great time. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was awful and cold

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vipMatt
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Irish Server/bartender was fantastic. Other server was ok. Food was good but didn’t blow us away.

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TiffanyK
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I took my husband to Bootleg for his birthday, we live in the area and had yet to try it. It was very quiet, that being said, it was a Tuesday, which also made the evening more intimate for us. The food was delicious, the drinks impeccable (the bartender we had really knows what he is doing), and the service was fantastic. Overall our evening was incredibly fun, we left with our bellies full and will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The food is of good quality but the pacing of the meal was terrible. We ordered 5 dishes, the first 3 came within the first 10 min. We finished eating and the last 2 dishes came 20 min later. The service started out phenomenally and then we were unattended for a long period of time. It was a strange experience to say the least.

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BrianM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and service but food was disappointing.

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Bunkerkitty
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The wait staff was very nice but less than available. The food was not worth the money. I expected a rich smoky flavour to the food but mostly got a strong, fake, liquid smoke taste. The Mac waited another 10 minutes for our server to come back and comment "oh, you don't want the dessert?"... finally got the bill and left. The staff were very pleasant but always seem to be missing from the floor and the food was subpar for the price.

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JudaaS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice being one of the only ones there...will come back. Make the cornbread bigger tho please

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MariahM
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sharing plates were great! Would highly recommend the tostadas and Brussels sprouts!

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pineyrivermoose
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food! It was a nice mix of BBQ style with some twists. Pulled pork tostadas and brussel sprouts were absolutely delicious.

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Bootleg Smokehouse is rated 3.9 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.