Old Crow Smokehouse - Orange

3.8
44 reviews
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Country Music, Cold Beer, Moonshine cocktails and Orange County’s Best Barbecue according to theOrange County Register This Chicago native from the Wrigleyville neighborhood of the windy city has become a SoCal favorite at it’s location at Pacific City in Huntington Beach. This Midwest import brings the best barbeque styles from the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City and Texas. Enjoy Southern inspired cocktails at the bar, and meet friends for one of the best communal dining experiences in Southern California. Get your country on, as you enjoy Old Crow’s signature “Scrugg’s Rub” baby back ribs and Front Porch Punch while you listen to live country tunes every Friday and Saturday night. You will love the vibe at this high-energy eatery where Country rules and the Barbecue is the name of the game!
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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Had to flag someone to take the order after 15 minutes of servers walking by and ignoring. Simple dinner order that required dishing up already prepared meats and sides took an hour, even though dining room was only 3/4 full. When food did arrive meat was mostly cold and over cooked to the point of being leathery. Go anywhere else in the complex, trust me.

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AH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Fathers Day place!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food took ages to come out even tho the place was half full , when it eventually came out the ribs luk warm at best

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JF
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the "burnt ends" and the sriracha sauce (which isn't hot but has great flavor). Look forward to going back

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Almost no one in the place when we got there (noon on Saturday, not a lively time in that area) so can't judge noise level. I had salmon, very tender and flavorful, and an ample portion; my meal partner had the burnt ends, a massive amount of meat. I'm not much of a beef person but I tried some and it was tasty, perhaps a bit less moist than I'd like, from all that burning.

As for drink, I tried the Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, which was well made, although definitely an acquired taste. For the record, I didn't acquire a taste for it, at least that day. The drink menu is pretty awesome overall, though, sporting many beers and custom cocktails. You'd really need to go when the joint is jumpin' to get the full experience, since they have bands and happy hour specials etc in the evening.

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great time! Service was great!

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HD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Took over an hour to be served cold flavorless food. Took 30 minutes just for a drink refill.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible. Got our dinner an hour from the time we ordered.

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n
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Not the best and not the worst I have eatten. Pretty middle of the road for St. Louis Style ribs. I expected a lot more flavor from the scrugs rub. Coleslaw very bland needed more ? Pepper didn't do much to help. Very lacking in their patio tables and "chairs". I will be nursing my aching back for quite awhile. Only high top tables with backless stools available to sit in. Super uncomfortable. Great waiting service but server didn't give her name so can not give her credit for excellent job. It is great they are pet friendly as out daughter had her dog.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We actually got sick right when we got home

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PH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a party of 8. One person didn't receive his drink at the beginning of the evening. He went to the buy to find it. Dinner was served to 6 of the 8. We were half way into eating our dinner and the last two people received their dinner. Waitress never checked on us. It was the manager who came by our table both times and found out we were missing our drink and last two dinners. Place wasn't crowded so not sure why the bad service.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best service ever !!!! Outstanding job for Father in laws birthday !!!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall experience was great! CONS: Ribeye had to be sent back, ordered med-rare but was served rare. Pulled Pork BBQ Wrap had large chunks of pork (was expecting shredded), wasn’t easy to eat. My wife ordered 2 different wines, both mediocre at best. PROS: Ribeye was excellent when it came back cooked as ordered. Cocktails were nice and strong, but tasty. Old Crow IPA was pretty good, would like to see a few more beer options. The music was great as always, Redwood Black.

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JC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Nice casual environment and great place to meet up with friends.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son’s birthday

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Babyback ribs had no flavor. The place was dead and when we arrived we were asked if we had a reservation. Yes. Obviously. Not impressed

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DJ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

There was a group of nine of us. They served one plate at a time and the food was cold.

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LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Our server was good but the food was awful. We had a group of six out for a business dinner. Everyone concluded that the meal was sub par. The brisket was dry and the “burnt ends” weren’t that at all. It was only dry cubes brisket. Endless to say, we will never be ping back.

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

I give it a four overall..we had a bad start as my family and I were seated and we were the ONLY people who were not served for at least 20minutes since we arrived. Everyone around us had food drinks and a waiter and waitress approach them. I understand they were busy and short staffed, BUT couldn’t understand why we were the ONLY people who were NOT served AND we had two servers(one waiter and one waitress) walk up to our table, say nothing, and leave. It felt as if we were being purposefully ignored. When we went to the manager he was very apologetic and offered us 50%off if we chose to stay and give them a chance. We did and the manager personally took care of our food and drinks. He gave us a card to come back for 50%off again. Although it started out bad, the manager corrected it and we will be back to try again.

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AC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

On Valentine’s Day there were only 3 waitress, no hostess. I come to find out our waitress was the bus person, who stepped up to help. Kudos to her! Food was good but the service ruined it.

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TG
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I couldn’t believe I was able to get a seat here on Valentine’s Day because all other restaurants were full. Now I know why...horrible service and mediocre food.
Ok and what made our waitress think being 1/2 naked on Valentine’s Day was appropriate? We could have gone to Titled Kilt or Hooters if that was what we were looking for. I had been here one other time and it was nice, this experience was enough to convince me to NEVER go back.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I made reservations for 6:30 and when I got there they seated 3 people before us without reservations. When I told her we had reservations she said I would have to wait for a table. I commented what was the point of having reservations then? What about the 3 parties before us who didn’t have reservations? She said hold on let me see if I can find you a table. She came back and gave us high top seating. However, I did ask for standard seating in my reservation. But I went ahead accepted because we had a movie to go to. Our waitress didn’t come to the table for at least 10 minutes. And when she took our drink order she didn’t come back with our drinks until 25 minutes later not once even checking in on us. A nice lady (maybe a manager) checked in on us and eventually got our drinks. Finally our “waitress” came back & took our order. It took 30 minutes to get and it was mediocre at best. She never refilled our drinks, didn’t even give us water. Felt completely neglected. I ordered another drink from the nice lady who was the only one who checked in on us. The drink was mostly ice and was gone after only a few sips. NOT worth the $12 it cost. Ridiculous. I would have given them 0 stars if I could. Only because of the nice lady who tried did they get any stars at all. But overall completely disappointed and very let down on what was supposed to be a special evening.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food quality was the worst I have ever experienced, which is likely why they were nearly empty, when all of the nearby restaurants were completely full.

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DK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was inattentive

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RL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a auggestion and we were pleasantly surprised! We enjoyed the food and the location.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My client had a great time on the pony ride!

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HB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall not a bad experience. But not top notch. Long story short food was average. Service and ambiance good. Sandiwiches mich better deal and more flavorful than main meals, not to mention much better cost:volume ratio. I probably wouldn’t order a main dish again. Stick to the starters and sandwich/ burger options.

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OT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Upon reading all the amazing reviews we thought we would try this place. WOW ! For a Friday night there was no crowd maybe at 7pm there were about 8 tables in the entire place. The food.........pulled pork was way too fatty, the tri tip was way over cooked like it was jerky. The sausage was edible but not great. The ribs were worse than any ribs we have ever attempted to eat. Dry, not good flavor at all. The BBQ sauce offered in 3 flavors were all terrible. The sides were okay not great just okay. The "rub" they use as BBQ flavor is different and just not too flavorful. I will not be back. The jalapeno corn bread was YUMMY though.

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B
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing special! The food was decent but nothing to write home about. The presentation was almost barbaric looking and although we were fully expecting to get messy they make no effort to plate food The service was also pretty nonexistent, getting a second drink was almost painful.

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WT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Three out of four of us were very happy with our meals. The fourth person had a 1/2 rack of ribs. the portion was very small (small bones with little meat), and he didn't care for the seasoning. I like the place and I plan to return.

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OT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated two birthdays and were very happy to be eating near a Friday night band in the lounge area. The evening was great for our young family members.

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OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice looking restaurant. Great place to watch a live sporting event. Country music is the theme. If you like your food very smokey, this is the place for you. They use a dry rub on their meat. Little too smokey and dry for my liking. Wait staff is nice but not super attentive. Beer served in Mason jar not a pint which I didnt care for. Go their for a game but not for a nice dinner out.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was “okay”, honestly if I had went to Lucile’s bbq I would have gotten better food. The plus side they have a band at night.

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t
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

As an appetizer, the pulled pork egg rolls were too big. Liked the sweet potato with blue cheese. Spare ribs were delicious -- fall off the bone good. Burnt ends we
re recommended by waiter, not too wild about all the fat ends. Sausage link okay. Better than Lucille's, not sure better than Famous Dave's or Mill Creek
BBQ. Wait staff was very cordial and offered good service.

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KL
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

New place to try...1:30-2pm.Late lunch. Too earlt for 3pm happy hour.
Husband enjoyed his meal. I had burnt ends plate. Even with aujus, ends were dry, and chewy.
Aubrey Wells, manager understands customer service. Went beyond trying to find an entree to please. Brought slices of brisket;
Same result. For a slow, long smoke prep, result was not pleasing for my palate. I didn’t want any more meats. I was convinced that their style of prep wasn’t going to be any different, no matter what the entree. Didn’t want to waste any more food.
Ate cole slaw, few bites of corn bread, and water.
Manager went beyond trying to remedy situation. I appreciate her work ethic. Not your usual kiss-a.. BS! No “Superficial to your face smile”. Genuine care about well-being of the customer who come here and hence,I have a job kinda work ethic.
Good for this place they have Aubrey Wells.
This area of eateries has “changed over” many times. There used to be a Bob’s Big Boy. Old Crow used to be Hussong’s
Cantina. Besides the theatre, only a few establishments have weathered this area.
Good luck Old Crow.

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M
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great ! Service was even better. Super packed on Friday but they handled it great. We will definitely come back.

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HA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

By far, the worst service I have EVER received! A group of 10 - we had reservations at 6 and were not seated until 7:45. We asked for a server and ordered drinks at 6:45. We did not receive our first round of drinks until 8! We kept asking for an update and they had nothing to say. THAT was the problem - such indifference and a “what do you want us to do about it” attitude. Beyond ridiculous!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation at 5:45. We arrived at 5:35 to a long line of people all waiting to check in for their reservation. We reached the hostess station about 15 minutes later at 5:50. The hostess said unfortunately we gave up tables to walk ins and there will not be another table available for another 15-20 minutes. We were very upset but they found a table within 5 minutes for us. When we sat down at 6pm we ordered drinks. At 6:10 pm we ordered food. Our drinks did not arrive until 6:33 and our food did not arrive until 7. We were hoping to get a few drinks there but we couldn’t wait another 30 minutes to receive a drink. They clearly overbooked and under staffed. We were very disappointed with our visit. They did take two of our drinks off. The restaurant should not allow so many reservations and/or they should not allow walk ins when they know they have so many reservations.

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PS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Happened to come in before a country concert down the road. We had a reservation- and no clue of this concert- and it was packed - front desk was being yelled at by patrons with reservations who had to wait, they were bickering between themselves - took 20 minutes ish to get seated outside ( not on our reservation) where the wind hit the umbrella in to me several times. Drinks took over 40 minutes - I stopped counting after 40 minutes - she did take it off the bill without us asking- food took forever and frankly it was nothing special and not worth the wait. Nice set up, servers really tried but were so understaffed it was pathetic for the customers and the staff. I wasn’t sure who I felt worse for - us sitting with waters waiting for drinks and food which took forever or the employees who clearly didn’t have a shot because the crowd was so large and there were so few of them.

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SN
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food service 1ambience 5

Made 5:30 reservation in anticipation of a big Friday crowd. As expected, it was a packed house. Thank goodness for the reservation. Well, after a long wait to just check in and still waiting for a table at 6:15 we left. What good is it to make a reservation if the restaurant doesn't honor it?

The ambiance is fantastic though. The food smelled great. Never had a chance to taste it.

I will make another attempt to dine here in the future. Maybe.

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