Smoak BBQ - Rochester

4.5
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
SMOAK mixes a modern and casual ambiance with traditional Texas-style BBQ. We want our BBQ to be the ultimate comfort food – flavorful and memorable. Our open dining room features spacious farm tables for large parties, a beautiful bar with smoked handcrafted cocktails, and vast windows and garage doors. SMOAK also features a beautiful patio with a large pergola, string lights, and outdoor bar seating – the perfect spot to relax during those warm summer months.
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was slightly busy, but our server wasn’t overly attentive and additional staff should have been working or helping. It took at least 10 minutes before we were asked for our drink orders. It will be a while before we go back, as there are many other options in the area. The food was good, but the service definitely soured our experience.

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KristiD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Need to go back multiple times to find menu favorites.

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DaveT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and Fabulous Server! Samuel made the experience enjoyable! Very courteous, prompt and knew his stuff. Can't wait to visit again!

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Miggy
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had lunch on the patio on a Wednesday with a friend. Pulled pork sandwich was very good. Mac and cheese side was mediocre. Very attentive and quick service. Nice patio.
Will go back again.

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DennisD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was excellent and the Brussels sprouts are unbelievable.
My kids would eat them prepared this way.
Side portions are very large.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food at an even better price.
Highly recommend the 3 meat trey.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brisket was da bomb- melted in your mouth! Son enjoyed the huge portion of pork nachos.

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BarbaraS
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

First visit to Smoak. It was Fathers Day, early reservation. We were seated right away but waited 45 minutes for our food. The food was tasty and ample, and I felt a good value for the price. Employees were wearing masks, except for one staff member who was working at the serving bar. I counted 3 staff members who’s masks were only covering their mouths and not noses. In these days of Covid, I felt uneasy with this. We are the Med City and can do better, especially since we have so many out of town guests. Please review your procedures and make sure everyone wears masks and wears them correctly.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor bar! Highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Dundalk
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere @ SMOAK is welcoming & relaxing!! Amazing indoor outdoor bar! Really good food, drinks & service!! Always look forward to my next time back for either Lunch, HH or dinner!!! Best barbecue & whiskey drinks in Rochester!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Service, atmosphere, and food all worth repeat visits! Clean.

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vipAruba99
Minneapolis
123 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to Smoak since they've opened and I'd have to say, they've got their game on! The rib are meaty and flavorful as is the 1/2 chicken. Love the smoked turkey salad of the day as a side and the mac& cheese is super. Dined outside and what a nice patio just outside the main entrance. Like the bar that opens up to the patio for seating on either side. Definitely will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Only issue was seeing employees in the kitchen and packing to go orders with masks down under noses and even down under mouths. And they were seating in booths directly next to each other and not 6 feet apart.

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TimW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. I would highly recommend the brisket!

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BobG
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was nice to dine in! I accidentally undertipped the server- bad math by me. I’ll try to make it up to her sometime. Sorry.

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YUMYUM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We sat outside on their patio which was great. We both agreed the sandwiches we ordered were just pretty average tasting but the vegetables were great. We had brussel sprouts and collard greens and would order both again.

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JLLUWEEE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor space, nicely decorated indoors top. Their SMOAK drinks are fabulous and presentation like nothing I’ve seen before. Outstanding food and service!

Go, just do it!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dundalk
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The queso & Nashville chicken tender appetizers are soooo good!!! Best queso I’ve had in Rochester!!
I’ve had the pulled pork sandwich a number of times also & it’s awesome every time. Really good salads also!!!!
Love the atmosphere & the drinks @ SMOAK also!!!
One of the best places to dine out in Rochester!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Service was slow but the restaurant wasn’t too busy. Food was expensive and not the greatest. And we had to sit right in the sun with no umbrella. We couldn’t hear music at all which to us is important when we go out to eat. We like to listen to music.

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BuffNav
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From Texas visiting Rochester, MN and was skeptical about ‘real TX BBQ’ - it was all that! Great atmosphere, great food, great service. We are in the area for 10 days and will be back.

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and staff were amazing! The food is outstanding, the only negative is having to make a decision on what to have. Went out of my comfort zone and tried the brussel sprouts, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this place, the ambience is like a modern bbq with an open kitchen style. The food was FABULOUS and plated beautifully. My husband and I each had two cocktails, both of which were great. We definitely plan on spending time here this summer!

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vipokmngal
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Hostess told me they didn't use Opentable! LOL. Even when I showed her my reservation on my phone.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We wanted to check out one of the newest restaurants in Rochester, MN. We shared one of the BBQ platters (half chicken, ribs, and brisket). All of the meats were extremely juicy. We got a cornbread loaf, and it was absolutely tasty (the honey butter didn’t hurt either)! I’d definitely recommend trying it out!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was okay. Smoked chicken was good, everything else was just okay.

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JamieR
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food the brisket melts in your mouth. Dad said Smoak is better then Famous Dave's. We ate family style and tried almost everything and we didnt find one thing we didnt like.

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JanC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had hillbilly for waitress, not informative of food, didn't offer me a beverage, as my husband was there first, as he was getting served as I was being settled. He ordered full rack of ribs, received half, other half brought to the table in a plastic bag and placed in front of him while eating. No wet dry package served with meals, had to ask for them.

Food only average, very limited menu, nothing worth getting on the apps expect cornbread. It's came lukewarm only. Asked to speak with duty manager, offered apologize only. Also out of paper towels, waitress said there is 2 left, that should be enough! Not! I had the briskets sandwich, didn't like the bun, and didn't like if piled, not sheddred.

We were not impressed at all, staff needs work, menu needs improving with fun items, noisy with high ceilings and tin ceiling.

Watch out, the tap house will take the honors on circle drive!

Sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The live music was WAY too loud. It was very hard to maintain a conversation. The brisket had a lot of fat. The pulled pork and 1/2 chicken had a bit of fish taste which was off putting. The pecan pie was mainly crust with very little filling (more like a tart). The cornbread was very tasty though!

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Smoak BBQ - Rochester does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. Smoak BBQ - Rochester also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (507) 361-7247.

Smoak BBQ - Rochester is rated 4.5 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

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