Smoke Shack

4.6
160 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We’re obsessed with the craft of smoked meat. Our certified humanely-raised meats are dry rubbed, slow smoked, and sauced by you. In some cases, we began smoking your meat yesterday to ensure you get the perfect quality barbecue. We smoke our meats in small batches, all-day, every-day. In some cases, we sell out when items are in high demand, but sit back, savor a bourbon or two, and try something new. We’re certain that you’ll enjoy our variety!
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and fast service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good bbq, the patio is so nice

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Misocheeky
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious. Food portions were right amount and filling.

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Vegasvaca
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and everything was fantastic. Pulled pork is for sure my favorite!

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JackieD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, the food was excellent and we were not rushed with our meal of appetizers, main course, and desert. The server also was very careful not to interrupt our business conversation and she made herself available often in case we needed something.

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BethT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was not what it once was. Will not be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, that is the best way to describe smoke shack. Great food, 3 meat sampler is a filling meal for two and everything tasted great, sides were perfect for sharing too. Our server Rebecca was great. So helpful and friendly. Definitely will go back when we return to Milwaukee

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honeyjam
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Drinks and service were really good. The BBQ left us wanting. The brisket was dry, the rib meat was dry and hard to pull off the bone and the smokey taste was on the acrid side. The pecan pie was really good!

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Etom
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BBQ we've found in the MKE area. Love the casual shack decor, seating options and extensive beer list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

excellent food - drinks and service.

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vipdhcdoc
Milwaukee
53 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I thought the pulled pork was highly over-rated, not only not much "smoke" to it but it lacked seasonings and by itself was pretty flat. This approach of not seasoning the meats at all in the cooking process I appreciate is the cost-effective one, as it also allows the choice of sauces, but it would be better to do small batches and after a good roast and smoke, complete the dish by cooking the last of the way with the meat in the sauce so that it penetrates the flesh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
150 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! My friend who doesn't like barbecue (and said, "Oh, I didn't realize this was a bbq place but... oh well...") even enjoyed her meal.

The Bloody Marys were a bit too much. Too strong, too sweet. We all had to water them down a little bit to get through them (my friend ordered a full beer because the chaser wasn't enough to cut it). I had one two years ago when I was in town, and I don't remember it being that strong or sweet.

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KathyM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious with the exception of the corn bread which was a little dry and Cole slaw had very little flavor but you go for the meat and that was delicious!

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AshleyO
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I took a trip to Milwaukee for the Maroon 5 concert. We enjoy stopping at new restaurants that we can't experience in our area. My husband is a big BBQ fan, so he was thrilled that I made reservations at the Smoke Shack. There was delicious food, good service and the building itself was unique. We will make a trip down again, and we will definitely recommend to our friends!

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vipSlipped
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service and ambiance were outstanding.
Food was the quality of years past.

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Rosie
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun to experiment with the sauces. Under the tent was shaded and protected. Server was attentive and full of suggestions. Hostess was friendly to dogs, less so to people. We made friends with people at next table and enjoyed their company and learning about Milwaukee politics.

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AC23
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Sides were great. Ribs a bit overdone

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!! Brisket cheese steak and pimento mac N cheese are awesome!!

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vipbtff
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and atmosphere. The staff is outstanding and had some great suggestions. Highly recommend when you are hankerin’ for some BBQ

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Susan1
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were 55 minutes early last night. It just started to down pour. They were able to accommodate us on the outdoor covered patio. We had the chicken wings, smoked chicken and pork sandwiches, sweet potato fries and brussel sprouts. Excellent food but so was the service in these challenging staffing times.

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vipJeffW
Charleston
176 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Visited Smoke Shack after a one year COVID pause. The food was tasty, but actually not hot. Chase our server was very friendly and did a nice job balancing several tables at the same time. Next time, I will ask for our meals to be rewarmed so we can properly enjoy the BBQ.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great! Reasonable pricing, lo dc the look of the place

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HateWaiting
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Service was good considering current issues with finding staff

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KevinH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice day, so we skipped the indoor hi top and grabbed a table outside. All was good—I’d forgotten how good the cream corn is!!

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gkmke
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and flavorful food. Great ambiance and music! Friendly and knowledgeable service. We were a bit early for our reservation. No problem. We had the Sampler Platter and loved it...... along with salad and yummy pecan pie and whiskey ice cream!

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JackieL
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and hand crafted cocktails! Loved sitting outdoors.

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CNoon
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good. I would highly recommend the Mac n Cheese as a side.

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vipCJB33
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously obsessed with the Smoke Shack Salad. The pulled chicken, fresh veggies, honey mustard dressing, blue cheese and an added splash of Texas BBQ sauce ...combines for the perfect lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loved it! We will be back soon.

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Jake
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience! Really nothing to complain about!

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JenP
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Brew City Biscuits never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a few cocktails from the drink menu and loved them. Started with fried green tomatoes as our app. They were delicious and the sauce delectable. Then we took on the Sampler but they were out of ribs so we doubled up on the brisket instead. Sides tasted great and it was a good mix but we would’ve like a few more fries as well as the mac n cheese. The meats were amazing with my favorites being the brisket and pulled pork while my date’s favorite was the chicken. We enjoyed the mix of bbq sauces and focused the Kansas City bbq on most bites. Texas bbq came in second. Too full for dessert. The ambiance while we ate was great. We ate outdoors underneath the tent. Lighting was perfect - it looked a little too dark inside. Good airflow with two ceiling fans in the tent. Most tables were full inside and under the tent. Service was pretty average but the food did come really quick!

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Bmore
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat in Milwaukee. Even on Fathers Day our table was waiting for us when we arrived. If you want to make sure there are ribs available, dine early.

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Sammo123321
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and fun to choose your own bbq sauce. Hostess and waitstaff were great.

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Mare
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food delicious.

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Meghan
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was really good! We happened to go and a guy was playing blues on the guitar which was cool. The only bad note was that we had ordered cornbread and beans and our waiter completely forgot about them. We weren't charged for them but still wish we would've gotten them. By the time we saw him again we were already almost done with our food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yummy BBQ and wonderful service!

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viphate2cook
Milwaukee
352 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have wanted to try this place for awhile.
downtown dining options were great, great service, fun place. We will be back

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schaef34
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy eating at Smoke Shack. Downtown dining offers an attractive price for the evening. Thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great! We stopped in for lunch before a Brewer game and the food was amazing and service was quick. Highly recommend!

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You can order delivery directly from Smoke Shack using the Order Online button. Smoke Shack also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Smoke Shack also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 431-1119.

Smoke Shack is rated 4.6 stars by 160 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.