Smoke Shack

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$30 and under
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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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greeneyesmilw
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Biscuit brunch was soooo yummy! Great big biscuits, crunchy outside and soft inside. Excellent meal for the first time dining out in 7 months! They did a great job of spacing tables, separators, masks, etc. Felt very safe.

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Stephmares
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought a group from out of town and they all loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We were told this was the best BBQ in Milwaukee and were so excited! We must have had an off-night!? (we hope) because we did not enjoy our Pulled Pork at all. Also, the server was so incredibly rude to us, it was so confusing - from the moment of walking in. She was so annoyed that we didn’t immediately know what we wanted to drink and eat, like, relax we’ve never been here - can I look at the menu first?

Odd experience at a place that is supposedly very good. Can’t say we’d ever go back or recommend it after this experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun time! They were great about covid precautions, felt very safe. I’m from the south and was really craving some bbq and was not disappointed!

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vipHobbes636
Milwaukee
102 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent patio experience on a cool night. Very good staff. BBQ is OK but we are from St. Louis where BBQ rules!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing BBQ and really well priced. Drinks were also great so you can’t go wrong here. A must place for any BBQ lover in Milwaukee.

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CoriE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a vegetarian I appreciate having options at a BBQ restaurant! Great food, friendly staff. Sat outside in heated tent next to the fire.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The specialty drinks were very tasty.

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Jamie
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food now bad but definitely not great. Ordered a full rack of ribs and thry are definitely not tender or fall off bone- had to use force to pull apart. None of the meat (our table had all of it) was very flavored. Mac N cheese very blah. Hottest item and the most flacorful was the Chipotle corn. Was never offerred refills, waiter did not come back except once right after food came. Had to wait around before getting boxes and bill then about 10 min before card came back. Nice that they allow pets though. Sweet tea tasted like blandemon water.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Loved the ambiance inside the restaurant. Service was very good. We stopped by for drinks and appetizers, but we will definitely be back for a full meal in the future.

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AshleyS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cozy spot with great food and drinks! Highly recommend!

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vipTortugita
Milwaukee
82 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We appreciated outdoor dining with cover, as rain was expected. The ribs were exactly what I had been dreaming about and the sides of slaw and sweet potato fries was good. Our server was very pleasant but we asked to not have our meals served quickly as we wanted to visit, and they came out very quickly. We also had to signal another server to attract attention, as the butter we had requested was forgotten - but it was a holiday and she could have been busy.

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DawnB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service all around. Very attentive hostess, server and another gentleman who checked in during our meal. The Brew City Biscuits were delicious. I preferred the Kentucky hot chicken biscuit my husband ordered over my honey butter chicken biscuit, but they were both very good.

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vipGabbie
Des Moines
25 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We attended the first weekend for the Brew City Biscuits Pop Up hosted at the Smoke Shack. It was a beautiful day, we got to sit outside, and out server and the hostess were very nice. Our biscuit sandwiches were very tasty but our food did not arrive at our table hot. It was still a bit warm, but it was clear that it had sat for awhile before being delivered to our table, which made a big difference. We very politely let the server know this when she asked how everything was and she said she would tell the kitchen; but it would have been nice if they had offered to make it right somehow. We would definitely give it another chance in the future, but we are not in a hurry about it. I am sure they will get the kinks worked out.

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ColorfulDreams4U
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch biscuits I've ever had! Wow - So good!

I look forward to more visits.

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vipShawnR
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

My mistake. I didn’t research restaurant rules before booking a table outside. Marcus’s rules regarding guest masks ruined our entire dining experience. We will not return if policy doesn’t change. Ridiculous to require all diners to put on, take off, put back on masks constantly. Deliver my bottle of beer instead of interrupting the entire table’s meal to request everyone put masks back on while seated. There are many other choices to dine especially in the suburbs where rational safety is implemented. We are avoiding all Bartolottas venues for same reasons until this excessive mask nonsense is ended. What a shame!

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JFPEV
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new brunch options!
Sanitizer smells like tequila tho, terrible memories of college were brought to mind LOL. Overa, All good!

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Diane
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brew City Biscuits pop up brunch restaurant was fantastic! Unbelievably good food.

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CarrieW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Very COVID safe, and clean. And the food was worth EVERY calorie!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Meat had absolutely no flavor

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vipIowadoc
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great attention to Covid precautions. A very nice place to meet friends outdoors for dinner. And for those who have to have it, there is fish fry in addition to barbecue on Friday night!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. One of our favorite places to eat. And the patio seating is perfect!

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Skipper
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It must have been a busy weekend as they ran out of brisket and sausage. They comped our drinks so it turned out to be a great day. We love the Smoke Shack and will return.

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verdesaucy
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was spectacular. As was our server. We had a variety of foods and most people shared, and she recommended excellent drinks. The only weird part was the masks. The host said we had to wear masks to walk from the entrance to the patio, or to the bathroom, but not if we were sitting at the bar, or at a table. Other than that, it was excellent!

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LisaS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at the Smoke Shack. Surprised at how small restaurant is! Because of limited number of tables, reservations are almost mandatory. Depending on number of people you may feel somewhat cramped or claustrophobic, I suppose one could say it’s intimate. Not a good place to bring a large group. It tended to be on the noisy side, however once seated it was OK. Now, for the main attraction, the bbq. Our group is avid bbq fans and Smoke Shack didn’t disappoint! They do it right. Quality meats that are well cared for. Meat is dry rubbed and smoked. Sauce yourself at the table. Four types of sauce provided. Simply some of the best bbq we’ve ever had! Two appetizers and sampler platter served 4 adults and let us try everything. It was all 5+ stars. As the night progresses they may run out of some meats which is common at good bbq places. Don’t worry, it’s all good. Pleasantly surprised and happy to have found my home for the best bbq in MKE.

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JeffH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought the food was excellent. The service as very good. We were lucky enough to have the smoked ribs. We will definitely go back again soon.

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joec
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Always a great stop. Recommend.

Smoke Shack
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank Joe! Always glad to have our regulars visit us!!

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RonD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome place & great food, excellent bbq, service was great, its a small place so seating is at a premium.

Smoke Shack
Responded on March 9, 2020

We are a little shack Ron! So glad you enjoyed everything!! Reservations are always best if you have an event to go to or don't want to worry about the wait. Hope to see you again soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Smoke Shack
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for thinking of us on your special day!! Hope to see you again soon!!

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Bayviewer
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Love the laid back and friendly atmosphere.

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Smoke Shack. The food is amazing - real homemade cooking!!!!! Never disappointed.

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Briebettie1234
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations ahead of time and were seated right away! The straws were paper and the to go containers were biodegradable! The food was delicious and service was perfect!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brisket sandwich was fantastic. Nice little place in the third ward to go enjoy some lovely music and relax after a hard days work. Would gladly come again.

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SamS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This was my first time visiting Smoke Shack and was not disappointed. Super yummy food!! We were all obsessed with the mac n cheese. Wish the server was a bit more friendly. Upon making the reservation, I had selected a regular table top, yet we were still sat a high-top. The entire group had all wished we had gotten a table as high stools aren't the most comfortable, but oh well. We'll be back!

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vipFritzie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for lunch and wasn’t rushed but didn’t take a long time either to get our food. Smaller location than the one I normally go to but just as cool inside along with wonderful service and food.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Smoke shack this experience wasn't at its best. The meat was plentiful, but dry. The brussel sprouts were nicely roasted, but incredibly salty. (Why do restaurants do this when there is a salt shaker at the table to add if need be?) Baked beans and cole slaw were more generous portions than in the past and both were good. The unfortunate thing which keeps me from a five star review is that while they offer a cornbread muffin with dinner, it is not gluten free. And so if you have to eat GF, there is no alternative and no one offers you anything else. So, basically you pay for something which you can't get or have. That's not okay. Food allergies are not anyone's fault and people should not be treated as if they choose to be a problem.

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LizK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect place for our family to celebrate a birthday. Delicious nachos!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our son’s birthday - everything was excellent!

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LindaA
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Comfortable environment. Highly recommend.

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DawnT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite BBQ restaurant in Milwaukee. We have been there at least 10 times and each time everything was excellent.

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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 54 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.