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Smoke Shack

4.6
4.6
292 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 431-1119

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Sazama

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 859-9311

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    St. Paul

  • Parking details

    There is a parking garage one block to the south.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 292 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Outdoor Dining

  • Milwaukee

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. AJ

    AvaJeanne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner! Food, drinks, and service were excellent
  2. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A nice blend of traditional bbq with an innovative twist.
  3. J

    Jaime

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here, and we will be back! Food was awesome and quickly made! If you love bbq this is the place to go.
  4. MM

    MatthewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Strarted out slow as servers were coming on to the shift but they perked it up and was a wonderful time and food. Been coming there for many years and the food, ambiance and service are always great.
  5. LF

    LoisF

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very good food
  6. JS

    JohnS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great, attentive service and yummy BBQ. Good value too
  7. EJ

    EJH223

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    The waiter was aloof and disinterested … picked up chicken wing plate with wing still on it. Brought wrong salad.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food service and time
  9. j

    jkdbobby

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Favorite local BBQ.
  10. r

    rockfordgal

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED SMOKE SHACK! We ate here on a Tuesday night with family (5 people). We ordered the sampler, nachos and a chicken sandwich. Honestly the sampler would have been enough for all of us to share. Wonderful food, sauces, service and atmosphere. The cornbread was particularly good! Would definitely recommend when visiting Milwaukee!
  11. PD

    PatriciaD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    We ordered the sample platter and ALL off the food was cold and over cooked.
  12. K

    Katie

    Milwaukee

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I'm happy they take reservations as it seems busy! Our server was wonderful and attentive and the food was phenomenal. We will definitely be back, as I didn't have enough "room" to try everything I wanted.
  13. P

    Patience

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the meat was fresh and juicy. The sides were fresh. I wish the meat portions were just a little bigger. The covered outdoor seating is nice. Overall great food and experience.
  14. K

    Kong

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food, service and ambiance!
  15. SM

    SeptemberM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service was great pricing was good and we would definitely go back
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Pulled Chicken and pulled pork were less than a cup serving each, extremely dry and flavorless. Mac n cheese was liquid. Greens were too sweet. 80 dollar bill for something I could do better at home. Brisket was slightly above average with the beans and fried green tomatoes winning the day. Atmosphere is cool. I will not place this on the list to visit again.
  17. F

    Foodie

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Smoked sausage was a major surprise being the best meat on the 3 meat platter! The apps and drinks are incredible and unique and the service was delightful and inviting. Only downside - Some of the meats were not very warm/were dry. Overall great place though and will go back!
  18. GD

    GeeDee

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, big portions, reasonable price. Waiter friendly and helpful in describing the different sauces on the table. Everything is clean and the food is tasty
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent waiter Anthony, very helpful. Good happy hour specials and all 4 meals had were very good.
  20. LP

    LPPL

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, great for an out of town, experience... downtown!
  21. KV

    KatV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The food itself was pretty good, but definitely pricier for what you get. Unfortunately, one of my friend's food came out to the table cold.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4 of us had a great meal with great service from Joe! Good cocktails and nice beer selection! The smoked meat was spectacular!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i love this place!! went before summer fest and now this is my go to place! i sat outside and it was so pretty with the lights and everything!
  24. PH

    PeterH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stopped in before Summerfest 22 on that last Saturday. Knew it might be crowded, so I made a rez the night before for three people at 1pm. Despite turning away the folks in front of us, they seated us immediately. Brisket sandwich was delish. Nice big chunks with rings of smoke and not dry at all. Sweet potato fries seemed to have a sugar coating - A little too sweet for my liking. My friend got the Mac n cheese. Tried some of that and it was even better w a nice bit of sharp cheddar taste to it. Other friend was very pleased w the pulled pork. Service was spot on. Not too pesky but right there w back up water and beers. Nice selection of craft brews and wide selection (2 pages) of bourbons. Would like to have sat outside on such a great day, but they were a little short staffed (as many places are these days) and it was limited seating. It was the perfect start to a great day of music. Thanks Smokeshack.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Dang good BBQ! The corn bread with honey butter was a lovely way to start our meal. We had the pulled pork, sausage, brisket and pulled chicken as our proteins, Mac & cheese, baked beans, cream corn and mushrooms as our sides. Every single thing was outstanding! Took the pecan pie with whiskey ice cream to go and that was a delightful treat a couple hours later.
  26. RN

    RhondaN

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food was amazing! Very good brisket. Blueberry crumble dessert was a hit!
  27. S

    Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great options and flavors. The Sampler gave best value to try all the good stuff. Could definitely east the Brisket Poutine appetizer every day.
  28. j

    jkdbobby

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    New chef, better recipes, we love it!
  29. KS

    KaraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great smoked food in a great atmosphere! We chose to dine al fresco and loved the vibe outside. The smoked meats were delicious as always. What surprised us most were the smoked mushrooms…a fantastic side! And the perfect pickles served alongside each meal—sweet, vinegary, with just the right amount of heat to finish them off. Our server was on the ball and friendly as could be. Highly recommend you give Smoke Shack’s Third Ward location a try!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My wife and I have been to many BBQ “shacks”. We ordered the two meat (brisket & pulled pork) platter. The brisket was okay and the pork lacked smoke and flavor. The sides were good.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great welcoming and friendly energetic staff. Was asked if was our first time there and was provided and explained how they prepare and make their food in house. I asked for recommendations and was provided excellent suggestions. Started with the egg roll appetizer and was blown away by what I was expecting… very delicious! Food was delicious as we shared the sampler platter which I didn’t believe it was going to be enough for the 3 of us but was pleasantly surprised that it was just the right amount and was feeling pretty full after all. The Mac n cheese was incredible along with the beans… an extra ingredient that was absolutely amazing was in the beans and truly delicious!! The brisket was perfection and the sauces were delicious!! The ribs, chicken, and pork were all very good too! Will definitely be back!
  32. RT

    RussT

    Saarbrucken

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely, the best experience I’ve had in Milwaukee. Great service, amazing food and we all walked away happy and full. Two thumbs up!
  33. CG

    CarrieG

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Collin was a great server. Very nice and engaging. Did feel like we were rushed, was very friendly and had convetsations with customers
  34. f

    foodfave

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food and ambiance! The staff was very accommodating for our special needs and service was excellent. We sat inside but the outside seating looked lovely. Will definitely be back!
  35. BJ

    BreannaJ

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Two of the dishes were very good, but the plate of meats and sides we received were cold and not tasty unfortunately. I love smoke shack as a whole, but the food hasnt been as good recently.
  36. JC

    JuliaC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always satisfied with this restaurant. They have different menu items everytime we go and are always delicious.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great experience, the food and service were outstanding.
  38. A

    Angela

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their brunch menu. First time for my friend being there and won’t be her last. Highly recommend the “count” biscuit sandwich.
  39. J

    Jason

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Phenomenal food. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
  40. MD

    McDee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had arranged a business meeting for myself and three other people. The online reservation program was a breeze. It was a beautiful outside the day of the meeting. The hostess sat us in the sheltered exterior area. Because of the enclosure, the music was a little loud and would have limited discussion. Our server happily move us to the terrace which was quieter (even with street noise) and was warmer. Our group arrived, we ordered, got coffee, and began a rather lengthy discussion. Although we occupied the space for an extended period of time, Joey, our waiter, continued to be very attentive. The food was great, the service was great, and the ambience was perfect for a meeting that took the better part of four hours. I highly recommend Smoke Shack, both for the food and the service. Great Job! Oh, BTW, this was my first experience with them, and they were randomly chosen by me simply for proximity to the attendees of the meeting.

FAQs

Smoke Shack does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and 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 292 OpenTable diners.

Smoke Shack does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Smoke Shack

332 N Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    St. Paul

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a parking garage one block to the south.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Sazama

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (414) 431-1119

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 859-9311

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