Sugar and Smoke

3.5
171 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Southern Kitchen Bar and Lounge

To request reservations by email please contact us at:
info@sugarandsmokepgh.com

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AHN Burn Unit Happy Hour

$5 Craft Beer Specials $6 Select Wine Specials $3.5 Miller Lite Specials

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 2, 2019

Ends: January 3, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 171 People Are Saying
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TP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great experience. I had the cajun salmon and it was delicious. We were a party of 4 and it was our first time. There were no complaints.

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LB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. Arrived at 1:47 pm for 2 pm reservation. Received food at 3 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. It was Mother’s Day and children were there. It’s difficult for adults to wait an entire hour, but impossible for kids. Servers were pleasant, but they can do little to fix a kitchen problem.
Finally got our meals and the food was delicious. Perhaps should have offered appetizers for such a long wait. Was warned that service was extremely slow from previous dinners.
Decor was nice, great ambiance, but service detracts from those positive attributes. I would go there again, but it the experience is the same, would cross it off my list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there for Mother’s Day and it was really good food and atmosphere

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RA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was really slow on a Sunday for brunch and we were seated with no menus. The restaurant was not busy but our food quality wasn't that great. My shrimp and grits had big lumps in it and was served with a runny tomato sauce without any southern or Cajun flavors. NOT what I expected from a southern themed restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Incredibly slow service.

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n
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

My recommendation is that you avoid this establishment at all costs. The food is actually decent, but not extraordinary, but the service is truly abysmal. You can get much better value for the dollar many other places

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KY
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service, drinks, and desserts were outstanding!. We had the brisket and my husband's portion was a bit fatty. There was a jazz band playing downstairs which competed with the music that was playing upstairs in the dining room. We would visit again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had dinner in the Bar and we also were there for the entertainment in the lower level, nice evening!

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TP
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Michael was a great waiter however, the kitchen was not so good with our order. We did not get served until an hour and half after we ordered. The food was delicious though. Kitchen management needs addressed.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for my wife and I prior to show in downtown. Kiev was a fantastic server and was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. The owners were warm and friendly and very welcoming. The ambiance is beautiful and the food was over the top. Recommend anything with their smoke seasoning. Can't wait to do Brunch next!

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KJ
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The brisket was delicious and the service was so great. This place seems like a well-kept secret!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The menu had some interesting options, so we thought we’d check it out. There is a small off street parking lot, which was nice for a Friday night in Bloomfield. We sat in a dining room next to the bar, but in a separate room. The piped-in music was loud enough to make conversation difficult. The decor was nondescript, but we weren’t there because the room looked nice! The room was about half filled, and it seemed that everyone else had already ordered, or was already eating. A bottle of water was brought to the table, which was nice since our server was often MIA. We ordered an appetizer and two entrees. The app came out in less than ten minutes, and was fine. Nothing over the top. Then, we waited over an hour for our entrees, a dinner salad and barbecue sandwich. During this time, we saw tables around us flip, and the new diners ordered and were served. After about 40 minutes, we were told that there was a mixup, and that our order would be out in a few minutes. Twenty minutes later, we were served. The sandwich was acceptable, but lacking in much flavor. The “brioche” bun was unimpressive and the fries seemed to be from frozen, not freshly cut. The salad was pretty good, and the beets seemed fresh, but there were a few bits of slimy lettuce in the mix. It looked like greens from a bag. The grilled chicken also seemed to have come straight from Restaurant Depot.
There was nothing about the meal that should have taken that long, even if it had to have been made twice. Our server did apologize a couple of times, saying that as she’d told us, there was a mixup. Given the extreme wait, I think they should have offered a free app it dessert. While we would have refused either, some effort on the part of the restaurant to make up for the long wait would have been the thing to do.
Would we go back? Probably not. Lackluster service and unreasonable wait aside, there are so many other dining options in the city, I think we would try them first.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant has great potential, but definitely need to work out some kinks. We had a later reservation at 8pm and they were out of the brisket, pulled pork, and meatloaf. The service was pretty slow, but the waitress was very nice and apologetic. We could tell she was working hard and was not her fault. Additionally, the owner happened to be outside and helped us with parking when we arrived. After circling a few times trying to find something, this definitely was the highlight. Great people and friendly service goes a long way. We tried all the apps and they were delicious. I just hope they are able to work out the kinks. If you go, just try to have patience from the get go and your experience will be much nicer.

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KK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I hate writing this kind of review because I was really looking forward to this place. Nothing went right almost the entire evening. We had a 730pm dinner reservation on Saturday evening. We were told there would be a 10 to 15 minute wait, but there were empty tables? After being seated and placing our order, we waited about 30 minutes for our appetizers to arrive. Fried Green tomatoes and soup. We then waited another hour 15 minutes for our meal. Fried Chicken and Shrimp & Grits?? Again not very complicated. Food was okay, but not worth the price. Service was really slow. Everyone was nice, but we did not expect to be at this place for almost 3 hours..

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Some pretty significant staffing/wait issues — not exaggerating when we were served more than two hours after ordering - I understand Saturday gets busy, but this was pretty complicated. We appreciated our server throughout.

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G
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

There was only one server in the back room, where (2) we were seated. It took forever to get a drink and food. True, this was a Saturday night, but I just think they should be able to handle a "full house."

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MA
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would have preferred some type of sauce or juice on my brisket. It was too dry otherwise.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food service could be a little faster but worth the wait

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

I ordered chicken and waffles. It was LITERALLY 3 fried chicken wings (smaller than KFC) on a waffle for 16 dollars. The fried green tomatoes were soggy and collared greens tasted like a whole box of salt got dumped on it. We were excited to try this but will never go back!

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being vegetarian I had limited choices but the Chef was quite accommodating and made a dish for me that was just delicious. Staff are friendly and attentive.....love this place and going again tonight.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The greeter took us to our table and was friendly - made some suggestions for us. We opted for the crab hushpuppies, brisket, mac & cheese, collard greens, and cornbread. The hushpuppies were decent, but not exceptional and probably not worth the cost, but we held hope that the rest of the meal would be really good. When our meals came out, the brisket was very dry as was the mac & cheese. The collard greens had no pieces of bacon in it aside from one tiny piece that looked like a bacon bit. We mentioned our concerns to our waited who apologized but didn't offer to do anything to make anything better. The waiter was nice, but not very effective with service. We have no plans of returning.

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RJ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went to has late lunch and had the restaurant almost to myself. I gave with a 4 star instead of a five for the food because I was not fond of the beignets. They were not bad, but I have been to Cafe Du Monde, so I have high standards. The Brisket was wonderful and the greens were pretty good (not enough liquid or turkey). I should have asked for vinegar and they would have been great.

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Went for Sunday brunch. Wait staff was hosting and bussing tables, which meant the service was horrible. We had fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, and the brisket hash. Tomatoes were soggy. The chicken was three wings that were all skin and bone, and the waffle was mealy. The potatoes and peppers in the hash tasted frozen, and the brisket, which was allegedly slow cooked for 19 hours, wasn't even as good as the beef we make in our Crockpot. Needless to say, our first trip was also our last.

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F
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The shrimp and grits were really good however the service was very slow!

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OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food was excellent! We look forward to returning soon.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place and good food

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MJ
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Before arriving at the restaurant I viewed the menu online. I found several meals that my sister and I would interested in. When we arrived, to our disappointment, the menu was completely different from what was online. None of the entrees that we were interested in were on the menu at the restaurant. The waitress explained that the menu online was not accurate and that others had patrons had the same complaint. My sister and I left the restaurant and went to Lot 17 where the food was excellent.

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JU
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It took over an hour to get our food. There were 4 of us and each one of us had something wrong with the meal. For example the chicken fingers with Mac and cheese came to the table with overcooked chicken and home fries. When we asked about the Mac and cheese we were told "we are not serving it today. However it was on the menu and we were not told they did not have it at the time we ordered. We will not be back.

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MM
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

If you have no other plans it's ok. But plan to be there 3 hours or more because it takes 2 hours to get your food

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PF
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I anticipated more of the Southern seasonings. The food was all pretty bland. My omelet was warm, my hashbrowns were hard. Nothing spectacular.
Great atmosphere! Good service.
This was Sunday brunch.

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KS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was great! Went above normal service, very thoughtful and friendly. The food was good-but not great. Collard greens were very spicy. Brussels sprouts and French fries were good!

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k
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect old fashioned from the bar! Crab bisque was yummy and large serving. Ordered Shrimp and Grits, wasn't expecting red sauce (must have not red menu thoroughly) but was yummy. Service was prompt and gave great recommendations! Loved the music!

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L
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Prices were very reasonable; however, brisket portions were small.

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BK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Sugar and Smoke, and it certainly will not be our last. Food was exceptional and we can't wait to try other treat from their wonderful menu. The dining room was clean and well managed. Servers were friendly and helpful.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average service. Average food. Two different tables in the same dining room while we ate were disappointed enough with their meals/service that they asked to see a manager. Was hoping to be wowed with the unique menu but wasn’t. With so many great restaurants in Pittsburgh it’s doubtful we will go back.

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TA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very slow service, food was served barely warm after a 45 minute wait, manager failed to come to address situation after being asked twice.

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D
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiter was overworked so service was not great although he was trying hard!
Food was soso

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LL
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was uninspired. Soup arrived cold and when I sent it back to be warmed up, it took much longer than it should have. It was returned to me, clearly having been warmed in a microwave because it was only hot in spots, and with a teaspoon. When I asked for a soup spoon, that took several minutes as well, thus reducing the temperature of the soup further. The rest of the mean was okay, nothing special. Adequate.

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FR
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Loved the ambiance and jazz sound track. I ordered chix and a waffle. 3 small wings and 1 large waffle for $16. The dish lacked creativity and value.

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M
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. Portions were large. The shecrab bisque was delicious as were the fried green tomatoes. However, it took a very long time to get our entrees. Close to an hour.

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