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The Smoke Ring

4.3
176 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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This Bar-B-Que haven is the brainchild of Chef Jordan Wakefield. Jordan and wife Erin Wakefield opened the doors in October 2013. This "Gastroque" concept is very chef driven, with a focus on the meat itself, as well as an infusion of unique southern cuisine. However unlike most Bar-B-Que restaurants, the sides are not an afterthought. The creamy mac-n-cheese is topped with bread crumbs and baked to order. Our crispy brussel sprouts are flash fried, then drizzled with sweet maple syrup. Just as Jordan put his touch on all of these classic items, his wife Erin created an award winning cocktail list that pairs perfectly with the delectable food. The Restaurant is located at 309 Nelson Street, in the eclectic Castleberry Hill neighborhood. We are just a short walk from many downtown attractions, such as CNN Center, Phillips Arena, Centennial Olympic Park, and The Georgia Dome.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Southern, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation


Lunch & Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm)
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Phone number
(404) 228-6377
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jordan Wakefield
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chapel St. SW
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Parking details
We have a parking deck for your convenience, free of charge.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 176 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.0
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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OpenTable Diner (Key West)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Food was great but was disappointed in the level of service especially considering it was not busy at all.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food and atmosphere loved it

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Absolutely amazing! Food was phenomenal and the venue was cozy and authentic. Great location too - right near the Falcons stadium!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food. I went there because of the article in the AJC that said that their wings and food was really good. They did not disappoint. The food was excellent great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Found the staff to be somewhat curt and the food to be okay but not great. There's definitely potential here - but it wouldn't kill them to try to be friendlier.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Good BBQ and atmosphere. Nice place for casual lunch and, or diner.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Amazing. Traditional BBQ as well as a fantastic twist of that’s what you’re looking for. Nachos are required whenever we visit. Lamb belly is crazy good and unique.
Sliders are great espically the fried green tomato slider. Brisket burrito is unreal and massive. Can’t say enough good things.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

I didn’t think it was possible to get bad BBQ in the south, but it is. I should have figured something wasn’t right when we arrived and we didn’t smell any of the normal great smells associated with a BBQ restaurant. Where to start? Aberage service, salad that showed up with dinner after waiting almost 15 minutes, marginal pulled pork, brisket that was a mixture of fat and gristle, and hard dry corn bread. The one positive, the beer was cold (but we had to wait for that too). Try somewhere else if you are looking for BBQ in the ATL.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Great! Everything was excellent!

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vipGregS (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was mediocre. Drinks took forever to arrive at table. When they did, i took a sip of mine and ended up with 2 pieces of glass in my mouth. The bartender must have broken a glass over the ice bin and neglected to properly clean it out.

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edoc (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Great ribs. Great beer selection. Great place to eat before going to an event at Mercedes.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Cozy and rustic interior. Laid back atmosphere. Delicious food. Yum! Good service. 5-7 min walk to MB Stadium. Would go back again for sure to get more fried green tomatoes and fried pickles!

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PerfectDateNight (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

The drinks were very good, BBQ deviled eggs so delicious and a different twist then what I am use to, the BBQ nachos was sooooo good and different as well. They used waffle fries instead of chips loaded with queso dip, pulled pork nicely seasoned, and all of the fixins. The entrees were good as well, but the appetizers were better.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Great service and amazing food.

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vipsimplNsweet (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Hate to leave a bad review but this was my second visit in seven months and not much has improved from my first visit in the spring to this most recent visit. The service improved since the first visit but I'm not sure it's because there were not many customers or the staff has been retrained. At any rate, that was a plus. Seating and ordering was quick. The food, however, is shockingly ill prepared. BBQ should be well-seasoned and flavorful upon the first bite-even without adding sauce. My wings and pork plate lacked salt, pepper and the other seasoning you look for in smoked/grilled meats. (This was the case during my first visit as well). Even the sides were lacking. The cornbread was small and dry, the mac & cheese, creamed corn and grits needed salt. Even the baked beans lacked seasonings. I did like the Brussels sprouts, recommended by our server, and could have eaten another helping. Oddly, even before we tasted our sides he was apologetic and upon seeing the cornbread, offered to replace it. Before he ordering, advised us to rethink the greens if we did not like them vinegary.

Finally, the sauce offerings are really slim. I know sauces vary by Southern region but to just have a vinegary sauce base offering is limiting. That being said, if a diner chose not to use the sauce, the meat should still be delicious without it.

I think this could be a good restaurant if the owners reconsider their menu and recipes then tries them out on a cross section of diners. Sooo, this my opinion about the highly opinionated cuisine called BBQ and my dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

The BBQ was really good. The one thing I enjoyed the most was the Macaroni and Cheese. It was delicious. Probably I would consider it the best I have ever had!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Cool southern vibe with comfort foods to enjoy. Fried green tomatoes were sooo good! The brisket was mouthwatering and the 3 cheese mac and cheese creamy! The Brussels sprouts made the meal!

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vipviningsmj (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

The main courses and sides are always so good, and one never has to wait long for the food to come out. Really cool scene for downtown.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Great atmosphere and great food

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