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About The Smoke Ring

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.

309 Nelson Street
Atlanta, GA 30313
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Southern, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:


Lunch & Dinner:

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

Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm)

Cross Street:
Chapel St. SW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(404) 228-6377

Website:
http://www.smokeringatlanta.com/

Parking Details:
We have a parking deck for your convenience, free of charge.

Executive Chef:
Jordan Wakefield

Additional:
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

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The Smoke Ring Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Good for Groups (8)
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Neighborhood Gem (6)
Cozy (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Live Sports (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Business Meals (1)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined on December 7, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great service and amazing food.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Live Sports, Bar Seating
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·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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Authentic, Fun, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great atmosphere and great food

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and Service on what was a very busy day for them! I will be back for sure!

Tags: Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food - terrible service. We felt we were bothering the waiter with each cocktail we asked for. No personality and terrible demeanor.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good (not outstanding) Our appetizer and entree came out within 1 minute of each other. Our server did not seem like he wanted to be there. Not a smile on his face the entire time. Very flat.

We had a cocktail at the bar after dinner and the bartender was very friendly and full of energy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fried tomatoes were great
BBQ pork moist
Ribs meaty
Brisket tender and above average
All had great flavor
Baked beans very weak
Creamed corn average (but a good option)
Brussel sprouts very good

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Sold out food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best beef brisket I've ever had! Good location near Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

BBQ Pulled pork and chicken were extremely dry. Brisket was tough. Even the slider buns were stale. The Mac n cheese was passable, the fries were the best thing on the menu.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Please try the smoked ribs, the Brussel sprouts, and the creamed corn. So delicious.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was good, but I felt like it was leftovers instead of freshly prepared. Maybe because we were there on a Sunday night.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Really great smoked meats.
Chicken was out of this world
Very good fried green tomatoes

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our waitress was excellent but the food was sub par. The food tasted as if it was right out of the microwave. Not fresh at all. My husband's order of baby back ribs were dry. This is my third time here but first review. Will not return for a fourth time.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Staff was uninformed of specials. Also the restaurant was out of several things when we visited. Substitutions were made without asking us - Including spicy hot pepper jack cheese on a child's grilled cheese.
Food was good, music was good, but the restaurant was unable to deliver what they were selling.
Food came out wrong and bill was wrong. Server unaware of website specials.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Absolutely outstanding - we were in the area and looking for something Southern for our Northern family... BBQ looked great. The sandwiches were amazing, the fried pickles top notch, and one at our table choose the chicken and waffles off the brunch menu. The kids were treated like people, drinks stayed full, or server was attentive without being overbearing, and the atmosphere was family friendly. Highly recommend!!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 18, 2017

All good. Might be too popular because they were out of some items on last Friday. Need to make sure inventory is in stock. My friend wanted 2 separate items that were out of stock at 1pm. What happens when MB Dome opens this Saturday?

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I was really excited about taking my husband here for his birthday last weekend. The ambience is nice and I can see this being a busy spot during game days. Unfortunately, the experience was just okay. We ordered brisket and turkey as a part of the pick 3 meal. Shortly after ordering, our server came to tell us they were out of both. It was only 6pm so it's not as if it was late night. We were disappointed because brisket is one of the main reasons to go to a bbq place. We ordered pork belly and pulled pork instead and it was just okay. They also don't offer anything special for birthdays or at least didn't for my husband even though we mentioned it to the server. He was nice and did a fine job as server but we were definitely disappointed with the experience. Not sure if we'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We knew nothing about Smoke Ring before we got there. It is a casual place with a very relaxed and comfortable feel. Overall, our server was very helpful and despite having to serve several tables, was able to be as attentive as we needed him to be. The food was quite good - two of us got the pulled pork plate & enjoyed it with the sweet potato tots (hillbilly caviar was also quite good). We were a little disappointed that they were out of alligator tails as it was one thing that attracted us to the place. Moreover, we had a couple vegetarians that had a hard time finding options for appetizers given that many of the the vegetable dishes (even the tots, I believe) were prepared with a meat base or broth. Other than that, we have a great time! I would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 2, 2017

My last review of smoke ring wasn't scathing but it wasn't good either. We had a horrible server who really killed the mood and ruined the meal but Our sweet waitress more than made up for it this time. She was friendly and attentive without being overwhelming. She made great suggestions and was always available when she needed to be. I don't remember her name but she wore a nose ring and rainbow bracelets.

The food was great and came to the table fresh and hot. The Brussels sprouts were just amazing! Last time I dined here I swore I would never come back but, I'm glad I did.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 16, 2017

My college-age son and I went to The Smoke Ring for Sunday brunch and we were not disappointed. He ordered the Smoked Brisket Hash and loved it. The serving size was so generous that he couldn't finish it. I had the Breakfast Burrito and was really pleased. I added a few of the delicious BBQ sauces that were on the table. I also ordered a side of home fries that were delicious. Our server was fantastic. She was so friendly. The food came out quickly and she kept our Cokes refilled! I wish this restaurant was on the North side of town so I could come more often! You can see the new Mercedes Benz stadium from the restaurant. This would be a good spot before or after a game.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We stumbled on the Smoke Ring and it was the best. Loved the smoked Turkey and the wings in the Peach Teriyaki sauce.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We actually had dinner reservations at a different restaurant but due to heavy delays on the interstate we had to cancel and ended up at smoke ring for the first time in over 2 years!

The food was very good but was served to us barely hot. The service was probably the worst I've ever had. The restaurant only had 3 tables when we arrived at 930 and we had to track our server down for everything. Definitely won't be back for another 2 years.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Ask for the booth in the middle. Play a vintage 1980s arcade game.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 21, 2017

First time at the smoke ring and I wasn’t disappointed. I started with the smoked chicken appetizer with that tangy but very brightening white sauce which made it better (even so it didn’t need it.) Then I took the audacity to have the half rib and the lamb belly. I usually like ribs but the lamb belly was the highlight of my lunch/dinner (I was there at 3 pm). The sides were excellent (you have to go with the corn on the cob with that Mexican cheese (cotija) and the macaroni with 3 cheeses. Plates are large. Thus, doggy bag is a given. Also, the bartender is great. Just a good time in Atlanta. THANK YOU

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was delicious. The service was terrible. We waited over 40 minutes from the time we ordered our food to the time we received our food. The waiter must of delayed putting in our order and we barely received an apology. The food was really good so we may give it another chance.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We rsvp for 6 for brunch to celebrate Fathers Day. Took 15 min for our waiter to greet is and ask for our drinks. We waited another 10 minutes for the brunch menu. Everyone else was given the brunch menu from the moment they arrived. The tables around us would come and go by the time our food arrived. Bottomless mimosas? Yeah right. The wait for our mimosas was 10 min while everyone around us would receive their drinks in a timely manner. It was as if our waiter avoided us intentionally. His name is Nicholas. We will not be returning to the smoke ring.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Our waiter was very nice and attentive . Great food and a nice chill spot

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Romantic, Hot Spot, People Watching
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We have been many times but we're very disappointed with this visit. Food was like warm and service was not good - she forgot several things and delivered wrong items.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Really enjoyed Smoke Ring... their smoked wings are outstanding, perhaps better than Fox Brothers. Also loved the pork platter with beans and potato salad. Bourbon cocktails were good too.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Birthday dinner for girlfriend

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 9, 2017

The food was great and service was fast. The downtown view of Atlanta was superb. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and I thought the menu was good too.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 6, 2017

It was the curse of the second visit. Our first visit was far more enjoyable than this one. Service was VERY slow and so was the entire establishment. There were very few patrons around, many open tables for a Saturday night. It boils down to OK drinks, decent variety of beer and just OK BBQ. Probable won't be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Good for Groups
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