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The Smoke Ring

4.1
4.1
224 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue

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.

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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)

  • Phone number

    (404) 228-6377

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jordan Wakefield

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Chapel St. SW

  • Parking details

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

  • 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 Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Chef's Picks

  • Giant Smoke Ring Tater Tots$7.00

    three tots stuffed with bacon, jalapeno, cheddar cheese, served with ancho chile ketchup

    • Egg White Omelet$10.00

      arugula, wild mushrooms, heirloom cherry tomatoes, pepper jack cheese, cup of fruit

      • Breakfast "Benedict"$12.00

        two churro "buns", scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, pico, jalapenos and maple syrup. with fried potatoes

        • Breakfast Patty Melt$14.00

          Bear creek burger, fried egg, caramelized onions, gruyere cheese on toasted rye

          Brunch

          • Brian's Breakfast$12.00

            two eggs, home fried potatoes, rashers, sausage links, texas toast

            • Smoke Ring Benedict

              english muffin, poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise, home fried potatoes

              • Pulled Pork$11.00
              • Salmon$13.00
              • Fried Green Tomato$10.00
            • Smoke Ring Chicken -N- Waffles$14.00

              buttermilk waffle, two fried chicken tenders, hock collards, maple syrup & white gravy

              • Chef's Biscuits & Gravy$9.00

                buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy & two sunny side up eggs

                • Smoke Ring Breakfast Burrito$10.00

                  scrambled eggs, pulled pork, queso, pico, smoked salsa verde

                  • Smoked Brisket Hash$14.00

                    brisket, onions, peppers, fried potatoes, chipotle bbq sauce, 2 over easy eggs, tobacco onions

                    Cocktails

                    • Brunch Bloody$10.00

                      Bacon vodka OR Pepper vodka, house pickled veggies, bacon slice, celery salt rim

                      • Man-Mosa$6.00

                        wheat beer, champagne, orange juice

                        • Brunch Punch$8.00

                          • Bottomless Mimosas$15.00

                            • Single Mimosa$6.00

                          Brunch Sides

                          $3.50

                          • Cheese Grits

                            • Two Eggs

                              • Apple Wood Bacon

                                • Home Fries

                                  • Biscuit & Butter Sausage Links

                                    • Rashers

                                      • English Muffin & House Jelly

                                        • Cup of Fruit

                                          For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                          What 224 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          4.1
                                          4.1 based on all time ratings
                                          • 4.1Food
                                          • 4.0Service
                                          • 4.1Ambience
                                          • 4.0Value

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                                          1. TB

                                            TimB

                                            Chicago

                                            8 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on September 15, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Walked in the door and could smell we were in for a great evening. Service, food, ambiance was wonderful. Highly recommend the turkey breast and brisket combo. Definitely a place to revisit.

                                          2. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on September 10, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The service is spectacular and food is so delicious!!

                                          3. FN

                                            F8NBTHR

                                            Birmingham

                                            21 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            21 reviews

                                            Dined on September 1, 2018

                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                            Great place. Go tonight. Do not wait.

                                          4. MN

                                            MichaelN

                                            Tampa

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on September 1, 2018

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Good spot before a game at stadium with parking available. Great atmosphere

                                          5. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on August 25, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                            Awesome food and service. Outside dining is available if the live music is too loud

                                          6. JM

                                            JeanM

                                            Detroit

                                            2 reviews

                                            2.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on August 22, 2018

                                            overall2food3service1ambience2

                                            Slow service!!

                                          7. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Chicago

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on August 20, 2018

                                            overall1food1service2ambience3

                                            Ordered the pick 2 brisket and pork belly. They were tough and seemed to be old. They were out of ginger beer and the ginger ale was flat. My wife ordered the ribs and she had similar comments about the quality of the meat. The ribs were definitely not falling off the bone. Since it was a slow day I assumed the meat was left over from Sunday. The server recommended the macaroni and cheese..said it was “a must have” but it was baked.tasted like Kraft box with real cheese added and then torched on the to top to give it a baked look. I took the meat home and gave it to Lola our pitbull.

                                          8. AC

                                            AmyC

                                            Atlanta

                                            9 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on August 11, 2018

                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                            We booked Smoke Ring for a birthday party & had a large-ish group of 13. (Allowed us to bring our own cake.) The service was great from the minute we arrived. Some really unique drink options. They had a limited drink menu that night for some reason, but the server was able to still get us some drinks we'd seen on the online menu. Everyone liked all the drinks. Food was so, so good. First time I've ever had ribs that didn't need sauce. Yum! Same with chicken. The restaurant itself was cozy with cool decor. And it wasn't so noisy that we couldn't hear each other speak. Only downside & reason for 4 stars was that they were out of 2 sides that half the table had planned to order (brussels sprouts & garlic mashed potatoes). We all said we want to go back. Oh-- and there is a parking deck right next door. Not sure what $$ policy always is but we told the guy we were there to eat & he waved us in at no charge, even though others were paying to park for T Swift concert.

                                          9. JW

                                            JamesW

                                            Atlanta

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on August 11, 2018

                                            overall4food5service3ambience3

                                            BBQ was great, brews were good, but the host oversat our waiter so the service was a bit slow.

                                          10. KL

                                            KrissyL

                                            Atlanta

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on August 10, 2018

                                            overall5food4service3ambience3

                                            This place is great before a concert or game at Mercedes Benz. There is also a parking deck right at it and then you can walk to your event! Food was great and everyone was friendly

                                          11. RC

                                            ReturningCustomer

                                            Atlanta

                                            4 reviews

                                            2.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on July 29, 2018

                                            overall2food3service1ambience4

                                            We had an RSVP for 10-12 people in which we only needed 9 seats when we arrived. We were sat in the middle of the back wall under the BBQ signs. The server was VERY slow and it took over 30 min to get our drinks out to us. Getting a drink refilled was an additional 10 min wait. We were there at 11:30 AM when they opened (and our RSVP time) and it wasn't busy, at all. There were 3 other tables sat in the first hour we were there, the place was mostly quiet. When we were at the end of our brunch a very large crowd came in and we were asked, by a different server, to hurry up so they could use the 2 tables to seat the large party. They should have been more prompt in service OR not sat us in an area they knew they needed for that large of a party. It was poorly planned and poorly communicated AND we had a RSVP. There is no reason that the logistics weren't executed correctly to give a great dining experience. When we finally got our checks half of them were incorrect and had the wrong items listed on them. We even told the server who had which items when we asked for our checks. My friends and I frequent this place and the last 3 times we have been here the service has gotten slower and more unfriendly. I wasn't pleased with my visit and I will probably look for another go to when we're downtown. :(

                                          12. RH

                                            RonH

                                            Orlando

                                            12 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            12 reviews

                                            Dined on July 12, 2018

                                            overall4food4service3ambience3

                                            BBQ very good, sides just ok. Fall off the bone ribs not for the competitive smoker but what the average person thinks is perfect. Good texture and flavor without need to drench in sauce.

                                          13. AY

                                            AmyY

                                            Los Angeles

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 7, 2018

                                            overall2food2service3ambience4

                                            As BBQ joints go, The Smoke Ring was "just ok." The restaurant design, decor, overall ambiance were cool and comfortable. Service was friendly and efficient, but there was not much of a crowd there around lunchtime on the Saturday we stopped in. The food was tasty enough, nothing special, but the portions were much smaller than one would expect when ordering a "barbecue platter" - even at an "upscale" BBQ place. We ordered the 3-meat platter, which came with 2 sides. For $22, I'd expect more than a spoonful of pulled pork (most of which was gooey, inedible fat that we didn't care to eat), two smallish slices of brisket (ok flavor, but texture was on the chewy side), and one thin strip of pork belly (the tastiest of the meat choices we tried). Collard greens (side #1) were kinda bland. The standout of the entire meal was the crispy Brussels sprouts w/ maple glaze (side #2). The beer selection looked good, but we didn't stick around long enough to explore it beyond a single round. Maybe it's the Texas girl in me that is hard to please when it comes to BBQ, but our experience at The Smoke Ring was nothing to write home about. Will try a different place the next time we're looking for BBQ in ATL.

                                          14. s

                                            spencer2879

                                            Atlanta

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on June 17, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food was delicious, and amazing service!

                                          15. WW

                                            WorkingfortheWeekend

                                            Atlanta

                                            4 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on June 17, 2018

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            Fathers Day

                                          16. CM

                                            CarrienM

                                            Washington DC

                                            8 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on June 16, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Being from Texas I'm a smoked BBQ snob so I couldn't bring myself to order the brisket, but I just might next time. I got the turkey and half chicken and both were so very juicy and flavorful, and smoked just right. The half chicken should probably be shared (unless you're starving imo), it was soooo much but so good. I barely put a dent in it after eating the turkey The brussel sprouts were delicious as well and the service was very good. we had a 12 noon reservation so it was fairly empty but as the crowds trickled in, nothing changed. Definitely added to my list of ATL eateries

                                          17. O

                                            Open

                                            Atlanta

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on June 3, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Ive been here so much but i brought my church (10) friends. They loved it and asked for us to plan to go later this month!

                                          18. B

                                            Barbi

                                            Phoenix

                                            38 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            38 reviews

                                            Dined on June 2, 2018

                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                            We visited here while in business from Phoenix. We met up with our friends who traveled in from South Carolina. I chose this spot because of its location to The World Congress Center and most importantly because they take reservations!! Food was great ! Servers were nice ! I would return.

                                          19. BB

                                            BrandiBambi

                                            Jacksonville

                                            15 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            15 reviews

                                            Dined on May 27, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            ...food was great...i had the pick 2, smoked sausage & smoked turkey w/baked beans & brussel sprouts...meat was super tender, wish beans were better but brussel sprout was DELICIOUS!

                                          20. KE

                                            KaleighE

                                            Charlotte

                                            5 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on May 27, 2018

                                            overall3food3service2ambience3

                                            It was just ok. We were the first ones there on a Sunday, but the server was struggling to remember who wanted coffee and water. At that time, there was only 5 of us. They didn't have sweet tea (not sure if it wasn't brewed yet or they just don't offer it), but several of us wanted sweet tea. Upon receiving our food, most of our orders were relatively cold, as if they'd been sitting out. I would go again, but it wasn't the best first impression.

                                          21. j

                                            jessica11

                                            Atlanta

                                            3 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 23, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Smoke ring is our favorite happy hour location for work, the food is amazing!

                                          22. SP

                                            SaraP

                                            San Francisco

                                            5 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on May 22, 2018

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Yummy BBQ. Lamb belly was amazing.

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 21, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I brought my family here to celebrate my graduation. The Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Pickles were the bomb, okay! Everyone loved their food and the service was amazing!

                                          24. CE

                                            CEandJE

                                            Atlanta

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 20, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a great meal - the pulled chicken was SO DELICIOUS. The crowd was energetic, and this was a great place to get pumped up before an Atlanta United game!

                                          25. C

                                            Cheeznut

                                            Atlanta

                                            8 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on May 18, 2018

                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                            Went with friends to see a local band. Great BBQ and even better music!

                                          26. TC

                                            TraceyC

                                            Atlanta

                                            3 reviews

                                            2.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 13, 2018

                                            overall2food2service3ambience3

                                            My family and I went for Mother’s Day. I saw the Smoke Ring on TV and wanted to try it. The two items that I wanted were not available and the Mac and cheese that my daughter ordered was given to the table that received their food before us and that was the last of it. I will not be going back to the Smoke Ring.

                                          27. EL

                                            ExperienceLocalFoodOnly

                                            Atlanta

                                            44 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            44 reviews

                                            Dined on May 11, 2018

                                            overall2food5service3ambience1

                                            Not good! Hopefully you can have a better experience! Here are four elements of concern for our visit: 1. Out of Four items selected, basic items which the owner could get at the local grocery to avoid a failure. 2. Live Music, Great Local Band. Too loud to enjoy dinner and share a conversation. Advised owner of our need to go elsewhere if unable to resolve. 3. Music Volume Not resolved but ordered anyway. Outstanding food. Great portion size. The best Beef Brisket in the metro area. Delicious Brussel Sprouts. 4. Server was sweet but lacked knowledge. Offered to come take our order during the moments the band was not performing. Stated, “I am sorry, but I can’t hear you. I will come back during the next break.” Seriously!

                                          28. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Toronto

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 5, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing food and atmosphere!!

                                          29. R

                                            miitekRob

                                            Western NC

                                            23 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            23 reviews

                                            Dined on April 29, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Went for brunch and was not disappointed. Very good!

                                          30. MB

                                            MarileeB

                                            Columbus

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 26, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            In town for business and had to find a BBQ spot for 11 guests. The Smoke Ring sounded great and had wonderful food reviews, but I was concerned about the comments I read about slow service and not very friendly staff members. We arrived and were immediately seated with no wait. Our server was fantastic and very friendly. The food was awesome, some very creative southern dishes that I had never had before. All in all it was a very successful evening for our event. Thank you so much for making it a wonderfully positive experience!

                                          31. L

                                            Lola

                                            Atlanta

                                            28 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            28 reviews

                                            Dined on April 25, 2018

                                            overall3food3service2ambience3

                                            Wish they had regular BBQ sauce. Everyone does not like chipotle taste or too hot sauce. Regular plain BBQ sauce.

                                          32. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Atlanta

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 21, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Love the food at here my first time and will be returning

                                          33. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Greensboro

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 21, 2018

                                            overall1food1service1ambience2

                                            Horrible service, mediocre and overpriced food. BBQ sauces were terrible and ruined the meat, coleslaw tastes like vinegar. Unless you’re going to the bar for a drink and to watch the game, skip this place entirely

                                          34. JD

                                            JDsLiver

                                            Detroit

                                            75 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            75 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2018

                                            overall2food2service3ambience4

                                            Visited this restaurant with 9 colleagues. The 'cue was mixed: turkey and chicken were good, pulled pork dry, sausage very dry, and inedible ribs. The ribs were baby backs, and needed at least another 90 minutes in the smoker. They were served with a steak knife, and even with the serrated knife, the ribs were so tough they were nearly impossible to saw through. The surface meat was edible, but anything deeper than 1/2" was too tough to pull off the bone. Four people ordered the ribs, and each of the racks were like this. Sides were OK: mac & cheese good, cornbread dry but tasty, collards bad, as they were sweet, rather than vinegared. Maybe it was an off day, but if you run a pit, you should know how to cook a rack of ribs. Or know not to serve 'em, if they're nasty.

                                          35. SF

                                            StuartF

                                            Washington DC

                                            4 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on April 7, 2018

                                            overall3food3service5ambience4

                                            Worst ribs ever. Dry dry dry!

                                          36. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Orlando

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 2, 2018

                                            overall3food2service5ambience5

                                            This was on the corner were we airbnb and wanted to eat here before we went back home. Great looking restaurant staff was friendly! Server did bring us 2 different menu with 2 different prices! We took the one with the cheaper price. We did fried pickles and smoked wings as apps. And 4 choice of the lamb pulled chicken brisket and Turkey. With Mac and cheese brussel sprouts waffle fries and red neck caviar which is black beans with corn and Pico de Gallo. Great idea but poor on execution. Tasted sour and very bland! Pulled chicken was very dry only because the breast was used. Turkey was good as well as the lamb. Brisket missed the mark! Looked good but lacked the smoked bbq taste! The beer I had was great it was a local ipa. Over all it was ok! Had better bbq. Server didn't know whay kind of bbq they are doing? To bad!

                                          37. h

                                            hookemhorns

                                            Atlanta

                                            13 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on April 1, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great variety for a "bbq spot" and awesome food!

                                          38. H

                                            Hnorky

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 1, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Celebrated daughter’s 20th birthday after Easter services. Food was great! They were likely undertaffed due to Easter, but the staff hustled their butts off and got us out the door to catch a plane. Could not ask for better experience.

                                          39. DW

                                            DoctorWu

                                            Atlanta

                                            15 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            15 reviews

                                            Dined on March 30, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Always solid! Owners are great, super friendly. Love coming here!

                                          40. MB

                                            MBinOak

                                            Atlanta

                                            19 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            19 reviews

                                            Dined on March 17, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great place to hang out in before a game at MB Stadium. The ’Que is fantastic, lots of good craft brews, and the service is friendly and efficient despite the pre-game crowds. I’m there for every Atlanta United game!

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                                          The Smoke Ring is rated 4.1 stars by 224 OpenTable diners

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                                          • Cross street

                                            Chapel St. SW

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            Downtown

                                          • Hours of operation



                                            Lunch & Dinner:

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

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

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Barbecue, Southern, Comfort Food

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress code

                                            Casual Dress

                                          • Parking details

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

                                          • Payment options

                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • 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 Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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