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The Smoking Goat Bar and Grill, Ayr, South Ayrshire Council

The Smoking Goat Bar and Grill

4.7
4.7
468 Reviews
£25 and under
British
One of the most unique bars in Ayr, The Smoking Goat is a tucked away spot decked out with comfy booths and cave-like walls. From historical interiors and gin cocktails to the newly upgraded outdoor terrace, this is a pretty special place to spend your evening. A basement bar with a lazy feel, its comfy seating is perfectly suited to its music policy. With a flowing roster of acoustic nights of up and coming bands makes this a great underground venue to check out great underground talent. The Smoking Goat is one slick subterranean hideout.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, American, Burgers
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:45 am–12:30 am Fri, Sat 11:45 am–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    01292 857137
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 468 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ayrshire

    Most Booked

468 Reviews
  1. AllisonD

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was recommended to visit this establishment by family and wasn’t disappointed. Food was beautiful- cocktails delicious. Definitely be back.

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  2. Kez1

    Ayrshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love this place. The food is excellent value, the service is great and the atmosphere is always fab!

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  3. Cayrnb

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my partner had dinner here last night, it was quiet as nothing on but atmosphere was lovely and cosy. Food was quick and outstanding. We have both had stomach surgery so can't eat a great deal and sharing a main course was no issue to the staff. They were lovely and even offered to package the rest of our food up for us to take home. Our food was full of flavour, fresh and quick to come out. The price of food and drink is also very reasonable and well worth it! We will be back in the future !

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  4. AnnaP

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place from service to food and drinks everything is amazing!!!

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  5. DonnaL

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch and attentive service! Loved the birthday shots!

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  6. LindaM

    Ayrshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely evening spent with friends from down south, great meal, fab night

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  7. JacquelineR

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cosy and quirky restaurant. Food was really nice and portion size really good. Could only manage a main course. Had a really nice pornstar martini. Will definitely go back

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  8. Katie

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a very nice experience staff were extremely friendly and had live entertainment. Service was a little bit slow, but probably due to how busy the restaurant was and the fact we ordered 8 cocktails. Food was good, loved the loaded fries box as it was great for sharing!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a lovely afternoon with lovely service and food.

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  10. StephenR

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent - portion sizes are large! Cocktails were excellent - tried a solero which was tremendous. Acoustic music was awesome - loads of classics.

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  11. StevenM

    Ayrshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food drinks and service were great as always but it was really cold as I think the heating had been turned down (or off)

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  12. AlisonL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, so many choices. Light lunch options were great & a good range of specials. The kids meal was great value for money & really generous portions all round. Highly recommend & look forward 2 my next visit.

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  13. JintySq

    Ayrshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    4 of us ate at The Smoking Goat pre-theatre. I booked for myself and 3 friends who are vegans. I hoped the choice for my friends would be ok and they did enjoy their options. However, I ordered the Classic Nachos and when the meals were delivered, mine there was a mistake in the kitchen and another option arrived. The waitress apologised and then informed me it would be ready as soon as possible. Ok so far. About 3 minutes later the Nachos arrived and I was not impressed. Most of the dish consisted of dry nacho crisps with a limited amount of cheese and sauce around the top. We were restricted with time, so I ate what was edible but I was very disappointed. The desserts were enjoyed and we paid and left. I cannot say that we will eat there again, however for a drink we may try in the future.

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  14. RhonaB

    Ayrshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hi service was brilliant ,the table we were sitting at had a cold draft coming in from the window .Good atmosphere but the pizza was disappointing as far as taste goes .Two much tomato puree and cheese and not enough pepperoni.

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  15. OliviaK

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to the smoking goat for a catch up with the girls. The football was on and it was a buzzing atmosphere. Food, service & drinks were all 10/10.

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  16. PeterP

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    An overall forgettable experience. A big mix up in the kitchen meant one starter was late and the other didn't happen. No offer of a drink or any sort of gesture to make up for it. No one asked if we wanted dessert. We did but in the end left without one. Wouldn't recommend this restaurant and will definitely not be back I'm afraid

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  17. LesleyN

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, attentive staff and lovely atmosphere.

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  18. StevenM

    Ayrshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great at the Smoking Goat. Christmas Eve dinner with family. Great food and service as always. Thank you.

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  19. MichaelY

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, 2nd time we’ve been this month & will definitely be back

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  20. LocalLassie

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, fab service. Perfect booth in a corner for our Christmas catch-up

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  21. JOHNP

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting the meal was excellent the staff were friendly and helpful and a good atmosphere

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  22. DawnM

    Ayrshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was spot on. Even though they were busy with Christmas parties. Food was amazing. Would definitely recommend and we will be back.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent!! We were sitting in a “cave “ which was great because it meant it wasnt too noisy. Would definitely go back 👍🏻🐐

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great night, food was excellent, cocktails were delicious, our noise level was marked as "energetic" due to the fact my Apple watch flagged our table as being at 100db, so, apologies to the nearby tables 🤣 Overall, will definitely visit again.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fab night out at our usual bar. We went for the still game quiz last night and had a great time. Amazing food, fab atmosphere and always such friendly staff. We might not have won the quiz but was such a nice couple of hours getting out the house.

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  26. TronG

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, everyone enjoyed there meals, great service

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  27. Becca

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and drinks. The only slight negative comment to give is we noted “30th Birthday” when booking and expected one of the nicer tables, going by what our friends who have been many times before had told us. The table we were sat at in the centre was a bit tight for space and rocking about- had not been myself before but had been highly recommended by friends, probably my own fault for not asking specifically re the seating/table requirements but just presumed stating 30th would have been enough. That being said, the food was lovely as well as the drinks and we would definitely return!

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  28. AllisonM

    Ayrshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fantastic. Service amazing. Staff professional yet friendly. Food excellent Wine exceptional Can’t fault it. As always, special mention to Jordan and to the girl with the blond hair who I keep forgetting your name ( sorry !) xx

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  29. RobertM

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great atmosphere. Great staff. What more could you ask for.

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  30. SarahW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, and friendly staff. Will definitely be back.

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  31. LorraineS

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in the Goat for food. Service was excellent very attentive staff. The food was very good no complaints there. Live acoustic, music was brilliant. Cosy friendly place to be.

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  32. Jenny

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Great food, excellent service. Good drinks.

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  33. Stephen

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, we would highly recommend to anyone thinking of going

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  34. StevenM

    Ayrshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great visit to the Smoking Goat in Ayr. Introduced my friends to it who hadn’t been before. Best place to drink and eat in Ayr by a mile.

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  35. MandyD

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been here a few times. Service and food is always fantastic! So is the cocktails 🍹

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  36. KarenD

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great wee place for a bit to eat, have a drink and socialise 😀

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  37. GailM

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place, we're from North Wales & every time we're working in Ayr we 'must' come here - 4 times over last 18 months. Love the fact it's cosy, not large - a converted bank cellar, stone walls, quirky rooms, outside garden / terrace. Staff just the right level of attentive - check regularly if another drink is needed, even if a busy evening. Cocktails & food excellent & reasonably priced. I always book online & they always manage to decipher my description of 'our' table. One visit was live music night - acoustic guitar on that occasion & enjoyed. A definite must to visit if in Ayr!

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  38. TessB

    Ayrshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently impressed with this place, service & food is always top notch. Hopefully we can enjoy a few more cocktails next time.

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  39. CraigS

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty burgers and a great selection of drinks. Very friendly service.

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  40. NicolaB

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff lovely, place was nice and cosy, big table of 12 of us. Food good although this was the 2nd time ordering Cajun loaded fries and they were different from first time not quite as good as 1st time but still tasty enough. Probably the best tempura I've tried in a while. Will definitely be back again, becoming a new favorite in ayr.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Smoking Goat Bar and Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 468 OpenTable diners.

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 3 times today
Google Map for The Smoking Goat Bar and Grill

2a Academy Street, Ayr, South Ayrshire Council KA7 1HS

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Ayr
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:45 am–12:30 am Fri, Sat 11:45 am–1:00 am
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, American, Burgers
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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