Sid's Smokehouse

18 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Kid-friendly
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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SidÕs Smokehouse is located in Aptos, CA and specializes in Southern style BBQ. YouÕll find high-quality cuts of meat, which are coated with a dry rub composed of Chef SamyÕs secret spices. Your choice of meat is then loaded into a pit smoker to get juicy and tender. SidÕs Smokehouse offers many barbecue favorites, including beef brisket, pork ribs and pulled pork.

If you arenÕt in the mood for barbeque, you will find many other options available. SidÕs Smokehouse has wood fired pizza, Angus beef burgers and a large selection of side dishes. The restaurant also offers a rotating selection of beer and wine from West Coast vineyards and breweries. Whether in the mood or pizza or BBQ, youÕll find something for you here.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Barbecue, Pizzeria, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 662-2227
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anthony Hughes
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Cross street
Hwy 1/Freedom
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.5based on all time ratings
Noise · Energetic
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on June 6, 2014

Food was really smoked. So if you like to really taste the smoked flavor then you will like the BBQ. BBQ sauces were not so good. Service was fast and friendly.

1.0Dined on May 14, 2014

Twice we have dined here. Both times,the
service was poor. 25 minute wait to have a beer ! Tables are greasy, and music too loud. Problems could be fixed, but I bet they won't. Get some real wait staff already !!!!!

3.0Dined on May 11, 2014

Server having a bad day. Texting too much. Great french dips

4.0Dined on April 5, 2014

The title says i all. I'm easy to please but my date that night is a different story. She loved her meal and in turn was lovin me.Win Win!!!! Thanks Sids. for making me smile twice that night. You Rock

4.0Dined on January 18, 2014

The food and service were very good, but even with our reservation they were completely out of their specialty Pork Ribs! The did get us the last 2 orders of the beef ribs, but it was considerably more expensive. This was at 7PM on a Saturday evening!

4.0Dined on November 20, 2013

This is a go to place for meat. A little heavy on the smoke flavor, but very generous servings, and very attentive waitresses working very hard. We sat at the bar which made it more interesting. Lots of guys coming to watch the football.

4.0Dined on October 25, 2013

There are few similar casual restaurants in the neighborhood with a cool vibe, good food, and great service. This is my new favorite when I don't want to drive all the way into Santa Cruz. Most restaurants in the Aptos are too stuffy and upscale.

3.0Dined on July 28, 2013

If you like spicy BBQ in a BAR setting, you'll like this place. The food was good, but it was very noisy.

4.0Dined on July 27, 2013

The good is always great! A bit loud so not a place to carry on conversations.

4.0Dined on July 14, 2013

Best ribs ever!!! We will be back our next visit to the coast.

2.0Dined on March 17, 2013

We went on a Sunday night, a bit late, and found it mostly deserted. Even so, they seated two large parties (we were 6, and there was another party of 6) back-to-back, instead of separating us for a bit more room.

The portions were large, and the food was very good, particularly the chili and the BBQ brisket!

The service? Not so much. Our appetizer came out after the entrees did, and one of our entrees was made wrong--and didn't come out until after the others of us had already eaten. We were often without refills, and nobody bothered to come by and make sure that the food was ok. If this is the kind of service that you can expect when the place is mostly deserted, I don't think I want to go there when it's crowded.

4.0Dined on March 9, 2013

This place was great. Glad I made a reservation, because this place was packed shortly after we arrived. Wings and the mac n cheese were pretty tasty, chicken sliders looked pretty good too. Had to ask the waitress for refills, but other than that we had a good time.

2.0Dined on February 24, 2013

The smoked chicken sandwich is VERY dry, but my boyfriend loves their pulled pork. Service isnt the greatest, but the host is very friendly.

4.0Dined on February 8, 2013

A small, out of the way, restaurant with great burgers, pizza and beer. We had burgers and each was a half pound of solid meat, cooked to our liking, perfectly. Thought the buns were a little large, but it held everything together. Fries were excellent, onion rings a little soggy and watery inside.

2.0Dined on January 25, 2013

So disappointed! Most everything we had was bland - the pesto mac n cheese, slaw and the pulled pork had no flavor. The garlic fries seemed to have parmasen cheese on them which was not listed on the menu and I am lactose intolerant. The monthly beer was great! The beer and our service were the only good things.

4.0Dined on January 7, 2013

The beef brisket, beans, salad, potato salad, and chocolate cake were all delicious! The two sauce options, regular and spicy, were good, especially when mixed together. Everyone was very nice. Sid's is definitely recommended!

5.0Dined on December 31, 2012

This barbecue restaurant offers outstanding food, if the pulled pork and barbecue beans are any measure. The server did an excellent job.

4.0Dined on December 7, 2012

Energetic noise dosen't bother me but the acoustics does.