We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Smokey's Kitchen

€€ - €€€
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
12036 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA
+1 530-582-4535
07:00 - 21:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

62 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 62: English reviews
Pinole, California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

After a weekend of snow play with the family, we decided to grab a bite before our 3 to 4 hours drive home. We drove around Truckee a little bit and stopped at the first place we saw. An unassuming little diner tucked next to a small strip mall. The decor was very small town diner-ish, several wooden picnic tables... More 

Thank Delbert D
Level Contributor
78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Went here with some work associates for dinner one night while spending a few weeks in Olympic Valley working. I had the "#1" combo with ribs, cowboy beans, and garlic fries. The rib meat fell right off the bone and was tender and smokey in flavor. The beans were hearty and the fries were out of this world! I must... More 

Thank Robbie S
Modesto, California
Level Contributor
109 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We visited expecting St. Louis ribs. A full rack with two sides was $28. The ribs were not St. Louis ribs, they were dry rubbed and while falling off the bone they were very dry. The two sides we ordered was the cowboy beans and coleslaw. Both sides were in six ounce snack cups and considering the pricing should have... More 

Thank Pat C
Monroe, Utah
Level Contributor
54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We stopped and ate breakfast and the food was great, the service was awesome, and the atmosphere was quiet and family friendly. We had the biscuits and gravy and they were delicious. Enjoyed our breakfast!

Thank Ilona L
Granite Bay,California
Level Contributor
67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Stopped by for lunch on our way back. Had the Bison Burger - first time bison, and it was exquisite: moist, with a sweet sauce, on a crisp bun. The garlic fries had a LOT of garlic - if you like that you won't be disappointed.

Thank mibo888
Midland, Michigan
Level Contributor
73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Been there twice in one week. Pulled pork, mac & cheese, onion rings, salmon pineapple wrap are some of our favorite menu items. Very friendly staff. Will go back often. Can eat in or outside, but have to deal with bees if eating outside.

Thank LuLu1945619
El Dorado Hills, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Our family favorite. We come every summer and look forward to a meal here! Always great food! Burritos are the best kept secret!

Thank Jtedh
Incline Village, Nevada
Level Contributor
55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Plenty of room inside and out and a very extensive BBQ menu, all done in house. We've enjoyed the brisket and the pulled pork as well as salads. They were all extremely smokey and delicious. It's a popular eatery on the outskirts of Truckee, so we feel it's visited by a lot more locals than some of the historic downtown... More 

Thank kmskier
Mayville, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
152 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

On the surface, a great find. The menu looks good (on a chalk board). Waited a few minutes to order. I had a salad, my friend a pulled pork sandwich. We waited over 45 minutes... No excuse other than they don't have enough help. We watched everyone around us in the same boat. I'd try the place again, but I... More 

Thank 1921Pack
San Francisco, CA
Level Contributor
106 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Smokey's is a great local joint specializing in BBQ. The menu is huge and can be overwhelming. Best thing to do is order BBQ, don't get fancy or stray from their specialty. Had a cobb salad with BBQ pork and wished I had gotten the pork and coleslaw instead. The BBQ pork was outstanding and didn't need the salad which... More 

Thank shewolfe

Travellers who viewed Smokey's Kitchen also viewed

Truckee, Lake Tahoe (California)
Truckee, Lake Tahoe (California)
Truckee, Lake Tahoe (California)
Truckee, Lake Tahoe (California)
Truckee, Lake Tahoe (California)
Truckee, Lake Tahoe (California)

Been to Smokey's Kitchen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12036 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Truckee
  • Phone Number: +1 530-582-4535

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Smokey's Kitchen staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?