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Smoke Shack

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332 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5814
+1 414-431-1119
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favorite places for BBQ in downtown Milwaukee. My guilty pleasure though is to have the candied bacon (comes with amazing sweet potato fries) and the pecan pie with whisky ice cream. Brunch is also a sure bet.

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Thank Deanne W
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Deanne! Stay tuned for our new location opening in Wauwatosa - the bacon and pie will be there, too! Joe More 

Toronto, Canada
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244 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You don't immediately think of Milwaukee when you think about BBQ. Smoke Shack feels like a place that you would see in Memphis or Kansas City. On entering the restaurant, there was live blues being played - the bar was packed with people drinking local beer (the beer list is huge). Our group wen with the smoke shack sampler -... More 

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Thank AMToronto29
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in there on our anniversary today. Love the vibe and feel of the place. As always, we get their pulled pork nachos. Delicious with the fresh veggies. My only complaint, which is our fault, is that the nachos are the only thing that we order because we enjoy them so much.

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Thank 3Pkayermaker
New York City, New York
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

They don't serve ribs until after 5:00 p.m. which is a drag for us lunch/brunch folks. My meal was excellent -- pulled pork and sausage, with a side of some awesome vinegar slaw. And don't miss the cinnamon rolls. They're a religious experience by themselves. Great place, I'll go back!

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Thank Tom D
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Thanks so much for coming in, Tom! Hope you join us for brunch soon, and you can enjoy a cinnamon roll on the house! Joe More 

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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was recommended by a local. We were not disappointed. Great food and service. It's a small restaurant, but very warm and cozy. No beer on tap, but the bottled Lakefront Brewery pumpkin ale tasted swell. Definitely a must try.

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Thank Mindy M
wisconsin
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235 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

i love really great smoked meats and fish. having said that, we gave the smoke shack a try....we are used to southern style, so maybe the problem is mine and not the smoke shack. we ordered drinks all around and they were wonderful - wow. very pleased as each was uniquely different and we all quickly found a favorite. we... More 

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Thank scott53Wisconsin
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Hi Scott, This will not do at all. I'm sorry this was your experience, and some things seem amiss here. We would be happy to have you in again and give you the best of what we got (dessert included) on our dime. Email me at joe@smoke-shack.com and we can work something out? - Joe More 

Freeport, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This place is well with the stop, we got there late and they explained how they ran out of some things but explained what they have, come to find out it was the owner who explained this in great detail. We had the Kansas City ribs, which were really good, can really see the smoke in the ribs, also had... More 

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Milwaukee
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Great BBQ! When you think of WI you typically don't think of great BBQ - that's changed since we found the Smoke Shack! The burnt ends sandwich was great! Loved the sauce and the mac n cheese! The hush puppies were very tasty as well - we ordered the fries green tomatoes (great appetizer) and I used the sauce from... More 

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New Hope, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

No ribs before 5 (say what?) so I ordered the brisket. It was so-so, very subtly smoked and alternating between dry and fatty. It was also pretty dang expensive for a BBQ restaurant.Bun was huge but in no way delightful. Sweet potato fries came from the same place that supplies sweet potato fries to every other restaurant in the world.... More 

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Thank Ann M
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Hi Ann, Wow, I'm so sorry this was your experience with our brisket - it's one of our most popular items. I'm glad the steak sandwich was satisfying, but I know we can do better for you. Email me at joe@smoke-shack.com and we can work something out? - Joe More 

West Bend, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

BEST meat and best night! We absolutely loved our experience from the egg rolls to the variety of smoked meats to fun drinks to the RIDICULOUSLY delicious pecan pie!! The restaurant is small and cozy. The outdoor patio, where we sat, is super cool, too. Service was pleasant. This is a GREAT meal in a fun, Third Ward atmosphere! A... More 

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Thank jgieryn
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Thanks so much for coming in! Glad you enjoyed everything. Best, Joe More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Television
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 332 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5814
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-431-1119
Description
We're a cozy little joint with just 47 seats. This means we’re unable to accept reservations. Please feel free to walk in. Ooh, be sure to show up early – we sell out of much of our menu daily!

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?