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Smoke Shack

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332 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5814
+1 414-431-1119
Today
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Denver
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to the Smoke Shack on a Saturday afternoon around 1:30. There was about a 10-15 minute wait, but the bartender noticed us and said some people were about to leave and we could have their seats. We ordered the pulled pork nachos and they were delicious! We had planned on ordered sandwiches to go with the nachos, but... More 

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Thank Melissa K
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love BBQ! And Smoke Shake is always a stop for me anytime I am near Milwaukee. They just opened opened up a second location west of town that offers more seating and has an excellent outdoor space when it is warmer. Their BBQ sauce and meats offer up a tastes of true Southern barbecue with its own Midwest twist... More 

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

Thanks so much, Nick! We're excited about the new location's patio, too... Come on, spring!! - Joe More 

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably my favourite restaurant I went to while I was in Milwaukee. Had the pulled pork sammich. The different BBQ sauces were fun to try. The had a great selection of craft beer. The staff were great. The were friendly and attentive to everyone and it made for a great atmosphere. Going back to Milwaukee in January, will definitely be... More 

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

Thanks so much, Mark! We're happy to please, and we hope to see you again in January! In fact, show this comment, and enjoy an appetizer on us. -Joe More 

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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped at the Smoke Shack before seeing a concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. We visited there on a Sunday at about 1 o'clock p.m. They had live music, which was great. They were serving brunch. The inside is what you might expect of a barbecue joint. The wait staff was very friendly and the prices are reasonable.... More 

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

Thanks a bunch, Colin! Hope the concert was good, too! -Joe More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

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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250 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 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 7 November 2016 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 

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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
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 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?