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The Smoke Shop BBQ

1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139-1562
+1 617-577-7427
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (31 reviews)
“pit beans” (6 reviews)
“butter cake” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139-1562
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The best barbecue brisket I've ever had! Pulled apart with your fork, then melts in your mouth! The sides were awesome. Loved the pickles and beans.

Thank jimp449
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, the food tasted good and, yes, the restaurant had character... BUT, to charge $10 for a beer and provide extremely unattentive service, is borderline disgraceful in Kendall Square. We had a reservation. We were standing at the front desk when the host approached us,...More

Thank KIKIg28
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highlight of a very cold day in my city. Ordered the 1/2 rack smoked ribs with an enormous slice of cornbread, cole slaw and watermelon. Ribs were rubbed with just a hint of sauce. No need to use the supplied condiments. Very meaty and filling....More

Thank wanderlust055
Reviewed 5 January 2018

It was Saturday December 30, my nephew and wife were in from Brooklyn NY. We wanted to take them someplace different for dinner. After reading the Globe's review and speaking to a friend who had eaten at The Smoke Shop, we made reservations for 5....More

2  Thank SnyderBoston
Reviewed 5 January 2018

Met my standards with ease on my first--but not last--visit last week 7-14-17 (birthday!!!). They got all the brews and bourbons and tequilas; but that's SOP for any restaurant in the Boston-Cambridge-Somerville area these days. I opted for Glazed BBQ Chicken Thigh(s) that came with...More

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 20 December 2017

We were a large group, but despite that, we had excellent service. We ordered several dishes & they came family style, which gave us the opportunity to try a lot of dishes. I highly recommend the ribs (what they won awards for) & the brisket....More

Thank ripSF
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

It's a nice place, we went there for dinner on a Thursday night and was very busy. Nice variety of food in the menu, I had the burnt ends with a zucchini salad and was tasty!

Thank Chiara C
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

We met after work for barbeque and bourbon. It was all excellent the service was quick and the food was excellent and plentiful. Four of us split two three-meat plates, which was ample good with room left for dessert. I look forward to my next...More

Thank Charley S
Reviewed 22 November 2017

This is in an excellent location - Kendall Sq hard by Mamaleh's, Bon Me, State Park, Friendly Toast. But none of those have these lean lean ribs! The rack is $32 and could easily be consumed by one person (we shared). The half rack seemed...More

Thank cootmom
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Enjoyed some great BBQ at the Smoke Shop when at Harvard. My wife and I shared brisket,ribs,links and chicken wings and all were delicious. I am a home smoker and a bit of a bbq snob but the food here is well prepared and served...More

Thank hockeydriver
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139-1562
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-577-7427
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