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Smokehouse 21

#1,050 of 3,449 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1103
+1 971-373-8990
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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1,666 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This wouldn't fly in the south, but in Port Land it is pretty rootin tootin good. Nice side dishes too.

Thank Alzor S
Camas, Washington
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Awesome food! Very tasty. Great selection of food with very delicious side orders to go with the meal. Bye out time for this place, you will be happy you did. Not a 5 because the service was slow. It was around 2p when we went with friends and there seemed to be one person running the place during that time...not... More 

Thank Lizziediamond
Portland, Oregon
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Good dishes and generous. I think is not very convenient to eat on tray but it's fun. Service efficient.

Thank Marine B
Beaverton, Oregon
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Do you like jerky? Everything was smoked to within about a minute of turning into jerky. Four adults ate here, and everyone ordered a different meat. The spare ribs and pulled pork sandwich were dry and unappetizing. The brisket burnt ends and pork cheeks were dry little lumps of meat. Everything other than the pulled pork was smoked with a... More 

Thank F_R1372
Hastings, MN
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

The good: pulled pork, smoked salmon The bad: brisket and burnt ends The awesome: corn bread The average: baked beans Service was solid. Music a tad loud. Nice place. Cocktail with strawberry and pepper vodka was great. The brisket, however , was dry and tough. At least a day or 2 old. 4 stars not 3 based on the positives... More 

Thank Kevin M
Vista, California
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

We tried a variety of starters, 4 different meats, several sides, and two cocktails. Everything was very good. Our servers were attentive and fun. Will visit again.

Thank Kristin G
New York City, New York
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Let's get down to it. I used to think Russell Street was the best, and it still ranks up there. But this small hand crafted barbecue place takes it away, and then some. Perfectly cooked and seasoned, they choose more lean cuts. The brisket, burnt ends and sides are all tasty. They do have sauces, but I haven't found I... More 

Thank The_Idey
Enumclaw, Washington
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83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016

This place was recommended by a friend. I assumed being known for its BBQ I would see a smoker or pit. Its actually located in a older building. There was limited seating. I tried the cheeks, some brisket and a rib. They were all good not great. The sauces are amazing.

Thank eatintheclaw
Sacramento, California
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Small place that has great food. The owner is ever present and more than willing to talk about what they do. The smoked meats are great. Get here early or put our name on the list inside the door so they can call you when a table is ready. Loved the pork with all 4 sauces. The outside of this... More 

Thank Brian W
Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

Pass by and the smoke hit me like a call from the wild, indeed got in. Service was polite and attentive. Ordered a devil egg, simple but good and pretty well executed. The yolk was smooth and creamy, flavorful. Ordered the sample plate and my gf got the quart chicken. Sides where brussels sprouts, coleslaw and fingerling potato salad. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$26
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1103
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 971-373-8990

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?