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Smoke Shack

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332 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5814
+1 414-431-1119
11:00 - 21:00
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Fri 11:00 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ordered, Brisket, pulled port and chicken. The pulled pork was the best, the brisket and the chicken were as good, but still enjoyable. We had some salads and a few sides, the corn bread was very nice, but more like cake than bread. The service was very good and the whole experience was lovely. I would go back if... More 

Thank Andrew S
Staten Island
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate brunch there, so they had a few breakfast choices in addition to their regular menu. The restaurant is very small and does not take reservations, but you can put your name on a waiting list using the nowait app. the biscuits and gravy was good and came with andouille sausage. The barbecue comes with the ability to add... More 

Thank merlin1124
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the Blues Brunch. - Joe More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There’s nowhere to wait till you are seated. The seating is uncomfortable. It was very cold in there (every customer had their coats and hats on). I’m a big guy. I usually don’t get cold. The music is loud as if it were a bar. You can barely hold a conversation. We had a “sampler” with several different meats and... More 

Thank Todd W
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purchased the $60 variety plate to be able to try everything. The ribs were dry, hard, and over cooked. Only one bone was tender enough to eat. The pulled chicken was dry and tasteless. The beef brisket was very tender, but not at all seasoned. The barbecue sauce was plain and did nothing to help the meat. The slaw... More 

Thank liltinker51
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, Dry meat at a BBQ place? This cannot stand. Sounds like something was amiss in the kitchen, and I'm so sorry your experience suffered because of that. Would you send me an email at feedback@HospitalityDemocracy.com and we can find a way to make it up to you? - Joe More 

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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great Saturday lunch in February. The place is small and was packed. Live music! Great food and drinks and a friendly bartender. Go with the Memphis iced tea and don't pass on the burnt ends. Great, real barbecue. Huge portions.

Thank In50by50
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

It almost felt like February in Tennessee around here! Thanks for the review - happy to hear you enjoyed everything. - Joe More 

New Berlin, Wisconsin
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202 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

They state upfront that they only have a limited amount of ribs per day, but this seems silly to me if that is the main focus point and dish of your restaurant. Naturally, because we went on a Saturday night, they were out, so I didn't get to try what is one of my very favorite meals. I am put... More 

Thank Oatgirl12
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your review! I hear your frustration about the ribs, and I'm sorry you didn't get to try them. Our guests love the high quality of the meat we source, so we do run out when we're busy. If you would consider coming back, I hope you join us on a Monday (when we have ribs... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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 

Thank Melissa K
JoeSorge, Owner at Smoke Shack, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Melissa! Happy you stopped in and enjoyed everything. - Joe More 

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

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 

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 23 December 2016

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 

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 

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

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$25
American, Bar, Barbecue
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?