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Smokin' George's BBQ

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Unit 5, 4131 Mostar Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
2505852258
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11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 11
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food - small portions

The owner is George. He's very friendly and cares about his food. It's a very laid back atmosphere - almost like being at a friend's BBQ. Nothing fancy in terms of décor, but what sets this place apart is the food. Great taste, great choices. Portions could be more generous though.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Calgary
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Calgary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The owner is George. He's very friendly and cares about his food. It's a very laid back atmosphere - almost like being at a friend's BBQ. Nothing fancy in terms of décor, but what sets this place apart is the food. Great taste, great choices. Portions could be more generous though.

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Prince George, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We decided to go early, thought we could avoid the crowd on a Saturday night, as it turn out, there wasn't a crowd. They did a lot of things right but clearly have room for improvement. Pork ribs were bland and lacking texture, not surprising, I think they boiled them. No one should boil their ribs unless they are in... More 

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Lea O, Owner at Smokin' George's BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Darren K, We hope you enjoyed your trip to Vancouver Island and want to thank you for coming in and trying us out. We appreciate that you took the time to write a review especially since you chose us for your very first trip advisor review!! We do apologise that our ribs were not to your liking. That must... More 

Salt Spring Island, Canada
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Dropped in to this local favourite as recommended by a pal in Nanaimo. Clean, efficient and fully dedicated to the BBQ experience. The brisket was moist and tender, served on a pretzel bun. Extra sauce at the table. Cole slaw in a sweet vinegar dressing. Looking forward to experiencing the pulled pork and the fries on a future visit. Another... More 

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Nanaimo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Smokin' George's is a very popular spot here. It was actually featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. He has great cornbread and has a Wednesday Wing feature. Very casual place. Very popular with men.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

When my boyfriend and I first moved to Nanaimo we had terrible luck with finding great food until we came across Smokin' George's BBQ. My boyfriend had the pulled pork sandwich and I had the ribs. The meat was so tender it fell off the bone, the sauce was delicious and you can tell it is made with care. My... More 

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Regina, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We were looking forward to sampling the food since it was featured in an episode of "You've got to eat here". We ordered two platters to try their pulled pork, beef brisket, BBQ chicken and ribs which came with coleslaw, fries and beans. The beef brisket and pulled pork weren't too bad, but the BBQ meats were not good at... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I had the gluten free chicken bun the last time and is was terrible, the meat was leg or thigh, lots of fat and veins, some gross sauce and nothing else. Expensive and I threw it out. I tried it again today. Got the pulled pork and fries. The pork was was half fat and skin, the fries were soggy.... More 

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Ladysmith, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The place is nothing fancy, located in the industrial section of Nanaimo, but the food is out of this world. The guy is a BBQ master and you will not find any better on the Island. We love this place!!!

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Lethbridge, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

We ordered the super sized fiest which included ribs sausage chicken brisket baked beans and French fries the brisket tasted more like broiled beef rather than bbqed. Other meats were rather bland. French fries were good. Will not be going back.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The food was great I got the pulled pork sandwich; my boyfriend got the half rack of BBQ ribs. The meat was excellent and the sauce wasn't too overpowering. We also split the pulled pork poutine which was delicious. There was a mix up with the order so George came out to make sure everything was okay and gave us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Unit 5, 4131 Mostar Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 2505852258

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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