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Smokehouse & Cooler Restaurant

2957 Shore Dr, Lynnhaven Shopps, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-1248 (Northeast Virginia Beach)
+1 757-481-9737
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Ranked #171 of 1,238 restaurants in Virginia Beach
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Bar, Gastropub
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Northeast Virginia Beach
Description: Virginia Beach's original gastropub ("a bar style restaurant that serves high quality food"), has long been a local's favorite on Shore Drive. Tucked back in a courtyard the restaurant offers casual dining with a welcoming and lively bar. The acclaimed menu focuses on using fresh, quality ingredients prepared in regional selections, often infused with unique smoked flavors.
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Chesapeake
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

OK I am a big fan of this place the Moaning Lisas band plays there once a month and it's always a good time. This time I ordered the ribeye with cheese grits and green beans. OMG that steak was awesome and the cheese grits just added to the meal. Every bite was excellent if you are a ribeye fan.... More

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We decided on Smokehouse and Cooler Restaurant after reading the menu for Virginia Beach Restaurant week. We all ordered off of the Restaurant Week menu and had 3 awesome courses. The appetizers we chose were Potstickers and the Grilled Romaine salad. Both were excellent and the salad will become one of my favorite appetizers. We each selected a different main... More

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Chesapeake
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

OK So I am totaly bias on the Rock N Roll here. Yes Moaning Lisas play here and it seems that I always have a great time and love the staff and friends I get to see on Shore Drive when I play here. So lets take a look at the food. The beef brisket sliders, tacos, or nachos are... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We always looked forward to Tuesday 'Rib Night' but last night was a huge disappointment. We were told by the server that they changed the ribs- Instead of a grilled,fall-off the bone,melt in your mouth masterpiece we found chewy,tough,undercooked and not grilled,membrane covered slab of ribs. Please find your way back to the good old ribs, I cannot recommend your... More

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Bronx
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142 reviews 142 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I went here for lunch. The resturant is tucked in behind another bar and it is easy to miss. When you walk in the smell of hickory wood in the smoker is filling the air with its welcoming call. It was empty for lunch but a very friendly bartender welcomed me and showed me a menu as well as the... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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206 reviews 206 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Most Pittsburgh Steelers fans know Smokehouse as a place to watch football. Hopefully,they know what they have (probably not). This restaurant has a chef from the Cordon Blue, which means he's capable. The fear is that this highly qualified chef would cook down to the customers. On the contrary, the menu has a great sophistication that goes beyond BBQ. Try... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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88 reviews 88 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Have eaten here a couple of times as it is near where I live. Tucked away on Shore Drive. The food was very good earlier this year...but they have changed the menu and some items that I really enjoyed...like Tempura Shrimp are gone. They replaced it with a heavy cornmeal batter that was less than desirable. We had 4 people.... More

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Norfolk
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Smokehouse and Cooler has the expected ribs and pork BBQ, with non-smoked and unexpectedly light items that keep us coming back each week. I agree with fdm45's review "Best LIttle Secret;" the prix fixe menu is always a delight as are the daily specials. The menu includes my favorites chili glazed shrimp appetizer, fish tacos and grilled salmon on a... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I will agree with the other posts about this place being in a hole in the wall but they certainly know how to cook. Ribs were tender and seasoned well, I had the caprese salad and it was fresh and crisp. Overall a great find.

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Worldwide
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

This place is tucked away back in a strip mall behind AJ Gator's. A friend and I went for drinks late one night. At first the bartender wasn't that friendly, but she slowly warmed up. The place was empty except for one other couple. The lights in the bathroom were out and we had to use a flashlight (which was... More

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