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Cedar River Smoke House Barbecue

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304 Wells Ave. S., Renton, WA 98055
4252554820
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
Description: Cedar River Smokehouse is located in the heart of downtown Renton. Since...
Cedar River Smokehouse is located in the heart of downtown Renton. Since the opening of our restaurant in 2000, we have gained considerable notoriety as a terrific lunch & dinner spot for individuals working in Renton and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on providing traditional as well as non-traditional Texas Style Barbecue. We offer a warm and friendly atmosphere to our number one concern... our customers!
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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good BBQ

We visit here quite often. They are one of the only places offering beef ribs. The food is good. The BBQ sauce isn't on the meat itself when they cook it. They offer when they serve it. Mild and hot. My husband likes hot things, but feels the hot sauce is a little over the top and takes away from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 1, 2015
TchrCarma
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Renton, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

I wish I could give this place ZERO stars. And to think I used to recommend my old company get catered lunches from this place (which they did, multiple x). Never again. Plus food quality has gone downhill + they aren't environmentally friendly, still serving on styrofoam in 2015, seriously? I called 12/19 at 12:30 to place a pick up... More 

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Thank Tina T
dean s, Owner at Cedar River Smoke House Barbecue, responded to this review

Hi Tina: I am sorry one of my employees was rude to you. We do try to let cuctomer know if they calling in a single order or two that we are as fast as Mcdonalds and that they can just come in and place order, and it will be ready in a minute. That said I will try and... More 

Renton, Washington
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Wonderful smoked stuff. Really enjoyed their brisket and my wife really liked the sausages they had. Baked beans were great. And my dog loves the bones we buy and baring home to her.

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Thank vernont736
Renton, Washington
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We visit here quite often. They are one of the only places offering beef ribs. The food is good. The BBQ sauce isn't on the meat itself when they cook it. They offer when they serve it. Mild and hot. My husband likes hot things, but feels the hot sauce is a little over the top and takes away from... More 

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Thank TchrCarma
Renton, Washington
Level Contributor
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

If you want the taste of smoked bar-b-que and that's your only criteria, then you would like this restaurant. I only rate it as average because I've had much better at other restaraunts around King County.

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Thank Palapala58
Renton, Washington, United States
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The food is great and the atmosphere relaxed. Good value for the money. There is something on the menu for every taste and I usually end up with enough for lunch the next day. It is good enough you don't mind leftovers!

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Thank Ronda B
Otley West Yorkshire
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659 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

We were told this was a good place to visit and it was just what the doctor ordered. The staff were great and we had a good laugh with our server. The food isn't really the greatest, but we were really hunger. The food came fast and was piled high which was just what we needed. We struggled to finish... More 

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Thank bryan61
Renton, Washington
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203 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This place is kind of out of the way, not too hard to find, but not on the beaten path either. But, it is really convenient to home and is an excellent choice for some really good barbecue. There's a great variety on the menu of both meats and sides and the prices are reasonable, about what you'd expect for... More 

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Thank CWLee
Renton, Washington
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Excellent BBQ. I especially like their beans and private label BBQ sauce. Kind of darkish interior but appropriate décor reflects the local Rentoners' love of cars.

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Thank michaelsmi2
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

one of the best BBQ places I have ever had, moist, tender I would recommend Cedar River to everyone to dine at

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Thank michael d
New York City, New York
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243 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I firmly believe great bbq can be found anywhere but this place wasn't up to par. The brisket by far was the most disappointing and I was told it was the specialty of the house right before the ribs. Brisket reminded me of chunks of dry beef in hamburger helper flavored sauce... it was drenched so they knew it was... More 

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Thank CVworldwide
dean s, Owner at Cedar River Smoke House Barbecue, responded to this review

HI , thanks for taking time to write down your review. I am sorry your experience wasn't what you thought it would be. Our Brisket is a Certified Black Angus beef, slowed cooked for 15 hours. You said it was covered in Bbq sauce. We have been open 15 years and never put sauce on our meats all sauce is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 304 Wells Ave. S., Renton, WA 98055
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Renton
  • Phone Number: 4252554820

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Cedar River Smokehouse is located in the heart of downtown Renton. Since the opening of our restaurant in 2000, we have gained considerable notoriety as a terrific lunch & dinner spot for individuals working in Renton and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on providing traditional as well as non-traditional Texas Style Barbecue. We offer a warm and friendly atmosphere to our number one concern... our customers!
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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