We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Old Canal Smokehouse

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
94 East Water Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601
740 779-3278
Improve this listing
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 256 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 151
  • 78
    Very good
  • 19
  • 5
  • 3
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent barbeque restaurant.

Terrific barbeque served by friendly and competent staff. I really enjoyed the outside seating area. Very highly recommend this restaurant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
Add Photo Write a Review

256 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Terrific barbeque served by friendly and competent staff. I really enjoyed the outside seating area. Very highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank JLRobbs
Coldwater, Michigan
Level Contributor
29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended to us by the desk clerk at our hotel. We were happy withe the decision to eat there. The wait staff was extremely friendly & efficient.

Thank Robert S
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Still on our wandering weekend and on the way home (boo) we had one last surprise. While looking for a good restaurant in the Chillicothe area, my wife looked down at her phone and said, 'Hey... BBQ? Old Canal..' As we were at Canal and Water, we looked up and said, 'That's the place!'. Eager employees and fantastic food. I... More 

Thank PatisRowe
West Lafayette
Level Contributor
257 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw this was the #1 Chillicothe restaurant on TripAdvisor and went for dinner on our first night in town. We walked past a group eating on the covered patio, and were greeted with “that smokehouse smell” when we opened the door. We were seated in the bar area where there are 5 or 6 tables and only learned later... More 

Thank Mack3065
Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
135 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was in the area for work and stopped in for dinner with a group of 12. Ordered a combo; baby back ribs and brisket with 2 sides (corn pudding and mashed potatoes). The portions were large and I could have split with another person, but I ate it all myself. Everyone at the table loved their food. The have a... More 

Thank Craig H
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yep, absolutely the best barbecue sauce there is. Never had a bad, never even had an average meal there. Always exceptional.

Thank Mark M
Chillicothe, Ohio
Level Contributor
29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Smokin' meat done right! Pig chips with lots of cheese & bacon. My favorite is smoked brisket smothered in barbecue sauce. If you can sit outside....do it. Always good service.

Thank LeftMySOULatTheSea
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Level Contributor
35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

good food, adequately priced. nice environment. bar-seating is available, but no Sunday alcohol sales.

Thank daniel n
Sardinia, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Excellent place to eat service was friendly also. I would drive over an hour just to eat there again the steak is awesome the chicken also and never had corn casserole before but it was delicious also

Thank O772YKlisab
Dayton, Ohio
Level Contributor
151 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

After an extensive tour of Chillicothe's landmarks we were hungry and Old Canal Smokehouse filled the bill. My wife had the pulled pork which I though was better than my smoked brisket. Our sides of baked beans, corn casserole, coleslaw and cornbread were fantastic. I would definitely come back here again. Recommend sitting in the larger dining room because seating... More 

Thank Nacho52

Travelers who viewed Old Canal Smokehouse also viewed


Been to Old Canal Smokehouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 94 East Water Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Chillicothe
  • Phone Number: 740 779-3278

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Old Canal Smokehouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?