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3005 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3515
(608) 233-2120
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good / Not Great

My wife and I ate here 20+ years ago and decided to try it again. We concluded that the price value relationship was not in the customer's favor. We started at the bar. My wife said that her brandy old fashion sweet was stiff but not especially tasty. The bartender, focusing on being cordial... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
raisinrye
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Baraboo
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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Smoky's is old school in the tradition of mid western supper clubs. It has been in Madison for more than 30 yrs. You will get a great steak, hash browns that are to die for and excellent service. The bartender, Bob, makes great martini's. The waitresses tend to be older women. They are excellent at their job. They have expanded... More 

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Baraboo
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I ate here 20+ years ago and decided to try it again. We concluded that the price value relationship was not in the customer's favor. We started at the bar. My wife said that her brandy old fashion sweet was stiff but not especially tasty. The bartender, focusing on being cordial, poured me a bourbon other than... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We decided to visit Smoky's on Monday, December 29 for a holiday dinner treat. We checked Smoky's website, which indicated that it was open, planned our day around the dinner, and drove over 30 minutes to get to Smoky's from our home. We did not call for reservations as we were planning to arrive early and didn't think it would... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Holding on to their old ways might be starting to hurt Smoky's. Don't get me wrong, the food is good, but the atmosphere... it could use a little revamping, I feel like even turning the lights up a bit would do wonders. A good place to try for sure, but not the ideal first date restaurant.

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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107 reviews 107 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Smokies has continued to keep up the quality of the food and fun factor of the bar area. On this Friday it was comfortably crowded and unlike most places now you could actually sit at bar without being annoyed with people eating full course meals right next to you. Martini Bob is still there doing his thing and a few... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My daughter was given a gift certificate to Smokys, and I thought; oh yuck. This is an old restaurant who's better days are behind them. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! It was terrific. The French blue dressing was outstanding, and the steak was flavorful, perfectly cooked and delicious. The hash browns are served family style, and we fought over who... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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119 reviews 119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

Smoky's has been a fixture on the Madison restaurant scene for decades. Unfortunately, nothing has changed in all those years. It is still your basic supper club built around a bar that serves good steaks. Most of the tables are in the room with the bar. It is dark inside with quirky decorations on the walls/ceiling. If you want fancy,... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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281 reviews 281 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I ate here about 20 years ago, place looks basically the same but more worn. Waiter had the personality of a rock. My steak came medium well which is #1 mistake when asking for MR. They said their hash browns were the best but I gave them a 2 out of 10. I feel bad giving a place a poor... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

For Chicago steakhouse prices, we expected more than just average food and an average overall experience. My husband and I dined here for our anniversary; a chain restaurant would have been better. We started with the New England Claim Chowder which was the thinnest NECC on the planet...was like chicken broth with milk, clams, potatoes and carrots in it. My... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I've heard this place is an old favorite that once served delicious food consistently. If so, it's gone very far downhill. It was definitely busy, which we took as a positive sign, but none of our party of four enjoyed the meal. The steak was awful. Not properly cooked, it also tasted old. The hash browns were not bad, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3005 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3515
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: (608) 233-2120
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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