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“Make your inner carnivore very, very happy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Smoque Shack

The Smoque Shack
129 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
613-789-4245
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Ranked #150 of 2,218 Restaurants in Ottawa
Cuisines: Barbecue, Jamaican
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Ottawa, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
“Make your inner carnivore very, very happy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Three of us ordered beef brisket, pulled pork and the jerk chicken and a variety of sides. Portion size (1/2 lbs of meat and individual sides) is perfect for sharing. While I maintain that my homemade pulled pork is better (!!), the Smoque Shack's was a very close second. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Will definitely go back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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kelowna, BC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Food just wasn't that good....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Restaurant was recommended to us so thought we'd try it out. While not horrible, it was equally unimpressive. Would not go there again with all of the other options nearby.

Pulled pork was extremely dry and tough, probably the worst I've seen.

My beef ribs were all fat but another guy with me had some decent ones.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Awesome BBQ - in Ottawa!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

My wife and I thought we would try the SmoQue Shack - and were very pleased with the result! I had the Jerk pork which was perfectly done and very tasty. My wife had the pulled pork with a side poutine. She loved both, but really raved about the poutine. (Which I snuck a bite of - and had to agree!) The gravy was very good, the cheese curds perfect, but the differentiating factor was the seasoned fries - nice touch. For my side, I chose the corn bread. Wow. Best. Corn. Bread. Ever. Still hot from the oven and oh, so good. Just a bit sweet and buttery tasting - no butter required!

The staff were very helpful and friendly as well, rounding out a fantastic dining experience. Definitely going back.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mississauga, Canada
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“Great BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

First time going to The Smoque Shack on a trip to Ottawa. Our party of 3 each had something different - Pulled Pork, Ribs and Brisket along with baked beans and cornbread. All were excellent. Baked beans were full of big chunks of pork - word to the wise - they pack a bit of a bite so be prepared.

Atmosphere is fun, a little on the noisy side, but you don't go to a BBQ place looking for lounge music do you?

Definitely would go back when in Ottawa again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Not for vegetarians!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

No reservation for under 10 people... So better get there early, or like we did, on a Wednesday night.
There is a LOT of food. So better be hungry!! This is probably the best ribs I've ever had.
Had 3 drinks, full rack of baby back pork ribs and a side for 60$. Absolutely no place for dessert!
Can't wait for next visit!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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