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“The best steak house in Madison!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smoky's Club

Smoky's Club
3005 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3515
(608) 233-2120
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Ranked #370 of 820 restaurants in Madison
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Medford, Oregon
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“The best steak house in Madison!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is my favorite restaurant in Madison and I head for it every time I return to town. Having lived there for most of my life I have learned to enjoy restaurants with good food and character. Smoky's fits the bill to peferection. No, they probably haven't invested a dime in the place but that is what makes it great. Atmosphere of the 50's and 60's and reasonable prices. Great steaks, I always get the steak sandwich and super hash browns. Great bar and bartenders as well. Makes me feel at home. If you like a small clubby atmosphere......try it, you'll love it.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Terrible, terrible, terrible.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

They haven't invested a dime back in this place in thirty years. The service is bad and food is no better than average for above average prices. There are a dozen better steak houses in Madison, including the chains.

Visited February 2013
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Arpin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Dont waste your hard earned money!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We were excited. This is a reputable place. There were 8 of us. The rolls were plain and cheap. The salad was drowning in dressing - it was more like soup than salad. The soup tasted like canned. The steak was overdone, flavorless, totally unseasoned and way over priced. The scallops were gritty beyond being edible and tasted like iron or medicine. Yuck! Super dissapointed and will never be back and will never recommend.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Spectacular steaks and a great service too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Went here 2/15/13 for Valentine's Day observed and had a fantastic meal. It is pricey, but unlike some of those pretentious steak places near the square that charge the same or even more for a meal ($100-125 for two w/drinks, dessert, tip, tax) and give you a couple little bites to eat, at Smokey's you get your money's worth with a delicious huge steak and loads of extras. Had the ribeye and my fiancee had the New York sirloin strip, both huge portions and when we asked for medium, we got medium, and both were excellent cuts. Got the mushrooms added on and got a generous portion heaped over the steak. It all came with a great salad, clam chowder soup, baked potato, bread & relish tray. Also ordered a brandy old-fashioned which was nice and strong. Service was impeccable, extremly fast in bringing us every course and very courteous and friently. Only knock is that it could use some remodeling, especially in the bathrooms which seemed very out-dated and old.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“$130 for absolute garbage. Go anywhere else if you have any taste buds.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had heard amazing things about smoky's club for quite some time and decided to give it a go for Valentines day. What a truly awful experience. We had 8pm reservations and were told they would call us when our table was ready. What they didn't tell us was they were running about 30 to 40 minutes behind. We decided to go to the bar and get one of their "famous" martinis. We waited almost 20 minutes before being served at the bar (it wasn't busy enough to warrant that) We had a creamsicle and a pomegranate martini. There was no balance of flavor just an obnoxious amount of alcohol and very little else. Not to mention the two drinks totaled $20. Once we finally got our table our waiter introduced himself (his name was Peter) and then he abruptly left in the middle of his introduction. After waiting another 15 minutes for him to return we placed our order and waited some more. He told us the soup of the day was shrimp soup (turns out they switched to vegetable minestrone and no one told us). We both ordered our steaks medium rare. We've read reviews of the plates being too hot and cooking the steak to much. Our steaks were to raw to even be considered rare and our plates were ice cold. Peter (the worlds worst waiter) didn't bother to check how our food was or to see if we needed anything. Not a single dish of ours was seasoned. We has to dump obscene amounts of salt to have any flavor because apparently the cooks didn't feel like doing their jobs. Once Peter dropped off the check we paid right away. Even though we had lousy service ask night Peter managed to pick up the check in less then a minute. All in all we paid $130 for two crappy steaks, salads, soups, a baked potato and a hash brown plus two garbage drinks. I would've been happier at McDonalds were at least I would've paid what the food was worth.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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