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Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed May 9, 2024

Great food and good service. If you're not starving, save some money by ordering a kid's meal since they're a decent serving size.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 14, 2024 via mobile

We had all day dining so ate at quite a few of the in park restaurants. This was by far and away the best, good portion size and tasty the dessert was however tasteless and indelible so threw that away (smores cheesecake) brisket was good...though!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 17, 2024

Operations have been improving. Best All Day Dining option in the park. Pineapple cheesecake is a great dessert option.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed June 17, 2023

Stopped here to use my all day dining plan for meal #2 and got the smokehouse sampler - 1/4 chicken, brisket, and ribs, with fries. It was very good! The brisket was amazing! Tender and so full of flavor. It was a lot of food...- definitely enough to share if you weren't using the meal plan.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 15, 2023 via mobile

This has to be the worst food we have ever had in Florida! We asked for 2 kids meals (Ribs with fries) then a Sample platter to share with a garden salad. We were told they ran out of salad and it was early in...the day. ..So we asked for a portion of waffle fries and mac and cheese instead. They must have ran out of waffle fries too as what they served were highly seasoned regular fries. The mac and cheese also cost $7 and I was expecting a small plate of bowl of it, yet it was about 2 table spoons worth served in a paper condiment style cup! However, that wasn’t the main problem , the meat on all plates was absolutely disgusting !!! It looked like road kill. The kids left their ribs as they didn’t taste nice and me and my husband picked a little bit of ours. Meat was all grisly, bones and fat. It was also pink, including the chicken! Worst part of all was the cost of this muck! It was almost $100!! I was absolutely shocked that they charge those prices for such poor quality food! We are used to eating at Disney and there you get a decent meal for 4 people with refillable drinks for literally half the cost! I’ve never been able to say that Disney is a cheaper comparison ! Our advice… nip out of the park and go to KFC over the road! The park is also very tired and in need of revamping. It’s like the place is trying to be Disney with the snide bubble wands, the food and wine festival and charging extortionate amounts with none of the magic and atmosphere. Feels very much like a local town carnival with some big roller coasters dumped in it. Won’t be back any time soon.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed November 23, 2022 via mobile

Of course it is expensive… Basically almost $20 for your entree choice of smoked chicken, or ribs, or pit BBQ … Then drinks are $5 and sides are similar… as far as choosing food… No salad offered here. Frankly the Pit BBQ was tasteless salty...watery nothing flavored. The chicken was a tad better; the Mac and cheese = eatable; and i felt the ribs were the best tasting choice of food offered. WARNING: do not bother with the horrible tasting BBBQ sauce in the packets… 🤢More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 7, 2022

I never imagined going to any amusement park and having a meal that good. I had the sampler, which consisted of fries, brisket, ribs, and smoked chicken. Everything was really good, but the brisket was phenomenal.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 10, 2022

Probably one of the better restaurants in Busch Gardens with a delicious smell of BBQ. Good enough choice to choose from - we opted for the Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was tasty enough but the roll underneath was soggy which was a bit off putting....A nice enough lunch but priceyMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed September 20, 2022

Went to Zambia as I am diabetic and needed food the staff were the most abrupt and talked to you as they had too! I asked for a fresh Mac cheese as the 1 on the counter was dried up the server scoffed and threw...a fresh 1 in the polystyrene cup also as I had the cheek to ask that , the waffle fries were thrown on the plate from a great height on my pulled pork sandwich When I went back to ask for a straw the server started to read chapter and verse that it was against animal rights to give out straws making me feel stupid yet when I got outside 3 different tables had straws as IAM visiting it had put me off returningMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022 via mobile

Had the ribs and they were awesome! Husband and son had the pulled pork sandwiches. They were pleased as well. Nicely flavored fries. Salad were fresh. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022

Came here April 2nd and it’s raining so the park is pretty dead. Bought the meal pass though so figured we would go around the park and try different foods. The service here was HORRIBLE. We walked up and when we asked if we needed...to order at that window, the two girls standing there scoffed at us and barely responded. Rolled eyes, horrible attitudes. The works. The food was embarrassingly bad to match the embarrassingly horrible workers here. So disappointed in this experience.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022 via mobile

Unbelievable how good the brisket was! Consistently fantastic every time. We had the meal plan and were there 2.5 days. Not a lot was open when we were at BG so we ate there A LOT. The staff was always very friendly. The meal plan...uses a ticket but you can redeem it for a wrist band after using it the first time. We didn't do that until the last day but we should have because they had a lot of difficulty scanning in the tickets every time. They had so many issues our food was almost cold by the tine we got checked out a few times. This seemed to happen at every location, not just the Smokehouse. You get TONS of waffle fries with every meal. Don't think I will eat waffle fries for a year.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 14, 2022

BBQ was tasty, and had good flavor and was juicy. Good slaw and waffle fries. Better than you basic cheeseburger and fries. Sampler is the best bang for your buck - and good for sharing.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 9, 2021 via mobile

So we went here for lunch, and all together tried the sampler, a garden salad and the pulled pork sandwich. Honestly the sampler was dry all the way around, everything had to be doused in bbq sauce and there was much of a smoky flavor...to it. The sand which was dripping wet but still not a lot of flavor, the salad was a salad. Staff was friendly though and that’s why I’m giving it 3 instead of a 2.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed December 30, 2020 via mobile

As a rule of thumb, a smokehouse in a theme park is the best place to eat in that theme park. Zambia Smokehouse is no exception. They recently revamped their menu. There is no sausage, but a new brisket salad was added, as well as...a garden salad. They also added more side items such as green beans, but you can't substitute anything except cole slaw for fries.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
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