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Smoke on the Water

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77 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150-2315
+1 716-692-4227
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Niagara Falls, New York
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Meat is smoked to perfection. The sides - interesting! Chowder or potato pancakes - hard to decide. "OG" Nickel City Mac n' Cheese Entree has Fried chicken and Frank's red hot sauce so it taste's like wings. Beer and wine. Finish with a Banana Split for 2.

Thank Robin C
Sevierville, Tennessee
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Bar atmosphere, Brisket sandwich was excellent, fries delicious,portobello mushroom sandwich great,food came out hot an fast. Staff friendly, they also have outdoor seating!

Thank Yfz45067
Sarasota, Florida
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249 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed our outside lunch overlooking the canal. Enjoyed the Fried Bologna - nice thick slice grilled to perfection with carmelized onions and mustard!! Companions had the fresh crabmeat tacos!! Specialty Drinks were good and powerful!! 😀 Service was excellent!!

Thank Dr Tim T
Buffalo, New York
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An unique place to get some great BBQ and beer. Unusual setting consists of a waterwheel powered smoker and waterfront dining. I have tried many of the BBQ menu items and have to say they were all excellent. Ta ta's (tater tots on steroids) are a must. Keep up the good work!

Thank sstarks
Buffalo, New York
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

I know the title may seem a little aggressive, but I truly believe that over the 7 or 8 times I have eaten here for both lunch and dinner with friends and family I just want to keep coming back here. The owners of Smoke on the Water are doing BBQ the best in Buffalo in my opinion. To compare... More 

Thank Matt L
Tonawanda, New York
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Smoke on the Water ignores state and federal disability laws. They offer no handicap parking for the disabled nore is their establishment friendly to those with disabilities. Food isn't bad but if you need to use an assistive device to get into the joint you are pretty much out of luck.

Thank rsvpilot6
Pomona, New York
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

lovely little place with a nice patio on the canal, unfortunately we wen on a very busy holiday so it was too long a wait for us to get an outside table. but the meal was great. , the pulled pork was way generous and delicious , but for goodness sakes, whatever you order, you MUST ORDER THE CORNBREAD SIDE.... More 

Thank Teal P
York, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

what a find. we were going to sit outside but then the heavens opened. we were quickly shown a table inside and then the ribs experience started!! what joy! they were cooked to perfection and my four hungry men ate with gusto and enjoyed every morsel, so did I !! The service was exemplary. After all the rubbish that's on... More 

1 Thank contravellers
North Tonawanda, New York
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Took our Canadian Friends for some summer BBQ and we were impressed by the views on the deck and the food. This place is great for entertaining friends and family.

Thank Bob P
Williamsville, New York
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

My husband and I have been to many other BBQ restaurants in the Buffalo area and none compare! Seriously! Everything from the atmosphere, menu options, portion size and wait staff was great! Between the two of us we had ribs, shrimp and pulled pork-each delicious. And the sweet potato fries are yummy! Don't hesitate... give it a try!

1 Thank morganak

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $24
American, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150-2315
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Tonawanda
  • Phone Number: +1 716-692-4227
Kevin, JJ and Mark Richert took over Tonawanda in July with the passion and determination to make a hot spot for BBQ Lovers. The Smoker, filled with Brisket, Ribs, Pork & much more, adds to the delicious menu but the daily specials show the creativity of these three as well. Dine in, take out or dock up to enjoy what Tonawanda's been saying to be the best BBQ around!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?