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Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store

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850 W Main St, Monteagle, TN 37356-7027
19319242091
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6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Nashville, Tennessee, Usa
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Considering myself a "fried chicken" connoisseur, I get excited when I am headed toward a restaurant that has a great reputation for great fried chicken. I must tell you that is certainly the case for Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant located atop Monteagle Mountain. I also ate their breakfast buffet as well as dinner. It was great to enjoy bacon... More 

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Thank Dianne M
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Wow, we need to use your review on our blog page, you covered all the points, gave excellent descriptions on all items. Would you mind if we used it? Thank You so much for your review and the time you have taken to post it; I'm sure it will entice others to visit the Smoke House. We appreciate your comments.... More 

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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food runs out on food bar and not replaces very fast. Service at cashier was rude and we are a fun bunch! BBQ is decent when fresh.

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Thank Medicine68
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

So sorry for your experience, looks like you visited us over the weekend. We were maxed and packed out all 3 days, and we did have some gaps in filling the food bar, this happens because we spend more time preparing the fresh veggies, and any of the preped cooked items are homemade fresh and not poured out of a... More 

Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were greeted by a very friendly hostess and waitress. Our food was excellent. We stayed after dinner and enjoyed live entertainment.

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Thank paulanjeff
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and the time you have taken to post it. We appreciate your comments. Come back and see us! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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390 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure how many remember what a "general store" was, but this is one on steroids. Think authentic Cracker Barrel. You could spend an hour wandering through looking at the merchandise, reminiscent of yesteryear. We had brisket, which was very good, accompanied by onion rings, which were "home made" but over battered. The hoe cake that came with the meal... More 

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Thank LuckySpivey
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

We get alot of great comments about the brisket, and all the sauces we have for customers to sample, or use with their meal. We have over 40 sauces that can be enjoyed with meals: I don't know anywhere you can go and get anything like that. Thanks so much for your review and the time you have taken to... More 

Indiana
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We like barbeque and so we decided to try it. Big portions and yummy! Pulled pork sandwich was very good. Love their sauce...bought some to bring home.

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Thank bduncan76
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and the time you have taken to post it. We appreciate your comments. Come back and see us! More 

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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's another cracker barrel with a different name. Backwoods general store before the restaurant. They ran out of fried chicken so had to order something else. Great for children but I wouldn't recommend it for adults. The food was horrible.

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Thank baharker
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and the time you have taken to post it. We appreciate your comments. Sorry that you didn't like our style or food, most customers like it, a few don't. We've been doing it this way for 55 years, and it means alot to our customer base, who come back again and again. More 

New Berlin, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in with my husband, 9 yr old & 14 yr old. The food was good "home cookin'". The BBQ sauces were excellent and the pulled pork was full of flavor. My husband and son had the buffet and decided it was some of the best chicken they had ever eaten. The only criticism would be that they could stand... More 

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Thank Tinkr6
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and the time you have taken to post it. We appreciate your comments. Yes, we need to get some detailed dusting done, years of nostalgia can get away from you. Come back and see us! More 

Hobe Sound, Florida, United States
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I stopped here on our way back to Florida. I had been to this restaurant a couple of years ago with my wife. It had not changed at all. The lunch buffet was fantastic! All the food items were very tasty. The price is good and they take good care of you. Stop here even if you... More 

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hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Now, we can use alot of your comments. Thanks so much for your review and the time you have taken to post it. We appreciate your comments. Come back and see us! More 

Coldwater, Michigan
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Sewanee Inn on our way to Alabama. After driving for 7 hours we were ready for a good southern meal and was told there were not many options but try the smoke house. I had pulled pork BBQ and mashed potatoes along with the salad bar. The pork was really greasy and fatty but decent flavor.... More 

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Thank tamtruitt
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

So sorry for your experience, but can't agree with you about being overpriced. We clearly need to have cleaned up the sauce bottles better, sometimes that gets to be the last thing done when busy. Thanks so much for your review and the time you have taken to post it. We appreciate your comments. Come back and see us! More 

Winder, Georgia
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here many times but this was my wife's first trip. She loved it just as much as I did! We got the breakfast buffet (a 1st for me) and it was awesome all the bacon you can eat!!! As good as always don't pass this place up make sure you stop and eat here!!!!

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Thank ZAR55
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Glad your wife liked it as much as you! Thanks so much for your review and the time you have taken to post it. We appreciate your comments. Come back and see us! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$2 - $18
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Buffet, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 850 W Main St, Monteagle, TN 37356-7027
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Monteagle
  • Phone Number: 19319242091
Description
Open Everyday, 6:30 AM - 9:PM, 10 PM on Fri & Sat. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Since 1960, family owned and operated World Famous Jim Oliver’s Smoke House has been serving up delicious and fun Southern Hospitality at the _Restaurant and _shopping at the Old General Store. Menu Featuring Everything Homemade from scrach Famous Smoked Meats such as Pork BBQ Ribs, Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Hand Pulled Pork Shoulder, Country Ham, Honey Baked Ham, Smoked Bacon, Catfish, Frog Legs, Fried Chicken Livers, and all the BBQ and Hot Sauces to go with it; worlds largest selection of sauces all free to taste. Jams, Pickles, Vinegars, Sauces, Desert Toppings, Local Honey, Homemade candy & Fudge, Homemade Fried Pies & Ice Cream, Fresh local farmer Hand Picked Produce featured in all dishes, big all you can eat Buffet & Fresh Salad Bar with homemade Beef-Vegetable Stew and Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread & Bread Pudding. Cast Iron Cooking for many of our items featured. Fresh Hot Biscuits, Cornbread, and desserts. Childrens' menu. Large Beer Selection. _Live Music every weekend by special Nashville Music Artists, No Cover Charge, Bring the Family, food and beverages served during show. Regional Southern cookin’ offering three generations of family recipes on the menu and the daily buffet & Salad Bar, Homemade everyday! The Old General Store has Vintage and Nostalgic merchandise_old fashioned _candies_antiques_homemade fudge_Ice Cream_ Moonshine Museum Attraction, and the_Louvin Brothers _Country Music _Museum. /live music/shopping/lodging/cabins/Sewanee/Winchester/ Cowan/Manchester/South Pittsburg/Tullahoma/AEDC/Nissan/Chattanooga/ Lookout Mountain/McMinville/Murfreesboro/Desserts/Coffee/Full Service_Childrens Menu_Family_Regional_BBQ_Breakfast_Lunch_Dinner

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