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“Very disappointed”
Review of Smokey Bones

Smokey Bones
Ranked #432 of 2,490 Restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed December 18, 2012

Stopped in for dinner while Christmas shopping. Hadn't been in for a while. Very disappointed. Server was below standard. Almost like he really wanted to be somewhere else. Took his "sweet" time getting drink refills. When the food arrived it was almost warm, and the french fries were way over seasoned. Not worth complaining about, it took long enough to get service to start with. We we won't be stopping in again anytime soon. Travel about 300 yards further to the west and enjoy a great meal at Olive Garden. Might not be Bar-B-Que, but you will be much happier when you leave.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Really, if you want serious bbq, you have to avoid the chains. If you insist, however, on upscale surroundings, cocktail lounge ambience, hostesses that provide electronic pagers when your table is ready, then this might be your kind of place.

I may be a que junkie that believes that the best places are old falling-down shacks in poor neighborhoods that employ peoople of questionable culture but there's no denying that Smokey Bones can get their meats tender and infuse a strong smoky flavor. Everything's good here even though you feel more like you're in an urban sportsbar than a rural smookehouse.

I'll cop to my prejudice: I'm just one of those strange people that will take a 100-mile detour off the Interstate because I heard talk of a good ol' boy there that knows something aboout smoke. There are many others that are quite happy to eat at Sonny's. But if you have to have corporate chain-style bbq, this ain't bad.

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Thank Bob B
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Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

The food is really good especially the burgers. Wings are OK. Service is very good. The only downside is the noise level.

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Thank Brackjr
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Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

We had a chance to taste Smokey Bones wings at a wine tasting. So we decided to pay them a visit. The visit started rocky but Kateleen saved our visit. Kateleen is one of the bartenders. Great personality and knows what customer service is all
about. She started to make me feel good about coming. The food was great and the portions we in line with the price. The manager came over to acknowledge our beginning and reassured us making the end of our meal very enjoyable. Thank you both for making this a place I will revisit.

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Thank Citydiva1
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We used to really like this place despite the cost, but like a lot of places the drop in food quality combined with multiple price increases has ended it for us. C'mon, processed meat on a grilled chicken sandwich for $12? Items so cold and greasy that they've become unedible? The home office probably blames a drop in customers for the changes, but it's quite possibly the other way around.

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Thank Butch C
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