We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Awful food” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Smokehouse Grill & Buffet

Smokehouse Grill & Buffet
Ranked #22 of 53 Restaurants in Berea
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Belle Center, Ohio
Level Contributor
24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Awful food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Been here twice. Both times the food was awful. However, the staff is very friendly, but not enough to help food even mildly desirable. Also, buffet closed both times.

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
Thank POES4ME
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

63 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    12
    20
    18
    3
    10
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Covington, KY
Level Contributor
506 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
“Decent comfort food but the place needs a facelift”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We went for the all-you-can-eat ribs. In other words, the buffet. There were only a couple of cars in the lot when we got there which was ominous (the Back Porch, nearby, had a full lot). We were greeted promptly and told we could sit anywhere. We asked for the coolest spot and were taken into a room adjacent to the buffet (where everyone else was subsequently seated). It was definitely cooler there. The buffet suffers from a lack of signage. There were some items I couldn't identify. Also, why were there dinner items at the far end with the desserts? I didn't even see them until I was ready for dessert. In any event, I was there for ribs. They were good. I didn't have any that were fatty and the meat came right off the bone. The BBQ sauce was sweet-spicy. There was also a salad bar (lots of choices but I would have liked an additional lettuce other than just the iceberg). The mashed potatoes were real. In fact, I didn't taste anything that didn't taste home made. In addition to the ribs there was fried chicken and pulled pork. I saw food replaced (not just added to) several times - a sign of good management. We also ordered a side of fried green tomatoes because we'd heard they were good (none were on the buffet). They were delicious. Our waitress was friendly. We gathered from her and the woman at the register that business was slow because of the new competition. That might be true but putting out 2-for-1 coupons isn't going to improve the bottom line. You need to update the place. We saw people come in for the buffet with coupons who appeared to be regulars. If the food is that good why are you giving it away? You need to make the place more attractive to people. Because the food is good (what I had, anyway).

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank CovingtonCat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
1 review
“worst meal ive ever had.....”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

my wife and i stopped in, decided to have the open face roast beef sandwich. it was just awful.
may have been worst meal ive ever had. it looked to me like they took two slices of old deli roast beef, microwaved it , put it on top of some bread, opened a can of brown gravy and poured over it.....yuck ! yuck! yuck!.....i took one bite of the roast beef, spit it back onto my plate, it was tough, chewy, it was just disgusting.
friday july 19,

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank 225larry1961
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Berea, Kentucky
1 review
“friday fish”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

tryed to find something good. waitress tryed to over charge us for drinks. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank jboy i
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Advance, North Carolina
Level Contributor
148 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“fatty ribs”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Do not go there for the ribs. A lot of fat. If you go, get the special from the hotels that give you the 2 for 1 buffet so you can get more than just the all you can eat ribs. I made the mistake of the ribs only and one plate was enough! Won't go back.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank JohnReff
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Smokehouse Grill & Buffet also viewed

 

Been to Smokehouse Grill & Buffet? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing