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“Great food and environment”

Belmont House of Smoke
Ranked #84 of 700 Restaurants in Norfolk
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Norfolk, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and environment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We went late Sunday afternoon and sat on the outdoor patio. Luckily despite being August, they have fans set up outside and there was a cool breeze that kept it from being too stuffy. I got the kansas style ribs with sides of mac and cheese and hushpuppies, and the others got the Monarch - basically a BBQ sandwich. All the food was great with the exception of the mac and cheese - which wasn't bad, just not very creamy, sort of like they just melted different types of cheese on noodles - and the coleslaw, which blech was basically just cabbage. Again, not necessarily bad, just not my cup of tea. The service was decent - no more or less than I'd expect, but they were definitely friendly. All in all its a nice place to go with a group to relax with some beer and BBQ. Prices were very reasonable too - the four of us ate for about $50.

  • Visited August 2013
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Newport News, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food, off-peak service a little sparse”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

The Belmont does make a really nice rack of ribs. Their coleslaw is excellent. Their collard greens are coarse and a little sandy. When they offer a "regular" and "large" rack of ribs, it is fanciful deception - the "regular" is a half-rack, the "large" is the full rack and they should label them as such. I did not feel I needed a large rack, but I did not want a half-rack either, so I was disappointed in the quantity based on their labeling. They have a large selection of beers and the additional seating upstairs with an outdoor balcony area is very nice. I showed up after lunch but while they were still open. Unfortunately it was all-hands-on-deck for dinner preparations, apparently, and it took some time for one of the staff rushing around to determine I was "theirs". Lunch did not take too long though, which I appreciated. I just dislike sitting at the bar for 15 minutes without even a menu while people buzz in and out from a swarm in the back kitchen. Someone has to be always ready for a customer.

  • Visited August 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Another Solid Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Yet again, Belmont House of Smoke delivered on quality, service, and atmosphere. While I'm new to the area, I've tried Belmont multiple times (predominantly on Wednesday evenings, for the wings) and every experience has been worthwhile.

While everything on the menu seems to win approval - I would recommend the rotating BBQ Mac and Cheese special as it changes every month and you're not visiting Belmont for health food. Additionally, they have a a healthy supply of beers on draft with plenty of current local selections.

The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and timely. With billiards and an outdoor patio, it is hard to find a better locale for smoked creations in the Norfolk area.

  • Visited June 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“a favorite local spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

The food at Belmont is great! They offer a wide variety of bbq dishes and sides. Brisket is great, and they offer four different sauces on the side. The back patio is always a fun time with live music and trivia, etc most nights of the week. Always a laid back atmosphere.

Visited March 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wow, amazing BBQ with wild milkshakes!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

Spectacular food, BBQ was amazing and the alcoholic milkshakes were wild ... hand blended chocolate with a variety of liqueurs added (think chocolate coconut or chocolate banana) so thick they need a spoon. Very good price for such high quality, and not that busy on a Sunday night.

Visited April 2013
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