73 Joo Chiat Place, 427790
+65 6884 6884
+65 63456914

Tue - Thu: 15:00 - 23:00

Fri: 15:00 - 00:00

Sat: 11:30 - 00:00

Sun: 11:30 - 23:00

Closed: Mon

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$36 based on 94 submissions
After Work (23 votes), Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (20 votes), Dinner (19 votes) ...

If you are looking for a no-frills, fuss-free dining experience with only good food on the menu, Smokey’s BBQ is here for you. Marinated by a secret dry rub that is tangy but not overwhelmingly so, the fresh rib meat soak up the special homemade BBQ sauce like a sponge.

What others are eating here

  • Baby-back ribs 18 votes
  • St Loius ribs 7 votes
  • Buffalo chicken with blue cheese dip 5 votes
  • beef brisket 5 votes
  • the archipelago beers 4 votes
  • Fish & Chips 3 votes
  • steak 3 votes
  • Archipelago Ales 1 vote
  • Archipelago Bohemian Ale. 1 vote
  • Beef Ribs 1 vote
  • burger 1 vote
  • ciders. 1 vote
  • sumemr ale 1 vote

Latest Review for Smokey's BBQ

Overall RatingBased on 62 reviews
Most helpful review:

Great place for a slab of ribs

Food/Drink 4 | Value 4 | Ambience 4 | Service 3
Total Reviews: 24

Went to the Joo Chiat branch of this place, as it's one of our friends favourite places.  After visiting for the first time I can see why.  Very good quality baby back ribs, succulent, with meat that melts in the mouth, with a delicious, and not too sweet, BBQ sauce.  

The restaurant has a good vibe to it, with plenty of outdoor seating.  Good choice for a group of friends or for a local night out.  Service could have been a bit speedier, but they were very busy on a Saturday

I'd like a wider selection of draft beers, the Archipeligo ones are OK, but they can taste a bit 'home brew' at times.

Booking in advance through HGW recommended - it gets busy at peak times

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why did it go bad?

Food/Drink 2 | Value 2 | Ambience 1 | Service 1
Total Reviews: 5

Wow, used to be one of my favourite places for ribs. Went there again recently
 Poor food - ribs which used to be juicy and tender were way way too dry though they still retained their very smoked flavour and smell.
 Service staff was poor - manned by quite a number of people who were too free and too interested talking loudly amongst themselves, laughing loudly among themselves and peppering their sentences with hokkien vulgarities which really interrupted a peaceful meal. Yet nobody wanted to refill your water or tend to you.
 Did not mind the price hike but poor food, disappointing environment (now devoid of diners but filled with rude loud obnoxious wait staff) and poor service? Must have been here 10 times before, guess its never again. On to find my next place with good ribs.

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A big price hike :(

Food/Drink 3 | Value 2 | Ambience 4 | Service 3
Total Reviews: 10

Used to love coming here a lot. Steaks were very decent, pulled pork, ribs, .... and always looked forward to the Wednesday $1 wings with bleu cheese dip. We visited again yesterday and were shocked to see such a drastic price hike to the menu! Yes the steak offering now is much bigger a chunky 300g slab, but I'm not about to spend $40 on a weekday meal outing.

Also, they added some high tables and stools in the middle. Of course everyone will choose to seat at the lower (normal) tables first and not the high tables. We were left with no choice to sit awkwardly and uncomfortably at the high tables.

Perhaps the largely expat crowd can still afford the new prices, and perhaps the owner is only interested in serving them as he is expat himself. But I don't think my family and I are going to be going back again. I'm sad to say this as I really loved visiting Smokey's. Thanks for the good memories.

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