Up In Smoke

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220 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Barbecue

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Casual
Great Beer
Bookings only available for groups of 5 or more, otherwise just walk in!

Up In Smoke is a refurbished car garage turned sleek BBQ restaurant and beer garden located 5 minutes from the city. The star feature being a $20,000 smoker – the big, double-barrelled beast also known as a Yoder Frontiersman burns overnight slowly smoking all manner of delicacies including brisket, pork, ribs, sausages and wings making it some of the best smoked meat in Melbourne.

A range of munchies from mozzarella sticks to jerk wagyu skewers all feature that irresistibly smoky flavour. Make sure to leave room for pumpkin pie or a house made donut ice cream sandwich for dessert.

There are 10 independent craft beer taps on constant rotation, dedicated to showcasing the latest and greatest in local craft brews. While an extensive selection of bottled beer and spirits ensures that whatever your style, the drinks team will pour, mix, shake, stir or cork the perfect drink for you.
What 220 People Are Saying
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MD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a great feed, can’t help myself I just order too much every time!

KM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - great service- clean and tidy -
Had a lovely evening celebrating a birthday

TP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Up In Smoke is never less than outstanding. Staff couldn’t be nicer and food is cracking! Beers and wines rock too. Well done, Team!

R
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great food, nice place to eat
Would go back again.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family friendly restaurant for a casual lunch or dinner. Excellent service, friendly staff and quick delivery of food. A wide variety of Smokey meats to choose from.

KK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, terrible parking situation. We will go back forthe food, and decent prices. Great range of beers and ciders

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and staff helpful.

CM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food; friendly welcoming staff, fun environment. Thank you!

EK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The head hostess is brilliant. Accommodated first extra people that didn’t rsvp to my birthday at last minute. Yummy food and enjoyable night.

SM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really like this place. Only con: You only get 1.5 hours before you have to give up your table to the next booking. Which sucks coz it's only enough time to eat quickly and have 1 drink :/

HM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everybody was impressed. The beef short ribs are just the best! My pork ribs were a little too dry though. Apart from the toilets being outside it was overall a pretty cool place.

R
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time there - everyone enjoyed the food.
We had the UIS snackpack, pork ribs, burgers, fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, nachos and fries and everyone thought it was all great - and good value for money.
The service was fast, friendly and attentive.
Good selection of beers and a great Amaretto Sour :)
We will be back.

J
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice but overpriced and not amazing food and small portions.

GT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great BBQ, has special pork knuckle and it was amazing! Recommend. Parking is rubbish but not their fault.

FF
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is rustic and exceptionally tasty. Quick service delivery of the foods and we were a group size of eight people. Great option that won’t disappoint!

BS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I went because a co-worker raves about it. First and last time.

B
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Up In Smoke. It's a great place to catch up with friends, with super tasty food and drinks. Just a little pricey, but quality food.

MB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I asked if the tray would be enough to share and was told it was heaps and the tray came out bare, with one tiny piece of each of the meats. The brisket was tasteless. It was over priced for what we were served. The Mac n cheese was good.

AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always guarantee delicious food and very affordable. The staff are always super friendly and great service. A family favourite of ours.

LA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our Waitress could have been a little better with serving our food. Basically dropping them onto our table. Also didn't have a handle when we were ordering our meals, luckily a lovey attendant saved the day.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We loved Up in Smoke. It’s a great venue for a catch up with friends and is especially easy if you are all up to sharing the meat and rib platters. The meat up tray was yummo and the pickles are to die for. We especially enjoyed the crumbed chicken. The only blip to our night was that we booked for a table of 11 and they only set the table up for 9 people. With the two extra chairs it was a bit of a tight squeeze. Nevertheless, we would definitely recommend Uo in Smoke.

TJ
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Up In Smoke was absolutely delicious.
The beers available are great and there's a decent variety.
The service is friendly and genuine.
Like all American BBQ places the prices seem cheap but add up quickly- although if wise you'll get value for money.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Staff were rude and the food was average. Would of been happier if the staff weren’t so rude and even after buying over $400 of food and drink they wouldn’t give us takeaway containers for birthday cake that we wanted to share with our friends that were too full to eat it there. So we ended up taking it home ourselves.... won’t be back

RV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Staff and service was great however both mine and my father in laws ribs were well over cooked, chewy and flavourless which was quite disappointing

ER
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Probably had higher expectations and was disappointed. Just lackd a bit of finesse. Sticky table tops, lacklustre service, food was a bit blah! It didn’t live up to the reputation.

CN
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Good was pretty good, but the music was unnecessarily loud, the staff got a couple of orders wrong, and the drinks were slightly overpriced for what you get.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, very good food

J
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service was fantastic.
Would be great for big groups.
Awesome outdoor area although it was a little cold when we were there and indoors was just as good.
Highly recommend it!

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff, truely authentic, delicious, smoky and pickled food, really good beer/cider/wine selection. We will be back!

MB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. Great selection of beers, friendly service, delicious food.

I
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

we had a nice quick family dinner here. Need to go back without the kids and try more of the cocktails.

BR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere the brisket was to die for. The wings with the Effen hot sauce was my favourite. The burgers were also a hit at our table.

DD
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed with the lack of service, food quality and definitely overpriced. Do not waste your time or money!! We booked Fathers Day for 8 ppl, were given only 7 seats. It was our first time there and no one told us how/where to order. Ordered at approximately 6:30pm to have food come out cold at almost 8pm!
Serving portions were small and overpriced ($55.00 for one sausage, 3 slices of brisket, a handful of pulled pork, two small buns and pickled veg) No wonder they make you pay before you get your food. Unfortunately, no amount of free food offered will ever make us go back.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience1

We booked 10 pax for a birthday. Service was good, however food was a little less average. Bbq meats came out dry and tasteless, definitely not worth the price you pay. No kids menu, so don't bring the little ones. Better to go Ribs 'n Burgers!

AV
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great! The serving sizes were just right, there were 7 of us and we have a couple of the meat trays, sides and ribs, and everyone was full.

JR
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was nice but a bit over priced for what you get. Good ambience and good setup. Web page needs updating as menu has changed and beer list was not up to date.

BZ
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was borderline ok. The mac and cheese was more cheese than anything else, the kids couldn't even eat it.
The shared platter was dry, and really fatty.
Staff were lovely. Great outdoor space.

LH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Very unhappy mentioned it was my sons birthday - was meant to get a free drink - strike 1, then wanted to charge $6 extra for small shop bought cake that we had just blown the candles out - we already had cut it. Left in distaste - poor form.

BW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I had high expectations for Up in Smoke. Sadly the brisket was practically flavorless, the pulled pork only a little better, the jerked chicken was totally flavorless. All in all it was a little less than average I thought. We have high standards for food and I can honestly say my versions of the same dishes are much more flavorful and I am not a professional cook.

It's a hipster joint and still pretty relaxed. Good crowd for a weekend.

Excellent range of beers so you can still have a good night out. Give it a go, maybe we went on an off night, being a weekend they were very busy and that may have been the problem with the lack of flavour.

Price point is a bit high for what we got on the plate.

AW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Up in smoke is so good. Their Mac and cheese is off it's head