Hogtown Smoke on Colborne St.

4.3
174 reviews
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True BBQ Joint and Restaurant in Toronto
Southern-style barbecue dripping with flavour rules at this downtown smoke house, the standstill evolution of its wildly popular barbecue-on-wheels and beaches predecessor.

Here, Pit Master Scott ' Hogfather' Fraser & Executive Chef Sean Simons take enthusiastic customers on a ride through the expansive wonders of smoking, grilling and saucing with stops along the way at pulled pork, brisket and baby back ribs meaty enough to shame a caveman. The addition if a custom built wood fire grill behind glass expands their famous menu to include steaks, seafood and fish.

Everything is cooked a long time here, but your patience pays off in spades. Guests dig in with both hands, their collection of spent napkins growing in direct relation to their enjoyment of the meal.
What 174 People Are Saying
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LB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food was great! I honestly think it was the best ribs I’ve ever had!

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GG
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great but i can’t say the same for the food.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Relaxed atmosphere! Excellent!!

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KT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I enjoyed the food and atmosphere, however the price was a bit more than I initially assumed it would be, especially since we got a platter. Overall, would recommend and come again to try more food!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food wasnt the greatest, but service was great

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I went here for Valentine’s Day. Reservations were super easy and easy to change if needed! Food was amazzzzing and the staff were all very nice! Definitely looking forward to going back again!

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The BBQ was AWESOME!!! We had a group of 8 and we ended up doing family style which was definitely the way to go.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything on point right from start to finish.
Sat at bar, had some drinks and pulled pork grilled cheese.
Excellent as always.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Birthday party for a colleague. We had a good time because we have a good group but it wasn’t the greatest experience.
The bathrooms, which are ironically labelled “outhouse”, actually smelled like a real life outhouse. This smell, which I later figured was coming from the smoker, was infused in the brisket I had. The brisket was also very dry.
Our server wasn’t very friendly and seemed annoyed by us, but we were a louder group and a little rowdy so I wouldn’t put too much weight on that. Ultimately the food was the biggest turn off.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

I was disappointed as the experience is nothing to brag about. It’s not cheap and at the same time nothing special.

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Fun to order enough for sharing so you can taste more variety.

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ER
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and food.

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Smoked Meat in TO. Ribs are moist and well done. Start with the kitchen sink.

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RC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Great food and love the decor!! If you want some great smoked meat this is the place in Toronto.

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Authentic smokehouse fare in an urban century space. Loved the beef rib- worth the trip just for this! And we grabbed a couple of their Andouille sausages to go which were spicy and not greasy. Brisket was great too. Oh yeah, they do duck fat fries- nuff said.
Cool space downstairs but I have put caught a band there yet. Makes me think of the Beatles in the Cavern club. I hear they rent it out for private events.

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ZA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

In the winter the restaurant is a bit Cold.
Hoping it would be a bit warmer.

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RS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was really good, I think is a bit overpriced

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A
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fun, casual atmosphere and good food. Lots of meat, great sides, nice bbq sauces. Service is attentive without being overbearing. A little pricey, but a good evening with friends.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place! Amazing food, for sure will visit again

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GK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Went for the first time. Have been to a number of recommended BBQ joints across the City of Toronto. Overall, found it pricey and the quality/flavours the least ideal of all the places I've been. Had the loin ribs (okay, but not great), chicken wings (very salty), corn bread (okay, but had better), pulled pork (lacking flavour and too many burnt pieces. Coleslaw was tangy and tasty. Duck fat fries were good.

Atmosphere was nice and service good.

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Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. A little expensive.

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SV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

They totally forgot part of our order and when we finally reminded our waiter (after we had to wave him down) he finally got our order which actually took 1 hour from when we ordered. We got half off the ribs but it was still really bad service. Our waiter was inattentive otherwise he would have noticed much earlier we never got part of our order. He also didn't know the answers to most of the questions we asked also did not explain at all the sauces he just put on our table (there were 6) and so it was a trial and error process because half the labels were unreadable. Also the food was pricey for the amount that you get, we walked out 70% full at most. Wouldn't recommend, I think there should be better smoke bbq places in Toronto worth trying over this one.

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HA
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was OK but won't go back over priced for what we got, menu was the same as online

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was great and beer... excellent.

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a casual business lunch. Food was wonderful, and service was good.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most amazing Smoke House!

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TR
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great spot for lunch, dinner and even take-out! Friendly staff. Excellent food!

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Amazing food and great atmosphere! Can't wait to go back!

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RM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

We were excited about good bbq however the service was non existent. I’m still not clear on who our server was since we had to keep asking staff to take our order, etc. The restaurant was not that busy. The location was good since it was close to the Sony Centre.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great barbecue. Be prepared to eat mostly meat.

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HP
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So glad that I was told to call ahead to reserve the fried chicken which sells out every Friday. My friend loved her birthday dinner!

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CG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a wonderful meal and great place to watch leaf game with friends

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WG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We have been to this location of Hogtown Smoke several times. Every time the food is wonderful - brisket, ribs, chicken, etc. -- all what you would expect and we've eaten BBQ in the south so know what it SHOULD be. The only real downfall is the cornbread ... I ordered it once and didn't like it - it was a crumbly, sweet/muffinlike offering and not complimentary to the rest of the food. Really, when it comes to BBQ you need standard white sandwich bread - that's what will stand up to the food - if you need bread at all.

We had reserved, came with 6 people - ordered brisket, ribs, tequila chicken, sides, etc., and a Tennessee Spicy Chicken Sandwich for everyone to try. Sandwich took + 1hour to get to us and then the rest came fairly quickly after that. The place was BUSY! and they did come around with bourbon shots as an apology for the wait - nice touch!

However, I really didn't get the wait. This type of food is not "a la minute" type - it's basically a plate and serve - so don't really get the hour wait. They also could have come a little more frequently to ask if anyone wanted any more drinks -- we had to flag our server down - she took 1 order and then started to walk away.

Will I return? As they say in the south - "you bet your bottom dollar".

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JJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to this location 3 different times now and the experience has always exceeded expectations. The food is delicious, the servers are friendly and helpful and it is a really fun dining experience that is great for groups both small and large.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service. Very thorough in describing everything on the menu as well as their in house sauces. Would like to see an updated drink menu as we were told prior to ordering that the menu for drinks was old and not updated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful! Delicious bbq..and the Tennessee chicken Sammie is to die for too.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I went on Wednesday when Ribs are have price and that was awesome!
However, they were not the same as the first time I went. They were cooked ahead of time, same as the Chips. Those were not fresh, those were fried ahead of time and they were not crispy and very greasy!
Sorry....but the main dish was MUCH better when there were no promotion.

You should keep the quality the same all the time.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

When we entered the smells were mouthwatering and we loved the appearance of the restaurant from the decorations on the wall to the signs explaining where the washrooms were.
The presentation of the food was spectacular. I ordered the Mac n Cheese with pulled pork on top, my companions ordered the poutine, turkey club and “everything but the kitchen sink”.
The food although tasty had an overpowering smoke taste. Of course it would be smoky but it tasted as though it was infused with imitation
smoke.
Our server appeared to want to be anywhere but serving. He didn’t come once to see if we needed anything after the food was served. The companion that ordered the turkey club requested that no avocado be put on but when she opened her sandwich it was clear that they accidentally put it in and merely tried scraping it off again.
Overall, none of us would return as the smoke taste overpowered the food and the service non existent.

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KM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as usual. Perfect smoked beef ribs, different sizes available. Smoked veggie platter, brisket and Mac n cheese is awesome too. My 2yr old loved the smoked brisket and sides (though he’s unusual in that he loves regular “non-kids menu” food). Great beer tap and whiskey selection.

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y
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is an incredible experience here. A carnivores dream. So much fun great staff and even better food.

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