Hogtown Smoke on Colborne St.

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199 reviews
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Barbecue
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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.
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BD
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant has great variety of food choices and a very simple environment. The service was helpful, informative and quick.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The place was disappointing for my first visit. I didn’t find my ribs very tasty - it appears you need to use a lot of sauce to add flavour to the food. Service was slow at times and overall food prices are high for the food quality.

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The staff were great. The food was too but the dishes that it came in were too small. The burnt ends appetizer was big enough to be a main course but was in a small metal bowl. The ribs and broccoli salad were delicious but the salad overflowed on the table from the tiny bowl when you ate it. I would definitely come back for the food and ask for a plate next time. 😊

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Best BBQ I’ve eaten in a very long time. Full stop!

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DK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was great. ambience strived hard to reflect informal downhome fun. would love better sharing platters. The three of us were not enough to order a wide selection from their grill offer.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful night! Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was EXCELLENT. We will certainly be back!

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TE
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food, great service, good background music and great overall "BBQ" atmosphere. Excellent and creative menu with broad choices for all sizes of appetite. Looking forward to my next visit!

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j
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks for a great experience!

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Dinner out with husband, father in law and teen daughter. Arrived to a nearly empty restaurant and was seated jammed between the only 2 other tables with people in the whole restaurant. Asked if we could move and was told to wait for hostess and then after staff conferred for 10 minutes on this we got to move back one row. After another 10 minutes we had to flag the bartender to send our waitress over. She had been standing at the end of the bar chatting with some guys sitting at the bar and not paying attention to us.
Once we ordered everything was fine and she was attentive after the bumpy start.
Had burnt ends, ribs, sausage, brisket, pulled pork poutine and fish tacos between all of us. Food was great. No complaints there.
When we left the restaurant was still pretty empty so not sure why it was such a big deal to move tables.
Other complaint my husband had is that their chalkboard sign on the entry steps is a SteamWhistle beer sign but as he found out they don’t serve SteamWhistle- suggest they ask for a new sign from a beer rep of one of the beers they do sell.

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SP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Chicken and waffles were AMAZING. Ribs were okay, poutine was disappointing. Asked for BBQ sauce before food arrived but they said they had a bottle shortage and we did not get it until we were almost done with our food. Decor was cute- tables were a bit too small! Would recommend for bar and eats or to try the chicken and waffles alone, but other dishes were par for the course.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and great services. Will definitely go back.

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NP
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Sadly this was disappointing, I had been to Hogtown at the beaches and it was a true BBQ place with good food, this meat was terrible my husband have a full rack of ribs that had more fat on than meat, I had a smoked turkey club that had zero flavour and looked like I had tiny ends of meat to make up a sandwich! It was expensive and pretty nasty, I won’t be going back and definitely wouldn’t recommend it

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LB
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Outstanding brisket, both as a platter and the “burnt ends”. Also ordered back ribs but did not enjoy that as much. I found it had a bit of a licorice type taste which was not what I was expecting at all. They need another server or 2. Our server seemed to be the only one so it took a while to get drinks. They had others help to bring out the food. Would definitely go back for the brisket though. It was soooo good.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great comfort food, don't leave without having/sharing a peanut butter pie... You won't regret it. Best beef brisket too!

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I took my friend to Hogtown Smoke for her birthday. We had a really nice time, good food and good value and very nice atmosphere. I will recommend it and we will return.

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MS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Both the food and service were very good, but it was pretty pricey. Be prepared to $20 for a sandwich and fries.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

The food was not very hood. I guess good food is ecpensive and this restaurant is not.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Food was not great. Beans had a horrible taste. Ribs so-so. Sandwiches average. Nothing special. Server horrible. Don’t know if she was over-extended, but didn’t check on our table more than ono. Had to keep waiting to get her attention. We had to wait 20 min for a beverage refill. Sat there 15 min after everyone was done, waiting to get her attention to get the bill.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great location and atmosphere. The root fries were great too.

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WS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Poor food. Waiter forgot our order. Overpriced. Overall a bad dining experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pre concert dinner

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The basement smelt so bad I gagged

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great ribs and brisket. Can be loud, especially when they're showing a game.

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FL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was extremely tasty. Service was incredible. I liked that I had booked a table for 4 for a business meeting and right away the waitress knew and hinted about the specials that were happening for the day

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LB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 16, 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 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food wasnt the greatest, but service was great

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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 4, 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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Toronto
2 reviews
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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Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 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 17, 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
9 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 11, 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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