Hogtown Smoke on Colborne St.

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229 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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BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A REAL Smoke House! The food had great flavour, service was exceptional! My 'dark and stormy' had just the right amount of lime. Only complaint was the beer was flat. Maybe time to clean the lines?

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The BBQ was awesome - get the brisket, it's tops. I was disappointed they were out of the short rib but I'll definitely try it next time. The service was excellent: attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

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YL
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, for the price it was a good meal. Service was also good

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C
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would say appetizers are a bit overpriced for what you get. $18 for 4 jalapeño poppers that are not all the same size. Side ribs were awesome though. Mac & Cheese was okay. Wouldn’t order again. Overall food was good though.

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RG
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great smoked pork and cornbread!!

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BK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I’ve been here before but this time ribs were burnt and really dry

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KL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Was fantastic to try something new and experience such great BBQ. The restaurant was dead at the time but the food was amazing.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Relaxed atmosphere. You notice right away the staff enjoys working there. Good BBQ food, with a nice smoke flavor.

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RG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

We came to this location for it's "bucket of chicken" which was recommended by Glen(part owner). Previously, when we came at 6:30pm it was sold out. He told us due to the method used in making the chicken they can only make a certain number of buckets and we have to come REALLY, REALLY EARLY. So there we were on Friday, June 28, at 3:30pm. The place was DEAD except for 5 other people. The person who served us said "You could've just called it in because we would've put a bucket on the side for you." The place was so dead that the bartender/wait staff kept our friend entertained the entire time because she had nothing to do. The bucket of chicken cost $35.00 with 2 sides, and it was nothing special. I thought we could taste a HUGE difference between KFC, Popeye's and Hogtown. Not really. It was a different coating but not anymore moisture than the others. As well..... Glen promised that if we didn't think it was the best chicken we've ever tasted, our beers would be on him. Well.... that didn't happened either. So overall, we wouldn't rush back for the chicken but maybe the other smoked foods on the menu.

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JY
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

BBQ brisket was great, baby back ribs also great,

Corn bread was not available

Chips were better than the fries!

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FF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience. Wait staff was super friendly and helped out a lot with the menu. Ambience was really cool and unique. Food was incredible and perfect for sharing.

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DM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the ambience. Very real, great blues playing. Food is fantastic, service is great.

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Only had (what else) barbecue - ribs, brisket, sausage and pulled pork, all very smoky and outstanding with multiple sauces

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fridays are all about the chicken. Every day is good BBQ, but Fridays bring buttermilk fried chicken out to play.

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YL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice food, good vibe for the game night. Love it.

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our 2nd night in 4 days at Hogtown was even better. The service was so good as was the food plus the jugs of beer kept coming. All this great service when the place jammed . Our go to for ribs.

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MK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time.
Impressing: from the ambience to the service. Keep up the good meat!

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great experience at Hogtown smoke on Colbourne this past Thursday evening. The service was phenomenal even after dropping a fork and 1 second later another team member brought a replacement. We had the smoked pastrami sandwich, spicy chicken on waffle and smoked brisket poutine - all very well done with the right amount of spice on the spicy chicken. We live in the neighborhood so have been smelling the smoke for some time now. We will certainly be returning.

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great meal, excellent service and staff. Best Mac n Cheese I've ever had. Burn ends with root fries are heaven.

Only draw back is the loo is a long way down. Typical fir Toronto.

Everytime we've gone to Hogtown Smoke we've all enjoyed the experience.

Great food great service great place!

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l
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing bbq. The stacked fries were unreal. We needed to get out quickly for a show after dinner and the staff were super accommodating. 10/10

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KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Nothing special. Food was good, but a bit overpriced for what you get. Cornbread was delicious.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The ongoing construction work outside would not be conducive to us recommending the location. Food taste and value was a lot less than I expected and somewhat embarrassing as we had visiting friends from England whom we had promised a memorable culinary experience, not.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The ribs were very hard and dry. The brisket was also very dry. Pricey for rock hard food. Carbon Bar is just up the street and for a bit more you get outstanding food.

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Friday’s Are great, great food and great entertainment!

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l
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

A little disappointing the quality of the ribs. The restaurant needs to work on that.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great! Staff was amazing! Food was outstanding!

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, large portions. Good beer selection, although they were out of most the evening I was there. Friendly helpful staff with a great comfortable ambiance. Will definitely be back

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BD
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
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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AP
Toronto
11 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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ST
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was great. We will definitely be back.

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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
3 reviews
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
10 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
6 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
New York Area
2 reviews
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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