Up In Smoke

4.0
183 reviews
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$40 and under
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Barbecue
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Great Beer
  • Casual

Up In Smoke, in Melbourne's western suburb of Footscray, is a modern restaurant specializing in delectably smoked meats, craft beer and other street-eats, served in its relaxing eatery. The grilled corn cob with green habanero mayo, jack cheese and pork pieces and the smoked hot wings with ranch dressing make taste bud-teasing appetizers. Some of Up In Smoke's main dishes include the pork, chili and fennel sausage plate, the smoked brisket burnt ends taco with queso fresco, tomatillo salsa and pickled jalapenos, the half or full rack of ribs, the Cheech pulled pork shoulder sandwich with apple and fennel slaw and chipotle ketchup, all of which are wildly vibrant and steeped in irresistibly smoky flavor.

Up In Smoke's dessert options are just as delicious and inventive as the rest of its plates. Save room for the blueberry waffle with mixed berry gel and raspberry and cream ice cream.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, American, Beer Garden
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(03) 9689 8188
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
Catering and function packages available for groups of all shapes, sizes and budgets. Email us at functions@upinsmoke.net.au with your enquiry!
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Private Party Contact
Todd Gawn - General Manager: (03) 9689 8188
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Cross street
Whitehall Street
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Public Transit
3 minutes walk from Footscray Station.Bus stops just outside.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
183 reviews
4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
43%
Very Good
29%
Good
19%
Fair
6%
Poor
4%
4.3
Food
3.8
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.0
Value
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LH
2.0Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

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.

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BW
3.0Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

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.

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AW
5.0Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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LH
5.0Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Get the mac and cheese and lots of it. The poutine was also amazing, and the jugs of beer are a great option.

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JF
5.0Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and wheelchair friendly entrance! Menu is authentically BBQ with the classic sides, nothing is overdone or outrageous but just good a wholesome.

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MF
3.0Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was nice, but I think the table service was severely lacking. We had to ask for plates when the sharing food arrived. Not one food or drinks order was taken by the service staff, and no one asked if everything was ok. It was not a busy day, so that was little dissapointing. It was quicker and easier to order at the bar.

However I have to say the bar staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, which made up for the lack of personalised table service.

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K
4.0Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We weren’t able to order more than 1 round of drinks as our waiter never came back, but food, price and seating all great! Just a shame about the waiters...

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N
2.0Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Staff took ages to take our order and mucked it up food took almost an hour to come out

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RD
3.0Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Excellent food but service was very slow and all staff members seemed confused by the basics of serving customers. Had to ask for drinks after sitting with empty glasses for half an hour. Staff were lovely but didn’t seem to know what they were doing. Food and cocktails were great.

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AB
2.0Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

We visited Up In Smoke on Valentine's day. We loved the authentic look and feel of the venue and our check-in and seating experience was fast and efficient. Unfortunately, our experience went downhill from there.

We ordered the mozzarella sticks (delicious) and spicy buffalo wings as a starter, followed by pulled pork, brisket and a full rack of ribs as a main. With the exception of the mozzarella sticks, all of our items arrived lukewarm /cold. The ribs appeared well cooked, with a good smoke ring, however, the sauce tasted liked Ketchup and they were cold upon arrival. The pulled pork was a good texture, but again overly sauced and cold upon arrival. The brisket was by far the worst - not only was it cold, it was covered with a large jelly-like layer of fat and had zero flavour - I would liken it to a flavourless roast beef.

It's worth mentioning that our reservation was at 5:15 PM - the venue was only at 10% capacity, so there really was no excuse for cold food.

As BBQ enthusiasts who have eaten BBQ in 25+ states across the USA, we were so excited to try out Up In Smoke. We had lots of questions about the type of smoker used, how long the meat is cooked for, where the chefs trained etc and our waiter couldn't answer a single one of our questions. Sadly, we will not be returning.

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LC
1.0Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Very disappointed with this place had extremely high expectations from the reviews, all the orders for our table came on one plate and we didn't know who's was who, we had to ask and so they could separate them. Waited for certain orders as they forgot and the food came out extremely quick, good and bad with this

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OT
5.0Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been here several times now and love it. The staff are always friendly and fun. The setting is relaxed and comfortable. Always have some great local beers. And the food...OMG...My husband says he had the best pork ribs EVER. I had the Up in Smoke and it was just delicious. Thanks again and we’ll be back 👍

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OT
3.0Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

American food is always something I search for. I have been to up in smoke about 4 times and the quality of food hasn't let me down at all. When they have adjusted the menu it has been slightly. One thing they need to work on is ordering from the bar with the line that works its way between tables and also the service from their staff. Waitress asked me if I was ok, said I booked a table for 12:30, response was "huh", I then said I have booked a table, she says "what". Hmmmm. In summary I come for the food not the service.

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B
4.0Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went to Up in smoke in the Xmas break with family. Everyone enjoyed and the food very tasty and good beer selection. A great place for a group of people and, if like me, you like some alternative music. Will definitely go back.

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RM
5.0Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delicious, great beer, great food. Looking forward to going back.

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L
3.0Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The tacos, beef brisket tray and beef brisket sandwich all tasted really great. However, for the price you pay, serving sizes aren't particularly generous. They charge you $3 for a side of chips with the sandwich and you only get a few. You only get two slices of brisket with limited sides, and the tacos are tiny. The loaded potato skins were tasteless, and quite small - a shame considering you only get two of them. One of our party is a coeliac, and we learned that Up In Smoke chips are battered - and they also don't offer a gluten free bread option! That locked out most of the menu for my friend, which was disappointing. It's not hard to offer gluten free bread options for the sandwiches. The venue was also quite cold. I'd likely order again because the quality of the meat is nice, but i'd probably just order takeaway next time. Not really a place to linger. Staff were super nice though!

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K
5.0Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Will definitely return. The ribs were amazing

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OT
5.0Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Will definitely be going back. The pork ribs were to die for!

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M
5.0Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've always been a 'take it or leave it' kinda gal when it comes to pork (mostly leave if lol).... Tried Up In Smoke for the first time over the weekend and HOLY MEAT HEAVEN!!!!... I have now reached a point where I think people should be voting 'yes' to wholesome adult relations with pulled pork. GET IT IN YA!!!!

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OT
4.0Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I've been here several times and the food is always good. It was busy so it took some time to order, but once we did the food was out quickly. A few menu changes since the last visit, so a couple of favourites, were no longer available. Regardless a lovely time was had and I look forward to going again.

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OT
5.0Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

If you like meat and pickles then you'll love the food here. And the staff were all happy, helpful and fun. Highly recommended for a quality casual meal. Yum.

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M
4.0Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Impromptu dining, at the last minute!

Loved the ability to book at the last minute at one of my favourite restaurants. We were undecided on what to have for dinner, but as soon as we saw Up in Smoke on our app, we knew we had to book.

15 mins later, and we were sat down with our selection of the "Up in Smoke" sandwich, and the beef brisket - both servings are now much bigger than the last time we visited. Oh - and don't forget the fries! The service slightly let down the whole experience, but overall, will still keep coming back for more!

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CH
5.0Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely one of the Wests hidden gems. Great food, beer and service. Perfect Sunday lunch/afternoon catch up place. Nothing to do with the venue because its great, but when surrounding apartments are finally finished up parking may get a little interesting.

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RS
5.0Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very different and nice restaurant. Different menu, way of cooking and food. Highly recommend.

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OT
3.0Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Our group of 4 were aware of the time limit, 90 minutes, (I think this could be reviewed) we had not been here before and it took a little time to decide what to order and drink, very disappointing when we still had food on our plate and the waiter advised that our table had another booking in 20 minutes.

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OT
2.0Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was very nice, the meat just fell of the bone, we had pork ribs.
Would be better if the beer list also had common Aussie beers and same as the whiskey and bourbon.

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OT
5.0Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ribs and Mac and cheese were to die for, loved the service as we ordered quite a lot of plates, they weren’t sent out all in one hit, but one by one which was good as we weren’t bombarded with 10 plates at once. Waiters were also great!! Loved all round!

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OT
3.0Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Dont offer $3chips on the side of a sandwich when u only put 3 chips on the plate.... its a rip off and your burgers are way too small for an average eater

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OT
5.0Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Third time here and did not disappoint! Great service, delicious drinks and the food was fantastic! I can't go past the Up In Smoke Burger and the fries are the best.
Will be seeing you again!

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OT
4.0Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

It was good, but I don't appreciate the follow-up email to ask me for my review. I get enough emails as it is.

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OT
4.0Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is fastly becoming a favorite of ours and each time we visit we love it me. The fried mozzarella sticks and delicious, all their meats are amazing and it smells awesome always.

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LA
4.0Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great menu and good to see something different in this side of town. Food was delicious and service was excellent! We will be back. Happy tummies :)

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OT
3.0Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Good value food. Service was a bit slow and pushy at times. When we arrived, the restaurant was pretty empty, yet we had to wait for them to get the table "ready". For the amount of empty tables they had that evening, the forced the bill on us. Was good value for money, and we were very well fed. Menu was pretty extensive with variety of sides to keep everyone happy.

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JD
5.0Dined on 20 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and beer! Quick and friendly service.

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M
4.0Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly staff at the dining area and bar area. The atmosphere was very cosy for a rainy day and the food was definitely something good to look forward to. Will come again definitely!

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OT
1.0Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Very disappointed with the Lunch menu. Was expecting smoked meat but no smoked meat is available at lunch time Monday to Friday. So why are they called Up in Smoke when there isn't any

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C
4.0Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Authentic American BBQ in a funky workshop atmosphere. The brisket was outstanding and I am not exaggerating when I said it melted in your mouth. The servers were friendly and very enthusiastic about the food. I'll be back! Recommend booking as it is pretty popular and not and enormous venue.

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S
3.0Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Pretty disappointed with the service on this particular occasion. Sat down and did not receive any water. Asked the lady who took our order and said she would bring some back. Nothing. The food came out before we had any plates/hot sauces on our table. Again had to ask for some plates to be able to share - and still no water. Never got asked if we wanted any follow up cocktails - which is a shame as we would have definitely ordered more if asked. Had to signal down a waitress to order another drink. The wings seemed like they just had hot sauce drizzled over the top, rather than the time for them to be cooked. Pulled pork was a stand out though. As we left there was a few staff members standing around the door chatting - but not one acknowledged that we were leaving and said goodbye. I understand it was a Saturday night and it was busy, but for the amount of staff that was floating around, the service was pretty poor. Will probably get it delivered home next time rather than sitting in.

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OT
5.0Dined on 6 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food! Portions were perfect for sharing, so best with at least 4 people. I had the Bloody Mary special cocktail ($10!) and it was perfect.

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m
5.0Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

fantastic food and allround fun night! Loved it all!

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