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For 2
9:00 PM

Up In Smoke

177 reviews
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$40 and under
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Top tags:
  • Comfort Food (45)
  • Great Beer (40)
  • Casual (32)
Shayne McCallum and Alan Sam (co-owners of 8bit) have a new barbeque restaurant and beer garden in Footscray. They transformed a car park into a front courtyard to seat 70 people. The space has a smaller, secluded area and a window to the side of the bar, through which outdoor punters can order food and drinks.

At the heart of the establishment is a $20,000 Yoder Frontiersman offset smoker, which will do a lot of heavy lifting for the menu. Smoked produce will be a major focus here: meats for tacos and sandwiches, vegetables for sauces and chillies for garnish.

Ten local craft beers will be on rotation, alongside a small selection of whiskies and rums. Bartenders will also mix up a small selection of cocktails with a smoked element.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Barbecue, American, Beer Garden
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Hours of Operation

Mon-Thurs 12pm-10pm
Fri-Sun - 12pm-11pm

General Store
Mon-Fri 7am-10pm
Sat + Sun 9am-10pm
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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 Contact
Todd Gawn - General Manager: (03) 9689 8188
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Cross street
Whitehall Street
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Public Transit
Near Footscray Station.
Bus stops nearby.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 177 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.0  based on recent ratings
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

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...

2.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

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

3.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

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.

2.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

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.

1.0  Dined on 11 February 2018

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

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 21 January 2018

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 👍

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on 19 January 2018

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.

4.0  Dined on 29 December 2017

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.

5.0  Dined on 11 November 2017

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

3.0  Dined on 5 November 2017

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!