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The Chief Smokehouse - CLOSED

44400 N Hwy 101, Laytonville, CA 95454
+1 707-984-6770
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible8%
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“lunch” (4 reviews)
“po boy” (3 reviews)
“chicken” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Bar, Barbecue, Pub
44400 N Hwy 101, Laytonville, CA 95454
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Place is calked Chief's, but not Smokehouse. Small, clean, outside and inside seating. Small menu, but GREAT food. Had the shrimp poboy, and the jamone and gruyere poboy. Both were excellent and meaty. Highly recommend!

Thank namhla
Reviewed 14 March 2017

when this restaurant was a smokehouse it was awful, it sold about a year ago and is so good i've been back three times. it now has cajun food. the shrimp po'boy is so delicious and so is the ham po'boy. the shrimp are flown...More

Thank Char H
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Stopped in for lunch, expecting BBQ, and found cajun faire and wonderful bar offerings. I had the Po' boy with house made ham and cheese. Excellent. But the innovative beer and other drink blends were great! Had the grapefruit kombucha, which was excellent, and my...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 18 May 2016

So it says it is a smokehouse cafe but they have recently changed their menu. It is more of a Pub serving local brews and pub style food. Food was fresh,served up hot. Small indoor area next to outdoor "beer" garden area. Both beer and...More

Thank Judy W
Reviewed 23 May 2015

I've watched The Chief change over the years, and it's just gotten better and better! It's a favorite stop for me whenever I come home from college. They've got a really good selection of shakes, burgers, and BBQ. And, even if you've got dietary restrictions...More

Thank Lexie K
Reviewed 10 May 2015

Happened upon this as we were turning around to go find somewhere to eat. The name was catchy: The Chief Smokehouse and Laundromat. Wait...what!? I got burger and he got smoked sausage sandwich, which came with fries. Man, good burger and hot crispy fries! Took...More

2  Thank Mimi S
Reviewed 10 February 2014 via mobile

We travel this stretch of 101 a lot and have stopped here quite often. This last time we noticed they really did an amazing job updating the inside and outside seating areas. Food is good, nothing gourmet but impressive ingredients and alternative choices for vegetarians.

Thank WishyOstermann
Reviewed 24 July 2013 via mobile

The food was gross. There were flies everywhere. This was the most filthy eating establishment I've ever been in. The only good thing about this place was the staff.More

1  Thank ABASweet
Jeffery S, Owner at The Chief Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2013

I am acually Jim H. the chef and manager. Iam sorry I took so long to respond to this review, but we have just finished a major remodel, both indoors and out. First of all I would like to Say we are sorry about the...More

Reviewed 21 March 2013

I have been enjoying the Chief for almost 30 years. A few years ago it went under new ownership and it improved SOOO MUCH! The food is fresh cooked, so expect to wait for your burger to be made just right, but it so yummy....More

1  Thank norcaljkg
Reviewed 19 July 2012

This place comes close to serving up that honest to goodness old time burger taste. No McDonald's burger here. A good quality hamburger is used and many other foods are available, including BBQ, which I've yet to try, but I've heard lots of good things...More

Thank juliew617
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Restaurant Details

Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44400 N Hwy 101, Laytonville, CA 95454
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mendocino County  >  Laytonville
  • Phone Number: +1 707-984-6770
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