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Smoke on the Water

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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77 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150-2315
+1 716-692-4227
11:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Went to SOTW for bbq with the family. Small patio but it was nice outside. Inside was kind of dark. Not sure I would go there to eat if we were seated indoors. Great BBQ.

Thank Mary Beth L
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Surprisingly good BBQ in suburban Buffalo. I had the pulled pork and brisket and they were both excellent. The service was great and a really fun pub environment full of locals.

Thank AER212
Niagara Falls, New York
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Meat is smoked to perfection. The sides - interesting! Chowder or potato pancakes - hard to decide. "OG" Nickel City Mac n' Cheese Entree has Fried chicken and Frank's red hot sauce so it taste's like wings. Beer and wine. Finish with a Banana Split for 2.

Thank Robin C
Sevierville, Tennessee
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Bar atmosphere, Brisket sandwich was excellent, fries delicious,portobello mushroom sandwich great,food came out hot an fast. Staff friendly, they also have outdoor seating!

Thank Yfz45067
Sarasota, Florida
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285 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Enjoyed our outside lunch overlooking the canal. Enjoyed the Fried Bologna - nice thick slice grilled to perfection with carmelized onions and mustard!! Companions had the fresh crabmeat tacos!! Specialty Drinks were good and powerful!! 😀 Service was excellent!!

Thank Dr Tim T
Buffalo, New York
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

An unique place to get some great BBQ and beer. Unusual setting consists of a waterwheel powered smoker and waterfront dining. I have tried many of the BBQ menu items and have to say they were all excellent. Ta ta's (tater tots on steroids) are a must. Keep up the good work!

Thank sstarks
Buffalo, New York
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I know the title may seem a little aggressive, but I truly believe that over the 7 or 8 times I have eaten here for both lunch and dinner with friends and family I just want to keep coming back here. The owners of Smoke on the Water are doing BBQ the best in Buffalo in my opinion. To compare... More 

1 Thank Matt L
Tonawanda, New York
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Smoke on the Water ignores state and federal disability laws. They offer no handicap parking for the disabled nore is their establishment friendly to those with disabilities. Food isn't bad but if you need to use an assistive device to get into the joint you are pretty much out of luck.

Thank rsvpilot6
Pomona, New York
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

lovely little place with a nice patio on the canal, unfortunately we wen on a very busy holiday so it was too long a wait for us to get an outside table. but the meal was great. , the pulled pork was way generous and delicious , but for goodness sakes, whatever you order, you MUST ORDER THE CORNBREAD SIDE.... More 

Thank Teal P
York, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

what a find. we were going to sit outside but then the heavens opened. we were quickly shown a table inside and then the ribs experience started!! what joy! they were cooked to perfection and my four hungry men ate with gusto and enjoyed every morsel, so did I !! The service was exemplary. After all the rubbish that's on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 24
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150-2315
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Tonawanda
  • Phone Number: +1 716-692-4227
Kevin, JJ and Mark Richert took over Tonawanda in July with the passion and determination to make a hot spot for BBQ Lovers. The Smoker, filled with Brisket, Ribs, Pork & much more, adds to the delicious menu but the daily specials show the creativity of these three as well. Dine in, take out or dock up to enjoy what Tonawanda's been saying to be the best BBQ around!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?