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Smoky Jon's

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2310 Packers Ave, Madison, WI 53704-3178
+1 608-249-7427
11:00 - 21:00
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I keep thinking my experience at Smoky Jon's will be better than it ever is. I lived and worked nearby for a number of years, and ate there often. The staff were always incredibly friendly, and even got to know my order after awhile. Their sugar fried biscuits were a must until I had to go gluten-free, and I always... More 

Thank Alyska
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Best ribs ever. You can't find a better place for barbecue. We mentioned Smoky Jons to friends from the twin cities and the next time through Madison, they remembered and stopped to indulge. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Michael M
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good texture and flavor in the brisket... BBQ sauce compliments it well... Good BBQ beans though I found the Mac & cheese average at best... Will definitely go back and try more BBQ meats...

Thank Todd P
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Nothing even remotely close to it as far as BBQ and Wisconsin. If you have any questions, just check the award list.

Thank SRH-1605
Jon O, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words! I am so happy you enjoy our BBQ and I hope to see you back again soon! Best, Smoky Jon (Owner) More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I eat here often and have never been disappointed. I have liked everything that I have tried. It is very small so there is not a lot of seating but people carry out alot and people move in and out easily even when it's busy. Never have not been able to sit down and dine. You order at the counter... More 

Thank zenabeans
Jon O, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this great review! I am happy to read how much you enjoyed dining with us and I hope to see you back again soon! Best, Smoky Jon (Owner) More 

Waunakee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Smoky Jon's is my family's favorite rib joint. I've visited (and dined) in 37 states and have yet to find any place that can match the taste, texture, and all-around quality of Smoky's ribs. Just go.

Thank gbmorr
Jon O, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this review

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the rave review! I am so glad that we have provided you with the best ribs you've ever had! I hope to see you back again soon! Best, Smoky Jon (Owner) More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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90 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I have had great meals and lousy meals here. Sometimes I can't wait to go back and other times I pledge to never go back. This time I needed to catch a flight and thought it would be better than airport food. I typically order the ribs. This time I selected the chopped brisket sandwich. It was ok. It seemed... More 

Thank ServiceMatters86
Jon O, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that sometimes your meals are a hit or miss. We always want our guests to have a good experience with us and enjoy everything. If there is ever a time when you do not like the food, please do not hesitate to reach out to us while you are there and we would be more... More 

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48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal! BBQ sauce was excellent. Sandwich were hot and good sized, sides were small. Did not taste smoke in our meats, but still very good. I would go back.

Thank brettmatthews2016
Jon O, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! Best, Smoky Jon (Owner) More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Smoky Jon's is great. Their ribs are the best in town. I also like the mashed potatoes and corn. Their chicken could be better, but that isn't why I go. I don't think that they have alcohol and really would never plan to eat in there, but their ribs are top notch. This is one of those Madison treasures that... More 

Thank DJAfterbar
Jon O, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this review

Wow, thanks for the kind words. We are happy to hear you enjoy our ribs along with our sides. We can't wait to see you again. Best, Smoky Jon (Owner) More 

Bonita Springs, Florida
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We were settling in today and needed to return our rental truck in Madison Wisconsin. Thanks to a wrong address we stumbled upon this joint and TA had great reviews so we ventured in for some to go fixins. This was around 11:30am and the lunch aroma was unbelievable, so what hungry people do is order everything that sounds tasty.... More 

Thank richieny70
Jon O, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this review

Hi Richieny, Thank you for your feedback. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed your food so much; however, dinnerware is not usually included in our family packages. We'd be happy to accommodate your request, please just ask for dinner set-ups! Best, Smoky Jon (Owner) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2310 Packers Ave, Madison, WI 53704-3178
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-249-7427

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?