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Bully's Smokehouse

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1280 Columbia Ctr, Columbia, IL 62236-2560
+1 618-281-2880
11:00 - 21:00
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Waterloo, IL
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have eaten here on several occasions and still am not impressed! The bbq always seems to have too much fat and gristle especially for the cost.

Thank runfromthekids
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Arriving at 12:30 we found the parking lot almost full as many were eating here at noon. We enjoyed the pulled pork with sweet potato fries and chunky apple sauce. All were excellent. We will be back!

Thank Rick H
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So I was in town on business. Any time I see competition BBQ on a menu its a must for me to go. I do several amature competitions every year. I usually compete and sometime judge. I have to say the standards for competitions must be lower where they compete. Ribs had no flavor, they were fatty and they were... More 

Thank C9945JZwilliamc
Friendswood, Texas
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349 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Came here as the establishment was highly rated and close to hotel and left a bit disappointed. Starting off with the positives, we were greeted with a warm smile and the service was very good. But smiles do not quaff a hunger - The portions offered plenty to eat and left me full but everything was soft on flavor. The... More 

Thank MrModu
St. Louis
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318 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Been here several times now. I had the pork steak which was tender and excellent. Their sides are also very good. Good kids menu. Family friendly. One of the areas finest BBQ joint in and around St. Louis.

Thank HiggySt_Louis
Parrish, Florida
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123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Met friends here while in town and the food and drinks are always good. Love the pulled pork and the selection of sauces. Great place to meet family & friends.

Thank Trish M
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Very disappointing. We had my son's rehearsal dinner in their private room for 30 people. When we arrived there were no table cloths on any of the table but in fairness I did not ask so I assumed. The tables had not been wiped off, so some were sticky and had standing water rings. We had 6 dirty plates which... More 

1 Thank Jacquelyn M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The food here is decent. Portions are on the conservative side. The service is spotty at best. It is never horrible, just slow at times. Seems like we get better service when it is busy which is odd.

Thank Melissa B
New Baden, Illinois
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This place is a joke. The service was horrible. Seated then told after twenty minutes that they had no plates or silverware. Tried to get a drink, glasses supposedly dirty as well. I can burn my own pork steaks.

Thank SilverSlim
Red Bud, Illinois
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We had a group of 14 people and had to only wait for maybe 10-15 minutes for a table. (Which we figured would be longer). The waitress we had was excellent and very polite and funny. The food was great. My parents each had the BBQ pork steak and Dad said you didn't even need a knife they were that... More 

Thank Susan S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1280 Columbia Ctr, Columbia, IL 62236-2560
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 618-281-2880
Welcome to the best St. Louis style BBQ restaurant in the metro area. Bully's Smokehouse specializes in slow smoked "Award Winning" barbecue. We take traditional St. Louis cuts of meat including pork shoulder, pork steaks, St. Louis style ribs, then hickory smoke them long ans slow. We also smoke plump chickens, juicy turkey breasts, and the best beef North of Texas. Our soups soups and side dishes are "made from scratch daily.(95% of our competitors can't say this) You can taste the difference. Bully's is a place for family gatherings,special occasions, or a quiet dinner. We offer everything from sit down dinners, to takeout, and even catering. We strive to offer fast and friendly service and reasonable prices.

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