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The Smith House

$$ - $$$
American, Barbecue, Diner
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1640 Hwy 22 E, Owenton, KY 40359-9005 (Formerly Smith House)
+1 502-484-2636
11:00 - 14:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Mon - Tue 10:30 - 14:00
Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

The restaurant has been reopened by the original family owners and that is a good thing. Food is good and consistent and the service is very good. Their operating hours are limited which is a drawback. But, the ship has been steadied and -- if you can hit the place when it's open -- you'll get a decent meal at... More 

Thank Mike H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

You kind of have to be looking for this place to find it. There was no visible signage when we stopped by for lunch. This is not a fancy place, but a place where the owner comes out and speaks to you, and most patrons are probably local regulars. The chicken fingers (with gravy for dipping) were great, and the... More 

Thank DSJmom
Spencer, Oklahoma, United States
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2015

It's a dive for sure, but the food is great and staff is "country friendly". If you are ever in Owenton, KY you have to try it. I am not a red-meat or BBQ person in general, but that was their specialty so I tried it anyway. They have the best smoked brisket I have ever had. I never knew... More 

Thank Rebecka M
Marysville, Ohio
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015

We have stopped at this restaurant for many years while traveling. A change of ownership has not changed the excellent home cooking. The new owner, Billy O'Banion, has added barbecue to the menu. Sunday lunch is Electric Pan Fried Chicken, which is not to be missed. Save room for the homemade pies! My next visit will include the barbecue, if... More 

1 Thank dcoder3
Owenton, Kentucky, United States
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2014

located just off Hwy 22 east, the Smith House is noted for its down home style of cooking. Food quality is good and reasonably priced. They are noted for their homemade pies. I enjoy their Rebel Burger, a deluxe hamburger with a special sauce that sets it apart from other burgers. If you like double burgers try the Willie Whopper,... More 

Thank Bob C
Madison, Indiana
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180 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2014 via mobile

I read a lot of the reviews below about the pulled pork so I had to try it being a BBQ lover. It was as advertised! Very good balance of flavor and moisture without any added sauce. They have other regular food items and everything I saw that came from the kitchen looked very good. I would recommend coming here... More 

Thank Jeep1977
Dayton, Ohio
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2014

We stopped in for dinner and were pleasantly surprised at both the food, atmosphere and service. The pulled pork sandwich was the best ever and did not require any sauce. Our server "Sherry" came over to take our order and sat down to talk to use while taking our order. We loved that! She was very friendly and admitted it... More 

Thank liza m
Dry Ridge, Kentucky
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Recently took a group of 15 to have dinner in July 2014. Called ahead the week before and talked with the owner and made a request for broccoli casserole and strawberry pie. Have had both of these there before and both were great. Also the stewed tomatoes were excellent. The group chose several different meals and all were pleased which... More 

Thank Pat B
Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed at Elk Creek Vineyards and tried out the Smith House while we were there. Their smoked pulled pork was so good that we bought several pounds to bring home. Their pie was excellent as well. VERY inexpensive and worth a try if you're in Owenton.

Thank Sarah L
Dayton, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

I was not a fan of the pork, but the cole slaw was tasty. My husband liked his burger. We really enjoyed the pie, which is what they are known for. This is just a small family run restaurant, so nothing fancy, but I good place to get a meal whole at the Elk Creek Lodge.

Thank Darlene C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Barbecue, Diner
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
10:30 - 14:00
10:30 - 14:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1640 Hwy 22 E, Owenton, KY 40359-9005 (Formerly Smith House)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Owenton
  • Phone Number: +1 502-484-2636

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?