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Smoke on the Water

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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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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wheatfield, NY
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great in house smoked barbecue. It a tiny place inside, but has a wonderful outside deck to sit by the water. There's also a lower level outside for drinks and to dock your boat. They have great barbecued pork dishes and the Turkey and chicken is great too.The staff is friendly and works hard as this place has been busy... More 

Thank sjaj
Tonawanda, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, small but unique. Nice outdoor patio, this place keeps growing and improving. If your not into chain restaurant's then this is the place.

Thank Tom K
Tonawanda, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can you say delicious BBQ?! Smoke on the water has the best BBQ in the area but wait, are you vegetarian? Well lucky you! Some of my favorite dishes there are vegetarian. Tasty food, creative cocktail concoctions, a laid back atmosphere.... it's a great restaurant for good friends or a fun date! SONW also does the delivery service with Skip... More 

Thank Jackyllfett
Syracuse, New York
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159 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very small bar/restaurant that's a bit challenging to find for us out-of-towners. Well worth finding! We were there with four kids and four adults. Service was perfect with the waitress even anticipating needs for extra napkins and for the smaller kids' food to come out promptly. All of what we had was great. Husband loved his fried... More 

Thank skatinggrandma
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 26 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 19 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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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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288 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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

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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
US$8 - US$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
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?