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Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store

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850 W Main St, Monteagle, TN 37356-7027
+1 931-924-2091
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06:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 06:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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140 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the perfect place to make a stop and have something to eat. Food is so Tennessee comfort food. Delicious. You can make the stop, visit the store and eat in the local traditional restaurant. Buy too many different kind of sauces and jams. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner.

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Thank Juan Manuel G
Fort Payne, Alabama
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82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driving through the area toward another state. It was live music night. We told the waitress it was our first time there, and she was very helpful and attentive. However, the food was just average. Was still a fun experience. The general store is huge, kinda like an original cracker barrel.

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Thank soccermom525
Chicago, Illinois
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212 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As my review of the Smoke House Lodge says, I love the mountainous location and neon sign. The General Store is fun to explore. As for the restaurant, I was disappointed. Slow service, even though the place was almost empty when I ate there. The waitress never once spoke; weird. Good salad bar and fries, but the ribs were extremely... More 

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Thank cdub333
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

We apologize for your less than great service and product on your visit here, and we appreciate your comments about it. We cannot always be 100% great on every server and every plate of food that is served, but your experience is unacceptable, especially the service; we apologize. On the food, pork ribs do have a bit of fat on... More 

Cape Canaveral, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very, very slow service. Only ordered a hamburger n fries and took over an half hour to get. Went to pay the bill and took almost ten minutes because only one person taking care of store, seating etc.

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Thank Gina M
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

We apologize for your slow service and the line at the register; but sometimes we get bombarded with a lot of orders coming into the kitchen all at once, because customers sometimes all come in at once, they also leave at the same time. We are not usually that slow; but Holiday traffic is about 4 times heaver than usual... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They offer an all you can eat buffet, but very limited offerings. My brother had that but was not impressed. I ordered a ribeye that was cooked well past the medium rare. Granted it was thinner than expected. Hash brown potatoes were excellent though. Tasty and crispy. Soup and salad bar was limited, also. I like a hearty soup but... More 

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Thank Mike N
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

We apologize for your expectations not being met on the selection of the food bar and salad bar, we seldom get a response about that. Steaks and eggs are hard to prepare for every taste, and sometimes they don't measure up to the customers wants, we apologize. We appreciate your business and hope you will give us another visit. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We chose from the menu and buffet. Great wait staff and reasonable prices. Enjoyed browsing the country store and vintage decor.

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Thank KSEnglish
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review, we appreciate your business and your review. More 

Pocahontas, Illinois
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Second time eating here and have enjoyed it both times. We have only had breakfast, and while it is fairly expensive as far as breakfast goes, it is more than enough food and fills you up! Be sure to try out the sauces and pick some up for home, they are delicious!

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Thank mhaller28
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

We appreciate your business and glad you enjoyed the breakfast. We like to let everyone sample any of the 200 plus sauces/jams/pickles and such while they are enjoying their food; not many places that offer that added feature. More 

Georgia
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424 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is a typical small town "meat and 3" type buffet. Food was warm, tasty, and not "over done". Waitress was very helpful and allowed me to order an entry not on the buffet, but still go to the buffet for the rest of the meal.

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Thank drronline
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Thank you, we try to be accommodating to our customers, and we like to keep our folks coming back on a regular basis. We appreciate your comments and hope you will come see us again soon. More 

Clover, SC
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Me and my friends enjoyed our eating experience here. I enjoyed the southern goodies I hadn't had since I was a child, in particular the fried pies. My grandmother used to make them and it brought back a lot of good memories. They were delicious, and lots of fillings to choose from: apple, chocolate, etc. They also had a buffet... More 

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Thank Shannon20100
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Fried pies are a big hit for a lot of our customers, we appreciate your comments and your business. More 

Eugene, Oregon
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164 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

You have to walk through the general store to get to the restaurant so you see quirky local BBQ sauces, jams, home made trinkets from soaps to t-shirts. This gives you an idea of what you will find in the restaurant. Ham, tri tip, BBQ is made on site and the smoked ham and biscuits are out of this world.... More 

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Thank Soonkeum
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Smokin Man Mike cooks and smokes the meats while you watch, he cooks about 5 or 6 days every week. when you watch him, it makes it taste that much better. Thanks for your comments and feed back. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$18
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Buffet
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 21:00
Monday
06:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 21:00
Thursday
06:30 - 21:00
Friday
06:30 - 22:00
Saturday
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 850 W Main St, Monteagle, TN 37356-7027
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Monteagle
  • Phone Number: +1 931-924-2091
Description
Open Everyday, 6:30 AM - 9:PM, 10 PM on Fri & Sat. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Since 1960, family owned and operated World Famous Jim Oliver’s Smoke House has been serving up delicious and fun Southern Hospitality at the _Restaurant and _shopping at the Old General Store. Menu Featuring Everything Homemade from scrach Famous Smoked Meats such as Pork BBQ Ribs, Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Hand Pulled Pork Shoulder, Country Ham, Honey Baked Ham, Smoked Bacon, Catfish, Frog Legs, Fried Chicken Livers, and all the BBQ and Hot Sauces to go with it; worlds largest selection of sauces all free to taste. Jams, Pickles, Vinegars, Sauces, Desert Toppings, Local Honey, Homemade candy & Fudge, Homemade Fried Pies & Ice Cream, Fresh local farmer Hand Picked Produce featured in all dishes, big all you can eat Buffet & Fresh Salad Bar with homemade Beef-Vegetable Stew and Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread & Bread Pudding. Cast Iron Cooking for many of our items featured. Fresh Hot Biscuits, Cornbread, and desserts. Childrens' menu. Large Beer Selection. _Live Music every weekend by special Nashville Music Artists, No Cover Charge, Bring the Family, food and beverages served during show. Regional Southern cookin’ offering three generations of family recipes on the menu and the daily buffet & Salad Bar, Homemade everyday! The Old General Store has Vintage and Nostalgic merchandise_old fashioned _candies_antiques_homemade fudge_Ice Cream_ Moonshine Museum Attraction, and the_Louvin Brothers _Country Music _Museum. /live music/shopping/lodging/cabins/Sewanee/Winchester/ Cowan/Manchester/South Pittsburg/Tullahoma/AEDC/Nissan/Chattanooga/ Lookout Mountain/McMinville/Murfreesboro/Desserts/Coffee/Full Service_Childrens Menu_Family_Regional_BBQ_Breakfast_Lunch_Dinner

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