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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
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atlanta
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Although the I am not a fan of Buffet style dining this experience did not bother me . The food was authentic, fresh and down delicious ! The stew which was prepared in an old cast iron pot was served on an old stove was delicious . A great meal ended up with homemade bread pudding prepared in a cast... More 

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

Our cast iron cooking is very popular with most customers, and yes it is grandma's recipie, which we still use for the corn bread, bread pudding, and many of the other foods we serve, including the beef & Vegetable stew. More 

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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

The brisket could have been smoked and needed more rub also choices of bbq sauce not the best selection. However the brisket was tender just lack flavoring. @1 Being from Texas I'm used to hickory or mesquite wood. The catfish needed more seasoning and the fried green tomatoes were too greasy.

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

Thanks for your review, we're sorry that you felt that the food was not to your liking. Our smoked meats usually get the most rave reviews. The beef brisket is smoked and rubed, maybe you got some that lost it's flavor prior to serving. We have over 30 flavors of BBQ sauce- mustard - catchup - wing sauce & vinegars... More 

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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Love this restaurant/buffet. The restaurant offers a full menu as well as a buffet. The salad bar was good but no spinach or romain lettuce. They did offer seasoned kale which was good. Two types of salad dressing only. The buffet offered one dessert - warm bread pudding, lightly glazed. It was delicious. The buffet included glazed barb b q... More 

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

Thank you so much for your continued business and support of the Smoke House history and tradition of serving customers since 1960. We appreciate your reivews and comments. Most times we do have spinace and romain on the salad bar, guess we were out at that moment. More 

Carol Stream, Illinois
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147 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

A local favorite. Full menu or buffet choice. Average choices and food quality but at a good price. So what's the big draw? The large selection of BBQ sauces. If you like hot then you must try one of the "Blazin' Rectum" brand sauces. The name says it all.

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

Blazin Rectums is HOT for sure, and we have about 10 flavors that are hot and mild, about 40 different sauces in all. We also have Blazin Rectums jams, chocolate dessert topping, mustard, catsup, salsa, and wing sauce. More 

Seneca, South Carolina
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296 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

We had eaten here a few years ago and since we were passing by on a recent trip, we decided to stop in for a late lunch once again. Instead of choosing the buffet, we ordered from the menu and were not disappointed! I chose the baked potato stuffed with pulled pork and, not only was it delicious, but it... More 

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Thank BeachGrandmax4
hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant and Old General Store, responded to this review

Yep, them taters have been a bit bigger than usual lately! We might have to get some bigger plates. Thanks so much for your business, and for your time to give us a review. We appreciate all the customers who make our business the success it is today. Started in 1960 by our dad, Jim Oliver. More 

Clarkston, Michigan
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233 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

The live entertainment with dinner on Saturday night and the ginormous country store were attractions. The food was ok, meant for massive amounts of dinners. Beef brisket was very good but everything else was just ok. Salad bar was mediocre and the dinner buffet was not worth $14. Didn't know it was BOB beyond beer and wine coolers as we... More 

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

Thanks for your review. We serve beer, but not wine or liquor, you are welcome to BYOB here at the music shows. We appreciate your business. More 

Huntsville, Alabama
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498 reviews
376 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

The four of us really enjoyed the lunch buffet. Everything tasted freshly prepared and, particularly for a buffet, was nicely presented. A large number of specialty vinegars and other sauces was available. The price was reasonable. The server was superb in all respects.

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

Good review all around, thanks for your comments and taking the time to respond. We appreciate your business. More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

I eat at Jim Oliver's Smokehouse often I have business near Monteagle Mountain, and if I'm passing over the mountain and have time for a break I'll stop in. My wife and I ate there last on our way home from business in Nashville. We had the frog legs, and they were among the best, if not the best ever.... More 

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

Thanks again and again for your business and your wonderful review. More 

Spokane, WA
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71 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

I am not from the South but I do love Southern food. I had the evening dinner buffet. It wasn't a large buffet but it was very good. I had beef stew, fried chicken and pulled pork. Also, mac & cheese and some green veggies that I think was collard greens. Again, I am not from the south so I... More 

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

We're all about Southern cooking, put some SOUTH in your Mouth! Thanks for the wonderful review and your business. More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

This place is about as southern as it gets. The restaurant has a huge selection of southern food and it is extremely well priced. The staff are all wonderful and courteous.

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

Put some South in your Mouth is our mantra. We appreciate your business, and your appreciation of good Southren cook'in. 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, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, 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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