Burbank >Food & Dining > Smoke House Restaurant
4420 Lakeside Dr, Burbank, CA | Directions 9150534.145503 -118.341336
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-10:30 pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30 am-11 pm; Sun: 10-2:30 pm & 3-9:00 pm
I love the old-school feel of this restaurant, which has been around since 1946. It's dark with the red vinyl booths and specializes in prime rib, burgers, salmon and other basic dishes ripped out of the 1950s and '60s. No matter what you get, you have to try the garlic cheese bread to make the trip complete.
Good Steak – Wow talk about great food. I usally do not like steak but I must say their steak was the best I have had.
Good Service – Came here with my friends the other day and we all loved the service. Food was OK though but the service was great.
I am now chicken to eat a steak at Smoke House Restaurant! – Our Server Judy was great, however, the arrival experience was lack luster as the greeter was on the phone as we walked in. After he acknowledged our party he then shuffled us off to someone else. What really left me empty was there inability to prepare my steak at the right temp. Every one else ate while I was left to eat alone. Additionally, the steak was loaded with fat around its edges. There answer to the problem was to comp our garlic bread and give us sub standard dessert (Ice cream). How can a restaurant named Smoke house get a steak of all things wrong? To me a meal comp was in order in addition to an apolgy.
I find it immoral, to ask for 30.00 for a meal and not get it right.
Great for Dinner or Lunch – I'm a regular here. Good food, lunch or dinner. They have live music in the bar area most nights of the week. This place is always top on my list for dinner or business. Parking is by valet only.
Not What Is Always Has Been! – On Monday 7/20 2 friends and i met for our yearly birthday lunch. We have always had memorable lunches with impeccable service and menu choices.
However, this year, we were sorely disappointed. We were seated and waited 20 mins. for someone to acknowledge us. Another 20 for drinks. 40 mins. for bread, which we ordered w/ the drinks. our waiter disappeared for long periods of time and the restaurant was not even half full. Suffice to say that after 2 hrs. of hell, we were not happy campers. When we asked for an order of garlic bread to go to be put on a separate ticket (it was for a friend), our waiter did not want to give us a separate ticket. Eventually, at our insistance, he did. The lunch was not as good as it has been in the past, the service was terrible and even the garlic bread tasted as though it had been made on Friday and was being reheated. We were very, very disappointed. Not sure if new owners are in place or if there is no such thing as "service" anymore. Very, very unhappy and i think management should be more visible to be sure patrons are being taken care of in the traditional Smoke House way! It will be a very long time, if ever, that i would elect to go back there for a meal.
Bizarre Reservation Rules – My family has dined at The Smokehouse for four generations. A couple of us planned to dine there for Christmas based upon their advertising sign which said to "Call for Reservations." When I did so, I asked if reservations were still open and was told yes. Then when I said it was a party of two, I was told I couldn't make a reservation - that I could only just show up (on Christmas Day!) because I would then be seated "faster" than if I had a reservation! What kind of B.S. is that?
I just want to alert others that the Smokehouse perhaps has recently changed hands or, for some other reason, is engaging in peculiar reservations rules (what restaurant refuses reservations for two people; do they have something against daters)? Anyway, if they are doing this, then I must question what other odd things they are doing in terms of the food and service.
Garlic Cheese Bread!! – I love their garlic cheese bread! Going just for that is worth the trip. Parking is either find it on the congested apartment street or valet. I don't mind valet, just hate to do it in the middle of the day during the week. The decor hasn't changed much, but I think that is part of the ambience and charm of this 60 year old restaurant. I definitely would recommend this place :
Average – I had been wanting to try the Smoke House for a while, being fairly new to the area I heard it was a legendary place. I was a little disappointed; the food was okay, there wasn't anything wrong with it, but it was just okay. The service was fine, again nothing really special. I just wasn't impressed enough to want to go back. I thought the prices were way too high for the quality of food that was served.
Swill drinks with aging starlets and the producers who love them at this 1950s Burbank mainstay. – In Short
Beneath a mantle of stars, couples swoon and studio sultans socialize. OK, it's more like this: The after-work set drowns its cares under a canopy of white Christmas lights, gauzy fabric and inexplicable beer paraphernalia, which all looks better as the room gets dimmer. Old-school cocktails like the notable martinis and sidecars are served in stemmed glasses, and each one shows up in a tiny carafe nestled in a bowl of ice.
Disappointing – I went to the Smoke House for a friends b-day party. The ambiance was ok, a little loud for my taste, we were seated immediately (we did have resevervations). The bartender makes a great Kandaroo (vodka martini) however the service was very slow, and honestly the food wasn't that great. It wasn't bad per se but it was bland. I think I'd give it at least 1 more try before discounting it all together b/c they may have been having an off night but not more than once more it's too expensive to have bad food/service twice. It is definitely over priced for the taste but the portion sizes are decent not too big, not too small. It's ok, but not great.
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