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The Smokehouse

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4420 Lakeside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505
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(818) 845-3731
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Best

The best old stake house around. Classic with red boths and little lites. The blue cheese is the best. oh and lets not forget the fish and c...

Worst

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...

Garlic bread!!!!!! 6/28/2010

The best old stake house around. Classic with red boths and little lites. The blue cheese is the best. oh and lets not forget the fish and c... more

Great for Dinner or Lunch 1/23/2010

amanatlasjohn Provided by Partner
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. Pros: Good Food, Good Service, Live Music Cons: Parking more

Smoke House Restaurant is historical 11/20/2009

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
This restaurant has an amazing history with the Marine Corps. It is where the Combat Correspondents Association still meets and where The M... more

Smoke House Restaurant is historical 11/20/2009

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
This restaurant has an amazing history with the Marine Corps. It is where the Combat Correspondents Association still meets and where The M... more

Not What Is Always Has Been! 7/20/2009

sandra91523 Provided by Partner
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. Pros: USED TO HAVE THE BEST SERVICE/GARLIC BREAD Cons: POOR POOR SERVICE THIS TIME!!! more

Bizarre Reservation Rules 12/14/2008

happypuppee Provided by Partner
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. Pros: Was good in the past Cons: Appears to be heading downhill more

Garlic Cheese Bread!! 9/16/2008

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 : Pros: Food that I can eat all day long! Cons: Parking more

Average 1/19/2007

wfl225 Provided by Partner
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. Pros: Decent service, okay food. Cons: Prices are too high, food was just average. more

Disappointing 6/10/2006

kristina17 Provided by Partner
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. more

Been Going There For Years and Years 3/15/2006

jsnso818 Provided by Partner
I absolutely LOVE this old-fashioned Steak House. The garlic/cheese bread is NOT to be missed. The Prime Rib is excellent. The drinks are good and strong. I prefer eating in the bar area, darker and sometimes entertainment. The prices are most fair. Highly recommended Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Comfort more

A good place to go for a date 2/14/2006

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
The Smoke House is a rare find in a city where everyone feels that they need to look famous. If you want to see the real people, go here. Th... more

Good Food, Nice Place, VERY EXPENSIVE 12/31/2005

northcoastsf Provided by Partner
The food is really good. Their fampus signature garlic bread is fantastic. The atmosphere is 1940's steakhouse. The problem: It is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE!! Not to worry though, go before 6 PM and they have Early Bird Specials. The special are still kinda high priced, but do-able. Give it a try. Note: The valet is a rip-off. Don't pay them $5 to park your car, there is plenty of street parking right in front of the place. Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Garlic Bread Cons: Prices, Valets more

My favorite Friday night! 12/22/2005

jguardado Provided by Partner
I absolutely love The Smoke House Restaurant. My boyfriend and I go almost every Friday night. We love the garlic cheese bread, prime rib, and bbq-ribs very much. The drinks are really strong. Service is great and food is wonderful. Highly Recommended! Pros: Food, Service, Romantic Cons: Parking more

Steaks the way you like them 8/3/2005

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
The Smoke House Restaurant is a wonderful, traditional steak house. It's located right across the street from NBC studios. You won't find ... more

User review from Insider Pages 8/5/2004

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
The best cheese bread in town! more

Great Garlic Cheese Bread 3/6/2004

tedleonard Provided by Partner
We seem to forget about the Smoke House. We have had many great dining experiences here. The Garlic Cheese Bread is really great. I would highly recommend this place if your in the Valley. Pros: Garlic Cheese Bread, Steaks more

User review from Insider Pages 2/26/2004

Good old fashioned steak and potatoes. more

Traditional 7/11/2003

backbiter Provided by Partner
If you don't want to go to a place that looks like it's straight out of the 40's, don't go The Smoke House. Great Martini's, they bring them in their own little pitcher on ice, ensuring you an ice cold martini down to the last sip. Both times I've eaten there I've gotten the Prime Rib. They have great Prime Rib. My wife has had the Baked Stuffed Shrimp. Definite flashbacks of my childhood in Rhode Island with that. The shrimp were stuffed with a crab/bread crumb mixture. Very tasty. We like eating in the bar. Pros: Food, Service, Parking more

Great tastes at a timeless location 8/26/2002

murrieta Provided by Partner
I have had both lunch and dinner here on several occasions. Always consistent, excellent food. The roast turkey dinner is the best I have had anywhere. Drinks are the close to the best in town, and the huge bar and lounge has a inviting atmosphere that makes you feel at home. Early bird specials are a real bargain, and portions are probably too large for most people. From my first visit in the early 80's until now I haven't been dissappointed. The restaurant sits across from Warner Bros. studio complex and seems to hold a lot of appeal to the movie crowd as lunch time is usually very busy. Pros: Great food, Good selection, Excellent bar more

Past its Prime 5/16/2002

There's no reason to go to the Smoke House except for their world famous cheese garlic bread. It is soooo good. Best I've ever had. It's really that simple. The menu hasn't changed since the restaurant opened many decades ago. And that wouldn't be such a problem if the food were still good meat and potato fare. But it's not. I hate to say it, but you can almost get comparable if not better food at Sizzler. The bar area could be very classy and should have capitalized more on the Swingers craze in the 90s, but it never got with the program. Instead, it's cheapened itself with promotional crap from beer companies and plastic streamers. Too bad. They really used to have a good thing going. Pros: best garlic bread, live jazz, old school decor Cons: boring menu, cheesy bar area more
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