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Smokecraft Modern Barbecue, Arlington, VA

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

4.5
4.5
273 reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Born from the idea that barbecue can be more than just traditional, smoke can be more than just smoky, and passion can be crafted, Smokecraft is a team of dedicated members always striving to provide the best culinary experience. Our award-winning techniques are tested and perfected on the competition circuit, and are continuously evolving to push the boundaries of barbecue. Experience the art of Smokecraft.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 33 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Contemporary American, Southern

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (571) 312-8791

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Andrew Darneille

  • Private party facilities

    https://www.smokecraftbbq.com/events/

  • Area

    Arlington

  • Cross Street

    North Highland/11th St. North

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Clarendon Metro Stop

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 273 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    This was my first time here, found this place of of IG, tasty sauces. Server was nice, however the were out of several items on the menu. I went around 3pm so that was a little frustrating b/c we can there for those items.

    Smokecraft Modern BarbecueResponded on 17 November 2022We're sorry that we were temporarily sold out of an item you desired during your recent visit. We offer a broad range of offerings, and due to our BBQ being cooked fresh twice daily, we can sell out from time to time of various items. Due to the increased demand from the same social media post, we well exceeded our normal volume on the date of your visit, leading to some of these items being sold out. We do hope that you will return again in the future so you can try those items.

  2. B

    Beauty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing place to celebrate our anniversary! Food was amazing
  3. JP

    JenP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly good barbecue- why have I not been here before? Will be back!!
  4. CP

    CamilleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing! Food was to DIE for! Our waitress was so sweet! I forget her name but she also works behind the bar! She was fast, and the food also came fast!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice family friendly restaurant. Food was great although it took a long time to be served. Overall good experience
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Service was excellent but the food need some work, mainly the sides. The pulled chicken was great though.
  7. C

    Claire

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time going to Smokecraft BBQ for Brunch and would recommend! Our waitress on 10/22 was amazing and very attentive. The food was great and the mimosas was a good price - the first few carafes were $20-$24 and then every carafe after was only $4-$6, which is a great deal for Arlington.
  8. IR

    InsiderReviews

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    My partner and I made reservation on a Tuesday night wanting to try the restaurant week menu. We were sat fairly promptly, but that was the only thing prompt on the night. Looking around the dinning room it seemed to only be two FOH workers on with the manager no where in sight. The restaurant was not full but it still took 5 minutes for us to get a greet. Our server wasn’t the one who sat us but was also the bartender, she was making drinks for bar guests and for a large 7 top in her section. The other server did not think to get us started with anything. Our server made over to us once she was finished with her other guests and was very kind and knowledgeable. She clearly needed support though and none was to be found. Between taking orders, busing tables, running the door, making & running drinks, and running food this server was doing her best. Manager only finally makes it out of the back 45 minutes into our experience and doesn’t even touch the dinning room till we are about leave 30 minutes later. Mind you, the dinning room is a mess—we had been staring at puddle of beer all over the table next to us and on the floor—and had been since we got there because our server didn’t have the support. All this said the food deserves better than this level of management and hospitality, it’s delicious. It feels like the owner is just trying to cut cost by having servers do everything and not even bother to train some of them on team work and proper steps of service. Ownership needs step out of the way and have a proper GM that knows how to run a restaurant of this size successfully. It is disrespectful to the food and the server that wanted to do a good job but had no support. We will not be dinning in or ordering for the foreseeable future until massive changes take place.

    Smokecraft Modern BarbecueResponded on 20 October 2022Thank you for your feedback. We will certainly review your comments with our staff who were working that evening. Our goal is always to provide our guests with the best possible experience, and we're disappointed that you felt that we failed to do so during your visit. We, like most restaurants, are constantly hiring and looking for great new team members, and managers, to join us. We welcome any referrals whom you think will be a great addition to our team! We look forward to your next visit!

  9. d

    danc

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and ambiance
  10. SB

    SouthernBoi

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was friendly and helpful
  11. J

    Janine

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious! Had the caprese salad and it was huge and tasty, and the black crack reuben was also amazing. Can't wait to return and try more!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific meal, great service, legit barbecue!
  13. E

    Evan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the service to the food was absolutely perfect. Something that stood out is how professional and friendly the service was when there were only two small parties of 2 and the service was consistent when the restaurant began to fill in. The food was absolutely amazing! Would definitely recommend this place to others.
  14. A

    Alina

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great! The service was nice as well!
  15. AU

    ArnoldU

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Helpful staff and well-prepared food made it a great night out.
  16. TD

    TiffanyD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Brisket was super tender and moist however the outer skin was extremely salty.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was decent. Server was nice but left us… didn’t know if she was on break or her shift was over. The other servers were not as friendly as the first. We had to ask servers in passing for help. The manager was cordial but as expected busy. If all the servers were apt then I would think this place would thrive. Customer service is EVERYTHING. Lastly, the bathrooms were in need of cleaning.
  18. B

    Busybee1767

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Pricey for what you get…brisket was dry and side was blah.
  19. JT

    JamesonT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The sides are EXCELLENT! We had the Mac-n-cheese, greens, brand, and mashed potatoes to go with the half chicken platter and Reuben sandwich. One note that is nowhere in the menu: apparently only the pulled chicken is white meat, there player is all dark and you don't have an option for a breast, which is a bit odd. Plenty of outdoor seating though, being near the Fire & Rescue, it can get briefly loud.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    276 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    276 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a perfect place for a casual dinner. Very good service, nice ambiance - thankful for no loud music so you can actually have a conversation. Best brisket !! We also tried the chicken which was fresh out of the smoker and perfectly prepared. Recommend the burnt ends appetizer. This is a neighborhood treasure.
  21. H

    Herethereeverywhere

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing, award-winning BBQ! Great bar and beer selections and staff that are attentive and fun!
  22. L

    Logger60

    London

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very interesting selection of meats and vegetables. The Brisket was a little dry but flavourful. The ribs were quite good.
  23. e

    etruman

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    I had passed diners eating outside many times and thought the food looked good. The pulled pork sandwich was just ok, but the coleslaw was practically tasteless. My dining companion did enjoy the Cobb Salad. There are other barbecue places in Arlington with more interesting choices and better value.
  24. A

    Alps

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Have this a try as a change of pace from Texas Jacks. Found the menu to be overpriced for what you get. Pulled chicken was moist and plentiful but a bit bland. Had to ask for sauces! Draft beer prices like a pint but served in a small glass. Pickles were good!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We got our starters before our drinks from the bar, which was not enjoyable. The food was mediocre. Service fine other than the drink issue. Other local BBQ is better. Will not be recommending or going back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the pulled pork Benedict
  27. AA

    AdamA

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Unimpressed with the bbq. Nothing special. Over salted brisket. Dry pork. Sausage was decent. Sides were very good - especially Mac and cheese and baked beans. Smoked avocado deviled eggs were gross. Burnt ends were very dry. Great place to go drink. Very friendly bar staff. Eat elsewhere though.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a really nice meal here. Sat at the bar, the bartender was very personable and quick service. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Burnt ends were fantastic. Will be back
  29. l

    lavernei

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been twice and food has been great! Even substitute chips for pita bread with dip which I recommend hands down
  30. N

    Nelly

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Drinks were amazing for brunch. Good sized portions for food as well.
  31. SW

    SheniseW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate outside!! Delicious food, awesome atmosphere!! Absolutely loved and will return
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The service was great and the food came out quickly. They start you off with cornbread and butter….That was amazing! Unfortunately the ribs weren’t tender and a bit dry, the pulled pork was better but some parts were a bit dry and tough to chew. The macaroni was okay, I’ve had better. For dessert I got the “banana pudding” to go…which was simply mashed grey bananas it was disgusting.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, decent prices especially for bbq. But it was really good! The brisket, the bbq chicken, and the ribs! Brunch drinks very reasonably priced too!
  34. BD

    BobD

    Hong Kong Islan

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting smoked appetizers, great barbecue, good drink selection.
  35. j

    janeh

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    This was super disappointing and was a fathers day (by request) dinner. Brisket, Ribs and Brussel sprouts very mediocre. Little flavor. Pork Belly app was great and it went down hill from there. Service was just awful. Had to ask multiple times for refills on water and finally got up and got our own. Server was never around. Never came back to check on food, would have ordered dessert but he waited too long. They seem to have lost their spark- food not worth returned for.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great barbecue and wonderful setting and service!
  37. TK

    ToniK

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good Father’s Day celebration . Nice waitress and manager came by checking to see how everything was going. Just the barbecue flavor we were looking for very good!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Cute place, pretty quiet though for a Saturday evening. Service was good and food was even better, would definitely come back for the brisket, cornbread, and ribs.
  39. LM

    LM87

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Try the nachos with pulled pork. Collard greens are also a must!
  40. Q

    Qteepi

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing. Our waiter was not very attentive. He brought water and walked away without taking our drink order. We had to call him over to take our food order and for refills on our drinks and to pay our bill. But it appeared the other servers were attentive. We will go back just because the food was so amazing.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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You can order delivery directly from Smokecraft Modern Barbecue using the Order Online button. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 312-8791.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue is rated 4.5 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

1051 N Highland St, Arlington, VA 22201-2167

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    North Highland/11th St. North

  • Area

    Arlington

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Contemporary American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Clarendon Metro Stop

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Andrew Darneille

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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