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NOTE: Moving to a new location at 64 Beacon Drive.

The idea of Smoke on the Water began in 2004 when Chicken Lea, Hurdle Lea and Mike Shuler got together to create a uniquely different Southern Restaurant.  

They wanted to create a warm and welcoming place that was as comfortable as the food they serve, but in an upscale and warm environment.

From the copper menus to the private label wines by Walter Schug, they wanted their guests’ dining experience to be one that they would not forget.  

Each dish at Smoke On the Water has been specially crafted for each flavor, to meld with the correct sauces or seasonings. All of our sauces and seasonings are made in-house from scratch.

Sauces in glass bottles at Smoke on the Water

With our BBQ, we serve:

  • Traditional tomato-based sauce with beer and herbs
  • Low country mustard sauce with honey and molasses
  • NC-style sauce with apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, and cayenne pepper
  • Kansas City-style sauce made with molasses and brown sugar
  • Hot BBQ sauce made with Habanero and jalapeño
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Smoke on the Water prides itself on being a staple part of our community, from using local beers and spirits to farm-to-table ingredients. The history of the Smoke family is one of strong community ties and rich Greenville history.

What Folks are Saying about Smoke on the Water

Google Review

Among the many Google Reviews, Local Guide Amy Greene spotted the perfect place to stop on her sightseeing tour:

We found Smoke On the Water while visiting Greenville and driving around to see the sights. After checking the online menu (which I highly recommend perusing), we all thought this had something for everyone.

The location makes it very hard to find parking so if you aren’t familiar with the area, be aware of that.

When we walked in, I loved the ambiance. Staff was friendly and we were seated quickly.

The menu is extensive and made choosing difficult because everything looked great. One complaint I have (and it’s minor) is that the waitress didn’t give us enough time to study the offerings. She came back to our table every few minutes and we felt rushed.

However, we did finally choose and waited eagerly. The waitress remained attentive, refilling our drinks regularly, bringing cornbread (very unique), and explaining the sauces.

When our food arrived, we did have one mistake but it was quickly fixed and returned to the table. Everything was delicious, from the homemade pimento cheese to the perfectly cooked burger to the mashed potatoes. One dish had undercooked rice but the rest of the plates were great.

Our waitress wasn’t as attentive after our food arrived (it took a while to find her over the incorrect plate) but still came by.

For the price, we definitely got our money’s worth. I would absolutely return and try other menu items.

If you’re in Greenville and looking for a great spot to eat, this is a place you won’t walk out hungry or upset you went.

Yelp Review

Over on Yelp, Elite Yelper Patrick P wrote a bit of a novel about the great food and service at Smoke on the Water. Enjoy this excerpt:

We came here after touring a few places for their happy hour, and caught the back end of this one last night. 

I had a drink, we ordered pimiento cheese as an appetizer- and it was truly a special dish! Well executed, beautifully plated.

Little things, like fried lardons of country ham with a hint of orange to mute the saltiness.

I am from the packaging and label industry- and I implore the owners to think about selling this as a retail offering. People would knock down walls to get more of this in their lives! 

For dinner I had pork shoulder with two sides- one was the loaded potato cake and the other was the collard greens.

They offer five different sauces…you cannot go wrong but we all agreed the habanero and their mustard sauces were the two best. 

I also ordered a side of Brunswick stew. This is one of the heartiest ones I’ve ever run into. I put a little of the habanero in there for some extra kick.

That alone could have been the meal- but I must tell you how happy we were with the food. 

We all shared a couple of bites of the bananas foster. Non-traditional, they had a pillowy texture of dough around the banana compote, and the vanilla ice cream against the warm component was nice.

Good way to end our meal.

Menu for Smoke on the Water

Note: Menu prices and options are subject to change over time. Contact the restaurant for the most up-to-date information.

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Menu 1 for Smoke on the Water in Greenville

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1 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29601

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