Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill (Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Wellington, Plantation, Melbourne, Orlando)


***** Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, 21733 State Road 7, Boca Raton, Florida 33428, (561) 852-7870.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill is an “American Style–BBQ” joint…it currently has 66 stores primarily located in 17 eastern states. For our purposes, there are a handful of locations in South Florida. You can check for menu/prices/locations.

Just some quick background information– the original Smokey Bones opened in Orlando in 1999…rapid growth “failed” with a number of stores closing…current owner Sun Capital Partners is currently working on a rebranding plan…the chain’s original name was Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill—the current plan is to down play the bbq “aspect” and make the restaurants more “sports-bar-like.”

Not exactly sure on the date, I’m figuring 7-8 years ago…Jeff Eats “tried” the then newly opened Smokey Bones in Boca Raton…suffice it to say, the food was absolutely terrible. Jeff Eats hadn’t been back “until” last night.

To be perfectly honest with you, Jeff Eats can’t comment on whether or not the Boca Bones that I was in last night has been remodeled—can’t recall what the original store looked like. If I was betting, not many changes, if any at all. Just so you know, woody look, flat screen tvs, bar area…absolutely no problem with the look of this joint. The problem way back when was the food.

Last night Jeff Eats “tried” fried chicken wings in a sweet tangy sauce, babyback ribs, bbq chicken, french fries, corn nibblets, mashed potatoes. The report—the wings were delicious. the ribs and bbq chicken were also in a “sweet” sauce–the ribs were okay but nothing to get nuts over–the chicken was lousy–trust me, the sauce instead of being sweet had a bitter taste. The french fries were good and the mashed potatoes were delicious. The corn nibblets were okay but nothing special.

Very reasonable prices, good sports bar service.

Would Jeff Eats go back? Definitely not a boisterous-booming YES!!! but more of a lower-case “yes”…that’s assuming Jeff Eats isn’t forced to eat the BBQ chicken– it really was that bad!

As I mentioned a few minutes ago, the first time Jeff Eats was there, the food was horrendous. The second outing, the food was a “mixed bag”…

The way to “treat” Smokey Bones’ food…average at best–sport’s bar stuff.

Smokey Bones is open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner.

13 Comments to “Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill (Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Wellington, Plantation, Melbourne, Orlando)”

  1. WHISPERMAN says...

    You nailed this one.
    Food is okay but nothing great.
    I live in Boca and Smokey doesn’t even enter the food conversation on where to go. It’s right near Chilli’s which is much better.
    Ive eaten there twice.
    Basically sports bar quality.

  2. POPEYE GINO says...

    Jeff, the food is second rate in this restaurant.
    Nothing is really bad but nothing is really good. Sun Capital has a real dog on its hands.

  3. SPORTSBARMAN says...

    Jeff Eats:
    Right on the old money again.
    Just average sports bar grub.
    The only reason I eat there are the wings and like you said they are delicious.

  4. Rosa B says...

    Good wings. Rest of the food is crap.

  5. Gregg L. Friedman MD says...

    Smokey Bones always provides a great meal. The food is great and the staff is nice. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL

    • Arnie B says...

      Doc – are you rating the restaurant or looking for business (with your credentials and office location on here?)

  6. LKOP says...

    Jeff, the bbq chicken is horrendous.
    One time was enough for me.

  7. Larry Fine says...

    Very poorly run business.
    Wrote to HO about the lousy food and they wrote back thanks for the input and that I should continue going to their stores and enjoying the food.
    Obviously no one cared about the complaint.

    • SRD says...

      I had a very poor meal and emailed the co. I got the same email response that I should keepng going to their stores but it didn’t address my concerns. Terrible customer service.

  8. robertw says...

    I actually like the ribs there. They fall right off the bone. I am not some super rib expert but I thought they are fine. Rock and Roll Ribs in Coral springs is very good also.


  9. Rosa Marios says...

    Their burgers and fries are excellent.

  10. shellyw says...

    Ate there last night–had a terrific waiter Andrew and everything was delicious and served hot. Had brisket and souse had 1/2 chicken. Really tasty!!!

  11. Arnie B says...

    What they lack in taste or quality they make up with GARLIC. It all seems like (a) too much garlic, or (b) totally “blah” food.

    Been there twice. First time, “Shame on you.” Second time, “Shame on me!” Will never go back.

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