Smokin' Betty's

4.3
1395 reviews
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Comfort Food
Smokin' Betty's is nestled in the heart of Midtown Village offering American comfort food that would make your mama proud. One of Philly's favorite spots for burgers and BBQ ribs, Betty's is also known for their 16 rotating craft drafts, daily menu additions, weekly happy hour and weekend brunch.

With two floors and two bars there is plenty of room for happy hour after work, business lunches, group dinners, and special events. Come enjoy dinner with the family, the big game with friends, or many of Philadelphia's annual promotions.
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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner... we have been here before. The food was great.. service started out rocky, but he got it together and it was fine. Drinks were tasty

AJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love smokin bettys!!! Great food! Awesome service! Price just right!

P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brunch

DB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was recommended by a friend. First time visit. From first entering to leaving, felt welcomed, staff courteous, friendly. Atmosphere great. Cozy. Recommendations on point. Everything delicious. Pricing decent. Would definitely recommend to others. Will definitely be a place I'll revisit again and again. Can't wait to try other menu selections. FYI - Ribs tasty and very tender.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible. No effort st all. You should never ever come here.

I
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good. We had a great waiter serving our party of 12.

p
Philadelphia
771 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Always enjoy their food. Especially love their dry run wings! Happy 5from 5-7 at bar including wings and other appetizers and drinks! Service was fair tonight but it was his first week. Still come back for the food. Their Brussels are worth upgrading for a side!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for Sunday brunch based on the reviews and we couldn’t have done better! The place is so charming and beautiful, but not in a fancy, standoffish way. The service was great. The food was absolutely delicious. Freshly made hollandaise sauce on my Eggs Benedict. Everyone’s dishes were great and the portions were huge! We will be back for sure!!

SJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious!

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OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great but the hostess was very rude and unprofessional

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was so slow, we only had an appetizer, it was good, but didn’t help with the fact that it was empty and our server still acted like he couldn’t be bothered with us

P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The room needs a bit of updating

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had the greatest waiter. So personable. Our table had a lot of fun with him.

MC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Poor frequency of service despite lack of customers. Food was mediocre. Staff not overly friendly. Restaurant was empty so I expected great service and unfortunately was disappointed. This used to be a favorite restaurant of mine and now I will never go back.

e
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This is a nice lunch spot for the area. Service was good. The ambiance is nice. I’ve had better Po’boy sandwiches.

CM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Drinks were amazing. Food was subpar. I got the chicken wings and they were way over spiced and a little fatty. But the BBQ sauce that was served on the side was very good. It was sweeter than most sauces. Our waiter was also fantastic.

CL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We waited an hour for our food. The people next to us, who came in after us, were served first. Our waiter never even apologized.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

If you want delicious BBQ Smokin’ Betty has it. The rest was left to be desired. I made a reservation for 5 people on open table and said we were out to celebrate a birthday. The day of the reservation an employee called to confirm the reservation, which I did. When we arrived, 2 of the 5 people could no longer attend so we were a smaller party and yet they had no tables available for us? When I asked how long the wait would be, the hostess really wasn’t clear and never provided an estimate. I found the lack of understanding confusing, but they offered us seats in a separate room that were considered “bar tables”. Since we had a comedy show at 9:45 we agreed to sit in the bar area which was not nearly as exciting and well decorated as the main dining area. Being Philly sports fans, we asked the bartender if he could put on the Sixers game since sports were playing, just not Philly teams. He responded by saying he would have to go into the basement to change the channel. Again, I had no idea if that meant he was going to do it at some point, or what. After waiting 15 minutes for drinks I went back to the hostess to see if any tables cleared up in the main dining room because it felt as if the bartender wasn’t able to manage the tables in the “bar area”. The ironic part is, no one was actually sitting at the bar, only at a few tables near the bar? An older woman, who I am unsure her role at the restaurant, was trying to be accommodating and came in to get us waters and put in appetizer orders. When the bartender finally came over to us, his attitude was terrible. Never once did anyone at the restaurant recognize or say anything about the birthday we were there to celebrate. After dinner we asked for the dessert menu and the bartender said there were 2 choices and listed them. One was chocolate cake. My friend asked if the cake was any good and the only thing he could say was, “it’s chocolate cake”. We decided to pass. So the food was excellent, the rest not so much.

NJ
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Smokin' Betty's for pre-theater dinner - the food is good; not exotic - just good, fresh food. Salad with chicken was great and HUGE! Short Rib Mac'n'cheese had my sister saying "best mac'n'cheese I ever had." Service was great and we will be back.

B
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, another couple and I had a delicious and delightful meal at Smokin' Betty's. I had no idea it existed, and found it thanks to OpenTable. We enjoyed chicken, ribs, beef, and a salad. I wish we'd had room for the bread pudding dessert. Next time! Huge portions at reasonable prices and a theater discount to boot! We'll definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good drinks great food

PS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 2nd time here. Love the food and the feel. Everyone was super nice. A couple of excusable mistakes which were quickly remedied. The price was incredibly reasonable for a party of five.

NO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Salmon and ribs were terrific. Delicious wines and beers were offered.

EG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for brunch at 11am on a Saturday- we had the daily omelet, the breakfast sandwich and scrambled Betty's breakfast. The portions were generous and food was delicious. Also had the Betty Bloody Mary's were were great! I would definitely recommend a reservation as there was a line when we left.

LB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The waiters were extremely friendly and efficient. The food, which is very reasonably priced , was delicious. There were four of us and everyone really enjoyed their meals. We are now planning to go to Smokin’ Betty’s after every Walnut Street performance we attend.

CV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Smokin Betty's is a good find. We like it especially when we attend a show at the Walnut Street Theater.
Reservations are a must, the place fills up quickly. The food is plentiful, very tasty. The choices are pub type food with a relaxed atmosphere. Our order took a bit longer than expected, just a busy evening. This is my second time at this restaurant and I would go again.

CL
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Bathrooms were dirty or not working

O
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and had thorough knowledge of the menu. We were not rushed at all even though it was obviously peak brunch hours on a Saturday. Portions were incredible and the prices were almost too reasonable. We'll be back to try more of their brunch menu items soon!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed the meal. Really nice staff. We would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was amazing, he was funny, kind, and gave great recommendations! Food was great, only complaint was that our table was next to the door and it was very cold outside (but some things are just out of our control)...

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding we didn’t have one thing we didn’t like. There is so much more we would like to try, coming back soon for sure!

MT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my son’s 26th Birthday and had a fabulous brunch!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Slow service at brunch when the place was completely empty

B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Arrived early for reservation, but was able to be seated immediately in bar area. Excellent food and attentive service by bartender.

ML
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, and they had our table ready on time. Arrived an hour early because an event we were attending nearby ended early, so we had drinks at the upstairs bar while we waited. The places only flaw was the noise level, you're seated pretty close to other tables and in the open room it gets very loud.

E
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food is typical of cafeteria food. Service was spotty at best . One entree was salad said to contain pieces of chicken - there were three bits of chicken. Other entree was turkey platter - this was diner style serving with whipped sweet potatoes that tasted as if from can of pumpkin pie filling. Server never noted specials or soups until other diners came near us and we overheard those options. Wine list and tastes were pedestrian.

RN
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Smokin'Betty's. The atmosphere was very relaxing and inviting with lots of beautiful wood and warm lighting. The food was very good; the salmon was very tasty and moist and the ribs fell off the bone. Their menu has a nice variety to suit most tastes and I'm looking forward to trying some of the other dishes (if I'm able to tear myself away from the salmon!) Our waiter, Seth, was amazing; he could not do enough for us! He really made our experience over the top. Our busboy, Nick, was also super nice and very accommodating. We needed a favor since we were attending a show directly after dinner and they didn't bat an eye - Seth, and Nick, really know what customer service means to the extreme. They spoiled us! We were saying during dinner how we would definitely be back, and we will!

EH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The menu looked great! And a few of the food runners were nice! But the hostess when we first arrived was kind of rude and seemed very overwhelmed (cursed a couple times right in front of us). I worked in a restaurant for several years so I get the brunch rush, but it definitely wasn't that busy. We were sat in the bar area high tops which was fine! But apparently wasn't fine with the bartender who started yelling in front of us at the hostess for seating his section (I guess he had a bunch of drink tickets and all the bar area high tops). It took him a long time to come over, which was fine we weren't in a rush - but just more worried if he was going to be made when he came over. He was pleasant directly to us during the meal, but started yelling at one of the other servers when they came back for drinks. I got a side with my sandwich that never came out, but honestly was not wanting to ask about it and make him more mad so I left it alone. Probably won't come back here - at least not for brunch, maybe for dinner!

AB
Philadelphia
146 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Friendly staff. Big portions. Reasonable pricing. Highly recommend.

CM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked this place after the tattoo convention and this was a great choice. The Philly cheesesteak rolls were DELICIOUS!!! it was so good we got 2 orders of it. LOL I had the short rib taco and that was soooo good. Everyone at dinner loved their meal. I even got dessert and that was great as well. I got the Nutella roll and that was a great balance of sweet and savory. I also had Mrs. Daly for a drink and that was great as well. Overall, this was nice place to eat with a great ambiance and delicious food. Definitely would go back.

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