Black Dog Smoke & Ale House

320 N Chestnut St, Champaign
(217) 954-0465

Recent Reviews

Avey S.

Burnt Tips Platter = delicious, even better with the Carolina Red Sauce (and sides of twice-baked-mashed potatoes & green beans, of course). Sit outside so you can watch trains go past!

Sarah McCowen

Checked this place out during a work visit. Service was good, place was clean. Unfortunately, the food was absolutely lacking any flavor. I ordered the pulled pork and mac and cheese. Both had zero spices added to it. And there's no way it was smoked because there wasn't any smoke flavor. The mac and cheese had the texture it gets when it sits out for a while. My coworker ordered the brisket and twice baked casserole. Same thing - no flavor. I asked for a dessert menu afterwards, but unfortunately they don't have any. Just not impressed.

Ricardo Salvat

Cool location in an old railroad depot, clean, and hip decor. Friendly, attentive staff, big food and brew menu, and lightening-fast service. Big portions, and the taste won't let you down!

Mindy Genereux

Food was fast, delicious and our server was great! We had the brisket, pulled pork, elote and sweet potato fries. All were excellent!

Jeannette A.

Road tripping from the burbs of Chicago down to Southern Illinois and stopped to grab some bbq for lunch. Place was packed for lunch so I was anticipating one hell of a bbq joint....but came up short for me. Here is why: Brisket Queso- nothing special, melted cheese with smoky brisket sounds amazing right? Well when I took my first bite it was a shoulder shrug with an eh, not bad. Combo Platter (choose 3)- went with the pulled pork, chicken bone in, and brisket. All were good but my favorite was pulled pork. Sides were Mac and cheese and corn bread. Also ordered the twice baked potatoe casserole bc I just needed to try it. And glad I did bc it was the best out of all three. The Mac and cheese I sent back bc it was so bland with a curdled texture, not bueno. Got normal fries instead and they were great! Corn bread was the worst corn bread I have ever dry and crumbled to pieces when I tried to butter it. Thought the raisins inside would have made it moist, but no, not even the slightest bit.

Kerry Anderson

the food is great, great service and priced reasonably.


Nice bar and restaurant. Staff was great. I had chili cheese polish sausage which was good. Hasbrown casserole was nice also. Others had brisket and pulled pork and it seemed good.


One of the most famous restaurants in the city, so you will have to wait for a table. I like the Combo platters since you can get 2-3 types of meats. But some days you just want some small they have an option with only one type of meat. They have a nice variety of sauces and drinks. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Matthew Klimuszka

Absolutely delicious. First time being here in a while, so glad to be back. I had the special, which was a brisket panini. The brisket was a bit overpowered by the other ingredients on the sandwich, but still fantastic. The Mac and cheese and elote were very good as well.

Chris N.

Waitress was great food not so much. Next time in Champaign I'll find somewhere else.

Prathamesh B.

This place is the best for bbq ! Here's why I love the place- 1. All the bbq sauces are good ranging from mild to hot n spicy. 2. They have sweet potato fries and baked sweet potato which are amazing. The fries are nice crispy with the right texture. 3. Their signature corn bread, which is a must try here. 4. Super friendly staff

Dave F.

A very nice an old rail station with very good barbecue There chilling has very nice kick & several brews to choose We will make the trip back


Burnt ends

Sylvia G.

Omgggf this place was heavenly the grapefruit hibiscus margarita was so good highly recommended if you like margaritas. Yet the food was absolutely amazing the burnt ends and the rib tips are out of this world the sides are also going the twice baked potato and the Mac n cheese FANTASTIC‼ would come back again

Cody Scroggins

I'm leaving this review after my second visit.This is genuinely one of my new favorite restaurants, I first went with my roommate then took my dad out to lunch here. The meats are delicious, the sauces are savory, and the service is perfect. The staff is very well accustomed to being busy and when I had eaten with my father I merely made a small gesture to my waitor for refills and he perfectly understood me. I'll definitely be going again. Thank you for reading ✌

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