East River Smokehouse

8491 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre
(850) 939-2802

Recent Reviews

R Vicente

Met my sister for lunch we meet up every so often at different places. This is a really cute place. Sorry but the food and prices are not as pleasing as your staff or atmosphere. Or we'd have been back with more peeps

Steven Leonard

Beautiful location especially outside on the deck on a sunny Florida February day. Unfortunately the food and especially the service come well short of standard. Waitress Elaina missed on beer order and pork tacos. Charged extra for sweet potato fries and food was cold. Exceptionally long wait with few other patrons. Except for location this is a poor experience.

Wendy Bedsole

Best chicken fried steak, gumbo, and baked beans around. The view of the Navarre sound is pretty. They could train wait staff better and it seemed like there weren't enough servers at the time. We didn't like the coleslaw, but that's ok. (It was sour tasting)

Corine Coffman

Long wait, ordered food not correct when brought out, if they were busy I could understand a booboo but they were not. Very disappointing

Derrick Mork

Stopped by since they are serving breakfast now. Tried their brisket burrito and man it was AMAZING! Tammy our waitress was very nice and tentative. Thanks Tammy! Will be back again. Love the cabin like feel!

Sue Seabolt Oliphant

The waitstaff was very friendly and attentive. We had Fried Pickles, Fish tacos and the Prime rib sandwich. The Prime rib was a bit tough but the tacos were very good. The fried pickles were really good. Also had a couple Pina Colada’s and they were really good. Key lime pie was fantastic.

Rani DeGase

The food is horrific. Meat is chewy, full of fat and just poor quality. Coleslaw was rancid and not fit for human consumption. Go there and get a drink, enjoy the view, but for the love of your Christ, don't eat there. Ugh.

Jackie Wolgamott

Great place to eat! Staff was friendly, food and atmosphere were good. We had the BBQ ribs with 2 sides and a drink for 9.99. It's their Monday thru Friday special plus 5 other meals.

Andy D.

Service is terrible, was not even half full waited long time before wait staff showed up. Hope the food is better.

zach cole

Pretty good service... Halfway decent prices.. that view tho of the sound... Priceless

Jerry P.

Take out on 12/23/2019. Ordered brisket sandwich, bowl of their stew and a side of Mac and cheese. Everything was hot and delicious. Brisket was homemade and exceptional flavor. Stew was delicious as well. Mac and cheese was good. I don't understand the ratings I've seen on yelp. The place was crowded and people were happy. Can't wait to go back and try their baby back ribs.

A Rad

Everything was just not good. We had fried green tomatoes, brunswick stew, hamburger steak & a chicken salad. The porch with the view was gorgeous and I was excited to eat here but I will never go back.

Janis Stasiak

We had eaten at the East River Smokehouse before, on the outside deck, with our very small and quiet dog , with the stray cats that they fed and had a great time. Later, 8 of us went, outside with my small dog and we got kicked out. We were stunned. We all left and have never gone back. Very sad because our dog never barks and was quietly laying under the table watching the cat stroll by. Seems they would be more pet friendly!!!

Wanitta McKnight

Excellent service. Great food. Decent portions. Love that they have regulars. If I lived here I'd be a regular too.

Brian Thorpe

The view! Pork balls and grouper sandwich were excellent! mango daiquiri was DELISH! Service was so so...


What a view and food to boot.... Service was spot on breakfast was fast filling and flavorful. Tammy our server was attentive and fun. Great social and service. And did I mention the food!!!!

Sevryn S.

Place is filthy and disgusting . Terrible owner I seen the owner James staring at one of his employees behind


Sitted before many others and they were all served before us ...overpriced and food was not bbq quality ..a one time visit for sure

S Williams

We really enjoyed this restaurant! The view was perfect (we sat outside on the water)! The drinks and food were awesome! Our server was amazing!! We had a great time with a perfect view!!

Shawn Fletcher

Service was very slow. The sides tasted and looked like they were out of a can or box mix. Waited over 30 minutes for our meal, and none of the food was special. Definitely won't be going back.

Bert O.

This was a fun little place to stop and visit for a few drinks and an appetizer!! The staff was very friendly and the locals and not so locals were more than willing to chat about their favorites in the area!

Connie E

Not as good as I remember. Used to be our favorite BBQ when they were up on hwy 87. Not anymore, meat lost some flavor and was a little dry.

Jimmy Thomas

My Family recently chose East River Smokehouse for Dinner. I read some bad reviews, but the Hickory Smoke smell made us go in. The food, service and personnel were fantastic. Carlos was our waiter and did a great job of service. Stevie, the Manager, checked on us several times as well.

David Mitchell

Not worth the money. $18+ meal no no no. Usually like the restaurant and atmosphere. Also, ordered a plain burger with potato salad, but no potato salad in my bag. Also, tastes like a frozen pressed overcooked patty. This seriously happens way to much at Navarre restaurants where to-go orders are wrong. Navarre needs more competition.

Sara Adams

Did not get the food I paid $32 for. I called and placed the order and repeated myself several times. Then when I go back to speak with “the manager” she basically accused me of lying. And then tried to charge me for something I ordered in the first place. Crappy customer service. Y’all need to learn to take better care of the locals that take care of you during winter hours

Matt Vance

We went at about 5:30 to eat dinner and waited over an hour for our food even though it was not busy at all. The waitress barely came to the table and we had to go to the bar multiple times for refills. 2 of us got steaks and they were way under cooked and not very good. 2 also got pulled pork and it was good. 1 got the prime rib sandwich and it was super fatty.

Noah D

When the restaurant was on hwy.87 was the best barbecue in the area. Now the food is sub par, the service is terrible. Been 2 or 3 times since the move. Not going back


I'm picky about barbecue. This is good barbecue! Nice portions. Barbeque pork sandwich seemed expensive but it came with 2 sides and ended up being so big that I took 1/2 of it home. As casual as you would expect for a barbecue place. Family friendly. Huge menu surely to have something for everyone, much more than the standard fare. Friendly service. We were there at an off peak time. We were seated immediately and service was quick. We'll go again.

Alexandria M.

We ate there tonight and was informed by our waitress that "mostly everything is frozen or canned". The "burger" is a frozen Bubba patty. The grouper is frozen and thawed. Why would I want to spend my money to eat reheated frozen food when I can do that myself at home? The view is beautiful and that's the only reason for the 1 star. I wish I could give it 0 stars.

Robert F.

East River smokehouse is a fantastic location right on the bay, it has a huge deck with live music on the weekend a great outdoor bar, the food is very tasty but the menu is limited. I will be back!

William Goltz

A great place to eat. Food was out of this world ! Staff was friendly , place comfortable! Definitely a high rating.

Sherry Mcneil Nabors

absolutely love this place excellent food sit right next to the Bay. love the music on Friday and Saturday nights friendly friendly staff and great waiters. great bartenders.

Leigh Ann M.

Horrendous! That's the best word I could come up with. It took us 15min to be seated. The place had two other tables full out of at least 30 tables and the person seating us said she wasn't sure where to seat us. Come on! The pork sandwiches for the kids were like dust, they were painfully dry along with the rolls. The food we ordered all had an up charge to it for one reason or another. My husband ended up drinking my drink since we scarcely saw our waitress. There is a reason this place only gets 2 1/2 stars. Well never return.

Michael A.

Worst food ever. Food was cold. Roasted Turkey was terrible. Traded for ribs and that wasn't any better. Only one kind of barbecue sauce. Told manager got food replaced wasn't any better. Wont be going back

Audra P.

I was extremely surprised by some of the reviews of this place I'm so glad we came anyway. I get the pulled pork sandwich platter with fries and this time I got the coleslaw and I didn't care for it but my husband and father in law really liked it. I thought the pulled pork was really good and the fries were good as well. Yes your food is served on styrofoam plates but that didn't bother me at all. The servers there are all really nice. I thought it was cute that you get your drink in a mason jar. We thought it was a good value we'd come back.


I’m a semi-local (live here, but not from here), and I don’t go to East River. For such a great location, the product is very average. I’d say the bbq is below average. It is a shame because so much could be done at that location. If you come to Navarre to visit, there are plenty of better places.

Cici Crudup

It is worth the drive from Pensacola. I had the pulled pork sandwich with sauce on the side and it was delicious. Lovely view and friendly service. I highly recommend this place.

J M.

Super friendly waiter. Nice fun atmosphere. Lunch specials are good. I got turkey sandwiches and hubs got pulled pork. Both were tender. Several options for sides. Hubs liked the green beans and dirty rice. I thought the dirty rice was too spicy and the sweet potato fries were ok. I do want to come back and try other items and sit outside with the view


Ordered mild wings and they were delicious. The people were really friendly and enjoyed the time I spent there!!!

Nina Sweeney

We came here several weeks ago and even though the restaurant was half empty, we were told that it would be 10 minutes before we were seated. When we asked the hostess about this, she was rude and evasive. I understand that she was in an unenviable position, but I am not about to pay for non-service and bad attitudes. Many other reviewers here have described the same situation; what is going on?