What we affectionately refer to as Refined BBQ, we strive to create new BBQ experiences by combining traditional Southern smoking, modern scratch cooking, and our dedication to hospitality. Low ‘n’ slow smoked meat - paired with fresh sides made with local ingredients - are at the centre of our inspiration: Barque Smokehouse serves urban-inspired barbeque made from the best that Ontario has to offer.


A combination of restaurant, bar, retail store, and butcher shop, Barque Butcher Bar is great for anyone who enjoys BBQ. The restaurant is fantastic for group reservations, and you can enjoy a beer while shopping for dinner from our display fridges. Our selection of heat-and-eat prepared foods make for quick and easy meals at home or at the cottage.


Barque Events offers large format take-out and delivery. Contact us to see how to inject your event with southern flavours and hospitality.

Refined BBQ

Our take on 'Southern Ontario' BBQ


Our company

When longtime friends Dave Neinstein and Jon Persofsky decided to quit their corporate lives and pursue their dream of opening up a restaurant, they knew they would need to do some research. Jon headed to George Brown to learn about restaurant management and Dave headed to the southern US to study the art of BBQ.

Opening a restaurant

In the spring of 2011, Barque Smokehouse opened in Toronto’s west-end Roncesvalles Village. Their goal being to serve ‘Refined BBQ’. They define ‘Refined BBQ’ as fresh protein dishes that don’t compromise on flavour, a Family-style and fun atmosphere, and adherence to scratch cooking - preparing food using basic ingredients rather than buying meals that have already been prepared. Serving an enticing mix of smoked ribs, brisket and chicken, an array of fresh and healthy sides, and well matched collection of sweets and desserts, the Smokehouse at 299 Roncesvalles Avenue has seen a packed dining room on a nightly basis. With a large focus on wine and spirit pairings, dining at Barque is a true 360° food and drink experience.


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