Red Dog Saloon

Restaurants , American Shoreditch
  • 3 out of 5 stars
(26 user reviews)
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Rob Greig

Red Dog is a barbecue restaurant featuring pulled pork, brisket and ribs. There are also sandwiches and a large selection of burgers, and a few 'whole joints' for sharing by  groups of 6-9. 

Venue name: Red Dog Saloon
Address: 37 Hoxton Square
N1 6NN
Opening hours: Mon-Wed noon-11pm; Thur, Fri noon-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Old St tube/rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50.
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Average User Rating

2.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:4
  • 1 star:10
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Shona R

I have an intense love of all things chili.  It is for this reason alone, that I am giving red dog a higher score.  Their wings challenge is not for the faint hearted... and if my 65 year old mum can do it, so can you!

Warning, you'll need to sign a waiver just to try the sauce.

If you're going their for the food, probably avoid and go to byron or bill's around the corner for a more reasonably priced meal.  Alternatively, if you have to get your BBQ americano fix - they have a small take-away sandwich shop right next door that do sandwiches and hotdogs for less than a £10er! Worth it 


Red dog was....ok. That's it. I cant get super excited it, as I think will be abundantly clear by the following. I have been wanting to try it, I have wandered past and thought yep - need to get my arse in there and fill my face with BBQ. And that's just it, it's very very mediocre BBQ. I ordered the pulled pork, and I think if I went again, stick with the ribs, probably the nicest thing on the menu. For £16 you can get a combo - so essentially you get meat, plus two sides. That's alright. The quality - just middlin'. Nothing to get pumped about. It was packed out about 7pm, the service was efficient and the decor, like the food, nondescript. You got enough, fair do's but really - I think there has to be much more special BBQ places in this city. If you find one - pass on the good news.

Samantha H

So so so very disappointing.  I had read so many great reviews (not on here clearly as they very much go the other way) that I was excited to finally visit Red Dog!  I should have managed my own expectations.  The service was painfully slow, the staff seemed to spend more time flirting with each other than seeing to customers, and when we finally got our main course the ribs were dry and the fries were cold.  Maybe we were there on an off day.....reading the reviews below it seems not! 

Danny H

Red Dog continues to serve the most reliably good burgers in London. Juicy, flavoursome and not at all bad value at around £10, they consistently outperform the other various burger joints in London, for me. Maybe Patty & Bun would give it a run for its money (on a good day), and Honest Burger has the best rosemary fries around, but Red Dog wins overall for me. Which is not bad considering its more famous for its BBQ and wings...10/10 from me!

William B

Really excellent burgers, bbq and wings. Friendly and helpful staff who look like they are happy to be working there and always smiling, plus a great blues/country playlist. Will definitely be back!

Kev Pesk


Red Dog is one of the favourites, amazing pulled pork, wings and burgers, local microbrewery ales on tap, friendly staff and great venue, plus they've opened a smaller take away style diner next door, as if you haven't reserved a table at their main you may be left waiting some time (weekends). Hoxton Square's always fun to visit too and for those that can stomach it, there's a spicy wings challenge to get stuck into!

ally p

I feel compelled to write a review as the below are older and I think this place has gotten it together. We went on a Tuesday night and it was pumping, great atmosphere, a super waiter and awesome food. Price was really reasonable for the food we ate - and we definitely left full! We sampled buffalo wings, a burger, fried chicken and some ribs and all were awesome, along with a giant pitcher of margarita. Definitely recommend it - not the disaster of a place time out described a long time ago!!

Lucia Elizabeth


I went with my boyfriend on a Saturday nigh because we were in the mood for wings and it was amazing. We can't recommend this place enough, the staff was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. A lively patio too! We'll be back in no time!

Pavel M

The trendy locations is the only reason why this place still getting customers through it's doors. Staff needs much more training to come close to London standards, website menu offer sandwiches and dogs, but in the restaurant you have only choice of burgers!? Fairly good quality of food, but hey how hard is to do decent burgers these days. For what you get for your money - somewhere in the middle. Visit only if you are out of choice!


Was greeted at the a guy throwing up - no apologies from staff who just matched my slightly surprised look - took the edge off a good burger


If it wasn't for the Spare Ribs, I would bother with this place, but it has to be said that they are good. Unfortunately that where it ends for this restaurant. Terrible service (no pleasentries, no interest, no acknowlegement to be fair). Bodeans have been knocking out decent BBQ food in London for years and are probably under acknowledged in the current 'trend'. The main difference between The Red Dog Saloon and Bodeans, is that Bodeans also exports the American service ethic, which is no bad thing in this instance. It's a shame that Bodeans sometimes over smoke their Spare Ribs, which can make them a little tough, but when they get it right, it's perfection, everything else on the Menu is probably better at Bodeans as standard, including the portion sizes. A note to Red Dog Saloon, when your restaurant first opened I tried to book on a saturday night and was told there would be a 4 week waiting list, I went last night and was seated in 10 minutes. Bodeans has been open for 10 years and there is a 1.5 hour wait for a table every weekend (thank god for the Barrio Central a couple of doors down to keep you entertained during the wait). London has voted with it's feet, in no small part because of the terrible service at Red Dog Saloon.


Appalling service. About as much atmosphere as a pizza chain restaurant in a shopping mall. Lacklustre food - my burger tasted of microwaved Burger King takeaway. Did I mention the service? Do yourself a favour and grab a kebab on the corner rather than wasting your money here. If you really want a burger or barbecue then there are at least 10 other options that do it 100 times better than this place.


A genuinely terrible attempt at a barbecue restaurant. Unauthentic, no atmosphere, and poor service to add to the overpriced, small portions provided. Bodeans is genuinely a million times better. Don't waste your time or money on this place.


Last night I had the worst burger that I've had in a very long time. I don't normally write reviews but this place really takes the piss. The staff were indifferent and rude, the food was worse than average and a pint of beer costs £5. I guess the management rely on the constant foot traffic to fill the place with first timers because I can't imagine anyone going back for a second time. Truly awful.

Ian Stillwell

After booking a table and then being told we could only have it for 1 hour before the next group arrived, we were quickly made to order. The burgers arrived within 5 minutes of placing the order. I ordered the Devestator, mash and firery beans. Everything was cold. The bun appeared to have been microwaved or something... I sent it back and it arrived again Luke warm. Average taste, wouldnt bother going here again. Also, make sure you dont need to use the toilets whilst here.. they are disgusting!


Having tried the best that London has to offer in BBQ and being in the food business myself, initially I found the website appealing and the menu tempting, however, the meal was very disappointing. It took ages for anyone to serve us, finally we were approached by an 18 year old female waitress who was stumped when we asked her about the variation of wings and she said she has to ask somone else, I noticed she then delivered two orders to the wrong tables, basically the management have not got a clue. Luckily Red Saloon receive a steady flow of business, but I am not sure how much repeat business they get, the food was tasteless and the worst burger I have had in a long time. Overall I couldn't wait to get out of there, it cannot be that hard to get it right, can it?

Bill lennon

If your after good food, good service and good prices DONT go to red saloon. Read the reviews here, its a very poor experience. Much better at Meat Liquor or Dukes.


Worst meal out in a long time... took 20 minutes for anyone to even notice that we were sat at our table waiting. When a server finally acknowledged us he complained about how he "had been been better, what with working two doubles in a row". Made us feel slightly guilty for even being sat there. Food took an hour to arrive, when it did, one order was wrong, and everything was cold. The pulled pork was dry, and the ribs tough and tasteless. The manager didn't seem particularly bothered when we told him we'd like to leave our food, so we paid the bill for our drinks. Upon leaving a member from the stag do next to us had to be rescued from being sick on our table, we decided to finish our drinks outside. Whilst stood outside, the stag from said party was dragged out by his two friends completely annihilated with trousers round his ankles leaving little to the imagination... a funny story to tell but not my idea of a nice meal out.

Alex Mac

Overall the experience was good. It's a great location in a part of London I like to visit. The premises themselves are well decorated, cool (upstairs and downstairs) even on a warm evening, and there are plenty of staff. The atmosphere in the place is good with a lot of chatter and music - you have to almost raise your voice to have a conversation but not so much that you're shouting! We were greeted by the very friendly Maître D, who had a great sense of humour and made jokes about our missing dining partner (3 attended a booking for 4 which was not an issue), and all of the staff were cheerful, attentive and in good humour. Our waiter cocked up the order - first he showed up with no notepad, and was cocky enough to take the order anyway - any good waiter should be able to do this, however the BBQ Wings came out as Buffalo wings - we decided not send them back as we enjoy buffalo wings, and they were damn good wings! Not sure about "best wings in London" but they were almost worthy of the title. Two of us had a rib dinner (5 St Louis cut ribs - seperated, with two sides - choices including beans, meaty beans, mac n cheese, fries, onion rings). One of the rib dinners came out without Fries but with coleslaw instead. Due to immense hunger at this point we decided not to kick up a fuss, and the coleslaw was really good. The ribs were OK - certainly not "award winning", they were tender in places, tough in others, but the flavour was very good. Main criticism was that they were over charred - too much carbon! I'm just not a fan of the st louis cut of Rib, much prefer baby back - so maybe I am biased. Our other dining companion had the "Devastator" burger which is basically 1.5lbs of meat, loads of cheese, sauce all between steamed brioche - I have to say that this looked absolutely incredible. They clearly understand the burger. Overall it was a good experience. We'd go back but we wouldn't have the Ribs again. The burger and wings were superb. Alex.


Rudest hostess ever, made us feel so unwelcome we didn't even stay to find out about the food! Don't go without a reservation.

mathieu cdd

This place is a victim from success. Too packed! But I do understand why : Food is really good (I have tried few burgers - fries - milkshakes) price is very attractive, while portions are ok. After that you may have to wait a bit to get a seat, and your orders, trust me it worth it! Don't go there if you are in rush


I wish I could say what I thought about the food but after waiting for over an hour for our order we left. Staff were initially apologetic, although disingenuously so, and service deteriorated from there. Atmosphere was lacking. Toilets were pretty grotty. And it felt like there was a complete absence of any management. Plenty of other choices for good American style barbecue in London thankfully.


The food was actually quite good, we thought we would try this place following our old favorite "The Big Easy" going a little downhill. We were excited, we had a guest over from the states, but after getting there, we waited 50mins for drinks, our starters came with our main came out 15mins after the rest. When service is bad it makes you over critical of the food (underseasoned burgers and cooked medium well not med-rare). Pulled pork was great tho! I think the reason for this was our waitress, I'm not sure if she was new or just inept, but she couldn't deal with the complaint, and said they were very busy. I expect they were, it was a Saturday night...not an excuse! The manager apologised, and knocked some money off, which we were not looking for, but eased the experience. I am all about second chances, and will visit again, if I'm over that way, but will not travel from Windsor again for a special occasion! I was really hoping it would be great...maybe next time! I'm sure this was just one of those things.

Jim Morrison's Tongue

Things must have changed between your reviewer and my visits. I had buffalo wings and then ribs and it was amazing. Portions were good, large selection of imported beers, great waiting staff and a cool atmosphere. Less cramped and manic than my experience in Bodeans . Great place for a dinner with mates or a celebration. Would recommend, and I'll be back for sure.