Southpaw BBQ
Southpaw BBQ

Southpaw BBQ

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southpawbbqsf.com/
  • Phone: 4159349300
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M, W-F 5:00pm-11:30pm
    Dinner: Sa-Su 3:00pm-11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Max Hussey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: CATERING Southpaw’s delicious food & warm hospitality are a great addition to any office lunch, backyard gathering or wedding. OUR BAR, YOUR PARTY Nothing goes better with BBQ than beer & whiskey. Southpaw can bring our house-brewed beer, extensive whiskey selection and hand-crafted cocktails to any event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th St
  • Public Transit: Mission & 18th: Bus Lines 33,49 Mission & 16th: Bus Lines (14,22,49), MUNI, BART
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered Parking Neighborhood Parking Hoff Garage (Hoff b/tw 16th & 17th)
A word from Southpaw BBQ
Southpaw BBQ & Southern Cooking was started by two old friends, Elizabeth Wells and Edward Calhoun. Elizabeth, hailing from Alabama, and Edward, from North Carolina, might have their qualms about where the best BBQ comes from, but one thing they both share is a profound appreciation for time honored Southern cooking traditions, well crafted alcohol and the community that builds around them. Max Hussey, Southpaw’s chef, began his culinary career honing his skills in New Orleans working his way through the kitchen at Emeril’s & Delmonico. Max is right at home at Southpaw, showcasing his experience and love for Southern food, as well as his undeniable sense of hospitality. Southpaw"s food is complemented by an extensive whiskey selection, well-crafted, classic cocktails and quality house brewed beer. Their brewer, Phil Cutti, takes great pride in the creativity and craftsmanship of his beer and the strong contribution brewing brings to the San Francisco community.
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Southpaw BBQ reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (12)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (5)special occasion (4)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • fun bbq
    elpfilms
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Fun bbq food. I wish I would have checked out their happy hour for the corn dogs!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    Jonny
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    this is a great spot for cocktails and BBQ. second time back and it is consistently good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Southern Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I've been searching for a good BBQ spot in the city for a long time, and no where ever got it right - until Southpaw. Either the food was not great, or the ambience was not right. BBQ should be big portions, lots of flavor, down-to-earth environment and this place accomplishes all that. And don't get me wrong, this place feels cool and southern - great decor, definitely no hole in the wall. A couple nice features - they brew their own ale, they have great whiskey cocktails (not too sweet, not too sour), food portions were large and tasty. Fantastic service - had a vegan with us and she didn't get any attitude. A great place to bring out-of-towners or have a nice night out with friends. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy but nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We can't find a place for quiet dining in the city...at least the music wasn't blaring..Good cocktails that came right away...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great BBQ. Kinda Pricey
    dotes
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Expensive BBQ is a bit of an oxymoron but the food was delicious. Brisket was perfectly cooked and the right amount of fat on it. The pork shoulder was moist and very very good. All of the sides were excellent as well. You can pay the same amount for a very nice meal elsewhere in the city, but I doubt you'll get as much food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second time is a charm
    Planetxoxo
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    consistent and amazing bbq. Always my go to when I have a craving
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Debbie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Overall the food was excellent.....just a personal thing.....I'm not into sweet greens, but the ribs, huspuppies, fish, warm chips w/blue cheese, peach cobbler and mixed drinks were excellent. The Coleslaw was good also........not too sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • serious eats, fun atmosphere
    ogmissionista
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We love this place- close to us, we go a lot! Service is friendly and efficient. Bar has a great whisky selection and the in house craft beer is great! Classic BBQ, presented with a creative flair. You will NOT leave hungry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    Southpaw
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went to Southpaw with my wife and 10 month old. It was not necessarily kid friendly, it is more of a bar. The staff did a great job making us feel comfortable. My wife and baby loved the live band. They made Mother's Day special and I would definitely recommend Southpaw to everyone. The baby tasted most of the food and could not get enough. My wife loved the special brunch menu, cornmeal pancakes, cheese grits, Cornish hen. We plan to go back and try the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Babs
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A true find, fantastic food and great vibe. Come hungry and be sure to try the dinosaur bone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Tiritiritran
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was tasty, nothing can go wrong was that amount of fat. My husband had the Dinosaur bone, which was unnecessarily charred. Tasty, but charred. The greens were super tasty, same with the mushrooms, the mac and cheese, and the grits. The cat fish was good. I tried to make a reservation for two for Saturday at 8pm. No reservation was available between 7 and 10pm, but there were empty tables during that time. I will call the venue in the future, instead of relaying on Open Table for reservation.
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  • Solid Service
    SFCouple
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have been to South Paw multiple times and are never disappointed. The food is consistently amazing and the service is always attentive. We got in before the dinner rush really hit but as we were leaving it was quite bustling. We had a great meal and would highly recommend to anyone. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish and ethical
    gregt
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I went with a friend to dine at Southpaw BBQ. We both have food sensitivities; she to non-organic foods, I to gluten and dairy. Upon arrival we asked the staff a myriad questions to verify whether we could in fact eat there without triggering our sensitivities. The staff were helpful and courteous, but after so many questions the chef came out and sat us down and answered all of our questions about sourcing and ingredients, he had the full recipe book with him. We were blown away by such service and responsiveness to our concerns. We found that the meats come from Neiman Ranch, that the vegetables come from an organic farm (forget which one), and that there is no gluten in the meat rub or sauces either, which means we ate there. Happy.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service. Worse food.
    BourbonandboysVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Despite having a reaservation and despite most of the tables being empty, we were told we'd have to sit at the crowded bar- the tables were all reserved for parties that were over 10 minutes late. Then the food came and it was deplorable. The fried chicken skin on the deviled eggs looked and and tasted like rawhide dog treats. The BBQ brisket was not properly sliced and served room temp. The ribs were tough. The sauces tasted like nothing you'd ever actually have in the south. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 56 reviews are from the Southpaw BBQ reviews archive.
  • Yummy Food and Great Drinks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I came to this restaurant looking for some good pork ribs. I ordered the "meat dish plus two sides" to split with a friend. We also ordered the Black Pepper Brie Mac and Cheese and the Golden Beets. The ribs were good, but didn't have as much meat as would have liked, and they only served 4 for us to share. The Brie Mac and Cheese was absolutely to die for. I'm not a fan of beets, but my friend said they were really tasty. To drink I ordered the Safeword, a bourbon based drink. I'm actually not a fan of bourbon but this drink was really good. The food portions were perfect for us, but might not be enough for a couple with a huge appetite. Overall, I was very pleased with the experience and will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent BBQ
    Frank
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    A great meal. Started with the warm chips (shared plate) then the beef brisket with hushpuppies, grit cake and sweet potatoes. For dessert...peanut butterice cream sundae with carmelized bananas and bacon/caramel sauce. So many flavors...an excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roasted Meats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    If you like BBQ and whiskey you should dine at Southpaw. Spacious, clean, and charming, this BBQ place has a tasty menu. Meat lovers only!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    Planetxoxo
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had two entree's the Brisket and the Dinosaur bone. and four sides. All amazing BBQ
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Everything!
    lindaliver
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Amazing ribs, shrimp and grits, and sides. Plus an unbelievable array of bourbons ryes vodkas and gins AND 2 TV sets showing different games! Love this place right on Mission St.!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really nice spot in the Mission
    KDR11
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Really nice spot in the Mission for BBQ and Bourbon. Nothing revolutionary -- but good food and good drink at a fair price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They don't know BBQ
    FoodiefridayVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The meat and beans were way undercooked. Hush puppies were dry and inedible. It was very disappointing meal!
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Left as soon as we arrived
    AnonymousIV
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    My wife and I thought it would be a good idea to check out the first "Bluegrass Brunch." We had received information about it through a promotional electronic mail message. When we arrived, the place was unbearably loud; and one of the dishes listed in the electronic mail (the one that interested us the most) was not even being offered. There are too many better alternatives in the MIssion for us to think about returning.
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  • Great BBQ in San Francisco
    Dinofelis
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Southpaw BBQ has some great eats, I have enjoyed all the food I have tried there. The brisket is amazing, and the dinosaur bone (beef rib) was delicious as well. I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best bbq in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The wait staff was polite and courteous , Even when we wanted to compliment the Chef he came out to our table . I even tipped the Chef. My gf was born and raised in Baton Rouge La. So she knows her bbq and good ribs. The Chef even thanked me by name.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountains of Meat
    dietkook
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I came here with four friends for dinner. We decided to eat family style. We got the pulled goat, deviled eggs, natchez, and fried pickles for starters. The pulled goat was my favorite dish of the night. I was disappointed by the fried pickles (too much fried, not enough pickle; the pickles weren't crispy). The other two starters were good, nothing stood out as special, but definitely tasty. We ordered the dry rubbed pork ribs and the dinosaur bone for dinner with sides including golden beets, braised greens, mac n cheese, and hopping johns. The beets were amazing. The pork ribs were too dry, especially placed next to the dinosaur bone that had tender meat falling of a gargantuan bone. We all left completely stuffed and had leftovers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent BBQ.
    IreneSiglo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The sides were great. The brisket was great. The pork ribs were a little tough. It got very crowded and noisy and people at the bar kept bumping our table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finger Lickin'...
    FoodisLove
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Amazing BBQ in an awesome setting. The atmosphere feels like a country barn got reappointed with 5-star flare. Comfort and country meets contemporary southern cuisine. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Varied tastes good prices
    EcravengreenVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Really enjoyed the sides. Very distinct flavors and wide range of options to compliment the BBQ meats. Prices excellent for good size servings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Francisco's version of BBQ
    Jean
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food was good, but it definitely was the weirdest BBQ experience I've ever had. I've lived in the all around the south, and I've never, ever had food like that. Who puts BBQ sauce on collard greens? And Brisket isn't supposed to come in a slab. It should be sliced or chopped. The baked potato was really small. But the Hush Puppies were really good. I guess I'd call it what someone who's never been to a real southern BBQ joint might think BBQ was if they heard it described.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good bbq in the mission
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Really good find in the misison with good sized protions and prices. Nice bar also ifyou just want to grab a drinkl
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cold but filling
    lucky
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    On a not-to-cold evening we ate with our coats on as it was so cold inside. The BBQ meat was tender and the sides very so-so. Perhaps this venue is more appealing to a younger set, but we over 50 will pass on it next time. As with many SF restaurants, the noise level kept getting louder by the minute. It must work for some, as they have been open for some time I was told.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never to late to write a review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    I came here a while ago, and forgot to let you know how fantastic our time was. Thanks for the good time, Southpaw. I look forward to meeting again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great BBQ
    evsnm
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I had the beef brisket with braised southern greens and hoppin’ john/skippin’ jenny (black-eyed peas with rice). Everything was great. The brisket had three choices: lean, something I didn't understand, and something else I didn't understand (the place is noisy). The waitress told me the middle choice was the best, so I went for it. However, it had too much fat. So I'd recommend the lean. Even so it was still very tasty. The sauce that came with it was good too. Their brewing equipment was broken, so I couldn't have any of their beer that is brewed on site. Instead I had a Headlands double IPA, which I was told was made by the South Paw brewer. It was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks!
    YumYum
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    This was my second time dining here, and SouthPaw delivered once again. They added some new shared plates on the menu, which were a hit in my book. Who can say no to bone marrow? Loved all the sides, especially the greens and fried pickles. Servers were attentive, and the drinks were strong. Will definitely be recommending this place to everyone.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No good BBQ in SF? Ridiculous!
    KenH
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Huge portions, excellent tastes! The sides are very good, I especially likes the kale. The brisket was awesome (not too fatty, not too lean) which I preferred to the pork. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual bbq joint
    bello
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Mix of Southern and bbq, great for groups to grab drinks and light bites. Fun casual atmosphere -- definitely would return with friends again.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but costly
    YumYum
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Overall I walked away feeling that the food was mediocre for the price. I had the brisket, which was good but I wish it were a little more savory. It came with hush puppies and 2 sides. Hush puppies were a little dry and some of the sides are much better tasting than the others, so choose wisely. You do get large portions which is great. And the table service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ AT IT'S BEST
    Mack
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Great modern BBQ, excellent waitstaff, fine beer selection, and massive bourbon selection. Good for groups up to about 10 - make reservations. Casual dining at it's best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ
    HimCanineEqualizerVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    The food was awesome and original. Things keep popping up on the menu that you don't see anywhere else and the place tortures you with good food. I was so full, but I desperately wanted to keep eating so I could continue to enjoy the amazing flavors. During this last visit we had the brisket, fried chicken, duck fat potatoes, okra, mac n cheese, brussel sprouts- I can't even remember what else we all got, but we couldn't have enough of it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great southern food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    My husband and I love BBQ and southern food. This place was great. Good selections of whiskey and bourbon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate