Wexler's
Wexler's
  • Address:
    568 Sacramento Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Barbecue
    Price: $30 and under

Wexler's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wexlerssf.com/
  • Phone: 4159830102
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; We offer a limited number of lunch reservations, the rest is first come, first serve. Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 6:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Charlie Kleinman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Matthew Wexler (415) 983-0102
  • Special Events: We are able to create a custom special evening for and your guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Montgomery
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet and Self Parking Available for all Dinner Guests.
A word from Wexler's
Wexler's serves a delicious menu of New American BBQ in an intimate, rustic-chic spot situated in the city's Financial District. Using a California farm to table approach, Executive Chef Charlie Kleinman puts a tasty new spin on tradition by pulling inspiration from various regional BBQ styles and creating unique new dishes using California's bounty of fresh, artisanal ingredients. You will find smoked meats flavored with house made dry rubs alongside dishes driven by the freshest produce Chef Kleinman can find. From smoking our own chilies to making our own onion powder, Wexler's is committed to using and creating the best ingredients. A strong lineup of American beverages (American cocktails, beer, and wine) complement the flavors of the food.
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Wexler's reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (15)special occasion (12)good for groups (7)romantic (7)hot spot (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wexler's is a hidden gem: innovative cocktails, cool decor, snappy service, and utterly delicious food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mediocre
    SuzlC
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The hype does not pay off frankly. Maybe once in the past.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cute and cosy
    nelc
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A boutique little gem offering gourmet food in a chilled setting with perfect service. Something for everyone and the food is divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-theater dinner
    reviewer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Chose Wexler's for a pre-theater dinner -- we would definitely go back. We started with splitting a nice, fresh salad. I had the chicken, absolutely delicious -- very tasty, perfectly cooked. Pork special was also very good. Wait staff was attentive, but not overly so. Ended the dinner with French press coffee and warm peach pie. Really, really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ it up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I had to two different BBQ options and enjoyed them both (short ribs and pork plate). We really Enjoyed the favors. The real star for me was dessert-roasted peach pie. Yum.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    Nyrose
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was delicious, unique and impeccably prepared. every bite was excellent. I had the plate of pork and the pork loin was very moist and tender. The ribs we're some of the best I ever had and the grits... Yum. Don't skip dessert. the pies were light, not too sweet and had great flavor. at least share a piece for the table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was outstanding. Very warm without being intrusive. My daughter ordered a salad and I was brought a plate to share without having to ask. Food was delicious! Salad was crisp and cold, dressing perfectly balanced. Very tender smoky short ribs over snap peas and wonderful mashed potatoes. Pickled carrots in top a nice pop of flavor. Other entree was vegetarian: whole smoked eggplant with farro. Was very good. Finished with banana cream pie. Generous portion and very fresh tasting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a barbecue restaurant
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It seemed that half of the menu on their website was not actually available in the restaurant but perhaps that was a good thing since the food was not that impressive. There was nothing barbecue about the smoked short rib - very little sauce and pretentious "mashed potatoes", more like a puree. We also ordered the smoked salmon, again not a hint of smoke, it was actually served raw. The portions were very small for the price paid. Moreover, the desserts were just awful. I was really excited for the banana cream pie but it was saltier than the main courses. We also tried the grasshopper pie, which tasted vaguely of fennel. If you want an intimate experience, this is the place for you; the tables are very close together. I won't be back.
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  • Just a great place to eat..
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food is always very good, and you will not find a better Banana Cream Pie in town. The wait staff is also very fun and friendly which adds to the enjoyable dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    What a great little place! The small menu made me nervous, but everything was so good. It was the quality of the food. Every single thing was great. We had the salmon and the Plate of Pork...seriously wonderful. Service was good too. Did feel rushed or ignored. Just a couple of people running the place and did it very well. I love finding nice surprises like this. I'll go back. Pie was good too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wexler is a gem
    MikeSFVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We've been several times and have never been disappointed. The food is innovative barbecue which is a sort of best blend of both. Berbecue without grease and sloppy sauce (nothing generally wrong with that though!) and innovation without being precious (there is something wrong with precious food!). Service is attentive and professional. Oh, and they serve a very decent drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dinner
    Climbingchris
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I had a great first time experience at Wexler's on a romantic date. Everything was well-executed and presented beautifully. The server was gracious and personable. Overall I found Wexler's to be a great value given the quality of the drinks, food and service. The intimate atmosphere (smaller dining room) made this an ideal date location, although I could imagine that it would be a lot noisier/busier on Fridays /Saturdays nights. I look forward to going back to try the other entrees - we had the halibut and chicken breast, which were both great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back...
    HarveyClanVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our second experience at Wexler's and once again, it did not disappoint! We brought friends who also added Wexler's to their "best of" list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch option
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Good lunch options and small plates. Nice presentation. A bit of a hipster crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised - In a Great Way!
    SFood
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I made a reservation needing somewhere near work and last minute. Given the general bar for a restaurant to survive in this city I knew the food would be fine, but we were pleasantly surprised - it's definitely somewhere we'd go back to! The pork chop was unbelievable! It definitely to deserves to be more crowded than it was the night we were there. The only downside for me was the décor - it was a bit too cold/sparse and industrial for my taste, especially given that their food felt like upscale comfort food (homemade pie and BBQ).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 511 reviews are from the Wexler's reviews archive.
  • Great for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Perfect sandwich to keep you going for the rest of the workday!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Long Wait
    NM20104
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I'm a big fan of Wexler's -- and so are a lot of people. Why? The food is GREAT and the ambiance is very cool. But because it's so popular, there are decent wait times to get a table (even if you have a reservation). And the food comes out pretty slowly. Worth the wait, but something to be mindful of when heading here.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Went for lunch and the ambiance and food was great, but it was way too loud to have a conversation. Very full crowd for lunch time so I can't say if the loudness was due to bad acoustics of the establishment or too many loud talkers. I can say is that I wasn't able to hear my neighbors and we were intimately sat. Had the flounder sandwich and nothing spectacular. Fish was bread and deep fried, but was bland. Sauce on the bread was good. The cabbage cole slaw was on of the best I had!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wild flounder sandwich*****
    quietdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great fish sandwich-interesting menu but I keep going back to the great wild flounder sandwich.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had the po boy and the
    LPBzy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We had the po boy and the chicken-fried portobello sandwiches. Both were amazing. Nice place for a late lunch to catch up with a friend. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a good table, near
    Linda
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We had a good table, near the door, with no one on one side of us. We started with Shrimp Hushpuppies and Scotch Eggs. As usual, the food here is beautifully prepared with utmost care given to taste and balance. We were delighted with the starters. Main: Plate of Pork and Green Olive Crusted Black Cod. The pork turned out to be a beautiful rib chop on a bed of pearl barley. Cod was served on a bed of melted cabbage. Both main courses were cooked perfectly and the portion size was just right. Everything we had was underplayed with a lovely smoky flavor. But we decided to go elsewhere for dessert. One caution: when someone asks you to make a specific drink, don't "fix it", just fix it. Overall, a wonderful evening (in spite of noise level)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Expected!
    madison
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We were going to a nearby comedy club and searched for a restaurant nearby. Little did we know how fantastic Wexler's would be! It's small with contemporary décor. The staff was friendly, attentive and fun. We had the Scotch egg appetizer and really liked it. But the main courses were truly spectacular. The menu changes, but we had the smoked chicken and pork chop. Both were over top fantastic! After the show, we returned for dessert and were still delighted with our choices. We had the bourbon banana pie and the pumpkin toffee pie. The staff immediately recognized us when we came back and treated us super well. We hope to visit SF again before too long and will definitely go back to Wexlers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    SaylorsVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Wexlers has the most amazing vegetarian food, which is pretty unusual for a BBQ joint! Had a lovely work lunch there, the food was delicious and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We all loved our appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We all loved our appetizers (the scotch eggs are divine, salads flavorful) and main courses -- the pork plate was a big hit, succulent and smoky. The kitchen's fish dishes are also excellent. The bartender's hand is subtle and skilled; my rolls royce was delicious. The desserts could use some work. The bourbon banana cream pie has no custard, just whipped cream and bananas with a little caramel on top, and no one could taste the bourbon. I loved the port-soaked cherries on my chocolate-smoked chili pie, but it was pretty much a slab of chocolate mousse. Delicious, but again, no one could taste the smoked chili. The excellent service was appreciated, with my mother's request for a substitution honored and responsive, friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very cold atmosphere
    ErikaVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We went there after watching "Check please" so we ordered cocktels, one was good and one was OK, we started talking to the owner who did not seem to want to talk to us and left. The watress was not in the warm mood, the food was supposed to be creative, but we can get this kind of food anywhere. Short ribs were tender but dry. Polk special was good. Dessert was very good. we will not go back, and we do not recommend this place. the tow big table were located by the door and we kept our jackets throughout our meal.
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  • FOOD IS TERRIBLE & THIS RESTAURANT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    FOOD IS TERRIBLE & THIS RESTAURANT HAS FOR SURE LOST ITS PASSION.
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  • Tasty sandwiches in fin'l district
    JohorVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Interesting spot for mid-week lunch in financial district. My group was seated at a table by the front that felt more connected with the street through the open door than the rest of the restaurant. Brussels Sprout sandwich a welcome creative touch. A bit nicer and pricier than other options in the area but would need to return before recommending.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not bad but not what we expected
    NorCalDiners
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very small inside and the tables are too close. Friendly service, dull atmosphere but the food was tasty. Not a BBQ place for the picky eaters or one looking for comfort food. As for the drinks you will not be disappointed :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trying a new twist on BBQ
    Sunnyfoodie
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Wexler's has comfortable romantic lighting and interesting art but not intimate for a couple on there first date -dining area is small and narrow. I would go back because of the dishes. We shared the ribs and salad and the wait staff was generous to split the portions on separate plates. The food was great, the mash potatoes were amazing, I kinda wanted more. We had to ask for bread and I'm glad I did because it went well with soaking up the juice on my plate. Drinks were both extremely experimental, gin and vodkas combined with smokey flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All six of our party really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    All six of our party really enjoyed our dinner at Wexler's. We loved to talk and linger at our meal, and the staff was exceptional in being attentive and seeming always to bring the next course when we were ready, never rushing us. Exceptional in the food and not to be missed were the bay shrimp hush puppies--perfectly spiced to hit the tongue in all the right places!--and the pear pie desert. While the short ribs didn't quite melt in your mouth (I've only experienced that once in my life), I also noted that everyone, including myself, cleaned their plate thoroughly! The mashed potatoes, vegetables, and sauce under the ribs tasted so good--again, exceptional spicing/flavor!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Good food, good service. Tight, noisy quarters. Menu options are limited, pricey, and meat-centric. But food (and cocktails) quality is there and the service quite nice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just right
    karlanres
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    A fresh take on old favorites. The grits were amazing.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've been to Wexlers many
    Bob68VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We've been to Wexlers many times and are never disappointed. Owner Matthew Wexler runs the bar and produces wonderful cocktails. The chef produces delicious food, moderate portions so you don't overeat. Dessert was also fine, especially the "inside out" root beer float -- vanilla soda with root bear ice cream! The room is small and full, mostly a young crowd.Having worked for years a block away, and seen several restaurants come and go in this space (next door to now Wayfare Tavern, formerly Rubicon), it's great to see Wexler's success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pulled Lamb Sandwich
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The pulled lamb sandwich was amazing! Second time I've been to Wexler's and both times was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noticed Wexlers on Check Please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Noticed Wexlers on Check Please and had to tiy it out. Food was excellent, unordinary and reasonable. Ambience is our style of enjoying. Well be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome dining place
    Lee01
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    If you want a place to enjoy some awesome food with wonderful atmosphere, go to Wexler's! The service was on point and the food was so delicious I would go back to enjoy some more "good eats".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Vesper Martinis & Smokey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Great Vesper Martinis & Smokey Manhattans. Hush puppies with shrimp were delicious. Short ribs were good...smoked cheddar grits were really good!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Other better places nearby
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Took my hipster son and husband to lunch last week at Wexler's. It was an uneven and uneventful lunch. Our waitress was very disengaged and difficult to flag down. In a sea of great lunch places, we will not return.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One Awesome Pork Chop!
    blastreach
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    I love to grill. I like to check out what other people and restaurants pull together. Wexler's has nailed it. Lightly smoked, perfectly cooked, sunchokes on the side, BAM! My wife's review of her dish was the same: the bomb. Our son had a hot dog. Not your average dog, mind you. I snuck a chip. Well, we battled for the rest of them. Light, flavorful, perfectly seasoned. Utter silence at the table for awhile (yes, with a 6-year old, silence). Because we were all so entranced with our foo. They have a food truck. We are going to follow it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High hopes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We were recommended this place by someone who made it seem awesome and unfortunately its only good in theory. The food was overall bland with the exception of the scotch egg. This type of food one expects big bold flavors that were missing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic