Hardwood Bar & Smokery

4.3
34 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Neighborhood Bar featuring Bay Area BBQ, Craft Beer, Cocktails & More
Come by and enjoy great food, great drinks, and great vibes!

Hardwood Bar & Smokery features Bay Area BBQ smoked over Northern California white oak and local almond wood.
A labor of love which has become a staple here at Hardwood.
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Poconos
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a group of 3 we ordered the sampler and were not disappointed by the quantity and quality of the platter which included brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken plus three different sauces on the side for dipping. We also tried the fried chicken sliders and were not disappointed. Reasonably priced too.

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KG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Was so happy to book this place for a work lunch to watch the Women’s World Cup.

The food was fantastic, staff nice as can be. It’s a bit annoying to have to leave your seat to go order beer, we drank less bc of it so I’m sure they see an impact on sales with self-serve.

The largest TV they have is a projector and it’s pretty crummy quality. All in all, the area lacks a good sports bar so with a few tweaks it could be great.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

The manager had the indencency to come ask for my name just to cancel my reservation right after I arrived. Never again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Car here for game 5 warriors vs raptors. Service and food were both great and energy level was up for the game!

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brisket ever. Also, great selection of beers and the bartenders make sure to create drinks accordingly to your taste. Big fan.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the sampler and added wings and sliders. Definitely hit the spot. Top it with the sundae for dessert. Under a bill for 3 with a beer each. Good deal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great. Drinks were on point. Most def going back. Best bbq in the Bay Area!!! Good job guys! #newfave

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for watching the game! They were very accommodating and our group had a good time.

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San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Afternoon in the Fashion Design Center Area is this great little sports bar curly, regular or sweet potato fry’s, coleslaw, etc. and very tasty, with two sides of sauce. They make their own craft Beer and Blond was my choice. Perfect combo with lunch. Our friend had the chicken wings that were very good. Street parking is horrible, but we managed to find a meter a block and half away, since the 2 lots were full & more expensive. We were quite happy & lucky to find one. Large TV screens displayed sports and although a bit noisy, we enjoyed our food & afternoon get together.

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

They get very busy. Takes a while to get drinks. Food not a problem.
Very loud. Have to talk over noise.

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WA
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Took a client here - SF doesn't have enough good BBQ places and this fills the void nicely. A little pricy, but the food justifies it.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was available when our party walked in. Multiple TV with the Warriors game on. Great beer selection and full bar. Food is really tasty

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LR
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently hosted a surprise party for my boyfriend at Hardwood. The staff was attentive, accommodating and friendly. The food was absolutely amazing (& I'm from the South) and the drinks were great. I would definitely recommend this place, especially for large groups!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was weird to have a reservation. It was a counter order experience at lunch. Super confusing!!!

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and a fun bar atmosphere! Food was good, and still an appropriate choice for a work lunch.

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WC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! This was our first visit and we will be back!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent BBQ and great bar atmosphere. Drinks were tasty and staff attentive and polite. Great place in my book!

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K
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fast, and our waitress was very friendly, efficient, and professional. The beef brisket and Dino Bone special were so tender and tasty! Also enjoyed the queso and spicy chicken sliders. Great dinner with friends at a reasonable price.

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CC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real delicious food and drinks!! Came here for lunch. You do need to order first and than you can sit down. I ordered the grilled chicken wings and they were amazing delicious. I also ordered the grilled chicken plate that came with salad and beans. The chicken was made perfect and delicious. I added some of the bbq they have. It does not come with it, so you do need to ask for it. The beans were on the sweeter side (beans were okay). It is pricey, but that's the going prices in the bay area. I will definately come back.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The ribs were tasty but quite expensive. Other food was fine but quite average and higher priced than similar food around town. Can't find any reason to go there again.
People there were enjoying their drinks and their friends, but for dining it's just not for us.

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CW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Very casual small restaurant/bar. The bbq was good and the vibe was chill. This place has a lot of tv’s playing sports and can get pretty loud. Def more of a sports bar.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great but it was very overpriced.

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G
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Hardwood is a solid neighborhood spot for drinks and barbecue. The service is very good. Tables aren't especially comfortable but they work fine in a bar setting. There are plenty of TVs if you come here to watch live sports.

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RD
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Their pork lumpia and queso are our favorite things to eat, along with the boozy slushies. They do run out of things sometimes. Service is always super friendly!

Tends to be pretty noisy, but we've been there during a Warriors playoff game and the Olympics. Most seating is at high tables or the bar, and there is not an accessible entrance - not an issue for us as we can carry the stroller up the stairs, but no clue how you'd enter if in a wheelchair.

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EC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious BBQ food at a good price and the service was professional and very friendly. A must go for BBQ.

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BA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us stopped in for a business lunch. Three of us had the chicken special, with BBQ chicken, black beans, salad and corn tortillas - delicious. The fourth person had the Hawaiian chicken plate (I think that's what it was called), delicious too. Order at the counter and they bring the food. Staff was friendly. Overall solid experience and we would all return.

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EH
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food delicious and the staff amazingly friendly, but they were so generous in donating 50% of their proceeds for Dining Out For Life. I will definitely be back!

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A
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Brisket is good but not as moist as I would prefer. No macaroni and cheese as a side!

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

We arrived at 6:45 on a Friday night, and the place was packed with a happy hour crowd. Incredibly loud. Their tables are situated in the middle of the action, and they're tall kiosk tables / pedestal tables. Ours was reserved, but it didn't matter. People kept putting their drinks down on our table and leaving their dirty glassware.

The food was decent and inexpensive, which was really the only positive. The house beer is terrible. Don't get that.

Our server disappeared after taking our order. A runner dropped the food at our table. After that, we had trouble getting service when we needed it. It took a long time to get anyone's attention to pay our check.

Seems like a fine place for a drink. Not a great place for a meal.

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h
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Found this place while on vacation in San Francisco. We had the brisket sliders and potato salad. Great food, bartender was a card, very entertaining.

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U
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We went here on a Thursday evening, about 9pm. This is more a bar with bbq food than a regular restaurant. We found it loud and the service was slow. The food portions are small, and the prices are high. They were out of the ribs, but for the price for 3-4 ribs, maybe it was a good thing. The flank steak was tough and not worth the $18. Three small taquitos are $8 and served in paper baskets. Very cheap feeling. $7 for nacho cheese sauce and a few chips? Outrageous. I would call this more "bbq tapas" than actual meals. We won't go here again, but if you're looking for a bar with bbq, this is the place for you.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and drinks! Love the ambiance , attentive friendly and help staff! Food was Delicious mega mule and hootie Hooo !!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Work dinner and drinking

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This secret gem in Design district had so many available tables on a Friday night! Service was super friendly and forgiving that my friends showed up at varying levels of West-Coast-lateness. I enjoyed the food a lot too, but wish they had some healthier options. Well, with BBQ, I don't deserve to have so many options anyways :)

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