Hardwood Bar & Smokery

4.2
64 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 64 people are saying
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience2

We chose to go here because of the menu linked on OpenTable. Was very disappointed to show up and the menu is 100% different and had nothing I could eat. Very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The first time dining at Hardwood the food and service was excellent. Thank You Sarah He!

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vipRipleyandGriffysDad
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for last minute dinner with husband, had never been there but curious as good BBQ is rare in the city. We were not disappointed. The smoked brisket and grilled Hawaiian chicken were superb. The Mac salad side, potato salad and even the Cole slaw, all delish sides. But that brisket…just the right amount of peppery salty bark and fat.

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vipNounrealisticexpectations
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff could not have been more accommodating as it was a chilly night and we are still more comfortable eating outside. They were quick to clean and set plug in lights in their covered outdoor area as it was a cold Monday night.
The brisket and pulled pork was amazing as well as the sides. We did a combo for our group and added some sides. Plus, the hand pies for dessert were the perfect finish. Thank you

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CSR4280
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bc of COVID, windows were open, making it a little chilly during the meal but understood why. Would like the chicken wings with a little more spice and salt for an extra kick. Would also like the ranch dip with more kick or else have a blue cheese dip. Otherwise it was overall delicious.

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BBQEater
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The staff were welcoming, but the food isn't great. The brisket was fatty, and I didn't like the BBQ sauce. The worst part was that the food came out warm, not hot. Also the portion sizes for the sides aren't equal. The side salad was also soggy. The best part of this peace is the staff.

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StephenS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

It was good going with 2 couples, and because we were practically the only people there, it was quiet and we could converse without raising our voices. However, the food was not good, especially the brisket chili.

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kayak
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific find before a chase concert.
Will certainly return

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ShelbyS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation and arrived to no available tables, the place packed wall to wall, and waited for 20 minutes without being able to talk to a single employee before we gave up and decided to leave.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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Thom
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The pulled pork and brisket were really good, the pork ribs was the star of the show.
The chicken was dry but had a nice crispy skin.
Really would have liked some cornbread, didn't see any on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped here after CCSF Football game. Staff was great! Food was great! Place was great! We will definitely stop in again. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. We will visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best BBQ spots in the city!

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vipEmjay
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Brisket was melt in your mouth delish with a slight sweetness in the crust. St Louis ribs had the right chew and were almost “fall off the bone”. Mac salad was our best side dish. Price was prohibitive for frequent visits, however. Metal stools weren’t very comfy. Overall the food was the star here.

LJ
LadonJ
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good atmosphere, I'm from Florida so I enjoyed something similar to home

KC
KathrynC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! We had a full slab of ribs with sides of the mac salad and cole slaw.
My friend had $5. margaritas, Tuesday night special, and I had a paper plane coctail.
Everything was outstanding. I loved the guy behind the bar who served us!
I'm not an expert on barbeque .... I just know what I like. I can't wait to go back. The ribs were not too fatty with amazing taste. Like I said....I WILL BE BACK!!

RD
vipRachaelD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fabulous food and environment for our family gathering. Will surely return next time I'm in the area. Those dry fried wings are top notch !!

DR
DonnaR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, decent service, loud noise level. It’s not cheap, but the food is worth the price- as a treat every now and again.

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viptjt1
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Read review as one of top BBQ in SF. Food was pretty good, but I was not blown away. Had better. Definitely more bar than restaurant. Cocktail I ordered sounded fancy. But was small, weak and not notable. Passable but not great.

JS
vipJohnS
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place... Great game day atmosphere... Ruby and Sarah rocked it!!!!

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vipCitizenSF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for beer and a bite! Best brisket and coleslaw anywhere.

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty good bbq. Not the best I've had but pretty good. Their own beer is good, recommend it if you like a blonde.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Group meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We didn't go to watch a game, so our fault if we wanted to be able to have a conversation. Had a great view of several TV's and for a Saturday it was clam.

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alexik
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

it was overall very delicious but the biggest issue was the noise level

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent as was the service. The smoked brisket and the smoked spicy beef links were delicious. Some of the best smoked meats I have eaten. I liked the decor. The only real problem was the cold. The restaurant, in early November was cold. All patrons and even the waitstaff were wearing jackets.

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BreJ
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

spicy chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries are great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good brisket plate. Curly fries outstanding. Nice spot with excellent service. Recommended

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vipNancy
Poconos
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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KGoett
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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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vipLeca
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

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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Leona
Dusseldorf Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We watched one of the nba finals game here and the atmosphere was great. Super food and drinks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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vipLeca
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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flamingflave
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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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LisaM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

FAQs

Hardwood Bar & Smokery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 796-2437.

Hardwood Bar & Smokery is rated 4.2 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.