International Smoke San Francisco

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International Smoke, the wildly popular collaboration between Chef Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry is inspired by Curry’s love for healthy, delicious cooking and Mina’s enthusiasm for travel as well as preparing food over an open flame. International Smoke will showcase smoked and grilled foods in a fresh and bright way, combining proteins with local, seasonal produce.
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Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:15AM 2:00PM - 3:15PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:15AM

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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing! Definitely would recommend to everyone.

P
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary having dinner here. The lilikoi margarita to start was onolicious! And it came in. SPAM can.
We started with the chicken karaage and the kampachi sashimi ... delicious!!
My wife and I shared the Korean marinated shirt rib that was so delicious!
So full no room for dessert.
Great food and service.

JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food. The ribs are excellent.

l
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff and amazing food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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ED
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing I loved the truffle cheese salad. I’m definitely going back

J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We started with Michaels Mom’s falafel and hummus for an ap, it was super creamy and the small falafel were the best, crisp on outside and tender on the inside, served with crudités.
We each had the business lunch, mine was the kale salad, interesting and deliciously dressed, and the achiote sauced vegetables. My companion had the Ka Tom soup, which she said was wonderful, and the achiote sauced chicken, which was perfectly cooked, moist and flavorful.
The sauce was a rich blend of flavors and nicely spicy. The cookies which came with lunch were soft, tender and divine.
Service was superb, attentive without being intrusive.

JD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ribs, the lettuce in the lettuce cup app wasn’t big enough in proportion to the filling a little hard to eat , maybe butter lettuce would be better.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

LF
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party of 5 were I believe the last group to leave. We weren’t rushed at all, the staff was very lovely. After a day of hard work you’d assume they’d be tired but they were still very nice, social, and full of energy. The food was also very good, my steak was a little undercooked but the staff was on their feet when I mentioned it. They brought me back my steak and the night was pretty much perfect!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were so disappointed. It felt, and tasted, like a fancified version of Sauced. Service was great. Salmon was great. Cornbread, meh. Steak, meh. Especially for the price. Birthday dessert was so cheesy for such an expensive place. We ordered "molten lava cake" that was just dry chocolate cake with literally no "lava" inside. A $325 dinner for 3 people at the quality we got, completely not worth it. We won't be back.

CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i Was apprehensive to go here after reading all the lower reviews, but I thought it was great!

PM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food presentation was attractive, but with a few exceptions the food did not have much flavor. The fixed price option allowed us to try a variety of dishes, but it is expensive ($65 ea.)

JW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

International Smoke was a nice evening experience. My group was about to enjoy a family style meal which allowed for sufficient sampling of multiple dishes. I’d definitely recommend the tender, smoked ribs and macaroni and cheese!!! Don’t leave without sampling the homestyle cornbread. Thank

a
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Restaurant! Food is great

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the options at this divine restaurant are worth a try.

J
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience! Definitely coming back!

KJ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn’t sure what to expect but everything was great - food was so tasty and original, loved the drinks and the clever use of different cups for presentation. That was probably one of the best cornbreads and Caesar salads I’ve ever had, Korean ribs were tasty, moist and flavorful. Crab fried rice was very flavorful, loved the key lime pie for dessert. Honestly, really enjoyed everything about this experience and service was friendly and attentive. It was a tad loud, but not unreasonably so. Definitely worth a repeat visit!

JM
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was our first time at International Smoke. We will go back and try other dishes and I’m sure we will find some favorites but we are probably not going to be regulars mostly because the fare is not what we prefer. If you like sauces and complex dishes you should definitely give it a try. Everything we ordered was well prepared and presented. The service, when it came, was knowledgeable, friendly and professional but sometimes scarce. The stone fruit salad was especially good but the roasted cauliflower was drenched in a sauce that was too heavy for the dish. The cornbread was tasty but again, slathered in an aioli. Prices typical of popular SF restaurants.

LA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and really good happy hour prices. The cornbread was amazing and the oysters were to die for! The punch bowl will keep the drinks flowing. You can tell when it’s happy hour, the atmosphere is very full of professionals looking for a good time.

LW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had the most memorable anniversary dinner at International Smoke. The food was delicious and the service was even better! 10 stars if I could

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Ribs, the Key Lime Pie is amazing. Probably one of the best Key Lime Pies I have enjoyed!

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

2 parts of our order was wrong. When we were ready for the check it took a very long time

LS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Overall I did not enjoy the food, it was too salty and the chicken was bloody in the center which would be indicative of under cooked food. I would not go here again.

S
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had an early dinner there and the food was delicious. Unfortunately, our waitress was not very friendly and rushed us through the dinner even though we had asked for the dishes to come out in stages. The ribs were outstanding!

p
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in on a whim for a late lunch, and LOVED their BBQ sauce options for the ribs. The Korean sauce wasn't as spicy as I was hoping it would be, but very flavorful. Would definitely come back!

R
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum. The food is crazy good. Great spot for a business lunch.

NG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Their chef is outstanding - food is unbelievably tasty and presentation was very appealing. Service was fast and friendly. It is pricey though - we didn't order anything extravagant, no cocktails and it's still over $50/person, which is quite pricey for lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique flavors, great server, delicious drinks

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L
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we got exceeded expectations, we left incredibly full and extremely happy!
If you wanted to expand to Sydney, Australia I’d be your biggest fan!

International Smoke San Francisco
Responded on September 6, 2019

Dear Lucy, Thank you so much for your review! I am always so happy to hear when we are able to impress people who are visiting from out of the country. We are expanding fast, so you never know! Maybe we will see you abroad sometime in the future. In the meantime, next time you are in SF, come back to say hi! We would love to see you again. Best, Leilani Levig, General Manager.

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KE
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really like the restaurant, the only thing is that the place was really cold. I told the waiter about it but he did not respond back to me or gave me any option. My experience was a little ruined by this. But despite that, everything was good.

CL
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu and loved every dish. It was my friend’s first time there and she will be going back.

D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was fantastic and his recommendations were right on

R
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at International Smoke. The restaurant is lively with music playing, and an exciting place to eat with friends and family. The service staff is very friendly, attentive and welcoming. Our server, Carlos, deserves a high five. He was always checking on us. Our meals, the smoked St. Louis pork ribs, literally fell off the bone; as well as the Angus rib eye, was medium rare (perfect). We also enjoyed the crab fried rice, as our side, which was a treat and very flavorful. Ayesha's corn bread was a special treat for us, it literally melted in your mouth. To drink, we had red wine with our dinner; and a night cap to top off our dinner. Can't wait to come again.

L
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Employees were very nice and the food was spectacular

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Long wait but my wife and I waited and ate at the bar. It was cool.

O
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Time between drink and food orders was choppy
Great bartender.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Awful experience at International Smoke. I ordered the ribeye and was really looking forward to it.

WS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food. However, be ready for the prices and ordering everything a la carts.

MB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole dining experience was great, and food was delicious.

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