International Smoke San Francisco

4.5
1558 reviews
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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 - Tue 10:45AM - 11:45AM 2:00PM - 3:45PM

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Portland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration..

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good portions, strong flavor

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l
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A thoroughly enjoyable experience! Food was delicious, service was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food quality is definitely not $35 a plate quality. It's slightly better than a blue apron home meal. Drinks are also low quality and priced premium.

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CW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was good but overpriced. Expected a little extra.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Sunday meal. Fabulous menu with all delicious foods. Service was excellent. Nice ambience.

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SW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

There were some issues: Inattentice waitstaff, food that we kept having to ask about, that came out around 30 minutes after the rest of our food, ice cold food that had to be sent back, food that never came out at all, a special Easter menu that we were not informed about, incredibly expensive, skimpy plates, long wait for our check because our waiter disappeared..........Not a great first visit. HOWEVER, we will try them again because the manager made a great effort, at the end of our meal, to make things right. Hopefully the next time is much better.

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J
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Easter Brunch . The food was excellent except the flow and attitude of Assistant General and General Manager. There was a huge break between dinner and dessert and servers on break without communication to guests. I was very disappointed with the experience with my family .

I would like to be contacted by owners.

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

When we arrived we were greeted by our host who was very pleasant and had a great smile. Even though we arrived early we were immediately seated. The music was good and upbeat. Our server was great, personable and attentive. The food presentation, portions and taste were excellent.

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D
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The rib combo was very good, and tender, but wish the temperature of the ribs were warmer? Wedge salad good and corn bread needed more corn meal!

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved my dining experience here! My wife and I came here for Easter Brunch and were blown away by everything. The food was incredible, some of the best babyback ribs I have ever had, and the staff was even better. Everyone there was incredibly pleasant and eager to please. I would definitely recommend to anyone in the area.

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G
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I was so excited to get this reservation. I was so disappointed. The service was reprehensible. We were the first table to be seated, there were only two other tables seated when we ordered drinks. It took more than 15 minutes between the drink order and the drinks arriving. Sweet potatoes were delicious but cold. The seafood platter was an overpriced embarrassment. A couple of the ribs had very elegant flavor but others had the flavor and texture of Dickeys BBQ. This is the last place you should choose for brunch. 2-3 stars until you account for what they charge then you drop it to one star. Two people in the party had indigestion for 2 days. Look elsewhere certainly for brunch.

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

The perfect way and place to spend your Easter Sunday Brunch! The tropical mimosa is superb.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Drinks was good. Mac and cheese and chips where my favorite. The ribs were cool a little over priced. That’s because I come from the BBQ industry and had a BBQ restaurant. Definitely taste the smoke. Food came out very fast.

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JH
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good service and creative food. Very good overall.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Vito our busser was phenomenal! Will visit again. Great food and ambiance.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can you say delicious?! My boyfriend and I went to celebrate his birthday and we decided to get the Family Style Dinner. We added the seafood option and the oysters were so good!!! The description on the menu doesn’t serve them justice. There were so many courses! It let us try everything! I highly recommend getting it. We had food to take home, too. So good, we will be back!

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Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were impressed and did not expect to be. The food was so good that we would go back in a minute BUT IT WAS NOISY. The back ground music was so loud that we could not hear each other.

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KG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m so impressed with International Smoke! Tl;dr: come for the food, come back for the service.

I made an early lunch reservation just the morning of and denoted that it was my birthday. I was greeted with a happy birthday from the hostess and then a handwritten card on the table from the staff!

I then was greeted by our waiter with another birthday wish when we ordered. The cocktails are so yummy. I got a mai tai which literally comes in a spam can. A funny surprise!

We got the business price fix meal which had good choices for a fair price. Me and my friend enjoyed our different salads. For the entree, the ribs were so good!!! Best ribs I’ve ever had (don’t tell my dad). They’re a must try there.

Then, they gave me a ice cream cookie sandwich with a candle with international smoke written in powdered sugar.

To top it off, we got some food to go and they wrote “happy birthday” on the to go bag!

The food is great here and you honestly can’t go wrong with the cool atmosphere, but I’d like to call out the service. I made a late reservation and wasn’t expecting any recognition for the birthday. They went above and beyond with several people wishing me birthday and small touches. Thank you Ayesha and team for a great kickoff for my birthday weekend!

PS - my friend flew in and had a suitcase and they offered to check the bag as soon as we walked in!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cocktails were marginal- food was very good

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RT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The small plates were good, but the ribs were a little disappointing considering that the restaurant was supposed to specialize in grilled foods. Overall a little pricey for what you get.

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SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate a late lunch at International Smoke. The food was delicious and inventive. We had a grilled avocado and lentil dish, grilled shrimp presented on a banana leaf with charred lemon atop a bed of rock salt, and grilled mushrooms served plain with a tangy miso sauce on the side. All were appropriately smoky and not too charred. The shrimp could have used a kicker or a marinade so we used the miso sauce from the mushrooms to spice it up a bit. We followed that with a key lime parfait with graham cracker crumbles. Not too sweet, as key lime pudding sometimes is, and the graham cracker crumbles gave a nice crunch for texture. The service was attentive, as we had lunch very late and the restaurant was emptying. I wouldn’t eat there daily since the prices are a bit high, but it is definitely worth revisiting.

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

Celebrated our anniversary at International Smoke for lunch. They treated us to a glass of champagne and a lovely handwritten note. What a nice gesture!

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I've been here twice, and both times my seafood was overcooked. The Tom Kha Soup was delicious, but the rest of the meal was underwhelming.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome well worth it

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St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We unfortunately had a late reservation 9:45. Waitress was nice but never refilled water glasses. Food was good. We wanted to experience the restaurant being on vacation so it was okay

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Overpriced for what is served and there menu is very limited. Half the restaurant is cut off for VIP so in reality the restaurant is only half the size and the bar area is small. So basically all we could do is stand in the way of waiters passing by while we waited for our table and drinking our drinks.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it! Can’t wait to go back to San Fran just to eat there again.

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ND
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The service needs to inform customers that shellfish is in various dishes that one wouldn't expect (like cornbread and caesar salad) for some with allergies or religious reasons.

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CF
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is one that we want to try everything, go hungary

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RG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me & my friends ordered from the pre fixed menu & I enjoyed it all. I wasn't feeling the cod though, it was just a but under seasoned. But for the cost, well worth it. We also ordered the VAT of sangria. Sooooo yummmmmmy!!! Can't wait to go back

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KB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The staff was amazing!! We shared out dishes and individually I think the food is good. The flavors were strong and a little overwhelming. Favorites from the group: roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, fries and avocado salad. We also had the combo ribs and Korean rib plate.

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DI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Birthday Celebration. We started the evening off with happy hour, we want d to try avari ty of things in the menu, and Inernational Smoke did not disappoint. We wanted a larger portion of the ribs so we ordered from the regular menu. I loved the flexibility. The charred yams with brussprouts slaw was my kind of dish. I loved the moistness if the duck wings. The corn bread and Mac n cheese is a must. It was even better the next day. The surprise was even special for my birthday day. Applause.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were so impressed with the food and service. Our servers were knowledgeable and excited about the menu. The food was exceptionally good. The smoked burrata is served in such a cool way and it has created delicious memories. The ribs, vegetables and cornbread were all amazing.

The drinks were great and again the servers knew exactly what to suggest.

The front of the house hostesses were lovely - no attitude. Just friendly and accommodating.

Thanks for such a special evening.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

RN74 was a better restaurant. This tries to be a barbecue place, and the ribs were great, but the other stuff was ok and overpriced. Steaks were just so-so, branzino was good, but Kokkari is better. The cornbread was good, but nothing special. Seemed like a restaurant trying to be some high end barbecue, but fell short.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and ambiance was nice, though I found it a bit pricey. I would go back though and maybe catch some of the warriors dining in😄

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great!

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had the cod with mushroom fried rice, it was dry, but the rest of our meal was amazing.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We've had a nice time overall - but the food was not particularly special. Nice, but nothing different.

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AV
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The chipotle chicken was overcooked and suffered from too much condiments. The ribs were good. Food is overpriced here. It’s not a place for a group dinner since you cannot hear one another . Service is lousy. We waited over 1/2 hour for a reservation. We did not get the oysters we ordered for appetizers. And there was a drink that never came.

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