International Smoke San Francisco

4.5
2510 Reviews
$30 and under
American
International Smoke San Francisco is the wildly popular collaboration between award-winning Chef Michael Mina and renowned restaurateur, chef, 2x NY Times best-selling cookbook author, philanthropist, television host and producer, and entrepreneur Ayesha Curry. Inspired by Curry and Mina’s shared love of global travels and international cooking techniques, International Smoke ignites a new spark of flavor and creativity focused on woodfired steaks, seafood, ribs, and vegetarian entrees to create flavorful dishes that are craveable worldwide.
Celebrating food as the heart of the community, International Smoke recognizes that fire is the start of all cooking and every country shares this culinary spark. At the center of the dining experience, the bar offers a community-driven atmosphere – creating a social space where guests can connect with friends over delicious food and drinks for a night to remember.


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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the tasting menu.

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Sharpie
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, can’t wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Great service and food was on point as well. The biscuits! Jesus! Dat buttah! Let’s goooo! Yeee for the bay puttin down some good food. Me and wifey had a blast! Shout out Chef Curry and Chef Mina y’all the goat.

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WillO
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was ‘good’. I expected ‘great’ from prices and name recognition.

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vipRobertC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Excellent bar. Great execution with server. Food was just okay. Highlight was the corn muffins. Downhill from there. Over rated and didn’t live up to the hype

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was good but a little pricey for what it was. For example, the Korean rib sauce was really tasty - sweet and a little spicy like I’d hoped - but the ribs themselves were firm and not nearly as tender as I sort of expected for a “smoke” house. Also, we were seated in a big open space that has no sound baffling whatsoever. I love a restaurant with “buzz” but this room just created a ton of “noise” that was really distracting. I might go back again and try something else on the menu, but I’d insist on being seated at the bar or what looked like the smaller, less chaos-noisy lounge area.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my birthday dinner and this was honestly the best dinner experience we’ve ever had! Everyone was very attentive and checked on us every couple of minutes. Signature food were out of this world. The combinations of flavors were delectable. Icing on the cake was birthday cake on the house! Will be back again next time we’re in SF!

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RoPoDan
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun find on an early Saturday night in July on open table! Everything impeccable: staff food, every bite of food. If there were less diners I would have licked the plates. Drinks were perfect, do not not get the corn muffins , they were the best ever and I am old school. All the way to the perfect cheesecake with strawberries.
We live in Sonoma County and will be back for this gem. Yea!

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vipTonyL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We had reservations at 930. Service was horrible. I understand we are some of the last parties being booked but we should be treated like someone who came in at 5:30. I felt we were being rushed out. We had a large party who were all excited to eat here but the service just ruined it for all.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impossible to find the restaurant.
Other than that 5 stars

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MichaelH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was the same level as an Outback or a Texas Roadhouse.
Incredibly disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Ribs were dry, meatless and overcooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We were seated in the Atrium which was extremely loud because of the high ceilings and glass. We ordered and appetizer and entrees. The appetizer came out fairly quickly, but we had to wait over an hour for our entree. It wasn’t our servers fault, they are just short-handed.

I would have preferred to sit inside the restaurant rather then the atrium. Also, the restaurant should only seat as many tables as they can reasonably serve given the limited staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Long story short: Tony Roma’s ribs are less bad and at least they are cheaper…
I should have figured out by the name of the place that it was purely commercial.
This is what happens when a good chef (Michael Mina) opens way too many restaurants around the globe.
Wrong market positioning (BTW, as a joint venture with Ayesha Curry, it’s no wonder their Houston location was short-lived; did they really think before opening it?)); hyper salty and sugary food; and the worst was the set up of the atrium, with a deafening noise level.
All wrong from A to Z unfortunately…

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Cynthia
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely birthday night out. We shared the rib trio, whipped potatoes and Brussels sprouts. All were great.

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vipPure4lyfe22
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

So I have been hearing mixture of years about this place so I thought I would check it out. We arrived at 6:50 and was told that our table will not be ready until seven which is perfectly fine. When we sat down we looked at the menu and we placed our order but were told to order everything as the kitchen was backed up so we did. We ordered two drinks two appetizers two entrées and that’s it. When we ordered some appetizers we were told that there was no shellfish or fish on the menu for tonight. That’s fine we ordered some thing else so we ordered the cornbread which was delicious! Since we ordered the Clocktower buns they also didn’t have those so we ordered the Thai coconut soup which was really really good. The trees we ordered was the filet mignon and the brisket and they both came out extremely salty and very cold. It almost seems like they made me earlier in the day and just added smoky flavor when it was time to serve. For the value of the meets at $52 each entrée I am very disappointed. For the value of the food and us not having enough service at the time and how much we paid is this place is really overrated.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for a date with a special someone. Service was outstanding. Food was amazing, not my ideal bbq but im from Texas so im bias. Overall outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was nice and food was amazing, try the Brisket it’s amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointed in the experience. The atrium where we were seated was loud and cold. Our cocktails came after we finished our appetizers (which were tasty and the best part of our meal.) The entrees were ok - nothing special. Burger was mediocre. Duck fat fries weren't crispy (isn't that the point of using duck fat?) Finished our dessert, then they brought a surprise birthday cake. Everything seemed off. Sorry, Ayesha. :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was Horrible. Disappointing really. I waited 2 months to come to this restaurant. And travelled from Virginia. Soup came AFTER everyone’s entree. One drink order taken…Other five dining guests not asked if they wanted a drink.

Milk Allergy reported. Waiter indicated he would substitute bread for lettuce wrap on burger. But dish still arrived on a bun.

Ayesha and Mina do better!! Not gonna tell my Virginian friends to come….just yet.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive, great food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We had a reservation set for a certain time. We still had to wait almost 45 minutes our table. Our server asked if we wanted drinks. We asked for water, Long Island and a margarita. Both tasted gross. They left us to bottles of water and was never filled again. We had a party of 9. We waited almost 2 hours for our food. When we got our food, it looked okay, but overall salty. The ribs did not fall off the bone. The duck fries tasted like regular garlic fries. The brisket, prime rib, Mac and cheese were ok. The crab fried rice had some some hard rice in there. The corn bread was was also hard. The reason why I am so vocal about this, is because I visited the San Diego location first. I was floored by their service and food. It was an amazing experience. The food was excellent. I give it an A+! This is why I wanted to bring my family to the San Francisco location to experience the same thing I did in San Diego.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is real BBQ and not what Californians think BBQ is. Reminds me of a high class smokehouse in Texas with a Korean fusion.

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vipEater
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was very unhappy with the maitre’d who told us we needed to wait for the majority of our party to arrive before being seated at the table (we were a party of 6 and the 2 of us were first to arrive). This was just a too obvious a ploy to get us to go to the adjoining bar to spend $ on drinks, IMO. We did not feel like a drink, so stayed around the counter. We are an older couple so after waiting about 5 mins it was now 5:45 and our reservation was for 5:45. I went to the counter again to ask to be seated at the table and she said no, the policy is for the complete party or the majority of the party to arrive. I just glared at her and went back to standing near the counter. About 5 mins later another couple arrived and we were seated. I don’t know if this is a set in concrete policy, but I do suggest to the restaurant, if such is the policy that they reconsider this policy, especially if the people waiting are elderly. (Admittedly, we eventually received corn muffins from the waiter who delivered them to our table. Thinking this was a mistake (he never said why we received these muffins, so when we were able to flag him down, he said they were complimentary as we had to wait so long for our table. That was a nice gesture, but again I already was not entirely happy being at this restaurant.).

The food was good. I loved the pork belly bao, the truffle Caesar and the duck fries. The snap peas and mushrooms were good. We ordered the pork ribs (nothing spectacular, a little dry); the Chilean sea bass (very good), and the chicken (just ok).

Service was must ok. The waiter was nice, but he seemed overwhelmed with the number of tables he was servicing. Many times I had to flag him down to get things. However, given restaurants are having a hard time getting good, experienced help, I totally understand and can not fault him or the restaurant for this.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Amazing team dinner after 18 months virtual!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Fathers Day.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Good recommendations from Cecilia. Had a well paced out dinner with good food. Really enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic updated menu. Amazing craft cocktails.

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vipKat65
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food & cocktails. Atrium seating is a bit loud & echos, which is no fun if one uses a hearing aid

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great dinner ! The Mac & cheese is excellent and the Brussels sprouts & ribs are very good !!! Large portions

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Great food and drinks. Really delivering an awesome experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!! I will book again for Father’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was truly fabulous! The Caesar Salad was the best ever, cornbread with delicious sauce on top always amazing, the ribs with the Asian sauce were so meaty and not fatty and super flavorful, the mac and cheese with truffles was over the top and the cheesecake (far from the usual) was really outstanding.

Our server was wonderful and very helpful in recommending dishes. Because of being short staffed because of not enough wait staff wanting to go back to work, made the usual outstanding dining experience frustrating at times. Not enough followup and bringing requested items when wanted.

I look forward to a more robust staff with more servers and bussers to be able to make the entire dining experience complete.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rebecca was an awesome server! Great experience!

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MichaelT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The waiter was friendly but came by every 2 minutes (literally) asking how was the drinks, and each dish…even before were able to taste them…very annoying. It was difficult to enjoy a relaxing meal out. It was a birthday dinner for my wife and the waiter said a chocolate cake was coming (complimentary)…waited 10 mins, no show, and left….waiter no where to be found, must be check on the other customers every 2 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!

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vipDauletbaevna
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Mediocre food, salty and bitter. Disappointed.

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You can order delivery directly from International Smoke San Francisco using the Order Online button. International Smoke San Francisco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 660-2656.

International Smoke San Francisco is rated 4.5 stars by 2510 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.