International Smoke San Francisco

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1317 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for making us happy with such an amazing food!

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

The food was great. The service was great. Very friendly servers. Nice atmosphere. Overall I loved it. I will be going back again.
- Tash

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

Our dinner was awesome!

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JK
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I was excited to try International Smoke, as I had heard rave reviews about it, unfortunately it did not live up to the hype. We arrived early for our reservation, checked in and went to the bar to enjoy a drink while we waited for our table. The bartenders are not friendly, they engage in very limited conversation with their guests, didn’t recommend anything to us. They were not slammed busy, and there were more than enough bartenders to be able to converse with their guests. While sitting at the bar we kept feeling a draft of cold air come in, and realized that the front door was continually left open, and assumed the door was broken. This was during the unusually cold weather this past week in the city, so it made for a bit of uncomfortableness. When our table was ready, they took us into the dining room which was very cute- great ambience, loved the way it was set up. However, it was beyond cold in there. We asked to be seated at a high top in the bar area, even with the broken front door situation it was still better than the cold felt in the dining area. We were greeted by our waiter-who observes we still had our drinks from the bar, offered some suggestions at our request on the menu. The food does not all come out together, we ordered Ribs, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Corn Bread to start with. The corn bread was the starter-it was good, but not warm enough. The Brussels sprouts cane out next, it would have been good to have them as our side with the ribs which is what they were-but if we would have waited they would have been cold. They were very flavorful, although some not fully cooked. Ribs and Sweet potatoes were also good. Ribs seemed a bit over cooked, the meat was not falling off the bone. Overall, good was good, full of flavorful just needed to work on timing on dishes and watch the timing of how long the ribs are cooking.
Server never offered another cocktail. We had a later reservation, felt as if our service reflected that.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As soon as you walk in, it’s a great vibe! Food was fantastic. Music was awesome.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration

1st timers

Volume in the room was a bit louder than I’m use to, but could tell other tables conversing were enjoying themselves.

Note: I guess the restaurant workflow is the server boxes up leftovers....

I requested a box, and our server offered to box it for me. I informed him that I wanted to box it up myself.

Instead of saying ok, he actually asked me why......🤔 [I didn’t think I needed to inform him, but did anyway]. 🙄

I was concerned where the food would be taken to box, and it is my personal preference, which should have been sufficient of an answer.

Any who, I was able to box my own food, and my cousin had hers boxed by the server.

Dinner and experience ✅ off in my book.

Peace.

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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, good looking place, and attentive and competent servce

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

Loved the vibe of the restaurant and the staff was great but prices are too expensive!

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

Spent our 15 year anniversary at International Smoke. I told the staff ahead of time and we arrived with a very nice personal anniversary card. My wife has an allergy to gluten so our waitress "Ashley" made sure our entire menu was specifically gluten free for my wife to enjoy. Every food runner who delivered food to our table always ensured us that the chef absolutely made the dish gluten free for her to enjoy. It felt like we had a personalized menu just for us. Excellent service, food and experience for our anniversary. Well done to the entire staff...Definitely will be back.

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

It was our date night and was excited to try the place and it did not disappoint at all. The drinks we great we had mai tais served in spam cans which were cute. We had the cornbread and asked for the sauce on the side in case I didn’t like it and they were great to accommodate me. They also serve bbq chips with a dipping sauce and I don’t usually like bbq chips but these were so fresh and seasoned exceptionally well that we asked for seconds. My hubby ordered the American style ribs which he absolutely loved and I ordered the surf and turf and the surf was good but they definitely could have given a little bit more. Overall it was a great experience and can’t wait to go back to try some other things on the menu. I will say the seating for two is a really small seat with no space for your jacket or purse.

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RJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We did the tasting menu, huge portions for two people, good value for amount of food. Enjoyed most of what they served, seems like they're still figuring some things out but overall very enjoyable experience.

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

My wife and I had our V-Day dinner here and it was amazing. The only thing was we saved the last serving of meat since we were so full and it never made it into our togo bag. Aside from someone walking off with my delicious leftovers, we thoroughly enjoyed the dinner (and will be back again soon).

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WP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food here was excellent. My husband and I shared the truffle Caesar and cornbread. For entrees, my husband ordered the ribs, and I got the salmon. Both were prepared very nicely. For sides we ordered the Brussels and Mac and Cheese which were both very tasty. You should order both, you will not be disappointed!! Unfortunately, the service did not match the quality of the food, and we were left waiting around for a very long time. It would have been a five star experience if our waitress was a little more attentive.

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

We were seated in their Atrium / overflow / event space, which wasn't the same ambience as the regular restaurant.

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TO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I mainly ordered from the appetizer & sides menu, since we heard that the entrees were just OK. We ordered the duck legs (pretty good), cornbread (pretty good), rib tip mac & cheese (just an average mac & cheese), brussel sprouts (pretty good), truffle fries (pretty good), and the sesame gochujang ribs (pretty good). Service was great. The complimentary homemade BBQ chips were good too!

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

Service was great, food was delicious we had ribs, roasted Brussel sprouts, and Mac and cheese.

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

I like visiting IS to treat myself and friends and will visit every other month.

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

Excellent. Like always.

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ST
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was as good as advertised. Bar service is slow, but the overall wait staff was good.

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

Food is average but nothing to write home about. Drinks were ok but not outstanding and the price is what you expect for FiDi. Nice to check it off the list but there are better options.

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EG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is rare that when u go to a restaurant EVERYTHING is good we were very happy to celebrate our Valentines Day & Anniversary there 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾😊

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

The staff was absolutely amazing. We had reservations for 9pm for Valentine’s Day dinner and although I checked in on time, my party was running late due to parking issues and the hostess was very understanding and was still able to accommodate us and actually sat us at one of their best tables. It was our first time dining there and the whole experience was great and the food was amazing! Definitely recommending the restaurant to our friends and family!

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JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s very enclosed, but food and service was great. Very pricey but portions are very decent so you definitely don’t feel like you got jipped. Overall, it was a great experience, and I will come back.

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SB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant especially if you have friends in town visiting. The hostess staff will do their best to take care of you.

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TS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Valentine’s Day dinner! The steak for two was a great option. I wish the seafood platter had more portions to it but still delicious.

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CJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Definitely glad I got to to try the food for myself. The Cod and the chicken were juicy.

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C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was filling . Appetizers and entrees was so delicious and rich no room for dessert. Lol

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I truly enjoyed ourselves the food was amazing the service was amazing and we will make an effort to come back and enjoy this restaurant again!!

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W
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and good cocktails- just being sat, even with a reservation, took a long time.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We waited 30-45mins for the server to take our orders and the same for the food to get served. The ambiance is nice, it was a little bit loud but the food was superb! The salmon was amazing!! We will definitely come back when we visit SF again. I had the best birthday dinner in International smoke so far! Thank you!

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HK
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really excellent meat tender ribs and yummy warm cornbread and good mac ‘n cheese. The mai tai’s were tasty too. Service was outstanding - speedy and friendly even at prime busy lunch time. I was very impressed and that is a rarity for me regarding San Francisco restaurants.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience the food was delicious... place is a little small tables too close from each other and too small for big plates... but I will totally comeback 🙂

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

International Smoke is an excellent casual restaurant. I had the business lunch: wedge salad, ribs, and a chocolate chip cookie. The food was excellent. As was the service. The ribs were among, if not the best ribs I have ever had. Slightly spicy, a little sweet and fall off the bone tender.

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RP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and tasty drinks! A bit pricey, however.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner with friends. The menu was broad enough to accommodate everyone's tastes and the food was exceptional. We'll definitely be back. Go Dubs, and Ayesha!!!

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LC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great, service excellent but with a $200 tab for 2 people it was quite annoying to have to pay for a coca cola refill.

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We enjoyed our visit. We expected a a warmer atmosphere. Food was good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I have been wanting to dine at International Smoke SF for quite while. I/we must say, everything was superb! The vibe was great, seafood platter was AMAZING & dessert was worth it lol!

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the dessert! And the drinks, food was also good but want to try more off the menu.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I read about 40 reviews, which ranged. We went with a party of six. Seafood platter for $92- lobster excellent, Shrimp lite char good, oysters and crab okay, a good dish for 2-3 people and duck legs were surprisingly tasty. The American ribs tender with a light smoke, steak juicy, grilled mushrooms, and salmon were all good. everyone said they would come agsin.

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