Permanently Closed - Southpaw BBQ

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191 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Come in and appreciate North Carolina Style BBQ, house-brewed beer, well-crafted cocktails, and more than 100 whiskeys.

We proudly use humanely raised, all-natural, hormone-free & antibiotic-free meats & we smoke with local almond wood.

2016 Best BBQ - SF Weekly
2016 Best Cocktail - SF Weekly
2016 Best Whiskey Bars in San Francisco — Thrillist
2014 Best Barbeque Restaurants in America — Opentable
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Southern, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: M, W-F 5:00pm-10:30pm

Dinner: Sa-Su 3:00pm-10:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 934-9300
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Benjamin Thorne
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Catering
Southpaw’s delicious food & warm hospitality are a great addition to any office lunch, backyard gathering or wedding. OUR BAR, YOUR PARTY Nothing goes better with BBQ than beer & whiskey. Southpaw can bring our house-brewed beer, extensive whiskey selection and hand-crafted cocktails to any event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th St
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Parking details
Metered Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Hoff Garage (Hoff b/tw 16th & 17th)
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Public transit
Mission & 18th: Bus Lines 33,49
Mission & 16th: Bus Lines (14,22,49), MUNI, BART
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to enjoy an evening with your friends.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Probably a good thing that they’re going out of business. I have a long list of things that went wrong during my visit. Bummer.

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

As far as bbq goes its nothing special. Kinda mediocre at best. Great drinks and good service though.

SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails were great. Especially the SWEET TEA! dangerous it tastes so good. The food was awesome. Highly recommend the pulled pork, but everything looked delicious.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing mother day meal. Staff was so firemdyly and kind. So playful with our kids. Ribs off the

Y
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like this place location not my favorite. Nice staff and the food is hands down some of the best BBQ in SF.

OT
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pretty good bbq for the city

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb. Excellent. Generous portions and I loved how you can choose two mains and a couple of sides.

NR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

It's a little noisy inside so it might not be the best place to have a conversation. Food is great, temperature and taste and texture wise everything is perfect. The server seemed a little snobby but that could be just one server. Trendy crowd. Great location. Open late.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was overcooked and dry. BBQ sauce was okay. Cornbread didn't standout. The the world of BBQ there are better places. Good drinks and beers tho.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good BBQ, North Carolina style sauce and authentic southern sides. Great whiskey and bourbon selection.

BK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it and Southpaw was the perfect place for a low key, fun, yummy Valentine's day... :-)

NR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, happy hour prices meant we could eat lots for less, food was excellent! We had smoked wings, baby back ribs, cheddar grit cake, and cauliflower. Everything was excellent.

NK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was friendly and attentive. The restaurant had 4 varieties of hot sauces which were different types of heat and they were all very good. The portion sizes were also really big. We were told that a really hungry person would almost get through half a main entree. This was definitely the case.

e
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brisket is amazing and ribs are a great second choice. Shells and cheese or cheese grits are a must. Don't miss trying their beer because you cannot get it anywhere else.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Our first time going there and the BBQ was awesome! Service was spot on. Made great recommendations on food and cocktails. Will definitely go back!

M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered chicharones for starter and jackfruit sandwich. chicharones were fresh, served warm, larger, and tasted much better than their mass produced cousins. Jackfruit sandwich was another great pick. And as a first time order it proved to be an awesome substitute for meat based options. Even the meat eaters at the table liked it.

J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I really like the food and the cocktails here. I’ve been twice and will go again.

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A creative take on bbq with friendly staff and great cocktails.

SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Six of us with a vegetarian. Meat dishes were delicious. Shrimp and grits were done nicely. Vegetarian (not strict) went with several side dishes. Whiskey flight was fun. We will go back.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brisket was amazing! No need for a knife! It was like buttah!

W
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great, but food hit-and-miss. Brisket was the best meat item. Pulled pork was vinegary, and goat starter very greasy. Sides were good. I liked the ambiance and beers too, so if they up the food quality, this place will be a hit.

J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in the mood for BBQ and I’m not usually a big meat eater. I loved the cocktails and my husband and I shared the Brisket, fried chicken, grits, broccoli cauliflower, baked beans. It was all awesome and I’ll be coming again. Great service too!

OT
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious bbq! Generous portions for the price

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Good drinks, decent beer, fantastic brisket, and the fried pickles are amazing. Highly recommend.

l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every time! Great for meat eaters and vegetarians alike!

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Unnecessarily large portions so don't order one for yourself... get a group together to come and share! The food was good (not great), really tasty cocktails, and very friendly service.

BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Southpaw! We used to live in Texas so know good barbecue when we see it. Food is always delicious and the service is friendly. Perfect for a casual birthday get together with friends.

AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Early dinner after matinee at the Victoria theater.

KA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Supper yummy food. Something for everyone here! You gotta love that vinegar heavy Carolina style sauce, the spicy one is the best. I had brisket with baked beans and roasted broccoli and cauliflower. Everything was super yummy. The brisket fell apart before my fork even got under it, it was so tender. They let us try some of the “pulled” jackfruit and it was awesome. The beer was great. My husband raved about the grapefruit ipa. We will be back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at Southpaw BBQ. Great venue, great staff, great service, and great food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

They make their own whiskey

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal last night. Highly recommend the Southpaw sauce!!

G
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ in San Francisco, paws down. Favorite wings in the world.

T
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food overall good. Service great.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Everything took extremely long to come out of the kitchen but was delicious

s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I dunno. Food was very tasty - bigger than necessary portions. Service was amazing - I arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation; my husband had already finished an appetizer but our server was unphased and picked up the pace without making me feel rushed. The thing that is perhaps stopping me from racing about this place is the metal trays and decor - I couldn’t stop thinking I was eating at a KFC. Does down-home cooking have to mean downscale dining?

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome shrimp & grits! Phenomenal Carolina sauce and the pulled chicken is incredible.

DQ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great meal, great drinks, great service. Really helpful to have had a reservation. Definitely recommend!

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