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For 2
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7:00 PM
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Southpaw BBQ

4.4
154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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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
What 154 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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sfcanuck (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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?

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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vipMMMM (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Horrible service. Food wasn’t bad, drinks seemed good - never had the chance to order a second. Had to fight to just get and pay the bill!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Food wasn't as good as my previous time at Southpaw. I had the pulled chicken--just okay--others had brisket, which they said was better. Sides and appetizers were pretty good. They really shine with the whiskey selection, and our server gave a great recommendation.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

Great spot for BBQ. Kids love the southpaw BBQ sauce. Good beers and cocktails too.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

They were able to take a reservation for our large party and accommodate one extra guest. Food was tasty and felt like a good value overall.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Southpaw is awesome. Great food, and great ambiance. Make sure to go with the pulled pork

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was excellent and staff was very accommodating. Drink suggestions were spot on. We traveled in from Connecticut to take our son out for dinner and were thrilled until the food came. I've eaten a fair amount of Bar-b-Que and have never had such fatty meats. The brisket was all fat and the ribs were half fat. Too bad because the place has great potential.

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vipMick (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

Great BBQ, good vibe place. Excellent cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

The ribs were amazing!!

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Nick (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

Easily one of the best BBQs in SF. I love the place and need to get the brisket every time. Good beer and good cocktails as well!

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Frenchfraulein (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Went to this place for the beer but the food was a fantastic surprise. Loved the grits! The brisket was tender and full of flavour. All four of us really enjoyed our food. The place is small and crowded but worth it because of the food. The service was excellent! Loved it and would highly recommend it for any meat eater that loves barbecue.

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vipkathy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

pulled pork very vinegary, but the brisket was great, so we're the sweet potato tots. huge whiskey selection,and lots of craft beers, great service but crowded on game days. nobody there but us mid afternoon

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kathyd (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Overall, it's a cool spot. They brew their own beer and have interesting signature cocktails. My son/husband had ribs mac/cheese, Bacon & Cheddar Grit Cake, baked beans. I the pulled pork, Garlic Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Tater-Tots. Corn bread came with all dishes and they didn't include any butter. Drinks all good; nice selection of signature cocktails. Service was kinda spotty but very nice staff. Expensive but you get a lot of food for the money.

Recommend: pulled pork, roasted veggies, tots, grit cake, baked beans
Do Not Recommend: ribs (fatty), mac/cheese (got a little nasty when cooled down)

We might go back, but 4505 has better quality ribs.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

Fun! Yummy for vegetarians with the sides & portobello mushroom BBQ.

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cambridge123 (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

The food is tasty, solid cocktail selection, beer on tap including some quite nice house brew. It is a good place for casual catching up with friends. Although it is a BBQ place, there are nice veg options as well. The manager is especially nice and recognized me only after one previous visit. I will definitely come here when I'm back in SF.

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jborth (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

It was a good experience overall. I was expecting more from the chicken wings, but the brisket was phenomenal . Hands down the best I've had.

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vipEddie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

The restaurant was busy for a Sunday night, but we did not have to wait to be seated. The host and our server were both kind and attentive. And the food was DEEEE-LICIOUS. I loved the baby back ribs and especially the bacon-cheddar grits cake. I'll be returning soon.

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vip1lucky13 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

I always love Southpaw, best cocktail ever- Safeword

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