Permanently Closed - Southpaw BBQ

4.5
191 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
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
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LisaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to enjoy an evening with your friends.

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NGB415
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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.

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TonyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

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

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SlashleyC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Yessica007
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty good bbq for the city

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LucyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NasaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

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JohnsonC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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BKTSanFrancisco
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NixRue
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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NovaK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipeanderson218
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipMissionMike
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipJodi
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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PatickMcDonnell
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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SFResident
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Wendel
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

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vipJodi
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious bbq! Generous portions for the price

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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

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lesleyt
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMeganH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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vipBrunchBiatch
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AllisonP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Early dinner after matinee at the Victoria theater.

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vipKarlaA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They make their own whiskey

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Greg
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Thinggaard75
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food overall good. Service great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience4

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

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sfcanuck
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DianaQ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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Permanently Closed - Southpaw BBQ offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 934-9300.

Permanently Closed - Southpaw BBQ is rated 4.5 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

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