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About Southpaw BBQ
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
San Francisco, CA 94110
Barbecue, Southern, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M, W-F 5:00pm-10:30pm
Dinner: Sa-Su 3:00pm-10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Hoff Garage (Hoff b/tw 16th & 17th)
Mission & 18th: Bus Lines 33,49
Mission & 16th: Bus Lines (14,22,49), MUNI, BART
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
Southpaw BBQ Ratings and Reviews
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Went with my wife and daughters for a Beer Week event, and we were blown away by the quality of the meat. We've done the whole 4505/Smokin' Warehouse/Gorilla circuit and love them all, but Southpaw was memorable -- especially the brisket and the back ribs. I don't normally favor Carolina-style sauce but Southpaw's was just right. Attentive service on a busy hectic night, a friendly vibe, lively but not painfully noisy, and a great beer selection. We'll try the cocktails and desserts next time, but, hey, it was Beer Week.
We gave Southpaw a try after having been a few years ago. Overall I like the space and they have a phenomenal whiskey list and good beers. The ribs were great, their chicken was slightly above average and their brisket was not good. Their brisket was dry (and had the mix of fatty/lean) and tasted/resembled roast beef vs. brisket.
I realize good BBQ is hard to find in California, and while it's fine in a pinch, for the price it misses the mark.
Excellent, traditional, North Carolina BBQ - best pulled pork in SF! It's also surprisingly vegan friendly and the pulled jackfruit and pulled seitan are delicious. The biggest seller for me is a toss up between the HUGE whiskey selection and the service. They are both top-notch.
The barbecue here is outstanding, as are the fun side dishes, particularly the bacon/cheese grit cake and the tater tots made with sweet potatoes. I ordered the half chicken, which was delicious, but the clear winner is the brisket--tender, smoky, and yummy--which some others at our table ordered. Table is stocked with four different kinds of BBQ sauce, all of them very good.
Only complaint is the location. Not on the best block on Mission, but worth braving the sketchy neighborhood for the food. Highly recommend.
Drinks are great, and the deviled eggs are amazing. I've been here a few times and each time I hope that the BBQ will be amazing. It's just OK... so as much as I want to go back over and over, I imagine I'll find myself searching out other BBQ spots in the future before returning here.
Some of the best Carolina BBQ that I've ever had. In a word, legit. The ribs and brisket are not to be missed. If you can get the pork tacos, don't hesitate. Drinks are also superior. More whiskers available than there are days in the year. Great vibe, great service and a dedication to excellence. Not to be missed! At last, San Francisco has true BBQ!
Not impressed with the brisket, which is what the waitress recomnended. Seemed dry and not very flavorful. Replaced the brisket with the chicken, which was really good. Fantastic cheese grits and grilled broccoli/cauliflower. Cornbread is served cold and lacks taste.
Limited wine selection with less-than-decent wine glasses.
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