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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

2170 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Southern, American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: M, W-F 5:00pm-10:30pm

Dinner: Sa-Su 3:00pm-10:30pm

Cross Street:
18th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 934-9300

Website:
http://www.southpawbbqsf.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Metered Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Hoff Garage (Hoff b/tw 16th & 17th)

Public Transit:
Mission & 18th: Bus Lines 33,49
Mission & 16th: Bus Lines (14,22,49), MUNI, BART

Executive Chef:
Benjamin Thorne

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

Southpaw BBQ Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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Healthy (1)
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People Watching (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Live Sports, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great BBQ, good vibe place. Excellent cocktails.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The ribs were amazing!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 15, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2017

I always love Southpaw, best cocktail ever- Safeword

Tags: Fun, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Yummy barbecue! We had the brisket and pulled pork sandwich and both were moist and delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Food just ok. Ran out of the goat :(

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vegan, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

EPIC-quality BBQ -- the brisket may be the best in the history of the world. GREAT beer, brewed on prem. INNOVATIVE mixology, and a whiskey list as long as your arm. THOUGHTFUL, fun, perky, helpful staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Southpaw is a consistent favorite. The BBQ is great, service friendly, and the best Bourbon cocktail I've ever found- Safe word is amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 9, 2016

If you love ribs, this is the place. Each entree comes with two delicious sides. I strongly recommend the mac &cheese and the sweet potato tots.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Great food and drink options. Cool decor. Great BBQ and awesome sauces.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Pulled pork was excellent as was house made heffeweisen

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2016

The sound system is annoying. We were seated at the communal table by the door and the TV sound was echoing loudly. We ended up not enjoying our meal and left with a headache.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Took my regular industry posse here, there were 6 of use, we all had a really good time. Cocktail program is outstanding, as is the ethic in the front of the house, this is North Carolina smoked BBQ, none of that finger licking stuff....

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Great Beer
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 (Cheshire)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Great honest food. Great ribs, plenty of portion. They brew their own beer which was a nice touch.
Don't expect a posh night, just an honest place for some ribs and beer.. Football on the screen. Great.
Don't order the wine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2016

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2016

One of our new favorites. We were introduced to Southpaw BBQ by friends. Food is excellent! Great cocktails good service!

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Very fun environment and great BBQ.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 24, 2016

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2016

Fabulous place, but pretty noisy. Very difficult to have a conversation with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 25, 2016

I've been trying to find a decent American BBQ place (Any style) in the Bay Area for some time now. This place is definitely at the top of the list, leaving all the other competitors far behind. Not just the meat, but the Carolina-style sauces. Great sides as well, but obviously the star is the meat. The food was wonderful and the servers were fun and polite. My only knock against the place is that it was extremely loud, hard to have a conversation. We were a group of five on a Saturday night (Glad we made a reservation).

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2015

Service was great. And drinks were good. Food was just ok. The brisket and pulled chicken very dry. We had high hopes.
The waitstaff was excellent in trying to get us another piece of brisket for my daughter but it arrived after the rest of us finished our meals.
Very loud not a great spot for families. But possibly for a small group event.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Fantastic whiskey selection, great BBQ and some good beer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 31, 2015

I strongly recommend the ribs and the pulled pork. This place is a typical South Carolina BBQ, portions are huge and they all come with two sides. Perfect for those who love authentic southern food. Their beer is great too!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2015

The food here is really amazing and the restaurant was packed so not the only ones who think so. Probably not very original to eat here when I now live in Texas but oh well. Not our first time here and we really like it. The ribs were amazing - I'll say it - better than I've had in TX. The brisket was awesome. It's very easy to over order here - note the portions are huge so don't get carried away with appies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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