The Pub BBQ at Ghirardelli Square

4.1
298 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
The Pub at Ghirardelli Square rests along the end of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Our heated patio is alive with liquid sunsets, Alcatraz sightings, and the Golden Gate silhouette. Of course, we're more than just a pretty facade with breathtaking views. Our Carolina-styled BBQ is smoked half days in-house. The bar is stacked with local brews, American familiars and borderless storytellers.
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viplovetoeat
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Other than not seeming like they were ready to open at noon, the food was fantastic. I would go back and give them another chance for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The waiter had us wait for 10 mins before he even asked us if we where thirsty and wanted to order drinks. I had to keep calling him for more water, more food, the bill and we wanted to order extra drink. Food was good but had small portions. Overall we had a good time.

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DanZ
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic service! My only complaint was the music level, but that was only an issue because my wife and daughter called while I was eating dinner.

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vipAmy7
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our server was super nice, but the kitchen and the bar were ridiculously slow.

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NicoleB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was delicious and the service was excellent. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience which makes me question the OT system. We arrived for reservation on time and were told by host that they were closing. This seemed odd because there were about 25-30 people in the restaurant. I questioned why the system had accepted the reservation, made not long before, and was told “the owner is in Indi and we don’t know the password to change the hours”. I said that the website stated they were open for another 1 hour and 45 minutes. He just shrugged and said “sorry” in an insincere way, “we are closed”. It’s a shame because I live around the corner. I will not request the restaurant and will advise my neighbors to avoid as we.

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LouiseW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, Melissa went above and beyond for our anniversary. And our waiter was ace, very attentive xx

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FabianaV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious & satisfying, the fish & chips were great and the brisket was divine

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The music in the background was too loud making it hard to hear conversations

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RayC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good but the food was amazing! The waiter we got was not very friendly but he kept drinks filled.

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vipNanceW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We had a party of six for dinner—fish and chips were just meh, the vegetable sides were VERY small for $6, my bbq sandwich was ok but not a lot of pork, the best item was the cornbread. Overall, it was a disappointment but location was good.

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TylerS
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bloody Mary at brunch was fantastic.

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PabloL
Cancun
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything was good

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SaraN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Suitable for large groups and portions allow for sharing. Brisket was delicious as were the wings!

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vipJoMan
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and helpful; we were on time but not ready to eat yet so Roberto happily changed our reservation to an hour later, our waitress was really good and attentive to our needs. We tried the 3 main bbq dishes to share; all flavorful and tender. Our favorite and best value was the ribs, next was the roast - again a decent portion with melt in your mouth goodness, and last the Texas style brisket was the least tender - the portion size more fitting to Rhode Island (come on, I've had 4 slices of bacon larger than those 4 slices of brisket). The sides were delicious - but for the small size of the cornbread muffin, you really should serve 2 with each meal. Overall an enjoyable dining experience!

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vipjohn
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Place is good nice place overall\

Kids food was horrible,. the burgers were hard as rock and the kids didn't even touch it
the briskets were excellent the rest seems like processed side that was microwaved

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very noisy, service long and not friendly. Expensive for quality

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JohnE
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbielivable Great BBQ sandwich. With the red papers, horseradish sauce. Dipping sauce!, Wonderful!. Very different than any regular tasting BBQ sandwich, very juicy. Try it out!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a cute little place to go! We will go back!

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ReginaldM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It's a little pricey but you really get a gracious plenty. Not sure what's it's like at night noise wise but it is some of the best BBQ I've had in San Francisco.

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MichaelP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Everything tasted like rancid garlic. Save your money and go somewhere else.

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Amim
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We visit the Pub when we are in SF. We usually are very happy with the food. This trip we had great service but two of us had chicken dishes, chicken noodle soup and chicken sliders. Both dishes had chicken skin and bone in them.

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GrandmaEsmerelda
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The service was so slow, we were never checked on and asked if we wanted refills, never updated on our food, it took over 45 min to get our order (only 2 of us) it took at least 15 minutes from the time we were seated to even order.

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vipCoxMT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the better BBQ places in San Francisco. The food is at a fair price point comparable to other places in the city. The 2-3 meat plates are a great value or the amount of food served for the price. Caveat emptor - the 2 or 3 meat BBQ plates require 2-3 big appetites to finish them. I barely was able to finish just a plate of ribs all by itself. Each time I come here, I end up taking food home and snacking on it for at least one more day.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Delicious and Great food! Service was very slow and the waiters were not very attentive.

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thepalfreys
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good, seated under the stairs next to the toilet which could have been better!

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MeMar
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We totally enjoyed our food! We had the fish and chips, and they had a nice, light batter with good fish. We also shared some of the traditional wings...again, tasty! Then, we had to have some of the local beers. We liked the descriptions given by our table staff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food quality was less than what you might find on a buffet line and our server never made an appearance after we asked to substitute brisket that was dry and tough. Enough said.

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vipTellit
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservation arrived 15 min early only to be told they we closed because it was a slow night. Showed them my opentable reservation and their posted hours.. was told sorry

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MGDean11
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed my dinner here with family. Fun place that gives large portions. Food is definitely rich, and was very full quickly. Lots of leftovers.

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vipEddie
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food tasted a lot better than anticipated - was a quiet Friday night, but good service to enjoy a meal and a brew!

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JeanneS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious ribs abs brisket—our server recommended the homemade tater tots and they did not disappoint, fluffy inside, crispy outside, perfect—not a huge fan of bbq sauce but asked for more of theirs —great balance of vinegar tang and sweetness—all five in our party had different dishes and we were each impressed and happy with our meal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Cibo mediocre
Buono il servizio

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Miguel
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I chose this place to have dinner before New Year fireworks, food is excelent and great price, ibetter to play safe and make a reservation.

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AndrewP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great range on the menu, great food (especially American BBQ meats), great value. Went there two nights in a row it was that good. Far better than the rest of it's local competition.

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ThomasL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Located at the end of the Ghiardelli Square and a bit difficult to find.
Televisions were too loud, otherwise a great place for a family get together to take a look at the GG Bridge

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Quick seating. Slow service. Kitchen seemed slow as well. Food was good once we got it. Asked for ranch and didn’t get it until after they started clearing plates.

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vipLovetoeat
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We would have enjoyed the food more with a lot less hot chili pepper spice.
Staff was friendly and prompt.

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vipAngellaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The service was pretty slow... maybe it was just the night we came in but there wasn't very many people there and it took forever for our food to come out. Our drinks also trickled out but that's wasn't too big of a deal. The bathrooms were pretty grimy, which is scary cause that's the spot you go to wash up after piling BBQ into your face.

The food was good tho! I do recommend the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich and the brisket. Tater tots are just regular ol' tater tots.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled upon this place while looking for Ghirardelli hours for upstairs. Shattered to find out it’s been open eight years and we didn’t know before! Big fans of BBQ and it was probably second only to Franklins in Austin. Service was great and we were well fed for the money spent. Can’t wait to go back!

FAQs

The Pub BBQ at Ghirardelli Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 351-0500.

The Pub BBQ at Ghirardelli Square is rated 4.1 stars by 298 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.