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Best Barbecue Restaurants in Downtown / Union Square


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A photo of Gyu-Kaku - San Francisco restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Barbecue • SOMA
Booked 17 times today
Gyu-Kaku in San Francisco, California, is an exceptional Japanese restaurant, widely recognized for its authentic Japanese BBQ. Patrons rave about the unique dining experience, allowing them to grill premium meats right at the table, reminiscent of traditional Japanese methods. This spot is specifically praised for its 'Wagyo set for 3', which many find worthy of special occasions. It is also hailed for its excellent service, with staff noted for their helpfulness and friendliness. While some found the waiting time a tad long, the overall experience of authentic Japanese BBQ, coupled with quick food arrival and friendly service, was highly appreciated. Many visitors are keen on returning, signifying the restaurant's consistency in quality.
A photo of International Smoke San Francisco restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Barbecue • SOMA
Booked 9 times today
International Smoke San Francisco is a must-try for those who appreciate exquisite American cuisine. Reviewers consistently praise the restaurant's "incredible, creative yet familiar" dishes, commending the blend of flavors and the fresh, high-quality ingredients. Particular favorites include Ayesha's fresh baked cornbread with red curry butter, the St. Louis cut pork ribs with their three distinct flavors, and the tea-smoked Sonoma Duck with Chinese mustard sauce. The service and atmosphere have also received high praise, suggesting a dining experience that is satisfying in all regards. As one reviewer concludes, "International Smoke is a dining experience that everyone should have on their must-experience list".
A photo of Hardwood Bar & Smokery restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Barbecue • SOMA
Booked 2 times today
Hardwood Bar & Smokery is a restaurant deeply appreciated by barbecue enthusiasts. Customers highlight the smokey and abundant barbecue, the brisket, the pulled pork, and the appetizing ribs as culinary highlights. It is not just the food that gets rave reviews - patrons also commend the excellent service, the friendly and efficient staff, and the cozy atmosphere, making it an ideal place for groups wanting to relish good food and drinks. The restaurant's commitment to providing a delightful culinary experience is evidenced by phrases in the reviews such as "Incredible service" and "Amazing food and service". Many are eager to return, with endorsements like "will surely return" and "will definitely stop in again." The Hardwood Bar & Smokery, with its generous portions and reasonable prices, is strongly recommended as a go-to spot for great barbecue.
A photo of Yakiniku Shodai restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Barbecue • Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
Booked 3 times today
Yakiniku Shodai hopes to bring in an extraordinary yakiniku dining experience to the San Francisco Bay Area. Begins with the high quality selections of Japanese Wagyu, comparable Michelin star level of attentive service, and skillful hands of our talented chefs. Together, we confidently present the most exquisit taste of meat and make every meal at Yakiniku Shodai a truly extraordinary dining experience. Our owner/ chef Andy, originated from Taipei, Taiwan, has over 20 collective years experience in the restaurant industry.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Oakland restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Barbecue • Oakland
Booked 6 times today
Gyu-Kaku in Oakland is a beloved spot for authentic Japanese cuisine, praised not only for its sumptuous food but also for its superb service. Customers have consistently expressed their admiration for the quality of the meats served, particularly remarking that the cuts and their marinates are of an excellent standard, which makes for a fulfilling dining experience. From veterans to novices of yakiniku, the interactive style of dining has been well received, adding an enjoyable and engaging aspect to the culinary journey. The restaurant's convenient downtown Oakland location and ample street parking are also noted pluses. Lastly, despite the high praise for the food, the standout feature of Gyu-Kaku is the consistently outstanding service, epitomized by servers like Nelly and Jonathan, who care for each guest like a "veteran professional".
A photo of Smokin Woods BBQ restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Barbecue • Oakland
Smokin Woods BBQ comes highly recommended for its outstanding barbecue cuisine. As echoed in numerous reviews, the restaurant is renowned for its particularly flavoursome and tender Ribs and Brisket, with claims suggesting it serves 'probably the best brisket' to be found locally; truly a testament to their expertise in barbecue. Despite occasional mentions of noise levels and service speed, patrons consistently comment on the delicious food and commend the staff for their friendliness and great service. The outdoor seating and vibrant atmosphere, combined with their expertly prepared barbecue, make Smokin Woods BBQ a beloved location for both its food and overall experience.
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