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Hardwood Bar & Smokery

4.5
4.5
82 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Neighborhood Bar featuring Bay Area BBQ, Craft Beer, Cocktails & More
Come by and enjoy great food, great drinks, and great vibes!

Hardwood Bar & Smokery features Bay Area BBQ smoked over Northern California white oak and local almond wood.
A labor of love which has become a staple here at Hardwood.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 796-2437
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Joshua Nastor
  • Catering
    INQUIRE AT INFO@HARDWOODSF.COM
  • Private party facilities
    ​BOOK HARDWOOD FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator : (415) 796-2437
  • Neighborhood
    SOMA
  • Cross street
    Brannan St.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 82 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

82 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was delicious bbq, great sauces all the meats were tender drinks were great and service was exceptional!!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great food for good prices. The service was really good…..just a bit slow since one guy was seating, serving, and making drinks (on a Saturday night…..someone didn’t show for their shift) He did amazing, though. Our order consisted of the brisket plate, brisket sandwich, and brisket chili cheese fries. The BBQ sauces were legit. Their tap beers were perfectly poured and served at at the right temps. We will definitely go back to try more items in their menu.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Can't go wrong with the Wings, Ribs, Collard Greens and Cornbread!

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  4. Maria

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good drinks were good our only issue was we felt they were understaffed. There seem to only be 2 people working and although they were doing their best I have to give it a 3 for service

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best blackened catfish and bloody Mary's. Highly recommend

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    not recommend. overrated. quality of service and food are not good compare to similar restaurants in big cities.

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  7. KarenL

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. Thursday pastrami was soo good. Service friendly and efficient

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  8. BrooklynDiner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BBQ is delicious. We tried several items and loved them all: brisket cheese fries, loaded nachos, wings, pork ribs, brisket sandwich, pulled pork, all were great. The service was friendly and helpful, the cocktail list has something for everyone. We loved the TV’s since we’re sports fans. We’ll be back!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ottima serata con la famiglia Cibo top Craft beer ottime

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great BBQ! Will be back.

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  11. Laverne

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great find. Excellent barbecue

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  12. Nomis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here a few times and it’s always been a good experience. It’s in a part of town that doesn’t get too much traffic so the place itself is not too pack. I think just the right amount of patrons where you can actually get seats and chill. Food is good, the bbq is smokey and abundant is quantity. The workers are very friendly and service is very quick. Definitely would recommend for groups of people to grab drinks and eat.

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  13. BigGern

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Local gem, excellent food, ate here before a Giants game then walked to stadium. Ordered the King Kong for four of us.

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  14. BradC

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    BBQ seems to be more of a Carolina vinegary style, while I prefer a more midwestern, style. Food was probably the best Carolina style I've had. Restaurant is a sports bar and staff were extremely friendly despite being very busy.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oysters were the only disappointment

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  16. RipleyandGriffysDad

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are regulars for weeknight dinners here. Great brisket and sides. Generous portions. A Hawaiian style grilled chicken plate dinner that’s fantastic! Very reasonable bar. And fun, easy-going service people. We sit outside as we bring the dogs. No heaters though. Small inconvenience considering the great food and prices.

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  17. JenniferG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The curly fries were excellent and the service was very accomodating.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible service. They were very attentive, funny and engaging. Great experience and great BBQ. Just don’t ask about the aged beaver

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We chose to go here because of the menu linked on OpenTable. Was very disappointed to show up and the menu is 100% different and had nothing I could eat. Very disappointed.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The first time dining at Hardwood the food and service was excellent. Thank You Sarah He!

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  21. RipleyandGriffysDad

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for last minute dinner with husband, had never been there but curious as good BBQ is rare in the city. We were not disappointed. The smoked brisket and grilled Hawaiian chicken were superb. The Mac salad side, potato salad and even the Cole slaw, all delish sides. But that brisket…just the right amount of peppery salty bark and fat.

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  22. Nounrealisticexpectations

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff could not have been more accommodating as it was a chilly night and we are still more comfortable eating outside. They were quick to clean and set plug in lights in their covered outdoor area as it was a cold Monday night. The brisket and pulled pork was amazing as well as the sides. We did a combo for our group and added some sides. Plus, the hand pies for dessert were the perfect finish. Thank you

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  23. CSR4280

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bc of COVID, windows were open, making it a little chilly during the meal but understood why. Would like the chicken wings with a little more spice and salt for an extra kick. Would also like the ranch dip with more kick or else have a blue cheese dip. Otherwise it was overall delicious.

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  24. HotStoveEater

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The staff were welcoming, but the food isn't great. The brisket was fatty, and I didn't like the BBQ sauce. The worst part was that the food came out warm, not hot. Also the portion sizes for the sides aren't equal. The side salad was also soggy. The best part of this peace is the staff.

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  25. StephenS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was good going with 2 couples, and because we were practically the only people there, it was quiet and we could converse without raising our voices. However, the food was not good, especially the brisket chili.

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  26. kayak

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrific find before a chase concert. Will certainly return

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  27. ShelbyS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation and arrived to no available tables, the place packed wall to wall, and waited for 20 minutes without being able to talk to a single employee before we gave up and decided to leave.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service.

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  29. Thom

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The pulled pork and brisket were really good, the pork ribs was the star of the show. The chicken was dry but had a nice crispy skin. Really would have liked some cornbread, didn't see any on the menu.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stopped here after CCSF Football game. Staff was great! Food was great! Place was great! We will definitely stop in again. Thank you!

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  31. ThellyThel

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service. We will visit again.

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  32. Renaikha

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best BBQ spots in the city!

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  33. Emjay

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Brisket was melt in your mouth delish with a slight sweetness in the crust. St Louis ribs had the right chew and were almost “fall off the bone”. Mac salad was our best side dish. Price was prohibitive for frequent visits, however. Metal stools weren’t very comfy. Overall the food was the star here.

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  34. LadonJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good atmosphere, I'm from Florida so I enjoyed something similar to home

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  35. KathrynC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place! We had a full slab of ribs with sides of the mac salad and cole slaw. My friend had $5. margaritas, Tuesday night special, and I had a paper plane coctail. Everything was outstanding. I loved the guy behind the bar who served us! I'm not an expert on barbeque .... I just know what I like. I can't wait to go back. The ribs were not too fatty with amazing taste. Like I said....I WILL BE BACK!!

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  36. RachaelD

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food and environment for our family gathering. Will surely return next time I'm in the area. Those dry fried wings are top notch !!

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  37. DonnaR

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, decent service, loud noise level. It’s not cheap, but the food is worth the price- as a treat every now and again.

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  38. SFscot

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Read review as one of top BBQ in SF. Food was pretty good, but I was not blown away. Had better. Definitely more bar than restaurant. Cocktail I ordered sounded fancy. But was small, weak and not notable. Passable but not great.

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  39. JohnS

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place... Great game day atmosphere... Ruby and Sarah rocked it!!!!

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  40. CitizenSF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place for beer and a bite! Best brisket and coleslaw anywhere.

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FAQs

Hardwood Bar & Smokery does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Hardwood Bar & Smokery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 796-2437.

Hardwood Bar & Smokery is rated 4.5 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Hardwood Bar & Smokery

680 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Brannan St.
  • Neighborhood
    SOMA
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joshua Nastor
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 796-2437
  • Catering
    INQUIRE AT INFO@HARDWOODSF.COM
  • Private party facilities
    ​BOOK HARDWOOD FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator : (415) 796-2437
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