Summer BBQs in San Francisco

Sure, you can go to a bona fide BBQ joint any time of the year for some lip-smacking ribs and smoky chicken, but there's something to be said for BBQ as a special summertime treat. These San Francisco restaurants and bars are getting into the spirit of summer?fog, be damned?with special menus, seasonal drinks and festive outdoor settings.

Updated: July 12, 2010

SF Restaurants and Bars With Summer BBQs


3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

The newly renovated patio (with SF-summer-ready heat lamps and a retractable canopy) at this Castro spot offers a family-style, all-you-can-eat BBQ every Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm for $25. Now through August 31.

Mission Beach Cafe

198 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94103

On Tuesday nights (5:30pm-10pm), this Dolores Park cafe cooks up a special a-la-carte menu of BBQ classics like pulled-pork-shoulder sandwiches, pork ribs and Prather Ranch burgers. Now through October 27.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121

Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am, this open-air restaurant at the foot of Golden Gate Park offers a classic BBQ menu on the lawn, along with live music from 2pm to 5pm. Now through fall, weather dependent.

Town Hall

342 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Downtown workers can get a little taste of summer almost every day--think hickory-smoked pork ribs and fried chicken sandwiches--at this courtyard BBQ. 11:30am-2pm weekdays through early fall, weather permitting.