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3303 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA (Formerly B Side BBQ)
+1 510-595-0227
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: We are a full service barbecue restaurant serving lunch and dinner. We...
We are a full service barbecue restaurant serving lunch and dinner. We have a full bar, and we're open from 5PM to 10PM Tuesday through Thursday, and then 12-10PM Friday through Sunday. We have a 26 Zagat score, which is the highest for a barbecue restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine have included B-Side BBQ on their lists of America's Best New Barbecue.
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  • 9
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
a lucky find

We were trying to go to bBrown Sugar Kitchen nearby, but there was an hour wait and we were hungry. Found this restaurant nearby and were not disappointed. The chicken wings were spicy and tender, ribs were moist with just the right amount of glaze, pulled pork sandwich was tasty as were the sides... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
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Oakland, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I really wanted to like this place. I really wanted to support a local business. I don't like to post poor reviews. But I just have to say that as is the case with so many Bar B Q restaurants in California the food is not good and the management is non existent. Sure they tell you to be patient... More 

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Tucson
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were trying to go to bBrown Sugar Kitchen nearby, but there was an hour wait and we were hungry. Found this restaurant nearby and were not disappointed. The chicken wings were spicy and tender, ribs were moist with just the right amount of glaze, pulled pork sandwich was tasty as were the sides. We will return!

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Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I ate at this renowned spot on a recent trip, and enjoyed every bite of brown sugar smoked brisket, St Louis ribs and some awesome sides. It's a tiny spot a little out of the way, but well worth the travel and the wait. Very solid drinks menu, plus local brews. Highly recommended.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here for my third time and this place hasn't failed me yet. I'm a big fan of the Dark and Stormy ribs and the yams. They are PERFECT! You won't need sauce for those ribs and the brisket is very tender. I usually like the collards but during this trip they were a bit too salty. I'm GF so... More 

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Mableton, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

After reading about b-side bbq in the june issue of essence magazine, I was really expecting some good bbq and great customer service. The food was really good but I was not expecting long service wait time especially for take out. We called in advance to place an order, but were told that no take out orders were being taken... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Some of the best BBQ I have had in years. Brisket and ribs were great asa were the mashed sweet potatoes and baked beans.

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Bowie
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86 reviews 86 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Arrived just before opening on a Sunday; parking is on the street and is at a premium -- go early, park, wait for the doors to open. There was already a line at 15 minutes to opening at noon. Small eatery, nice place, chairs/tables too close together. Servers were great! Hot Link sausage with potato salad really, really nice. Sausage... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Given all the national publicity, I was really expecting something out of this world but I was disappointed. All of the food was good, but not great. The Bay Area is not a great barbeque venue but I am always looking for good barbeque restaurants and take out. I was hoping that this would be extraordinary (something like the cue... More 

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Concord, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This restaurant was my Mothers' Day choice, so we all made it to the doors of the restaurant at their 5 pm opening time on Mothers' Day. (Older daughter had checked and found they don't take reservations.) Sadly (for us) there were people in front of us at the door, and there we no tables left when we got in... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is some pretty good BBQ. It's not necessarily 'classic', because it likes to bend the rules and try some different things, but I snuck some samples of all 5 of the entrees our party had, and they were all terrific. The wait staff was friendly and attentive, and the beer selection was high quality. It's a little small, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3303 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA (Formerly B Side BBQ)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-595-0227

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Description

We are a full service barbecue restaurant serving lunch and dinner. We have a full bar, and we're open from 5PM to 10PM Tuesday through Thursday, and then 12-10PM Friday through Sunday. We have a 26 Zagat score, which is the highest for a barbecue restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine have included B-Side BBQ on their lists of America's Best New Barbecue.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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