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3303 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608-4235
+1 510-595-0227
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good52%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
Jan 17, 2015
“Bar B Q that is headed for the pits”
Dec 2, 2014
“a lucky find”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3303 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608-4235
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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...More

Thank 510thehood
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,...More

Thank runlikeagirl
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...More

Thank David B
Reviewed September 30, 2014

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...More

Thank Saundra D
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...More

Thank ffayette1
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.

Thank vincent s
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...More

Thank JWLBowie
Reviewed June 27, 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...More

Thank lovestotravel06
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...More

1  Thank N_skier
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...More

Thank OCHardscape
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$10 - $20
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3303 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608-4235 (Formerly B Side BBQ)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-595-0227
  • E-mail
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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