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CatHead's BBQ

CatHead's BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
  • The brisket at CatHead's BBQ is a can't miss
  • Fabian E.
    "The habanero slaw, perfect kick to add to the mains!"(4 Tips)
    Doug B.
    "Great BBQ for San Francisco - the brisket is done very well."(28 Tips)
    Phoebe V.
    "Mac n cheese, ribs, collard greens and biscuits"(8 Tips)
    Jim H.
    "Pulled pork has amazing smoke ring and a personal favorite."(11 Tips)
84 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • brisket
  • Southern food
  • ribs
  • habanero slaw
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  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerMarch 29, 2015
    Wow. My new favorite BBQ place in SF. I had the brisket, mustard slaw and collard greens and all were excellent. Will be back to try the rest for sure. And they deliver anywhere in the city!
  • Xiang L.
    Xiang LiMarch 30, 2013
    The food was absolutely delicious and authentic. The ribs i had reminded me of the salt lick in Texas. I loved the pickles that came with the combo. Get the collard green for the side!
  • Luis C.
    Luis CastroFebruary 9, 2015
    This is some serious BBQ. If you are into it or like the taste. You will love this place. It's authentic and a hidden gem in the city. The way BBQ should be done.
  • SFGate
    SFGateDecember 23, 2014
    This spot features house-smoked meats, freshly made lemonade and Southern-style sweet tea. Don't miss the sweet tea chicken ($7) or the Coca-Cola smoked brisket ($7). Read more
  • Robert T.
    Robert ToddNovember 8, 2013
    Seriously some of the best BBQ I've ever had. Every meat I tried had an amazing flavor. The collards were the best collards I've had in a very long time. I'm definitely coming back here.
  • Jim H.
    Jim H.March 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pulled pork has amazing smoke ring and a personal favorite. The mini biscuits are awesome. But my personal favorite of ALL of the dishes are collard greens. Make ya wanna slap your mama!
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GiddensJuly 15, 2016
    Everything was wonderful. All of the meats had distinct and diverse flavors and textures. All the dudes were fresh and done to perfection. And the biscuit!Great BBQ overall!!
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanJune 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great veggie options, Makers Mark mushrooms or cornmeal crusted tofu. All the sides are veggie and almost everything is gluten free.
  • Danni
    DanniSeptember 17, 2016
    I think their meat was in general good and I loved the unique spices in their meat. But, for me, the meat was a little bit dry and less juicy than I have expected from reading the reviews.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious and serving is just right. Suggestion: for 2 people, order a 1 side BBQ plate and share an extra side. 😊😋
  • Margaux L.
    Margaux LushingMarch 25, 2016
    Casual bbq spot serving my favorite naughty vegan dish: cornmeal crusted tofu smothered in bbq, baked beans and a habanero slaw.
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon ClarkFebruary 16, 2012
    Former popup that has taken over a fantastic space. Great to see BBQ done seriously in SF. Also of note vegetarian sides and two main options (tofu and mushroom)
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerFebruary 18, 2014
    Great BBQ for San Francisco - the brisket is done very well. The biscuits are HUGE. As in, "a meal in itself" huge. Totally worth it, though.
  • Caroline J.
    Caroline JackNovember 10, 2014
    Smokin'. Must-haves = coca-cola smoked brisket, pulled pork & habanero slaw. Wash it down (and cool your burning palate) with cherry cider
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LMarch 9, 2015
    Pretty good BBQ place in SF! Their huge biscuit is so yummy with butter n pepper jelly. st.Louis rip n coca cola smoked brisket were good :D
  • Paul d.
    Paul de HalléDecember 6, 2015
    The coca-cola brisket and bbq beans are fantastic. Add to that some craft beers and excellent service, it's nuthin' fancy but it is damn good.
  • Vadim C.
    Vadim ChepuryaevNovember 10, 2015
    Really tasty and not expensive food, friendly staff, great music. The place feels authentic. Good selection of beers. Definitely seeing myself coming back.
  • Liz J.
    Liz JensenMarch 10, 2016
    BBQ plates come with a free soft drink which can't be upgraded to a beer. But if you want a beer instead, order a canned soda, pocket it for later, order your beer.
  • Rafael M.
    Rafael MoralesMay 26, 2013
    Go for the two item combo, get the pulled pork and brisket with some collards and habanero slaw. You will not be disappointed!
  • Frederic B.
    Frederic BarthelemySeptember 30, 2016
    My favorites were the ribs, brisket, and slaw. Don't forget to add the sauce! Also: they do catering!
  • Fabian E.
    Fabian EricksonAugust 26, 2014
    The brisket, and pulled pork... So juicy and tender, delicious! The habanero slaw, perfect kick to add to the mains!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJune 29, 2015
    The pulled pork & ribs were very good. I called ahead for takeout and was treated well. I will be back.
  • Dan D.
    Dan DupreeDecember 9, 2016
    Everything is awesome here. Try the specials. Come highly recommended by the staff.
  • Adam K.
    Adam K.April 18
    Brisket and ribs are the best. Also try the greens and biscuit.
  • polynesian m.
    polynesian metalJuly 21, 2013
    Ask for sauce on the side and enjoy some straight up protein but of course one has to taste the sauce!
  • Burke C.
    Burke CatesJune 8, 2015
    mustard slaw is dope. chili mac is almost too spicy but spectacular. pork shoulder is to die for.
  • hinyan w.
    hinyan wongOctober 8, 2015
    Really good brisket and pulled pork. Very laid back environment. Parking outside being a bonus.
  • Carina R.
    Carina RAugust 30, 2012
    They have the CatHead Biscuit.. It's $5, I don't know bout $5 by it is a good biscuit. BBQ Chicken n Brisket is yummy
  • Shauna
    ShaunaNovember 16, 2012
    The pimento mac n cheese is pretty freakin' awesome. Not too dry not too soupy...perfect cheesiness.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LuAugust 27, 2014
    Ribs. Meat fell straight off the bone, just how it should be. Sauced & was super tasty.
  • Jasmine A.
    Jasmine AliOctober 31, 2013
    great lamb shoulder sandwich, goes will with the green potato salad & red cabbage slaw.
  • Doc P.
    Doc PopFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookie - Salty and delicious. Always save room for these treats!
  • Juha-Matti S.
    Juha-Matti SantalaFebruary 11, 2014
    It smells like BBQ, it tastes like BBQ so what's there not to like. Their coca-cola smoked brisket sandwich is awesome.
  • Ewell C.
    Ewell CollinsSeptember 19, 2016
    Nice little "cutty" spot in the SOMA. First time in, I was welcomed with open arms and met with good vibes.
  • Darren R.
    Darren RieszMarch 26, 2013
    Coca-Cola Beef Brisket is damn good. Greens and Mac n Cheese are also great!
  • Paul S.
    Paul StamatiouNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The habanero sauce is amazing. You can buy a cup or half cup to go.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PJuly 28, 2015
    Solid soul food. The biscuits and sweet tea are amazing
  • Scott M.
    Scott MarinoffMarch 21, 2014
    Can't go wrong with the brisket! And that mac and cheese is amazing.
  • Q L.
    Q LamJuly 16, 2015
    Brisket is very good. One of the best bbq places in SF.
  • M M.
    M MApril 30, 2015
    Pulled pork - pick your preferred sauce. Great sides too.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissMarch 29, 2014
    Good for both eat in and take-away. The bulk boxes are a real party starter!
  • Sion S.
    Sion ShankelApril 7, 2013
    It's brilliant! You can it healthy or naughty. Clever and high quality.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsAugust 24, 2015
    Pork shoulder very good. Brisket enjoyable if not a little fatty
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MorganJanuary 23, 2013
    Observe the specials. Try the sweet tea. Beware the hot sauce.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SwindallMarch 1, 2013
    Awesome biscuits. Well worth $5.00.
  • Marlon E.
    Marlon EMay 27, 2013
    Kudos to them making ribs right. Tender, fall-off-the-bone.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FazzoneMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go wrong with nearly anything here. Ribs are the best.
  • Mary X.
    Mary XDecember 8, 2013
    Ribs and brisket were good, but mac n cheese and potato salad were lackluster.
  • Mary X.
    Mary XDecember 8, 2013
    It was freezing inside the main eating area, please adjust the temperature!
  • Ness  🌸💜🌸 M.
    Surprisingly lean, the brisket is cooked to perfection.
  • Geordie E.
    Geordie E.May 23, 2012
    Huge portions. Easily split the combo 2 between two people.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RossJune 21, 2015
    Cola smoked brisket and mac'n'cheese is amazing.
  • Michael C.
    Delicious ribs and mac n' cheese
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HattabaughMarch 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Careful, that's not mustard, it's habanero sauce!
  • Doc P.
    Doc PopApril 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Pulled Pork - With Hoppin' Johns (beans and rice) & Collard Greens.
  • Benjamin Earl E.
    Benjamin Earl EvansJanuary 13, 2014
    18usd lunch menu is perfect for 2
  • Vlad S.
    Vlad SavelucSeptember 15, 2015
    I love it. One of my favorites
  • Srikanth R.
    Srikanth RajuJanuary 2
    The plates are very San Quentin, but the food is hipster
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenMarch 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Three words: brisket, brisket, and brisket.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RayOctober 27, 2015
    The portions are small, the brisket is fatty, and the biscuits are the size of mini muffins. Incredibly overrated.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DregerMay 15, 2016
    I didn't get particularly good cuts of meat. The brisket was very chewy and didn't go down easy. Maybe better next time.
  • Phoebe V.
    Phoebe VenkatOctober 12, 2014
    Mac n cheese, ribs, collard greens and biscuits
  • Sean M.
    Sean MarneySeptember 7, 2013
    Get the pulled pork sandwich. Above par.
  • Shonali B.
    Shonali BurkeNovember 13, 2013
    If you like BBQ, you have to eat here. It's delish!
  • lethargicpanda
    lethargicpandaNovember 24, 2013
    Pull pork + Mexican coke made my night!
  • Deonne C.
    Deonne CastanedaNovember 24, 2016
    Love their watermelon tea
  • Clare
    ClareJuly 27, 2015
    So good. Ribs and potato salad
  • Bil B.
    Bil BrierleyFebruary 8, 2013
    Decent Q but they need to tone down the vinegar in everything.
  • jason m.
    jason mooreNovember 4, 2013
    Check the website for specials!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FieldApril 15, 2012
    Get the BBQ chicken sandwich. It's delicious!
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.February 2, 2016
    Brisket is awesome!
  • Kidhack
    KidhackJanuary 29, 2016
    Brisket without bark ain't BBQ.
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin StandeferJanuary 20, 2012
    Ask for some pickles!
  • Benjamin Earl E.
    Benjamin Earl EvansJanuary 13, 2014
    Pulled pork can be salty
  • Charissa S.
    Charissa StowersMay 20, 2012
    Delicious watermelon sweet tea!!!
  • Oystein E.
    Oystein EftevaagAugust 18, 2015
    Biscuit with the jam!
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GongJune 5, 2015
    St. Louis ribs are great here
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoAugust 10, 2015
    Mmm delicious barbeque
  • Dionysis Z.
    Dionysis ZindrosDecember 19, 2013
    Old style American county music
  • Arie M.
    Arie MeirJune 4, 2016
    Great service !
  • Kenneth G.
    Kenneth GriebJanuary 26, 2015
    Great bbq!
  • Shane C.
    Shane CarnahanJune 13, 2012
    Makers Mark Mushrooms
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BleckmanJanuary 24, 2016
    Biscuits are giant
  • Ben F.
    Ben FleischhackerJune 26, 2016
    Coca cola brisket
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