From the creative minds and talented tastebuds of Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry comes International Smoke, a San Francisco restaurant that you must add to your bucket list.

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April 20, 2018
Chef Ayesha Curry samples her own work. Photo courtesy of International Smoke.

Everything You Need to Know About San Francisco's Hottest New Restaurant, International Smoke

If you’ve come to experience the culinary highlights of San Francisco, there is one hot new restaurant you should know about. It will take you on a tour of the world’s tastiest grilled flavors. It's no wonder everyone's been talking about its food, its vibe, and its celebrity chefs.

International Smoke is the collaboration between Chef Michael Mina and TV host and cookbook author Ayesha Curry. You might know her as the wife of Golden State Warriors MVP Stephen Curry, but International Smoke proves that Mrs. Curry has her own all-star talents.

The restaurant combines Mina’s love for travel with Curry’s skill and passion for family dining, and it does so deliciously. Here's everything you need to know about this must-taste dining destination.

The International Smoke Experience

Stepping inside International Smoke, you’ll immediately notice the modern yet intimate vibe. Graffiti in several languages gives the modern décor an eclectic atmosphere. Seating up to 80 people, International Smoke has booths for those who want a more intimate dining setting. Candles and columns give it an extra warmth and romantic fireplace-feel.

Menu Recommendations

The International Smoke menu is as delightful as it is diverse. Curry pays homage to her mother’s Jamaican roots, with dishes infused with Jamaican seasonings.  Recommended dishes include jerk spice-seasoned double duck wings, the lemongrass pork chop, and the binchōtan-grilled lobster.

Seafood lovers will enjoy the grilled shellfish: fresh oysters, shrimp, and Maine lobster tail. Other favorites include the smoked pork shoulder and American pulled pork sliders. For dessert, try the key lime pie with cinnamon toast crust. Those who want to try a bit of everything can get a great deal on the tasting menu at a reasonable $56 per person. 

The bar serves up fresh, seasonal cocktails, as well as local and international brews. Up to 20 people can sit comfortably, on refined leather bar stools, at the center bar.

How to Reserve a Table

International Smoke reservations should be made far in advance. Given the popularity of Mina and Curry (and Curry's husband), the wait can be up to three months! Dinner is served from 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. International Smoke can also tackle your catering requests.

How to Get to International Smoke

International Smoke is located in San Francisco's bustling, evolving SoMa neighborhood. It's well-serviced by public transit. International Smoke is just three short blocks from the Embarcadero BART station. You can also take a number of Muni bus lines to Market and First Streets and get just as close.

Other Restaurants in SoMa

San Francisco offers plenty more memorable dining experiences, and many of the best are right in this part of the city. You can find everything from steak to Sri Lankan dishes, from soul food to seafood. See which other places you should add to your list after making reservations at International Smoke.

Nearby Attractions 

SoMa is home to two attractions most visitors already have at the top of their lists: AT&T Park, home of the three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where you can see some of the most groundbreaking contemporary works of art in the world. Follow our advice to see the lesser-known highlights of the neighborhood, whether they be urban wineries, outrageous venues, or places to play games with friends. 


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