Horn BBQ, Oakland

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Horn BBQ

2534 Mandela Pkwy

Oakland, CA 94607

510-225-6106

Horn BBQ Website

Horn BBQ, Oakland

Horn BBQ Is a legendary barbecue restaurant in Oakland, California. It has 4 stars on yelp and long lines whenever it’s open. Horn barbecue has been attracting long lines ever since it opened. The line is due to the slow first station that carves all the meat. (How about 2 stations?) We finally got around to trying the spot in 2021 and returned in 2023. On a Thursday at 11:30 we had to wait about 20 minutes. The line is slow because there’s only one person carving up the meat.

Horn BBQ Oakland inside

Get there early or else they may run out of items! They ran out of pork ribs on our last visit, but had expensive 2lb beef ribs for $50.

During the Covid 19 Pandemic, we visited them for Outdoor dining in their spacious picnic table area.
We were trying to support local restaurants, so they can survive.

Horn BBQ Definitely serves up quality barbecue. Top-notch barbecue the San Francisco Bay area. 4505 in San Francisco is also good but a notch below Horn. We recently ate at Midsmoke in Charlotte North Carolina and found their barbecue definitely superior.

We found a free dessert coupon on Yelp, so be sure to look for that.
Note there is no phone number to call.

Safety Pluses – Online menu, Delivery services available, online ordering, outdoor dining, contact less payments.
Minuses – None

Food Review:

Horn BBQ Oakland Ribs Brisket Pulled Pork Sandwich

Beef Brisket sandwich ($18) was huge, easily twice the size of most of them out there. Lots of fat blending into the meat, tender and electable. 9/10
Beef Brisket costs $20 by the half pound.

Pulled pork sandwich ($16) was equally as large, also very tender meat. Not as good as the brisket. Pulled pork by the half bound was $15. 8/10

Spare ribs ($18) by the half pound, are weaker than the other two proteins. A bit on the salty side, but fall off the bone and cooked just right. Barbecue sauce is on the sweet side and a bit watery. Sometimes they have beef ribs for sale. 8/10

Horn BBQ Oakland sides

Collard greens ($8 small) and pit beans ($8) are served in HUGE quality. The greens were way too salty. The beans were undercooked. 8.5/10
Mac & Cheese ($8) is very dense and cheesy. 8/10

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Horn BBQ Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:No

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