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11 SF Parks Where You Can BBQ

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What with Karl the Fog being less of a presence in San Francisco during the summer months (we do hope that changes, however) and foodie presence spreading life wildfire, choice cookouts are calling. And there are plenty of spaces within San Francisco parks and beaches where you can have a BBQ. Sure, the bigger parks—Golden Gate Park, John McLaren—tend to have more grills available for public use, and there's also the issue of permits with some of these BBQ spots. But if you've got your own grill, and promise to clean up your mess, please check out this guide for the coming warmer months.

Also, if we missed a spot, let us know.

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1. West Bluff Picnic Area and Beach

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603 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94129

Possibly one of the most visually stunning picnic spots in the world—the Golden Gate Bridge is right in front of you—this spot near Crissy Field (also featured on this list) doesn’t come equipped with a grill, so you’ll have to bring your own. But they do have picnic tables, so there’s that.

2. Mission Dolores Park

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Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

This is a tough one, while almost anything and everything goes at the city’s most popular park—from the selling of pot truffles to semi-nudity—the park doesn’t come equipped with BBQs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your own charcoal grill to get the party started. Just be sure to clean up your mess. Seriously.

3. Baker Beach

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1504 Pershing Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-4323
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Is a park a beach? Sure, why not. This "park" provides charcoal grills should you be so inclined, or you can bring your own. And at the risk of making any hot dog puns, this is also one of San Francisco’s nude beaches. Just be sure to cover up any private bits that might fall victim to grease splatter from the grill.

4. Golden Gate Park

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Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

There are so many places in Golden Gate Park to grill up some meat that they have a dedicated website showing you where they all are. But, really, the best way to BBQ here is to bring your own. The entire park is ideal for it. We recommend hitting up the area near Stow Lake. Or near the buffalo—just don’t get any ideas.

5. Bayview Park

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Bayview Park
San Francisco, CA

Great alternative to the city’s more populated park, Bayview allows for charcoal grilling. Also of note? The excellent views of the Bay.

6. Lafayette Park

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2000 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Don your finest threads, grab your Burberry picnic blanket, and get your charcoal grill ready to fry up some meat in one of the chicest parks, located in Pacific Heights. Excellent views of sumptuous houses that border the park are not to be missed.

7. Crissy Field

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1199 East Beach
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-7690

They provide both picnic tables and grills. Just get there early because the place fills up right-quick, especially during holiday weekends.

8. Ocean Beach

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Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 561-4323
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While the beach doesn’t provide any grills, you can bring your own charcoal one inside one of their designated picnic areas. Come nighttime you can also enjoy blazing up a fire in one of the fire rings provided, between stairwells 15 and 20. (While BBQing isn’t recommended with the beach fire pits, we won’t stop anyone wishing to roast marshmallows.)

9. Precita Park

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300 Precita Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

Picnic area near the children’s playground make this an excellent spot for family-grilling time. Even without a family, though, it's an excellent and woefully underrated park. Grills not provided; bring your own.

10. Holly Park

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Holly Park Cir
San Francisco, CA 94110

This Bernal Heights park provides its own grills, not to mention choice views of the city. It also has areas for baseball, basketball, and tennis should you want to work off those five chili hot dogs.

11. John McLaren Park

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The city’s second biggest park, it comes equipped with grills and tables. Lots of them. Perfect opportunity to finally check out this lovely park that often gets ignored for its big brother, Dolores Park.

1. West Bluff Picnic Area and Beach

603 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129

Possibly one of the most visually stunning picnic spots in the world—the Golden Gate Bridge is right in front of you—this spot near Crissy Field (also featured on this list) doesn’t come equipped with a grill, so you’ll have to bring your own. But they do have picnic tables, so there’s that.

603 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94129

2. Mission Dolores Park

Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This is a tough one, while almost anything and everything goes at the city’s most popular park—from the selling of pot truffles to semi-nudity—the park doesn’t come equipped with BBQs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your own charcoal grill to get the party started. Just be sure to clean up your mess. Seriously.

Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. Baker Beach

1504 Pershing Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129

Is a park a beach? Sure, why not. This "park" provides charcoal grills should you be so inclined, or you can bring your own. And at the risk of making any hot dog puns, this is also one of San Francisco’s nude beaches. Just be sure to cover up any private bits that might fall victim to grease splatter from the grill.

1504 Pershing Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129

4. Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

There are so many places in Golden Gate Park to grill up some meat that they have a dedicated website showing you where they all are. But, really, the best way to BBQ here is to bring your own. The entire park is ideal for it. We recommend hitting up the area near Stow Lake. Or near the buffalo—just don’t get any ideas.

Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

5. Bayview Park

Bayview Park, San Francisco, CA

Great alternative to the city’s more populated park, Bayview allows for charcoal grilling. Also of note? The excellent views of the Bay.

Bayview Park
San Francisco, CA

6. Lafayette Park

2000 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Don your finest threads, grab your Burberry picnic blanket, and get your charcoal grill ready to fry up some meat in one of the chicest parks, located in Pacific Heights. Excellent views of sumptuous houses that border the park are not to be missed.

2000 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. Crissy Field

1199 East Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129

They provide both picnic tables and grills. Just get there early because the place fills up right-quick, especially during holiday weekends.

1199 East Beach
San Francisco, CA 94129

8. Ocean Beach

Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

While the beach doesn’t provide any grills, you can bring your own charcoal one inside one of their designated picnic areas. Come nighttime you can also enjoy blazing up a fire in one of the fire rings provided, between stairwells 15 and 20. (While BBQing isn’t recommended with the beach fire pits, we won’t stop anyone wishing to roast marshmallows.)

Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

9. Precita Park

300 Precita Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Picnic area near the children’s playground make this an excellent spot for family-grilling time. Even without a family, though, it's an excellent and woefully underrated park. Grills not provided; bring your own.

300 Precita Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Holly Park

Holly Park Cir, San Francisco, CA 94110

This Bernal Heights park provides its own grills, not to mention choice views of the city. It also has areas for baseball, basketball, and tennis should you want to work off those five chili hot dogs.

Holly Park Cir
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. John McLaren Park

San Francisco, CA 94134

The city’s second biggest park, it comes equipped with grills and tables. Lots of them. Perfect opportunity to finally check out this lovely park that often gets ignored for its big brother, Dolores Park.