What better way to take advantage of the sunny weather and endless green scenery of Golden Gate Park in the summertime than to grill. Thousands of people come to the park every year to cook hamburgers and hot dogs, and enjoy heaping servings of potato salad and coleslaw. Whether you’re celebrating the Fourth of July or hosting a family reunion, you may bring your own Weber…or use one of the public BBQ grills already in the park.
Locations of BBQ Grills in the Park
• Elk Glen Meadow (on 26th Ave) – also offers picnic tables.
• George Washington Grove (MLK Drive & 25th Ave) – also equipped with picnic tables.
• Lindley Meadow (JFK Drive & 30th Ave) – The closest restroom is located towards the stables.
• Marx Meadow (JFK Drive & 26th Ave) – Restrooms are found across in Speedway.
• Pioneer Log Cabin Area (Stow Lake Drive – just off of JFK Drive) – offers both picnic tables and grills, and has a bathroom located by the Stow Lake Boathouse. Premium rental fees apply. Also, this picnic area is inaccessible by vehicles year-round on Sundays, and on Saturdays from April through September.
• Stow Lake Picnic Area (Stow Lake Drive – across from the Boathouse) – provides grills and picnic tables for visitors. Premium rental fees apply.
• Speedway Meadows (JFK Drive & 25th Ave) – has picnic tables and grills.
To reserve one of the locations in the park with BBQ grills for your next event or get-together, you can call (415) 831-5500 or visit the Pioneer Log Cabin located at Stow Lake & John F. Kennedy Drives – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday thru Friday), and 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays. Keep in mind that the office is closed from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays. You can make reservations six months prior to an event date.
BBQ Rules of the Park
• After using a grill, make sure to thoroughly put out your fire – live coals must not touch the grass.
• Do not toss away coals into any trash receptacles in the park.
• You must bag and remove your charcoal from the park.
• When bringing your own BBQ grill to the park, it must have a stand or legs that prevent the grill from directly touching the grass or picnic tables.
Other Ways to Eat BBQ in Golden Gate Park
Locals are not the only people to host BBQs in Golden Gate Park, as several fundraising and free events take place throughout the year that involve grilled foods and good times. For example, the Doin’ it in the Park BBQ was held recently on Labor Day weekend at Marx Meadow, where in addition to free barbeque, the family-friendly event filled the air with the sounds of an all-star lineup of DJs.
Also, the San Francisco Horseshoe Pitching Club has hosted the Horseshoe Tournament and BBQ at the GGP Horseshoe Courts in the past, where spectators get to enjoy the atmosphere for free. Spectators can pay $15 to enjoy BBQ and beer, while teams of two pay $40 to join the tournament, eat barbeque, and drink beer for the price.
The Golden Gate Park Golf Course also offers barbequed food for visitors of the park at their restaurant called the Ironwood BBQ, which includes wood-grilled pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket, chicken, and full racks of BBQ ribs on the menu – all slathered with a special house BBQ secret sauce. The restaurant is located at 47th and Fulton inside of Golden Gate Park, and is open 7 days a week with hours that vary according to the season. You can call (415) 751-8987 for more details.