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Joe's Cable Car Restaurant ***

Closing March 16, 2014

Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, San Francisco, California

4320 Mission Street (at Silver)
Mission District near Alemany
San Francisco

Google Map of Joe's
Cable Car Restaurant


Cuisine: Old-Fashioned American

Description & Atmosphere
OK... so we watched Guy Fieri from the Food Network TV Show "Diners, Drive-In's and Dives" as he munched down — and raved over — one of Joe's famous hamburgers (or as owner Joe likes to call them, "Fresh Ground Steaks."

Fresh red meat - Joe grinds his own fresh chuck daily  at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Always on a quest to find the perfect hamburger, we set out for Joe's Cable Car Restaurant (located in San Francisco's Mission District) to taste for ourselves. Judging from the crowds inside — and the line out the door — we weren't the only "hamburger-lovers" who watched Guy's TV show!

Expect a line out the door at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, CA

Some say that Joe's burgers are the best in San Francisco — and you know what... they're the best we've tasted!

Neon lights and whimsical decor inside Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

The casual restaurant offers booth and table seating. Decor is somewhat whimsical. Fieri describes the neon lights inside the restaurant as a "little Vegas" — Joe says the theme is "cheerful."  Whatever... the burgers are sure to bring a smile to your face :)

Alana enjoying a 4oz hamburger (smallest size) - Joe's Cable Car Restaurant also offers 6oz and 8oz burgers - they're amazingly good!
4oz (smallest size) Hamburger!



Fresh red meat - Joe grinds his own fresh chuck daily  at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Food
Joe (an Armenian native who came to San Francisco in 1962), grinds his own fresh chuck daily — and you can really taste the difference.

Fresh red meat - Joe grinds his own fresh chuck daily  at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Big, fresh, juicy and flavorful best describe the Fresh Ground Beef Steaks (100% U.S.D.A. federally selected choice beef chuck) that are available in three sizes — 4oz, 6oz and 8oz.

The California Fresh Ground Beef Steak, topped with butter sauteed Bermuda onions, sesame seed bun and garnish - fresh, juicy and delicious! - Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, SF
The California Fresh Ground Beef Steak

The Cable Fresh Ground Beef Steak - everyone's favorite! Burgers come in 4oz, 6oz and 80z sizes at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, California
The Cable Fresh Ground Beef Steak

Hamburger Options
Enjoy an amazing variety of hamburger options, including:

  • The Cable Burger
  • Joe's Burger
  • The California Burger
  • The Mushroom Burger
  • The Bacon Burger
  • The French Burger
  • The Tom Burger
  • The Pita Burger
  • The Patty Melt
  • The Diet Burger
  • The Chili Burger
  • Avocado Burger
  • Pizza Burger
  • Country Burger
  • Terriyaki Burger
  • BBQ Burger
  • Rib Eye Steak
  • Steak A La Joe

Skinny Fries and thick Onion Rings are deliciously crisp and tasty — and not in the least bit greasy. Either one is a perfect complement to the burger — don't even think about counting calories... just enjoy!

Crispy Fries go well with the hamburgers at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Sandwiches, Fresh Salads and Hot Dogs are also available.



Owner Joe has been serving up his famous burgers since 1965

Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

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Outside Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, CA

Neon lights and whimsical decor inside Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Inside Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, SF, CA

You can see that Joe is passionate about his food — he's been turning out exceptional burgers for over 40 years!

And he really knows how to work a crowd and make you feel as if you're "family" — this is a great place for young and old alike... and everyone in between!

Owner Joe and Alana at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Cooks and waitstaff serving delicious burgers at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in SF, California

Tip
Don't ask for your burger well-done (even if you're a Brit like me) — they prefer to serve them medium-rare, unless you specify otherwise. We compromised — one medium (pictured below) and one medium-well (that would be mine) and both tasted absolutely delicious!

Medium burger at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Delicious Milk Shakes and Malts are made with Bud's famous San Francisco Ice Cream at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, SF, California

Milk Shakes & Malts
Milk Shakes and Malts are made with Bud's famous San Francisco Ice Cream. The shake is the perfect consistency — not too thick so you can drink it through a straw :)

Delicious Milk Shakes and Malts are made with Bud's famous San Francisco Ice Cream at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, SF, California

Flavors come in Banana, Chocolate, Coffee, Strawberry, Vanilla, Root Beer Float, Root Beer Freeze and Orange Freeze — or any combination. Our favorite is the Chocolate Banana Malted Milk Shakes — yum!

Alana loves the Chocolate Banana Malted Milk Shakes at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, CA

Soft drinks, Beer and Wines are also available.

Burgers on the grill in the kitchen at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, SF, CA

Crispy Onion Rings are not to be missed at Joe's Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco, CA

Hours
Open daily 11am-11pm
(except announced holidays)

Reservations
No reservations; be prepared to wait in line during peak hours and weekends

Parking
Limited free parking (at side and back of restaurant) and metered street parking

Service
Friendly and efficient service — with a smile

Prices
Moderate*

*$6.00 cover charge for split-plate orders. $15 minimum service charge per person. Gratuity charge for parties of five or more. Major credit cards accepted.

More Info
Joe's Cable Car Restaurant
415-334-6699

 

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