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Joanie's Happy Days Diner

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Fisherman’s Wharf
American, Diner
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1329 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-1331
415-928-4343
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6:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 156
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  • 113
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 3
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Highly Recommended!

We visited San Francisco for 3 nites on March 24-27, and was staying at the Columbus Inn about 3 blocks up the street from Joanie's. Based on the excellent reviews, we decided to have breakfast here on our 2nd morning. The restaurant was just as described by readers, nothing fancy. Since it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Vancouver
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We visited San Francisco for 3 nites on March 24-27, and was staying at the Columbus Inn about 3 blocks up the street from Joanie's. Based on the excellent reviews, we decided to have breakfast here on our 2nd morning. The restaurant was just as described by readers, nothing fancy. Since it was Thursday, it was only 1/2 full at... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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49 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

They made some really good lox sandwich. This place was very accommodating for my toddler as well. He loved their blueberry pancakes.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We had breakfast here on our first morning in SF. Excellent choice of dishes for breakfast. Typically american breakfast with huge portions and well cooked. Coffee rather weak - but I think this is typical of America. Recommended if staying close by. Also recommend Hollywood Cafe a few blocks down.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Was heading for fisherman's wharf anyway for segwaying so grabbed a groupon for this place. A very informal diner... much like a UK cafe. Service seemed slow and inattentive... A table nearby struggled to pay. The staff seemed to keep busy but avoided customers too much. The food was fine... and as you would expect for a diner.

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pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Very convenient to the Holiday Inn so we went there. Large bowl of oatmeal was unappealling and the fruit came late but I didn't want the oatmeal to get cold. The egg eaters seemed happy with their omelets.

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Davie, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a typical breakfast place with a large menu and good food. Not the best breakfast I ever had, but the portions were HUGE. I'd recommend the potatoes over the has browns. The pancakes were good. I was happy and surprised they let me sub a pancake for toast! The service was great! They were very attentive, kept the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Had a great breakfast close to hotel but away from hustle and bustle of other streets in the area. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful.. Staff were friendly and very obliging. Sat outside on a lovely morning and enjoyed views.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Food is good. Great service. We stayed in SF for 3 days and we visited Joanie's Happy Days Diner every morning.

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Algonquin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

would recommend to fill your belly to start a busy day sight seeing in San Francisco. There are quite a few choices and all that were ordered were excellent.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My daughter and I ate here on our overnight trip to San Francisco. We shared an omelette and it actually came split onto two plates for us. It was delicious. The portions are generous. I also had a cup of fresh fruit- best fruit I have eaten in a restaurant. The restaurant itself is charming and the service was excellent.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1329 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-1331
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: 415-928-4343

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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