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Joanie's Happy Days Diner

1329 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-1331 (Russian Hill)
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Ranked #105 of 4,920 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
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233 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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Southborough, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Great selection of breakfast food. Well prepared and comes along with excellent service. A lot less expensive then hotel fare and much faster.

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We had "brunch" here our first day in San Francisco. Their meals are HUGE so come hungry ! I couldn't even finish my omlette which is rare for me. All the food looks delicious and it is probably one of the cheaper places to eat near the wharf. It seemed busy but service was quick.

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Mount Olive, New Jersey
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138 reviews 138 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

My hotel recommended happy days when I asked for great taste local and reasonable breakfast options. The 3 waiters worked together flawlessly, two offered suggestions, my coffee cup was never empty, and they never stopped moving making sure no one needed anything. The decision was between the eggs Benedict or the has as eggs. I went for the hash and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Eggs Benedict A+; Waffles the best; Service awesome; definitely recommend this place!! Came all the way from Texas and loved starting our trip with a great breakfast

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Grants Pass, Oregon
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I wish we'd discovered Joanie's earlier in our trip. This place was the bomb! They had the best hash browns ever, and I'm not usually a big hash browns fan ... they were crispy and perfectly golden. Eggs Benny was also great, as was the Belgian Waffle with Fruit. The prices were similar to what we'd pay for this kind... More

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119 reviews 119 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We ate there our last day. I grew up watching Happy Day's, she owns it but doesn't work there. My son had the sausage gravy and biscuits with awesome long square home fries, my dauaghter and I both had the huge waffle with butter, whip cream and tons of fruit and maple syrup and my husband had eggs with potatoes... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were referred to this little restaurant by the staff of the Marriott Courtyard, just a few steps away. Large portions of typical breakfast food - but beautifully presented, with fresh fruit artfully arranged. Our group of 5 received a complimentary fresh fruit platter,piled high with multiple fruits, as delicious as it looked. Breakfast kept us full for the day!... More

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Rancho Cordova, California, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

In an over priced area this place was slightly lower and the food was good. Large plates you might want to share.

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Kalispell, Montana
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

It was nice to be able to walk in and grab a table. Proximity to the Pier is wonderful, without all of the crowds of the pier. The servers were pleasant and the food arrived quickly. The serving sizes are beyond ample ~ we ate about half of the food. The food tasted like typical fare from an American diner.

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were staying at the Holiday Inn just around the corner and I remembered this little café was mentioned in a few reviews that I had read before travelling. It's a great place for breakfast with a wide variety of pancakes, waffles and other hot breakfast favourites to chose from: eggs, bacon, french toast etc. They do their own version... More

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