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Joanie's Happy Days Diner

1329 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-1331 (Russian Hill)
415-928-4343
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Ranked #113 of 4,936 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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English first
Grove, Oxfrordshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We stopped by for breakfast. We all had pancakes with various fillings. Everyone enjoyed the meal, reasonably priced and good service.

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Birmingham
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Our hotel recommended Joanie's for breakfast and I had their French toast with two scrambled eggs, two sausages and strawberries. The portion was very generous and the French toast was the best I've ever had. It was so fluffy and light. The service was also amazing with very friendly staff who couldn't do enough for you. Would definitely recommend Joanie's... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We found this on tripadvisor on our first morning in San Francisco, and then ate there for the other 2 mornings that we were there. Food was great, good selection, all tasted fresh. Very good friendly service, yum!

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Honolulu, HI
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Joanie's was very close to our hotel and that's how we found it. I'm so glad we did! It was one of the best breakfasts I've had traveling. It is pretty busy but some how everyone who comes to eat can find a place to eat. The wait staff is friendly, efficient and very professional. They all work extremely hard!... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This diner is less than a block away from our hotel. While looking for a place to eat using yelp.com, we passed by this diner and saw the Trip Advisor sticker on the window. So we decided to try it and see for ourselves. We were not disappointed! The portions are great, taste great! My daughter had the fruit plate,... More

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England
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you're looking for somewhere small, low cost, clean and quite to eat, this place is perfect. Oh and the food is delicious! Don't waste your money on high cost restaurants near the piers! Just walk here :) we also loved that they didn't write a tip expectancy on the check. Therefore we actually tipped more.

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Manchester
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88 reviews 88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I might be being a bit harsh with 3 stars here as we did all enjoy our breakfast, however there was an underlying taste to all the fried elements of antique oil. Waffles - looked great. My son had a waffle covered in cream and bananas which he loved. Pancakes - fluffy, and much loved by my daughter Fired Breakfast... More

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Michigan, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Nothing fancy but good food and friendly workers! We had breakfast and there was a huge selection to choose from. SRO by the time we left.

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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