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The Grubstake

1525 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109-4611
+1 415-673-8268
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good48%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“burgers” (19 reviews)
“steak” (10 reviews)
“onion rings” (3 reviews)
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American, Bar, Portuguese
$$ - $$$
1525 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109-4611
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1 - 10 of 152 reviews

Reviewed September 21, 2017

It's an attractive restaurant because of its quirky design. Food was perfectly OK but nothing to excite. I might have been put off by the language coming from a group of four at the bar. Worth a visit - but probably only one.

Thank Liberton
Reviewed August 31, 2017

Was a little apprehensive after having read most of the reviews for this eatery. However this is good place to have a meal in rather pleasant surroundings, especially after an 11 hour flight. Our first time in San Francisco (August 11 & 12) and had...More

Thank footloosenfree
Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

Okay. We had high expectations. We took a $40 uber over to get the food and the experience. The burgers were fair. Not amazing by any means. The fries are again... ok. The service. Not bad. Not good. But strange. Under the influence maybe? We...More

Thank Angela S
Reviewed July 3, 2017

Made a special trip over to the Grubstake expecting a killer burger (look at the picture) and according to some reviews. Unfortunately, what we got was an average burger and average service. The place is so unique, an old cable car converted into a diner....More

Thank Donald H
Reviewed June 18, 2017

the concierge in the hotel I was using suggested I go to the Grubstake to get a cheeseburger. The restaurant has a lot of ambiance and the food was okay. However, like everything in SF, it is not cheap!! The Grubstake is open until 4AM...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed May 31, 2017

The main positive about this venue is that it stays open late. The food was decent but nothing startling. Had a nice pumpkin pie for desert as the waitress claimed they were famous for it.

Thank BobbyHeenanFan
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Grubstake is mainly awesome because it stays open until late, unlike most places in SF. Other pluses include the original style of the restaurant as a cable car replica, and the interesting people you get to see dining in the middle of the night. The...More

Thank Eirini P
Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

Went here for a couple reasons. 1- it was close to the hotel and we were exhausted from being on the road all day. 2- it was listed on the Diners, drive-ins, and dives list as a good place to eat in San Francisco. The...More

Thank linzbonn
Reviewed May 10, 2017

The food is so tasty. You have so many options, it's hard to chose because anytime I'm in SF is nhave to come here and try it all! I can't wait to go back here with my husband and show him what the west coast...More

Thank Mary W
Reviewed May 1, 2017

Great, friendly group of employees running the place as a team. The environment is super cool; the restaurant is made of cable cars! The food was hot and came out blazing fast. It is a late night place so it can be noisy but it...More

Thank Katie C
Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the
city and is home to amazing architecture and views.
The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for
those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be
rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful
architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated
with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all
were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $22
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1525 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109-4611
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-673-8268
  • E-mail
A dinner & late-night legend of the Polk Gulch area in San Francisco, CA. Grubstake (in it's many forms) has a tenancy that can be traced back to 1919 & there's no end to the classic breakfast, burgers & stacks being served up daily.
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