Joe's Cable Car Restaurant

(415) 334-6699

4320 Mission St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94105

37.728344 -122.431840

Open Hours

Daily 11am-11pm

 
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Neighborhoods: Southeast, Mission Terrace

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From The Owners of Joe's Cable Car Restaurant

The burgers at this Outer Mission landmark draw raves from all over the city.

Reviews for Joe's Cable Car Restaurant

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Good food, way over-priced. A neat place, a DDD restaurant that's got a fun atmosphere and good food. The problem is that two burgers for two people who shared a side of fries and a milkshake--and ordered nothing else, not even soda--should not cost $58 after tax and a moderate tip. While the food is good, it's frustrating to leave what would otherwise have been a decent experience feeling used and ripped off, like Joe cares far less about me and his food and far more about the money he can make off every unsuspecting tourist looking for an interesting meal. Just remember when you get there: *everything* is a la carte.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Great Burgers! – I'd read the mixed reviews, but was keen to try it. We made sure we'd worked up an appetite and were not disappointed. Best beef burger I've had in a while.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Really Dissapointed – I am a huge fan of Triple D, so much so that I have started a Triple D destination wish list of food adventures. Whew...that is a mouthful. After watching the episode featuring Joe's Cable Car I got excited because it was only a short day trip from my home. The burgers looked yummy and the atmosphere fun, so I added it to my list.

So when I was invited for a weekend getaway with some friends to San Francisco, I jumped at the chance to visit the city and told them that we absolutely had to go to Joe’s for a burger.

After a long day traversing the warf and sampling other local food favorites, we hauled our weary bodies off to Joe’s. When we arrived at our destination, we were a little thrown off by all the tow-away signs posted around their parking area; we were not really sure how to take it. So not taking any chances we parked in the only spot that wasn’t marked with a tow-away sign, and made our way into the restaurant.

The atmosphere was everything they showed on Triple D, and the waitress greeted us with a smile and seated us; eight total mind you, three adults and five kids. So we get our group settled and open the menus and all three of the adult’s have the collective bugging of the eyes. The cheapest burger was $9.95, for THE burger, the fries were extra. So we thought what the heck, we’ll all share burgers since we were not that hungry anyway and at the very least we could say we tried it. Well you can share a burger alright, for a $6 split plate fee, and if we wanted to split the check it was going to be an additional minimum of $15 per person, or at least that is how we took the waitress’s explanation. She also told us that they discouraged sharing because Joe wanted everyone to have their own burger. Hmm... We knew the kids were not going to eat their own burgers, even if they were rather small, and at that point we were too far in to just pick up and leave, and rather embarrassed to boot. So my friends didn’t order anything and we argued with the waitress over the split plate fee for the kids and won. As for myself I ordered my own burger since I made such a fuss of coming here and had one of my daughters order her own as well. We also ordered a large plate of fries for the kids to share and they each ordered milkshakes at six bucks a pop…ouch.

When the food arrived I was hugely disappointed. The burger was good, but certainly not the best I have ever tasted, (Hodad’s holds that honor) and certainly not worth the $111 bill I had to pay when all was said and done (They charge an automatic %15 gratuity on parties of 5 or more btw). I can at least say I tried it and marked it off my list, but had I known before hand of the price gouging, I most definitely would not have drug souch a large group here, and we could have treated ourselves to a nice dinner on the warf instead.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

The Worst Food (Burgers & Fries Included) – Our expectations for a good hamburger and fries dinner were dashed at Joe's.

Despite the fuss about the home-ground beef, etc., the beef did not taste any better than most burger joints.

However, the French fries and the fish (in Fish & Chips) were definitely straight from the freezer and both unpalatable.

At $17.50 a pop for each, which included two shakes, for food which was hugely disappointing, only added insult to injury.

Do yourself a favor - stay away from Joe's.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Hamburger Ever – Truly lived up to Guy's Recommendation. Joe is outgoing and enjoys his patrons. The chefs put on a show with the meat trimming and grinding. No hamburger can match these, truly the best I have ever had.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Good Burger, But.. – The burger was very good, but dont know if it is all that. Small dining area, but service seems to be OK. I saw this on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives so tried it on a visit to the city by the bay. The place is way over priced for a burger, after all it is not made from Prime Rib.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

a classic restaurant with excellent burgers!!! – when my friend's were driving me over to Joe's, I was like, where in BFE are we going? But it was absolutely worth the trip. You can't beat the burgers at Joe's. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. You can't go wrong if you're craving some meat!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

I LOVED This Place – With mixed reviews about this place 'not being local serving,' I did not know what to expect, but, as a foody I do not know how I overlooked this place! The food was GREAT, wait staff was excellent, the place is CLEAN, parking easy (in their own lot right beside the restaurant). I thought the PRICES REASONABLE for what you get. First: THE FOOD, as shown on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives he grinds his own every day with high quality beef. This costs money. Neighbors--get over it. This is NOT a local serving fast-cheap-food-restaurant, it is a destination for the best hamburger. My hamburger was $10.75, fries $3.25. Cheesecake Restaurant (chain) charges $12.00 for their best hamburger. I thought the prices were reasonable for what you get. The fries are as good as In-and-Out-Burger. There is a nice choice of several hamburgers or you can do your own. They are cooked to order as you specify. A nice touch for someone who has educated several cooks as to what "medium-rare" means (I send well-done back). Second: PRICES, reasonable for what you get. If you want cheap there at lots of places to go. Third, LOCATION, a bit hard to find. I live an hour away and will happily go again--enough said. If you are going to San Francisco and love hamburgers you should not miss this place. The cable car theme IS San Francisco. Fourth, CLEAN--I think this is the cleanest restaurant I have ever been in. The place was spotless. Staff quickly cleared tables, I saw someone carefully scrub a table with soap and water! Kitchen was spotless and so were bathrooms (I asked my wife). Most restaurants are pig-stys (sp?) compared to this place. I cannot wait to get back.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Waaaaaaay overpriced and POOR service – Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is a show I watch religiously and I always wished that I could go to some of those restaurants featured. So, I saw that episode on the Food Channel featuring this restaurant and I got excited. I mean, I live about an hour and a half away from San Francisco and I planned a trip to go there just to eat at Joe's with my family.

When we get there, it's exactly what the show featured. Over decorated but had a fun feel to it. Opened the menu and a 4oz patty melt is over 11 dollars and to upgrade the patty to a 6 oz is an additional $3 or if you'd like to go bigger and get an 8 oz it's an extra $5. I figured this must be a delicious patty. SOOOO NOT. First of all I ordered it medium rare and I got a patty that was still mooing. The size of the thing was so not worth it either. At the prices they were serving those things for, I should have been eating the thing with a fork and spoon on pretty faltware. They serve their food on paper plates. Oh, and the burgers don't come with sides, they are sold seperately. So, of course, extra money if you want fries. You want cheese? Extra. What? You want a refill? Try getting the attention of your server while they're in the corner of the restaurant chatting away with their co-workers.

Hey, I'm pretty easy to please and I've never been to a restaurant where I really regretted going to but this place is a joke. I've had better burgers at a lower price. It would have been worth it if the service wasn't so sh**y. I didn't want to curse but there wasn't any other way to say it. Those who have had great service here, lucky you. Maybe we were being discriminated, I don't know. Please don't tell me I need to be a regular to get better service.

Lessons learned? Don't trust Guy Fieri and never eat at Joe's Cable Car again.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Avoid at all cost – I know Guy Fiere did a special about this over rated , over priced, no community giving , rude , no respect for neighbors man. I have had better and paid less . The e-mail Guy Fieri must have received was probably from someone in his family. Oh he looks the part but, he is such a phony and did not deserve that spot on the food Network. He treats his employees like slaves and is constanly yelling. at them .Guy must be running out of places to go.

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