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Founded in 1947 and located on busy Van Ness Ave, Tommy's Joynt is as much a landmark as it is a restaurant. The one of a kind Hofbrau is focused around freshly hand carved meats, generous portions, and over 100 different beers from all around the world. The menu highlights classic 1950's American cuisine at it's best. Famous for their Buffalo stew, large Turkey legs, braised lamb shanks and massive meaty sandwiches. Not the most ideal place for vegetarians, but it does offer salad items such as: macaroni, coleslaw, mixed pickled beans, and mixed vegetable salads. Pair your hot meal with one of the many "throwback" cocktails, or their classic Irish coffee. A unique place that truly captures the spirit of San Francisco and all it has to offer.

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (415) 775-3322

Fax: (415) 775-3322

Cocktail Lounges Restaurants
Payment method
no credit cards, cash only
Price Range
Corner of Van Ness and Geary Blvd
Northwest San Francisco, Cathedral Hill, Northeast San Francisco, Civic Center
Discounted parking 1 Hour Free validation
Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Delicatessens, American Restaurants, Sandwich Shops, German Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Deli, American, Sandwiches, Family Style, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, German, Bar & Grills, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

Good For Groups: Yes

Good For Family: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes


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Paula T.



Good thing they have affordable meals for students like me. I can save money to buy other school stuff.



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Awsome SF staple

i have had everything on the menu, which is posted on the wall. it is all good in the hood. you get your drinks from the bar or a waitress after you get your meal. dont skip the free pickle bucket right after the cash register. fun to sit upstairs a bit more private makes you feel like your in some cave.



nothing special.

Incredibly long wait, your hunger would have passed if you go here on a Friday or weekend night. Way too expensive for a very undistinguished menu. You're paying for its location--but you're within just a few blocks of some much better, *much* more authentic Mexican food that's literally half the price. The food and drinks aren't terrible, just ridiculously overpriced and nothing special.



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Chain Restaurants Bow Before Thee

Tommy's Joynt is so full of eye gouging craziness you could consider this the mother of TGIF, Apple Bees, Ed Debevics, and all the others. It's insane. The buffet style serving, the beer list, and the fun make this place awesome and truly unique for a city that loves high society eating and hippie granola organic tasties.

Google my blog ""freaking delicious"" if you want to see a video review I put together about this place. I show you the food, the in/outside, and truly show what this place is all about.



The House of Meat!

would vote this place "Best Meat and Potatoes Joint" in SF. They have a vast selection of Meaty offerings to make any Midwesterner feel at home. The place is well known for being able to order a sandwich and a drink for under $10. There selection of beer is very impressive. It's very much a cafeteria meets bar environment.

I always enjoy going here on my lunch, and the line is often out the door, but their speedy chefs keep it moving and get you seated faster than you'd expect. I work in the Financial district and often will take the Geary bus down, or grab a ride with a Friend, if that is any measure of my meaty likeness of this classic staple that's been in business since 1947...



good food and open late

It's a hof brau with a bar. The portions are huge, the food is good and it's open late. It's hard to ask for more than that!



i love tommy's joint!

I love going here whenever im around geary.They have all the type of meats and salads.The food t is very good just watch what you eat you have to watch those calories!.Give it a try you will love it.



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One of the Originals

As a native San Franciscan of over forty years, Tommy's Joint is a place that my dad used to visit as well as myself. A stop over for many celebs during the hay day of the rat-pack and such. This place has all the true ambience of a San Francisco landmark. Oh yes, and the food is terrific! You have not been to San Franciscvo unless you have stopped by Tommy's Joint.



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Great Spot for some Buffalo Stew and a Cold Beer

My buddy Dave took me to Tommy's Joynt when I first arrived to SF back in 2000. This place is a true SF landmark, and remains consistent each and everytime I visit. I just wish my Grandfather was still alive to join me there for a beer.



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Great sandwich, weird decor

I really enjoyed my pastrami sandwich, thought it was really good actually. I did pick a lot of fat off though, but I thought the meat and the bread were great. I didn't get any sides, so no comment on those. The thing I didn't like was all the stuff hanging from the ceiling and the walls. I like dives, I like pictures and things people collect. But this place looks like a horders paradise. There is stuff everywhere and it looks filthy. For some reason that's all I the thoughts I left with.....great sandwich, filthy place. But my boyfriend loves it because he thinks their meats are great i.e. the lamb. I would go back for a sandwich, I'd get it to go though.



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They don't actually make food you order to take out

The star is for the crappy service. I didn't even get the food. I just called in an order for take out, and the lady on the phone said it'd be ready in 10 minutes. After walking through the Tenderloin to get there, the lady working told me to go up to the register, and, lo and behold, the guys behind the counter started playing dumb. 'We don't got no take out order. What take out order?' Lady went up to them and said, 'I gave you an order ten minutes ago.' 'We don't got no order,' he answered and shrugged his shoulders. Next customer, no apologies, no attempt to rectify the situation. After being treated so rudely, I didn't stay for the food. I can only imagine what it tastes like if this is how they treat their customers.



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Filled up! Great food.

Talk about being stuffed! Your last ten bucks will have you limping out satisfied! Hot roast beef, quick to serve1 what more can you ask?



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Let the Booing Begin

I think that this review will probably get the same reception as when I march into a Giants game wearing Dodger Blue!! Tommy's WASN""T BAD but it wasn't a blow-my-socks-off WOW experience either. It was just OK in my book!! I went there with my girlfriend and we had two sandwiches... one pastrami and one corned beef. They were again not bad... but I can name other sandwich places that I like much better (Lefty's Downtown (same style) and Submarine Sandwich in West Portal). There was a lot of fat throughout the meat at Tommy's... I know that that is where the flavor comes from... but this was getting ridiculous!! The a la carte side dishes were good and I loved the tub of pickles. The $4.50 pint of Anchor Steam was a pretty common price. I will go back and try some of the specialties (heard good things about the Lamb Shank and the soup) And I've heard (and now read) that the happy hour is cheap and effective. I love a good DIVE... and to those of you who have chosen Tommy's as yours... I respect that!! But, the sandwich/meat aspect of the place did not WOW me. And judging by the large sides of meat all over the counter, that is a major part of Tommy's Joynt!!



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Good and Cheap Food FAST in an Eclectic Environment

It's a bar-like place with LOTS of seating, but the space is so designed to make it feel cozy (it's not just one large room). I'm amazed at how fast they're able to serve food up (cafeteria-style) and it's good, and they even have salad. They're pretty meat-centric, with pasta being central ... And the servers/chefs are nice and eclectic. Perhaps the best part - you can order dinner, a beverage, and a dessert and not have to worry about spending over $15.



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Can't believe I have lived here four years and hadn't been to Tommy's Joint! The minute I walked in I fell in love with the place! The buffet style food looked mouth watering. I got the corned beef and cabbage plate and a side of baked beans. The portions were huge!!!!! The minute I tasted the food it was so good that I was determined to eat everything on my plate. I did! The prices were incredible. For three people with sodas it cost around 25 bucks. You can't find those prices anywhere else in the city. I like the place so much that I'm getting hungry just writing this review. You have to go and experience Tommy's Joynt.



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Cheeze, pleeze

My girlfriend's been refusing to go here for years. Meat, beer, more meat and beer. I eat a lot of expense account meals so a meat and grease binge once in a while is mandatory. Great!



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Before you even walk into this landmark restaurant a smile will take you over as soon as you see the exterior of the building which has a brightly colored muralon it. Then you step into the place and you can see you have just been transported to old San Francisco. The food is on the right and will knock your socks off and for a price that hardly put a dent in your wallet. The bar is on the left with prices for drinks that seem pre 1960. This is the place to go to meet good friends or make new ones. The pastrami is killer, and every time I travel to SF I can't wait to go to tommy's joynt.NOT A PLACE TO MISS



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Food fit for a warrior

The Joynt isn't your average restaurant and because of that it is a unique eating experience in SF. Meatlovers welcome to Valhalla-- grab a lamb shank, order up a pint, and prepare for Odin's booming voice to order you to strap on your shield and march out one of the doors towards glory. Drinks are stiff and cheap, so instead of wasting your money down on Polk street stay at the Joynt and after dinner drink till closing (almost 2AM). Lost of different kinds of meats, but my favorites are the meatballs and the buffalo dishes. Try the buffalo(stew or chili) its hearty and lean. Great location; after dinner walk across the street to catch a movie at the AMC, or walk down Van Ness to the opera house. Don't let the tourists run our local treasures, this is classic 'Frisco'.



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Vat a bah-gen!

Love meat, love beer. Wish I found this place when I was in college, I'd have lived at this place. Still worth a weekly trip. Highly recommended.



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Best Corned Beef EVER!!!

I actually made two trips in 24 hours since I was staying at the hotel across the street. The corned beef and cabbage dinner was FABULOUS and the round of beef was very tasty as well. Definitely worth the money. I got the rum punch and it was only $5.50 at least $1.50 less than I'm used to paying for cocktails.