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Grubstake Diner

Diner, Portuguese Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco
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  • Donny M.
    Donny MirandaJuly 2, 2015
    Good, prices, food were awesome. The servers were two boys doing the best. And they have quince jam. Late night, good food.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    This stalwart diner just off Polk Street serves until 4 a.m., and is well known as a pre-hangover, pre-sleep, drunk-eating spot. We'd say it's still a solid bet for the greasiest of hangover remedies. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Many a potential hangover has been staved off with a bowl of the Caldo Verde. Fans shouldn't wait, since the fate of the building rests in the hands of new owners (with possible development plans). Read more
  • squeasel
    squeaselJune 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful fake grapes on the ceiling & tasty late night food without fluorescent hell lights. Try the baccalao, the nugget burger & their homemade hot sauce. Order to go if the 2am wait is too long.
  • Cesar T.
    Cesar TamondongAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Their blueberry cheesecake is one of their best desserts!!! If you see it on the menu board, order it since it may be weeks or a full quarter before its back on the menu!
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LMarch 8, 2015
    I like the atmosphere.. good nugget burger n Portuguese pork chop :) service was little slow but friendly enough~ goos for late dining~ I will come back for more ;P
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJanuary 18, 2016
    THE late night place to eat. Food is solid. If you're in a snack mood you won't be disappointed by the mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers. Quick service!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Guy Fieri, host of Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, visits the Grubstake Diner, an old-time American restaurant in downtown San Francisco, that serves up Portuguese specialties. Read more
  • Badger B.
    Badger BadgerMarch 20, 2016
    Decent burgers that fill that late night hole. Good beer selection. Charming retro feeling inside. Always get a table
  • Audrey B.
    Audrey BRUISSONAugust 24, 2014
    Perfect place to grab some food after a long night partying in the city! The burger options will satisfy your starving belly!
  • Aldo G.
    Aldo GrreybearNovember 5, 2013
    We love the Grub! If you [out-of-towners] think the prices are a bit high, wait till you see how much food you're getting for the money.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 15, 2014
    Rare means rare at Grubstake, and most people love this burger after a long night of cocktails and beer. Read more
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigSeptember 28, 2013
    First time I've ever seen a velvet rope at a diner. Attitude got way better on the inside though. Friendly staff and ten bucks for a legit burger. Without fries. Those cost more. Don't ask.
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    The food is excellent and the service is gruff but friendly. A great spot for super late dining, make sure to stop in between 2 and 4 am at least once.
  • Hugo B.
    Hugo BernardoApril 18, 2013
    The only spot where you can find Portuguese food in the city, and it's open until 4am. Super bock and bacalhau!
  • Cesar T.
    Cesar TamondongMay 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Look out for their blueberry cheesecake! When it's on the menu, pass the word (or not if you want to save yourself a slice)!
  • Lawrence W.
    Lawrence WangOctober 1, 2014
    The bacalhau cozido com todos (baked cod with veggies) is a pretty healthy alternative to the usual diner fare.
  • Jon H.
    Jon HallJune 21, 2014
    Check the board for specials and make sure you leave room if you order dessert: the 'a la mode' scoops are massive.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HiltachkAugust 12, 2014
    They put chicken tenders on the Specials list; that's how many f**** this place doesn't give. Awesome diner.
  • Rebeca G.
    Rebeca Garcia1 week ago
    Had the Portuguese bacalhau and it was delicious! Cool spot cool music
  • Nuno S.
    Nuno SilvestreSeptember 28, 2010
    As a Portuguese cooker I can tell that the food is good but a little different that the original recipes. Anyway, is a place to go and where I can drink a "Sagres" beer!
  • Constanza C.
    Constanza CoronelNovember 3, 2017
    They have Portuguese food on the menu, and even great choices for breakfast . Plus the place its dope!
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrmerodMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the house-made hot sauce for that burger! After your meal, buy a bottle to go.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayFebruary 12, 2012
    What's not to love. Super late night eats, they put up with your drunk ass, and the food's not bad at all. Shut up and give them your money!
  • Paul M.
    Paul MaddisonJuly 5, 2012
    Awesome cheap US food, with Portuguese beer (shame :-) )
  • Peter D.
    Peter DownsSeptember 15, 2013
    Get the breakfast special! Eggs, French toast , sausage, don't forget the home fries!
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin Van NessJuly 2, 2011
    If you're looking for breakfast, the Mountain Man breakfast is very good. Sour Dough toast is an option with it!
  • Vince V.
    Vince ViloriaNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Give your burger some extra kick, order a side of their potato salad and throw some in.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TaylorJune 16, 2017
    Solid veggie burger - definitely recommend. Also has an extensive beer selection.
  • Vince V.
    Vince ViloriaMay 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Nugget burger is awesome, cooked at least medium or it soaks through the bun. Not cash only anymore!
  • X
    XFebruary 13, 2011
    Ask for a "veggie omelet" and you'll get a special mix of whatever vegetables are fresh that day. It's always good and keeps you eating a variety of foodstuffs!
  • WhiskyAvenger
    Great for post bar fatty food consumption so you can keep the party going.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviNovember 17, 2015
    Amazing for a 24 hour diner. Get a milkshake with your fries
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 10, 2012
    Pancakes are amazing. I liked mine with the freshly brewed iced tea.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CoffeeJanuary 10, 2015
    You gotta try this place at least once. Seating is kind of close together cause the place is small.
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PollockFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great for a late night snack - they are open until 4 AM!
  • Garon C.
    Garon Cummings1 week ago
    Been here 10+ times
    222 breakfast special with the verde sauce is great late night
  • Dayle J H.
    Dayle J HoffmannOctober 3, 2016
    Chkn Sand is worth finishing!! w/ sweet potato fries...
  • mikey r.
    mikey ruizApril 19, 2010
    Order the Nugget, it will change your life. And if your out for a late night, be sure to save some cash for dinner. They don't take card.
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayNovember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great burgers, onion rings, potato skins. If you're craving perfectly greasy food, this is your place
  • Nigel P.
    Nigel PhillipsFebruary 9, 2014
    The Rock Cod special was tasty. Came with veggies & rice.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TaylorFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food,but have been here twice on Sat evenings when not busy and been ignored.Not cool when you have somewhere to be after.
  • Vincent L.
    Vincent LoweJune 9, 2014
    Ask for the Black Bean Soup. It's a classic and it's done just right!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanApril 10, 2012
    you cant count calories here. get the burger with the fried egg in it.
  • Santiago D.
    Santiago DuarteSeptember 5, 2014
    Nice dinner in SF. They have good burgers and buffalo wings.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RichardsFebruary 14, 2010
    The onion rings are awesome. Also the cream cheese poppers are great. Lots of white hot cream exploding in your mouth. mmmmmm
  • Tom G.
    Tom GrahamMarch 18, 2017
    Good steaks. Delicious entrees. Awesome shakes.
  • Dayle J H.
    Dayle J HoffmannOctober 3, 2016
    Sean at the bar is an amazing human! Humanity and Compassion - say hello!
  • Erica J. S.
    Erica J. SimpsonAugust 2, 2014
    Still great after all these years. The staff is wonderful.
  • Casey H.
    Casey HoganJune 27, 2014
    Mocha milkshake. Do it. Best thing ever.
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