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Joe's Cable Car

(Now Closed)
Burger Joint and Diner$$$$
Mission Terrace, San Francisco
  • The experts at Food Network and SFist recommend this place
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  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    The real draw is the ground ribeye and chuck steaks that Joe grinds fresh daily. Choose between 16 variations on the 4-, 6- and 8-ounce ground steak and top it all off with a slice of carrot cake. Read more
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Guy Fieri, uncovers the best of the best at Joe's Cable Car in San Francisco, CA, where the classic burgers are made from fresh-ground steak every day. Read more
  • Carolina P.
    Carolina PokidayloDecember 31, 2013
    Amazing burgers, yummy shakes, friendly servers and awesome decor. Definitely would recommend a visit if you love hitting up local spots.
  • Michael
    MichaelFebruary 13, 2014
    8 oz Medium Rare Bacon Burger w/ Swiss Cheese was delicious and juicy! But pricey though but, I would definitely go again.
  • ronaldmulero
    ronaldmuleroApril 17, 2010
    Seriously awesome burger! Quite possibly the BEST burger in the USA. Ordered 4oz med-rare with everything. No need for ketchup or mustard. Worth every penny. (Cardboard fries, though.)
  • Anita C.
    Anita CSeptember 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Despite giant signs in the lot saying they're open 11-11, they sometimes close early. Call before you go!
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie Sorensen-SegelFebruary 27, 2010
    This is, quite frankly, the BEST burger in San Francisco Bay Area. Perhaps the best on the planet. must add this place to your "bucket" list!
  • Desert H.
    Desert HookedApril 5, 2011
    Yes it's a good burger, but at twice the price I would pay for it. Two 4oz burgers, two shakes, and a large fry was $50 before tip. This was a $25 meal at best.
  • RB
    RBMarch 29, 2011
    Delicious burgers and milkshakes. Prices are high but you are paying for quality. You can also earn prizes!
  • Jay F.
    Jay FactorDecember 13, 2012
    The theme is such a classic! If you wanna relive the good ol' life, come to this spot!
  • Jules M.
    Jules MillerFebruary 23, 2010
    The #2 and #3 burgers are an onion-lovers treat! Skip the fries though. Bit expensive, but a good treat when you want homemade taste. Read more
  • Alice M.
    Alice MyerhoffOctober 26, 2009
    Eat the juiciest drippingest delicious-est burger in San Francisco and feel good that you're supporting a local business. Plus they've got compostable plates! Read more
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BuckleyMarch 19, 2013
    One of the worst restaurant choices in SF. Large Fry and an 8oz burger with cheese and egg was $25 before tip. Burger is okay but all the other ingredients are cheap (Walmart cheap). SKIP
  • Curstina G.
    Curstina GJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best burger in town and great shakes. Plus there's parking.
  • rishi s.
    rishi sJanuary 26, 2010
    If you love juicy burgers you should try this place. Don't forget to get your onion rings and shake. Go try it Read more
  • Kati S.
    Kati StubblebineMay 27, 2011
    The burgers are great but skip the coffee shake or choose a different flavor.
  • Curstina G.
    Curstina GFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Closing for good March 17tg. Must go soon. Joe is retiring.
  • Diane R.
    Diane RJune 23, 2013
    Very good burgers, but milkshakes are not worth $6. Very expensive lunch for 3!
  • Carlo S.
    Carlo SilvioMarch 6, 2013
    Decent burger, but too expensive. The 2 of us had burgers and shakes and it was $55. Wow.
  • Miwa N.
    They are closing after many years of dedication to burgers.
  • Rev C.
    Rev CiancioJune 29, 2010
    If you want the freshest and juiciest hamburger in SF, you've found the right place! Click link for full review. Read more
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Joe's Cable Car as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Keith M.
    Keith MSeptember 23, 2012
    They need more knock knacks, but food is Awesome.
  • Gregory Trevor R.
    Gregory Trevor RiceJuly 10, 2013
    Way too expensive for a burger, fries and a malt, especially served on disposable plates with plastic forks and knives. 6oz ABC burger for $20, not including fries, shake, tax, or tip.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RosenbergJanuary 11, 2012
    Great food, but too expensive to bring the family to.
  • Claudio P.
    Claudio PalmaFebruary 23, 2014
    Try the Bacon Cheese Burger With Fries
  • Maria C.
    Maria CarazoFebruary 24, 2013
    Had a killer patty melt
  • David B.
    David BoneJuly 9, 2011
    Overrated. Their burgers are decent that's for sure. But for the price it's just not worth it. I don't care if nick fieri did a show on it
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PariserJanuary 10, 2010
    Delicious burgers!! Expensive though, at $12 per, and they have a share fee of $6.
  • Colin M.
    Colin MoriartyApril 24, 2010
    Look at the prices on the menu. You would think these average burgers were plated in gold. I've never seen a place so overtly desperate for your money. No fries with your burger? $25 minimum to park?
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 25, 2012
    This place is over rated. Burger I had was super over cooked and dry and fries were Luke warm (1 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Erika D.
    Erika DFebruary 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Milkshakes are delicious :-)
  • Nathaniel S.
    Nathaniel SinlaoJanuary 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The burgers are good but WAY overpriced. Sliders is a cheaper alternative.
  • Howard C.
    Howard CFebruary 22, 2014
    Patty melt is not grilled
  • Harold H.
    Harold HoffmanSeptember 12, 2011
    Go hungry!
  • Ann M.
    Ann MontgomeryFebruary 13, 2012
    Omg. $20 burgers.
  • s.
    s.March 27, 2010
    They have the most amazing malted shakes.
  • Alexis C.
    Alexis CórdovaFebruary 21, 2010
    Great food, but way too expensive. If you're going to charge at minimum $8 for a burger, you cannot serve it on a styrofoam plate. Absolutely not.
  • Linda A.
    Linda AndersonMarch 8, 2014
    Not great. Unexpectedly pricey.
  • Stacey T.
    Stacey TanMarch 2, 2014
    Closing down, last day is March 16, 2014
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticDecember 31, 2010
    Don't come here unless you don't m
  • Danny O.
    Danny OlivaMay 5, 2012
    Excellent hamburgers
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