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Pinecrest Diner

Diner, American Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • squeasel
    "Sometimes you need a 24-hour greasy spoon."(4 Tips)
    Anton O.
    "Loved the Pinecrest Omelet."(3 Tips)
    Iversen
    "Pinecrest omelette with pepperjack can't be beat"(3 Tips)
    Kevin M.
    "Spanish Omelette With Spinach"(3 Tips)
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  • Morgan P.
    Morgan Patch2 weeks ago
    Great food, great service. Portions are great. Try the omelets! Like, all of them. Do expect a line, especially for breakfast, and if you're eating alone, you will be at the counter. Highly recommend!
  • Cognos C.
    Cognos Chen2 weeks ago
    Waitress is good. Cook's attitude are bad. Don't know why the line is so long.not worth it.
  • Eric C.
    There are unadvertised restrooms at the back, down the stairs.
  • Anil G.
    Great breakfast 24/7 ! Perfect for the jet lagged traveller !
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviMay 16
    Thank God for this place being open late night.
  • Rosastef
    RosastefApril 22
    Best Breakfast Option, in my opinion. Really recommend!!
  • Wilson F.
    Small, loud and busy: everything you'd expect an urban dinner to be! Tasty if very greedy food (esp. the burgers), super quick service. Don't know how the two line cooks turn around food so fast!
    Upvoted May 26
  • Manolis S.
    Absolutely fantastic!!!Eggs, pancakes, omeletes you name it!!Very fast service, polite staff!!A must!!
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AndradeDecember 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A classic of classics. Pinecrest is the place to go after going out. Nothing like eating omelette with hashbrowns at 2am
  • Zach L.
    Zach LeachDecember 7, 2016
    Breakfast items!
  • Amy
    AmyNovember 9, 2016
    Our fave diner, full of locals even though it's near union square. Get the hash browns you can't go wrong.
  • Rich
    RichAugust 6, 2016
    Breakfast is great. Same with the Mac n cheese
  • Robert J.
    Robert JensenJuly 17, 2016
    Best diner close to Union Sq
  • Lars T.
    Lars TrieloffJuly 2, 2016
    Ask for a side of avocados. Always very fresh.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCarthyMay 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Spanish Omelette With Spinach And Sausage - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Ugur
    UgurMay 21, 2016
    Get pancake, all types of eggs for reasonable price. But they need to enhance their menu.
  • Clare
    ClareMarch 8, 2016
    You can probably split the pinecrest special
  • Keenan P.
    Keenan PattersonFebruary 26, 2016
    Breakfast is always a go to here. The omelette a are yummy and filling!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCarthyFebruary 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken Tenders & Fries - So good but so bad (via @Foodspotting)
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCarthyFebruary 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything I have had is good. From there garden salad, breakfast items and dinners. I come here every visit. Great diner.
  • Paul N.
    Paul NovareseJanuary 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite breakfast in SF.
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GJanuary 5, 2016
    Huge portions. Excellent service!
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorDecember 31, 2015
    Never go wrong here, service a bit slow
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCarthyNovember 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Country Fried Steak and Eggs - My Thanksgiving breakfast (via @Foodspotting)
  • Harriet R.
    Harriet RuffNovember 13, 2015
    Open 24 hours and they have milkshakes to go. Satisfied my 4am craving! Watch out in this part of town late my uber driver said!
  • Graham P.
    Graham PerkinsNovember 1, 2015
    Sit at the counter and watch the cooks do work
  • Colm M.
    Colm McGoldrickOctober 25, 2015
    Hot links and Eggs with hash is a wonderful way to start your day as a tourist in San Fran. Friendly staff but be patient as you almost always have to queue for a booth.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • REBB J.
    REBB JacobyOctober 10, 2015
    Great find!
  • Al S.
    Al SSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love me a greasy spoon with an unsolved, noir-like mystery tied to it. (Google "Pinecrest Diner SF shooting.") I've only ever had burgers and fries here, but they never disappoint.
  • Sara H.
    Sara HixJuly 26, 2015
    Awesome Huevos Rancheros.
  • Donny M.
    Donny MirandaJune 29, 2015
    The Italian omelette is awesome. So is NAYA.
  • T B.
    T BMay 26, 2015
    Reuben here has left me to question if that is the one, what have i been eating all my life? Heavenly! Great service too. Pancakes, omelettes, fruit and cottage cheese all are fantastic!
  • Cris Repolês
    Cris RepolêsMay 22, 2015
    Rude staff, if you come alone (one person) you have to eat by the counter and can't have a table, after THEY sat you! Just rude, I left, did not eat here. Good luck.
  • Jipsta
    JipstaApril 9, 2015
    Ask for a side salad instead of home fries as a healthy option--they will gladly accommodate the request!
  • Ishan C.
    Ishan ChattopadhyayaMarch 27, 2015
    The Spanish omlette is awesome! I can come here again and again just for this.
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenMarch 25, 2015
    Greasy late night or early morning diner
  • Abood A.
    Abood AbussaudMarch 24, 2015
    Used to like this place until I got a food poisoning from it..
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonMarch 5, 2015
    Great value for money! Big portions and delicious eggs & hash browns. Good choice for breakfast food!
  • David N.
    David NewtonFebruary 20, 2015
    Try the Pork Chops & Eggs (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura P.
    Laura PancichFebruary 20, 2015
    The chicken strips buffalo are awesome!!!! Yummy yummy!!!! Great food!!!
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EvansJanuary 30, 2015
    Very good food. Everything is made in front of you and they use great ingredients. Try the California mac and cheese!
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 27, 2015
    Generous portion, great flavours. Amazing choices, friendly service. Wish we had places like this one in Europe !
  • herm p.
    herm pugayDecember 8, 2014
    A plus for restaurant that's open 24 hours in a city that's always asleep at night.
  • Yeow Meng C.
    Yeow Meng CheeNovember 21, 2014
    Pork chop and eggs for breakfast at this greasy diner. Reasonably good food and friendly service.
  • Caroline J.
    Caroline JackNovember 6, 2014
    Southwest burger. Sweet potato fries. Root beer. Nuff said.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PakNovember 1, 2014
    Right now, I'm having the Pinecrest omelet, let's see if it's the best breakfast.
  • Arijit D.
    Arijit DasguptaOctober 23, 2014
    Grilled Marinated Pork Chops with Sierra Mist. Tastes great! I just like the place for it's very american dining experience.
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Sometimes you need a 24-hour greasy spoon. This exists.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CrosseSeptember 21, 2014
    Pretty great if you're looking for simple diner food and a classic greasy spoon breakfast.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LacziSeptember 16, 2014
    The pancakes are delicious and the bacon is cooked just right. Highly recommend this place for breakfast.
  • Chimo I.
    Chimo I.August 22, 2014
    24 hours service. Very fast and abundant meal. A very good option to eat near Union Square
  • Samaher
    SamaherAugust 12, 2014
    Late night dinners
  • John S.
    John StagamanAugust 12, 2014
    Nice diner, good Reuben, fast service
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalAugust 9, 2014
    This is a great place to fulfill hour desire for mediocre food and even more mediocre service. Enjoy if you can!
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalAugust 9, 2014
    It's all about the combo appetizer platter.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SAugust 8, 2014
    Pinecrest Omelette!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Old-school diner that prepares food the SF way: slightly greasy with an organic flair. This Union Square staple serves up astounding patty melts and grilled cheese, but the highlight is breakfast. Read more
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy StoverJuly 8, 2014
    Amazing food, cheap prices, and a really attractive waiting staff :-$
  • Dave W.
    Dave WatersJuly 1, 2014
    Pinecrest Omelette!
  • @LorenzoAgustin ☆
    I could eat these hashbrowns forever. ★★★★★
  • Mike M.
    Mike MurphyMay 19, 2014
    Don't bother. Manager is a liar.
  • Ian M.
    Ian McKennaMay 1, 2014
    Keep walking on by the food is good but having eaten here many timed the staff are SO RUDE
  • Vol T.
    Vol TronApril 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I misjudged this place. I thought it would be a tourist trap due to it's location, with bad food. It's not, It's awesome. I'm a local and eat here regularly. Super Nachos and Fried Chicken.. my faves!
  • Amir N.
    Amir N.April 2, 2014
    Try country fried steak.
  • Debbie
    DebbieJanuary 22, 2014
    Chix fried steak. So good.
  • Megs
    MegsDecember 17, 2013
    Supper crowded, but well worth the wait!
  • Kristen C.
    Kristen CarrNovember 6, 2013
    Scrambled eggs with chorizo, tomato, jalapeno is the best thing to ever happen to breakfast.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilsonOctober 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Portobello mushroom sand is yummy.
  • Tim V.
    Tim VanderietOctober 3, 2013
    Thank god most of the things you need are already on the table... Service is.. No.
  • O.V. B.
    O.V. BrantleySeptember 29, 2013
    If dining alone, expect to sit at the counter. Tables are reserved for 2 or more during peak hours.
  • Courtney F.
    Courtney FloresSeptember 1, 2013
    Great little greasy spoon diner. This place stays open 24 hrs!
  • Wandering C.
    Wandering CoupleAugust 21, 2013
    Possibly the Best Diner Ever!
  • Guy C.
    Guy CarpenterJuly 5, 2013
    Good food at reasonable prices. Service in California pretty much sucks everywhere I've been.
  • MissBng
    MissBngJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Southern fried chicken, fish & chips, omelette and all day breakfast are worth trying!
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CarbaughJune 17, 2013
    The hotlink breakfast was delicious. The nachos are a culinary revelation after a night of drinking.
  • Peter
    PeterJune 9, 2013
    Great service, had corned beef hash and eggs breakfast, really tasty. Great to sit in window and people watch too
  • Erin
    ErinJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    John and Roberto are the best guys ever. They stay cool amidst the craziness late at night. Give them both a medal.
  • Anton O.
    Anton OlsenMay 7, 2013
    Loved the Pinecrest Omelet. My son was happy to see they served hotwings at breakfast time.
  • Haslindawati H.
    Haslindawati HassanApril 19, 2013
    Huge serving!!!!
  • Saurabh A.
    Saurabh AdeebApril 15, 2013
    Warm waitress - something I hadn't experienced in many similar restaurants. Bacon and avocado cheeseburger was nice. Sit at the counter and watch the chefs at work - its fun!
  • Jim W.
    Jim WMarch 30, 2013
    Some of the WORST service in the city ...
  • Max B.
    Max ButlerMarch 28, 2013
    I have been 3 times for Breakfast in the last two weeks. While the service is nonchalant... read slow, the food is decent to good quality and you get quite a bit for your $$$ considering its SF
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan ParedezJanuary 5, 2013
    Pretty good dinner for grub anytime of the day. Good breakfast.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillerDecember 29, 2012
    Order the poached eggs and listen to the story unfold.
  • Joanna K.
    Joanna KennedyDecember 27, 2012
    The Spanish omelet was really good! Last time I came I wasn't impressed but this time was much better! Best to go mid day rather than early morning. Open 24 hours though!
  • Bill C.
    Bill CauchoisDecember 9, 2012
    Great for Sunday brunch. Unlike most places, there's no line!
  • Yuri P.
    Yuri ParsonsDecember 2, 2012
    The Poached eggs are a must here!
  • Alice D.
    Alice DeanNovember 29, 2012
    Excellent zucchini sticks love the batter. Don't know what it is made with but looooovvvvve it. The food had great flavor and good personal service friendly and quaint. Love the crown moldings.
  • wheat knee
    wheat kneeNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the portabello sandwich as a wrap! Soooo good! #yumyum
  • Lucila L.
    Lucila LizanoNovember 23, 2012
    Loved their Thanksgiving special and pumpkin pie! Service was excellent!
  • Jonathan E.
    Jonathan EllysonNovember 10, 2012
    Try the Reuben.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairNovember 1, 2012
    Try the Spanish Omelette
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairNovember 1, 2012
    Try the Chocolate Milkshake
  • Jason C.
    Jason CiprianiSeptember 23, 2012
    Food was good, not great.
  • Robert G.
    Robert Graham IVSeptember 20, 2012
    Are all the previous commenters drunk or something...horrible bland food....slow service and horrible bathrooms. Never.again.
  • André W.
    André W.September 20, 2012
    Worst Burger ever. Leave - if you still can!
  • Alexey P.
    Alexey PatosinAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite 24h diner in SF
  • Roberto R.
    Roberto RiganteAugust 20, 2012
    They say "we serve the best breakfast of san francisco". I don't know if it is real (In sf for a couple of days no time for comparison) but a stop at this diner could represent a good experience.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SandiferAugust 5, 2012
    Mediterranean Plate is not that great. Chicken is WAY overcookedand has little/no flavor.
  • Jay T.
    Jay ThompsonAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best hangover cure ever: steak and eggs
  • Guilherme 梅.
    Guilherme 梅田October 13, 2015
    Caramba como esse lugar sempre está lotado! Café da manha bem disputado! Sentando no balcão vc consegue ver a atividade nas chapas! Hunnn
  • Dwight
    DwightMarch 30, 2014
    Pinecrest omlette us great! Go before about 09 tie quicker seating
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