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Tommy's Joynt

Tommy's Joynt

BBQ Joint, American Restaurant, and Dive Bar$$$$
Cathedral Hill, San Francisco
191 Tips and reviews
  • brisket
  • sandwiches
  • buffalo stew
  • good for groups
  • lively
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  • George G.
    George GaylJuly 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't kid yourself, get the brisket - either a meal or sandwich. Get extra BBQ sauce if ordering to go. Cucumber/tomato salad is key. Baked potatoes and the most filling stuffing you've ever had.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 13, 2014
    It’s inexpensive, it’s good and it serves both the famous and not-so-famous; and it’s open nearly as late as area bars so it’s a great place for an after-midnight pig-out. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The stick-to-your-ribs hofbrau fare, like hand-carved sandwiches piled high with your choice of meat or classic buffalo stew, make for a perfect pairing with a cold Anchor Steam. Read more
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    This large, wholly unpretentious family-owned spot is cluttered with fascinating bar junk, pours an impressive array of beers and serves meals from its cafeteria-style buffet. Read more
  • Kirk H.
    Kirk HerlitzApril 22, 2015
    Everything's great here, but I'm partial to the corned beef. Everything is sliced right in front of you and bread is always fresh. Don't miss the big barrel of dill pickle chips past the register!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksMarch 10, 2016
    Corned beef is this week's trending taste and there is no better place in the Bay Area than Tommy's. Their huge portions are one of the many reasons they are on our list of Best Corned Beef in SF. Read more
  • J K.
    J KJanuary 17
    SF classic. Hofbrau queue. Meat artfully plopped atop your choice of sides (potato salad, cole slaw, bean salad etc). You grab your tray, load up a few free pickles and find your seat. Get beer.
  • Jeremiah J.
    Jeremiah JohnsonApril 30, 2013
    $6 for a sandwich. Walked into this place and saw how they cut the meat in front of you. It's was so good and tender, left me in a good coma. Sandwich is just roll/bread with meat. Ask for cheese
  • Erica J.
    Erica JacksonSeptember 4, 2016
    The BBQ brisket was really very good, the au jus is amazing. They slice the meat right in front of you and the sangria was great.
    Upvoted Mar 25
  • Kristen V.
    Kristen VasanJuly 30, 2016
    Amazing craft beer selection! Enjoyed a brisket platter. Cole slaw and potato salad are solid sides. Dont get the bread roll though -- you could kill someone w it if you throw it hard enough
  • Vincent B.
    Vincent BartoliJuly 27, 2013
    Great food served cafeteria style and a bar. Get in line for your food first, find a seat and then order your drinks from the waitress. Awesome. Try the sloppy joe. It's turkey.
  • Miquela
    MiquelaJanuary 22, 2013
    $6 Pastrami on sourdough, and a $13 pitcher of whatever's on draft (we recommend the full boar whiskey beer) aka the OG San Francisco treat and a killer date night.
  • Bradley R.
    Bradley RiceAugust 20, 2015
    The food was awesome! Great prices especially for the area, most meals under $10! Really good food and awesome bar inside.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CSeptember 7, 2014
    Hungry? On Geary street? Check this joint out and get the BBQ brisket. Good portions, huge beer selection and bring cash because they don't take credit cards.
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyJune 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheap beer, good food, open late— I love everything about this place except for the poster of guy fieri that stares down upon you at the bar
  • Anthony
    AnthonyMarch 6, 2015
    This is an great place. Def not your everyday. The portions are huge, the prices are low, and the food is great. The hard part is deciding what to have.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayJanuary 18, 2012
    Even as a die hard Lefty's fan, I think that Tommy's has my favorite corned beef sandwich in the city. Also, super convenient to grab a bite before heading to AMC 1000 across the street for a flick.
  • Nicki
    NickiJune 4, 2012
    One of my favorites. There is not one fish here that isn't amazing. The bbq brisket plate is my favorite. Dont pass this place up
  • Christina B.
    Christina BeardFebruary 22, 2015
    They have a hot cocktail menu! Great for chilly days! Cash only! ATM right inside the door with only a $2 service charge.
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 17, 2011
    Hot roast beef sandwiches, open faced turkey sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy and one of the best sloppy joe's I have ever had in my life.
    Upvoted Feb 5
  • Eve H.
    Eve HamiltonJanuary 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer selection and one of the few places around that serves pitchers. Also a nice turn around on seasonal beers #BeerSF
  • Christian F.
    Christian FengDecember 30, 2011
    Carved Meats are to die for. Turkey Sloppy Joe without BBQ Sauce (For Me) for less than $5 is awesome at this local legend.
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerOctober 12, 2014
    Best pastrami anywhere, amazing value for money & decent paleo options
  • Mark H.
    Mark HeyertJune 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Specials are always good. Also, brisket, lasagna, buffalo chili, and also ways get the three bean salad.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Hugh restaurant, so great for groups. So many options and sides, so everyone can have their sandwiches the way they like.
  • Lauren
    LaurenSeptember 25, 2012
    even if you are a veg. swiss cheese on a roll w hot mustard and side of pickled bean salad is awesome!
  • Jays
    JaysMay 21, 2010
    If you're craving good old comfort food, in big portions & budget friendly prices, this is your kinda place! As long as you're not too picky about the ambiance nor 5-star restaurant typ'a service.
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenMarch 16, 2015
    Great place for food. Pastrami, brisket and meatballs. There will be a line, but it moves quickly.
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha L.August 10, 2014
    BBQ brisket is all you need. Well, and some mashed potatoes and beans on your dinner plate, of course.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsJuly 4, 2016
    The sandwich bread is a little much, get a platter instead. Brisket is mad decent
    Upvoted Mar 25
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie M.July 24, 2013
    Food is fantastic and reasonably-priced but I don't understand how anyone can eat as much as they give you!!
  • John G.
    John GispertNovember 23, 2013
    Don't miss the daily specials. Thu is braised lamb which is made in premises and very good.
  • Wei T.
    Wei TsangApril 1, 2012
    The corned beef is excellent. This place beats Katz's in nyc for user friendliness alone. yum.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonNovember 15, 2014
    Great value for amazing food. Super cozy and casual atmosphere. Cash only!
  • Mike
    MikeSeptember 8, 2011
    Great place for lunch. Food is great and prices are reasonable. I had the turkey platter, enjoyed it very much.
  • Don J.
    Don JAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The sourdough roll is very hard. You might to get a steak knife to slice it.
  • John H.
    John HronowskiJune 9, 2014
    The brisket of beef is outstanding and pretty reasonable. You don't leave this place hungry
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodyDecember 21, 2015
    Delicious food and super quaint! Very local sort of place. Great drink selection!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LionMarch 24, 2013
    Great sandwiches. Fun, quirky atmosphere. Don't come to judge, come to enjoy.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SwaggaburgaSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    get the corned beef sandwich, grab some homemade pickles and order a PBR at the bar, now you are in San Francisco.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NadelmanMarch 26, 2012
    Amazing my Chino friend never been here so my treat. He ordered Buffalo Stew and asked if it was from Golden Gate Park!!
  • Blake S.
    Blake SamicApril 1, 2012
    Great home-style BBQ and beer selection - and pretty cheap. Try the brisket.
  • Dawn E.
    Dawn EvansDecember 6, 2011
    Great grub, great prices, awesome service!! Not to mention a Metallica hot spot for fans.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MaddisonJuly 4, 2012
    Awesome canteen style eating. Great beers, great chilli and great sandwiches.
    DJLYRiQMarch 4, 2012
    Friday menu is the best! Sit downstairs near the bar, upstairs is kind of cramp and sketch
  • Carlos M.
    Carlos MApril 30, 2012
    Chimay on tap. Bbq Briscuit is a must. Cole slaw is good, potatoe salad was a little bland
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OrtizJune 21, 2016
    Bbq brisket its the best make sure you get it
    Upvoted Mar 25
  • Oscar V.
    Oscar VelardeAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing food for a good price and a fast line. U gotta love that.
  • James T.
    James TAugust 20, 2014
    Cafeteria-style meat and veg (although the latter is questionable). Cheap and tasty.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 10, 2012
    Try SOMETHING. In this meat lover's paradise, everything tastes like perfection.
  • Zac C.
    Zac ChesterSeptember 23, 2012
    Get the table by the front window for some of the best people-watching in the city.
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonJanuary 19, 2012
    Came here for the first time with my wife and now it's one of my more fav places (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Erdem S.
    Erdem SenerAugust 23, 2013
    If this is your first time here, make sure to get Buffalo stew!
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorMarch 8, 2015
    Big enough portions to share. Very delicious pastrami sandwich.
  • Christina G.
    Christina GraceMarch 18, 2011
    This place really filled me up, really great food, great pricing, and taste wonderful. Wish we had a place like this back home.
  • Brandtastic
    Brandtastic3 weeks ago
    Came here while on vacation because they were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Big portions that didn't disappoint.
  • Philip G.
    Philip GuzmanSeptember 1, 2015
    The pastrami was amazing. Apple pie was just ok (not a fan of cold pie)
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YuzawaFebruary 15, 2016
    Big sandwich with BBQ sauce is really tasty!!!
  • Monica D.
    Monica DahlMay 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Three bean salad like mom... still makes. And don't forget to try the homemade pickles.
  • Steven E.
    Steven EApril 1, 2012
    Damn this place got pricey...still good though - been coming here for 20 years +
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AguirreMarch 8, 2016
    Meat bread and beer what else do you want?
  • John M.
    John MundyNovember 28, 2010
    Get the brisket or roast beef. Stay away from the meatball sandwich - 2 meatballs, sauce & bread. Decent pumpkin pie.
  • James T.
    James TAugust 20, 2014
    Great for food & drinks following a show at the Bill Graham.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LikoskyAugust 15, 2012
    get the Ox Tail Stew. Wash it down with a Tusker beer
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LiceaJuly 29, 2013
    Signage for the restrooms = confusing. And had I known where it was located I would of had my pepper spray ready in hand. Never will go to the restroom alone here again.
  • Martin Sexton
    Martin SextonJune 4, 2012
    Best pastrami ever. What an awesome old-timey vibe. A San Francisco institution.
  • Julia H.
    Julia HenningsDecember 31, 2015
    The bbq brisket is just amazing. Also the tomato salad.
  • Mystie R.
    Mystie RodriguezSeptember 1, 2015
    Fatty corn beef with mashed potatoes was very good. As always
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchechterAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is awesome. Get the buffalo sandwich.
  • Flip V.
    Flip VJanuary 23, 2013
    Pulled pork and mash is awesome !!!!
  • Mia D.
    Mia DDecember 26, 2010
    CASH ONLY! However you don't need a lot of cash, their portions can satisfy even the biggest appetites.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.November 21, 2015
    BBQ beef is > turkey sloppy joe. Avoid the Sloppy joe if you don't like sugary meats.
  • Jordy P.
    Jordy PatashnikSeptember 13, 2011
    Best Mac and cheese on Friday nights! Best bartenders! Zack rocks!
  • Jamie Y.
    Jamie YJanuary 28, 2011
    Loved the buffalo stew, and the turkey dinner looked really good too!
  • James T.
    James TAugust 20, 2014
    Know what you want and move on. Don't hold up the line!
  • Jaime N.
    Jaime NewsomeApril 17, 2013
    Great place to eat before or after going to the movies. So close to AMC Theatres.
  • Nicki L.
    Nicki LeeMay 5, 2016
    Argh cash only! Nothing like hungrily walking 20 min past 2 ATMs and then seeing their sign. They do have a machine, but I was not going to pay the fee to then spend mo money! Will go back for dinner
  • Mac
    MacSeptember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Been going here since 1992. Die hard fan for everything. Keep coming back.
  • Tobias S.
    Tobias Sch.August 22, 2014
    Go get the BBQ brisket!
  • Meredith S.
    Meredith SweetFebruary 17, 2010
    Cash only, so be prepared. Also, watch the bartender make any mixed drink you order, since they tend to be more flavoring and less beverage.
  • Dannyboy
    DannyboyOctober 12, 2012
    A must for old SF places to eat. Not many joints like this left !!!
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SorensonAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The bar-b-q turkey sloppy joe is absolutely fantastic.
  • Ryan
    RyanMarch 3, 2010
    Order the turkey sloppy joe - get pickles from the barrel - with a pilsner urquell for less that 8 bucks
  • Candace B.
    Candace BakerMarch 16, 2014
    Best and cheapest place to get drinks. :)
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MenuJuly 2, 2012
    Just drove by the place last year, next trip to SFO we'll try it for sure!!!
  • Devils Canyon Brewery ..
    Devils Canyon Brewery .January 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Thank them for carrying local beer from Devils Canyon Brewery!
  • Kiyomi Y.
    Kiyomi YamamotoMay 17, 2010
    I was a bit disappointed with the buffalo stew which was supposed to be their specialty. I was also told that I had to order a drink if I was going to sit at a table. However the ambience was unique.
  • Livia C.
    Livia Ching GerringMarch 8, 2013
    Know what you want before you order its like Philly in here!
  • Mashalove
    MashaloveDecember 5, 2010
    Check out the international beer list. Meatball Sandwich...$4.25...sooo full!
  • Marcus C.
    Marcus ClayAugust 24, 2014
    Bar B Q sandwich on sourdough was great!
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina PerlasSeptember 6, 2014
    BBQ Brisket is very tender and delicious!
  • Jackie Y W.
    Jackie Y WangMay 3, 2013
    Ox tails on Mondays is the BEST! <3
  • Josh W.
    Josh WhiteSeptember 29, 2011
    BBQ Beef sandwich and their baked beans are bomb!
  • Guillermo V.
    Guillermo ValenciaJune 24, 2016
    The beer and the sanwishes
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    7x7 magazine recommends the brisket
  • Mari P.
    Mari PosaJune 6, 2012
    Stays open till 2, order buffalo stew
  • Anthony K.
    Anthony KApril 2, 2011
    Tommy's bar-b-q beef sandwich with sourdough was satisfying!
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan McDonaldDecember 10, 2016
    Sloppy, greasy, wonderful. Vegetarians beware!
  • Ava
    AvaDecember 17, 2015
    the pickles are great—remember to bring cash
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YuzawaFebruary 15, 2016
    Dinner plate with roasted beef 😋
  • saraina
    sarainaJuly 22, 2016
    El mejor sitio de todo SF. Increíble bbq breast. Great ambiente
  • Elisa
    ElisaSeptember 6, 2012
    Ottima cena, abbondante ad un ottimo prezzo! In due 30$ con bevande!!
  • Furkan C.
    Furkan CaymazDecember 30, 2014
    San Francisco'da yediğimiz en guzel yemekti, mutlaka deneyin
  • Ulisses @ M.
    Ulisses @ MMarch 19
    Lugar imperdivel em São Francisco. Comida espetacular.
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