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Big Joe's

Diner, American
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487 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066-4438
+1 650-871-9502
08:00 - 14:30
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Tue - Sun 08:00 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
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San Bruno, California
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We come here often when we want breakfast food. The place looks like a diner from the 50's but it's clean and casual. Menu items are pretty standard but the food is always excellent. Service is also excellent as we've never had any issues large or small with Big Joe's. This, in my opinion is the only place to get... More 

Thank MisterD94401
Pipestone, Minnesota
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2 reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We ate at Big Joes...found it nostalgic...reminded me of eating at the counters of diners when I was young. The food was very good (good sized portions too) and not overpriced; and the staff friendly. If you are hungry for a burger...you won't be disappointed!

Thank Kathy D
Pacifica, California
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72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Met some friends here for a really enjoyable meal, expansive menu, attentive service, with a neighborhood charm and feel complete with back talking waiter making us feel truly at home, and welcome!

1 Thank klamathkennedys
United States
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

i was there this last father's day and had a solid good breakfast; order the housemade corned beef hash, is pretty damn good. crispy and the corned beef is not salty like others, i am down on this one! got some good bkf specials posted on their board, should really give those a try next time but is hard not... More 

Thank jiml549
San Mateo, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Big Joe's makes the best omelettes especially the California Chicken Avocado! Never greasy and so delicious. for a good hearty breakfast Big Joe's is the place to go!

Thank M P
South San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

I was grossed out by catching a waitress wipe down the counter then dry a coffee pot with the same towel! Also, they water down their soap dispenser in the bathroom

Thank Leigh S
San Francisco, California
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154 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2015

We stopped here for some breakfast before dropping someone off at the airport. The restaurant wasn't very crowded for a Sunday. We were quickly brought menus which had pretty typical diner options of eggs, pancakes, burgers, etc. I had the spicy sausage with eggs, hash browns, and toast which was just ok - the sausage wan't as spicy as I... More 

Thank Sean C
San Bruno, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Good place to grab breakfast/lunch in downtown San Bruno. Food is typical diner food but popular with locals.

Thank aysofam1
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2015

On our way overseas, we stayed overnight near SFO and found ourselves in San Bruno. We waked along San Mateo Ave and discovered Big Joe's. I had one of the best hamburgers I've ever eaten! Fresh, well seasoned and juicy! There were about 10 specials that were reasonably priced and looked great. Portions were certainly generous, too. I heard other... More 

Thank Joyce R
San Francisco, California
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2015

I had been going to the Big Joe's once every other week for many years because the kids were taking swim lessons across the street. Big Joe's is great for that: quick service, broad diner menu, suitable for kids, etc.. But like many other restaurants in San Bruno, it is a three star experience--good but not great. If I had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Diner, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 487 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066-4438
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Bruno
  • Phone Number: +1 650-871-9502

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?