The Pub BBQ at Ghiradelli Square
The Pub BBQ at Ghiradelli Square

The Pub BBQ at Ghiradelli Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepubsf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 351-0500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 4:00PM.

    Dinner: Daily: 4:00PM - 1:30AM.

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Scott Broccoli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: The Pub can cater your next BBQ, party, celebration, office meeting, or game day!
  • Entertainment: The Pub is also a great place to take in a game at the bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Polk/Larkin
  • Public Transit: Take the MUNI 19 to the Polk street stop. The F line also stops by us.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate the first 1.5 hours in the parking garage located next door to The Pub's entrance.
A word from The Pub BBQ at Ghiradelli Square
Head to the end of Polk Street, hang a right, and you will find yourself at The Pub at Ghirardelli Square. Ocean views and a glimpse of Alcatraz will go great with a beer or speciality cocktail at the bar. Dive into the menu, a comfy booth, and get ready for barbecue favorites, New Orleans flair, and combinations so outrageous they should be criminal: Buffalo Blue Mac N Cheese, Brisket Tacos, Tommy Tots, and much more! For entrees we serve classic comfort food from ribs, burgers, and meatloaf to fried chicken. Come to The Pub with an appetite and we can guarantee that you will leave very happy and completely full.
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The Pub BBQ at Ghiradelli Square reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (7)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (5)neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)fit for foodies (2)special occasion (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Good Service
    TooSweet
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This wasn't what I expected for a place specializing in BBQ. Our dishes included the ribs, the pork sliders, and the chicken tacos. In all cases, the meat was cooked to our satisfaction, but lacked seasoning and flavor on its own. It was all covered with a heavy, sweet BBQ sauce that overpowered the rest. On the plus side, our service was excellent--friendly, prompt & attentive. And we were seated by the window with a good view of the bay.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blue Angels Weekend 2014
    bosox6789
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I had lunch there on 10/10 and 10/11 while watching the Blue Angels. Great food, service, atmosphere and view! I had the "Pub" burger on 10/10 and the "Little Lucca" sliders on 10/11. Both were excellent and prepared as ordered. The staff was very friendly and efficient. Management stopped by my table on both days to ensure everything was up to standard. I would strongly suggest you check this place out! Also serves brunch and has a late night menu as well. I wish this restaurant was in the Inner Sunset....I'd be there all the time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MJPatz
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Really enjoyed the food and service at The Pub BBQ. Ate outside and the weather and view were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Fun watching the Royals win - our server Emily was great
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence Deferred
    SmallTownGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Service isn't the best, and the food isn't stellar but it's a nice lunch spot for those who are on the run or in between a tourist excursion. At first there seemed to be some confusion as to who would be our server. Three servers and about 15 minutes later, someone managed to get us some water and take our order. We were excited to try the truffle mac and have some bbq chicken. Unfortunately, they don't offer smoked chicken only fried. We opted for the chicken sliders with a side of truffle mac. That was definitely a great choice and quite satisfying. We also ordered a side of veggies which came in a rather small portion given the price. Fortunately, the chef was willing to send out a second serving to my satisfaction.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    dtib
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have been here twice and the food is amazing! Service was good but much better the second time. Great barbecue and good draft beer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 74 reviews are from the The Pub BBQ at Ghiradelli Square reviews archive.
  • Meh
    Missattitude57
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I wasn't a huge fan of the pub's food owing primarily to the fact that their BBQ sauce appears to be laced with hot sauce which is not what I was expecting. BBQ should be sweet and maybe a bit spicy but the overpowering taste of franks red hot was not welcome. Other than that the Mac and cheese and baked beans were excellent but I'd stay away from the BBQ if you don't like hot sauce.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's all about the details
    NickVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We had a an awesome yummy time at the Pub. We tried their tater tots and the sauce that comes akong with it is so yummy! We ordered the triple crown bbq with ribs, brisket and pulled pork. My favorite is the ribs and my least favorite is the pulled pork. For the sides the I love their mac and cheese and potato salad, the jalapeno coleslaw tastes different. And the incident at the beach is a great drink.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious brisket sliders!
    Mama1022
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I had a big lunch earlier so I wasn't super hungry but I could still taste how delicious the brisket sliders were! Our waitress was great and gave my husband his bottle caps (he's collecting them for a table). Great spot by the window for people watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Grotto
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We stopped in for lunch on a Thursday so the restaurant was not busy. In fact, only the 4 tables outside were occupied so we were the only people inside. It took over 30 minutes to get our lunch. The pulled pork sandwich which they are known for was just okay. Not alot of meat, more bread than filling. Tator tots were crunchy but very greasy. My friend had a salad which was okay. Would not make a trip back to this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service.
    ELS1
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Our server was fabulous and the buffalo tater tots were out of this world. We had a special birthday dinner for our Director, a Southern lady and it was truly perfect. Great BBQ and fun. Thanks for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Terrible Bar food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This place was gross. From the sticky floors, to the food. It smelt like a bar- the day after a busy night. Dirty. The menu is great, lots of options- but the food was nasty. We all had stomach aches after. We will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better choices abound
    dggtgVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    In a city full if great restaurants don't waste an evening on this one. This restaurant is average at best. Beef briscuit was served as little cubes not sliced traditionally and was fatty. Ribs and sides were nothing special. Service was unfriendly. Server was annoyed when I asked for a lime when she brought my Corona without one. I just think there are better options.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new place
    rbkeating
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    for arriving at 7pm, they were already out of brisket and meatloaf! had heard about the meatloaf and had to settle for ribs, pulled pork, fried chicken and links;still not bad; sauce little spicy for me, and the pork portion of the duo could have been a little more generous;not sure why friend chicken cost $3 more on the duo..mgr was gracious and acknowledged birthday w/ comp dessert; overall well priced and friendly..would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    Ryan
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This place was surprisingly amazing. Food was great and service was A+++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, late-night find, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort dining at Ghirardelli Sq
    TCSLCVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Traveling with kids and just got into SF. Took the cable car from Union Sq to the last stop, and a short walk to Ghirardelli Square. Was greeted promptly, had a nice window table with a 'reserved' sign from the Open Table reservation not an hour prior that set the stage for a great meal. BBQ was fantastic, both ribs and brisket, as was the truffle mac and cheese. Nice selection of on tap local brews. Attentive, friendly service that was just right. Kids wanted to return a few days later, and despite a few fine dining experiences in between it was The Pub they liked best. Very good prices, good portion size, great taste, great service. Hit the spot!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick and tasty
    catalina
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The reservation process was very smooth over the website - no need to call or wait for an e-mail back, just had the confirmation on the spot. The service was quick and the food very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Late Night Place
    RWAlfordVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I love this place, plain and simple. The servers and bartenders are always nice, and accommodating, and great at making suggestions. I enjoy the late night menu best, and a seat at the bar. The only thing I wish they would bring back is the pepperjack cheese pulled pork, thats my all time favorite. The drinks are great, strong, and affordable. The food is flavorful, BBQ oriented of course, but a nice mix of it, so you will find something for even people who arent too keen on BBQ itself.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunately very dissatisfied
    Mitzi
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We were a group of four coming for dinner and to watch a game. We specifically chose this restaurant for the atmosphere and scenery. I specifically indicated which game we were coming to watch, however, upon arrival we were seated at our reserved table which had one designated tv straight above our heads. We had a hard time viewing the tv and requested to be moved which they were happy to do but were not able to change any other tv's for us to watch. The bar eventually filed completely with a very large party cheering for another game (which was totally fine) but there were other tv's on cartoons that they refused to change the channel for us. We were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Our waitress was one of the nicest we have ever had. She was friendly, honest, knowledgeable, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forget "brunch"!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Had guests from Europe and wanted a nice restaurant for Sunday Brunch at a reasonable price. After spending hours on Google looking for a place which offered this and also a nice view, I settled on The Pub because of location and they had recently introduce Sunday Brunch with champagne. The brunch menu consised of breakfast burrito and a very few other items. The champagne was mimosa. We all settled for the BBQ ribs, which were very good. Should not advertise brunch, best to stick with their main things, BBQ. For being a Sunday with beautiful weather, there were very few people there which should have been the first clue. It is a sports bar with tvs everywhere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent BBQ friendly staff
    bsmonty
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I'm a bit picky on BBQ coming from Chicago and having spent time in the south and southwest. The BBQ was a bit overworked but the flavors were there. The staff were friendly and it wasn't too crowded or too empty. It is a proper pub for grabbing a bite and you won't leave disappointed. I was searching for great BBQ in SF and I am still searching but it was good and again, the staff were great. Worth a trip but probably not a regular haunt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Know what to expect....
    Speranza
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Bottom line - this is a sports bar with food. That is not how the website portrays the venue, so we went in with expectations of a nicer restaurant than it was. Food was OK, but atmosphere not what we had hoped....TVs everywhere, lots of noisy sports fan. Just be aware of the type of restaurant and you should be fine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    JayTeeVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a last minute Saturday afternoon reservation for two families with 5 kids. The service was accommodating, the location had a wonderful view of Alcatraz. The food was delicious and perfect for a family. I would highly recommend the Pub.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy southern food
    Jocey88
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great spot, my boyfriend and I found this spot last minute and valentines day and didn't know what to expect. The food was Louisiana style with a nice kick! Everything on my plate was delicious. They also give you large portions, so sharing is definitely an option. The staff was kind and the atmosphere is laid back with a relaxed vibe. There's a cute little bar too, if you just want to enjoy some drinks. Nice spot for dates or just to chit chat with a friend. Ambiance is laid back and personal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing Everytime
    RWAlfordVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Generally I come late nights, for the bar menu, and usually it is quiet. This time, it was more occupied, but still relatively quiet, the food was great, the server and host were great, very nice and accommodating, and who can not love the view across the bay to Sausalito, Angel Island and Marin!? Yes, it is a pub, but it is a great late night neighborhood gem, has space for groups, and in a strange way, if its raining outside, can be quite romantic at night. I love this place, and definitely return and sometimes bring friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My friend and I were looking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    My friend and I were looking for a place by Ghiradelli and found The Pub. After looking at the menu, we had to go. I ordered the Little Lucca slider and side Mac n cheese. My friend ordered so many sides plus the tater tots. It was all amazing! Service was great and we were carefully looked after throughout our meal. Now the noise level was pretty quiet. However, it was a slow night. I'm unsure how it would be normally. Great place to check out! My friend and I will be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waitress was great. We
    Ninerfan
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Our waitress was great. We truly never saw the bottom of our bottomless mimosa glasses.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brisket
    Spencer
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Recommend the triple and the double, especially the brisket and ribs done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gave it a "quiet" for noise
    WandaVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Gave it a "quiet" for noise level, but we were there about 6 PM during the week, so it probably gets a little more active later.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Friendly Restaraunt
    anglosgatosVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Our family loved this restaurant. This place has wonderful service and made everyone in our family feel welcomed. We have two school aged children. The manager brought over kids crayons for them. Our waiter listened and took their order. I noticed that there were tables of all ages. Families with kids and also groups of twentysomethings having dinner or hanging out at the bar. It had a nice crowd of people. The food was good. We enjoyed our sandwiches, salads, and ribs. It also had an amazing view of the bay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very impressed
    Jeni
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I googled a whole bunch of places around the area for my birthday trip to San Francisco for the day and stumbled upon this place. I read the good reviews and decided to make a reservation for my group of 7 big people and one 17 month old...I am so glad that we decided to keep the reservation and try it! The food was fantastic, the service was awesome - all very nice and accommodating - even with a little one. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend this place!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Accident
    Sunbuns13
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I found The Pub online and figured we'd give it a shot since it was so nicely located. What a treat that it was so good. The view of the bay at sunset was spectacular! They had a great choice of cocktails. Their Sweet and Spicy tater tots were to die for. I had the Bleu cheese and hot sauce mac and cheese. It was very rich and delicious. My boyfriend had the meatloaf and pulled pork and was pleased as well. I would definitely recommend The Pub.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a brunch review only...
    stenroVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    We walked in for brunch and I think we may have been the first ones there. Reservations were not needed. Unfortunately, the brunch menu did not have many choices and was smaller than what was seen online. Nevertheless, I had the eggs over smoked brisket hash and it was very tasty. My wife had an "Everything Sando" which was eggs, cheese and sausage patty on an everything bagel which she enjoyed. Coffee was not bad and service was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good BBQ
    Paniolo55025VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Fun location, eautiful view of the San Francisco Bay, solid BBQ.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The pub
    Miggs13
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    The pub is located at the bottom of Ghirardelli square.It has has a great expresso burger. You have to try it. There's seating at the front of the pub that lets you look at at the bay. Overall this was a good food experience . They also have some infusion cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Good place for brunch. Took our 2 kids. Food was quick, mimosas were bottomless!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy...!!
    lesleyann85
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    my fiancé and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Pub BBQ. We arrived an hour and a half before our reservation and the staff very kindly found us a booth at the window (as we had requested) after a short wait at the bar - enjoying the lovely cocktails!! The food was great, the staff were excellent - overall a great night... definitely worth a visit!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, convenient place for pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    OK, convenient place for pretty good food. I had the quesadilla, my wife had the sliders. They were both plentiful and tasted good. The place isn't special, but a good pub.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Your Assistant Mgr needs training!!
    Annadlf
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Overall, the food was good, but the management left a lot to be desired. We had reservations for 12 people at 10:45 a.m. (right after the SF Rock and Roll Race). The restaurant was great about accommodating us. We were hoping to have Brunch that day (which usually includes breakfast items - not just eggs). But only an hour after they opened, the restaurant did not have Waffles, French Toast, their known Breakfast Potatoes or Brisket Potatoes as listed on their menu. Our waitress "Emily" had to come back and tell us each time another item was not available. She was very nice and apologetic; however, when the assist. mgr. came by he was lacking in customer service. He began with asking if I was the one with the "food issues"!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic