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“24 hour dining - be prepared to queue”
Review of Pinecrest Diner

Pinecrest Diner
Ranked #327 of 6,298 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Neighborhood: Union Square
Reviewed 13 October 2018

This place is excellent. It won't be to everyone's taste (my wife wouldn't have liked it to much), but for me and my son it was perfect.
The breakfast was excellent, as was the service - as soon as one cup of coffee had finished, the cup was filled (if you wanted it). There are quite a few sets of tables, and 'single-eater' seats along the main counter, but there is almost always a queue, often well into the street. It's well worth the wait.
The portions are good, and the food is excellent. The amazing thing is the price - much, much cheaper than many other places. It did actually give a dilemma, since the 'tip advice' is around 20%. That means that the waiters and waitresses here are getting considerably less than other places, but actually giving better service. I usually left $10, which was much more than 20%, but only as much as I was giving in other places (where the food bill was higher).
Being open for 24 hours a day, we were able to get breakfast early on the days when we had an early start; the quality didn't drop with the changing times - it was still excellent.
If you want a good breakfast, in an American Diner setting, I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

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Thank Neil F
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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Visited pinecrest for breakfast on 3 mornings of our 4 night stay. We qued every morning for about 10 minutes. But when we got in and had there breakfast it was worth it. Really nice food. And same goes for the staff. Worked endlessly and provided a great service. From the coffee to the food 10/10. Highly recommend the Pinecrest for food.

Thank mark011
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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

9.30 am on Monday and the line is 10 persons ahead but moves fast. We had Greek omelette and pancakes with scrambled eggs. Great Greek omelette with plenty of spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese, with hash browns and 3 bread slices for $13.95 .Scrambled eggs were not runny enough but still tasty and pancakes were nice and fluffy for $10.95

Thank ChongCY
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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Very good American diner, just as seen in the movies. Friendly staff, big portions and cheap. The nice thing is that the food is actually good!

Thank Giovanni S
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were in san Francisco on holiday staying at the handerly and this deli is just up from the hotel and it's so busy and open 24hr went for breakfast and lunch a couple of days and if you like blues there's a club called biscuits and blues had a great night there.we are definitely going back again.hope this review is helpfully.

Thank Adventure768732
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