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Red's Java House




Sitting what feels like RIGHT UNDER the Bay Bridge, on Pier 30 sits Red’s Java House.


This tiny authentic no-frills joint has been serving coffee, breakfast, and their famous hamburgers to sailors, dock workers, generations of families, and a few celebrities, since 1955.


It was opened by two red headed seafaring brothers, Tom and Mike McGarvey.


(Prior to that, it had been operating as “Francos Lunch”, since 1930, and the breakfast special was a cheeseburger and a beer - excellent)



Sit at the bar, or the communal table on a vintage bar stool inside or take it outside to the back patio as we did and sit out on the pier with some of the city's best view of the bridge and the bay.


We tried the famous hamburger, served on a sour dough baguette and it was freaking delicious.


The menu at Reds has not changed since 1955 with one exception: in 2001 they added French fries to the menu.


PS - Make sure you check out all the vintage photos and ephemera on the walls too.


one thousand hundred million stars.

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Northern California #3 - last visited August 2021

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