Less boisterous than the nearby Beach Chalet and more low-key than the Cliff House halfway up a hill to the north, this is a snug place to sip some ... More
Java Beach Cafe
Less boisterous than the nearby Beach Chalet and more low-key than the Cliff House halfway up a hill to the north, this is a snug place to sip some java and warm up after a stroll on always windy, usually chilly Ocean Beach. The decor has an appropriately nautical air, perfect for the avid surfers who make this their post-ride hangout. The food, served up by personable types who seem to be surfers themselves when off duty, is the usual mix of sandwiches, soups and pastries, all tasty, none expensive. It is a great place to take a break and enjoy the view of a horizon that goes on forever.
This little gold mine on the corner of La Playa and Judah is a GREAT place to have a mornng coffee and something to eat. We were on 46th St. and had more than one trip over to enjoy the nice atmosphere and easy-going friendliness of folks there. The one thing that I dislike about it is that is isn't in our home town back East, but then, it wouldn't be the Java Beach Cafe if it were. I hope we get to visit SF again and certainly the JBC.
Being a resident of the Outer Richmond, I don't know what I would do without Java Beach. Convenient, quick (except for Sunday mornings) and pleasant with good food and coffee, it makes my life that much easier.
only in san francisco would a place as special as this exist. magic. you will be exposed to the most interesting people of all shapes and sizes. do not miss. get on the N judah streetcar and ride it to the end. the cafe is at the last stop. could not be any easier.
I stumbled onto this place when in town for work...It has the beachside ambience that I remember from my college days in San Diego and the Mission beach/ Pacific beach. lAID BACK, SLOW SERVICE, CROWDED, AND FULL OF INTERESTING PEOPLE....I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT IT SOMETIME IN THE EVENING FOR A BEER.!!!
The cafe is fine but the staff are intolerable. It takes over 30 mins sometimes to get a sandwich regardless of the queue, and never an excuse or apology. I live within a few blocks of the place and I know plenty of other people with the same opinion as me.
I have lived 2 blocks from this cafe for 4 yrs and I think I have a pretty good opinion of the place. The food is very good, the coffee is adequate but the staff are totally intolerable. I have waited for 35+ mins for a sandwich at 10pm when there are no q's. They offer no apology or excuse for anything. I understand when it gets busy, but I have personaly witnessed their ignorance and inhospitality, and heard the same story from many ppl who live close by. A great place to hang out but their consistent poor manners is einexcusable.
This is the closest thing to a cafe that I used to visit in the Midwest. The wait staff is taciturn and distant--a collection of college kids who won't put up with complaints from BMW yuppies, and rightly so. You can create your own sandwich from a list of ingredients, and it's a BIG sandwich. I had to have the other half of mine wrapped up to take to my brother, who was fishing on the beach. Love the bar and couches and computers to surf the web.
Great atmosphere, good coffee and food. Unfortunately, it is a bit too good as it is really crowded on the weekends. On a Saturday it took about 35 minutes to make my sub sandwich. But who really cares when you are chilling on the porch talking to friends.
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