San Francisco Peaks Burger Review

San Francisco Peaks in Tokyo


Nice ambiance, tasty burgers.


Average Meal Price

¥1500~¥2000


Reservation

Not Required


Hours

11:30 A.M. ~ 11:00 P.M
Last order: 10:30 P.M.


Location

3-28-7 Jingumae
Shibuya-Ku Tokyo


Phone Number

03-5775-5707


San Francisco Peaks in Tokyo is a nice little restaurant a short walk from Harajuku station that serves American diner style food. Despite its name or menu, when you walk into the shop it doesn’t seem to have very much to do with either San Francisco or typical Diner food. The ambiance is more “New York lounge” than “San Fran Diner”, but its a comfortable place with a decent amount of seating over two floors. Unless its really busy day in Harajuku, you probably won’t need to make a reservation, but then again it might not hurt.

The food itself, however, is fantastic. I ordered the mozarella mushroom burger(¥1296) and the 100% wagyu beef patty cooked over an open flame had a wonderful aroma and taste. While the burger could have been a bit bigger, at least the portion of fries was satisfactory. They were your standard faire shoe-string fries but they were crispy and fresh.

San Francisco Peaks also carries a selection of local microbrewery beers and the Indian Pale Ale went very well with the burger and fries.

Probably the best thing about San Francisco Peaks is that its in a nice and easily accessible area so you can enjoy an afternoon of shopping or sightseeing and drop by the the resturant for brunch or dinner. The burgers are tasty, so if you’ve already been to The Great Burger (also in Harajuku), this joint is definitely worth giving a shot.

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Albo Agunday

Albo Agunday

Hey, I'm Albo, co-founder of TJC. I was a JET in beautiful Gunma Prefecture for 5 years. I started thejetcoaster.com to teach and inspire others how to live a life of travel, learning and adventure.

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  • The Jet Coaster

    Scott: Wakanui in Tokyo (used to be Nishi Azabu, but they’ve moved) has a lunch burger that’s really good. They grind up dry-aged beef on the spot. It’s a pretty thick and substantial patty.

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  • The Jet Coaster

    Duckaduck: Neat. The San Francisco Peaks are the highest points in Arizona, near Flagstaff. I noticed a cactus in one of the photos, so it must be a play on that theme. I always think its interesting finding references to hidden gems close to home in far away places. I’m from Arizona, and I found a Sedona themed cafe in Kyoto, but it was closed.

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  • The Jet Coaster

    Tjc-Albi: In Japan, the burger patties even at gourmet places seem to hover at around 125 to 150g of meat. So the burgers are tasty but if you are used to american burgers, they may feel a bit undersized. Sometimes you just gotta order a second patty!

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    • The Jet Coaster

      Duckaduck: My problem is usually with the quality of the meat, not the quantity, so ordering a second patty would just compound my problem. I feel like the quality has decreased since I’ve been here too. I wonder if there’s been some change in import rules, or an increase in price that has led burger shops to go with worse meat.

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      • The Jet Coaster

        Tjc-Albi: Which burger joints have you been to/do you recommend/dont recommend? In Tokyo, I really like A.S. Classics and The Great Burger. Kua Aina is always good too. If you ever find yourself in Gunma, my favourite burger joint is Tinz Burger Market in Takasaki. It’s just one guy, and his burgers are works of art.

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        • The Jet Coaster

          Duckaduck: Kua aina is good as a kind of halfway between gourmet and fast food burger. Village vanguard diner is pretty good. Too small, but they’re creative in their burger flavors. Though it seems like each time i go back another loved menu feature is missing. West park cafe is good, though the experience is different in each of their locations. Kind of sad but tgi friday’s is actually up there with the best burgers in tokyo.
          Usually i make my own burgers these days. I have a costco relatively nearby so can get some good meat there.

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          • The Jet Coaster

            TJC-Thomas: any particular recipe you use? i’ve never really had the knack for cooking, but making burgers is definitely something i’d be down to try.

            also, what the hell do you put them in?? i haven’t seen burger buns here at all

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          • The Jet Coaster

            Duckaduck: I don’t have any specific recipe i use. I’m more of a by feel chef. The only thing i do every time is add an egg and some oatmeal. I find this keeps the patties from falling apart and gives them a texture i enjoy. Then i’ll throw in a little of whatever sounds good to me that day. The other day i made some that had pepper, sage, bbq sauce and chopped up jalapenos that worked quite well.Buns are the hardest part. Someday i’d like to learn to make my own. Costco sells some buns that work, but aren’t particularly good. I’m always keeping my eye out. Sometimes grocery stores will carry a few and i’ll buy them and freeze them to use later. Also i keep an open mind what a hamburger bun should be. Really if it tastes good and can hold a patty, anything can be a hamburger bun. Most good grocery stores will have a small selection of more premium breads. I can often find some decent bun or roll there.

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  • The Jet Coaster

    Duckaduck: How was the beef? It seems like even the nicest burger places in japan uses horribly low quality beef, sometimes featuring pieces of gristle the size of my fist.

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    • The Jet Coaster

      TJC-Thomas: yeah, i mean, to be honest, i rarely feel like any burger place delivers a “hefty” piece of meat. the meat always seems a bit… i don’t know.. loose? like they didn’t properly compact it and it’s just kind of fluffy/crumbly. i guess that is the “japanese style” of burger?

      but i can say that for japan at least it was pretty good, albeit a bit pricey.

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  • The Jet Coaster

    TJC-Thomas: Mmmm… yeah, that was a delicious place!

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  • http://www.thejetcoaster.com Thomas Simmons

    are you getting a notification for this?

    • http://www.thejetcoaster.com Albo Agunday

      yep