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Sparky's Diner

The Castro
American, Diner
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242 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1311
+1 415-626-8666
17:00 - 05:00
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Mon 12:00 - 05:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 05:00
Fri 09:00 - 12:00
Sat - Sun 00:00 - 23:59
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San Antonio, Texas
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80 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

The service is terrible. They do not come to your table very often. We were not able to experience the food due to the waiter forgetting to place our order. We only found out because after 30 minutes we had to approach the counter and that is when we found out. They definitely need to improve their service.

Thank dinosaur205
London, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2015

after all the clubs have closed you would come to this place to be well fed: Sparky's won't fail you.it's all pretty standard for a diner but it does not feel any mainstream like others more central....the people behind the counter are also very nice, with a spark.

Thank Curiositeam
Bronx, New York, USA
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160 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

after flying all day and not wanting to cook - this was a good diner choice - nachos were plentiful and turkey burger was over sized

Cleveland, Ohio
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2013 via mobile

Nice little diner in a trendy area. Great chocolate milkshake, decent omelets. We were there during late afternoon and had the place to ourselves, a great place to sit and chat and sip coffee. Service was good.

Thank herone
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

Arrived at 3:00am. Was seated at 3:15, got our meal just after 4. Overpriced dinners, poor service. The place was slow, there was no reason the order should have taken so long. Ordered the meatloaf, it was poor. Fries were bland but friends enjoyed their burgers. Drinks were brought out AFTER the food and was apparently forgotten earlier. Not impressed,... More 

Thank DoubleCruxed
Victoria, Canada
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2013

Food is awful- Kitchen looks like a cyst pool, I have seen cleaner portable toilets at public events than what this place has!! The Dining area is shockingly dirty, This place should be a lab for bacteria growth and disease control because any bacteria, disease, spore or airborne virus that is on the loose in San Francisco can be found... More 

Thank Tony M
Seattle, Washington
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2013

We went here because we needed food after a long, long day of walking around the city and these folks are open 24 hours. I didn't have very high expectations. My biscuits and gravy was actually pretty darn good, in fact I'd place it in the top tier of biscuits and gravy I've had. My wife and sister and law... More 

Thank NYhitchhiker
San Francisco, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2013 via mobile

Best late night food! Great after the bars. Dont go there any other time. Fun to mingle and keep the party going when your drunk. Typical diner food, but more limited. Milk shakes are great!

Thank Alan H
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2012

Not glamorous to look at by any standards but the service was excellent, the staff attentive and the food was great. We stopped here for breakfast. Impressed by the value for money. Well worth a visit if you are a little off the usual tourist routes and looking for somewhere to have a decent fill!

Thank Kemper_Forbes
Fenton, Missouri
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2012

We ordered two different breakfast meals. The place was not busy (clue). Both dishes were intolerable. One dish was huevos rancheros which apparently means to simply put each different item on the plate, not mixed. The other was a simple eggs over easy with pancakes. Both dishes the eggs were cooked to the point of crispy. The pancakes had a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Seating
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
12:00 - 05:00
17:00 - 05:00
17:00 - 05:00
17:00 - 05:00
17:00 - 05:00
09:00 - 12:00
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 242 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1311
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-626-8666

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in The Castro

Neighbourhood Profile
The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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