Red’s Java House

Do you ever just crave an honest to goodness burger?

No fancy extra toppings, no crazy sauces (though I love to get down on a spectacular burger like that every once in a while).

But sometimes, I just want a straight up burger, with cheese.

This is why I get on my knees and thank God for places like Red’s Java House.

This place is a no frills, back to the basics old school burger joint right on the water at the Embarcadero at Pier 28.

The menu options go a little something like this:


My favorite part of the menu – “We Don’t Serve Lettuce or Tomato”

Red’s is just so sassy.

This place hasn’t seen a renovation in quite some time, ain’t it just grand.

The menu is already extremely simple, but Matt and I came here for 2 reasons, a cheeseburger, and fries.

So that’s exactly what we got

These burgers were special however because instead of a sesame bun, these babies were served on a sourdough roll.


What a concept. Way better than a traditional bun, in my opinion. But then again, I loveeee sourdough, and think everything tastes better with it.

Pretty much the cheeseburger consisted of:


Cheddar Cheese

Chopped Onions



So, yea, it erred on the tangy side with the mustard, pickles, and sourdough.

My fav.

Literally right as we sat down with our food, the lunch rush came. A testament to how good this place is. Soo glad we didn’t have to wait though cause we were starving!

The back of the restaurant opens up to a waterfront patio area, and covered outdoor bar with fun music and lively patrons. Every seat in the back was taken so we headed back inside and enjoyed the padded bar stools.

Still fine by me!

When it comes to a good burger, I’m like a momma tiger protecting her cub

Matt chose to be an adult while he ate

I chose to be a child and play

Like my wonky eye?

Overall, this place is perfect to stop for a quick bite to eat while walking along the waterfront. If you’re sitting outside though, the fun drunken atmosphere begs you to sit back and relax for a while. Inside, the service is friendly and the decor will encourage you to reminisce over the generations past. The food is straightforward, unadulterated, and a combo (burger, fries and a drink) is under $10, which is exactly what you need sometimes.

Red’s Java House, I’ll see ya again soon!

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