Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Doc Ricketts
cuisine, culture, community

Doc Ricketts Restaurant and the underground venue Doc's Lab are located on the western edge of the Jackson Square Historic District—a neighborhood with a long history of food and entertainment dating back to the Barbary Coast Era of the Gold Rush. Doc Ricketts and Doc’s Lab’s extensive renovations preserved the 1911 building.

Doc Ricketts chef Justin Deering offers his guests creative, refined and approachable Northern California cuisine. His food celebrates San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions’ fresh ingredients, while also showcasing an in-house charcuterie program. The thoughtfully designed wine list and artisan cocktails complement Deering’s menu.

Downstairs from the restaurant is Doc’s Lab, a gathering place for music, comedy, and literary events. This basement originally housed a dance hall, then the legendary comedy and music venue The Purple Onion. Over decades many musicians, comedians, and artists performed (and some even launched their careers) at The Purple Onion—including Phyllis Diller, The Kingston Trio, The Smothers Brothers, Maya Angelou, Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, Robin Williams, Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce, Jim Nabors, Judah Friedlander, and Zach Galifianakis.

Doc Ricketts and Doc's Lab get their name from the renowned American marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Ricketts lived in Monterey during the 30's and 40's, and became a prominent member of the community. In his lab, night after night he hosted writers, artists, scientists, philosophers, musicians, and locals. Author John Steinbeck, who was a close friend, created "Doc", the beloved main character in his book Cannery Row after Ricketts. Doc and other characters inspired by Ricketts also appeared in Steinbeck's Sweet Thursday (Doc), and The Grapes of Wrath (Jim Casy).

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Our restaurant is located at 124 Columbus, between Jackson and Pacific.
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Doc Ricketts and Doc’s Lab, Serving Up Dinner, Comedy, and Music in North Beach
North Beach is getting two new spots for the price of one with the debuts of Doc Ricketts and Doc's Lab. The restaurant and music/comedy venue are taking over the former Purple Onion space, which has a historic background as...  READ MORE... - Eater SF
Doc Ricketts Opens in North Beach
The former Purple Onion space in North Beach has officially reopened as ~DOC RICKETTS~, as of Wednesday September 3rd. As previously reported on tablehopper, the owner is Christopher Burnett of Darwin Café, and he’s done quite a number on the historic location.   READ MORE... - Table Hopper
What the Doc Ordered – A Restaurant Upstairs, a Comedy Club Downstairs
Take ’em to Doc Ricketts and Doc’s Lab, an upstairs/downstairs joint with enough charcuterie, bourbon and live comedy to help your night along however things go. Doc Ricketts, the restaurant, opens tonight, and the first show down at Doc’s Lab is on September 12.  READ MORE... - Urban Daddy
The new Doc Ricketts: dinner with the show
Doc Ricketts - named after the marine biologist friend of John Steinbeck immortalized in "Cannery Row" - will be a 40-seat restaurant helmed by Deering, who has been cooking for decades in San Francisco, including the likes of 15 Romolo, Cafe Des Amis and Conduit.   READ MORE... - SF Gate
Cooking for Solutions: Savor Sustainability
Doc Ricketts will join the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its thirteenth annual Cooking for Solutions celebration on May 16-18, 2014 in scenic Monterey, California.  READ MORE...

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