Doc Ricketts will be CLOSED Thursday, November 27th and LUNCH Service on Friday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
We will REOPEN for DINNER Service on Friday evening at 5:30pm.
LUNCH ~ Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm ~
~ A limited menu is available all day ~
DINNER ~ 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).

Find Us
Our restaurant is located at 124 Columbus, between Jackson and Pacific.
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SF Chronicle Doc Ricketts harmonizes food and entertainment
San Francisco is a city of paradoxes. We honor tradition, but we aren’t afraid to break it.  READ MORE... - San Francisco Chronicle
SF’s Best New Bars
A simple menu of well-executed cocktail classics and a new destination for live comedy, readings and music? There's a whole lot to like about Doc's Lab...  READ MORE... - Tasting Table SF
The Bay Area Heatmap: Where To Eat NOW
Where to eat right now! The revamp of the former Purple Onion is intended to capture North Beach's bohemian spirit, with relaxed fare upstairs and cocktails to accompany the live music and comedy in Doc's Lab, located downstairs...  READ MORE... - SF Eater
New Restaurants to Check Out
Any San Francisco old-timer will recognize that this new North Beach spot was the previous home of the Purple Onion in the basement. Now there’s a restaurant, while the basement is having a rebirth of sorts as Doc’s Lab. As for the restaurant, chef Justin Deering is going to be pulling a bit from his...  READ MORE...
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

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