7 Mile House featured on Discovery Channel’s United States of Bacon
hosted by Chef Todd Fisher, Destination America, Jan. 6, 2013
7 Mile House featured on Eye on The Bay
hosted by Brian Hackney, CBS5, May 9, 2009
“The 7 Mile House has character and a light-hearted atmosphere that makes it a fun experience every time…The dishes are presented so beautifully, you don’t want to ruin the presentation when it’s time to eat.” – San Mateo County Times
Along the perimeters of three Bay Area cities: San Francisco, Brisbane and Daly City, a new (yet historic) restaurant and bar has quickly emerged as the best spot to dine and be entertained on this side of the Bay Area.
Established in 1853, 7 Mile House is a family restaurant and bar serving up a unique mix of homestyle Italian/American/Filipino food beautifully plated with a wide array of beers and almost any cocktail you can imagine.
A good mix of great food, fun atmosphere, sports and musical entertainment draws a diverse, family-oriented crowd — a far cry from its more than 150 years of colorful history.
First owner of 7 Mile House
7 Mile House is the last “Mile House left standing in its original location in the Bay Area. Mile Houses, established in the mid 1800s, served as local post offices and old stagecoach stops where horses rested and were exchanged. Later, Mile Houses evolved into popular neighborhood watering holes, a Pony Express route, a hotel and, in some cases, even a brothel.
The 7 Mile House has stood as witness to some of San Francisco’s more colorful, albeit sometimes notorious, moments in history. It has been recorded that on August 6, 1876, young members of the Hayes Valley Gang, while on a criminal spree of thievery, assault and manslaughter in the Mission District, made a pit-stop at the 7 Mile House to harass passersby along the way. It was one of the events that marked the violent tradition of gangs and gang wars in Old San Francisco, and that inspired the terms “hood” and “hoodlums”.
During the Prohibition in the early 1920s, when the neighborhood now called Brisbane, was known for moonshining and bootlegging, the 7 Mile House became one of the few locations licensed to sell whiskey.
Then more than 50 years later, 7 Mile House became well known for its rough atmosphere with truckers and bikers frequenting the establishment. In the 80s the bar later became popular for its large, tasty burgers served up in a greasy spoon kitchen by an elderly lady named Doris.
Later the 7 Mile House became infamous for its illegal sports gambling activities. Rumor has it that it was the largest operation of its kind West of the Mississippi with ties to overseas organizations until the FBI raided and arrested the accused.
7 Mile House Early 1900′s
7 Mile House Early 1900′s
7 Mile House, circa 1940
Despite such a past and more than a hundred years of changes to San Francisco’s urban landscape, 7 Mile House has endured. Now home to a family sports bar and grill, 7 Mile serves up the famous 7 Mile Burgers, San Francisco’s Cioppino, Filipino-style adobo, crab quesadillas, salmon kabobs, lumpia, and other mouth-watering concoctions all meant to be washed down by almost any beverage, cocktail or beer you can think of.
Entertainment is also a staple at 7 Mile, where guests are never bored with the large screen TVs simultaneously showing multiple sports games, not to mention the live music and dancing that happens almost every night. The best entertainment of all though is that at 7 Mile, where everyone’s treated like a regular, there is always good conversation, laughter, and merry-making to be had.