Original Joe's - San Francisco
Original Joe's - San Francisco

Original Joe's - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.originaljoessf.com/
  • Phone: 4157754877x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10pm
    Friday 11:30am - 11pm
    Saturday 10am - 11pm
    Sunday 10am - 10pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stockton
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: And limited street parking.
A word from Original Joe's - San Francisco
Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for 75 years, it is located in the heart of the historic and majestic North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike.

Original Joe’s is the oldest of all existing Joe’s restaurants in the country and is the innovator of what is now nationally known as the “Joe’s Concept”. With its signature red leather booths, legendary smooth cocktails, and renowned Italian American menu, Joe’s has come to signify its own Northern Californian category of food and symbolizes classic Italian American comfort food at its finest.
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Original Joe's - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
250 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (155)good for groups (114)vibrant bar scene (113)special occasion (107)great for lunch (94)hot spot (90)fit for foodies (83)great for brunch (53)kid-friendly (42)romantic (40)notable wine list (37)late-night find (33)great for outdoor dining (29)scenic view (10)Show More
  • classic SF restaurant
    dormarx
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    One of SF'S best "old time" Italian restaurants. The food is very good and a little pricey. The service steller. Loads of atmosphere and charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sophia Lauren is amazing
    Martinez
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Went to joes with clients, no problem adjusting the time and # of guests.... Food was very good calamari is a must. I'll be back.... Matches and exceeds my midtown favorites in nyc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go Giants!
    SophiasGent
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Went for dinner and stayed for whole Giants win on a Tuesday. Took dinner in the bar area with a lively crowd of raucously loyal fans. Crabcake was very good, but the salmon fillet entree was excellent. Nicely charred on the outside, perfect inside, lemony sauce. Service was good especially considering the size and condition of the crowd. Bus-staff kept the little bar table clean between servings. Was there 3 hours and got no pressure to move on once dinner was done. Could not have been more pleased.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Very large portions, go very hunger. Service is very friendly, well informed seasoned staff. I would return when imam not counting crabs.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party !!
    SeattleJay
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I recommend the bar for a groups looking for a very lively, noisy, and engaged bar scene. Probably a great place to meet new people as the bar seems very unrestrained.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Lot of Food for Not a Lot of $$$
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If you are really, I mean really, hungry this should be your go to restaurant. The food is good but not great. Location and low prices are the big draw.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Forties Find!
    Ilikefood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I loved our dinner at Original Joe's. Our waiter, Sergio, was so friendly and helpful, we loved him! The food was delicious and the restaurant atmosphere was very nice. We enjoyed it immensely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I loved it. Vibrant and a bit noisy, but very friendly staff and friendly and diverse patrons. Menu was eclectic and food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Complaints
    Live2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    took a client for dinner. Had a variety of dishes at the table from steak to spaghetti. No complaints by anyone. Food was tremendous and reasonably priced. Place gets a little loud but that's to be expected when everyone is enjoying themselves. Guillermo was a great waiter, Very engaging and attentive. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • redchecker
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I was disapointed that we were told that day there was valet parking outside, then got there and were told the sf police had shut down the valet service for lack of proper permit. Really? How long have they been working there? We then had to find a parking garage and walk, but at least our reservation was still ready when we arrived. My first impression of the restraunt was Way Too Loud, the noise was bouncing off the walls (funny it's referred to as energetic above, more like distracting). Our booth had a light attached to the side wall that shone right into my eyes, so i had to place a menu there as a shield (not thought thru). But the food was good and my husband's steak was delicious. Traffic, No Parking, Loud, Dark, Good Food
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boisterous Dining:
    SFDiscerningDiners
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Good dining experience for a larger group with visitors from out of town. As expected but miss the intimacy of the former Joe's at old location. Food quality and freshness did not disappoint our group of discerning diners. As old timer San Franciscans, we observed the bar scene dominated the dining scene, therefore no separation from dining area from the bar for noise level. Cannot converse at table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KevinVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Very good food with a menu that has something for everybody. Reasonably priced food & bar. Good, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still great food
    Angela
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Last time I was there was over 30 yrs ago. Remembered how good the carbonara was and to date it's still a great dish!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great North Beach Restaurant
    FoodBugVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We LOVE dining at Original Joes. When we are available, we head to Original Joe's almost every weekend so we can sit outside and watch the vibrant North Beach scene. We have never eaten inside. Even on cooler days, we bundle up and sit outside. What a wonderful opportunity to have delicious Italian food, and an exciting outdoor, people watching, experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North Beach Dining
    steak
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Original Joe's is an excellent North Beach restaurant! Food was fantastic, service was great & location was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Original Joe's is fantastic - wonderful staff and management - we go almost once a week to enjoy a great meal and a cocktail.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new member
    steveVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had 5 Corned Beefs and a salad for the new member to the group. The food was excellent as usual. The service is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with lasting memories
    SatisfiedDiner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Hosted some European friends for dinner so they could enjoy a taste of San Francisco history. The bar crowd was noisily cheering the SF Giants but the dining room quieted as evening progressed. We all enjoyed the fish entrees and stayed on for dessert and after dinner drinks. Staff were very helpful and friendly although we were about 20 minutes early for our reservation. Waiter was a bit distracted but that did not detract from our enjoyment of the meal. We will return to Original Joe's the next time we visit San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    mrTRAXVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Have been wanting to dine at Original Joe's SF since it 'reopened' a couple of years ago. Was worth the wait! (Never dined at the original location in the Tenderloin.) Food was outstanding with the 4 of us ordering a variety of entrees. Our server was very personable, as well as knowledgeable, and definitely contributed to our having a very enjoyable dining experience. I plan on being back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great Steak house
    Chris
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a great dinner at Orginal Joe's. Great Service, outstanding steaks and food in general. I can really recommend this place!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion spot.
    2diners
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Nice restaurant, good food but a little pricey. Large portions could be smaller and cost less. Service was fair; item was cold, server wouldn't warm it up, but ended up not charging us for it. Atmosphere nice, but too noisy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A great traditional San Francisco restaurant that's even better in its new location. I'm so glad that they kept old menu favorites, like liver and bacon on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Short Ribs
    steveVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a party of six which included a newbie. We had two burgers and four short ribs. Tuesday is not our normal day but the group was glad we did because the special of the day was Short Ribs. There was nothing short about the ribs, they were tasty and tender. Thanks John Jr. for the great service. the newbie in the group enjoyed the ribs and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • noise level
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This place was so noisey we had to lean over the table to hear anything anyone said. The food was good but I would never eat here again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food
    JanrcVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Eggplant parmesian excellence. Sole piccata perfection. Great service. Noise level is energetic but not overpowering. We will happily return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sidewalk Dining Location
    AXADining
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We found ourselves spending 7 hours for lunch and numerous bottles of wine. A wonderful sidewalk scene with a great park across the street. The staff could not have been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    JimmyJames
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Will be back when we're in SF again! We really loved it. Good & service both great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A regular place for years
    jnljr
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This wonderful restaurant has provided wonderful food for years. I always enjoy the food and never go out hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Nite Out
    Taylor
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    OJ's is the spot for a special occasion - it's definitely lost the patina that you'd find at their old place in the Tenderloin - in their new location the place is clean and spiffy and neat but the character of the food, the overall appearance of the wait staff and the menu choices feel like nothing's changed. We had an 8:00 reservation but got there early (6:30) and they were able to seat our party of 6 after only a few minutes. Would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a delite
    psalazar
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    As always, our food was delicious, the service perfect, and the people watching a blast. We often eat there before heading to the theater. The risotto special was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Class North Beach Dining
    JoeC
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Original Joe's is truly a North Beach dining experience! The food is superb but not for the economy minded. The stunningly served crab cake appetizer was 15 dollars and my perfectly done NY Steak was 40 dollars. The service was excellent although our server was taxed to the max trying to attend to all her tables. The noise level is extremely high and there are no quiet corners! I was treating a friend to his birthday dinner and this is an outstanding place to take someone for that special occasion. Although I was lucky enough to secure a street parking space, it is rare but valet parking is available. Without question, I would highly recommend Original Joe's to all. It was a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Flew to San Francisco for our 37th anniversary. Great atmosphere, great service and great food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coop
    CoopVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It's all the best. Try the Joe's Special w/mushrooms for a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10 Stars For ORIGINAL JOE'S
    SanFranFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This place rocks with the finest attentive and kindest service! Food is consistently big fresh well cooked really original Italian food! I love dining here for biz lunches - imagine 2 of us in a booth for 5! They spoil us and everybody. Will be back soon for an amazing Crab Louie and give me a platter of the Wednesday ox tails special! YAY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic restaurant.
    Richam79
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Original Joe's came recommended in a Frommer's guide which we were using to find our way around San Francisco whilst on our honeymoon there from the UK. The restaurant exceeded our expectations. We booked a table midweek via open table but arrived at the restaurant early so that we could sample the bar atmosphere. The barman was friendly, knowledgable and made us feel really welcome and the cocktails were delicious. The restaurant however was even better. Our waiter (Kevin?) was great and couldn't have been be more helpful. As a vegetarian he even offered some off menu dishes so I had spaghetti with tomato sauce and basil which was plentiful and delicious. You must visit here and you will not be disappointed. Just go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic SF joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food/ambiance. All around great spot. The owners really care that everyone enjoy themselves.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful!
    nativespecialty
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Being a native (78 years) I have not been to Joe's for quite some time and brought a friends with me since he doesn't know SF that well. The maitre 'd was exceptional and gave us very good seats as well. The steaks were a little on the High price side. Liked the idea of no salad and the raviolis were superb. Also our waiter was very attentive and accommodation. Enjoyed what I saw of SF but still wouldn't want to live there again. I live in Windsor now and love the hot weather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodessVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The Spaghetti and Meatballs dish was excellent.. 3 nice, light and flavorful meatballs. Husband had Liver and Onions.. great bacon, large portion. Guest in our party had Joe's Special.. huge portion, and very tasty. The Butterscotch Pudding is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian restaurant
    Hblover
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Arrive on time with a open table reservation. No problems was seated in a few while walking waited. Great food and service. Recommend and will repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New OJs but still OJs
    jinazaki
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My 2nd visit to the new OJs. My guests loved the counter seats (less of them so they're more valuable IMO). The food is still great though I have to admit I miss the Runyonesque environment. Portions are still huge. Go to be overwhelmed. Nothing is subtle here. On balance, this is less than the sum total of the old OJs. The food suffers in context of the decor. The food needs to step up. The cacciatore, for example, had the unique addition of black olives. But not enough to contribute much in the way of flavor. The tomato and peppers were still overwhelming. Joe's Special works for late night or mid afternoon lunch but needs tweaking for dinner. The ravioli is still great though. Save some bread and meat sauce for sopping up at the end.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic