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

Original Joe's - San Francisco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.originaljoessf.com
  • Phone: (415) 775-4877
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10pm
    Friday 11:30am - 11pm
    Saturday 10am - 11pm
    Sunday 10am - 10pm
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Was great. Now, too full of itself and touristy. Food less than average at above average prices. Its heyday is over. Avoid."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Overall, I gave a 4 star rating to the food because most of the dishes and drinks were excellent, but a couple of things fell short. Of the items ordered in our group, the Sand Dabs, which was the special of the day, were excellent and the hamburger was flavorful and juicy. However, the Caesar Salad with chicken was a disappointment. The dressing had hardly any flavor at all and the chicken which should have had a grilled flavor, didn't. Also, one of the cocktails wasn't made properly. I don't know if the french bread was old or not, but it was tough to bite into and chew. The service was excellent. Our waitress was friendly, helpful and orders came to the table in a timely manner."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our dinner was excellent. I love organ meats and it was hard to choose between the sweetbreads and liver. Chose the sweetbreads (first time in Italian cuisine) and enjoyed it immensely. My wife's lasagna was the lightest lasagna she ever had; wish I knew how they did it."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The move from Taylor St in the Tenderloin was the best idea ever. Now I live only 3 blocks away. Everything here is great."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "If you want lasagna at Joes "you should call ahead" is what I was told by a manager there. The last two times they have not had lasagna although it is one of there specialties....Very disappointing"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Noise worse than expected. Food, good but less than expected. Service better than expected. Will give it another try on a weekday. On the high $$$ side."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Awesome pasta dishes and friendly staff. We enjoyed it very much. We do recommend this restaurant to our friends worldwide."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was my first time at the new Joe 's and was not disappointed. It was like I remembered, the food, the service only in an upscale setting in the heart of Little Italy Gotta go to Joes. You' ll wonder why you haven't before. We had 8 in our party and heard nothing it ooohs and aaahs the while night ."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It's been several years since I've been to the Original Joe's near the Theater district. I was delighted to see they moved to North Beach. Love the red booths, dark wood, dim lighting -- even though I was with a friend (same sex) and it was early evening. It's close to all the bus routes, too, so no need to drive."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Restuarant has great history, great atmosphere, great food, and great customer service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Awesome traditional Italian food! Large homemade portions, great service. Consistent, always great!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The noise level is exceptionally high, so much so you can't hear people at your table. The food is great! I will return and ask for a quieter section."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Just as I remembered from my childhood. The food was sensational, and the ambiance enchanting. Retro in a great way!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The group was there for lunch. We ordered OX tails, couple cheese burgers and a salad. The food and service was great as usual. If you haven't been to o Joe's, you must go. The boos man John and staff are the very best."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great Italian food, but Mondays are slower with less wait staff. The restaurant had a different feel to it this time than when we have visited before on a busier night later in the week. Sadly a very popular Italian dessert was missing this time -- Tiramisu."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Original Joe's continues to have great food. It is a great place to take visitor's to the city. A SF special spot. Never disappointed. Located in a great SF location in North Beach."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Was visiting San Francisco with family. Saw this place on the corner and made a reservation. Food was great and the pairings with the steaks were unusual but outstanding."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I've been coming here for over 30 years. Whenever, I travel to San Francisco, I try to make it here. It's a fun ride on the cable car from my hotel in Union Square. The food is just wonderful and I love the service and atmosphere. I asked to change table and the waitresses were so accommodating about it. The prices are reasonable for San Francisco as well. Can't wait to visit again!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My wife and I came in for a late dinner. We're outta towners from Chicago. The 2 items we wanted to order, the lasagna and prime rib, they were both out of. We then ordered the egg plant Parmesan & a chicken dish with linguine (my wife wanted the dish with fettuccini but they were out of that too). Food was decent at best. Lots of mom & pop pizza spots in Chicago could beat the quality. Service was good though but we all go to a resteraunt to eat don't we. C+ tops for me."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A part of old San Francisco's culinary history is well preserved at this North Beach restaurant. Great place to meet up with old friends. This is the place to enjoy 'joe's special' and a stiff drink."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "From finding valet parking at our arrival, to taking us to our table immediately, to prompt service, delicious cocktails and unbelievably good calves liver with bacon and onions, and all for a reasonable price, we were thrilled with our experience at Original Joe's. We heard Original Joe's will be taking over the currently shuttered Joe's of Westlake. If this is true, we cannot wait for the re-opening out in Westlake!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Original Joe's has reincarnated from a great old SF tradition in a seedy location to a head-turning new SF tradition in the heart of North Beach!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great San Francisco cuisine and service at 1990 prices in a fantastic location."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great food, reasonable prices and good quality wait staff. Two weeks ago, same day of week and same time of day, on ordering the same food from the same menu, my wife was charged extra for her salad, this time it was included. I was told my salad was not included when the menu specifically said it was included. Inconsistencies like these are not appreciated."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great evening. We celebrated a friend's 75th Birthday and enjoyed the evening immensely. Great traditional Italian food with a modern twist. Very generous portions which provided a take-home and a second time to enjoy our delicious Sole Piccata. Friendly, energetic atmosphere with patrons of diverse ages. Loved it!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I would say that Original Joe' s, as well as providing great food and having an officiant and pleasant staff, is a fun restaraunt to visit, It is has old school charm. But it can be a tad pricey."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by my hotel's concierge desk. I also checked online for reviews and it had great reviews. However, I was not impressed. I had the lamb, ravioli and side of veggies. The lamb was a bit chewy and ravioli was bland. The others in my party seemed to have enjoyed their food which included the pork chop, spaghetti and meat balls and veal. Service was great! The atmoshpere was pretty nice and a moderate noise level."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This place was awesome. In the middle of little Italy, this is the italian place you found back in New York or New Jersey way back when. Great food and great service. Just go!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • " I like Original Joes because the atmosphere is comfortable, clean, old school, and the food is very good. I had the NY steak, it was a little tough, but the flavor was good. The raviolis were yummy. The house wine went perfectly with my steak. My husband had the liver and onions; it was the best he ever tasted. I didn't like our seats. For the second time in a row my family was seated next to the waiter's computers. I kept looking at the serious waiters as they entered their orders. They didn't make a very attractive background for our pictures, either. Our waiter was nice and professional. I would go back again, but I won't allow them to sit us next to the kitchen again (we had reservations too)."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went to Original Joe's when in San Francisco because my wife found it mentioned in a detective novel set in San Francisco. It's a real classic old-time Italian restaurant.....waiters in black coats and bow ties, solid traditional Northern Italian menu. Glad we went."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Original Joe's serves nostalgic food in a glamorous setting at reasonable prices. If meatball sandwiches, Caesar salads, hamburgers, meatballs and spaghetti, or chicken parmesan are your thing then this is your place. This is where I take out of town guests who want to have a genuine San Francisco experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We celebrated a special occasion for my son with family. The food and service was excellent. A small jazz band started playing around 2pm and they were fantastic. The whole room was enjoying the vibe. Great place for a lazy afternoon brunch/lunch."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Hope they stay here and do not go back to Westlake"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The vegetables have been fixed and are now available steamed - good job. As always very friendly service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is a classic place with good food, good drinks and good service. Excellent value for the money - always fun to go to. A true San Francisco neighborhood experience."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This is a great value for money restaurant, the locals come here, especially at the bar, where you can get some great appetizers and properbly bedst Martinni in town. The food is American Itallien, very tasty, I have tried manny of their dishes, they have all been very good, I would reccomend the Gnocci the risotto and the fish, the all change over time but never dissapoint"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The hamburger is outstanding! It is so big that my husband and I have to share it and they are very nice about spitting the plate. It's the best deal in town!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "There is just too much noise to enjoy what, except for the noise, would be a worthwhile dining experience. We won't go back because of the noise even though the food and service were quite good."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The staff, food and atmosphere are world class. From the moment you walk in you feel welcome and appreciated. Wait staff take 100% care of everything, recommendations on food and wine that work well together. Great experience.. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • " i like O>J"s for out of town guests- it has a real " Old San Francisco" vibe but would appeal to a foodie too. the atmosphere is warm- the location good for a drink- before or after too. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014