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
256 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (156)good for groups (120)vibrant bar scene (114)great for lunch (111)special occasion (109)hot spot (89)fit for foodies (79)great for brunch (71)kid-friendly (51)notable wine list (46)romantic (42)late-night find (38)great for outdoor dining (25)scenic view (9)Show More
  • 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
  • The Best!!
    FABULOUSVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I am not a tourist and we frequent this restaurant. We live in the East Bay so we must cross a bridge but it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wallyworld
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Let valet park our car. Arrived early for 7PM reservations and were seated within 5 minutes. Service was very professional but also very friendly. Had a great dinner and was informed by our waitress that our dinner had been paid for by our daughter-in-law (we knew that).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lewis F.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We love comng to Original Joe's when we visit San Francisco. We were able to have seats watching the chefs prepare the food. Amazing the pace and activity. The food is always very good. Portions are large and staff is very friendly. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lived Up To Expectations
    Venezia2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My friends and I celebrated a birthday lunch and we were anxious to try Original Joe's. We were not disappointed. We were graciously welcomed into the restaurant and our menu selections were excellent. Our shrimp salads were very fresh and quite filling. My only suggestion to our server would be to please be a little more generous with the coffee. We would have enjoyed a second cup of coffee. Other than that the food and service were very good!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super!
    Karmichael
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful evening with great friends with the best service. Great wine but wish they had a bigger or specialty drink list to offer. Again would and will recommend Joe's to my friends! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere---Poor service
    DinesoutalotVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was OK. The service was terrible. We had to wait an hour to get our entrees from the time we ordered them, and we didn't order any appetizers or salads. It was so noisy it was hard to have a conversation with the person across the table.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great italian grub in N. beach
    PickyDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Not many places to have good Italian food in North Beach but Original Joe's delivers. Yes it's a bit touristy but that can't be helped in this neighborhood. Prices are in a wide range for entrées. You can spend $40 or more but you can also dine well for $20.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I booked a reservation here for my boyfriends birthday, not really sure what to expect out of this restaurant but man I have to say the food was great, our server was wonderful. I actually arrived 30 minutes late thinkig they would have me wait some time but no they sat my boyfriend and I right away. Would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food/service
    Adam
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food & service were excellent with nice ambience. Only problem is parking around the area is very scarce, but we were very lucky aswe found one in front of the church, one block away, after 5 minutes lookin for space
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific old standby
    Charles
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The new packaging - all new fixtures, solidly traditional decor - is comfortably clubby, and the food is club-style, as well: generous helpings, Old San Francisco recipes. Service varies from warm to merely efficient, but always professional. Prices match the big, overflowing plates.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    503Peg
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    On a recent family visit to San Francisco, Joe's was recommended by a friend. We were not disappointed! The food was delicious, great service and wonderful ambiance. It's a bustling and popular restaurant and one we would visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mangia
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We took out of town friends and they loved the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Experience
    pingVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    After 76 years of perfecting the recipes, the food, wine and service reflect the professional, practiced approach to traditional Italian, Every dish was just slightly undersauced from the arancini, pasta, salad to the sand dabs. The understated touch left your tastebuds wanting more. Finishing with the Bombolini was perfection revisited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WineVetVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Classic San Francisco dining. Professional service with a warm welcome and smooth, veteran servers. The menu is varied and balanced with classics and modern dishes. The cocktails are creative and a bargain for this city. A good value for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Perhaps the jewel of dining at "Original Joe's" is the sensitivity of the staff to the needs and comfort of the clients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday spot
    kittnkats
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Dining at Original Joe's in North Beach gives you a sense that all is right with the world. Lively, ample servings, fab. cocktails, making every meal an occasion. Valet parking is definitely a bonus! How nice they were in delivering our car keys to our table at the end of the evening - we hadn't noticed that we had "closed" the place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • travelmentor1VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    great spot and appreciated the wonderful table The food is reliable and always good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    Keith
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Went there this time for my daughters last dinner in the city before heading off to college. Her choice and again she chose OJ's....Just fantastic...food outstanding...service top notch..they even gave a extra dessert free because my wife asked how it was..Manager said I want you to try it. I grew up eating at the old OJ's...this one is a true icon restaurant. Can't wait for the new one to open in Westlake.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the food and service!
    joeyluvsfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Good food, friendly staff and wonderful ambience. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    steveVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our group have not been to Joe's in a few weeks. This time we brought a new member to the gang for the Ox Tails. The new person gave the Ox Tails the thumbs up. As usual the food and service was great. It's always good to see John Sr. and the staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the "Cheers" of North Beach
    LAG1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I had been here before and my experience was pleasant. I returned and had lunch for one and everything was spot on from the hostess to the bartender, server and bus person as they were all warm, receptive and inviting throughout the meal, engaging me in conversation, etc. I had a Kamikaze cocktail that was made to perfection and I had the Orrechiette entree that was outstanding. I can say that as this is an Italian country style dish and they did a marvelous job of it and the portion was plentiful. Environment was like the "Cheers" of North Beach. This is the neighborhood I grew up in.:)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sand Dabs in a long time
    KennyDVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great lunch spot. Had the special of the day - sand dabs. Reminded me of old San Francisco. Cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    familyof7
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had heard a lot about this restaurant and finally was able to try it with my family. The service was amazing! The food portions were large and very tasty. The menu has lots of different options. And again, the service was outstanding from everyone working there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JCSE
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Took our daughter on a weekend trip to San Francisco. Original Joe's was recommended to us on Friday evening. We went there for dinner and the food and service was so excellent we went back for lunch on Sunday prior to catching our flight back to Orange County.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    EastBayFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Have lived in SF since 1977 and had never been to Original Joe's. Recently a friend visited and asked that we have dinner at some place that was famous and had been in SF "forever ". It was a first for the whole group and beyond delightful. The wait staff are so accomodating and nice. The food was simply off the chart and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great except Steak not done right..
    HUFF
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything we ordered was fantastic. However, the porterhouse steak my cousin ordered for her birthday dinner was not cooked right and was very fatty. The service was fantastic and the overall experience was good and you did give us a refund on the steak so we will definitely be return customers. I have been and will continue to be a customer and fan of Original Joes. One thing I did notice is that you don't offer the fried oysters on the dinner menu anymore and would really like to see that added to your menu next time. From Steven D. Huffaker
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience!
    beedee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Something for everyone and really attentive service for an early afternoon b-day party. The 83 year old birthday boy was ecstatic to have liver & onions (even though it wasn't quite 3 pm yet) and our gluten-free family members were delighted to have GF pasta with excellent meat sauce (thanks to the chef for being flexible)! Lou the waiter even serenaded us with "Happy Birthday" in his beautiful tenor voice. Really wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take Me BackTo Original Joe's !!
    SanFranFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This place rocks ! Waitstaff is beyond fab & we 2 got a booth that fit 4 comfortably. They give service that is the way it should be - smiling and happy to see us and then the food arrives. OMG everything is perfect - big portions of perfectly cooked Italian cuisine - just the way my Genovese Grandpoppa cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic