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
257 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (160)good for groups (125)great for lunch (118)vibrant bar scene (110)special occasion (109)hot spot (85)great for brunch (85)fit for foodies (78)kid-friendly (61)romantic (51)notable wine list (46)late-night find (39)great for outdoor dining (33)scenic view (10)Show More
  • 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    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
  • Birthday spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
  • Horrible service
    Jaxdiners
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went here for my wife's birthday, hoping for a special treat. However we got unlucky with the waiter who did not seem to even recognize our existence. I have not had worse service in a number of years in any of the restaurants I have traveled to around this country. From the very beginning to the very end he was absolutely horrible. The manager tried to apologize but it was too late… The birthday dinner was ruined.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    kasac
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    But way too noisy for conversation. Very very loud
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a good experience.
    formist
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Good.Salmon undercooked. They made good on this. Satisfying experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • newgirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was amazing. Great quality, good taste, great service, and atmosphere. The place is also huge.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is great but the service has been lacking on my last 2 visits. I took my parents to Original Joes for the first time in March and I ordered the Chicken Milanese - ended up with Veal. I had to convince the waitress that it was not chicken on my plate - she took my plate and checked with the kitchen, they confirmed they had given me Veal. No apology or special accommodation for the mix up, she merely replaced the Veal with the chicken and moved on. My parents enjoyed their meals and didn't have an issue. So, when my father came for a visit on Saturday, I brought him back for dinner. BIG MISTAKE....we had a run in with our waitress who padded the bill with additional charges for items that we thought were included the meal....
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    ChryslerRoseVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were at Original Joe's during the lunch hour but the server and the chef very kindly endulged us with dinner items. We ordered the rib eye steaks and they were FABULOUS. The best steak I have ever eaten!! Our server was attentive and quick. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb as Usual
    PlanetX
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My family's been going to Original Joe's since the 1940s. The new location is even more convenient, and still serving the classics with the same impeccable service. The waiters seem to have gotten about 50 years younger, but still a grand place to eat, drink and socialize.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I loved the original restaurant and this re-do is impressive. Looks good, tastes good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good spot for dinner. I had the ribeye steak and my wife had prime rib. Both were very flavorful and tender. A good meal all the way around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Pleasant Dining Experience
    diamond
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Plan ahead and make your reservation. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive to your own creative plate while being courteous and patient. They create a very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • original joe's and veal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    was the best dinner I have had there,,,after several other pretty good dinners this time had veal which was surprisingly good....in fact, it was terrific... a very enjoyable evening. alan baerj
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Kevin
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    As usual, Original Joe's is amazing. In the numerous times I have dined here, I can't recall one bad meal. The service is very friendly and top notch as well. Be sure to make reservations for weekends and evenings, as many other people enjoy it as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So far so good
    surpriseme
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    First time back since the original/original burnt down. Great location (parking is rough anywhere in the city). Lunch was terrific-halibut was fresh and not over cooked. Waiter would disappear for long periods of time but it really had no impact on the experience. Need to try dinner and hang out in the bar to really get a good feel for the "new" Original Joe's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific neighborhood restaurant
    foodlover
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Original Joe's is a terrific staple in the North Beach area. Tons of ambience, although the back room can be quite noisy. The red booths are a nice touch - ask to be in the front room if you want a quieter experience. Outstanding service, excellent menu with lots of specials, good wine list, and the best lasagna I have ever had. Definitely worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with the Out of Towners
    Sourdoughlovers
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    If you are lucky enough to get Kenney as your wait staff person, your dining experience will be more amazing. My guests from Texas put him to the test time after time and he ensured that we all had a delicious & memorable dinner. We are still talking about it. Thank you for living up to SF's reputation for a fun dinner in the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Original Joes, SF
    FoodComa4
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great place to eat for any special occasion or no occasion at all. The service is excellent, the food is excellent and you get plenty of it. I always get the cheese burger as it is the best in town, my friend order the Tuesday special, short ribs with mash potatoes and broccoli, it looked so good that I will come back on a Tuesday and order it myself. I love to go to Original Joes the only con about it is that I always eat more than I should and after all you want to do is rest/sleep! When in SF go to Original Joes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome Traditional San Francisco
    57post
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Here's a bit of nostalgia! Where else for Joe's Special with mushrooms? The Burger is a a two meal option as it will feed at least two or more. The Daily Specials are great. Don't miss this stop on your North Beach dining
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • But, I would go back
    Okok2
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was good- but the music was loud & the service was poor. We were not in a hurry, so the slow service was more acceptable. The music was so loud that I believe it contributed to them serving my wife a shrimp salad when she ordered the meatball sandwich :-) I guess after waiting so long and then the order being wrong it just kind of felt a bit displeased.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really gone downhill.
    NorthBeachVetVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Was great. Now, too full of itself and touristy. Food less than average at above average prices. Its heyday is over. Avoid.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Lunch
    FamilyFriendsFood
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Got Lasagna
    MarkVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just great!!!
    JSeatsSF
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The move from Taylor St in the Tenderloin was the best idea ever. Now I live only 3 blocks away. Everything here is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great specials
    Nivram
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate