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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
  • Email: info@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Very traditional dining versus " California cuisine". Nice layout/booths. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "More upscale in décor and prices from the old location, but still a real pleasure. Service is outstanding and the food is great."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Hadn't been to OJ's in 6 years. Great new spot and food was great. Steaks are special!! A must when visiting the city next time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I was a fan of the "original" Original Joe's in the Tenderloin & looked forward to the new reincarnation. I was sadly disappointed.The Caesar salad was just four ribs of lettuce, with two sad-looking anchoives spread over the top with what tasted like bottled dressing. We ordered the hamburger sandwich w/o cheese & it came with the cheese. The spaghetti with meat sauce was so dry, we had to ask for more sauce. We asked to waiter to describe the gnocchi before ordering it because we wanted to make sure it was vegetarian. He never mentioned the pancetta that was liberally sprinkled throughout. The food was delivered by a busboy, not by the waiter & the waiter never came back to ask if we were satisfied with the dishes. Won't be returning"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The New Original Joe's is just terrific-great food, atmosphere and service."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Everything was great. Portions are almost too much. Next time, we will split a few things."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had 5 orders of the Ox tails. The tails were tender and tasty as usual. I would expect nothing less from John and the staff."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I'm a little biased as I loved the original Original Joe's when it was in the tenderloin. It just had the feel of an old-time San Francisco restaurant; the waiters wore bow ties and jackets. The place was classy without being pretentious. The North Beach version was only so-so. The staff was pleasant if not overly attentive. Bread was not offered, and even though -according to the menu-- our meals came with a choice of salad, french fries, our waitperson did not present that as an option. Quite frankly, I thought this was really cheap. Music playing from the bar was extremely loud. Food was okay and the interior was beautiful. It is with a heavy heart that I have to report this place is more for tourists."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Original Joe's is a family favorite of ours - has been since for 20+ years, before when they were in the Tenderloin. We go to the new (and improved) North Beach location a couple at least once a month and always enjoy the experience. Last Sunday we invited guests to dinner; as usual the food was great, but this is the first time we have experienced such poor service. Our waitress was cool, brusk, ignored our requests (for simple things like butter and water) and plopped the bill unceremoniously down on the table without a thank you. Then I had to chase her to take the payment. Not good but very uncharacteristic of our experience there."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Original Joe's was great! We made a reservation and they quickly took our group of 4 to our table. Our server was excellent! he was professional, funny, and very knowledgable about the menu! He made sure we were happy with our food and cocktails but was not overbearing. The food was very tasty, hot & right on time. Our water & bread were always refill without us asking and table was cleared without being to interrupting, great service. We loved the calamari appetizers and artichoke spinach dip. The meat lasagne was very good as we'll. Overall, our experience at Original Joe'd was very good and I look forward to going back soon!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Simply fabulous! Great food, great service, great people!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our dining experience was lovely. Everyone enjoyed their food. Waiter was pleasant, but not terribly involved. The bus boys need to learn how to properly serve food. Only complaint was a lack of attention by the wait staff. Ambiance was nice ,hostess extremely pleasant. We have been to the restaurant before and would return again. Our guests enjoyed themselves. Were from out of town and could not get enough of the sourdough bread. A good evening."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My husband and I took our daughter to Original Joe's for her 50th birthday. The food was so delicious. Had the best filet of sole with a wonderful sauce and raviolis. We are definitely returning to Original Joe's."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "It took a while before our waitress came to greet us. By the time she came to our table we already knew what we wanted. Ordered drinks and food at same time. Received our food BEFORE our drinks came. No one came back to check on us our entire meal. The bus boy who TOOK AWAY our plates was actually the first one. No refills on our drinks no nothing. I asked for a to-go box for the remainder of my sandwich, i was given a very large box. I asked for a piece of foil because it was so small and i just wanted to throw it in my bag. Instead I was given a very large paper bag?? I asked again for a piece of foil, and I was told I could get a smaller box. Oh geez ok! Never saw our waitress again. We got tired of waiting and just left...."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Arrived prior to our reservation so enjoyed cocktails in the warm and comfortable bar. Seated for dinner promptly at 04:45pm and was immediately greeted by our excellent waiter Lou. Fresh bread and water immediately delivered to table. Lou reviewed the days specials and answered any guest questions. Service was prompt and courteous. Food delicious and meet or exceeded expectations. Matre` de even stopped by table to say god evening, and verify all was in order. Excellent evening out at a moderate price, and we will taking the drive from East Bay to San Francisco again soon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had a few Hamburger Steaks topped with muchrooms and onions, it was great. We treated a new member Henry 8 to lunch and he said the food is excellent. Henry 8 will return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Whereas South Beach establishments are filled with pretentious, self-absorbed tech types, North Beach restaurants are filled with pretentious, self-absorbed non-tech types. Original Joe's is no exception. The food was fair at best, the atmosphere crowded, loud and not terribly well-appointed. The service was friendly but inattentive except when they hurry you to leave. I am happy to oblige and not return."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The “new” Original Joe’s in North Beach retains the warmth and charm and trademark looks of its forebears. There is really nothing to complain about here. It’s a quintessentially San Francisco restaurant, with a genuine Italian-American family heritage."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We came to Original Joes without a lot of expectation and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food and waitstaff were excellent. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Bad experience despite good reviews from several online sites. We were seated right away, which was nice. The décor was great. That's where our good experience ended. Our waiter seemed distracted and almost talked in a whisper. Our food came out super fast, way too fast. My food was luke warm and was not tasty. The chicken patty looked like something out of a cheap frozen food box. Our meal from sitting down to getting out was 35 minutes. One of the busboys actually picked up my mother's plate and wiped under it with a wet towel while the rest of the family was still eating. We were so rushed I couldn't believe it. For the cost of that meal, we should've had a fabulous meal and outstanding service. Sad way to end our vacation!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Original Joe's again! It seems like this place never disappoints. I usually go for the chicken parm with ravioli, but under the suggestion of the waiter had the pork chop this time. It was fantastic too!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "You must go here. Amazing find. The food is fantastic, service impeccable. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "If you love a hamburger on french bread this is the place to go... The fries are to die for!! Other food is great as well... always a for sure thing at this place!"
    Dined on 5/16/2013
  • "Original Joe’s is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area favorite, and the new location in San Francisco’s North Beach District trumps its own traditions of quality, friendliness, and service."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Great date night spot for my boyfriend and I! Amazing food and drinks to choose from!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "turn down the lights. in the main dining room, i and all of the various diners agree that almost all the lighting is just a bit too bright; whether it be from the overheads, from the lights on the tables, or from the cooking area---- they all could be dimmed as they are just too bright and sometimes downright glaring. this being said, i love OJ's and recommend it without fail to my friends and acquaintances."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The burgers and ox tails were the best as usual. nothing but the best from Joe's . John and the staff are the best."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great food, a fun place to be, great wait staff, all we're very attentive."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Visiting the city and made this reserve on Open Table. We were NOT disappointed! Great service and very attentitive! My husband the liver and onions. He loved it! I had the veal Parmesan. Delicious. Our son had the chicken fettuccini and said it was the best he had had in the city. Great evening.. We would frequent this place, if we lived here!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Friendly waitstaff delivers great service. The food was absolutely delicious. Recommend fried calamari (probably the best we've ever had locally), home made baked lasagna, veal milanese. Restaurant food has improved immensely since they first opened a couple of years ago! Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere. You can acutally have a conversation. Not noisy. Love the booth seating."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Welcome to North Beach. So many choices, but if you want great service with delish food, go to Original Joe's. Their waiters are attentive without being bothersome or neglectful. The food is great. We had an early dinner before a show and shared a wedge salad. Hubby said best wedge ever had and he's tried a lot. For entree we both ordered Veal Scallopini and once again, we both agreed it was best we'd ever had. Not only was the sauce delicious, but you can tell they buy prime meats. Ravioli on the side with meat sauce, cooked to perfection. All in all, a great dining experience, we know we'll choose Joe's again next time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is a high energy but comfortable setting. The owners are present and attentive. The wait staff are friendly, efficient and accommodating. We had three entrees: liver with onions and bacon, steak and veal piccata . All were excellent. The best dessert? The spumoni Gelato!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We are longtime San Franciscans. We miss the old Joe's in the Tenderloin. The "new" Joe's is gorgeous and trendy, but we sure miss the old Joe's. The family is lovely, however. We are so happy for their success!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This is a fun welcoming place that says we are old San Francisco. The restaurant is a tradition of the past but the location is deceiving as it is new. Nevertheless it captures the spirit of old north beach. The food is delicious and ample . It is not inventive but the tabloid are addictive as is the creamed spinach. There are specials you crave that are rarely on menus now ; sweetbreads, fresh filet of sole picatta; a creamy spaghetti carbonara and lots of veal . They are known for the Joes special & the hamburger but I say minestrone ; ravioli etc are the best . This is an Italian American style feast !"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Classic old school Italian restaurant . The food was outstanding The lasagna was rich flavorful and authentic. The portions are large so consider an appetizer and sharing a main. The staff was friendly, attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter made excellent suggestions on food and wine. We would defiantly return to try additional dishes!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "What a gem of a place. We enjoyed everything about this place. There isn't anything I would change. The food was excellent and a great place that is excellent and close to taking in a show at BBB. Can't wait to have our next experience here again."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Had a great experience. Hopping bar with classic cocktails, great wait staff, and Classic Iralian dishes. The only distraction was a table next to us who'd apparently only ever eaten out at the ballpark."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is a primo location in North Beach and it finally has the restaurant it deserves. A great fusion of "old-time Joe's" with modern tastes."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Went here early before seeing Beach Blanket Babylon. The bar was really hopping. Once in the restaurant, it was quiet. Very old school. Food was very good. Wine list a little pricey. Overall a great experience"
    Dined on 3/1/2014