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: (415) 775-4877
  • 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
227 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (155)vibrant bar scene (108)good for groups (104)special occasion (98)great for lunch (84)hot spot (81)fit for foodies (78)great for brunch (43)notable wine list (41)romantic (33)kid-friendly (33)great for outdoor dining (30)late-night find (29)scenic view (10)Show More
  • Good for adults, not for kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The time to be seated, the wait staff, and food was reasonably good. However, no kid menu made this a hard sell to the kids after our butts were in chair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great old school vibe
    ellaschrisVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Grab a stiff cocktail and order the steak or burger medium and there is your perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    Chaz
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Two of us and our friend were celebrating his birthday. We had drinks and the very nice antipasti at the bar then had a wonderful dinner including mussels, raviolis, meatballs, crab louie, and NY steak. All of the dishes were delicious and our waitress, Laurie, couldn't have been better. She even brought out some of their homemade gelato with a candle and sang Happy Birthday to our friend. My first time here, I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service was great.
    HMBdiner
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was excellent - best burger meat ever. Service was also great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OJ's
    Wilson133
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great traditional restaurant with nice menu and terrific staff. Love the ambiance with the booths. Always send my friends there to enjoy this San Francisco treasure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We frequent Joe's on average of 1x per month. This particular day I was looking forward to a nice waffle which I understand as a new addition to their brunch menu. The waffle arrived luke warm at best. I informed the server - it was put into the oven then arrived back "over done..".Needless to say I was not pleased. Server checked in a few minutes later asking if the waffle was hot - I told her yes...I was so hungry that I just ate it...Honestly, I was a bit surprised when a new waffle was not made..
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High school luncheon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our party consisted of 8 men. We all went to high school together, and have these get-togethers several times a year. We are all native San Franciscans, and appreciate the San Francisco feel of your restaurant. The food was very good, the bar was friendly, and we had a good time being there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Monthly Diner
    Hoops
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I visit about once a month and have never been dissatisfied. Food and service is consistently excellent. Food selection is broad enough to please everyone. I also use Original Joes's for business dinners, but it can be a little noisy. Not enough to prevent intelligent conversation. Recently took my daughter to diner, and she was impressed enough to used it now foe some of her business dinners. Food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved everything
    Loonfood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If you are new to SF you must go here! It's classic Italian food at its best. We came for a special weekend with family. It will be our annual go- to place to eat. What I really liked is that brunch was served on Sunday until about 3 pm. The brunch dishes were amazing. The menu is so good we had a hard time picking one thing! Everyone's meal was delicious. Everything about Original Joes is fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SF tradition
    Andy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    San Francisco tradition of food, atmosphere and a great bar.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    SFJusticeGirl
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Always a good meal and great service! Our waiter was fun and personable! Best filet mignon in a long time! A bit pricey for a "Joe's".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SFnative39
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We have been going here for years and loved the downtown location. Prices went up with neighborhood change. Food still excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience all the way
    Janieoakly
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The service was perfect- everyone works together and helps each other from the bussers to the hostesses---, food excellent- I had the best crab cake ever,served over mild arugula with skinned cherry tomatoes and then eggplant Parmesan. Husband had the largest veal Parmesan we've ever seen. Both very tasty. Noise level is very high (lunch on a Sunday) but worth it for the great food and excellent service. Has a very lively and happy vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Original Joe's Counter
    aku8
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We like to sit at the counter and watch some of the dishes being prepared so we can decide what to order. We ordered the famous Joe's Specials, and the famous Liver and Onions. Joe's Liver and Onions are cooked prefectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timeless favorite
    Eatatjoesisback
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Wonderful. First time in new location. Sat at the counter like I've been doing for about 35 years. Same great burger and fries. Watching the activity behind the counter is pleasing and fun. Bring back the Zambione!!!!!! Treat yourself to a burger here, large enough to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining experience.
    Bryandal
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our waitress was personable and friendly, her service was very attentive. Food was great, ambience was perfect. A fun evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The last few times I have been to Original Joes I have not been impressed with the service. It is very slow and seems a little unorganized. This time it seem to take quite awhile to get our drinks as the last time and our server was not the friendliest. Seemed to either be having an attitude, which is what I experienced the time before as well with this same server. It's too bad because it is a great spot to watch people and get a good steak but it's almost not worth it when it comes to the service. Will think twice before going again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • EXCELLENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    STILL EXCELLENT - food, service, wine and overall evening was spectacular - highly recommended!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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