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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.
Since 1970, the North Beach Restaurant has been renowned as San Francisco's #1 Italian Restaurant for its Tuscan culinary excellence, relaxed ambiance, warm hospitality, and great service by Bay Area families, tourists, romantics, conventioneers, business managers, politicians, sports celebrities, and movie stars!
The North Beach Restaurant is a must-visit San Francisco dining experience that offers:
***Authentic Tuscan cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients including antipasti, polenta, home-cured prosciutto, focaccia, risotto, fresh pasta, seafood, veal, lamb, chicken, beef, and homemade desserts!
Our Fisherman's Wharf seafood restaurant is steeped in a family tradition of quality and service. Still family owned and operated, Scoma’s opened in 1965, when brothers Al and Joe Scoma took over a six table coffee shop serving fishermen on the wharf. Using their mother’s recipe collection, the Scoma brothers' humble café evolved over the years becoming the quintessential San Francisco dining destination it is today.
"For an authentic Roman holiday without the airfare, this undiscovered North Beach gem is worth seeking out."
A bright, colorful Italian restaurant, Ideale is the modern version of a traditional Roman trattoria. It is "festive and boisterous...la vera cucina italiana." Ideale has been bringing Rome to North Beach for 30 yrs now with it's highly acclaimed chef, Maurizio Bruschi. Maurizio hails from 4 generations of Roman chefs, lovingly taught by his grandma, Serafina. The pastas & breads are all homemade & the ingredients are hand-picked daily. Zagat wrote, the "Italian fare is the real deal...one of the few no tourist eateries in North Beach.. excellent pasta & pizza..the service makes you feel like a friend..a delightful experience." Ideale has won numerous awards, including Zagat's "Best Italian Restaurants in America" & The Chronicle's "Best Pasta in North Beach."
The Most Authentic Italian Food In San Francisco. Luisa's Restaurant Wine Bar is a traditional Italian restaurant located in the heart of the San Francisco North Beach neighborhood. Luisa has combined her family recipes into her menu which includes handmade pastas, thin-crust pizzas, gnocchi, and meatballs. For a real Italian dining experience, you will feel right at home with Luisa's Restaurant.
Enjoy a classic cocktail or glass of fine wine at the 1920's solid Mahogany and brass bar while chatting with locals and tourists alike. Or enjoy privacy at one of the intimate tables located by the window.
Dine in the warmly lit dining room and enjoy a classic Northern Italian dish cooked from only the finest and freshest ingredients. Known for his wide range of organic ingredients, homemade pastas and sumptuous entrees, Chef Gianni has a creation to please every palette.
"The Fior is a labor of love" says Chef Gianni. "This business is tough but when you love cooking traditional Italian cuisine, it becomes a way of life...and fun too!"
Whether on business or pleasure, come dine with us at the Oldest Italian Restaurant in America!
A legendary hangout in North Beach since it opened in 1919, and even more so from the 1980's onward when Jeanette Etheredge took over Tosca. Locals including Willie Brown, Lars Ulrich and Francis Ford Coppola were regular fixtures, Hunter S Thompson wrote his column for the SF Examiner in the corner booth, Bono, Lauren Hutton, and Mikhail Baryshnikov played pool in the back room, singing Opera and drinking Tosca House Cappuccinos. When Restaurateur Anna Weinberg and Interior Designer Ken Fulk heard Tosca Cafe was closing they joined forces to save it. As the new owners and passionate fans of the original establishment their goal was to return Tosca to its rightful place as a San Francisco institution. As Mikey Rapin wrote in Bon Appétit magazine: “It’s the kind of joint Beats got bounced, Bono belted opera, and a bullet hole memoralizes the night an A-LIST actor disagreed with a rockstar's choice of music"
The menu at Café Zoetrope is perfect for a family or group of friends, including shareable starters like the picatta tray full of cheeses and meats. There are many large and amazingly fresh salads, panini sandwiches and impressive house specialties at Café Zoetrope. Plenty of pasta options along with pizza and calzones keep things casual, and there are many fun cocktails to savor if you prefer.
- JNJulieNvipSan Francisco Bay Area •5 reviews5.0Dined todayWe were a large party and service was great before the restaurant filled up but wasn't as robust as the night wore on.More infoNorth Beach RestaurantPrice: Very Expensive• Italian• North Beach•4.8
- BGBradGPittsburgh / Western PA •2 reviews5.0Dined 5 days agoChina Live has a cool energetic vibe without being overwhelming. The service is attentive, fun and helpful, and the food is creative and delicious.More infoChina LivePrice: Moderate• Chinese• Chinatown•4.6
- MSMichelleS1 review5.0Dined on Nov 14, 2023OMG! Don’t miss the bruschetta, brussel sprout chips, and mushroom pasta. Soooo good.More infoBarbara PinseriaPrice: Moderate• Pizzeria• North Beach•4.8
- SFSFDinervipNew York / Tri-State Area •18 reviews5.0Dined on Jul 23, 2023Food was excellent. Restaurant is cute. Server was kind. Has a bit of tourist-trap vibe, but location is great for other North Beach activities.More infoThe Red WindowPrice: Expensive• Modern European• North Beach•4.6
- MmunichicSan Francisco Bay Area •3 reviews4.0Dined on Jan 1, 2023We are older and came in on New Years. We had a reservation. Our daughter was on her way. We were told rather curtly that we couldn’t be seated until our ‘whole’ party was here. The restaurant was half full. The table was ready. This intransigence ruined the event.More infoOriginal Joe's - San FranciscoPrice: Moderate• Italian• North Beach•4.8
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Discover North Beach
In San Francisco’s Little Italy, you can find just about any saucy dish you’re after. But on top of that, all things Italian—pasta, pizza, seafood, gelato shops, caffès and bakeries—line the streets. As the most neighborhoody neighborhood in San Francisco, it has some of the greatest character and personality around. Gastropubs, wine bars, and live music bars connect the restaurants and unique stores that fill its adorable little streets.
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The most romantic restaurant in North Beach is Scoma's Fisherman's Wharf
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