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About 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.

601 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:30am - 10pm
Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 10pm

Cross Street:
Stockton

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(415) 775-4877

Website:
http://www.originaljoessf.com/

Parking Details:
And limited street parking.

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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 - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (71)
Good for Groups (63)
Special Occasion (60)
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Authentic (58)
Good for a Date (56)
Comfort Food (53)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Fun (50)
Great for Lunch (47)
Business Meals (42)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Vibrant Bar Scene (41)
Casual (36)
Worth the Drive (36)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Bar Seating (31)
People Watching (31)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Hot Spot (25)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Cozy (23)
Romantic (20)
Great for Brunch (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Live Sports (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Scenic View (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great Beer (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Joe’s takes their reputation for granted. The plates were “tossed” on the table, the steak was raw, and the server was inattentive. I felt bad for my son who spent $130 on my birthday dinner. He’s young and poor and wanted to share something special with me.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

We love this place and seem to go whenever we eat in the city. The food is always good and never disappoints. Our server was Grace and she was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice evening. Attentive staff and manager. Food was good, and pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

Our friends and I enjoyed a big meal. Had lots to eat and brought home leftovers.
The food was tasty and excellently prepared.
Recommend this placed to others and with nice atmosphere.
Prices are good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I have always loved Original Joe's but this time I was aware of how much the prices have increased and how noisy it can be. The food is not consistent like it used to be. There has been something wrong my last 3 visits. It is still one of my favorite Italian restaurants but this visit was disappointing for me. Also, we used the Valet to park the car and it took over 20 minutes for them to retrieve our car and it was not that busy on a Sunday night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Had a late reservation for Saturday night. We were seated immediately in one of the classic red leather booths. It has a wonderful retro vibe. Don't expect nouvelle anything. This is the Italian food I grew up on in the 60's and 70's. Outstanding Caesar salad WITH anchovies, thank you! Lightly chilled, not cold -- again, thank you! Wine was delivered a bit late, but a nice generous pour by the glass. Server was ultra-friendly, which I usually don't like, but it seemed to fit the atmosphere. Veal Parmesan -- HUGE portion. Not overly breaded and not too much cheese. The bottom was a tad overcooked, but overall it was delicious. My companions ordered fish and a large entrée salad, both of which they liked. The creamed spinach side was to die for. I would go back for the creamed spinach alone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Beautiful setting, lively people watching, elegant service and yummy food!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great ambiance solid food

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Hamburgers are great

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Perfect food perfect service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great experience overall: food was delicious, service great, atmosphere very nice...just a little noisy for us older types.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was amazing! Authentic Italian. Top notch waiters (female for us). Ambiance is cozy and beautiful. Parking attendants were '"johnny on the spot" when we came out. Wonderful San Francisco dining experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The place is loud, the service is OK, and the food is nothing to write home about. The breading on the fried calamari was bland and the calamari were rubbery. A very expensive special of gnocchi with oxtail and shortrib ragu had almost no oxtail or shortrib. A $28 plate of gnocchi. Highway robbery.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Was disappointed with our table location. Previously we were seated in the dining room in a nice booth. The waiter was attentive. This time we were in the room with the reception. The waitperson wasn’t up to par. I ordered salmon and the taste was fine but it was thin piece. Not at all like our previous experiences. Won’t be back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Original Joe's did not disappoint and was better than expected. Authentic Italian fare. We started with a Cesar salad which was spot on (my son said one of the best he had eaten). My husband and I had the eggplant parmesan. Fantastic! My older son had the homemade fettucini alfredo and loved it...homemade noodles. My younger son had a huge plate of spaghetti with meat sauce. He said next time he will get the meatballs, too. All and all, a great find among tons of restaurant options in SF. We have traveled to SF many times, we will return to Original Joe's. My mouth waters thinking of the eggplant parm.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The service was ok,but the food was way overpriced and very bland,no flavor at all....

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food, service, amb8ance all average. Took forever to get requested waters. Food tasted reheated, barely hot overall, not hot in others. Steak was good. 3 out of 4 meals so, so. Waitress more interested in going on break with buds smoking on sidewalk than enhancing our meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was given the brunch menu when I thought I was getting a lunch menu. Very Limited selection.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a great visit here for NY Day! Enjoyed breakfast/brunch with two good friends and would absolutely recommend this place (which is why I always come back time and time again).

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service was excellent, food suggestions by server were right on the mark!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food here is great, but the service is so lacking. Our waitress today, Monica, was just too much of a disappointment to ever want to visit here again soon. We came to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Monica was not nice at all, never greeted us (I only learned her name after seeing the final bill) and she never acknowledged my mom's bday even though I mentioned it. A simple “Happy Birthday” would have sufficed. Overall, our special night was ruined because of her and we really just wanted to get out of there. The two of us spent $100+ and left after less than an hour. Though the food here is really good, but there are lots of great spots with both amazing food+service in North Beach that would be more worth the spend and better for a special occasion in the future.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always a great experience at Original Joe's North Beach

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love the hamburger steak and fries plus mashed potatoes here. That is what I come for every Friday but also love the service. Amanda is the best and so is Kelli plus Daniel the bus boy is also great too. Although I wish the restaurant would do something about the noise level. It is so noisy that it is very hard to carry on a conversation with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Original Joe's in North Beach, like its sister in Westlake, is a reliable old friend. The people there know their stuff, from the valet parkers to the bartenders and waitpeople. The decor is warm and comfortable, the clientele include many neighborhood folks, and the menu is always thoughtfully designed. The kitchen knows Italian food, and the side orders are interesting and satisfying. You could dine here on the big antipasti "appetizer" alone. Add a glass of wine and you're well fed. Most of all I appreciate that OJ's has been around for decades, and does not have an iota of attitude, like so many newcomer restos here in SF. Highly recommend it to all.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The service was terrible... our cocktails were served after our salad and there was a 40 minute wait for our entree. The server never checked in and was dismissive of anything we needed. This was a very disappointing experience being that we are locals and have recommended the restaurant to friends and out-of-towers. Never again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

What a great place, with delicious food, great wine selection and friendly servers! I had the BEST time here with my girlfriends! Thank you!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great classic spot in San Francisco. Excellent food, great service. Worth the visit.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

One of our favorite places when we're in town, fabulous Italian food and we wonderful ambience. A holiday tradition for us!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was very good and our food attendant (Grace) was very hospitable and attentive.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Variety quality and service all the best. Heather was terrific

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fantastic spot! As usual great food and exit excellent service! Love it when the friendly staff remembers your group

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My family used to eat at Joe's on Eddy and loved it. We were heart broken when it closed, but
are delighted it has reopened and go whenever we get to the City. It ranks as one of my
favorite restaurants anywhere. Everything is great, but I always get the sweetbreads and
raviolis....to die for.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere and great, authentic Italian food. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

After being a highly recommended restaurant I was extremely disappointed with the lack of care for customer experience. The waitress was confrontational after I had to request service from another employee because she never returned. I was so dissaponted with her lack of respect that I asked for the manager who apologized but continued to defend the waitress and did not offer or ask how he could improve my experience. The manager seemed as if the occurrence of a confrontational waitress was unfortunate but normal in this resurant. I would not recomend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Original Joe's never disappoints. I live down the street and always head that way for an Irish coffee and OJ'S 'out of this world' Pudding. My GO TO is always the Original Joe's special with includes a thick prime rib steak, spinach and mashed potatoes for a steal of $33.

Great Vibe and great place to take your parents to when they visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The day was great, the food and the staff all fantastic! Tell Rose, "she's the best". Thanks again.
Douglas

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Casual, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great, tasty food. the helpings were generous indeed. Enough to take home for lunch the next day. The chicken caticorie was the best ever. Good service and a great atmosphere, although quite loud. One of our favorite places for a special meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of our favorite places in north beach, but it is loud and difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. I would definitely want to come back the next time I am in San Francisco. They were very accommodating in helping to celebrate a birthday. Real first class operation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had s fun holiday get together for women pals. Food, service and atmosphere were super, very festive. I’m a local and my husband and I go to Joe’s often. Always a treat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Cozy
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