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Original Joe's - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Original Joe's - San Francisco

4.7
4.7
3291 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for over 80 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-4877

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Figueroa

  • Private party facilities

    Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for over 80 years, it is located in the heart of the historic North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike.

  • Private party contact

    Mariana Leal: (415) 373-6373

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Stockton Street at Union Street

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is temporarily unavailable at this time. There is metered street parking in the neighborhood, as well as parking garages two blocks away located at 1636 Powell Street & 1625 Powell Street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    I've been going to Original Joe's in North Beach for years. Today was my first time back post pandemic. Very disappointing experience. Staples such as the eggplant Parmigiana were bland and a little burnt. The quality has gone down at this restaurant. In addition to the change in quality, it seems there is some kind of scam going on when it comes to closing out final bills. My receipt provided an accurate accounting of my meal,but my credit card was changed an extra amount that the waiter could not account for. This was supposedly corrected when I brought it up to the waiter, but very concerning. This was never an issue in the past. I won't return to Original Joe's.

  2. L

    Lynea

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional!

  3. GR

    GRF13

    Caribbean

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent, had a filet mignon and it was cooked to perfection. The saervice was excellent and the place has a great vibe.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as always!!!

  5. l

    lorip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    service and food were good, nice inside, got in right on time

  6. L

    Lois

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat outside & it was a beautiful sunny morning. They have great music pumped outside. Our server was wonderful & and our breakfast was great. We love this place!

  7. DR

    DanielaR

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Amazing ambience, food great but nothing amazing, good and fast service. Sunday and the donuts are amazing desserts

  8. BJ

    BJ49

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    Noise was Warrier fans cheering. That's ok. Front doors were wide open causing a strong cold breeze to blow through the restaurant. Veal Parmigiana was salty. Side salad was lacking in blue cheeze and poor quality lettuce. I normally look forward to having the veal hear whenever we visit SFO, but it was disappointing this time. bob

  9. HE

    HEats

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    Our server George was amazing! He paid attention to details and was super friendly. The food is just very average, nothing memorable and lacks flavour. Expensive for what it is and I would not return.

  10. GT

    GeneT

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    Brought friends from out of town. One of the positive experiences has always been waitperson always accommodating and added to the experience, not this time. After not adding much to the dining experience would not even take the time to take a picture of us. Very hard to to tip this person, everyone else was great.

  11. VC

    VeroCoralSprings

    Fort Lauderdale

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Place was great and food was superb. Only thing I didn’t enjoy was the noise level. Patrons were very loud and made it difficult to hold a conversation. I would still return next time I’m in San Fran.

  12. JS

    JackS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As my friend Dan says …. When at joes, you do what joeyians do. Place was banging

  13. J

    John1941

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    We had been looking forward to visiting this historic place, and the decor, all the pictures on the wall, and the ambiance lived up to expectations, as did the good service. But the food was disappointing. Someone had said that it is best to, get steaks here but we like Italian food a lot so ordered mostly that. The calamari was terrific, but lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and a veal dish were heavy with dull flavor. Actually a pork chop and crab cake were also disappointing. We still had a good time but the prices are high enough that we were expecting some really good food.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a better experience than expected. Good environment and great service. Many great food options and even manager came to table to make sure were doing well. Different options on food and all different price points not only expensive options. Will definitely be back

  15. M

    Meganh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience, will definitely return again!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Food was good. Location beautiful and vibe energetic. Looking forward to returning.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    We were outside and didn’t get great service. The food was ok but nothing great.

  18. DB

    DanielB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to visit. The food was outstanding with a great atmosphere and superb service. Best place we’ve eaten in San Francisco!

  19. L

    Lunchsky

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best creamed spinach I've ever had in my life. Original Joe's is our favorite restaurant for special occasions.

  20. b

    barbarao

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite restaurant. Everything is perfect

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious as usual.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and service!

  23. AC

    AlejandroC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The waiters were not very attentive. The food was average

  24. PB

    PBateman

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always buzzing and always great.

  25. S

    Siah

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the hostess greeting my partner and me at the door, to our server, Aida, the delicious food, and the goodbyes--hands down the BEST Italian food I've had in the bay. We thoroughly enjoyed everything.

  26. k

    kimos55

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Good food, I ate too much.

  27. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great classic San Francisco place. Loved it. Fritto misto was wonderful as was the veal Milanese.

  28. S

    Sity

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Nice and helpful service to help you decide what you want. Looks fancy and intimidating on the outside but very welcoming. We had the Calamari, Meatballs and Rice Balls for appetizers. Then ordered the Eggplant parmigiana. Very nice and light. Not heavy at all!

  29. CH

    CharlesH

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great to sit with Miro - great guy!

  30. n

    nannini

    San Francisco

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    What a wonderful evening- weather was perfect for outdoor dining and it was wonderful to see all the people finally out enjoying North Beach. Our waiter Steve added to our enjoyment. We are looking forward to going back. We had Joe's special and again Steve bringing out hot sauce was very very thoughtful- It definitely made the Special more special— -huge portion.

  31. TL

    TiffaneyL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Love Joe’s …my sisters where in town and I wanted them to experience such a great restaurant and atmosphere that I enjoy every time I’m there. However, it wasn’t the same quality I’m used to receiving… the waiter was extremely busy and not as friendly as I expected as well the food. I know as a Chef Joe’s always has my favorites but just fell short this day and my sisters weren’t impressed. But as always, “The Butter Cake” was the highlight never fails!!! Thank you Joe’s for another fabulous dessert… I won’t count you out just yet and will see you soon!!!! Chef “T”

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Extremely overrated food and prices.

  33. SS

    StacyS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and service. Dinner and drinks at a bar table.

  34. s

    suzanne

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Love the high energy great service and my burger was outstanding as usual

  35. DJ

    DJR2

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Original Joe’s is a ‘go to’ for me each time I visit San Francisco. The Italian Steakhouse vibe is reinforced by the outstanding steaks, pastas and salads. But more important, every single staff member are friendly and accommodating. I was a solo diner on this occasion and had anticipated sitting at the bar for dinner - but it was game night and the bar was packed! Nancy was so friendly and made me feel like a king at a great table in the dining room. Aaron, my server, brought me a perfect martini and made my solo dining experience comfortable and memorable. I can’t wait for my next trip to SF - Original Joe’s will always be at the TOP of my list!

  36. L

    Lounim

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Not our first time, and it never fails to satisfy. Had the classic spaghetti and meatballs, which could only be improved on if there wasn't so much sauce. Service was great and ambiance was pleasant except for the lady yelling at her tablemates!!!

  37. D

    Dick

    Palm Springs

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great place for brunch. Joe's special is particularly good.

  38. A

    Alanspieg

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a great restaurant. The food and service are consistently outstanding. Never disappoints. A great place for everyday dining or any occasion. Nice private rooms also.

  39. AE

    AlexandriaE

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ve been dining at Joes for 20 years. The service is outstanding and it’s a go to for everything! Our table by the window was so relaxing and private. The food as always was the best! I can’t say enough good things about this place.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Antipasti plate was yummy!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Original Joe's - San Francisco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 775-4877.

Original Joe's - San Francisco is rated 4.7 stars by 3291 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 36 times today
Google Map for Original Joe's - San Francisco

601 Union Street San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stockton Street at Union Street

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is temporarily unavailable at this time. There is metered street parking in the neighborhood, as well as parking garages two blocks away located at 1636 Powell Street & 1625 Powell Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Figueroa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-4877

  • Private party facilities

    Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for over 80 years, it is located in the heart of the historic North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike.

  • Private party contact

    Mariana Leal: (415) 373-6373

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