Original Joe's - San Francisco

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2342 reviews
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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 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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San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GreatValentine lunch! Food, drinks and service were great! Love the counter experience...

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Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The meatballs were outstanding! Shrimp Scampi was worth the trip. And the chopped salad was very good. I would easily eat at Joe’s again.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love O.J.’s. One of my favorite classic SF restaurants.

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LU
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place...it never disappoints. I have been coming here for years with friend and family!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Oversized portions, but good food. Very noisy.

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Love this place. The food is always cooked to perfection and the service is top notch. We also love the nostalgic feeling we get from the place. Great Cocktails too!

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W
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Traditional Italian done consistently well. Professional service that can sometimes feel more hectic than personal. Noise levels that will challenge any decent conversation. Feels old school mafia, but works because of it.

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BC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service prompt and we were seated promptly at our reservation time. Noise level was a little higher than I would have preferred but the quality and taste of the food more than made up for the noise level. We will definitely go again the next time we are in town.

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SK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food. Have been many times and will be back.

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AB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I keep forgetting the name of the lovely woman who continues to take care of us over brunch. She was and has been impeccable in her recommendations, service, kindness and professionalism. Best place to brunch for me and the wifey and will continue to be back again and again! Thank you!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved heather!!!! She was amazing.

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r
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love this restaurant and have been visiting every time I’m in town for business or pleasure often bringing others along. The food is excellent and usually the service is excellent, too.
This time I felt I was not looked after as in the past. I never got even a smile from my server. After I placed my order and he realized I was just in for a quick meal (I was alone) and not wanting an appetizer, extra sides I felt that he wasn’t really interested. My food came out quickly and was perfect but my server did not check up on me once until I was finished. No...”is everything ok?....do you need anything else?”, etc.
as usual the place was hopping, and I had to wait almost 30 minutes (from my booking time when I arrived) to be seated. I was a server years ago and I know good service and mediocre service which this was. Pity as it affected my dining experience. I even may have ordered a coffee and maybe even a dessert but not after the lack of attention.
I will continue coming back but after flawless service & attention over the years....I felt compelled to make a comment.

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MG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Beautiful place. The food was disappointing. Especially since these are Original Joe's classic dishes. The sole was overcooked at the ends. The Joe's Special was overly chopped so you couldn't distinguish the ingredients and it was tasteless. Our servers kept changing and they didn't refill the water once.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!! Dessert was even better!!

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared lasagna and it was just like my grandmothers!!! Love the fireplace in the bar area

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SQ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy to get a reservation for that night and walking distance from our friend’s place. Food is consistent/good, but my dish - scallops and risotto (a special that night) was too salty for me.

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LL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old San Francisco restaurant with classic American-Italian food.

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s
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect! Hostess always acknowledges request for low noise table even on Super Bowl Sunday. Waitress outstanding. Food terrific ah the liver! Wonderful every time I go feels like Sunday Family Dinner!!!

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is great. Very attentive. The food was excellent. Would recommend.

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RL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time as always, from being greeted by the super hostesses in front and our bartender Greg!

You’ll find all the bar staff pretty terrific!

Our meal was very tasty as always and Server Grace was absolutely wonderful and funny, thanks Grace for a Great dining experience!

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p
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love original Jones’s because it is consistently delicious! Always fresh and nice selection of choices.

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b
Detroit
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been two the Original Joe's before for appetizers and really liked the bar atmosphere. This time I went for dinner and decided to indulge myself with the chicken parm and a side of pasta...the chicken parm was first rate and the pasta was quite good...after the meal went back to the bar area where they feature one of the city's best bartenders. Worth a trip.

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KP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful classic supper club. My second time here and it was great again!

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Boise
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class service. Great old SF vibe. Great food. No pretense.

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HL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Original Joe's is by far the best Italian restaurant anywhere! Not only is the food and service fantastic, it's a restaurant frequented by locals who enjoy the moment with one another --- we saw not one person on their devices.

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NL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so good and service is great. We are a regular customer.

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KS
Manchester
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Been there 2 time both experiences bad food. Ok service

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CT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid, old-school restaurant when you want steaks, pasta and a good bar! I had dinner with a fraternity brother I have known for 30 years that we finally had schedules match!

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F
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Total disappointment! Was in the city for my birthday and was excited to go to O J's for dinner. Ordered Caesar Salad : 6 stalks of romaine that tasted old because it was! Rusty center on leaves! Arancini: sounds great on the menu but it was served barely warm and seemed to be missing the fontina in the middle. Antipasto: this was tasty! Ordered House Red wine that that needed 20 min to breath in order to drink. Our waiter was pleasant and attentive and over all service was good. I would never recommend this place to anyone as I felt the food was just a disaster.. especially for the $ they charge, I expected more. Should have gone to Tony's for pie across the street. Will not go back again.

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G
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Late lunch Saturday. Not too crowded. Our waiter Aaron was great. Really enjoyed the food. Best burger in sf. Chicken parm was really good too. Try the warm butter cake. Our only issue was packing the sign said $8 for lunch but we were charged $12. That's not a restaurant thing.

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JH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was looking for a restaurant close to Beach Blanket Babylon. Was not familiar with Original Joe's but it had great reviews and was about two blocks from the theater. Decided to give it a try and so happy wife and I did. The food was great and the service was wonderful. Will definitely return.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table close to the kitchen -which I love! Grace was amazing, the food delish and overall great evening!

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Everything was perfect

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RE
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in for Italian food and ended up with the prime rib French dip and creamed spinach. OMG! Best food ever! Prime rib was perfectly tender. Everything was absolutely delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We will definitely be back?

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T
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun bartenders. Waiter was not very attentive(not sure if it was because my date and I where younger than most dining). Food was delicious.

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LA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing! I have been to San Fransisco numerous times and this is one of the best for Italian food. The only downfall was our waiter that night. Our drinks were always empty and he rarely came by. But that did not bother us because the food is outstanding!

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NT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Solid food, good drinks. Service is abrupt & our waiter was actually a little insulting. I'm glad we went once. Don't feel the need to return.

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San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Crab Louis which was terrific. The place was hopping on a Sunday afternoon. Great to be in old North Beach. I look forward to another visit.

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AO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I'd go back and I'd recommend to a friend. The old-school Italian restaurant ambiance combined with the straight ahead food rate a return. We ordered the Joe's Special and the beef ravioli. We added salt to our Joe's Special but that's a nit. The cocktails (house gin fizz and house mojito) were a tasty way to celebrate. The tiramisu for dessert was delicious. The only bump in the road was that our waitress was given multiple new tables just as we tried to pay our check and was slow to run our CC which mattered as we had tix to Beach Blanket Babylon. In the end we weren't late but we had to be proactive about our check. Until then the service was fine. FYI, it's a short walk to BBB and thus perfect for pre/post theater bite.

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CE
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had a great meal and great service at Original Joe's. The Sunday Brunch/lunch menu had several offerings from breakfast items(omelets, scrambles, benedicts) luncheon items such as sandwiches and salads. The Bloody Joe (bloody mary) is very tasty. I had the Espresso Martini that was excellent. We also ordered a plate of the Italian Donuts for the table (they have three choices: stuffed with raspberry preserves, nutella or cinnamon and sugar) We couldn't make up our mind so the waiter was nice enough to give us some of each. A great way to end our brunch! The coffee was excellent.

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