Original Joe's - San Francisco
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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I dined @ Original Joe’s Westlake (Friday) four days prior to my visit @ Original Joe’s North Beach yesterday so dining @ Original Joe’s North Beach was a disappointment. The service was lacking. We had to request that our salad plates be removed from the table so that the server could have room to put our entrees down. The Orrechiette was a disappointment. It was gooey, heavy and tasteless.
Enjoyed the meal, enjoyed the services, and will gladly recommend to others!
The booth was next to the kitchen, which was fine. The noise level was terrible and sounded like it was from the busboys throwing pans, silverware, etc. It didn't sound like the noise was coming from the cooks.
Great food and great ambiance
Food was so-so. We were seated at a small table even though there were 5 of us.
Great restaurant and I will return, but either they were either understaffed or the server shouldn't be working there. I left feeling that for $100/person too many things went wrong and all pointed to a server with too many tables or needing re-training!
Food was spectacular, can’t say the same for service. My heart sank when I realized my $24 meal which I only ate half was tossed. Although I asked the waiter for a box I found it strange that she took my plate and never came back with it? I didn’t get any refills on my soda. I do love joes and do recommend dining here, but I personally wouldn’t want to get serviced by the same waiter. But I won’t let a one time bad experience derive me from coming back as I do enjoy the quality of food served here.
A great place for a Sunday brunch/late lunch before going to one of the final Beach Blanket performances. A great SF landmark restaurant
We came here for our anniversary and it was amazing!
This was a great restaurant to celebrate my wife’s 49th birthday. The food was amazing and my 12 and 15 year old boys can be hard to please but both were extremely satisfied with the experience.
Portion sizes were to big! We thought it was way too much food! We don’t like wasting food & know it can’t be donated ... we were from out of town so we couldn’t take leftovers with us ...
Have been going to Original Joe’s since the late 50’s. If I closed my eyes, I could tell it was Original Joe’s meat sauce on my raviolis.
Great food, fun vibe, but terrible service right from the get-go. Hostess was standoffish and surly. Our waiter would disappear for 20-30 minutes at a time. He dropped off desert menus and then never came back. When he did come back he sat flirting with a table of women for 15 minutes while we sat and hoped to order desert. So disappointed.
Expected better food after seeing all the 5 star reviews.
The Fettuccine Alfredo was pretty flavorless.
Good wine selection though
Required dining on any trip to SF! High quality dishes from seafood to pasta to melt-in-your-mouth steaks. Classic decor and impeccable service add to the experience. A bit loud when busy, though it adds to the buzz. Highly recommended for any occasion!
Great, traditional San Francisco dining with exceptional food.
Great place, one of our favorites , we live in the neighborhood... a lot of food the portions are huge!!! I ordered the filet sole and I had to bring back a lot in a doggie box, and I’m 6’2” and 225 !lbs
First time visit. Enjoyed everything. Old school charm, terrific food, great service.
Food was delicious! The egg plant Parmesan really is thattt good. We also got the pesto gnocchi with prawns. Lots of extra sauce - so save some bread for that. Enjoyable atmosphere! Pretty loud though and I usually enjoy a noisy place. Almost too loud - was tough to hear across the booth.
Great food and service. Even though the restaurant was busy they didn’t rush us. Afterwards we watched the hockey game in the bar and really enjoyed that. Plan on going back again!
Great atmosphere, delicious food! Highly recommend.
Really lovely meal! We enjoyed a variety of entrees and they were all delicious! The garlic bread was delicious and the drinks were good. It was a bit loud, but I felt that was to be expected with such a vibrant restaurant!
Have eating there several times and the food and service has always been excellent. Add the really great atmosphere of the restaurant and you can't go wrong.
Dinner prices might be a few dollars higher than some nearby restaurants but as a whole it's an enjoyable meal.
Excellent service and great food at a classy North Beach restaurant! We love coming here for dinner.
Comforting. Great atmosphere. Classic service. I could eat here every week and love it every time. Highly recommended.
Roger was our waiter and he was fantastic. As was the food. I had the Veal Piccata and my wife had the Pesto Pasta w/chicken. The Minastrone Soup was hearty and a great way to start the meal.
We have been to SF many times but have never eaten at Joe's. We found it when we were walking through North Beach during the day. I read the reviews and we decided to give it a try. We sat in the bar. Ashley waited on us. She was terrific! The food and drinks were very good and reasonably priced for San Francisco. We will definitely return on our next trip to SF!
Such a delightful dinner with my family!!! Warm hospitality and ALWAYS delicious food!!! Just a GREAT night all around!! The veal milanese was to die for!!
Great service great food friendly staff
Exactly as anticipated. The menu is broad enough everyone was able to find a meal to their liking. Service was exemplary and very courteous.
Delicious meal and friendly service!
Best food. learned from New Joe's Broadway.........Good atmospshere, reasonable prices...great place
Always amazing food!!!
Original Joe’s does not disappoint. Each time is an adventure...always good food (I never miss ordering a side of raviolis), a great martini (only one for me!), reasonably priced wine list, and a blue cheese wedge that is really yummy. It was great to have a favorite server from the “old days”.
Nice as always. Caesar salad and special of halibut. Very good.
Great meal, nice atmosphere.
We were in San Francisco for our honeymoon and made a last minute decision to do dinner at Original Joe’s. What an amazing meal! The atmosphere is great and the food is even better! Highly recommend for a date night or special occasion! I had the Spaghetti and my husband had the Fettuccine Alfredo. Basic, I know. But we had to try the classics! They were some of the best we’ve ever had! Tip: The valet is $14 and WORTH it not to have to worry about parking.
Birthday celebration. Dessert was given on the house. Nice touch
Busy & they forgot we’d announced a B’Day!😳
Worst was noise level--intolerable. Next service, slowand sloppy. Third, food, oversalted.