Original Joe's - San Francisco

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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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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

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.

BF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the meal, enjoyed the services, and will gladly recommend to others!

EV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and great ambiance

LS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was so-so. We were seated at a small table even though there were 5 of us.

SF
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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.

IL
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a Sunday brunch/late lunch before going to one of the final Beach Blanket performances. A great SF landmark restaurant

j
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our anniversary and it was amazing!

B
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

RC
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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 ...

DE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

H
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Expected better food after seeing all the 5 star reviews.
The Fettuccine Alfredo was pretty flavorless.
Good wine selection though

C
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, traditional San Francisco dining with exceptional food.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit. Enjoyed everything. Old school charm, terrific food, great service.

H
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food! Highly recommend.

P
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

AE
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food at a classy North Beach restaurant! We love coming here for dinner.

a
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comforting. Great atmosphere. Classic service. I could eat here every week and love it every time. Highly recommended.

KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JO
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

KS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food friendly staff

DA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly as anticipated. The menu is broad enough everyone was able to find a meal to their liking. Service was exemplary and very courteous.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and friendly service!

BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food. learned from New Joe's Broadway.........Good atmospshere, reasonable prices...great place

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food!!!

S
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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”.

b
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice as always. Caesar salad and special of halibut. Very good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal, nice atmosphere.

AT
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Dessert was given on the house. Nice touch

SA
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Busy & they forgot we’d announced a B’Day!😳

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Worst was noise level--intolerable. Next service, slowand sloppy. Third, food, oversalted.