Original Joe's - San Francisco

4.7
2713 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We get up to San Francisco about 3-4 times a year and Original Joe’s is a must stop for us.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Super time celebrating our daughters birthday with a fabulous outdoor people watching table!

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

Our favorite Italian place in all of the Bay Area! Everything on the menu is delicious, the ambiance is just what you imagine/want an Italian place to be, and the service is always terrific! Michael was energetic, spot-on, and we even shared a similar passion: The Boston Red Sox! We will be back again - soon!

M
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, we had a nice time, good food and service. It would be great if you could add a few stalls to the ladies room.

DG
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent Saturday evening at original Joe’s. Very busy place, and a bit loud, but overall a wonderful experience. I would be back. Plan for it to take a bit of time to place your order and receive your check. Once it’s in, however they got the food to us right away and it was very tasty!

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

We got there early and they got us seated right away. Great atmosphere, great service, and the food was delicious. I would definitely come again with family and friends. Definitely worth going to.

s
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as hsual

h
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Go early and enjoy the evening they won’t rush you and it’s the best dinner we’ve had in California

G
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE Love this place. Great location, great food, great service...we had muscles and shrimp...wonderful flavor and the bread was fresh and wonderful. Huge beer compared to other SF bars.

m
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greeted at the door. Seated on time. Service was friendly. Ordered daily special and it was good. Oxtail tender. Vegetables were fresh and not over cooked. Loved the sourdough bread! Had leftovers boxed to take home. Overall would recommend this place. Good old time SFMenu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waitress was unbelievably rude.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak and salmon were amazing! Free valet parking is a big plus.

SF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal parm was amazing. The meatballs were great as well. The atmosphere was nice kind of old world Italian but I would not consider this a modern restaurant. Price as to be expected for this area. A little on the high side but worth it for good Italian.

JO
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is quite good and great service.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

TK
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing classic neighborhood gem in North Beach! Outstanding food and service! Would recommend anyone dine here - couples and families!

JH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Original Joe's was a fantastic experience. The spaghetti meat sauce was perfect, not drowned in tomato paste. The meal overall was pleasant. We most certainly would return again.

EQ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, nice ambiance, superb service.. First class operation !

Will highly recommend to friends, family, co-workers.

CI
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Burgers were excellent and the Bay Shrimp Louie was very good. The Classic Eggs Benedict we’re not very good....almost no sauce and very small portion.

LE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved celebrating our anniversary at Original Joe’s!!! The food was so delicious and the service was very quick. Definitely planning on going back again soon!

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

All around good, is not enough "BEST". DARLENE AND WILLIAM CHAN ARE YOUR FANS.

H
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, highly attentive, professional waitstaff. Highly recommended.

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in town for satisfying my guests. Good variety of dishes al well executed. A crowd pleasing restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a energetic atmosphere.

CC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

food was very tasty, portions were huge. i wish we had more time to enjoy it.

B
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Italian Chopped Salad, Orchiette with sausage and broccoli, outstanding. Warm butter cake with fresh berries awesome. Best espresso I’ve had in quite a while (an elusive quest). Server was pleasant yet could have been more attentive with our wine and water service.

T
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Veal and Chicken Parm was amazing! The side veggies was done to perfection and the ravioli was superb. Highly recommend.

OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best hamburger in the world. Noisiest restaurant ( in the world)

A
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The best food in SF.

LH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was very salty, . Lasagne salty and not cheesy enough. Service slow, got my glass of wine halfway through my meal Just a mediocre meal, would not return.

D
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You just will not find BETTER SERVICE anywhere in SF! and the food is always great! Everyone working there is so friendly and professional! We love coming to SF and going there, and we will continue to do so. Thank you :)

L
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was so good. I will return again and again.

DJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great evening! Can’t wait to go back. Food and service was spot on!

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service!

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and a good time. Our reservation was early for dinner, but no issue and despite a few changes on my end, everything worked out as planned.

r
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, “Beadle” was the best server I’ve ever had here over the 11 years I’ve been coming here. We always get very good service, but “Beadle” was overwhelmingly exceptional and above everyone else.

MW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Original Joe's! We had a show later that night that we running a bit late for and they went out of their way to get us our food and drinks really quickly so we could catch our show. The food and service were amazing as always!!

s
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual wonderful and so grateful you could accommodate table number request

GM
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Goodness, OJ’s seems to have slid quite a bit into mediocrity. But I’m not convinced that they care. We ordered their usually amazing meatballs as an appetizer and they came to the table lukewarm. We were not given plates to eat them from, and after we did eat them, our table remained in-bussed even when we were served our entree. It’s not “fine dining” and we didn’t expect that, but the service an training of the staff needs a refresh.

Our entree’s were good. My fish was cooked perfectly.

We won’t give up on Joe’s, it’s always been a favorite.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food real good! Service is great too!

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