Original Joe's - San Francisco

4.7
3042 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 3042 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Original Joes is the best.
Best ambiance, best food, best service.

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MichaelW
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You guys knocked it out of the park!!! It was my sisters 60th birthday and you guys put the icing on the cake with your service and food. Thanks!!!!

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Justine
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Kid friendly, drinks, great service, and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Deinks were great. Food was just good, not great. Our first server was mediocre but his shift ended and our next server was awesome! Since I am not from this area I would say that I won’t be back, because I like to try new things. If I was a local I would be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife birthday
Great time
Great service and food

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vipInternationalFoodie1
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We all had the burgers. Very San Francisco. Giant burgers on sourdough rolls. Generous cocktails. The only thing is they put us in the back. In a huge booth. Firstly, I'd requested a table because we were six and older than dirt. Not easy to get in or out of booth. Affect of booze didn't help. This is my go to restaurant because 1) good food, 2) generous reasonably priced premium cocktails, 3) PARKING! Highly recommend.

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vipMadison
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about the restaurant. The hostesses were friendly and accommodating.
Service was excellent and the food was great.
Pretty place.
Must come here especially if u r visiting San Francisco like we did b

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10sdoc
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Classic Italian food in friendly surroundings. As always, portions were huge, but that’s what refrigerators are for. Wait and serving staff were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was a great experience like the ambiance and the food was really good . I will definitely go back

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AngelaL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It exceeded my expectations! The service was great. The Original Joe's Hamburger Sandwich was AMAZING!

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vipSFbornandraised
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was alright but not as good as prior times. Service was somewhat chaotic and rushed. Drinks were great...still one of the best bars in SF. Always has been one of my favorite SF restaurants but this time not up to the level I experienced before.

JT
JennTM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun night out for my son’s birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is great! It's a little pricey depending on what you order but it's delicious.

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GustavoF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat dining at Original Joe's. Service is on point and the food always delicious. IT has become my go-to spot for catching up with friends or a simple night out.

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TonyP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a solid meal and experience.

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scottyl210
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian food and friendly fast service. We had a range of meals from shrimp scampi to veal to spaghetti and meatballs and all were excellent. Delicious appetizers too!

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vipLorettaLechich
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our dining experience @OJ’s! Great food w/good friends...

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thomasm
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best food in the area and the service is wonderful. counter and lounge are also great to dine in

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Too bright!

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vipedddiew
San Francisco
180 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great go to place for lunch or dinner with a fun atmosphere

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AaronM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal overall! Outstanding service and the best cocktail drinks I’ve ever had!!

JB
JB2Italia
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seven of us were celebrating a Birthday on a Sunday for bunch. It was very busy. Our server was excellent. She smiled and wished our friend Happy Birthday. She was delightful. The food is always great.
2 of the couples had never been to Original Joe's in the city, but they will be back.
Thank you for a lovely Birthday Brunch. Janet Bonanno

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress very cheerful and bubbly! Food was fantastic! Love original Charles!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was okay, my fiancé went there as a child and had fond memories of the place. I didn’t think it was anything special.

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LaineyR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Original Joe's to celebrate our son's birthday. We couldn't be happier with the whole experience. The bar is hopping, yet the bartenders are still attentive. The dining rooms are busy and loud but the energy is great. The waiters and dining room staff are friendly and quick. They are there when you need them and unobtrusive when you don't. The food was exceptional. The appetizers came out quickly - highly recommend the crab cake and the arancini. We were all super pleased.

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vipRandyM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old San Francisco restaurant. We’ll be back.

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Sfbayareadiner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food (Italian American style) and comfortable atmosphere. A San Francisco classic.

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jeffm
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall a great dining experience. Authentic food...old school vibe, in a very good way

JA
JolieAnn
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is our "go to" place for "going out." We don't have to worry about the quality of the food or service. We can hear ourselves talk and enjoy great dining.

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StevenL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a after work dinner and everyone loved it.

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vipHowie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

pre-ordered & served on time!

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vipKris
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30 year anniversary. Always great food

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KWGold
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The noise level was difficult to deal with, especially since one in our party is hard of hearing. Three of us liked our entrees (two gnocchis and a ravioli), but my husband, who had the veal scalloppini, thought his was fairly tasteless. I tasted it and thought it was good but that the cut of meat was a bit tough, especially at a price tag of $30. Not sure if he's lost his sense of taste or is just incredibly picky - could be a bit of both, but it wasn't worth the $30 price.

Otherwise, a pleasant meal.

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salvatore1j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib, as well as the rib eye was awesome, along with everything else. The waiter was very attentive, and everything was great. The noise level was a little hight, but the restaurant was packed so I totally understand.

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AaronW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back for more chicken parm, still great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday. Waiter was so friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent.

SC
SusanC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Liked the room & decor.
Service was friendly and efficient.
Just a little too noisy.
Food was great.

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Gabrielapsa
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

El mesero muy sobrado y poco agradable

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vipdebs13
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Sat outside as Original Joe's was packed. Joe's Ravioli was good but way too much to eat. Calamari steak was out of this world tender. Good cocktails and service.

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 3042 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.