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Original Joe's - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Original Joe's - San Francisco

4.8
4.8
3411 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-4877

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Figueroa

  • Private party facilities

    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 North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike.

  • Private party contact

    Mariana Leal: (415) 373-6373

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Stockton Street at Union Street

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is temporarily unavailable at this time. There is metered street parking in the neighborhood, as well as parking garages two blocks away located at 1636 Powell Street & 1625 Powell Street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,411 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. E

    Elizabeth

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Hostess was rude because we had a baby in a stroller. Asked if we could take the baby out of the stroller. Didn’t tell us we could leave the stroller at the hostess stand, we had to ask. Server was very slow and not attentive. Food is excellent, but the service was poor. The water pourers were MVP, the most attentive people in the restaurant. Had to ask for our check from the bus boy
  2. P

    Presentandaccountedfor

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    I love Original Joe’s in Daly City so I thought I’d try the San Francisco location. Food and beverage was great but it was so loud in there, between the three of us we had to raise our voices to talk. Server was okay and I say okay because it was obvious he was rushing us to put in our entrees, while we were desperately trying to talk to eat other. Moving forward, I’ll stick with Daly City.
  3. TB

    TonyB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fun to dine at The Original Joe’s! The is on point and the service is top notch!
  4. b

    billr

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to enjoy the holiday ambiance. We'll be back for more.
  5. HB

    HeidiB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Love it :)
  6. L

    Lisa115

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an excellent place to frequent if you can. However, great for special occasions too. Service and food quality are awesome and ambience lovely. It does get noisy during peak hours indoors but overall fabulous experience.
  7. C

    Charlie1234

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Its Original Joes! You know what you are getting and you get it with a a smile form hard working people.
  8. DF

    DonF

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Everything we ordered was delicious!
  9. PR

    PRRJNR

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it. Every time we get to SF we eat here at least once.
  10. M

    Molly

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Niners were playing in the bar, so the noise level was energetic indeed! Our wait staff were super. We went two nights in a row to sample different pastas and wines. It was all super.
  11. YK

    YukoK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the dinner, atmosphere, and services. 10 stars ⭐️!
  12. SP

    SusanP

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful old San Francisco treat. I had not had a Ramos fizz for 30 years and the rolls they start you with are spectacular. We had a wonderful outside table and everyone in my party of 4 loved their food. The jellied donuts were a wonderful dessert. We will definitely return.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely solo dining; felt comfortable and was treated well. Observed my request for a booth. Delicious Manhattan, house salad and perfectly med rare lamb chops.
  14. CB

    CammyB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Reliably lovely and delicious! A favorite in north beach.
  15. BH

    BrendanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Reliable and consistent. They have added Cioppino to their specials and its delicious.
  16. JF

    JasonF

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service. They delivered an amazing meal (chicken marsala).
  17. GF

    GeorgiaFam

    Savannah

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and clean. The staff was awesome and our waiter was wonderful. I had eggplant parmigiana and my daughter had steak and ravioli. Both were perfect. No complaints.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our dinner was amazing. I’m going to dream about the spicy rigatoni!
  19. KC

    KarinaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Definitely one of my new favorite Italian places in the bay area! This did not disappoint - absolutely everything, from the antipasti to the desserts (and we ordered 3!) were fantastic and delicious. I'll be back with family and friends to experience this restaurant together again.
  20. DL

    DanielL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Poor never felt welcomed not a place to bring your family if you are a minority
  21. TM

    TonyandMaryann

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Anniversary
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food and atmosphere is excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Hostess was a bit slow and not friendly but others were great
  24. D

    Donovan59

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Roger IS phenomenal! He is funny, attentive without being intrusive and makes the dining experience an excellent one! Highly recommend the crab sandwich with coleslaw, my husband has Joe’s original which is always excellent and then we had two desserts that were off the charts! everything was exceptional and we so love going to Joe’s. A week without Joes is like a week without sunshine! :-)
  25. ND

    NancyD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars and it’s always the best experience!
  26. J

    Jorge

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place - good people, good food, good atmosphere. You can’t go wrong here. Will be going back soon!!
  27. R

    Regina

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was great. Our server was polite and attentive. Although our meal was served all at the same time, as there were 6 people, it took a VERY long time, as if the kitchen was pretty backed up.
  28. B

    Brian

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantasia, food was great and service was spot on.
  29. G

    Giovanna

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    There were six people in the group, and 5 enjoyed their meals tremendously! I person had the Gnocchi short rib sauce with golden mushrooms and mint jelly horseradish! I would suggest never to add mint jelly to any pasta dishes, especially with the wonderful short rib sauce. The mint taste was overpowering! Otherwise, everything else was top news notch!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Service was much slower than we are used to. Our server did say the kitchen got slammed all at once. Otherwise good food good people!!
  31. V

    Vegas

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were fantastic. This was a great restaurant and were super happy with the service and ambiance of the restaurant. We will return!
  32. MA

    MartinA

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love the place and service. We did the specialties and were great. Bday celebration but we were full before dessert, maybe next time
  33. ER

    ElizabethR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceeded my expectations, wonderful service. Great food
  34. R

    Rcmtrek

    Houston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food/drinks were delicious with generous portions. Vibe is very good for a Thursday night. Make sure you make reservations as it is a popular place.
  35. RT

    RichardT

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place to go in San Francisco for Italian food. Great food, great service and a warm atmosphere.
  36. CA

    CADMc

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat! Great food, great service, great cocktails! Such a solid restaurant…you will never be disappointed!
  37. SJ

    SJMRM

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    We had some pretty terrible food for starters. We ordered waffles. They were overpowering with vanilla and very dry. Seemed like a frozen and reheated situation. Our friend got the breakfast burrito which was edible but extremely heavy as it was mostly cheese. The server checked in the right amount but forgot several items. I drank a coffee martini and it was also terrible. It tasted like an Irish coffee with out cream so I assume it was made with whiskey instead of vodka. The check came and they were kind enough to leave off the terrible waffles. It was still a high check so I’d say this place is not a good value for the money when it comes to brunch. Might be fun for dinner or a simple drink because the ambiance is great.
  38. IF

    InternationalFoodie1

    Denver

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As always, Joe's delivers the best experience. The place is comfortable, the food super tasty, drinks huge. Our server was great, but stretched too thin. He had so many tables going that we had to wait a long time for 2nd round. Poor us! No, Joe's has been my favorite restaurant since my childhood. Real San Francisco, its home even though I live in Denver now.
  39. K

    Kobe

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great lunch minestrone soup and pasta with pesto…delicious and big Italian portions
  40. D

    Dexter0911

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic! Food was equally great!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 4.8 stars by 3411 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
Google Map for Original Joe's - San Francisco

601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stockton Street at Union Street

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is temporarily unavailable at this time. There is metered street parking in the neighborhood, as well as parking garages two blocks away located at 1636 Powell Street & 1625 Powell Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Figueroa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-4877

  • Private party facilities

    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 North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike.

  • Private party contact

    Mariana Leal: (415) 373-6373

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