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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OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A half order of fried calamari was more than enough to start for two people. Fried prawns and sole were top drawer. Can’t wait to go back.

R
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and served very quickly. Service was attentive. Ambiance was warm and welcoming.

MJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience! Best place for steaks, chops, pasta... Wonderful and fun ambience.

w
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SF classic. Old school menu, so many choices and it’s all delicious. Excellent service, helpful and engaging. Wonderful cocktails and wines. Valet parking a big help.
Enjoy!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing food, inviting ambiance, GREAT service all for an extremely fair price! Always a good experience when dining at OJ’s!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida y servicio. Fuimos para celebrar el cumpleaños de mi papá y nos dieron un pequeño pastel de cortesía 🥰

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful, great venue. Loved it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend’s 35th birthday dinner was amazing, he loved the veal parmigiana! Beautiful and intimate setting.. definitely would recommend a date night here if ur looking for great Italian food. Thanks to the waiter who helped me wish him a happy birthday

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love how every single time we go they have the best customer services and the food is amazing

AE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Original Joe's many times and have enjoyed every one.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wir waren für 9 Tage in San Francisco und haben gleich 5 mal im Original Joe’s gegessen. Das sagt wohl schon alles 😊
Ich hatte das Hacksteak Medium - eine wahre Gaumenfreude.
Freundlicher und sehr zuvorkommender Service.
Wunderschönes Ambiente.
Wer in San Francisco ist, muss hier unbedingt hin.
Bitte vorher reservieren.


We were in San Francisco for 9 days and ate 5 times in the original Joe’s. That says it all 😊
I had the hack steak medium - a real treat for the palate.
Friendly and very courteous service.
Beautiful ambience.
Anyone who is in San Francisco has to go here.
Please reserve in advance.

Great, greater, Original Joe’s.

Y
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS great food & fabulous place! They have the best ravioli in SF!

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One of my husband favorite restaurant in SF and go to spot on Sundays . Always great consistent food and ambiance.

SF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

There is nothing original left at Original Joe’s. The service was abominable. The food overpriced, greasy, and executed with no care or interest. Numerous items were ordered and never received. No information about what was going on in the kitchen or why they were so backed up ... just waiters actively avoiding customers so they wouldn’t get yelled at. I remember Joe’s on Taylor and on Chestnut - delightful, old world experiences. I’ll never go back to what has now become a tourist trap with zero authentic SF charm.

KB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very busy New Year’s Eve but had a wonderful time. Great food and drinks!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at lunch! Attentive service.

AW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun happening place with good food. We always try to have dinner at Original Joe’s when we visit SF.

GC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

So so restaurant, looks like all the food were pre-cooked, just warm up.

OT
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good and we love the warm atmosphere

AM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit to Original Joe's and we have enjoyed it every time. Our waiter, Michael, was exceptional -- he was attentive, efficient, and very personable. The food is always outstanding. The 49ers were playing at the time of our visit, the game was on the TVs in the outer dining room, and there were many team supporters in the restaurant. Each 49er touchdown was followed by enthusiasm from the dining fans -- it provided a very festive ambiance. We heartily recommend Original Joe's to all.

GG
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful day in the City and of course, having dinner with family at Original Joe's! Always a delightful and delicious time! Thanks and here's to many more at Original Joe's! Cheers!

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After the theater

JH
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe’s service & food are regularly outstanding!

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

There were 10 of us and 2 in our party arrived early & were seated. They took the bed seats and were already eating bread 15 minutes before our actual reservation. The hostess should not have sat anyone until I checked in as the reservation was in my name. The waiter took half the tables order then left. He came back and then took the rest of the orders. When the food came out they just plopped it in front of people without confirming whose order belonged with who. People who ordered a burger realized the orders were incorrect once a bite was taken and then had to switch which was gross. The waiter didn’t seem to care when we told him. I was very disappointed and will not be coming back

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When I made the reservation I said it was our anniversary (actually our 50th). No one at Original Joe’s said anything about it. Disappointing.

JS
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My teenage daughter and I had dinner at Joe’s over the holiday. The restaurant is bustling and lively. Like other Joe’s, we found the food to be outstanding. The halibut was perfect as was my daughter’s pasta. Pricing is expensive but not unreasonable given the quality. We will be back soon!

AS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Loved the food!! Service was lacking. Would still reccomend.

OT
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A classic experience. We love this place!

HE
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fav restaurant. Loved our waiter Guillermo! Crabcake and artichoke dip for appetizers followed by eggplant Parmesan. Not to mention Belvedere Martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives! 😋

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, service and food was great and we were happy with our lunch experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Excellent service. We were not rushed at all. Food was delicious.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night

KB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love going to Original Joe’s, the food is always good as well as the service. One of our “go to” places when we visit San Francisco.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very vibrant place to watch the 49ers. And they won!

H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 28 th Annv. and Original Joe's was recommended by friends to celebrate. We had a great dinner and location was excellent. The service was top notch and everyone had a smile on there face working . We can't wait to go back with the rest of the family !

FG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Never disappoints. Excellent food, lively atmosphere, loud in the bar, but no one seems to let that dampen the fun. Will certainly be back!

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food and ambiance. We made our reservation at 5:15 and were seated at 5:00 on a busy holiday Friday night. I also appreciate the valet service! We will definitely be coming back.

E
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience with fresh crab louie and excellent cocktails

F
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

A bit of a mixed bag. I had risotto that contained rubbery mushrooms that came from a jar and scallops that weren't washed of all of the sand. One of us had the liver and onions which was excellent. Pricey for the quality.

H
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great as always, the food was extra good and the service by Nina was fabulous. Oh and that lemon pie is to die for.