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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AL
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!

SF
San Francisco
8 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.

OT
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.

GF
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.

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

Always a solid meal and experience.

s
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!

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

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

t
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

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Too bright!

e
San Francisco
173 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB
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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

LR
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.

RM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

j
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

JA
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.

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

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

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

Outstanding!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

pre-ordered & served on time!

K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30 year anniversary. Always great food

KW
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.

s
San Francisco
5 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.

AW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back for more chicken parm, still great!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

SC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

G
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

El mesero muy sobrado y poco agradable

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d
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.

M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My steak was fantastic! Best I've had in years. My wife's chicken scallapini was not as good as expected.
Sauce was divine but the chicken was dry and hard to cut. Also, the portion was smaller than expected.
Vegetables were great.

R
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant, mad more lovely by the professional wait staff.

d
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam at the door, George on the floor and all their helpful associates, especially the cooks in the kitchen.
Just the best place for a group of friends, old-fashioned, but not old. The Duggan Family keeps the home fires burning.

I've been in the biz 30 years, back to Stars, Elite Cafe, et al. Love this joint.
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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was friendly and accommodating, lively atmosphere, good food, and dessert was amazing!!

JN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun, energetic venue! Great food, excellent service and the atmosphere is awesome. Lots of people having fun, eating good food and laughing. Our go to restaurant when we are in the city

MM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad this old SF establishment is still around and continues to serve quality food and excellent service.

AW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We had the chicken parm and it was great!

r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I wouldn't come back if I had a special occasion to celebrate. Our server was disorganized and scattered. Friendly but did not do a good job. Left out orders, some orders came out too early while we all sat and waited for our food. The waiter joked so much it was hard to tell if he was being serious or joking when recommending dishes and before we could ask a question he would walk away and we'd have to wait another 10-15 mins before we would see him again. It was my fathers 79th birthday and it was not a good place to celebrate. Go elsewhere!

MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Even though there was no reservation in my name because they said not to book on Open Table for a weekend day, I waited only 10 minutes to be seated. Everything else was fabulous!

KJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great location and the food was good, just the chicken parmigiana was over cooked. It was a busy night and the service was not what I expected. The waiter pretty much just took our order and never stopped back to check in on us so when he came over to drop something off it felt that we had to not forget any requests since it would be a while before we saw him again. Overall it was good and I probably would return.