Original Joe's - San Francisco

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$30 and under
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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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JA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

H
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

pre-ordered & served on time!

K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30 year anniversary. Always great food

KW
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back for more chicken parm, still great!

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
26 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.

K
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Original Joe's is always an outstanding place to eat! On this visit, we were seated ahead of our reservation time, and received outstanding service the whole way through. As always the food was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing customer service and food too

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I pride myself on my meatballs and Original Joe’s came as close as you can get to home made. They were amazing! I would highly recommend going to Original Joe’s while in San Francisco. The staff was also warm and friendly.

LT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone feels the same way there ... you have to speak up ... meaning ... if you do ... it's ok. I like that.

The food is up to standard. I like the Chicken Marsala a lot. The crab cocktail, which we all shared was Fresh; The way it should be.

We had the Justin Cab from Paso Robles, which was fairly priced, imho, and went just right with everything.

The only thing I'm not so sure about was the Bombolini for dessert. The affogato ( Espresso over Vanilla Ice Cream was superb ), but three of those fresh donuts without filling was just ok. I would suggest, a raspberry filling, a vanilla cream filling, and a blueberry filling. Whatever. Maybe two fillings and one plain. I also recommend Lush Gelato's Dulce de Leche instead of the Vanilla, which would be overkill, but what the heck ...

Great time.

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

French fries cold! Mussels small serving, crostini’s not toasted or barely!
What’s happening with Joes?

b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fabulous food, service and ambiance- can’t go wrong!!! Love this restaurant

I
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service. The only issue is the high noise level. Hard to carry on a conversation.

q
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Date night. Excellent all around. Lettuce wedge and beet arugula outstanding as were veal picata ans halibut special. Side of spaghetti was a bit overcooked. Old Fashioned and whiskey sours were fine aswas the Barbera wine. Felt slightly rushed at first but only at the start. Server was very efficient and courteous.

LC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

OJ's is one of my favorite restaurants in SF. The staff are so sweet and caring always helping to make our family visit comfortable. OJ's is a great family place to take young and old kids who enjoy great food and fabulous North Beach libations.

D
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience5

We had a 1:30pm lunch reservation and the restaurant was not busy at that time. Our waiter however was distant and unavailable throughout our lunch. This was a special occasion with long tine North Beach friends, but I feel we were treated like unwanted tourists.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always had a wonderful dinner and dessert

T
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and the service is always absolutely perfect. We sat in the cozy bar. Best crab cake. Spaghetti and meatballs are wonderful. Don’t forget donuts for dessert!!

U
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We love Joes but today it seemed like we had been forgotten about. Had a toddler with us but had to wait 30min to order food and chase down server.

RK
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

I have had better waiters at this place, but it is still a great place to dine

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and fast service

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice and vivid place. Good food and excellent service

m
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was outstanding, and the food was good, with the flourless chocolate cake highly recommended. Just what you want from a classic, historic Italian North Beach place...noise level was high, an indication that everyone was enjoying themselves...at the top of their lungs! And this was lunch!

EK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, great ambiance..weird service. Server had a high pitched annoying voice like "nailed it" host. Outside of having to deal with that servers annoying manner and tone, great place great food.