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About Original Joe's - San Francisco

Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for 75 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.

601 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:30am - 10pm
Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 10pm

Cross Street:
Stockton

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(415) 775-4877

Website:
http://www.originaljoessf.com/

Parking Details:
And limited street parking.

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Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for 75 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 - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (76)
Special Occasion (70)
Good for a Date (61)
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Good for Birthdays (61)
Comfort Food (60)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Fun (54)
Good for Groups (54)
Authentic (52)
Great for Lunch (51)
Business Meals (50)
Casual (44)
Bar Seating (38)
Vibrant Bar Scene (38)
Worth the Drive (37)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Hot Spot (33)
People Watching (30)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Sunday Lunch (29)
Romantic (27)
Great for Brunch (26)
Cozy (25)
Notable Wine List (17)
Kid-friendly (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Local Ingredients (12)
Disabled Access (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Live Sports (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Seasonal (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Scenic View (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great Beer (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Don’t miss the roast chicken. It’s crispy with a wonderful sauce on top of arugula. With a side of your choice of several items. I chose the simple spaghetti marinara and All held up well for my lunch the next day.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

We often come to Original Joe's when we are in San Francisco. This time we celebrated my wife birthday. We like the food and ambience a lot.

I had a stroke, and I need a handicapped bathroom. It was okay.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

If you are looking for a brunch place that takes reservations the same day, this is the place. Please leave your car at home as parking can be challenging. The best little table is the booth right as you entered the restaurant. Great for 2 people with views of the park. The Bloody Mary was nothing special. The Jelly donuts were amazing! Great crab cake benny and potatoes. The baileys and coffee was great too!

Wholesome food with out breaking the bank. Solid 4/5 Stars!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was over the top. You better be hungry...They are large portions . You will love it !!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 7 days ago

Food was delicious. Great that we were able to make reservations. Waiter was terrific with dessert suggestions. We will most definitely be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 7, 2017

My first time. My friend had been to the original Original Joe's years ago. The food was delicious, the service was attentive and personable. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Still the best hamburger steak in town. Great service from my regular wait staff, Amanda, Kelly and Daniel. Love that Boudin bread is served.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food, drinks, and service is beyond impecable. Three of us and each agree that we had the best dessert of our lives in the butter cake. Only complaint is the food is rished coming out. Very rushed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Friendly greeting, a bit early for our reservation, but were seated immediately. The service was prompt and we were taken care of throughout our dinner.
The food was delicious and the portions were generous. This is a must go to restaurant and we will definitely return again on our next visit to the city.
OUTSTANDING in every way!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This is the 4th time I have brought out of town guests to PJs. They loved it and were very impressed with the food and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Se were near the kitchen and it didn’t smell very well

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Christmas decorations we’re lovely. Everyone from the bartender Kevin to our servers were friendly and attentive. The food was flavorful and delicious. The desserts, do not skip it, the butter cake to die for.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Such a pleasure to dine at such a institution and diamond S.F. restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

First time there since the move from the Tenderloin District post-fire. Was ecstatic that it looked so much nicer than the old place. Food and service were both fantastic. One of the best Caesar salads I've ever had. Good portions too. It will be my "go-to" place in North Beach from now on.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good food and good service the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had salads, burgers and picatta. All were very good as were the drinks (wine, beer and Manhattan). Our server was excellent and attentive. We sat outside which was perfect. We would definitely go back.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Their Fillet is ALWAYS amazing!!! Whenever I am in the City, I make it a point to have dinner here, but the wait can be a bit long if you don't have a reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Had great expectations for Original Joe's but we were kind of disappointed at the end of our meal. We arrived on time (6:30) for our reservation (to celebrate our anniversary then to Beach Blanket Babylon)) and were greeted coldly by the ladies at the check in - no hello no nothing just blank stares. (Awkward.) There was confusion the woman couldn't find our reservation then another lady said "I'll just go ahead and seat them." Thanks, I guess. Our waiterstarted out fine but then things went down hill from there. We order our meal. The Caesar salads arrived drenched in dressing - with no offer of fresh ground pepper? What? Then we looked and looked for someone to ask for pepper - to no avail. We proceed to eat our soggy salads - with no fresh pepper.

Then someone took our salad plates and all of our flatware. I thought for sure they'd be replenished - well our main courses arrive and we have no flatware. I tried to tell the server we needed fork and knives - but he literally dashed off. So we sat there looking at each other - like WTH? (The other server Michael was wonderful he finally brought us flatware - after we asked. Parmesan cheese was not offered - but the other waiter Michael came to the rescue.) We ordered a bottle of champagne - he brought it to the table and didn't offer the usual taste before serving - so he just pours it into the glasses and leaves. Weird I know. (I guess they were busy.) We had to ask him for an ice bucket so our bottle just sat on the table for 5 mins - then we asked a buser for an ice bucket - it finally arrived a few minutes later - this was unacceptable. He brought the check - and disappeared. Again we had to ask the other waiter Micheal for help to take care of the bill - wish we could have given him the tip. We left Original Joes scratching our heads. Not sure if we'll ever go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food3
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It is a classic. The food is great, not wonderful. One complaint. When you order an Arnold Palmer and you request an refill, they charge you for another one. They don't do that with coffee. Seems kind of cheap to me.

Tags: Comfort Food
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The staff is friendly and we were seated immediately upon our arrival. Took 5 to 10 minutes for a server to arrive. After that the service was impeccable. Food was great and in monster proportions.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Ambience is stately. Staff is in tuxedos and running back and forth. Customers all speaking at the same time. Yet ironically it’s a peaceful place to dine. Food is generously proportioned. The owner even wonders around making sure all is good. Overall delightful place to eat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Service was the best I have ever had in San Francisco... waiter, host, everyone was amazing, friendly and fun

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nice looking restaurant but service was really poor. Waitress passed by our table a few times ignoring us. We had to make several requests before we finally got our coffee. our food also took awhile to arrive and it was cold. I hate this place. Never again.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

jut about all above applies even though we did not use all of it. Our waitor David was beond terrific and accommodated a Foodie issue person!!!

Tags: Disabled Access, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything was very good! The food was exceptional as were the cocktails. It was my Aunt's birthday and she really enjoyed herself. The service was good as well!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were here for a pre-theatre dinner on a Sunday afternoon/evening. Food was good with large portions. Valet parking was available for about the same price as a nearby parking garage.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Pete is an outstanding bartender!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fun atmosphere. Very cool neighborhood. Food is excellent. Highly recommend but make sure you have reservations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What a great dining experience! From the hostess to the waiter to the food and drink servers, everything was great. Old school service, classic, timely and genuine.
Not to mention the food was absolutely delicious!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very good food and service at a very popular place to be.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Grace was our server and she was fabulous. It was my birthday and hers was just a few days later! She also guided us to dishes that were great and her ideas were perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

the STAFF there is most welcoming! They held out table and we were a half hour late...my wife and i needed some time alone. Take a taxi/UBER or park in a lot. Fantastic food! Great cocktails. the hostess AWESOME! the WAITRESS, fantastic.. Even a service specialist came over and chatted us up about the Niners the CITY etc... This place isn't frequented enough by anyone.. My wife and i will go again. Maybe before Christmas. Perfect date!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Scenic View, People Watching, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a great evening celebrating our daughter's birthday. The service was FAB!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I really like this restaurant and the food. The ambiance is great and it has a lot of history. The food is very good and I like the fact that they have valet parking right in front of the restaurant since it is difficult to find street parking in North Beach.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I go here for the best hamburger steak in town and the wonderful service that I always receive. Melissa and Daniel were great!. I always look forward to going every Friday.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had a post-concert dinner celebrating our fine musician friends. We had a fantastic time largely due to Grace who was very attentive to our needs and added a delightful sense of fun and humor to the evening. Our friends loved the food, served in generous portions and the wine, classic Italian. We left the place singing! Thank you. We’ll be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The service was very good the staff was very friendly and professional the food came out right on time for a party of 4

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We went to Original Joe's for lunch. We were given a very nice booth and enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant. It is a classic restaurant in the heart of North Beach. They offer valet parking for a flat fee which is a great perk in this very busy area. We began with cocktails and then had minestrone. The soup was great but filling. When our entrees came we were already a little full. I had the veal scallopini with ravioli which was excellent and my husband had the veal piccata which he also enjoyed. Neither of us could eat all of our ravioli and we brought it home and it made for a nice dinner. The meal was great and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Original JOE’S has become a favorite restaurant - not sure why it took us so long to find it! Food is delicious and service is impeccable! It’s a wonderful representation of San Francisco!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love this place! It was our second time coming and everything was wonderful, again. We got to see our favorite busser again, too, Pedro! Pedro befriended us on our first visit earlier this year, so we were happy to see him again! Can't wait for our next visit to SF. We'll definitely be visiting this place again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As usual Amanda the waitress and Daniel the bus boy were great. Chris the manager went beyond the call of duty to find my lost glasses. Best hamburger steak in The City.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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