Original Joe's - San Francisco

4.7
3107 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Food is good for what it is-old school Italian. Great ambiance. Great location. Outside dining far better than a parklet. Service staff hustles but may be understaffed right now.

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vipDolcevita
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and lively bar

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vipBabs
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely lunch. We were going to the show at Club Fugazi. Perfect pre show lunch.

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AlexS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great, old school restaurant with red leather booths. Table had filet of sole, salmon, ny steak , Cesar salads and clam chowder. Not the best steak I’ve ever had, but none the less a good steak. Servers are very attentive and drinks and bread refills kept coming. First time dine but not the last. 🤠

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PatriciaC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly at our reservation time. Always love the old time ambiance and charm. Food was delicious and prepared correctly.

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EvansA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have to say, we were expecting better- better food, better service, better prices. It was just ok. As a big fan of the Westlake location it was disappointing. I had osso buco, which was recommended, and one side was burnt, like it had been warming in the pot on that side for a long time and it formed a hard crust. For $37, that shouldn’t have been served. Our waitress didn’t serve food, they use runners for that. She also didn’t refill water glasses or pull plates when we were finished, they have busboys for that. There are so many good restaurants in the city, they’re going to really have to step it up at Joe’s.

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DeniseP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was attentive, the ambiance was great and the food fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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vipWilliamN
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful night at Original Joe's! It's a great place to go for a celebratory dinner, in our case a birthday. The beef carpaccio and the short ribs were especially good.

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EricR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service Great Food! Will come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really wonderful restaurant and the food was amazing everyone was really nice

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vipMeanMommie
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved their generous outdoor seating. They have an extensive menu and everything was done really well. The chicken parmesan was a particular high point. Great, friendly, efficient service!

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luajuanah
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall dining experience, food was absolutely amazing. Top notch , I will definitely return to Original Joes, and recommend to friends and family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and food was outstanding. Great location.

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vipsusann
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always wonderfu

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BobK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food! Outstanding Service! Well worth the visit!

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RebeccaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our SF favourites. Always great food and service. (We would suggest that you request one of the quieter seats if you are hard of hearing - they have always kindly accommodated us.) Highly recommend!!!

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vipAthena
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Original Joe’s for special occasions but also everyday dining. The food is always great and service is attentive. For special occasions they have a nice dessert at the end if you let them know when you make your reservation. Go early and have a cocktail at the bar and you won’t be disappointed. Overall a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere! We will definitely be back!

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Efren
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Early afternoon dinner overlooking Washington square was delicious and delightful. Service was spot on. Food was tasty and plentiful

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KirkH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting, super food, should be a staple for anyone traveling to San Fran.

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vipAndy
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

SF classic. Excellent.

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DonH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and menu selection of traditional Italian favorites. Eggplant parm was great and Cesar salad was light and not heavy. Ravs pillows were perfect.

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vipJanJan
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Spaghetti and meatballs was delicious as was the pork chop! The Caprese salad it was terrible and should be taken off the menu if that is the quality that is presented. Overall it was a great experience and the rest of our food was wonderful.

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vipJeff
Seattle
96 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roger was an excellent server! We camped at our table and he was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend!

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mikebuilder
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The braised short ribs are really quite good. Very tender and full of flavor. Service was ok but not exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Food was great and service was just a great. Will definitely return for a friends get together or birthday. Casual fine dining.

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vipJeffD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience dining outside!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Original Joe’s! You can always count on delicious meals & great service! We had reservations for 5 - they were prepared & ready for us. Quite an enjoyable evening! We will return.
This was a special weekend in the city by the bay and starting off @ Joe’s was perfect.

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vipbethp
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and impeccable service. Highly recommend

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vipTodd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves this place. Right in the heart of north beach they have outstanding Italian food, generous portions and exceptional service. The thing I find funny about this place is some tourists pass it up because it looks too touristy, and always busy. If you are regulars like we are you realize that a good 80% of the people in there are other regulars from the neighborhood. This is the real San Francisco.

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AngelF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place! First time here, and everything was exceptional. The server was very friendly and checked in on us consistently, and the food was well portioned and excellent. My prime rib was cooked to perfection and was super tender and juicy. I’ll definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here with family. Everything was excellent from the food to the service. Definitely planning on dining here again. Loved it.

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vipRichM
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

When I arrived, I informed Michael my server that I had tickets for the new show at nearby Club Fugazi and asked him to manage my dinner so that I did not have to depart too soon. He did this expertly. His service was OUTSTANDING.

He recommended the lamb shank special. It seemed like an excellent choice at the time but unfortunately proved not to be at 3am. C’est la guerre.

Sadly, this establishment is one of an unfortunate plethora in San Francisco who have chosen to employ the resort fee scam to pay for the various recent mandates local governments have placed on them for employee benefits. The correct way would be to raise menu prices appropriately and let the CPA handle the distribution in at the end of the night. As a implacable opponent of the resort fee concept, I asked for this charge to be deleted from the bill. The manager came by to discuss it but ultimately agreed to do so. He was very professional but the fact that one has to now be as concerned in a restaurant as in a hotel about pricing games is most disappointing.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Ordered fettuccine Alfredo which was good. The chicken was freezer burnt and I ended up picking it out and leaving it on the side of the plate.

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ThomasD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Extremely noisy

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vipDianeT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner in a beautiful environment. Very professional service from the front desk to the servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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LouiseH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrating family birthday. Our waitress was EXCELLENT!!!

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Drumbeaux
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We’ve been to the San Jose location many times. Tried this one, which used to be the “original”. From the food to the servers, San Jose is by far better. The servers have so much more personality and the food is superior in preparation. My veal scallopini was dry and way overdone on one side and obviously not cooked on the other except in the sauce. Spaghetti sauce in SF is nowhere near as good as the pommodoro in SJ. S.F. Is also not exactly kid- friendly. Sorry, but we’ll stick to S.J.

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 4.7 stars by 3107 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.