Original Joe's - San Francisco

4.7
2638 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Excellent service and the food is great.

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CW
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place serving classic Italian dishes in a classic old SF environment. Service great and food great. A bit too noisy for my taste but otherwise terrific.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Joe's. I had a wonderful and tasty Filet of Sole Piccata. The serving sizes are large. For starters we shared a very large grab cake on a bed of greens, delicious! Great atmosphere. There are no chairs and tables, it's all booths!

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great lunch meeting destination in Northbeach.

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MF
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely AMAZING!

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F
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitstaff was great very attentive!

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Pasta ok. Coke had chloride taste, they took it back, but did not even bother to ask if we wanted something else to drink. Pasta for my son was overcooked. Coffee for two was served cold.

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PG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted our last night in San Francisco to be special with a nice meal in Little Italy. Research showed us that Original Joe’s came highly by other patrons so we made an online reservation and hopped right in an Uber. I can confirm that the ambiance was a lovely Rat Pack style charm complete with old black sauce and texture. You can mess up texture but salvage the dish with a great sauce. But you can’t go the other way. Sauce is the crucial factor !! Fortunately, Original Joe’s nailed both and all of our pasta dishes were spot on perfect. The pasta was al dente and the sauce was rich, hearty and fully of flavor !! The prices were a little above average for the city (approx $30 per person) but the experience was well worth the few extra dollars. Great aesthetics, great service and great food !! Don’t miss this gem when making a dining choice in San Francisco’s Little Italy. You won’t be disappointed !!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sons 16th bday. Everything was wonderful

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SE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our meal and desserts! We had great service and unused dishes were promptly taken from our table. When we are back in SFO we will definitely be coming back.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful outdoor dining experience! We had the prime rib au jus dip, corned beef hash, bacon mushroom omelette, and Dungeness crab cocktail. Great brunch, highly recommend!

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RL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience and most enjoyable. Appreciate how accommodating they were when we were running late.

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PC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Thank you for a great evening!!!
I forgot to get the server's name, but he was great!

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s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect

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HK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us had an early dinner before seeing Beach Blanket Babylon. Staff attention to detail was over the top! Food was unforgettable. We certainly will return.

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KR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a “must” for a visit to SFO, Original Joe’s never disappoints.

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PM
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

In our party if 9, both Calamari steak dinners were flavorless, but the rest of the meal was great. Two bottles of wine, appetisers, both scallop risotto dinners were outstanding, both Joes burgers were amazing, the Prime Rib dip was excellent, the salmon was great, and the chicken parmesan... all good. Excellent service.
$450 plus valet parking.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was not very flavorful unless you like an abundance of salt and butter flavor.
It was just ok food. Nothing special or fun about this place

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TP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place have been coming for years. A place for family and friends.

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GY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Other than impersonal service, the dinner was a smash. From the sourdough beginning to the tiramisu conclusion, the food was excellent. Dining at 6:00 PM seems to witness a full restaurant and loud boisterous conversation.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special dinner. Amazing classic food and service. Anchor for the neighborhood.

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SF
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We like Original Joe’s and the food was as we expected. But... the service was very poor! The waiter brought a Manhattan to a guest who ordered sparkling water. When our entrees arrived the waiter forgot to bring one persons dinner. We had to ask to have it served. To add insult we were charged for the Manhattan which our guest had returned. Giving the waiter some slack, it seemed he had too many tables to serve. That said, too many experiences like this and we would question returning.

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TR
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For anyone who has not been to Original Joe’s, you will not be disappointed! Excellent food, great service!!

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BG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here often now, it consistently has a service-oriented, fun, energetic atmosphere. The bar staff especially are always fun and interactive with guests, while preserving professionalism and an eye for detail. The food as well, is consistently wonderful...and OJ's is one of a few restaurants which has both my particular brands of scotch and bourbon...I seldom find this in the City.

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and lively place. The service is outstanding and the food is wonderful. We always take our visitors there.

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CT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Uno de los mejores lugares es SF , deliciosa comida, gran variedad y
Uy buen servicio
Es una gran opción para cenar y muy buenos precios

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always fabulous!!!

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S
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our dinner. We had salads, both house and beet. Salmon, linguine with pesto, and eggplant Parmesan were all excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. One of the best experiences I’ve had in SF.

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MZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and our waitress were all EXCELLENT!!!

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AM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended to us by my boss and Original Joe’s did not disappoint. Great food, great service and even amazing desserts! We had the warm butter cake and tiramisu and it was a great way to cap off an excellent dinner. Definitely will come back when we return to San Francisco.

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I’ve been going there for 30 years and never had an issue before last night. The food was marginal at best and not consistent with previous visits. The “famous” garlic bread was total dissatisfaction as was the raviolis while the Caesar Salads were decent they were way over dressed. I expressed my dissatisfaction to the Manager on the way out. I probably will not return even though he said to contact him next time prior to dining. There are far too many great Restaurants in San Francisco to give them another chance. 300.00 for 3 people, I don’t mind paying that if the food was good, at least the wine was good enough but overpriced.

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EU
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place, the vibe, the food the service. A little noisy, but adds to the fun and the excitement. The room with the leather booths is amazing, thanks to Angelica for seating us there. Not romantic, but because it's so old school and authentic and lively it's a great scene!

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EB
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was above board. The steak and raviolis were outstanding. The service was the best I’ve experienced in years. Thanks.

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RU
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Food and Drinks! Excellent Service!!!! We will definitely be back to visit. Thank you for a wonderful time!

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JO
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, with delicious food.
It’s an institution and deserves its wonderful reputation.

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Original Joe's is OG. Original Joe's is OG. Original Joe's is OG. Original Joe's is OG.

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KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here before heading to see Beach Blanket Babylon. All of our dishes were great including the hot artichoke dip, salads and entrees. The portion were large, so glad we shared the salad (that they split for us), but we shoulda split the entree too if that was an option. We were full but satisfied! Waiter was excellent. Glad we got to go here.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious but the service was below average. It took 15 min for a server to come to our table after we were seated. Once the food was brought to us I asked for Parmesan cheese and I was told “someone will come around”. Almost 10 min later the server came by and asked what we needed. It’s an Italian restaurant so bring cheese with the meal.

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H
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

North Beach's best restaurant for the area. Easy to find parking here

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