Original Joe's - San Francisco

4.7
2478 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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Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I don't think I'd recommend it and I doubt I'll be back there myself. We were seated at a strange booth which literally had a column at the very front section of the table. So, the server had to stand off to either side to talk to us. I understand the desire to maximize the number of tables but this was ridiculous. The salad and ravioli were good but our main course was not. We split the Veal Scallopini Saute and it was extremely salty. We have been there several times before but there are way too many good restaurants in San Francisco to settle for mediocre Italian food.

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G
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, good experience; a restaurant to come back too.

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

My favorite restaurant in San Francisco by far. Everything seem to go right every time.

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PL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food wasn’t hot, and everything was way too salty. Spaghetti meat sauce too sour,

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NR
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Foiled is excellent, love the SF ambiance, price very reasonable. My favorite S.F. Restaurant

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

Always fantastic and thank you for honoring my table request again for front room quiet table . Most appreciated

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JA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Original Joe's North Beach, so classy. The food is phenomenal without being pretentious. The staff is professional without being overbearing. Reminds me of how things should be, good.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent find in SF. Had dinner there two nights in a row.

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful....sorry do not know his name. Two of us gave him credit cards at the beginning of the meal (unknown to each of us the other had done so). the waiter handled it very well, splitting the bill. Our food was delicious as usual. we had a delightful evening......THANKS!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I have eaten there several times throughout the years and it’s never a disappointment always a good time!

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TK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I came with my 90 year old Dad (GeorgeAnderson) from Seattle and my son (Kyle Kovac) who lives in SF. My Dad has many fond memories spent in San Francisco. Original Joe's is one of them, and was definitely on his "To do List". It was in the old location the last time he went, but that did not dampen his enjoyment one bit. He had been talking about Dimaggio's when we drove around the wharf, and thought that was gone--but alas it lives on in Joe's! All in all we had a good time going back.
Thanks for the memories!
Tracie Kovac
(just read the review hint and see that this does not meet the criteria--oh well--did enjoy the garlic bread and food was good and plentiful--mostly enjoyed my Dad getting to visit again, and so did he.)

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place. I was a fan when it was located on Columbus Street at Broadway. In other words I've been coming here forever. It never disappoints. This is old school Italian fare. And everything is done to perfection.
I would recommend their pastas. This time I had spaghetti carbonara. The. pasta was cooked just right - al dente. The sauce was cohesive with the pasta. The dish came together perfectly!
I love going there on weekends when they feature Ramos Fizzes. Their bar knows how to make a good drink; they don't spare on the alcohol.
The ambience is comfortable. It can get a bit noisy evenings, but quiet compared to most SF restaurants.
Plus the valet parking is a huge plus.
The portions are large, so you may well have two dinners in one.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Would highly recommend.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st visit to San Francisco

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J
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to go in San Francisco. The greeters and wait staff are always upbeat, nice and efficient. A very thorough menu makes it easy to find a meal that satisfies all in your party. Look forward to another visit soon!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The meal was great but the warm butter cake was awesome, I could eat that every day of the year.

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TL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Original Joe's is a San Francisco landmark. Food is good and prices are reasonable. (for San Francisco) Restaurant gets pretty noisy when it's full, which is most of the time. Valet parking is a big benefit, given the problems of finding a parking spot yourself in North Beach.

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SD
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly and welcomed in a very pleasant manner. Our waitperson was attentive & accurate. Our food was delicious & prepared to order! All in all a very pleasant evening.

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mussels i’ve had in the city. Better prime rib than House of Prime rib and cheaper too. Must for locals and visitors

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L
Portland
50 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great--food, service and ambiance! I ordered veal piccata and a side of ravioli. I was afraid that it would be way too much food but the portions were just right. All of us loved what we ordered. Our only regret was that we were too full to order dessert. The server was very friendly and helpful. I am definitely going to go here again on my next trip to San Francisco!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing drinks, and amazing lovely ambience. Best Italian I’ve had in a long time!!!

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ML
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

THe portions were so big we couldn’t eat it all but we sure wanted to. It was delicious.

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

Excellent!

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BE
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We 🧡 Original Joe’s! One of the bar waitresses was rude, just as we sat down at an empty table she took a “reserved” sign from another table and put it on ours. “This is reserved ok?” I said “Uh no, it’s not ok” a group of businessmen saw what happenened and offered us one of the 2 tables they had. A very nice gal came by and took our bar order, very attentive.
Hostess either new or.....but ALWAYS delicious food!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Not as good as we’ve experienced in the past.

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MN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Calamari was over cooked, the salads uninspired, over priced for what we got.

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i
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Original Joes. It’s my absolute favorite and my go to when visitors are in town. Although I feel like it’s starting to get a bit more expensive given the food is pretty standard in terms of plates. The food is delicious but it’s a basic menu

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Meatballs and lasagna were amazing!
The parmigiano chicken, not good for me.
We had problems with service. waitress didn’t appear when we needed something. We had to ask for the check 3 times and wait for 15 minutes, not good.

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SF
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Original Joe's has become one of my all time favorite restaurants in San Francisco. I love the clubby atmosphere, love the staff, and love the food. It's a great addition to the dining scene.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible experience at Original Joe’s! Waitress was attentive and kind and made excellent recommendations for entrees! Loved everything about this place!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. It’s always awesome

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1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome waiter. All the food was great as usual. Veal parmigiana all around! Thank you.

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SQ
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After researching where to go to eat in San fransisco, and reading the story of Original Joe's and it's deep family history. I was so excited to get there, it did not dissapoint. One of our favourite meals and restaurant experience of the holiday. Friendly, happy staff, nothing is too mucg trouble to make your visit enjoyable. Beautiful surroundings and delicious food! 10/10 from us!

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m
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service
93 yr young birthday party
Perfect day

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer service was amazing. From the time we were seated to the time we left. Our server Colin, did an excellent job presenting both Silver Oak and Twomey wines. Frequent checked on our table making sure we were doing good. Also provided new wines glasses with each bottle. Food was amazing.

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s
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was unbelievable, so delicious. Love your bread & salad.

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MG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is great. We got seated in the front area which isn't as cool as the interior room. There's much more foot traffic and the vibe isn't as cozy. Our waitress was nice but shouty and seemed to want to tell us stories rather than take our food orders. But it was fine. They did a good job surprising me with a cake my wife brought in earlier. Will definitely be back since it's one of my favorite spots in town but hope to secure a big booth in the inside room rather than a chilly table in the entryway.

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LG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always wonderful--something for every palate. Service is outstanding, even when the restaurant's really full. ONLY DOWNSIDE: THE NOISE LEVEL IS EXCRUCIATING! This is no place to have a meal if you actually want to hear your table mates....just saying

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Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - the drinks was perfect - service was good. We dined around 3:00 pm on a Saturday. Next time I’m in San Fran I will for sure visit this place again.

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