Original Joe's - San Francisco

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2567 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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MI
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience! Went for brunch on Father’s Day and were treated like family. The food was great and we loved the history and ambiance of the location.

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LC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our first visit to this iconic place and it did not disappoint. The food was quite good. My ONE complaint was that we ordered and our food arrived about ten minutes later. Always a little odd for a fine dining place and makes one assume the food is being mass produced (which I'm sure it was). It's easy to make Italian food in bulk. BUT the food didn't taste like it was mass produced and cooked in advance! The pasta sauce was so delicious. Sort of light. Not too sweet. Not too tangy. Just perfect. The cheese on the chicken parm was top notch. Melty. Thick. Salty. Tasty. The calamari diore wasn't the BEST my friend had ever had, but really good. His side of raviolis were wonderful. The pasta tasted fresh. Service was great. Food was great. Cocktails were spot on. I just wish the food hadn't come out so fast so we could have enjoyed our time there a little more. Maybe enjoyed our cocktails a little longer before the food arrived. Good value in North Beach, too.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place. Classic piece of old SF updated!

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JM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Fun, interesting and nostalgic place ti visit while in San Francisco.

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

Excellent Service no matter how busy. Food and menu selection is amazing

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t
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

When making a reservation, ask for a booth; much more private than a normal table. Beautiful restaurant with heavy dark woodworking and an open kitchen. The Waitstaff is outfitted in Tuxedos, so it sends a message that this is no ordinary diner.
The food is outstanding. My wife and I had Filet of Sole Picatta.....to die for. Tasted like the Sole had just come off the boat; very generous portions. I had a side of their homemade ravioli and meat sauce (comes with the entree - almost a meal in itself), and unfortunately, didn’t have room for the Tiramisu for dessert. Next time!
This is a very special place, and the staff makes you feel special. I would have given them 5 stars, but it is very noisy, even with the dining room 1/2 full.

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SD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entertained friends fro New Mexico & wanted to take them to a San Francisco establishment that day “San Francisco Dining”!
They were suitably impressed & won over by the spot on service,wonderful tasting food & the myriad choices.
Original Joe’s shined again!

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K
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Busy bar. Good drinks. OK to eat at the bar, but with 4-6 people better to get a table/booth. Go for the food.

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CU
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent, and Original Joe’s lives up to its reputation as a terrific restaurant. Looking forward to my next visit.

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l
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere was great! We were a table of six and we all really enjoyed our lunch.

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BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old school charm

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!! Sole picata, pasta carbonara and butter cake. YUM

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - travelling from Australia and thoroughly enjoyed this authentic Italian-American restaurant!!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keith was fantastic!

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MC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can never go wrong by going to Original Joes. Always a great experience!

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy the wine and food, no matter what I order.

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PJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th Wedding Anniversary, made to order Specialties. Down home Italian done right!!

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Kent
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great service and atmosphere. Would highly recommend and would definitely return.
Our waiter was amazing 👍

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CO
Atlantic City
70 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say? I have coming to Joe’s since 1983. It only gets better!!! The staff ...... the food ..... it is the best in SF!

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m
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dining experience. Attentive staff, delicious meal, and great surroundings made for a memorable evening.

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s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never had a bad meal and service has always been very good.

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C
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service. Petrale Sole perfectly prepared with Raviolis.

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GE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great dinner!! Brought my 2 moms here for a late Mother’s Day date, and everything was fantastic. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The food - amazing. They ordered he prime rib dips - very tender meat and loaded! I ordered the special gnocchi, really great!!! And truly made from scratch - housemade!
Would recommend this place to anyone!! We went to beach blanket afterwards and it was a quick 5 minute walk.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Go for the Mac and cheese! They also have a great brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Hamilton night.

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DE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area, indeed the world.

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SG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good food and substantial portions.

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PW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was everything I was told it would be. A friend recommended the Chicken Parmigiana and it was fabulous.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The very best ambiance, the food is always delicious and the food is spot on. The best!

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r
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here for almost 10 years now and the standard of food and service has not faltered. My order came out quickly and exactly as requested.

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SF
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and another enjoyable dining experience with the team at Original Joes. Thanks

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BK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to dine! Lots going on, great food and fun vibe.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I specified a special occasion in my reservation. We were seated in a high traffic area near the kitchen. It would have been nice to have been in one of the more intimate round booths with a nice view

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food a bit bland. Too noisy. Prices high. Would go here again.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always good, but the best part is, if you get the waiter, Michael (from Boston) he makes the dining experience a real pleasure. He is very professional and friendly, and goes out of his way that every need of your's is met. I will be going back frequently. Great food!

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b
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in San Francisco for visitors who are exploring North Beach/Fisherman's Wharf area.
Food is exceptionally good, service fantastic.
Ambience is wonderful; sitting in the bar is fun.
We're locals and eat here once a week. Thank you Original Joe's for being here.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrate my parents 43rd anniversary

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the Filet of Sole Piccata and a side of the ravioli- both made me slow down to savor each bite. My drink, Joe's Manhattan, was great, too. Don't miss the Warm Butter Cake for dessert- you may want to share it because it's very rich, but then again you may not want to share because it's so good.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good the portions are huge

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DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gorgeous interior, attentive wait staff, house specials, valet parking available. A go-go place for locals.

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