Original Joe's - San Francisco

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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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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing customer service and food too

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I pride myself on my meatballs and Original Joe’s came as close as you can get to home made. They were amazing! I would highly recommend going to Original Joe’s while in San Francisco. The staff was also warm and friendly.

LT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone feels the same way there ... you have to speak up ... meaning ... if you do ... it's ok. I like that.

The food is up to standard. I like the Chicken Marsala a lot. The crab cocktail, which we all shared was Fresh; The way it should be.

We had the Justin Cab from Paso Robles, which was fairly priced, imho, and went just right with everything.

The only thing I'm not so sure about was the Bombolini for dessert. The affogato ( Espresso over Vanilla Ice Cream was superb ), but three of those fresh donuts without filling was just ok. I would suggest, a raspberry filling, a vanilla cream filling, and a blueberry filling. Whatever. Maybe two fillings and one plain. I also recommend Lush Gelato's Dulce de Leche instead of the Vanilla, which would be overkill, but what the heck ...

Great time.

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

French fries cold! Mussels small serving, crostini’s not toasted or barely!
What’s happening with Joes?

b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fabulous food, service and ambiance- can’t go wrong!!! Love this restaurant

I
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service. The only issue is the high noise level. Hard to carry on a conversation.

q
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Date night. Excellent all around. Lettuce wedge and beet arugula outstanding as were veal picata ans halibut special. Side of spaghetti was a bit overcooked. Old Fashioned and whiskey sours were fine aswas the Barbera wine. Felt slightly rushed at first but only at the start. Server was very efficient and courteous.

LC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

OJ's is one of my favorite restaurants in SF. The staff are so sweet and caring always helping to make our family visit comfortable. OJ's is a great family place to take young and old kids who enjoy great food and fabulous North Beach libations.

D
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service2ambience5

We had a 1:30pm lunch reservation and the restaurant was not busy at that time. Our waiter however was distant and unavailable throughout our lunch. This was a special occasion with long tine North Beach friends, but I feel we were treated like unwanted tourists.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always had a wonderful dinner and dessert

T
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and the service is always absolutely perfect. We sat in the cozy bar. Best crab cake. Spaghetti and meatballs are wonderful. Don’t forget donuts for dessert!!

U
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We love Joes but today it seemed like we had been forgotten about. Had a toddler with us but had to wait 30min to order food and chase down server.

RK
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

I have had better waiters at this place, but it is still a great place to dine

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and fast service

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice and vivid place. Good food and excellent service

m
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was outstanding, and the food was good, with the flourless chocolate cake highly recommended. Just what you want from a classic, historic Italian North Beach place...noise level was high, an indication that everyone was enjoying themselves...at the top of their lungs! And this was lunch!

EK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, great ambiance..weird service. Server had a high pitched annoying voice like "nailed it" host. Outside of having to deal with that servers annoying manner and tone, great place great food.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Rob made the whole evening Charming and knowledgeable about the menu.

PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always reliable, and some dishes are outstanding... burgers, eggplant, red sauce, petrale.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around. Our office team enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere! Everything was top notch.

SD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were taking our grandkids out for lunch. They enjoyed it very much

P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrating Chinese New Year.
Our waiter Sergio was fantastic!!!!
He offered tremendous service to my 88 year old Aunt and was very patient with her!!
We all had a wonderful time!!

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides the food being not only delicious and very ample, it was the service that makes the place outstanding. Our party remarked several times: You don't have to wait to flag down a waiter or busboy, and they're all very helpful and pleasant.

w
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a corner booth on a Sunday. We were a bit disappointed that the menu was a brunch menu but we found some great things to eat.
I had the ravioli which was a huge portion.
My husband had a cup of clam chowder with the Veal Parmesan. It came with a choice of a side of ravioli, French fries or salad.

The service was excellent!

Would recommend.

JJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The true flavor and history of San Francisco continues in this icon. Established traditions, from the Tuxedo wearing waiters to the pictorial montage on the wall bring out what this Restaurant was in a bygone era and will continue to be in the future. A must experience both for Traditional Italian Food and Ambiance in San Francisco!!! (From a native San Franciscan who experienced this Restaurant many times when on Taylor Street as well as it’s present location which enhances the experience in North Beach and Washington Square.)

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relatives visiting from New York

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time and the best experience every single time

MY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is my first time to visit Original Joe's SF. The food was quite decent compared to the price. Kind of American style Italian food but taste really good. The atmosphere and the staff were also nice!

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overall... disappointing! Expected so much more. So many GREAT restaurants in the City/North Beach and we seemed to have chosen the wrong one. Walked out and thought to myself, a slice of pizza at Tony's (across the street) was perhaps a better choice... would have been way cheaper too. Don't mind paying for a nice meal... I just did not have one at Original Joes.

DF
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Michael, was attentive, efficient, with a pleasant personality.
Calamari appetizer was good but a bit overcooked and dry. There is a bit of inconsistency with this item, but can be very delicious.
Restaurant gets busy and noisy, but it's one of our favorites in S.F.

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was excellent! We had a wonderful experience all around. Definitely recommend for special occasions or business dinner.

YC
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Original Joe's is a standby San Francisco restaurant. They make one of the Caesar salads in the Bay Area and their fish dishes are always very good. A pleasant place to eat!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought a colleague visiting from out of town here. Amazing service and food (as always! She was highly impressed by the overall experience

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. A first class dining experience.

OT
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A half order of fried calamari was more than enough to start for two people. Fried prawns and sole were top drawer. Can’t wait to go back.

R
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and served very quickly. Service was attentive. Ambiance was warm and welcoming.

MJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience! Best place for steaks, chops, pasta... Wonderful and fun ambience.

w
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SF classic. Old school menu, so many choices and it’s all delicious. Excellent service, helpful and engaging. Wonderful cocktails and wines. Valet parking a big help.
Enjoy!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing food, inviting ambiance, GREAT service all for an extremely fair price! Always a good experience when dining at OJ’s!