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Original Joe's - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Original Joe's - San Francisco

4.7
4.7
3309 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-4877

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Figueroa

  • Private party facilities

    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 North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike.

  • Private party contact

    Mariana Leal: (415) 373-6373

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Stockton Street at Union Street

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is temporarily unavailable at this time. There is metered street parking in the neighborhood, as well as parking garages two blocks away located at 1636 Powell Street & 1625 Powell Street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,309 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JS

    JillS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic "Old School" Italian restaurant in the heart of North Beach can't be beat! The food and cocktails are delicious and one has the choice of dining inside or out. The brunch menu is quite reasonable and the regular lunch menu is in the moderate to high price range, but the portions and quality are well worth it.
  2. KS

    KevinS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I met with 4 friends for lunch. The Bartender made a great Negroni! When I checked in the receptionist said she could seat us ahead of our reservation time which I agreed with. The frito misto and garlic bread were delicious. We had two bottles of Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc......very good on a hot day which it was in North Beach. Three out of the four ordered a veal dish, the sauces for veal marsala and veal saute were excellent but the veal wasn't tender, Our waiter was outstanding, I believe his name was Martine. Overall a 4 star rating! He comped our dessert since it was my 70th Birthday. I will return, Kevin Sullivan
  3. NB

    NicoleB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OJs is our favorite restaurant in SF hands down. It's classic, delish and the ambiance is romantic yet bustling. The fresh pasta, slow simmered sauces and perfectly seasoned and seared filets are what I dream of when away from the city. The mashed potatoes are velvety and the prime dip is so succulent that it gives you the Steph Curry shimmy.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always constantly very good!
  5. EI

    EILEENM

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love coming to OJ’s ! Ambience,service & food all great
  6. PR

    PatriciaR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined inside by the fireplace mid afternoon. Nina, our server, provided professional and friendly service. The food was reliably excellent! We will continue to patronize this SF favorite!
  7. AB

    AlexandriaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect fresh greens in the salad The Halibut seared without damaging the fragile fish Eating each flake dipped in the saffron butter was divine... It was Mr Flynn's birthday and the cake they brought out had a uncomplicated crumb that evoked childhood memories of my grandmother's cooking I would definitely recommend this restaurant when you want everyone to enjoy their meal
  8. RW

    RonW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food. The rib was incredible and my daughter thought the pasta was the best she’d ever had. The waiter was superb and the whole experience was excellent. Can’t recommend enough.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eggplant park was the best I ever had and the ravioli and Caesar were top notch!! OJ’s never disappoints!!
  10. c

    catbarry26

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Could use a kid's menu or kid's portion sizes. Otherwise, great!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Awesome night!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Original Joe’s is one of favorite restaurants - we frequent both locations and have also had special events at the North Beach location. The service and the food are always consistently great.
  13. AT

    ATodaMadre

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service wonderful food. Great to enjoy the heart of North Beach.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love to come To the city and eat at Joe’s! We drive a few hours one way.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Food and great service
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Everyone thought real sourdough French bread should be served. My Dad is 96 yrs old and remembers the day when a basket of sliced French bread was commonplace for Italian restaurants in North Beach. The sour dough rolls were good but don’t provide the same iconic San Francisco experience as the sliced crusty bread. We noted on the reservation that it was a special occasion for him, but no one really acknowledged it except for the new receptionist, who was charming. Original Joe’s is a San Francisco institution. We come here once a year as a special outing for my father. The ambiance is very special!
  17. A

    Athena

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ate at the bar. Service was very good. A bit loud but it is a bar so…pasta was exceptional.
  18. Q

    Quintana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The mashed potatoes and fettuccine needed salt added. It was loud but not outrageous. The lamb chops were AMAZING, cooked to perfection. The deserts were also very good. The service was also very good. Overall well worth the price! We would eat here again on a trip in town.
  19. k

    kace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food, 15 minute walk (up hill) from Pier 39. Highly recommend!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I've been going to Original Joe's in North Beach for years. Today was my first time back post pandemic. Very disappointing experience. Staples such as the eggplant Parmigiana were bland and a little burnt. The quality has gone down at this restaurant. In addition to the change in quality, it seems there is some kind of scam going on when it comes to closing out final bills. My receipt provided an accurate accounting of my meal,but my credit card was changed an extra amount that the waiter could not account for. This was supposedly corrected when I brought it up to the waiter, but very concerning. This was never an issue in the past. I won't return to Original Joe's.
  21. L

    Lynea

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional!
  22. GR

    GRF13

    Caribbean

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, had a filet mignon and it was cooked to perfection. The saervice was excellent and the place has a great vibe.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great as always thank you
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!!!
  25. l

    lorip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    service and food were good, nice inside, got in right on time
  26. L

    Lois

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside & it was a beautiful sunny morning. They have great music pumped outside. Our server was wonderful & and our breakfast was great. We love this place!
  27. DR

    DanielaR

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Amazing ambience, food great but nothing amazing, good and fast service. Sunday and the donuts are amazing desserts
  28. BJ

    BJ49

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Noise was Warrier fans cheering. That's ok. Front doors were wide open causing a strong cold breeze to blow through the restaurant. Veal Parmigiana was salty. Side salad was lacking in blue cheeze and poor quality lettuce. I normally look forward to having the veal hear whenever we visit SFO, but it was disappointing this time. bob
  29. HE

    HEats

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Our server George was amazing! He paid attention to details and was super friendly. The food is just very average, nothing memorable and lacks flavour. Expensive for what it is and I would not return.
  30. GT

    GeneT

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Brought friends from out of town. One of the positive experiences has always been waitperson always accommodating and added to the experience, not this time. After not adding much to the dining experience would not even take the time to take a picture of us. Very hard to to tip this person, everyone else was great.
  31. VC

    VeroCoralSprings

    Fort Lauderdale

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Place was great and food was superb. Only thing I didn’t enjoy was the noise level. Patrons were very loud and made it difficult to hold a conversation. I would still return next time I’m in San Fran.
  32. JS

    JackS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As my friend Dan says …. When at joes, you do what joeyians do. Place was banging
  33. J

    John1941

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We had been looking forward to visiting this historic place, and the decor, all the pictures on the wall, and the ambiance lived up to expectations, as did the good service. But the food was disappointing. Someone had said that it is best to, get steaks here but we like Italian food a lot so ordered mostly that. The calamari was terrific, but lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and a veal dish were heavy with dull flavor. Actually a pork chop and crab cake were also disappointing. We still had a good time but the prices are high enough that we were expecting some really good food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a better experience than expected. Good environment and great service. Many great food options and even manager came to table to make sure were doing well. Different options on food and all different price points not only expensive options. Will definitely be back
  35. M

    Meganh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience, will definitely return again!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Food was good. Location beautiful and vibe energetic. Looking forward to returning.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We were outside and didn’t get great service. The food was ok but nothing great.
  38. DB

    DanielB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to visit. The food was outstanding with a great atmosphere and superb service. Best place we’ve eaten in San Francisco!
  39. L

    Lunchsky

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best creamed spinach I've ever had in my life. Original Joe's is our favorite restaurant for special occasions.
  40. b

    barbarao

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant. Everything is perfect

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 3309 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
Google Map for Original Joe's - San Francisco

601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stockton Street at Union Street

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is temporarily unavailable at this time. There is metered street parking in the neighborhood, as well as parking garages two blocks away located at 1636 Powell Street & 1625 Powell Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Figueroa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-4877

  • Private party facilities

    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 North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike.

  • Private party contact

    Mariana Leal: (415) 373-6373

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