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601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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Ranked #163 of 5,036 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Stockton
Description: Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for 75 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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Avon, Colorado
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84 reviews 84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is more of a locals place worth making the effort to get there. Let's face it nothing in San Francisco is too far. This is not located in the typical tourist areas but WOW what food. Everything we have had there is in the excellent category. Also a great bar and valet parking (which solves the ever present parking... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We were looking for some good authentic Italian food and our Uber driver steered us to having lunch at little Italy. Specifically at Original Joes. The atmosphere was old San Francisco. I think this restaurant has been in business since 1937. Try Joes special and the meatballs. The salads were very fresh and tasty but you have to try the... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We were steered towards this restaurant by some locals at a wine tasting. It was a short walk from our hotel so we decided to give it a try. We were there on a busy Sunday evening but were seated very quickly. The place had a great atmosphere and the service was smooth as well. I had a tasty order... More 

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154 reviews 154 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We went here for Sunday early brunch because 1) good location 2) decent reviews 3) opened early and 4) offered lunch-type food as well as brunch food. This practical decision did not raise our expectations (except for the decent reviews) but we were very pleasantly surprised. We split the Italian donuts to start, yum! Fresh, light, not too sweet (and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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216 reviews 216 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My family (3 adults) was in San Francisco over Christmas and prior to visiting Original Joe’s had two very mediocre (yet very expensive) dinners. We were hoping this would be different and it certainly was. We were seated exactly at our reservation time and in a booth, as requested. The restaurant was very, very busy. The holiday decorations were very... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My family, some extended family, and I all visited San Francisco for several days after Christmas. While walking through North Beach (Little Italy), we stumbled upon Original Joe's. As a party of 9 with no reservation, we weren't sure if they could fit us in. Luckily it was around 3:30 in the afternoon, and we were seated right away in... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

When me and my buddies head to the City...this is where we eat. Always. The food is great...the service is excellent and the new location is easy to get to...

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Roslyn, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

We all really enjoyed our dinner at this nice restaurant in San Francisco's Little Italy. Nice atmosphere - the Lasanga which is a house special was amazing - arguably the best any of us ever had. Great sauce on everything! Would definitely return. Tip: Make a reservation....

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NE Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

On our first trip to San Francisco, a helpful bartender recommended Original Joes for burgers and ravioli. Since the 4 of us had reservations for dinner at Pier 39 we shared an order of each. The burger was outstanding and ravioli was good but nothing special. Service was great and one of the best burgers I ever had make this... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We were waiting for a table at Tony's Pizza Napoletana and thought we would have some drinks here. We walked up to the front of house where they stared at us without a smile or greeting. After we said hi and told them we would like a table for two, she said it would be an hour and a half... More 

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Additional Information about Original Joe's

Address: 601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: (415) 775-4877
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: American, Italian, Steakhouse

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