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Original Joe's

601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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Ranked #129 of 4,944 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
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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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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Original Joes' is my personal favorite place to grab a meal in San Francisco. Locals have been coming here for years and years. It is a busy place but the service is still excellent. On this occasion I had the Cobb Salad...(next time I will have Italian as you can get a good Cob Salad just about anywhere.) My sister... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A big restaurant that was quite noisy, super efficient with tasty food. I had the burger which was amazing and hubby had the porterhouse which was meltingly good.

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Clifton Park, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

we went here based on online reviews and Fodor's recommendation. The service was very good and the menu is decent, but we didn't feel it was truly "Italian". Our food came out in 3-4 minutes after we ordered including my husband's lasagna, so we knew it was all pre-cooked and just warmed upon ordering. it is load, and has a... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This place was KILLA! It was a pleasant night and they were able to seat us outside. The pasta was all house made and the sauces were insanely good. I had the Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage. I usually dont go with pasta, but this just sounded great. When I ordered it the waitress said I was in... More

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Sonoma, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We have been at this restaurant several times with the food and service being very good, but the noise level was horrendous to the point of not being able to hear our table partners.

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The food, service and atmosphere was very good. There is a broad selection on the menu and portion sizes are quite large with complementary bread so don't bother with appetizers unless you're rediculously hungry. We booked online which is easy via their website and will certainly go again

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Jackson, TN
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

When we got to Original Joe's, it was full and the only seating was at the Kitchen counter, so we opted to do that instead of a long wait. It was so fun!! We watched the very amazing kitchen crew as they hurriedly whipped out dish after dish right in front of us! It was unbelievable how fast they could... More

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Mt. Cobb, Pennsylvania
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160 reviews 160 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It was a Wednesday night and we had no reservations so my wife and I decided to wing it. We dropped into an Italian restaurant on Columbus and ordered drinks at the bar while waiting to see if a table would open up. The bartender gave us menus to look over. We decided their offerings were not for us and... More

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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I was mid-way through a walk about and needed grub. I wales from Crissy Field to north beach. I did a few minutes of research on various menus and decided I wanted pasta rather than brunch. I walked into the bar at Joes and was not disappointed. I had the ravioli with meat sauce. It was delicious. The sauce was... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice place, good service, great food. Parking is a chore but that is to be expected. We used the valet and it cost $15 (included a $5 tip) but well worth the expense.

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