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Original Joe's

601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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Ranked #128 of 4,937 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $21 - $30
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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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85% Recommend
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English first
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Met friends here. The food was really good. Had their specialty risotto and it was outstanding. Their butterscotch pudding was amazing! The only reason they didn't get an excellent rating was that the "tap" wine was much too warm.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

I had a craving for lasagne whilst on holiday from the UK and chose to eat at Original Joes after reading all the positive reviews. We were delighted to have chosen this brilliant restaurant with a really buzzy atmosphere. The food was superb, with lasagne to die for! All our food was excellent, reasonably priced and served in timely fashion.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We had a dinner on Aug 25. As Italian food was new to us, I did not know Lasagna was presented in a terrible way. After I got back to hotel, I realized that the Lasagna served to us might be reused one or at least not fresh baked. Also the sauce for Calamari had pieces in it before I... More

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We have been to Original Joe's for cocktails twice. Great atmosphere in the Italian section of SF. The bar is large and ia hot spot. Great drinks. The staff welcoming, friendly and accommodating. This is a perfect people watching place serving good cocktails and ice cold beer. You will enjoy it. The food looks great.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

We went with friends and family and had a great meal in very nice surroundings. Food was terrific I had the house speciality, lasagne, which was a huge portion and very tasty. Waiter very attentive Service excellent A most enjoyable evening with friends and family

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Manhattan Beach, California, USA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We ambled over to Joe's last week on a Sunday and thought we were going to have kind of a traditional brunch. But, after looking at the menu and having a very good Bloody Mary (small glass, big taste) we decided to order off the lunch menu. Having a 13 year old with us limited the intake of many Bloodies,... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We went to Joe's after a nice day in the city. Parking in North Beach can be difficult but the $10.00 valet service was great. We went in and were greeted by a somewhat snobbish host. We had a drink before dinner and the bar was noisy, pleasant and fun. Staff was quite good and we were able to transfer... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had an excellent meal, lovely atmosphere and exceptional service, the calves liver was lush & the Rib of Beef was out of this world - deserts delicious too! If I lived in San Francisco this place would certainly be a favourite.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Had the filet of sole picata and it was delicious!!! The atmosphere was fun and the waiter was very good. The wine menu was decent. Good place for a nice lunch in a great historic area of San Francisco. Enjoyed the experience :)

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Baltimore, Maryland
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135 reviews 135 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very big menu--clearly lots of repeat customers there. The food was good and the service was good too. It was not anything special, but a good meal for 6 people of varying age and taste.

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