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601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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Ranked #127 of 4,953 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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Fleet, Hampshire
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100 reviews 100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

On the night we visited there was a crucial baseball game for the Giants, local baseball game, playing. The bar side was heaving and the whole place buzzing ... And the Giants scored the winning point at the last moment and the whole place exploded. Of course you don't get that every night, but even without that the atmosphere would... More

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

There's nothing unique about the place to earn 5 stars, but it's flawless and I would recommend to anyone with a matching budget. It's not extremely expensive, but not suited for travellers on a tight budget.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

Our tour guide (EXCELLENT) recommended Joe's because he said it was "authentic Italian". Although I do not disagree, I would not personally recommend this establishment. The wait staff were wonderful, unluckily the food wasn't anything above average. The bread was cold and tough with pre-packaged butter. I ordered the classic spaghetti and meatballs. I expected an extravagant dish with out-of-this-world... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Walking around North Beach, there are so many restaurants to choose from. This one caught our eye and we decided to give it a try. I think we just ordered the wrong things. They lacked flavor. I had the risotto of the day and my husband got the veal scaloppini. When the waiter noticed that my husband wasn't eating his... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Original Joe's was a San Francisco staple for years. They were replaced and then re-opened in this North Beach spot that begs for old-school charm and authentic North Beach residents. I don't mean the newly rich, transplants. I mean people/couples/families that go back generations. The Telegraph Hill set. Who got baptized, married and still attend St.'s Peter and Paul. Italian... More

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Sacramento, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The food was very good. The veal and fish were very good and fresh. The restaurant was understaffed, but the wait staff worked very hard.

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Melbourne, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Stopped by here with some friends the other day for lunch. They have a terrific chowder and a really nice chopped salad that is loaded with all sorts of salamis, cheeses, olives, pepperocini, onions, etc. The salad is chopped really fine and is well dressed -- but it is HUGE, so order accordingly. Our friends had the Eggplant parmesan and... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This restaurant isn't cheap but it was well worth it! Our server was very friendly and the food was amazing! We would have liked to have desert but after a very good entree and starter we unfortunately didn't have room for it. Definitely recommended!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Just remember - Legends sit at the counter. This food is always great, and the service on point. You get what you pay for here and more. I recommend the antipasta plate, joes burger is incredible, and the sole piccata amazing. Cant wait to get back!

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Port Orange, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

During a whirlwind "touristy" weekend in San Francisco, Original Joe's is probably not a restaurant I would normally have chosen. However, my daughter and I were meeting her friend for dinner, and as a resident of the city, she suggested Joe's. Oh, those lucky San Franciscans! If I were a resident, it would be a place I would visit regularly.... 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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