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Original Joe's

601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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Ranked #107 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Italian, Steakhouse
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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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Toronto, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We visited Original Joe's on a Sunday evening during our California trip in June. We booked ahead on opentable.com When we arrived, we were greeted by two friendly hostesses and then directed to our table right away. Good food here. The steamed mussels were big and delicious. My husband ordered the fish of the day which was a little undercooked.... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We only provide a review if it's really good or really lousy. I'm pleased to say my wife and I dined at Joe's in early July (we're from Vancouver, BC) and found it to be a great dining experience based on food quality, atmosphere, AND value. We had the Antipasto plate as a starter and then shared the Spaghetti with... More

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Acworth, Georgia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Had a great steak with twice baked potatoes. Portions are large. Came hungry and left full. The price is probably fair for the neighborhood but felt a little on the high side for what it was. Service seemed anxious to close out shifts but that was ok.

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New Zealand
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Our awesome host told us to venture to North Beach, take a look at the line for Mama's which can apparently take 2 hours to wait for a table. Stand there staring at the queue wondering why you would wait that long, and then walk across the road to Original Joe's for a great meal. Friendly and helpful staff, great... More

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los angeles
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

this place is a breath of fresh air after all the touristy overpriced paces scattered in san fran. solid food, good service and a nice atmosphere.

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Avon, CT
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50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I had dinner here and when I went inside I was wondering how good it will be. No reservations. Big menu. Loud. Well, the food was out of this world and the service was friendly, helpful and fast. I has pasta with red sauce and a meatball and a sausage. I was amazed at how good it was and they... More

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Smithtown, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was our very first dinner in SFO and we had been looking forward to the visit for weeks. We ordered $26 veal cutlet parmesan and the sauce was terrible, salty and very acidic. Ditto for the chicken parmesan. I expected the waiter to ask if there was anything wrong when he saw I only ate a couple of bites,... More

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Newport, RI
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

At Jackson Square there are many restaurants to choose and from and my husband and I (from Boston, MA area) made the right decision. Original Joe's was an experience with leather seats and '60's motif and our waitress originally from Massachusetts, we had a really fun time. Reasonably priced and great food, it's a great choice!

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San Francisco
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Red banquettes,lots of easy private seating, LARGE cocktails at reasonable prices and great food. I usually have a char broiled dressed hamburger on a french roll. SO GOOD. The clam chowder is one of the top three in San Francisco. What ever you order they do it damn well. Imagine: A restaurant with none of the other guests sitting there... More

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I come here quite often and came last night for dinner. As usual, the place was packed. We sat down after a 15 minute wait, the hostess was sweet and nice as come be. I always order the artichoke dip because its the best I've had and my friend ordered the house salad. We also had the chicken and hamburger... More

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