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Original Joe's

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Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Stockton)
+1 415-775-4877
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 166
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Food is average at best

I really wanted to like this place but it's food is generic. It's more similar in taste to the Olive Garden. With all the great Italian food in North Beach I would skip this place.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Jomaine0507
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Diamond Bar, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Diamond Bar, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I really wanted to like this place but it's food is generic. It's more similar in taste to the Olive Garden. With all the great Italian food in North Beach I would skip this place.

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Aubrey, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I was expecting more! it's freaking too loud in there, crowded and over priced($117 for 2). The steak was Ok, the mixed drinks my wife got were poor tasting, my beer was warm. the free bread was good, service was good. wasn't worth it IMO

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

My wife and I stumbled upon this establishment by mistake, and boy am I glad we did. I had a steak (medium rear) and it was perfect.The staff and food are excellent. We will be repeat customers!

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We were very much looking forward to our visit to Little Italy on our recent trip at Original Joe's. After reading the history, we expected a more traditional type of place. It was very modern and the food was good, but not spectacular. Service was good.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Original Joe's was recommended to us by the locals as being authentic and historical. We liked the lively atmosphere, but the waiter tried to put us near the kitchen, even though there were plenty of empty tables. The chicken parmigiana was tasty and enough to feed a hungry appetite, but not that special! Not sure if I would go back... More 

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San Francisco, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We went here with our parents and were pretty disappointed. In a city full of good restaurants, you would expect Original Joe's to be more competitive. Wait staff are bored with their jobs. I get it - they serve a zillion tourists in and out all day. Nevertheless, it was sad that we got such lackluster service. The appetizer arrived... More 

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chicago
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is the place for fresh pasta! Be sure to try the orcchiette pasta with Italian sausage and broccoli rabe you won't be disappointed!

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The hotel recommended this restaurant, and we were so glad they did. Such great food, especially the veal scallopini. Worth stopping in

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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98 reviews 98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Original Joe's is always worth a visit. I don't think I've ever experienced better service in any restaurant. The waiters are exceptional. The place is very cozy and the food is great - big portions cooked to perfection. Can't wait to go back.

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Stockton, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

OJ's is a wonderful place to eat, watch a sporting event or just an evening out. The entire staff is so accommodating and eager to please. From the really good seafood to burgers, it's wonderful. I have been there several times in the past few months and it has never disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
    (Stockton)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-775-4877

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?