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Original Joe's

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Stockton)
+1 415-775-4877
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11:30 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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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  • 47
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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
Can't come to SF with eating at OJ's

It's a SF favorite... Old school Italian restaurant with great high quality food. Sit inside for a different experience or chill out on the patio while being entertain by people watching that makes SF. We love the veal here and our pup loves the meat balls!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
mike k
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Livermore, California
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Broendby, Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

You really need to do something about the noice level. We were unable to talk during our dinner. "Fine italian food" it says on the wall. Nothing like it! We saw a lasagna being served with spagetti on the side - the ingrediences sounds italian, but the kitchen has no idea on what italian food is. We had a pasta... More 

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Livermore, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

It's a SF favorite... Old school Italian restaurant with great high quality food. Sit inside for a different experience or chill out on the patio while being entertain by people watching that makes SF. We love the veal here and our pup loves the meat balls!

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely lunch after a recommendation of our tour guide from SF Adventures and we weren't disappointed. The service was wonderful the meal delicious, I even tried a Sazerac

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I made a reservation for dinner through Open Table about two weeks before our visit. We saw Beach Blanket Bablyon on a Saturday evening at 6:30 pm and wanted to make sure we had a great place to eat within walking distance of the play. Original Joe's was highly recommended and it lived up to its well-earned reputation. The four... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We didn't have a reservation but they seated us at a counter where you can watch the cooks prepare the food, it was so incredible watching theses pro's in action. Then there's the food, traditional Italian fare, incredibly good with generous portions. This is a "must visit" place!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We stopped by for a pre dinner drink - had dinner reservation elsewhere. Sat outside and enjoyed friendly service and a nice cocktail. We would come back for dinner:-)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I like this place, I like the atmosphere and the food but the service, especially lately, is in decline. Last 3 times I have eaten there I had to get up and ask the server to come over and take my order (after an average of 15 minute waits with no service) and all 3 times I also had to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

One of the best places to get great Italian food when you're in the city. Has that old school charm, and their best dish is the largest portion of anything on the menu. The bar area is usually pretty packed in the evenings, but you can squeeze in there if you're waiting for a table. Be sure to get reservations... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Our first meal after a transatlantic flight, so we were probably too tired too really enjoy any meal. Wandered past Joe's and having seen a recommendation for the place locally we grabbed a table after a 20.minute wait. No kids in the place other than our own, but didn't feel awkward. Pleasant drink at the bar before table was ready.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Having moved from the Tenderloin area to it's "new" situation in safer Union Street, Original Joe's has lost none of it's flavour in food or drink. The food has a distinct Italian bias, with seafood and steak featured. The Mains for seafood average around $US25 and steak around $US 30. I like Joe's Martini at $US9, and there is a... More 

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Additional Information about Original Joe's

Address: 601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-775-4877
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, American, Steakhouse

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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: Italian, American, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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