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601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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Ranked #147 of 4,973 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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Martinez, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I love Eggplant Parmesan and have it whenever I get the chance. We went back to Original Joe's for my birthday for their outstanding version. It's so much better than any other, including what I can make at home. It's thick, like lasagna, but not heavy. The eggplant is very thin, not breaded, then layered with sauce and cheese, and... More

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San Francisco, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

Made reservation- parking in the area is hard but leave early if you do have reservations. Serves is great. Hostess wonderfully helpful. Our server was great. Couldn't ask for a better waitress!!! Food is great! Got to put this on your bucket list of Restaurants to try their signature soup and oysters Shooters. Fresh oysters are the best. Remember to... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It was pass our dinner time, but we would like to have something light and sharing plates, somehow they have sincere waiter (forgot his name) that we could have discusse and come up with good solutions for our family members. Actually food were perfect with angus steak plus pork chop with additional side dishes. And he suggested we have Lingguini... More

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We just finished our China town Italian Markets tour and we were famished, since this restaurant was close by we went in for lunch. The foods are regular Italian foods, nothing special. They kept us waiting for more than half an hour because the place is crowded with businessmen and office workers on lunch break. I agree with be21, not... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Excellent family owned restaurant!Food was very good and the wine was fantastic! Portions were huge! Prices were reasonable for San Francisco! Salmon, chicken Parmesan and meatballs were delicious! Definitely will be back.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We went here on our first night in town as it was close by and I read good reviews. there were four of us and we were told a 45minute wait so we went for a drink and came back. The table was ready , no wait and the service got better and better as the night went on. The... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It the the kind of place that ruins your meal and your time while there. The meal was plain and average but the service made it outstandingly terrible. Their only positive note was that I mentioned the nasty experience on our way out and the owner apologised. Although nice, it did not improve our meal and time there...

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Originally in checking Trip Advisor, went to the Italian Restaurant section and first picked a restaurant based solely on the "top ten." We then asked a local what he would recommend and he said "Original Joe's", so we booked a reservation. The restaurant is in an established neighborhood, the decor reminiscent of an Italian eatery, complete with red leather booths... More

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Truckee, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Had a group luncheon, maybe 35 people. Chose from the menu. I had Sole and it was fantastic. Those who had chicken cacciatore and beef had equally fine meals. The service was excellent, one of the waiters sang 2 songs. It was a retirement luncheon.

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Rancho Bernardo, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

As one of highly recommended restaurants by Chef Joseph who led us in the San Francisco Food Safari tour in North Beach area, we decided to try this restaurant. It was very busy and we had to wait a long time for the food to be served and water to be refilled. Our waitress looked flustered and frustrated. When I... 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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