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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

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  • 181
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  • 40
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  • 9
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  • 3
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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
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We dined here with our family while visiting San Francisco. Service was spotty, we were greeted by three different servers and ended up with a fourth one that ended up taking care of us. She started off very good, but by the delivery of our food became non existent. Good things about this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
gmm1974
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Rising Sun, MD.
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Rising Sun, MD.
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We dined here with our family while visiting San Francisco. Service was spotty, we were greeted by three different servers and ended up with a fourth one that ended up taking care of us. She started off very good, but by the delivery of our food became non existent. Good things about this restaurant, the look of it is great,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Great bar, great food and great people watching. This is my favorite place to eat when I visit SF. The mussels are outstanding. Very friendly staff

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Pacifica
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Attended a disabled group information seminar in a back banquet room at Original Joe's--first time here. Fortunately, we were in this enclosed room with padded walls as decorations which help to absorb some of the noise. It was continually so loud in the regular dining room that our guest speakers had to stop talking each time as the servers opened... More 

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Houston, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Had the spaghetti carbonara, it was GREAT. Restaurant in a good location as well, right at the corner of Washington Square. The square is a great place for people watching. In a great neighborhood, wander the streets after your meal.

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

For an old fashion Italian restaurant. Decor was warm and comfortable. Four adults and 2 children had dinner. We emailed "open table"they said nothing available, Called Joe's directly and they said 7:30 was fine. We arrived and were seated right away. Food was great, steak delicious, shrimp cocktail- huge,and bread fabulous. They were kind enough to offer an extra plate... More 

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Burlingame, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Had a great meal at this San Francisco North Beach restaurant. The food was plentiful and the service was great.

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Novato, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Last night my wife and I dined there along with my Nephew from Illinois. I made a reservation through Open Table and was able to get exactly the time I wanted, 7:15PM. I had the New York Steak which was about the best I have ever had in a restaurant in San Francisco or anywhere else for that matter. My... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We used to eat at THE Original Joe's on Taylor Street in the Tenderloin district off of Union Square. Over the years the area became more run down, and not the kind of place the wife and kids would feel very comfortable. But the great food and old style ambience kept us coming back year after year. Then sadly, it... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This was my second time at Original Joes and it did not disappoint. We were so excited to get back that we took UBER to Original Joes right from SFO! I am a fan of the lasagna and the bread is wonderful as well. The desserts are meant for a princess, try one...especially the warm donuts with expresso and ice... More 

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Waterdown, Ontario, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Went out for a quick meal before Beach Blanket Babalon. Made reservations on line. Seated immediateky. Wait staff were courteous and efficient. The spaghetti with meat sauce was flavorful and perfectly done. The have chili flakes for a bit spicier fare. They have a selection of specials, all reasonably priced. While not an inexpensive place to dine, it was well... More 

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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: 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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