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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: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 12
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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
San Francisco restaurant

An absolutely fabulous dinner tonight. Food was to die for and service couldn't have been better. Recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
cardman813
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Poole, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

An absolutely fabulous dinner tonight. Food was to die for and service couldn't have been better. Recommended.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Let me say as a native San Franciscan this is my favorite restaurant/bar in the City. Located in North Beach, having moved here due to a fire to the original restaurant, it has kept its charm and authenticity. I am reviewing a private dining experience for a special birthday. I knew it was great as a restaurant but what about... More 

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We ate dinner with a large group of friends and were very satisfied with the service. My wife had their signature calves liver and she highly recommends it. The wait staff was fabulous.

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Fair Oaks, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We were going into the city for one of our "one day vacations" to take in a Giants game and have a nice evening out. As we were staying in a different area of the city than usual, I contacted one of my very good friends who happens to be a native as well as a long time professional waiter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I ate at the bar and had a great time with a great meal. Fantastic bartenders, that told me where to go after dinner for a drink! Eat at Original Joe's

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Wayzata, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We stumbled across Original Joe's while wandering the city the day we arrived and decided to try it for brunch. The food was really delicious, with portion sizes that would have been easy to share. Breakfast choices were traditional bacon and eggs, corned beef hash and scrambles, all of which were very tasty. Servers were polite and helpful. It was... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Another reviewer wrote that Original Joe's reminded her of Mad Men, or the restaurants her parents took her to in the 70's, and that was exactly my impression. Prawn cocktail, steaks and chops, liver and onions, spaghetti and meatballs, chopped salad, nothing at all innovative, but a big menu and huge portions of relatively tasty food. Old red banquettes, noisy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend this restaurant in Little Italy. It was perfect for a family dinner! We had the lasagna, eggplant parmigian and can't rave about it more. Also, they don't have a children's menu but were more than willing to make my son whatever he wanted.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

You have not lived until you've devoured OJ's beef short ribs. It's only served for lunch on Tuesdays. It is served over mashed potatoes with a generous portion of perfectly sautéed veggies. The ribs not only melt in your mouth but it had layers of robust beefy flavors. We used the sourdough bread to "sop" up all that delicious sauce.... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We loved our experience at Original Joe's! Had a neat booth table. Service was outstanding!! The lasagna was amazing!!!!! Definitely worth eating here!

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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: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

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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