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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, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, 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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  • 186
    Excellent
  • 128
    Very good
  • 42
    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
Lively Spot With Good Italian Food

We were part of a very big group and I think the restaurant handled that beautifully. The food was very good - nicely served and delicious.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Judy P
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We were part of a very big group and I think the restaurant handled that beautifully. The food was very good - nicely served and delicious.

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Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The decor, the staff, the menu, the food - they all contribute to a great dining experience. Make sure you are hungry - the servings are generous and so tasty that you done want to leave anything, and leave room for desert. Old style service - with all waiters in a tux, just great. We caught a cab to Joes... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We chose this restaurant for our final meal before returning to the UK after 4 weeks travelling through the south west. It was the best of our trip! I chose the calves liver, which was far superior to anything at home - a decent thickness and cooked pink - perfection. My husband had the small New York - 10 oz... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Visitors from Uk who are fed up with fast food even in mid value restaurants. Had this restaurant recommend by cabbie. Genuinely helpful service. Busy restaurant including loud party groups. Popular vibrant restaurant. Husband had very large steak which was excellent. Menu to suit all tastes and wallets

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were there on a Saturday evening, this place is very busy with locals & tourists. Several private parties going on which gave it a lively atmosphere. Bar area has lots of comfortable seating area while you wait for your table. We had no reservation & they were able to accomodate us. Wait staff very attentive. A varied selection on... More 

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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My wife and I had dinner here thirty years ago on our honeymoon. It was at a different location, but the food and service has not changed. We started with the calamari which was some of the best we have ever had. I am from New England and I am Italian so I feel I know good calamari. I only... More 

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Seacoast NH
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108 reviews 108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Stopped in on a whim since it looked nice from the outside and menu was interesting. Got lucky and scored a seat at the bar where the chefs work their magic. Good wine selection, attentive service and lively crowd. Ordered the orecchiette with broccoli rabe and Italian sausage and it was excellent. Would definitely go back.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Talk about good Ravioli these are the Best I have ever had, and I make my own from scratch. The Joes Hamburger Special is just the biggest best burger in town.

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San Jose, Ca
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Come here everytime we are in the city. We had a few cocktails during the Masters. Every time we go we enjoy the atmosphere here. It's very classic and the food and drinks are always good.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I always loved Original Joe’s and last month, even though we now live in Great Falls, Virginia, I threw a birthday party for my husband at Original Joe's. All 27 members of our party, including my husband, loved the food and the ambience. One guest exclaimed her "eggplant parmesan” was the best she ever had in her life. And Mark... 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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