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Original Joe's

601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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Ranked #99 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Italian, Steakhouse
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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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84% Recommend
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los angeles
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

this place is a breath of fresh air after all the touristy overpriced paces scattered in san fran. solid food, good service and a nice atmosphere.

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Avon, CT
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I had dinner here and when I went inside I was wondering how good it will be. No reservations. Big menu. Loud. Well, the food was out of this world and the service was friendly, helpful and fast. I has pasta with red sauce and a meatball and a sausage. I was amazed at how good it was and they... More

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Smithtown, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was our very first dinner in SFO and we had been looking forward to the visit for weeks. We ordered $26 veal cutlet parmesan and the sauce was terrible, salty and very acidic. Ditto for the chicken parmesan. I expected the waiter to ask if there was anything wrong when he saw I only ate a couple of bites,... More

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Newport, RI
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

At Jackson Square there are many restaurants to choose and from and my husband and I (from Boston, MA area) made the right decision. Original Joe's was an experience with leather seats and '60's motif and our waitress originally from Massachusetts, we had a really fun time. Reasonably priced and great food, it's a great choice!

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San Francisco
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Red banquettes,lots of easy private seating, LARGE cocktails at reasonable prices and great food. I usually have a char broiled dressed hamburger on a french roll. SO GOOD. The clam chowder is one of the top three in San Francisco. What ever you order they do it damn well. Imagine: A restaurant with none of the other guests sitting there... More

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I come here quite often and came last night for dinner. As usual, the place was packed. We sat down after a 15 minute wait, the hostess was sweet and nice as come be. I always order the artichoke dip because its the best I've had and my friend ordered the house salad. We also had the chicken and hamburger... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Everyone told us about Original Joe's so we had to try it out. What we heard was true - the food and service was great and the atmosphere was wonderful. We had the chicken parmesan, spaghetti with meat sauce and a filet mignon. All of the meals were cooked to perfection and the presentation was great. The service was first... More

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Newburgh, New York
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156 reviews 156 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Stopped in for dinner after hearing many great things, including many of the TA reviews. It was only one meal, but I don't get the attraction of this place. coming in as a single, I was seated at the counter overlooking the kitchen. This was fine as I end up in similar spots quite often and always enjoy watching the... More

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San Francisco, California
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254 reviews 254 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I was a big fan of the first OJ's which closed after a devastating fire. When I heard that they were re-opening in the old Fior d'Italia restaurant, I had mixed feelings. First of all, even though I was never a big fan of Fior, I still had a lot of respect for it and moving OJ's into that space... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

One of the best service experiences I have ever had. Great food, comfortable environment with a no-frills menu. Would definitely come back!

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