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“Classic North Beach Italian” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Original Joe's

Original Joe's
601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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Ranked #146 of 5,014 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $21 - $30
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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.
San Francisco, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Classic North Beach Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This place is awesome! The portions are huge, the sourdough fresh, and the drinks stiff. This is probably our favorite (tied with Sodini's, but for different reasons) restaurant in North Beach. The hostesses were friendly, and kept our shopping bags at the front for us while we dined. Our server was warm and friendly. Among the must-have dishes: garlic bread, chop salad, raviolis, and the Joe's burger. We'd like to come for brunch one weekend, but we are always satisfied with our dinners here. You will definitely have leftovers, but there is no better food leftover than Italian! Come here for a great, authentic North Beach dining experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Makati, Philippines
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Hearty servings and friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We came here for a weekend brunch. Glad we did coz they had Corned Beef hash available. It was really good but I had to ask my hubby to finish the rest of it since it was a very generous portion. Kids enjoyed their pastas too. It's a wide range of food beyond the usual Italian fare.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Norman, Oklahoma
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Yummy Italian food, great service, lovely place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

What more could you want? I had spaghetti and meatballs and Hubby had lasagna (the special on Monday). It was so good we were wishing for a Joe's back home. And the desserts were to die for! Wonderful dining experience!

Visited July 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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52 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Looks Better Than It Tastes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This restaurant sits in a prime location in North Beach, just below the long climb to Coit Tower. If you're looking for sustenance before making the hike you could eat here--but I wouldn't call it anything but average. The Roast Beef au jus sandwich was tough according to my dining companion who complained and was awarded a free beer in apology. The Caesar salad with chicken was average or slightly below with the tasty garlic croutons offset by tough and tasteless chicken. Maybe we ordered wrong. Or maybe the kitchen was having an off day. Given the amount of time we had to wait for a fairly simple order I'd say there's something wrong in the back that need remedying. North Beach has lots of options so, if you don't need valet parking, keep looking.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Good Italian restaurant with a big range of food. Service excellent. As usual portion sizes too big!

Visited July 2013
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