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“Unexpected surprise !” 5 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 #99 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
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.
san diego, ca
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Unexpected surprise !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

On Super Bowl Sunday my husband and I decided to go into San Francisco and enjoy the sights.
We parked near Pier 33 and walked to North Beach since we had tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon. After the matinee we strolled around North Beach to find a place to eat. Needless to say there are numerous restaurants to choose from. We decided on Original Joe's based on the outside and inside appearance of the restaurant, the menu which was displayed outside and the friendly valet. Since it was a Sunday afternoon between 3:00 and 4:30 they had an abbreviated menu available. It had a variety of options. My husband had the baked lasagna and I had the house special spaghetti and meatballs, we split a bleu cheese wedge salad and a bottle of Cabernet from a paso robles winery. Service and food were excellent, I would highly recommend.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Spokane Valley, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Classy Old School Joint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This was a fun place to eat. The menu was on the smaller side but every thing was wonderful. I don't usually have dessert, but theirs was wonderful.

Visited January 2014
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Atlanta
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“Old & Original San Francisco Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Nostalgia hits you right in the face when you enter the Original Joe's.Great Italian food, great service and reasonable prices. Jumping bar with music.Outstanding pasta. This is a must when in San Francisco.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hartselle, Alabama
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Out dated and not very good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Ate here last week and got the chicken and it was not near worth the price and also orded a salad and it tasted like it came out of a salad bag in the store. My wife got steak and it was ok but not what you would exoect from a nice place. Would never go back.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Pacifica, California
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“Perfect Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Sunday at 12:30, sitting outside under a heat lamp on a sunny beautiful day, drinking a spicy Bloody Mary . Then having crab cake Benedict , eggs were perfectly cook. Got a table with not waiting , great service, we're never rushed , so we order a craft of house red and enjoyed people watching. Who has it better than us ? No body!

Visited January 2014
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