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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ate here at the beginning of January, after a quick look on TripAdvisor for an Italian (we fancied carbs!) Joe’s did not disappoint - we booked a last minute table via their website and were taken to our table upon our arrival. The place...was very busy and we saw an array of food on other tables as we walked to ours - which all looked amazing. We had lasagnes and shared a garlic bread and the flavour was insane! Being British, the portions defeated us and we couldn’t finish our lasagne portions - although, believe me, we tried!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here with a friend who lives in SF. This is a lovely restaurant with a varied menu. The portions were plentiful and very tasty. It is a little pricey so be prepared to check that before you visit. My wife and popped in...for a drink on our last day and you can just sit at the bar. The waiter remembered our drinks order from our visit a few days earlier. Very impressive.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On an extended visit from the Midwest to visit our son here who recommended this restaurant knowing my taste, I LOVED Original Joes ! It is now my number one dining experience out of many trips to this area. Food quality is number one of...course, but atmosphere is a super strong number two along with the personality of personnel, cleanliness, tasteful decor, super clean restrooms, etc etc. This place has it all! From the first moment when Jessica so warmly greeted us ( and checked on us later!) to the friendly, superb service provided by our waiter Martin, all in addition to the top quality food ( best eggplant ever!) and beautiful cozy atmosphere…. I will look forward to coming back here many times ! This restaurant is impressively well run! Bravo and thank you !More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed November 22, 2022 via mobile

Impeccable service We were late because we were lost and they still managed to get us a table even though they are full. We really appreciate this. Thank you. The recommendations of food was greatly appreciated too. In the end, we had New York steak...which was flavourful and succulent, Ribeye in bone- juicy and perfect. My boy had his best pasta with chicken for his holiday here. We will definitely be back for more.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 20, 2022 via mobile

I was expecting more ! Like a really Italian dish but no Crab cakes appetizer were good House make lasagna no really It doesn’t feel a really Italian cuisine

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 12, 2022

We had an average dinner at Original Joe's. The food was varied. My wife ordered chicken parmigian which was not good. I ordered crab cake hamburger which was great. The hostesses and servers were charming and professional. It is in a great location in San...Francisco.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 4, 2022 via mobile

Super friendly and attentive staff. Nice portions and excellent food. Very good quality and authentic. Very good price value. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 22, 2022 via mobile

Great comfort food restaurant. Big red booths, cool music, very old time vibe. Staff was friendly and efficient. The restaurant was clean. The food was good. Nothing fancy. Do not expect an intimate experience! This is a loud and bustling place! We sat in the...bar to start, but it was so loud, we couldn't even chat.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2022 via mobile

The service was fast and efficient. On the food, we had the carpaccio, bone-in rib eye which was very tender, with the side of ravioli. The ravioli wasn’t too impressive. I will try other side dishes next time. And yes there will be a next...time. The ambience is quite welcoming, warm, cozy. We were here off hours around 2pm. It can probably get a bit noisy I can imagine when the place is packed. It’s in North Beach and right across Saints Peter and Paul Church and also near the chapel of St. Francis of Assisi.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2022 via mobile

What a treat it was to have dinner at this famous restaurant on a late Sunday afternoon. We sat at a table near the kitchen and could watch the chefs cook on line. Benjamin Figueroa, the executive chef was outstanding. He whipped up one delicious...dish after the other. What a treasure he is for the restaurant and the diners. After several delicious dishes we rolled out of the place. I applaud Benjamin Figueroa and his great talent. The servers were friendly and efficient as well. A good place for a wonderful meal.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 23, 2022 via mobile

My wife and I were a walk in but as far as I am concerned once you are sat down you’re just another table. Wine - a $38 bottle ordered without any issue. Minestrone Soup - hot and fulsome although came with Parmesan already sprinkled...on the top whereas I would expect it served at the table for the diner to decide how much (or how little) they would like. Pasta - this is where the problems in this restaurant centre. Both the carbonara and plain spaghetti were over seasoned. The latter came out luke warm at best which bearing in mind the delay in it being served I put down to our waiter. It went back to the kitchen where no doubt chef was upset his/her food was returned as I’m sure when it arrived on the pass it was hot. Not when it got to our table. Service - really REALLY bad. We had a waiter from another table ask us occasionally if we needed anything for goodness sake! Tip - in 25 years I have never not left a tip but the service was so poor tonight that is what I did. Our waiter would have no doubt been more attentive if we were a table of 6-10 guests = more tip. What he forgets is good service is the cornerstone of a restaurant and smaller tables turn over more quickly = more tips. Overall - this restaurant has been running since 1937 and I’m sure back then service was top notch. Not now, so my advice is forget the name and walk further down the street to a competitor. I would never return and wouldn’t ever consider recommending.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 13, 2022

I was looking forward to bringing my family here for months and made reservations far in advance. Received notice that the kitchen was operating on a limited basis and with a limited menu. I was a bit disappointed but thought, we can deal with that....On the day of we had a quick question regarding our reservation and the female who took the call was very short and curt. Okay, we can deal with that too, I mean the food is supposed to be amazing right? Arrived and seated just inside the main entrance. I had heard that it was a beautiful restaurant so I was hoping to be able to see some of it, and to soak up the “old Italian” atmosphere. Where we were seated was a high traffic area and noisy. No atmosphere, but it’s okay, I can deal with that because the food is supposed to be amazing, right? Waiter was not welcoming or friendly and actually made a rude face at me while taking our orders. He disappeared completely during our meal, came back at the end, dropped off the tab and acted annoyed that we wanted dessert. This is where I reached the end of my patience with this place. And the food? It was okay. My kids enjoyed themselves so I kept my opinions to myself, but I’ve had better out of my own kitchen. I would not recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 4, 2022 via mobile

This is a really excellent restaurant and well worth the prices. Lovely atmosphere and brilliant service. We had the steaks, they were massive by European standards and lovely food and wine. This is a place we will always remember as a family. Excellent service.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 16, 2022 via mobile

Recommended by relatives who live in the area, Original Joe's did not disappoint. From the fried valamari starter to the flat iron steak and charbroiled salmon, all the way to the delicious butter cake for dessert, everything was quite good. Considering the size of our...group, the service was also prompt and polite. Would definitely recommend it to others.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 9, 2022 via mobile

We randomly selected Eat at Joes while exploring North Beach and it was our best meal in San Fran. Great atmosphere with lovely staff- got a few stories as well which added to the evening. My short rib was delicious, and also enjoyed the tiramisu....Would definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2022

Thank you so much for your review of Original Joe's North Beach! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your evening dining with us and we truly appreciate the feedback and hope serve you again.!

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They have no dress code that I am aware of but you May feel awkward in flip flops and a tank top there.
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If there is anything gluten free, it's not noted on the menu as I recall and from checking on line. You could contact them at 415-775-4877 or info@bit.ly/2vH7oEJ. San Francisco is one of the best towns in terms of menu... More
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ORIGINAL JOE'S, San Francisco - North Beach - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Original Joe's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5