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Original Joe's

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Tue, 1/22
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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Caesar Salad
House Salad
Roasted Beet & Arugula Salad
ricotta salata, citrus segments, shaved fennel, almonds
Caprese Salad
tomatoes, burrata cheese, olives, basil, olive oil
Jarrod's Way - Add Bay Shrimp $17.95
Iceberg Wedge
cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, grated egg, bacon bits, blue cheese dressing
Dungeness Crab Cocktail
Bay Shrimp Cocktail
Jumbo Prawn Cocktail
sliced cured meats, assorted cheeses, pepperoncini, olives, roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes, sourdough crostini
Spinach Artichoke Dip
toasted sourdough crostini
crispy risotto balls stuffed with fontina
Joe's Meatballs
Fried Calamari
Dungeness Crab Cake
Steamed Mussels
white wine, garlic
Garlic Bread
House made Dressings: Ranch, Louie, Italian, Blue Cheese, Caesar
Classic Cobb
Bay Shrimp Louie
Dungeness Crab Louie
Chicken Caesar
Joe's Italian Chopped Salad
romaine, radicchio, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, pepperoncini, fennel, olives, salami, provolone, grated parmesan, Italian dressing
Prime Rib Dip
Thinly sliced roasted prime rib on a french roll. Au jus, horseradish sauce, french fries
Cup $5.50, Bowl $7.50
New England Clam Chowder
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Friday Only
Joe's Ravioli with Meat Sauce
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Sautéed Vegetables
Sautéed Spinach
Creamed Spinach
Mashed Potatoes
French Fries
Twice Baked Potato
Joe's Eggplant Parmigiana
layers of thinly sliced, lightly fried eggplant, marinara sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan cheese
Baked Lasagna
house-made pasta, meat sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan cheese
Calf's Liver with Bacon & Onions
choice of dinner side
Sautéed Sweetbreads
choice of dinner side
Joe's Famous Hamburger Sandwich
with French Fries (char-broiled upon request)
Roasted Prime Rib
mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, horseradish sauce
Joe's Special
signature scramble of ground beef, spinach, onions and eggs
Add sautéed mushrooms and onions $3.95
Prime New York - 14oz
Prime Bone-in Ribeye - 25oz
Flat Iron Steak - 10oz
sliced upon request
Porterhouse - 25oz
Filet Mignon - 8oz
Lamb Chops
salsa verde
Pork Chop
double cut, tomato olive compote
Hamburger Steak
char-broiled upon request
Original Joe’s is a three-generation family owned and operated restaurant. Established over 80 years ago in 1937, Joe’s is defined by quiet elegance, yet bustling with energy, affording a standard of excellence that enhances the total dining experience. Hospitality, familiarity, predictability—these are the key elements of the brand, providing guests with a sense of comfort upon first entering the lobby doors. The oldest of all the “Joe’s” restaurants, Original Joe’s is the innovator of the now nationally known “Joe’s Concept”—exhibition-style kitchen, notable leather booths, smooth cocktails, and renowned Italian-American menu. Original Joe’s has succeeded in establishing a high-profile identity
$10 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Italian, American
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We just ate their last night and were pleasantly surprised. We were a group of five adults spending the day in SF to celebrate a birthday. The goal was visit places we had never been. Wandering through North Beach for dinner, our friends spied Original...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank n8turel0ver
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wanted to try some Italian in San Francisco, in an area known as 'Little Italy', as we have been to Mama's there many times, and loved it. I must say our group was dissappointed at Original Joe's. First - the ambiance is very noisy and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lawan C
OriginalJoes1937, Manager at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello Lawan, I am very displeased to hear about your unpleasant experience. We thank you so much for providing us with feedback so we know exactly where we need improvements. We hope that you will return again to give us another chance.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came on a Saturday night with a reservation at 6:30 PM. When we arrived a couple minutes early we were told that they’re running a little behind. After checking once at 6:45 we were finally seated at 7 PM. I don’t know if this...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ALEXP241
OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback! We are sorry to hear that you experienced a wait with us while you visited, we do train our employees to be as timely as possible. We hope you can understand that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I wanted an Italian meal and Original Joe’s was recommended along with 2 others. We walked by all three and chose the one that we felt had the best menu for us. We had an enjoyable meal in a lively and hospitable...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ewkelley37
OriginalJoes1937, Manager at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking a moment of your time to review us! We're so glad that you had positive experiences with both our food and service. Again, we really appreciate the review and hope you’ll stop in again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

As visitors to the city we read great reviews about this place and was just what we were looking for before walking down to the Bay for fireworks. Nostalgic decor, busy and the service very professional and attentive. I had the shrimp scampi which was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TwirlingTina
OriginalJoes1937, Manager at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thanks for the rating and taking the time to review us! We appreciate all positive feedback from our guests & we hope to see you in again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is in North Beach surrounded by Italian restaurants and I’ve pretty much tried them all but none of them compare to Joe’s! Service is amazing! You’re greeted and treated as if you’re their only customer. The ambiance is great for couples wanting to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RAM64_11
OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! Thank you for the excellent feedback and 5-stars! We're glad to hear that you and your girlfriend enjoyed your visit with us :) We hope to see you the next time you're in SF!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As usual the food was excellent. My wife had sea bass and I had the liver had onions ( a meal I do not cook at home.) The service by Heather was great and the atmosphere was good albeit a little loud, but heck it...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank johnsrca
OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so happy to hear that you and your wife enjoyed! It makes us very happy to hear. We hope that you will come back again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant. Wonderful food and service. Reservations highly recommended. Arancini balls incredible. Veal and chicken picattas are amazing.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank goaliemother
OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave it! We are happy that we were able to wow you during you visit with us! We can't wait for you to visit us again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brunch was very good. Smoked salmon toast was different and delicious. Service was spot on. Next time we will sit in the bar by the fireplace.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MegR285
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though I am a native San Franciscan, I'd never eaten at Original Joe's and it was past time to remedy that. We had reservations and were seated promptly, the entire restaurant was decorated for Christmas, and was simply lovely without being over the top....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rachel E
OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're so glad you came, Rachel! We're thrilled you loved your meal so much. You should definitely try one of our pasta dishes next time ( but of course leave room for dessert!).

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Kris B
October 23, 2018|
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Response from Katkem | Reviewed this property |
Very casual place! You find people dressed in just about anything!! I WOULDNT wear T-shirt and shorts, but would be comfortable in jeans and a top or a casual dress!
Ro D
July 15, 2017|
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Response from Jmc5606903 | Reviewed this property |
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
February 24, 2017|
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Response from Mercedes6623 | Reviewed this property |
During our visit, the clientele were definitely an older crowd. There may have been children in the other dining room; I really do not know. No one minds dining with children who really know how to behave. Where this is... More
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