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Original Joe's

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
As featured in Sensational San Francisco
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601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812 (Stockton)
+1 415-775-4877
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Walnut Creek, California
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80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this place! It has been a while since coming here. Great food and service! I especially like the Joes Special!! Also the garlic bread! Wanna go back soon!

Thank FredN47
Oakville, Canada
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We four older guys from Toronto area were celebrating our last night in California after a fabulous few days of eating and drinking our way around the state. We headed to San Fran's Little Italy to seek out a dinner spot and were told by folks coming out of Original Joe's that it is a great spot...."but too noisy" the... More 

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norfolk Uk / South America
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After seeing a really terrific Beach Blanket Babylon show we were delighted to find Original Joes still serving. Its all that previous reviews say, nice surroundings, noisy and an interesting menu. What a shame our server was just plainly not interested in backing that up. From greeting to taking our orders to food / wine delivery and then attempting to... More 

Thank alanclare
Sedona, Arizona
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95 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined at Original Joe's Monday night. They offer valet parking (a nice feature in crowded North Beach) for $12. The young man who took my car said there was an open handicapped space around the corner if I am eligible (I'm not) - a very nice thing to do. Both the acoustics and the loud diners make this place... More 

Thank sedonadiner
Stoney Beach, United States
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere, excellent food! I got the chopped salad and my daughter got the French dip. Absolutely delicious!

Thank Stacey J
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For decent Italian food served in a great atmosphere you can’t get better than Original Joe’s. Service was not rushed (always a bonus in my opinion) and the staff were friendly and attentive. My filet mignon melted in the mouth while Hubby went for Joe’s famous hamburger sandwich – instead of a bun it comes served in a sandwich and... More 

Thank Andrea D
Salinas, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time at Original Joe's-- I will go back! We had reservations to see Beach Blanket Babylon and planned dinner before hand. We were able to have a wonderful early dinner and use the valet parking before the play. Food was great, and the drinks were tasty.

Thank Beth R
Utica, New York
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in North Beach ,excellent service, excellent food whether you are eating steak , pasta or fish.

Thank Sandra2066
San Francisco, CA
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pros: -Lively atmosphere, Tons of energy -Old school Italian North beach feel. You think that Frank Sinatra might be behind you in one of the red booths -Solid quality traditional Italian cuisine. We found everything on the menu to be delicious from the pastas to the meat dishes (we especially enjoyed the veal dishes) Cons/Considerations: -The food is traditional but... More 

Thank mwleejr
Bath, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were recommended this restaurant and were not disappointed with the atmosphere or the food. Staff attentive but only until we paid the bill and then we felt very much that the staff were not interested, in fairness this seemed to be the norm everywhere else we went.

Thank lindaoliver

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Italian, American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-775-4877
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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Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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