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Original Joe's

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812 (Stockton)
+1 415-775-4877
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Original Joe's North Beach always pleases. We arrived at 5pm on a Sunday for dinner and were seated in a comfortable, cozy booth. We ordered the house Zinfandel, which was surprisingly good and a good value. Two of us ordered the Filet of Sole, one piccata and one lightly floured and sautéed with tartar sauce, with sides of ravioli and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Always have dinner here when we visit San Francisco ,good salad and nice meat and fish dishes Enjoyed the veal piccante with fries and Caesar Salad ,excellent bread and lots of choice to choose from Well priced for the quality

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Tualatin, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

You know, this place has been here forever. 30+ years ago we lived in the Bay Area and went here a couple times a year, now only once every several years when we happen to be in SF. It is still the same.......solid menu, great service. Only negative for us was that it seemed higher priced for what we got... More 

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El Dorado Hills, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of 26 friends arranged for cocktails and appetizers in a private room before a 5 pm performance of Beach Blanket Babylon, and then after the show we returned for dinner set up in another private room. Wow, did they do a great job! Service was excellent considering the huge number of us, and the food was delicious!!! Hard... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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116 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here for breakfast one Sunday, after realizing that the line for Mama's was down the block for Sunday. Joe's is directly across Washington Square Park, much prettier place, very old school. We didn't have a drink, but we wanted one, they looked great, and it was just the kind of place to enjoy a bloody Mary, or a martini... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit Original Joes after a recommendation from a local. A very enjoyable meal in a great environment. The chicken parmigiana was very good and rather large. The Sole was excellent. After eating our meals, we decided that we could not manage to eat deserts so this time we decided to only have a main course. If in... More 

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Cleburne, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got referred here by a Shuttle Driver. It was a great experience. We were seated in back by the kitchen. It was incredible to watch them crank out the food. The waitstaff is spot-on with recommendations and service. The food was very good. Atmosphere is perfect. We liked it so much we ate here twice in one week. Don't... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are renting a condo on Telegraph Hill and the owner hughly recommended this restaurant to us. It was so cool. We sat in the bar, had great sandwiches, delicious soup and the ambience was just totally "old school" San Francisco.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Positives first. It's a great dining room and bar area, clearly a bit of an American institution and loads of character. It's a pretty big place split into three main areas, one next to the open kitchen and one with the bar. Very busy and loads of staff. However, the number of staff appeared to work against us. We felt... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located on Washington Square in North Beach, Original Joe's is a classy addition to the area. Delicious Italian & American classics. Large portions & fair prices. Great service.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Italian, American
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
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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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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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