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Original Joe's

601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
+1 415-775-4877
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
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Reviewed yesterday

Ate there on 2 separate occasions because the food was so good. Drinks and wine were very good quality. Ambience was wonderful and the service on both occasions was above and beyond

Thank CindyDavidD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coming from Australia, this place is totaly amazing we were told to try it out from family in San fran and did not disappoint. Amazing and friendly service great prices and the food I ordered was off the charts!! Wish they had a restaurant like...More

Thank C8380AVtomd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being so close to the church where MM and JdM got hitched provided a great backdrop for this well known restaurant in Little Italy. The food was beautifully cooked and presented and washed down with a quite outstanding pretend Italian from Napa Valley. I must...More

Thank Stephen M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've had people telling us for 2 years to go eat at Original Joe's. Everyone says it wonderful. We finally got around to it last weekend and were frankly unimpressed, thinking, "Is this the place everyone raves about?". We tried the Calamari, the Minestrone, the...More

Thank DCBoomer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must go eat at in SFO! Perfect setting for an intimate meal or a party! Awesome food and David's service was classic, warm and prompt! Would definitely be back!

Thank gertmom2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow. I reserved a table for four based upon a guide book suggestion that we eat here. So glad we did. We arrived at 9pm, following a tour of Alcatraz. We were seated right away and started talking with our waitress about what to order....More

Thank JB101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very unique dining experience...even in competitive San Francisco. The Iceberg Wedge salad was solid and the Joe's Special is an all time favorite. My nephew ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo and was raving about the taste. Do not miss this spot...

Thank Password3rd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Original Joe's is a San Francisco institution - it's been in operation in some form since 1937 - eighty years you have to be doing something right. Fire destroyed Original Joe's and there was some fear that it might disappear, but the Grandchildem of the...More

Thank Jmc5606903
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you only have time for one dinner in SF, make it Original Joe's. You can't go wrong on this menu. Seriously. Everything is amazing. We had the privilege of meeting the owner, Marie, as she made her rounds in the dining room -- what...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely the best eggplant Parmesan I've ever had my life! Serving as big enough for two and perfectly prepared. Side order of meatballs pushed over the edge. Topped off with the gelato - Highly recommend this place.

Thank bapmiami
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
neighbourhood 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 neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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Is this a good restaurant?for young children
25 February 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
Is this a good restaurant?for young children
25 February 2017|
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Response from alanclare | Reviewed this property |
I would say no. People get very drunk there and the food mimics the US so is rather gimmicky.
Ronald B
Is there a dress code? Are jeans allowed?
27 May 2016|
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Response from Mercedes6623 | Reviewed this property |
There didn't seem to be a dress code. People were dressed comfortably but not overly so. During the week, you see business people dressed in suits; however, there were others dressed in business casual or Sunday best.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-775-4877
  • E-mail
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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