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Original Joe's

601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
+1 415-775-4877
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On our long trip around the USA we ate out most nights. This was one of the few restaurants we remember. Busy. Noisy. Good food. Good cocktails - I had three Cosmo's. Good staff. Only thing spoiling it was the loud bloke next to us...More

Thank smurfette72
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

OR maybe all the waitresses are named Grace?? She made our meal very special. What's not to love about a huge plate of chicken parm?? To die for. Don't miss this restaurant

Thank joniefitz4
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We decided to eat dinner at Joe's because it was well reviewed. We, a family of 5, were not that impressed. Ok, we arrived just in time for last orders but the food was not that good on the whole. My calfs liver was cut...More

Thank Adam-Rye-UK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great meal, service and old school Italian atmosphere. For appetizer we had the arrancini, crab cake and calamari. All were excellent. Huge portion of tasty fried calamari, arrancini and crab cake were very good too but a more modest portion. Veal parmigiana was excellent and...More

Thank DanChicago
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was suggested to us by a local and I must say, it was a casual, relaxing meal, in a place I hope to visit again. The restaurant is large and it is loud, so be prepared for potentially difficult table conversation. But, it...More

Thank LiscomeBay
Reviewed 1 week ago

After being here several times for breakfast, lunch, or just cocktails and always receiving great food and great service, surprised to see some recent bad reviews. Our most recent visit was for dinner over July 4th weekend. Knowing it would be slammed made a reservation...More

Thank svskaloha
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are hungry and enjoy top rate service, this is the place for you. A large old style restaurant that offers a classic choice of Italian favorites along with a great selection of meat dishes, go here for the ambience , the bar and...More

Thank kathleendooley58
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a noisy, bustling family owned Italian restaurant located in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Arrived a few minutes early for a 7:30 pm reservation and was seated immediately. Knew the portions were big from previous reviews so did not order any...More

Thank Doug S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this restaurant by fellow New Zealanders well before our trip, so we made a booking before we even arrived in the US to make sure we didn't miss out. We loved the atmosphere and the decor and we were seated in a...More

Thank Rangitane
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Joe's after reading the recommendations on TA but were disappointed! Service was very nice and attentive, place found and order taken very efficient! But then the downsides begun... Food came muuuuuch to fast, can't ever have been made to order! The "Joes...More

Thank SimiTravel
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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Ro D
15 July 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
24 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
24 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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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