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San Rafael Joe's

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931 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3103
+1 415-456-2425
05:00 - 21:00
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Sun 06:00 - 20:00
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Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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132 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Originally was planning to dine at a smaller Italian restaurant with 3 colleagues, but our group swelled to 8 and they couldn't accommodate us. They recommended Joe's as a place that could accommodate 8 right away. Not for nothing can Joe's take a big group with no notice at 6:30 pm on a Saturday. First, the place is cavernous. More... More 

Thank mgips
Fullerton, California
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216 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Don't let the decor fool you! When we walked into the place, we were immediately impressed by the decoration. The restaurant was decorated elegantly with beautiful white linen, sparkling wine glasses and folded napkins. The place says FINE DINNING! Boy, were we wrong! The menu was terribly complicated and confusing. The unusual item names were listed but did not describe... More 

1 Thank jt99941
San Francisco
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102 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

We had lunch, as expected the experience was excellent. Good menu choices, service with no rush or noise.

Thank JackinSF
Bonsall, California
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

Now this is my kinda place. The entry leads to a long bar with proper stools, a few TVs for playoff games and excellent bartenders who know their stuff. Plenty of tables for dining near the bar are available. Very informal but high calibre. Once past the bar there are the usual dining tables but most important, at the end... More 

Thank avohill
Sonoma Ca.
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2015

I've eaten at Joe's many times over the years & although I no longer live in Marin I always like to go to Joes for lunch when I am in the area. My question is" why have an exhibition kitchen when your cooks have terrible hygiene"? I sat at the counter today & watched in disbelief when a cook sauteeing... More 

1 Thank Gianfreddo
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57 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

I am a native of San Rafael and have been coming year for decades. The food is always consistent and good. They serve all my favourites. Being Italian, that is a lot of entry's.

Thank Bob G
Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Well, this place looks fancy on the outside and it is in a very nice area of San Rafael. Not sure if there is a BAD area of San Rafael. I'll start with the positives. The waitress was very nice and the water she brought to the table was cold and refreshing. And that's about all the good I can... More 

Thank lisah2005
Tahoe City, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

They said it would take 45 minutes. An hour and half later we were ordering. They said people wouldn't leave, but plenty of tables in the bar could have been set up and not pissed off those waiting for dinner. Sister wanted half chicken but since it took longer she opted out. We all got pot roast. Couple next to... More 

1 Thank Chipzim
McMinnville, Oregon
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81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2015

San Rafael has been a regular stop for me, as well as, San Rafael Joe's Italian restaurant. I stopped in for dinner, sat at the bar in front of the kitchen and had penna pasta Neapolitan with one meatball, and a beer. The staff are always friendly, and I left a satisfied customer.

1 Thank TellTruth2016
San Rafael, California
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304 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2014 via mobile

I don't know when these guys first open their doors but they've always been a sort of a restaurant landmark in downtown San Raphel very well known for serving excellent meals. I have never had a bad meal there the steaks are awesome. I also like the fact that they are one of the few places from the old days... More 

1 Thank Thomas B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Italian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:00 - 20:00
05:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 931 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3103
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-456-2425

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?