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Original Joe's - Stephen Ave, Calbary, AB

Original Joe's - Stephen Ave

4.1
4.1
28 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Burgers
Our first restaurant & bar opened in Marda Loop, Calgary, & even way back in 1997, it was comfortable, accessible & affordable. From the very beginning, Original Joe’s fell in step with exactly what it has always been about. A down-to-earth, down the street experience for all.

We never take ourselves too seriously. We love good food experienced in the company of true friends, in an atmosphere that fits us like a well-worn pair of jeans. It feels real here & that’s just fine by us.
No pretense. No frou-frou. Just craft beers, approachable wines & tried-and-true cocktails. All served up with the kind of fresh-made comfort food you crave again & again. To this day we still hand cut our fries, serve most of our entrées with two sides & pour our own Original Joe’s beer. So, come sit at our bar without having to lowers yours.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Burgers, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 262-7248

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    Centre St. S

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 28 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Gluten-Free Options

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Group Bookings

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Sunday Lunch

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Calgary

    Gluten-Free Options

  • Calgary

    Group Bookings

  • Calgary

    Sunday Lunch

  • Calgary

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OB

    Out4aBeyet

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    After seeing a Friday night play, we popped over to grab a bite to eat. The music was very loud and sparsly seated up front. We moved to the back which was empty, hoping it was quieter and found a table. When we asked the server if the music could be turned down a bit she told us that it WAS a Friday night but she would see what she could do. The place is narrow with high ceilings, like a bowling alley. It was so loud the 3 of us could not carry on a conversation so we left. It's like they were trying to make it seem busier than it was when you come in with the music. Especially after we had difficulty getting into Milestones as it was very busy, just before, we initially chose it because we had eaten at OJ's before and enjoyed their food and it seems more like it could be a haven coming off the bright street (it was 9 PM on a summer night). I think considering the other "bars" on 7th, they would might capitalize on being more of what their best known for, an upper scale pub, rather than a try-hard night club attempting to compete with their neighbours. As OJ's already has a strong identity with their other locations. I was looking forward to experiencing a familiar place/menu, not having to fuss with choosing food or drinks off an unfamiliar menu.
  2. JS

    JenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were early enough to enjoy a few appies on the happy hour menu. A nice draft selection with local offerings. We had a group gathering and could easily chat amongst us which is great over a loud place.
  3. TL

    TimL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We stood at the entrance for 5 minutes waiting to be seated and not one OJ employee came to greet us, despite the fact that several walked past us, so we left and ate elsewhere.
  4. B

    Bleuberry

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Smelled strongly of cleaner or something (not a nice smell) as you walked in. Food was not great. I had the beef dip and the sandwich was bland and meat was not that tender or easy to bite through. Service was good (training a new server).
  5. s

    ssiegel

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good burger bar on the Stephen Ave pedestrian shopping/restaurant strip. Like most other places in the area, it has a nice outdoor dining area. Good service, at least when it isn't too busy. (I was there at 6PM on a weeknight.)
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Very nice, server forgot chicken on one of the salads and we were about half done when it finally came and the only table really in there so a little longer than expected but it was still good
  7. C

    Char

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m glad you have food for dietary issues and allergies. This makes it a lot easier to get food with my friends, who have such issues. :)
  8. S

    Swanee

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    I always have your fish tacos - i love them, but for lack of a better description they were very “fishy”. Just didn’t taste very good. :( Also the rib appetizer was tasty but barely hot enough. 3 other guests enjoyed their meal though!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was a good meal. Food was awesome, server was great and super friendly. Will definitely recommend this location to friends and family.
  10. LD

    LDun

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Original Joe's was great. The food was amazing and our server was very helpful in many ways. The atmosphere was very welcoming and inviting. I will definitely be going back.
  11. S

    Sinclair

    Calgary

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, fresh and hot food, and a cool location.
  12. G

    Giuseppe

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious food and fantastic service, can't remember the name of the Bartender but hi was just amazing
  13. JP

    JamesP

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    We met friends there, the place smells musty to start, our server has no idea how to do her job and the fellow at the front (also the bartender) was more concerned about us having our physical drivers license on us than he was about learning how to properly mix a cocktail. My wife’s margarita was not prepared properly so it went back, my buddies pint of Stella was stale, my beer was flat, our gyoza appetizer tasted freezer burnt, my Cajun cheddar chicken burger was slopped with excessive mayo I had to scrape it off and the best part was they charged me additional money for the actual cheddar on the chicken cheddar sandwich. The sever had no idea so thankfully another stepped in to assist— there were maybe 6 people in the place. I could go on but don’t want to pile on… this place used to be pretty steady and dependable in terms of quality and service but whoever is in charge now has some serious work to do. Friday night and it’s empty should have been my first clue but that aside the quality has went down substantially, the menu has shrunk and the prices have gone way up.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    The food was really really good! However, the waitress kept coming to our table every five seconds, even though we told her we didn’t want anything anymore, which became quite annoying.
  15. MZ

    MikeZed

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great service and the food was excellent. Recommend for sure.
  16. CB

    ConBrio

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Had the noodle soup and would have it again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When we had entered the restaurant the energy of the host was just off with us. He didn’t greet us and told us to move to the side as other customers left. And then just stood there and we all naturally took out our vaccination cards. One of my friends didn’t have his ID on him but he had a picture of it. We had used the picture for our prior events and the host was being very rude and condescending towards us. We didn’t end up dining there but even if he had let us, I don’t think we would’ve due to the initial interaction we received.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambience and amazing burgers
  19. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place, good food and the waitress was really friendly.
  20. j

    johnf

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very good dinner, we had a rather large group and everyone was served well and promptly even though our server had a lot of tables. Great food and cold drinks!
  21. k

    kaylink

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Showed up for our reservation and the restaurant was closed. Very disappointed
  22. NA

    NAVI

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurent was closwd when we reached there , how can you book our appt if restaurent is closed . Paid approx 60-70 for taxi
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant was taking reservations even with the restaurant being closed. Went Dt Calgary to go here as everything else was packed.
  24. PS

    PaulS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The business was closed, despite accepting reservations on OpenTable.
  25. k

    kimealot

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always go to Ojs downtown Calgary because of their top notch service and great food and atmosphere! Give these guys 110 out of 100!
  26. SB

    ScottB

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very much enjoyed our dinner. Restaurant was well set up. We felt very safe and enjoyed our drinks and food. Thank you.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful and good attention and very clean and the service is great ❤️
  28. GN

    GreatNight

    Edmonton

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    service and the food was great, quite place on the patio to have an early supper.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Original Joe's - Stephen Ave offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 262-7248.

Original Joe's - Stephen Ave is rated 4.1 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

Original Joe's - Stephen Ave does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Original Joe's - Stephen Ave

109 8 Ave SW, Calbary, AB T2P 1B4

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Centre St. S

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Burgers, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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