Gioia Pizzeria
Gioia Pizzeria

Gioia Pizzeria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gioiapizzeria.com/
  • Phone: (415) 359-0971
  • Hours of Operation:


    T-Th 11:30am-10:00pm

    Fri 11:30am - 11pm
    Sa-Su 11:00am-3:00pm, for Brunch
    5:30pm-11:00pm on Sat,
    5:30pm - 10pm on Sun.
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gioia Pizzeria
A neighborhood Italian restaurant in Russian Hill focusing on seasonal, organic ingredients and serving New York style pizza.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Gioia Pizzeria reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (31)good for groups (26)great for lunch (15)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (13)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (8)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (5)romantic (4)special occasion (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Polk Eats
    ExploringSF
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great restaurant on Polk ST. Our favorites were the Burratta and Squash fritters and ZUCCA RICO pizza. Definitely make a reservation on open table. The restaurant was packed !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat with the locals
    NZkiwidiners
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came here due to good reviews & wanting to get out of the Central tourist area. Easy to take a cable car & walk a block or two, admiring the architecture. The Restaurant was great - funky decor; delicious pizza & meatballs; great service. I had a vegetarian pizza with pumpkin & ricotta, my husband had pepperoni. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gioia is a gem
    JillyMKVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Gioia is truly a gem in Russian Hill. Consistently great food that changes seasonally, attentive and helpful service, and a fun atmosphere. Pizzas are huge and a great value for the quality of the ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud nothing notable abt this pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    has popular simple rustic decor. Waited for food 25 minutes after ordering. Ordered regular margarita and added prosciutto. crust was crunchy but pizza was very greasy. Noise level is defening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love it
    PatrickWilliamVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This place is perfect for dropping in any night of the week or for special occasions with larger groups. Love the Meatballs. And the Pizza. Cool, comfortable and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Poor Service
    Lindsay2014VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Despite having a reservation, the restaurant was late in seating us. By the time we actually got to the table was 30 min after the reservation time. The manager was then rude to us, trying to justify to us that she knows how to run a restaurant. The whole restaurant seemed chaotic, and although we ordered our food while waiting for the table, the food didn't get delivered until 45 min after seating. While the food is good, the restaurant needs to figure our how to better manage itself.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal at Gioia
    DDines
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Just a great evening. The food was wonderful, service warm, friendly and personal, and the atmosphere vibrant without being too noisy. This place is reliably a lovely evening out. My brother visiting from Australia says the best pizza he has ever eaten. The salmon dish was simple and showcased the lovely produce. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome.
    Junebug1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very cool restaurant with really good food and atmosphere. Loved the pizza with squash and the fig salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Really nice pizza . . . light and airy crust, quality and right quantity on the toppings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service is terrible
    Sfdiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food and service are so misaligned. If the food wasn't so good and so close to my house I wouldn't go back for the service. The wait staff can't even fake a smile. And the space is so tight the staff are reaching across your face and trunk to remove plates. I might stick to take out.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's our neighbor hood go-to
    PatrickWilliamVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Not only our neighborhood go to, but a great place to take out-of-town friends. Cool, easy, convenient, beautiful and delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    good food and drink, but I miss the brussel sprouts and the pizza is mediocre.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Gioia Pizzeria reviews archive.
  • Super slow service, average pizza
    Pizza4us
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Made reservation for 8:45 and waited for about 30 minutes in a really crowded place. We finally sat and ordered 2 pizzas who took another 40 minutes. Pizza dough wasn't bad but the overall pizza experience wasn't up to the other reviews. Maybe on a less crowded day things are different.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem & Fun Atmosphere
    Melbell
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Gioia Pizzeria is a great, relaxing, casual dining spot for a date night or dinner with girlfriends. Menu changes frequently, and it is consistently full of delicious items! Dined with a vegetarian, and loved all of the plates and pizza we ordered. Great wine & beer list. Service can be hit or miss depending on how crowded the restaurant is, so order wisely or you may not get the chance to speak up before it's too late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    ndandrea
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Wonderful service and delicious food! Loved the summer melon and green goodness salads!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Lunch
    Bryan
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Gioia worked perfectly for lunch with an old friend. We split a pizza and a pasta - both were terrific. The view of a bustling Polk Street was entertaining. Service was good and I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great pizza
    mach2VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a delicious pizza. The staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Pizza!
    janers310
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The pizza is delicious and one of my favorite that I've found in the city. The staff is welcoming and the restaurant has a nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food
    omnivore
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Usually, I go to this place because I love the thin crust pizza. This time our entire table actually ate something other than pizza and it blew me away. We had the pork chop, octopus, meatballs and pasta and every single dish was fantastic and dynamic. I am really impressed by the way gioia changes their menu seasonally, even the pizza is seasonal. In short, Gioia is so much more than a pizza place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lisaVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    FOOD WAS FANTASTIC AND THEY WERE GREAT WITH OUR DAUGHTER WHO IS 15 MONTH OLD. GREAT PLACE TO GO WITH THE FAMILY
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PASTA...Pizza
    pggg
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This is our go-to neighborhood establishment. The pizza never disappoints (clever options with a collection of standards that meet the veggie or the meat-a-vore), salads are delicious (and change with the season) and the pasta, ALWAYS get the house made option. The pasta is perfectly prepared, just the right al dente with the most delicious and flavorful sauces (that never overwhelm the goodness of the pasta). The staff are friendly, knowledgable and give the right amount of attention for a friendly outing with friends or a quiet dinner for a couple. We really enjoy this place and each time we go, hoping to leave with pizza leftovers, it never happens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great group dinner place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went with 5 other friends and had a great experience. The food was great and easy to share so we could all try a variety of things. Our waiter was great. This was our second time dining here; our first trip was for brunch and it was also good on all fronts - food, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great service
    JMinSFVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was my 4th or 5th visit to Gioia. Apart from the fact that the food is a bit salty, it is, while not really exceptional, quite tasty. I'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What happened?
    YCook
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food was great. When it finally arrived. The tables to our left and right turned twice in the time we were there. Clearly, our server just flat-out forgot to get our order into the queue. (To his credit, he handled it graciously and comp'd us appropriately.) One pizza, two salads, three hours. Fortunately, I was with a best friend and not a bad date.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food amazing, service not so much!
    DDines
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I could bore you with all the detail, however...in a nutshell they (not sure if it was the kitchen or server) completely stuffed up our order. Food arrived at wrong times, orders were forgotten and they had 3 goes to get my order right (!). However (and its a big HOWEVER) once the food did arrive it was really delicious on all counts. The pasta, pizza and salads were all top notch, some of the best (or close to the best) I have had this year. Beautiful produce served just as it should be-simply. How could a carrot salad be so lovely? They did try to make amends by removing some charges from our bill and bringing a free desert which was very thoughtful. I do think we will go back, hopefully an all round great experience next time!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreatVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Excellent food and service. We highly recommend hands down.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knocking it out of the park
    FoodieBlues
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Rarely do we have a dining experience where every bite of every dish that crosses our lips excites the palate. Gioia claims this prize. We love this place for the food and the vibe, hip without pretense.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent salad and pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Excellent salad and pizza and just an overall great time with friends sharing food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    Amphro
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great spot. There marinira is amazing. He nois level was really high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My fiancé and I had walked by Gioia a number of times and heard several recommendations. We finally made it there on a Wednesday night around 7pm. If you plan to go much later than that I'd definitely make a reservation. There was a line out the door by 7:30. Had the Pizza Julian which was probably one of the best white pizzas I've ever had. Normally white pizzas leave me longing for sauce, but this one did not. The burrata appetizer was high quality burrata and perfectly cured prosciutto. The wine list was pretty extensive. I even recognized several wines I had while in Italy a couple summers ago. Overall great experience and lovely atmosphere. Reminded me of my favorite pizzeria in Rome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Their pasta dishes are truly excellent, even better then their pizza. Their is Wine over-priced. Overall, a highly recommended neighborhood spot. Nice interiors, but can get noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gioia is so good
    NageVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We love coming here, from the second you walk in the door you feel welcomed...the food is delicious and the service is excellent..we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, long wait
    dutchVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We live in Berkeley and love Gioia's take-out pizzas, so decided to meet friends from the peninsula in SF at the restaurant there. Four of us all enjoyed what we ordered, but it took a very long time, 20 plus minutes for main course to arrive after our starters were cleared. away, and conversation was very difficult due to the din! Servers were friendly, pastas were done well, but one of our party wanted to add something to a pizza on the menu(and pay for it as an addition), and even though the ingredient was used on another kind of pizza there, he was told that the kitchen wouldn't put it on his pizza, that they don't like to change anything. This seemed arbitrary, since there are add-ons available.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy eating
    Marvin
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Great spot for an informal but unique dining experience. Food was different but very well presented and had great flavor. Would definitely go back as the menu was varied and offered choices for all tastes and restrictions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music playing was very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Music playing was very loud and grating, so much I was getting a headache while waiting for my friend. I asked for it to be lowered, but was ignored. Only 3 tables had customers, and I was seated next next to the other filled table. They asked for minor meal change and were turned down by the waiter. I could told the waiter I could not tolerate the music and had to leave. He said ok and I left without eating Note I did not eat here this, but had to place a star next to food to submit my comments
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome pizza
    polarbearVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Great pizza! Ask about specials - few months ago they had figs and blue cheese - awesome! Pretty good beer selection on tap. Make reservations - they fill up quickly!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a fantastic addition @ russian hill
    LoriSFVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    i have been to this one several times and will still return. think it started 2-3 years ago. my memory is faulty nowadays. it just amazes me the casual food they serve is absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    gretelsmamaVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The hostess was sweet but when we walked in at 11am ( first ones in the restaurant) And with a reservation she was literally scratching her head as to where to seat us. That was just funny! But anyway we were the first ones and when our food finally arrived Bit by bit my husband still didn't have his dish and now most of the restaurant was Full with tables filled with food. Our waiter didn't even apologize - not a bit for obviously The ticket got lost. Anyway the place is cute and food tasty ( when or if you get it that is).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    NageVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We love everything about Gioia, the food, service and the atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gioia SF
    Brian
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    One of our most favorite walk-up spots in Berkeley so when we heard about the SF location, we wondered how he could keep the direct and delicious flavor in a sit-down restaurant setting. He has. II thought it would be "fancier". Gioia retains the rustic nature of his wonderful flavors in the sit down style. Our potato-pancetta pizza was fantastic as was the caesar salad using chicory and fried anchovies!! Fabulous. Great fries too--our appetizer course!! BTW: Wednesday is burger night and this burger with chuck, brisket and short rib was so good that when the server described it, i asked if it could just be put on a cheese pizza. Alas, no, but we got it anyway and just split it up. Great group of people, great place. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.