Don't miss Joe's!
The food is great, substantial, and at a very good price. Bar is inexpensive and friendly. Make reservations... it is ALWAYS full of guests. It is not a quiet, secluded, romantic place for an intimate meal out... but it is A+ for a friendly, tasty, and comfortable place to eat and chat on a casual level.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old school dinning and good food
Great calamari steak dinner. My wife, who has been going to this restaurant since high school, usually orders the half ravioli half spaghetti. The sauce is the best. The filet of sole and the steak a la bruno is good too.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Joe's is my husband's go to for Italian. It has been a favorite of his for many years. The service is great, we are always treated with great friendliness and respect.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
They now have a meatball sandwich that is very good.
Try it, you'll like it!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Steaks were good for the price
Steaks were good for the price and service was excellent. The restaurant needs to be updated desperately.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always stop @ Joes when we visit San Francisco. The food & service is always top-notch. What more can you ask for in a restaurant?
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I visited Joe's of Westlake from Boston as a group of 5. It was a place I (now age 61) used to go to during my youth that I wanted my wife to experience and is still outstanding. I had the calamari steak. Appetizers are not recommended, but the main entrees and the legendary ravioli side are like no other. It is also known for its take-out particularly for the neighborhood regulars.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Westlake Joe's is a "treasure"
Westlake Joe's is a "treasure" stays the sme - one is never disappointed -
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always consistent service and food. Portions are large. Old school great neighborhood place.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A Treat
I have been coming to this place for 50 years. The biggest problem, which is that the place is ALWAYS REALLY BUSY, can be solved simply by making a reservation through Open Table. Since you are reading this, you will do that.
The food is delicious and there is a warm friendly ambiance that is not going to please hipsters, but us fogies like it just fine. Or, if you are young and you are into vintage, this place is vintage and satisfying to boot.
The other fun thing to do is to come sit at the counter and watch the cooks.
Yes your grandparents and your parents probably came here, maybe they still do, no reason not to come yourself - if anything, Westlake Joe's is a victim of it's own success, so make a res or plan to wait.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
it was our first time here and what we heard about it was great. Our food and service was all outstanding we will be back with family next time
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you know Joe's and what it is and what to expect, then you will know what you are in for. If not, then think of this as one of the last classic restaurants/diner's which serves HUGE portions of simply great food. Some would say it is "comfort food" which it is. The place is a throwback to a time when restaurants didn't have to be a fancy fusion based michelin star hopeful establishment. It was just good solid food that will not let you down, unless you're a snobby wanna-be foodie, who isn't open to your roots. Joe's delivers, consistently.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Joes' of Westlake, "Time Stands Sti
As I walked into Joes' of Westlake , it was like time stood still. it had to be at least 10 years since my last vist.
Same waiters, everything the same. Food was great. $$ Great steak. I was not disappointed.
Had reservations for 4:30 but, there were plenty of tables in the front. Steady stream of diners in and out.
I hour my husband and I were full and on our way home.
I'll go back again.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group chooses a different restaurant for our annual anniversary dinner and this year we chose Joe's of Westlake. We had wonderful food and the service was excellent. Seated at a circular table in the Cascade Room we could enjoy each other's company face-to-face which we appreciated. The noise level (on a Friday night) got a little high from time to time but did not interfere with our conversations. We'll. Be. Back!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Generations of the family have been going here for years.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such an amazing spot!
I adore Joe's of Westlake. The food is awesome, old-school Italian that simply can't be beat. I discovered Joe's when I was living in Broadmoor and although I now live over 20 miles away on the other side of the bay, I still drive here as often as I can, at least once or twice a month. I love everything about Joe's. I love the lounge, I love drinking martinis while I wait to be seated in the dining room, I never, ever mind the wait, I love the families that have been coming to Joe's for years, I love the musicians, I love the bread and butter, the salads, the steaks, the ravioli, the veal - I love it all. So delicious. My favorite restaurant ever.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Joe's is always good, and has been for most of my life. I have probably been there more than a hundred times in over forty years of going there. The folks at Joe's never disappoint.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Westlake Joe's hits a home run
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner for 3 at Joes on Friday 8/23. The food was very plentiful, great service, this is a classic for San Francisco and the cocktails are not only very good but very reasonable as were the meals.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Going to Joe's is like coming home! Italian style! Love the old world charm. Ravioli's OUTSTANDING, Minute Steak, New York Steak DELICIOUS!! Excellent service - using OpenTable only had to wait 15 minutes! That's outstanding! Love this place - I find myself looking for Tony Soprano - it's that good of a place! LOVE IT!!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This historic restaurant is
This historic restaurant is an old stand-by for me. They have consistently served up great Italian food and provided great service. There is a reason that it is hard to get into without reservations.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently excellent food!
The food is always excellent no matter what we order.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding lunch. Not very
Outstanding lunch. Not very good service. Seated on time, however, waitress got order wrong and we notice she also got the order at the table across from us wrong. Then instead of hold the rest of the meals one person had to wait while all the others ate.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It never gets old. Old building, grumpy old timer waiters in over sized tuxedos, and still the best Italian food in the Bay Area. Been coming here since I was 4 years old, sometimes driving over two hours from home to bring friends from out of town. Thank you for continuing the childhood memories. Love that you now use open table so we can make reservations before the long drive.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoy a meal with friends
Six of us "old" long time friends enjoyed a quiet lunch with an ambiance conducive to quiet conversation sharing and updating each other on our latest involvements in our very enjoyable lives. At our age, hearing is not what it once was and lunch at Joe's was enjoyed by all. Good food, generous servings, unrushed service all added to our time together.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best
This is one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. One of my all time favs. I have been coming here for years.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Westlake Joe's is for everyone
We always have a great experience with Westlake Joes'. The drinks in the bar are always quick and very good, even when it's crowded. The food is absolutely delicious and more than enough. In fact, we always take some home. We would recommend this restaurant for couples, families with children and mostly everyone.
Probably not the young scene, but i would recommend Westlake Joe's in a minute.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Joe's just makes me happy. Always has. I like the fact that some things don't change. I also like the fact that you can make a reservation at this usually crazy-busy restaurant through OpenTable and know that your table is (usually) waiting for you. The portions are huge, HUGE, so I often just get a side of mixed veggies and a side of pasta and it's the perfect amount. Great bread, friendly waiters, people having fun. Just go.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going to Joe's
We have been going to Joe's of Westlake since it opened and have never been disappointed.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
No matter what you order, Joe's comes through time after time.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just Like I Remember
When I was a child my family frequented a very similar Italian seafood restaurant in my home town which I miss very much. Here I ordered the Veal Cutlets with Spaghetti, my favorite dish from childhood. Can't beat the spaghetti sauce! The veal (maybe a little dry) was prepared to order, yet arrived right away. My husband, new to the place, ordered heavily battered Fried Calamari with Fries and devoured it happily. All were in large portions and good value for the money.
We will definitely return for Veal Scallopini, Prime Rib and the like - it's a big menu. Be sure to get a reservation - unless you want to wait in the retro bar, which is a kick. You can tell that the regulars, many families, love this place.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A long-time neighborhood gem
A long-time neighborhood gem and always packed with people waiting to dine. Do not go if are expecting to get out by a certain time. Although with reservations, we are required to wait. Then, service is slow because the waiters are so darn busy with their tables.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good old Italian Charm
Good old typical Italian restaurant with white table cloths & waiters in suits. Very good food and ambience.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Joe's....all time favorite
Joe's....all time favorite since I was little! Love it! Great food and great service!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old School, reminds me of the places my parents took me when I was a kid, and now I am happy to give my kids the same type of experience. Food is great and tons of options, staff is always friendly and we just love Joes of Westlake. Can walk in but reservation makes it so much easier.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Joes always delivers with Italian comfort food and a relaxed atmosphere. Our neighborhood favorite!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic food & atmosphere!
I've been going to Westlake Joe's for years because the food is consistently delicious and their portions are very generous.
My favorite dish is the chicken Parmesan with Raviolis. Yum!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were great!! I will definitely be back!!!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Joe's of Westlake is an 'Old Dependable' establishment. You can always depend on the food to be good, the service quick and efficient, the menu wide enough to satisfy any taste. It is a great place for a couple of friends to drop into for a 'catch up' dinner, or a family celebration. I have never been disappointed in several hundred visits over more than 50 years.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Give this a try!
We had a delicious meal of sautéed scallops in a very roomy booth ,after enjoying a yummy cocktail in the lounge while listening to the band.
Very enjoyable time.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful location. Great for a group lunch. Had fun and will make it every three months.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is still an "old world"
This is still an "old world" spot but, sorry to say, the food has declined, tho' still OK.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I do have to say, I usually have the same thing,.but I wish I could halve half veg and half pasta with entree instead of so much of one or the other. I would recommend this restaurant. Excellent. Not fancy, but great food and lots of it.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good, price
Food was very good, price value good. Service standard but not outstanding. Typical of my past visits. Opportunity to dazzle customers with outstanding service.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
ahh old school ways
Yes this 57year old Place is a true gem and has been used in my family for ever it seems. Old school fashion with waiters in bow tie tux's lots of FRESH SAN FRANCISCO FRENCH BREAD the way its supposed to be not the here's 3 pieces for your table of 5. As with the Italian's that I grew up with in San Francisco you will never leave the table wanting to go to Mc Donald to stop and fill the empty hole in your stomach. I hope the new owners keep this on for the next 57 years.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cannot fully express how happy my husband & I are after having Joe's of Westlake. We were recommended this by our friend in Sacramento where we live, as he used to live in the Bay Area. Not knowing what to expect, but very excited all day, we were over the moon with the whole experience. Food amazing, service stellar, and watching the chefs cook from our table was perfect! The place was packed and alive!! We were sadded that the hostess told us that Joe's is closing in January, because we want to come back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Veal & lamb to die for
my daughter & I had the veal scallopinni & lamb - mouth watering
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our visit before new ownership..
Our party of five enjoyed the large booth in the corner of the restaurant after a little wait. The prime rib and steak were cooked to perfection. The spaghetti was OK. And the two orders of veal Parmesan were cooked well other than it was oily on the bottom. The ravioli that came with it were lukewarm.
Service was not as attentive, we had to ask for our glasses of water and iced tea to be refilled.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth the Drive !
What an night ! - Saw Joe's was going to remodel in SF Chronicle ! Spend the day in the city ! Drove 60 miles for first time experience - We met with our daughters' close friend- Her long time family jewel ! If you haven't had a meal here - do it soon ! You will love the journey back to another time - starting with the the live music in the bar & the old school waiter ! Everything was "Worth The Drive" ! A Happy Dad
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific for so long...
Joes is a special favorite of my family's for years. They will be closing for renovation in January for one year. That is so sad. The employees are wonderful and will be missed.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll miss Joe's of Westlake....lot
We'll miss Joe's of Westlake....lots and lots of memories.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM