Original Joe's Westlake
Birthday dinner before going to a concert in San Francisco. The food was great and the service was quick. Love it.
I made lunch reservations for 8 one month in advance and asked specifically for a table and chairs in the Cascade Room due to physical impairments. I was assured a table. When we arrived we were given a table with booth and 3 chairs in the Cascade room that was much too cramped for 8 people. One place - setting was at the curve in the table. We were told a party of 40 had reserved one half of the room. We had to re-locate to the lounge area where four cocktale tables were lined up with very low lounge chairs. We were disappointed with the arrangement.
REALLY good coffee, excellent breakfast. Service is exemplary.
Had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time for a table, but after that all was fantastic! Great food and a fun place all around!
We love Westlake Joe’s and eat there about three times a month. The food is usually excellent except for this time. My husband and I split the pork chop entree that we had enjoyed a few weeks prior. This time, however, the chops were much thinner and so tough we could hardly cut it with the knives provided. We still love this place and think that maybe the grill was having an off night.
We love this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service on our last visit was very good.
There were six of us old timers and they seated us in a nice semicircle booth. (A little bit of an effort sliding in but nothing significant.) our service was excellent.
One criticism, they could turn down the volume on the music or skip it. A lot of us are retirees who love conversation.
Have been to Joe's in Westlake many times and it is always excellent - the servers are so nice and remember their customers ! I really love the weekday blue plate special lunches - my friend and I really enjoy an early lunch with the rest of the "olds" but there are always families too ! And Joe's mixes a terrific cocktail -- thank you everyone !
Great food in a great location. A favorite place for many years!
Really needed a table but only booth were available. When people make reservations, please provide an option to request a table. Thank you
Original Joe's is a local favorite for good reason. It is always welcoming and well groomed. Makes a good first impression and continues with the service and food. I always enjoy Westlake Joe's!
The kitchen was very busy.., we were there at 10:30 and the were already out of chorizo and sautéed prawns.
Have gone to Joe’s since I was a kid. Since the remodel and new ownership, the ambiance is familiar but so much nicer. Drinks are more expensive but bigger and better. Menu is similar but food quality is far superior. Best improvement, taking reservations! As creatures of habit, my husband and I almost always order the same thing, Joe’s Special with mushrooms and the charbroiled cheeseburger. Does not disappoint. Large portions. The cheeseburger was not medium rare as ordered but still good.
Service is reliable and friendly.
Our server and his assistants were attentive to our requests. We were served our food in a timely manner. The food was delicious and more than enough. Each of us enjoyed what we ordered. The linguine and clams with the white sauce was a bit spicy but tasty. The penne and the ravioli were also as tasty as usual. We always enjoy the spumoni. It’s a perfect ending to our meal.
The ambience and service were amazing. I love this place for its retro vibe.
Awesome lunch, both quick and delicious. I can’t wait to have another lunch. Mark
We were late for our reservations, yet, we were seated immediately. And with a smile!
Cold fries, salty huevos rancheros, inattentive service.
The food was mediocre--the calamari steak was tough and oily, the chicken salad was soggy. The service was perfunctory. The ambience is nice, and there are two parking lots out front.
Have been to westlake Joe's many times - it is always wonderful - food is good, service great, love the lunch "blue plate specials" . cocktails are well made and the hosts always try to be sure we can be seated at a table to accommodate ladies of a certain age who use canes. All the staff couldn't be nicer or more helpful - please tell them we so appreciate all their kindnesses !
Always a great experience
Excellent service the food as always was so delicious.
Classy restaurant as always
Never disappoints! So glad that they now take reservations.
Love meeting friends here and catching up. Always great service and food! Never rushed!!
Our experience was great!
We have been coming to Joes for over forty years. Not a bad meal yet!
Fantastic dinner, great staff and atmosphere
Can't wait to my next visit! One of my favorite restaurants.
Our waiter was very friendly and the service was excellent.
Have been there many times. I ordered a Rubin sandwich with a side salad. The sandwich was over cooked, cold and greasy. The salad was soggy with dressing. My friend enjoyed his Chopped Salad. The service was also poor. I've had much better meals at Westlake Joe's.
Here's the thing about Joe's - the food is delicious. Really, truly delicious, and big portions. The service is also very good, even on super busy nights (most of the time basically). The Italian dishes are fresh and homey, with house-made ravioli, good meats, good (although a tad sweet) sauces; abundant salads, huge decadent desserts. All good. Drinks from the bar are also good. BUT - the noise level is way, way too high to enjoy a nice dinner. I don't know why places don't implement some noise canceling measures - it's not that hard! Some soft surfaces, or a system to cancel some of the ambient discussions. We literally could not hear ourselves the other night, and that makes for an awkward, not fun evening. On top of that, though food portions are big, the prices are very high. I understand, it's the Peninsula; eggplant parmesean for example is $22.00. But for those prices, the noise level is a huge impediment to a nice dinner, and thus I'm not sure it's worth wading through the crowds to eat here anymore. Sad.
Took a good friend for his birthday. We all had fantastic meals & they even gave him a piece of came with a candle, gratis! It’s so nice to count on a “always great” meal with consistency here! Our orders:Cocktails first, Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip next, then main courses: Chinese Chicken Salad, Steak Ala Bruno & Veal Scallopini Sec. ALL fantastic! Can’t wait to visit again!
Great service, delicious food and fun atmosphere
We just has a BIRTHDAY lunch for my 93 year old mother (native San Franciscan). We have been coming here sine the late 60s but began with Original Joe's on Broadway in SF as the family regular in the 50s. We are some of your most loyal patrons, thank you for your service for all these years.
My guess from Singapore expect a better cut of teak, too rare,
Westlake Joe's never lets me down. Can't stress enough need a reservation! So popular!
Excellent meeting spot with friends. Food and service top notch.