Original Joe's Westlake

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$30 and under
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Italian
After a two-year closure, Original Joe's, San Francisco’s quintessential Italian-American dining destination, revitalized iconic Daly City institution Joe’s of Westlake, and reintroduced it into the community as Original Joe’s Westlake. An anchor of Daly City from 1956 to 2014, Original Joe’s Westlake underwent an extensive two-year renovation, complete with a front-to-back interior remodel, including the kitchen and all dining spaces, and an exterior and landscaping overhaul. Following the Original Joe’s tradition, Westlake continues to prepare unpretentious, old-school Italian-American fare in an open kitchen for all to see. The menu is carefully crafted to reflect a past-meets-present hybrid of what Joe’s of Westlake used to be and what Original Joe’s Westlake is today.
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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner before going to a concert in San Francisco. The food was great and the service was quick. Love it.

E
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

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.

CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

REALLY good coffee, excellent breakfast. Service is exemplary.

D
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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.

e
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service on our last visit was very good.

S
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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 !

n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great location. A favorite place for many years!

MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really needed a table but only booth were available. When people make reservations, please provide an option to request a table. Thank you

N
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The kitchen was very busy.., we were there at 10:30 and the were already out of chorizo and sautéed prawns.

n
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

JG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience and service were amazing. I love this place for its retro vibe.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome lunch, both quick and delicious. I can’t wait to have another lunch. Mark

AA
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late for our reservations, yet, we were seated immediately. And with a smile!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Cold fries, salty huevos rancheros, inattentive service.

w
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

CW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 !

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great experience

G
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service the food as always was so delicious.

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Classy restaurant as always

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N
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! So glad that they now take reservations.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

c
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love meeting friends here and catching up. Always great service and food! Never rushed!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great!

OT
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Joes for over forty years. Not a bad meal yet!

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner, great staff and atmosphere

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to my next visit! One of my favorite restaurants.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very friendly and the service was excellent.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

AH
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

SF
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food and fun atmosphere

KG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My guess from Singapore expect a better cut of teak, too rare,

EP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Westlake Joe's never lets me down. Can't stress enough need a reservation! So popular!

MM
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meeting spot with friends. Food and service top notch.