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Date
Sun, 2/25
Time
7:00 PM
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Gioia Pizzeria

4.7
238 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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A rustic neighborhood Italian restaurant in Russian Hill focusing on seasonal, organic ingredients and serving New York style pizza.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 359-0971
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Green
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 238 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Amazing as always. Jess and Meg are best ever.

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5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our experience was wonderful. I took my boyfriend here for Valentine’s Day. Exceptional service, great food, and a lovely environment. Will definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It’s overpriced New York style pizza with horrible servers who don’t pack all the food up after.

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vipJMPB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Gioia never disappoints, and not just because the pizzas are perfectly made with delicious toppings. The antipasti and secondi are creative and satisfying, too. It’s hard not to order the whole menu. Try the cauliflower soup, velvety with a little citrus flavor and perfect spicy kick. The beef & pork meatballs are sumptuous without being heavy. There’s rarely a miss on the menu. The staff are friendly and welcoming and remember names. Dining at Gioia is like having dinner at a good friend’s place, only better.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Great service, always. Meatballs are great, Caesar salad is always on point, pies vary but are usually very delicious. Great neighborhood spot.

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Mike (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Gioia is one of the few restaurants on Polk St. that is openly baby friendly, which is why we chose to go there for an early New Years dinner.

In our reservation, we included that we would be a couple dining with a baby and that we would be requesting a high chair. On arrival not only were we sat at the smallest table in the restaurant, the space where they put the highchair would make it impossible for a parent to sit next to their child, since the adults would have to sit together across from the baby—leaving the baby to be alone on one side of the table in the highchair.

Explaining how the table wouldn't work because it's unsafe to the host and manager, neither would sit us at a different table, making us wait on the side while they sat other customers that had arrived after us.

In the end, we were forced to sit outside on a cold winter night with a baby because the restaurant refused to sit us at one of the empty tables that were open for the entire time we dined there.

Going to Gioia was a mistake and if we had been able to find another table somewhere else after being told to eat outside, we would have never given them our business.

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vipLangdini (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Stumbled on this gem. Buratta pizza was dynamite! Great prices, value and most importantly... they do it right. Not overwhelming with menu options. This is a must try.

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vipKiwi (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Cool neighborhood restaurant that was opened late - great post symphony bite to eat. Service was friendly and my visiting family loved the pizza and fresh ingredients. Sadly they didn’t have any gluten free options, so there wasn’t much I could eat on the menu other than soup or salad, which is pretty surprising for a restaurant in San Francisco in this day and age. It’s only a different kind of flour and an option that for me means I won’t be able to dine there again. Too bad.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Delicious salads and pizza! We enjoyed our dinner very much!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Gioia is our favorite neighborhood gem. Suitable for date night cozied up in a booth, everyday dining at the bar, or people watching from the sidewalk facing stools while brunching on the weekend - every experience is better than the last. We frequent Gioia and love the food (MUST haves are the meatballs and focaccia, sausage pizza with jalapeños, fig pizza, and breakfast pizza), people, vibe, and ambiance. The staff is wonderful and treats you like family whether it's your first time or 100th. Dinner is great, but brunch may be even better - their "hangover pasta" (bucatini and their induplicable spin on pasta carbonara) is our favorite weekend treat. We LOVE Gioia!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

This is my go to Italian place for a special gathering, but not too special,as its reasonably priced. It's a bit noisy due to the configuration, alas, still good. I go for meeting friends at brunch, or a special dinner. Yummy, neighborly, and...well what else do you need?

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Just a warning: They refuse to honor OpenTable reservations ... and the hostess is less than friendly about it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

Great neighborhood spot. Come here a few times a month. Love their brunch! The breakfast pizzas are awesome! Thin crust! Can be quite loud inside. The outside searing is great when the weather allows!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

We haven't been to Gioia in a couple of years, and I was looking forward to repeating what I remember as my experience. We were disappointed. The pizza was oddly dry, not in an "you're in Italy" kind of way; it was just dry. The salads and pasta were good. I'd stick to those if I go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Crowded, tôo much noisy , and not so good food

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Incredible service, menu, pizza, and wine! We loved all our food and would highly recommend Gioia!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Amazing thin crust pizza and the seasonal menu is always interesting and delicious. Service is always great even when busy.

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PatrickC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Beat prosciutto pizza I've had in years

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vipRingLeader1 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

Have dined here twice lately, good tasty food. Efficient service, will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

A perfect and casual place to get-together with friends and family.

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vipLocal (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2017

Great food and service. The chef offers an array of delectable dishes.

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Kelly (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

Gioia Pizzeria is one of my favorite neighborhood gems. My 2 favorite things are the Lambrusco rose and the salsiccia pizza. It's nice to have a casual gourmet restaurant like this in walking distance of my house where we can also walk-in or make a reservation. Delicious!

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vipBobbyJ (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Staff was very patient even though my group was very late on a Saturday night. Service was brisk and friendly, and food was perfect for a party with two kids--seemed to be young children at every other table. Menu items were accessible/simple but still high quality. Would definitely recommend.

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viplookingforperfection (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

A very energetic place meaning that tables are close together and people are shouting at each other. We came here for lunch and had to wait for at least 20 minutes to get our drinks. The food was good, but I doubt we will return due to excruciating noise and poor service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 31, 2017

Interesting and innovative selection of menu options - something for everyone and often with a twist that makes the dish extra special. Great pies, knowledgeable and friendly service and a very nice wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2017

From start to finish, this was the best food experience I've had in the 4 years I have lived in San Francisco. The staff is incredible (our server Kim was just a delight!), the chefs are beyond talented, and the ambiance of the restaurant itself made me feel so relaxed and welcome. Can't wait to come back!

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vipRRcrossing (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

We love Amarena. The pasta is delicious. The front room ambiance is warm and lively. The service is always good.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

The meat balls were in fact delicious. We enjoyed the environment, our waiter and the food. Excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

The salads and appetizers are always very creative use of the freshest ingredients. We loved the halibut dinner we shared and were pleased they expanded their desert menu. We love Gioia

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