Permanently Closed - Gioia Pizzeria

4.8
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270 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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d
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pizza was good. The service was friendly.
I like this pizza for its thin crust. I had the 14 inch pizza and a diet soda and the bill was $ 27 before tip. It’s a bit pricey.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We have eaten here many times since it first opened. We have always enjoyed the food until this time. Service was great. Atmosphere lively and fun. But what happened to the food? A new chef? We don’t know.

We had a sausage pizza, and a pepperoni. Both were okay, but way below expectations. The risotto balls were bland. I ordered the chicken dish for my main, and the poultry was paltry and cold.

It breaks my heart to say it, but we won’t be back.

LS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

❤️ the 🍝
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❤️ the 🍺
❤️ the 🥂
🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

TA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inviting atmosphere with sneaky good non pizza items. Best red sauce I’ve ever had and an extremely friendly chef willing to chat and share ideas. Went there two times on our three day trip. Must stop by!

SM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a neighborhood gem, the food and service are always good. Great job on the seasonal salads and pasta dishes and also well known for its Pizza.
Casual, unpretentious atmosphere and service but with some fine dining touches, staging silverware, replacing dishes after each course, cloth napkins, etc. Good selection of Italian and California wines. This is a solid place for a casual Dinner with friends or date. Federico the server is excellent. And by the way, who ever is in charge of the music is also doing a great job.

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed trying Gioia in SF and will come again. We have loved Gioia North Berk location for years. Restaurant looks great inside with worn wood walls and wooden tables.

t
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Our server was oblivious at times. We were very thirsty and the beers were poured and ready for serving but he was too busy talking to a friend. I went over to get the beers and he then jumped to grab them. Oh, well. All turned out well. Both pizza's were excellent and we all left very happy.

JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and incredible food- so fresh and thoughtfully prepared!

J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food in a friendly environment.Service outstanding.Salads especially fresh and creative. Servings are generous.

OT
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza and service a must try!

b
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and menu choices in this neighborhood gem!

t
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great pizza. Gioia is my go to pizza. Never disappointing.

JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding soup.

BB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience3

One of the best hamburgers ever. Service was spotty

SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Usually go for dinner but sunday brunch was great. Not too crowded so eady for conversation. Always good.

NK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was all very attentive and helpful! We had a really great time here just catching up. We ordered a salad, bolognese, and pizza. All of them were amazing, although the pasta was a little more al dente than I prefer. Only “negative” thing is that the wine menu is pretty pricey.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Solid pizza, have to do Salsiccia

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J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great. Place, very good food. Good value. Friendly people. Helpful servers.

NL
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We celebrated Father's Day with brunch at Gioia. The food was outstanding and the staff was able to accommodate requests for meat 'on the side' which made sharing dishes super easy.

w
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of us enjoyed his meal, which was fish. The other 3 of us left most, if not all, of ours. As a vegetarian, I had few options for dinner. I asked for a pizza with light cheese. It was covered with thick cheese, which I proceeded to remove. I asked for and received tomato sauce, which was good, but it should have been made properly. The music was so loud, with a loudly pulsing bass, that talking was impossible. We'd asked the waiter if he could please lower it. When he came back and we asked again and said he had. He obviously hadn't. They chose to ignore our requests, and they did not make sure that our meals were to our liking. They obviously did not care if we return. They won't have to worry about that; we won't.

AG
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love gioia! it’s one of my favs in SF xoA

IR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza can be a fickle and delicate experience. Gioia is dependable and delivers certainty. Nice wine list, fresh ingredients and EXCELLENT service. It’s a good place with great food and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

IB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Gioia on Mother's Day and the experience was fantastic. They had decorated outside with some balloons so it felt more festive and every mom was given a rose bubbly wine on the house. The waiter was excellent and expedited our toddlers meal without us even having to ask. Would highly recommend for an outing with the family or for a casual dinner with friends. Food was great as well. Especially enjoyed the burrata appetizer.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have two little kids (2.5 and 1 year old) and Gioia pulls off the magic of making us fee like we’re having an adult, family dinner while also delivering world class food that comes out really fast (prior to meltdowns).

It’s almost a misnomer to call themselves a pizzeria. We almost never order the pizza as the other food items are too hard to resist! When we have large groups of 5-10, that’s when we’re usually graced by the excellent pizza. There’s not a menu item I wouldn’t eat and love, including their beer and wine! Great job, everyone (staff friendliness and hustle included)!

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants. Food is fresh with interesting combinations and the service is excellent.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Where is the love? Once upon a time, Gioia (Berkeley) had arguably one of the best pizzas to come out of a gas oven. It reminded me of the best NY pies, minus the open flame cooking. A few years later, it's above average at best in a sea of bay area pizzerias. I attributed it to westward expansion (SF location), which I had hoped would have received his passion and attention to detail. I remember when Will admonished an employee (Berkeley) for boxing a take-out pie too early and not letting it rest as to not soften the crust too much. That was the crazy love and attention I remember that had me calling his pizza pies "crack" and super addictive. Those days are long gone as the SF location killed any hopes of finding that magic.

Service was OK, not great (not bad though). Food just doesn't hit the mark that was set in their early years at Berkeley. Besides the pizza, the pasta was good, not great. The little gems salad just didn't taste as fresh or as bright as I remember. The pizza just didn't have the crispness I remember with the perfect amount of chewiness. The flavors at least we're still there. But as I mentioned to my wife at the restaurant, "sometimes you can't go back home." 😢

GC
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for kids!

SJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff is perfect! Family restaurant with great service!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Jess and Meg are best ever.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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

S
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My friend had an allergic reaction there after specifically calling out his medical issue.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GV
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of my husband and my favorite places to eat. Our favorite pizza in the Bay Area. Everything is good here, the salads, the pizza and especially the cannoli! I am Sicilian and I think it's the best cannoli outside of my grandma's.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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.

L
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

K
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.