About Gioia Pizzeria
A rustic neighborhood Italian restaurant in Russian Hill focusing on seasonal, organic ingredients and serving New York style pizza.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Gioia Pizzeria Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
While Gioia may be hard to pronounce its not hard to rate this Polk Street restaurant as Outstanding. It is more than a Pizzeria (although their Pizza is excellent.) The menu is varied but straightforward and their mostly Italian wine list is superb. Service is professional and the overall ambience is lively and welcoming. Gioia shows the mark of people who care about good food wine and service. This place could easily become a peer of Frascati and Amerana in the Russian Hill scene and it already is one of the best on Polk Street.
When my partner and I first looked at this neighborhood, we were recommended to this place "for good, local food." We loved it. Months later, we still think it is the best pizza and wine selection we've had since moving to San Francisco.
The pizza was wonderful, the bucatini was perfection, and desserts and wine are delicious. There is nothing we haven't enjoyed.
During the day, sit by the window. When it's busy, sit at the bar. The service is good, the wait staff really knows their wine, especially Megan, who gave us insights on the wine.
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