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About Gioia Pizzeria

A rustic neighborhood Italian restaurant in Russian Hill focusing on seasonal, organic ingredients and serving New York style pizza.

2240 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

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

Cross Street:
Green

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 359-0971

Website:
http://www.gioiapizzeria.com/

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Gioia Pizzeria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Groups (7)
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Fit for Foodies (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Fun (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Cozy (4)
Authentic (4)
Casual (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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vip
 (Denver)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 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.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 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?

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great food and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Crowded, tôo much noisy , and not so good food

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 6, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Beat prosciutto pizza I've had in years

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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 (Columbus)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 9, 2017

This is my second time here and the food is great and the service was awesome as well. You must get the meatballs.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We grabbed a delicious brunch here with our teenage boys before seeing Hamilton this weekend. The staff was great, and the food was superb. The Milano cocktail was my favorite, and we loved and devoured every dish. Bravo!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Booked this place on a whim and man were we surprised.
Service was excellent. Only beat by the really delicious food. Pizza was on point!
Highly recommend for a casual dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Always a great place to eat !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Service is nonchalant and does not really pay attention to clients. Check was not correct. Expensive for below average pizza.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The antipasto menu has a nice selection of creative dishes which I have found to be very special and tasty. The pizzas are good, but its the antipasto dishes that keep me coming back. The beer and wine selection is also nice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Great place for a casual dinner.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Sunday lunch with 2 young kids- the pizza was phenomenal, salads perfect, hangover bucatini was worth every calorie.
The service was super friendly, just not perfectly attentive, but I'm being very nit picky.
I'd return in a heartbeat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Perfect service and very good pizzas :). I highly recommend Gioia pizzeria for dinner time with friends :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Our waiter was great! The whole staff was very accommodating and the pizza was as delicious!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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.

Always recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

nice to be able to sit down and eat their pizza with a glass of wine

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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