THE MEATBALLS ARE AWEFULL!!. Well I thought it wasn't bad. I mean - it's kinda kitchy, kinda 'old Las Vegas'. My Spaghetti and Raviolis were fine but the meatballs WERE AWEFUL! They were mixed with some over processed filler. My meatballs were like soggy bread. Sorry but I love meatballs and this meat was cut with 95% nasty cornmeal or something. I couldn't even recognize the flavor. BOO on you Joes of Westlake!!! Would I go back?? Probably - for the 'old Las Vegas' feeling and I will NOT order meatballs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will have low expctations from now on.
Joe's of Westlake???.
I thought I was there on an off-night last week but after hearing others comments, it appears it was business as usual, unfortunately. We waited for 20 minutes for our waitress to greet us, in fact it was starting to look like we did not even HAVE a waitress,we never saw here again until we asked for the bill, ran out of water so I served myself, bread was cold and hard, like the service and the steak.
Basically, it was pretty awful. We were a party of 11 and not one of us would go back, sorry to say. Judging from the crowds, they might have been something special in the past but they must be resting on past laurels as the current experience does not explain their apparent popularity. Sorry, thumbs down!
Editorial Review by Angela Asche. Family-owned since 1956, this Italian-American restaurant serves favorites like veal, steak and pasta, as well as omelettes and desserts.
Poor Service, Raw Scallops, OK Burger - not recommended.
Positives: Seated quickly, good large burger on sourdough roll (for $9.25 it better be), lots of parking.
Negatives: Poor waitress service. Slow. Rude. Drinks not served until after food arrived & reminded that we did'nt get them. No refills - not sure if policy or just rude (for $2.35 soda served in childs glass - I'd expect free refills). Fried scallops were raw inside, but golden brown outside - totally frozen & gross. Bill was paid at front desk - not sure if this is policy, but neighboring table got table service. Not friendly to Asians.
Will not return.
Poor service...food not great.
A friend and I ate at Joes of Westlake last night. I paid for an iced tea at the bar awaiting a table and took it to the dining room - the glass was never refilled during my meal - was I supposed to buy a second iced tea? My friend did buy her iced tea once in the dining room - her tea was refilled ... AFTER we finished our meals...a bit late.
My friend's salad was swimming with cesar's dressing. My veal parmesan was dry and overcooked. Worse was that I specifically asked the waiter if there were onions in the tomato sauce - he assured me there wasn't. I asked a second time if he was sure because I am allergic to onions and was assured for the second time that there were none. So when I found large pieces of onions in the sauce and pointed it out he stated that he had never seen onions in the sauce before...and he stated that they don't always make it the same way! I find it hard to believe that the basic recipes change!
The biggest insult was that he then told the elderly couple at the table behind us what had happened, and the lady stared at us as she left the restaurant actually turning her head to be sure we noted it (?).
As nurses we were appalled that a waiter would dismiss a concern over food allergies and at having the error minimized as if it was my fault. I reported it to the man dong the seating and he took the plate away.
In other restaurants a manager might offer an apology - we got a waiter who felt sharing my allergy with others was acceptable.
The waiter stated that he has worked there 20 years - I would expect a long-time waiter to know what was in the sauce!!!
Natives last secret.
I am born and raised in San Francisco, and this place has been a institution since my mother was a little girl. The burgers are the best in town served rare with bacon and swiss cheese. The cocktails are not for the faint of heart, they serve real drinks here. Granted the crowd is older, but you can always make friends at the bar. The food is old style Italian American grub, and this is one the few places with a piano bar and open mic. Joes is filled with native San franciscans not transplants the place is family friendly contrary to the other reviews, it just celebrated it 50th aniversary, now how many places can say that.
If you go stop by the bar after 8 o'clock the band starts playing at that time.
Good Restaurant-- Not for Families. One must give Joe's credit for fantastic food and ample menu choices, but DO NOT expect the staff to be friendly to children. If you don't make reservations (expecially on the weekends) expect an hour's wait. The few times that I brought my children there, the waitresses seemed irritated that they were taking up chairs-- probably because kids do not tip and don't buy fancy, expensive alcoholic drinks. They do have a nice happy hour, but it is usually frequented by a much older crowd. Nice service, however, once seated and ready to order (if you're still hungry). I reccommend, with reservations.
Authentic Old School Italian American -- Love the atmosphere. I love this place. It's right out of the 1950's. Filled with lot's of older Italian Americans. Totally unpretentious so if you're looking for the "chic san francisco" dining experience or the fake 1950's retro experience this is not the place for you. This is the real deal. Live longe music in the bar which has a fireplace and and wonderful local characters . The service is definitely not fakey-fake, all smiles kinda thing. It's no nonsense. It's packed during the weekend so there's a bit of a wait but the bar is a great place to have a drink, sit by the fire, and people watch while you're waiting. Food is very traditional Italian American right down to the Spumoni ice cream and watered down coffee which is, of course, included with the price of the meal. No non-fat decaf lattes here. Food is quite good and reasonably priced. Places like this are hard to find anymore.
Greasy and rude. We waited 20 min. on a Sunday night. Not bad. We sat down starving and it took the waiter another 2o min. to notice we were there. The cooks stared at us and made gross gestures. My chicken parmisian had to be moved to a different plate becasue the grease was overpowering. I highly suggest Burger King across the street.
what a bad place. citi search is aweful. I wrote a long review and upon submission it gave me an system error. what a bad website
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