A friend of ours who owns one of the best rated restaurants in the Sacramento region recommended Joe's, so we made a point to get there. The place is really nicely designed...Spanish motif and decor. As others have mentioned, be prepared to wait. We waited an hour and as we were called and waiting to be seated, were totally dismayed to watch a very wealthy man walk in front of me, palm the maitre de money and ask for a table for 4 now. He was seated immediately.
While waiting, we enjoyed an appetizer (conch fritters) and a drink in the bar. As we were being seated, we were approached by our cocktail waitress to pay the bill like we were running out on it. Most nicer restaurants just transfer your bar bill to your dinner tab. We gave her a credit card and then had to run that down after about 20 minutes because she couldn't be bothered to come get a signature.
I don't recommend the conch fritters. Conch is apparently tasteless in itself so it's like eating fritters with chewy rubber pieces in the.
The bread basket was abominable. It consisted of a basket of gross, cold, low-quality rolls and sliced breads. Plain old warm French bread would have been better.
I had a small chopped salad followed by their premium stone crab claws and my husband had them in Joe's Combo. The salad was the oddest, most awful combination of ingredients and soggy to boot. I ate 3 bites. The crab was really good. I got 5 "premium" claws for $41...ala cart (food is really expensive in South Beach). My husband enjoyed his combo which came with creamed spinach and coleslaw. The key lime pie was the best I've ever had.
While Joe's is celebrating it's 100th year in business, it found it odd that they seem to hold to not allowing women to work in the dining room. Our waiter, Moses, provided us great service.
Would we go back again or recommend this place to friends...not on your life!
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