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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had lunch at Joe's and it was so damn good. I had the Burger which was the highest quality of beef and a ton of fries. My wife had the chicken Caesar and it was again excellent. Our waiter was very prompt and polite....We had beer and tea with our lunch and it was plenty. You go to Joe's with an appetite and they will fill you up. We got a table for lunch quickly and enjoyed a well paced afternoon. Price was very fair.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022

I love their spaghetti/ravioli/half and half with meat balls. However, for almost $30.00., it is too much (at least for me). Still, everybody loved loved their meals (there were four of us and we all ordered different dishes).

Date of visit: May 2022
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2022

Hey there, thanks for the kind words! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again at Original Joe's Westlake.

Reviewed April 30, 2022

We had a great time. The food was absolutely wonderful, as was the service. The restaurant is a beautiful, mid-century modern building—we just soaked in the ambience. Mostly local diners so we had a lot of fun people watching.

Date of visit: April 2022
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2022

Hey there, Cleo. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a great review and 5-star rating! We are thrilled to hear that you had great food as well as great service while dining with us. We hope to serve you again soon!

Reviewed March 27, 2022

This is an installment of the hybrid Italian steakhouse concept that seems to exist mostly in California (most of which are completely unrelated other than in concept and the name "Joe's"). It is retro chic. I have always really liked it, and it went to...another level when they remodeled a few years ago. Prices went up a bit, but the overall experience went up a lot. This is a spot where true locals gather with their families. I love the veal scallopini sec, the sole piccata, and the pot roast (definitely the best deal on the menu), always with ravioli on the side. Service is old school and excellent. The ambiance is 60s cool. If you want good food in a quantity that won't leave you hungry, you cannot go wrong. P.S. Don't even think about getting a seat at the bar when the 49ers are playing.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2022

Hi, thanks for your review! We're thrilled you had a great experience. We can't wait to serve you again soon!

Reviewed February 5, 2022 via mobile

We went for lunch and it was very good. Portions are generous and table service was excellent. The BLT with side salad became part of dinner. The club sandwich was very good and also went home. My Joe’s special was special!! We had ice cream...for dessert and one order was enough for three to share. Reservations are recommended but they can always squeeze you in if you can wait. Real dollar value.👍😃More

Date of visit: February 2022
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2022

Hi there. Thanks so much for taking time to leave us a great review and rating! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience while dining with us. We look forward to serving you again.

Reviewed November 10, 2021 via mobile

Bar area not very comfortable but restaurant was much better. Old school Italian restaurant. Reasonable menu selection and all items were well prepared. Veal was tender and delicious. Nice salads that were fresh and crisp. Sourdough rolls had nice texture and flavor. The fettuccini and...clams was delicious and the sauce was flavorful. Nice drinks. Good service. Reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2021

Hello! Thanks for taking a moment to leave us your feedback! We strive to provide excellent service and food to our customers, and are glad that you were able to get a taste of that. We hope that your enthusiasm will encourage you to visit...More

Reviewed November 5, 2021

This was probably my favorite restaurant we ate at while in San Francisco. We stopped here after going to the SF Zoo. Food was excellent and I loved the chicken parmesan. Very unique retro style but with wood and vintage look

Date of visit: August 2021
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We appreciate your kind words and are so happy to hear your experience with us was so positive! We hope to see you in again soon for another great experience!

Reviewed September 22, 2021

A regular but the place seems tired. Service was decent but obviously understaffed like most places. Meal was a B plus with serving portions shrinking and prices rising. Empty tables but they still have you wait.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2021

Hi there. Thanks for taking time to leave us a review! We are sorry to hear that your experience this time has not matched the previous times. We do hope you will join us again soon so we can show this is not the norm...More

Reviewed June 11, 2021 via mobile

Traditional dishes still done well. Can eat outside. Service was good. Reasonable prices. In my opinion, the minestrone soup was oversalted.

Date of visit: June 2021
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2021

Hey, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit with us! We hope that your next visit with us will be in the very near future!

Reviewed June 4, 2021 via mobile

My wife and I decided to stop here after shopping at the plaza. I had been here decades ago and remembered it was good. I had the Calamari Steak and my wife the Halibut, both were excellent. The servers were very efficient and courteous.

Date of visit: June 2021
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2021

We're glad that you were able to stop by. We hope to have the pleasure of seeing and serving you again soon!

Reviewed February 28, 2021

Had take out. Burger bun hard as a rock. Veal dish was burned on bottom. Fries very soggy, Not happy on this visit. Server ws nice thou..More

Date of visit: February 2021
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OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2021

We're glad to hear that you had great service, but we, of course, want to hear that you had great food as well! We are sorry to hear that this wasn't the case, Don. We hope that you give us another try in the future...More

Reviewed January 4, 2021 via mobile

Always have loved Westlake Joes...classy restaurant with wonderful Italian and American classics on the extensive menu...the takeout service is superb. I love the eggplant parmigiana.

Date of visit: November 2020
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2021

It warms our hearts to hear it! Thank you so much for this great review. We hope we'll have the pleasure of serving you again soon!

Reviewed December 31, 2020

Incidentally, it was at Joe’s of Westlake where my wife and I had our very last dine-in meal before California ordered COVID-19 dine-in restrictions. On this date, December 31st., 2020, we decided to order our “Lockdown Meal” from Joe’s of Westlake. We are very thankful...that we have Joe’s of Westlake, a superior restaurant, located in our own neighborhood. We ordered medium rare Roasted Prime Rib, Spaghetti with Meatballs and Eggplant Parmigiana. The Prime Rib was cooked to perfection! Wow! Wow! Wow! The prime rib was tender, moist and very flavorful. Its mashed potato was so creamy and heavenly fluffy, but the side of spaghetti was a little bit too salty for my own personal preference. However, the Spaghetti with Meatballs did NOT taste salty to me, and thankfully so. The 3 meatballs are generously big, flavorful and moist. I also ordered this the last time my wife and I ate in their dining room before the COVID-19 lockdown way back in the Spring of 2020. So glad I ordered this again today. The Eggplant Parmigiana was quite good but it was my least favorite. The side of sourdough bread was to die for. The service was very efficient and friendly. I will DEFINITELY order food from them again, and I can’t wait when the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted so we can enjoy their cuisine once again right in their restaurant’s dining room’s unique ambiance. Definitely recommended!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2021

Thanks for taking a moment to leave us a rating! We're pleased to know that you felt your visit was a great one, and we look forward to serving you again in the future!

Reviewed December 24, 2020

This year because of the covert 19 just 4 family members will be eating together this year. Of course we know the food at Westlake Joe's is excellent, but we give them credit for their ease of takeout. After we made our phone order, we...arrived there about 20 minutes later. Drove up to the front door, gave them our order number, and the food was delivered to our car. Of course we brought the food home and it was excellent, so please support this restaurant in this uncertain time. THANK YOUMore

Date of visit: December 2020
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OriginalJoes1937, Marketing at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2020

Thanks for taking a moment to leave us a review, Dave. We're thrilled to know that you enjoyed your visit with us! Again, we appreciate the feedback, and we hope you stop by again soon!

Reviewed October 16, 2020 via mobile

We were there 15th and all 3 were disappointed in their meals. 1 person had Linguini and clams which lacked flavor. Lots of clams but no flavor. 2 people had the Rosted Ribeye dinner. The meat was TOUGH, hard to cut and hard to chew....The Cream Spinach was good, mashed potatoes seemed instant. None of us plan to return. Service was very good taking into consideration Covid restrictions. Al SchmadekeMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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OriginalJoes1937, Owner at Original Joe's Westlake, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2020

Hello, Your feedback is greatly appreciated! We are very sorry to hear about your last visit and your disappointment. This is not the norm for our establishment, so we truly hope you are able to join us again in the future for the 5-star experience...More

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Outdoors I don't think is a problem. Have not seen dogs indoors other than guide dogs.
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California Casual. The waiters are dressed up but a great spot and busy. They will take care of you .
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Somewhat depends on time of day. However, Joe's has two convenient private parking lots. Often, it's necessary to utilize the "upper" parking lot, accessed from Glenwood Drive. PS: Good thinking to "carpool".😊
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Yes, Original Joe's Westlake offers takeout services.

Original Joe's Westlake is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4