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  • First Review
    May 3, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 22, 2014
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  • Average Rating
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Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for 75 years, it is located in the heart of the historic and majestic North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike.<br /><br />Original Joe’s is the oldest of all existing Joe’s restaurants in the country and is the innovator of what is now nationally known as the “Joe’s Concept”. With its signature red leather booths, legendary smooth cocktails, and renowned Italian American menu, Joe’s has come to signify its own Northern Californian category of food and symbolizes classic Italian American comfort food at its finest.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Lunch Experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/20/2014
 2010
Dined on 8/20/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"After 76 years of perfecting the recipes, the food, wine and service reflect the professional, practiced approach to traditional Italian, Every dish was just slightly undersauced from the arancini, pasta, salad to the sand dabs. The understated touch left your tastebuds wanting more. Finishing with the Bombolini was perfection revisited."
Dined on 8/20/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies
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We are an upscale contemporary eatery serving Sri Lankan-inspired cuisine, using local and seasonal organic ingredients in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. <br /><br />Our bar offers premium wines, beers, and has an extended aromatized wines selection. We are honored to have been given a title of a unique addition to the “Key Newcomers” category in the 2014 Zagat San Francisco Bay Area Restaurant Survey and to be assigned a Bib Gourmand status by 2014 Michelin Guide, as well as named one of the 2013 San Francisco and Bay Area New & Notable Restaurants and Bars by Wine & Spirits Magazine. <br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Sri Lankan experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/05/2014
 2010
Dined on 8/05/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Dinner was possibly the best meal I'll have in 2014. The ingredients were fresh and prepared with care in unusual preparations with spectacular but modestly stated presentations. The cube of salmon that seemed barely poached was presented with a smear of burnt onion creme fraiche and tamarind (?) drops. The crispy okra with curried cashews was my best so far for okra. The duck lamprais and Jidori egg hopper were my Sri Lankan firsts. The women servers were the most knowledgeable about the food I've met in San Francisco. There were few patrons and therefore little noise, and no doubt, was a factor in the overall experience."
Dined on 8/05/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Waterbar is a seafood-centric restaurant located on the waterfront with spectacular panoramic views of the bay and city skyline, exceptional design, and a menu of the freshest sustainable fish and seafood. Featuring stunning outdoor (dog-friendly) dining on the waterfront patio, a relaxed atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling circular aquariums filled with an eye-catching array of fish and marine life from the Pacific Ocean Waterbar is not to be missed.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Lunch Experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/12/2014
 2010
Dined on 7/12/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The setting is spectacular and the outdoor site on a perfect day is probably preferable except for the crowded seating. The indoor ambience as with so many restaurants depends on the noise level the surrounding patrons are producing, and these days ordinary conversation has been replaced by shouting. Restaurants should study the noise factors in their restaurants if they consider the food an important draw. The food can be extraordinary and my soft shell crab sandwich was one of the more tasty I've experienced, but it was not exceptional. The service was cursory; the wait staff were not engaged."
Dined on 7/12/2014
 2010
Special Features: notable wine list, fit for foodies
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The symbol of the neighborhood Cantina is an integral part of Latin American culture. Cantinas have been cherished by local communities for generations, providing a neutral space where all people can enjoy outstanding food and signature cocktails with their families and friends.<br /> <br />At La Urbana, we hope to respectfully reinterpret this time-honored tradition by using sustainable ingredients in a contemporary way that represents our Latin roots and global culture while continuing to push the boundaries of modern Mexican food.<br /> <br />¡Salud!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Review of Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2010
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The experience was beyond expectations. The eating implements provided were detailed, the presentations were thoughtful and well executed (the mole was poured from a pitcher by the server), the posole, farro and green peas were tasteful and emphasized the textures well, the eggplant entree was new and the churros were memorable. To be expected the dining room was full of 30-somethings shouting as their ordinary table conversation."
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Stones Throw, a California/American restaurant and bar situated in the heart of San Francisco in the renowned Russian Hill neighborhood, goes back to the basics, highlighting the simple things in life: great food, undying hospitality and a fun, carefree environment where everyone feels welcome. <br /><br />Food inspired from past experiences at a slew of four star restaurants is turned into fun and approachable every day dining with a seasonally changing menu. Stones Throw features an extensive beer list with a balance between large format, hard to find beers, and familiar namesakes as well as a wine menu focusing on value, along with a careful balance of eclectic and adventurous wines.<br /><br />A carefully formed team of some of the most talented restaurant staff in San Francisco is here to help create a fun and unforgettable experience each and every time you visit Stones Throw. We hope to see you soon…and often. Cheers!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Critique
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The decor was formulaic, and the ambience was pleasant enough with the noise level almost tolerable. The menu sounded exciting, but the experience was less so. The memorable items were the tomato crisps and fava dip, the potato-egg combination. I had the okonomiyaki as a main course that was large enough and was satisfying, especially the log of oyster. The service was somewhat cursory."
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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