Marin Joe's Restaurant Inc

★★★★☆
37.9226 -122.513
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415-924-2081

1585 Casa Buena Dr

Corte Madera, CA

94925

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My family has been eating at Marin Joe's for over fifty years. Just because the style of cooking is traditional doesn't mean it's out of date. The portions are substantial, the service is professional and the prices are reasonable. I can't understand some of these reviews. Someone stated that a ""chef friend"" told him that the food had gone downhill ""since Joe"" died. You and your chef friend don't know what you're talking about. There NEVER was a ""Joe"". Adolph Della Santina started the restaurant in 1954. It's now owned and operated by his nephew's family. Joe's is a generic term for a restaurant specializing in a certain style of Italian-American cooking. As far as going to Ruth's Chris to get a steak instead of Joe's, you're not going to get a New York with two sides for $25 at the former. It's all relative. You can't find alot of the dishes anywhere other than Joe's - sauteed sweetbreads, chicken livers, roast veal, broiled 1/2 chicken etc. Granted this isn't expensive foo-foo modern Italian Cusine, but it doesn't pretend to be. If you looking for seared diver scallops on the piastra with a wild mushroom, chicory root, bagna caudo ragu, don't come here. If you want a medium rare cheesburger on sourdough with great fries, get over here.

5
★★★★★

My family has been eating at Marin Joe's for over fifty years. Just because the style of cooking is traditional doesn't mean it's out of date. The portions are substantial, the service is professional and the prices are reasonable. I can't understand some of these reviews. Someone stated that a ""chef friend"" told him that the food had gone downhill ""since Joe"" died. You and your chef friend don't know what you're talking about. There NEVER was a ""Joe"". Adolph Della Santina started the restaurant in 1954. It's now owned and operated by his nephew's family. Joe's is a generic term for a restaurant specializing in a certain style of Italian-American cooking. As far as going to Ruth's Chris to get a steak instead of Joe's, you're not going to get a New York with two sides for $25 at the former. It's all relative. You can't find alot of the dishes anywhere other than Joe's - sauteed sweetbreads, chicken livers, roast veal, broiled 1/2 chicken etc. Granted this isn't expensive foo-foo modern Italian Cusine, but it doesn't pretend to be. If you looking for seared diver scallops on the piastra with a wild mushroom, chicory root, bagna caudo ragu, don't come here. If you want a medium rare cheesburger on sourdough with great fries, get over here.

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We used to love Marin Joe's restaurant, but after tonight we will never return or recommend it to anyone.\r\nTonight we called ahead to make dinner reservations for 6. We were told that they only take reservations for parties of seven or more. We decided to go anyway, arrived at 7pm and were told there would be an hour wait for a table. Even though it was a long wait, we decided to go into the bar and wait over drinks. \r\nThe bar was crowded there was no place to sit, so we waited until a table there opened up. We were not allowed to sit and any of the 4 open tables, as we were told those were ""dining tables"". When one finally did open up we discovered there were not enough chairs. Half of our party was left standing for another ten to fifteen minutes, with none of the staff even noticing. When we asked for chairs we got no response, and so finally took chairs from the next table that opened up. A waitress came and took two of our chairs from us saying that they needed them for a ""dinner table"". She did not offer us other chairs, even though there was a stack of them around the corner. We waited another 45 minutes before the stressed out curt cocktail waitress got to our table. After waiting for over an hour and a half, watching many other parties who arrived after us and were somehow seated in the dining room before us, we were finally offered a bar table right next to the bar table we had been sitting/standing at for 1 1/2 hours, instead of a dining room table. When we refused the table, the manager/owner acted offended, and in a surprisingly demeaning tone asked why we didn't want the table. At that point, hungry and fed up, we just left.\r\nOur party was expecting a wait, but we never expected that level of indifference to our needs nor the demeaning and offhanded manner in which the hostess and manager dealt with our party. Our experience was insulting and embarrassing, especially since we had recommended the establishment so highly to our out of town visitors.\r\n\r\n

1
★☆☆☆☆

We used to love Marin Joe's restaurant, but after tonight we will never return or recommend it to anyone.\r\nTonight we called ahead to make dinner reservations for 6. We were told that they only take reservations for parties of seven or more. We decided to go anyway, arrived at 7pm and were told there would be an hour wait for a table. Even though it was a long wait, we decided to go into the bar and wait over drinks. \r\nThe bar was crowded there was no place to sit, so we waited until a table there opened up. We were not allowed to sit and any of the 4 open tables, as we were told those were ""dining tables"". When one finally did open up we discovered there were not enough chairs. Half of our party was left standing for another ten to fifteen minutes, with none of the staff even noticing. When we asked for chairs we got no response, and so finally took chairs from the next table that opened up. A waitress came and took two of our chairs from us saying that they needed them for a ""dinner table"". She did not offer us other chairs, even though there was a stack of them around the corner. We waited another 45 minutes before the stressed out curt cocktail waitress got to our table. After waiting for over an hour and a half, watching many other parties who arrived after us and were somehow seated in the dining room before us, we were finally offered a bar table right next to the bar table we had been sitting/standing at for 1 1/2 hours, instead of a dining room table. When we refused the table, the manager/owner acted offended, and in a surprisingly demeaning tone asked why we didn't want the table. At that point, hungry and fed up, we just left.\r\nOur party was expecting a wait, but we never expected that level of indifference to our needs nor the demeaning and offhanded manner in which the hostess and manager dealt with our party. Our experience was insulting and embarrassing, especially since we had recommended the establishment so highly to our out of town visitors.\r\n\r\n

Pros: menu

Cons: consistently poor service, bad management /owner attitude, ""in club"" seating and preferential treatment

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I have been going to Marin Joes my whole life... 30 years! I love it. For Italian food in Marin, its one of the best. Its not a happening spot, seems like most of the clientele has been around for 3 times my life. My grandpa could fine a nice date there if he didn't have a girlfriend... and if your a little kid or have one, beware of cheek pinchers, there out to get some! Service is up and down, overall ok. People love marin joes, so there is usually a wait, to me... worth it. The burgers are the best!

5
★★★★★

I have been going to Marin Joes my whole life... 30 years! I love it. For Italian food in Marin, its one of the best. Its not a happening spot, seems like most of the clientele has been around for 3 times my life. My grandpa could fine a nice date there if he didn't have a girlfriend... and if your a little kid or have one, beware of cheek pinchers, there out to get some! Service is up and down, overall ok. People love marin joes, so there is usually a wait, to me... worth it. The burgers are the best!

Pros: the food, the cheese spread in the bar

Cons: sometimes a long wait

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Marin Joes was a late night discovery I made in my first week of living in the area, recommended by the hostess at Izzy's, which was just then closing for the night. I was seated right away in a small, two person booth, which was comfortable, and the ambience, though nothing too fancy, gave me a feeling like I had been there before, which was comforting. I have been going there for years, first for the hanburgers served on a baguette, which are mighty, for a lack of better words. And then I moved on to the New York steak, which I found to be extremely satisfying with a side of rosemary red potatoes and steamed vegetables. But more recently I have found the steaks to be less than satisfying, generally a little small. I love the sourdough bread and house salad, but probably won't be going back too soon, because for a steak at that price, you're just better off going to Ruth's Chris. The service is consistently good.

4
★★★★☆

Marin Joes was a late night discovery I made in my first week of living in the area, recommended by the hostess at Izzy's, which was just then closing for the night. I was seated right away in a small, two person booth, which was comfortable, and the ambience, though nothing too fancy, gave me a feeling like I had been there before, which was comforting. I have been going there for years, first for the hanburgers served on a baguette, which are mighty, for a lack of better words. And then I moved on to the New York steak, which I found to be extremely satisfying with a side of rosemary red potatoes and steamed vegetables. But more recently I have found the steaks to be less than satisfying, generally a little small. I love the sourdough bread and house salad, but probably won't be going back too soon, because for a steak at that price, you're just better off going to Ruth's Chris. The service is consistently good.

Pros: Very comfortable with comfort food

Cons: There are a lot of great places for steak in Marin and San Francisco

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Fine dining prices minus the food.\r\nA eat and run kind of place, with a old ambiance.\r\nCould be better if the prices came down again,\r\nand the food consistancy went back up.....\r\nVery disapointed...drove all the way from petaluma to eat here.

3
★★★☆☆

Fine dining prices minus the food.\r\nA eat and run kind of place, with a old ambiance.\r\nCould be better if the prices came down again,\r\nand the food consistancy went back up.....\r\nVery disapointed...drove all the way from petaluma to eat here.

Cons: $$$$$$

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Its ok.\r\nDark, Dingy and slightly over rated.\r\nThe Tenderloin was great and the veggies were nasty.\r\nFrozen pees with dried potaoes....???\r\na hundred dollars later, we wer left with a bad taste in\r\nour mouths - way to expensive.\r\n\r\nI like the place and the service, but dont understand the hype?

3
★★★☆☆

Its ok.\r\nDark, Dingy and slightly over rated.\r\nThe Tenderloin was great and the veggies were nasty.\r\nFrozen pees with dried potaoes....???\r\na hundred dollars later, we wer left with a bad taste in\r\nour mouths - way to expensive.\r\n\r\nI like the place and the service, but dont understand the hype?

Pros: easy to get to.

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This place screams 1960's, from the crammed, too-small booths, to the tuck and roll upholstery and grim looking walls. On the other hand, the lunch I had me totally reminiscing about my old grandma; who had martini's with lunch, and everyone knew her name, and she always ordered her steak RARE and got it RARE. The food is good to a minimal standard, but it's that old-style food no one under the age of 60 really goes out for anymore. I mean, spaghetti with meat sauce is a side, for goodness sake, and they still have liver and onions on the menu (someone's ordering it!)The place was filled with older people, happily eating the old-school food and swilling cocktails. The beef tips w/ mushrooms I had was somewhat bland but well cooked and when doctored with salt/pepper a nice throw-back to my youth, and the freshly steamed, veggies, as boring as they could possibly be, were just what my grandma would have expected. My lunchmate had seared scallops, perfectly done, she said. This isn't a place I'd revisit, but to give it the props it deserves: Marin Joe's created one of the world's best dishes: Joe's Special, an unlikely combo of eggs, mushrooms, ground beef and onions, and it is truly one of life's must-try's. They also are one of the only low-brow joints still making Caesar salad table side, and to their benefit, they use an open grill for their meats... But... the place is sadly outdated and wretchedly grim and old. A chef friend tells me that when Joe died, the place lost it's charm, and I believe him. I'd bet there's a lot of aging boomers who are happy Joe's is still around, and even though I won't go back unless my now-aged mother forces me, the food is decent, old-fashioned grub that is going to go the way of the hof brau before you know it. There are so few of these places left, it just might be worth a try, so you'll know what you will (or won't) be missing when they're gone.

4
★★★★☆

This place screams 1960's, from the crammed, too-small booths, to the tuck and roll upholstery and grim looking walls. On the other hand, the lunch I had me totally reminiscing about my old grandma; who had martini's with lunch, and everyone knew her name, and she always ordered her steak RARE and got it RARE. The food is good to a minimal standard, but it's that old-style food no one under the age of 60 really goes out for anymore. I mean, spaghetti with meat sauce is a side, for goodness sake, and they still have liver and onions on the menu (someone's ordering it!)The place was filled with older people, happily eating the old-school food and swilling cocktails. The beef tips w/ mushrooms I had was somewhat bland but well cooked and when doctored with salt/pepper a nice throw-back to my youth, and the freshly steamed, veggies, as boring as they could possibly be, were just what my grandma would have expected. My lunchmate had seared scallops, perfectly done, she said. This isn't a place I'd revisit, but to give it the props it deserves: Marin Joe's created one of the world's best dishes: Joe's Special, an unlikely combo of eggs, mushrooms, ground beef and onions, and it is truly one of life's must-try's. They also are one of the only low-brow joints still making Caesar salad table side, and to their benefit, they use an open grill for their meats... But... the place is sadly outdated and wretchedly grim and old. A chef friend tells me that when Joe died, the place lost it's charm, and I believe him. I'd bet there's a lot of aging boomers who are happy Joe's is still around, and even though I won't go back unless my now-aged mother forces me, the food is decent, old-fashioned grub that is going to go the way of the hof brau before you know it. There are so few of these places left, it just might be worth a try, so you'll know what you will (or won't) be missing when they're gone.

Pros: Old world food, mediocre at best, but that has it's old-school charms

Cons: See above.

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I want to say I'm 62 and I grew up in San Francisco. I haved moved to Prague and one of the things I most miss is a night at Joes feasting. I liked the larger portions growing up. I think they have the best Hamburger in town as I found at Original Joes years ago. I like that they carry on a tradition that was in place the first time I visited at a ripe young age. They are about steak and hamburgers, larger portions, real charcol cooking, and freshly cut meats. They have fine roasts, where can roast veal be found three days a week? What about Joe's Special? My gawd, what kind of people are these that write those disgruntled reviews? This place is where real San Franciscans still go.

5
★★★★★

I want to say I'm 62 and I grew up in San Francisco. I haved moved to Prague and one of the things I most miss is a night at Joes feasting. I liked the larger portions growing up. I think they have the best Hamburger in town as I found at Original Joes years ago. I like that they carry on a tradition that was in place the first time I visited at a ripe young age. They are about steak and hamburgers, larger portions, real charcol cooking, and freshly cut meats. They have fine roasts, where can roast veal be found three days a week? What about Joe's Special? My gawd, what kind of people are these that write those disgruntled reviews? This place is where real San Franciscans still go.

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Walked in last night. Sat at counter Waitress after being asked produced a menu. No water no french bread offered. Waited for appr 15 minutes. Waitress basically ignored me AND there were very few patrons at the counter at the time. I left without eating. Advised management and believe it or not management sided with waitress. Expressing it may have been pretty busy. Three(3) people at the counter in her area apparently overwhlemed her.Management does not care about repeat business. Will never return.

3
★★★☆☆

Walked in last night. Sat at counter Waitress after being asked produced a menu. No water no french bread offered. Waited for appr 15 minutes. Waitress basically ignored me AND there were very few patrons at the counter at the time. I left without eating. Advised management and believe it or not management sided with waitress. Expressing it may have been pretty busy. Three(3) people at the counter in her area apparently overwhlemed her.Management does not care about repeat business. Will never return.

Cons: terridble service, no one cares, management doesnt car

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I have to say I have always had a great burger at Joe's. The service is good and I have never had a problem with the older patrons in there, it doesn't change the flavor of the food what so ever! The veal is also great.

5
★★★★★

I have to say I have always had a great burger at Joe's. The service is good and I have never had a problem with the older patrons in there, it doesn't change the flavor of the food what so ever! The veal is also great.

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I had heard how good this place was. Maybe if you are over 60 and have no taste buds left. The service was rather crappy, the food was salty and reminded me of Chef Boyardee and it was expensive! The best part was the piano bar and fire place. Please, please, please! Do yourself a favor and go to any other Italian restaurant.

2
★★☆☆☆

I had heard how good this place was. Maybe if you are over 60 and have no taste buds left. The service was rather crappy, the food was salty and reminded me of Chef Boyardee and it was expensive! The best part was the piano bar and fire place. Please, please, please! Do yourself a favor and go to any other Italian restaurant.

Pros: Piano Bar, Fireplace

Cons: Food, Price, Service

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Marin Joe's in Corte Madera serves a wonderful Italian menu. From their Caesar Salad made from scratch at your table to their broiled steaks (when you say ""rare"" it comes out rare) to the unbelievably tasty sand dabs, fresh trout, and all of the Italian-style veal and chicken dishes, this place cannot be beat. The only drawback is that they do not take reservations, but that insures that they don't play favorites.

4
★★★★☆

Marin Joe's in Corte Madera serves a wonderful Italian menu. From their Caesar Salad made from scratch at your table to their broiled steaks (when you say ""rare"" it comes out rare) to the unbelievably tasty sand dabs, fresh trout, and all of the Italian-style veal and chicken dishes, this place cannot be beat. The only drawback is that they do not take reservations, but that insures that they don't play favorites.

Pros: valet parking

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