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Joe's Italian Cuisine

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403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
+1 760-489-6835
04:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 04:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 04:00 - 22:00
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Lake Ozark, Missouri
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently returned to Joe's for dinner on a Saturday evening before going to an event at the Arts Center. The food was just so so. Nothing bad, but definitely nothing great. There were only three wait staff/busing folks, and that was insufficient. We didn't get refills on drinks unless we worked at flagging someone down. The restaurant didn't get really... More 

Thank Michael T
Olathe, Kansas
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988 reviews
582 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took over 2.5 hours for dinner - way overwhelmed staff. Food was fair, but not great. Had a table of 6 and tried many options for mains and deserts. Prices were good, but its just not worth waiting over an hour for the salad to arrive. Maybe better for lunch, don't know.

Thank JimOB1
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This place has it all -- excellent ambiance, great service, and the best Italian cuisine this side of Italy. Have been here many times during our stay in Escondido, and have enjoyed every visit. Joshua is an amazing soul, a great server. We have enjoyed the Chicken Marsala, Lasagna, Clam Linguini, Cannelloni, Antipasto Misto. The food takes a while to... More 

Thank Paul P
Escondido, California
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90 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Loved the ambiance in this small, intimate restaurant. Was with a group of friends. Food was Ok, but a little bit salty that evening. Need to go back and try it again.

Thank EscoDave
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Average at best slow service, getting drinks, food, taking plates away even filling drinks. Food ok will not be back

Thank John R
Escondido, California
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Very intimate cozy restaurant on Grand in Escondido. You might have to wait a little longer for your entre but it is worth the wait. Everything is made from scratch. The waiters are friendly and try hard to please you. We look for the coupons and Tuesday through Thursday they can be used. I highly recommend this restaurant. They also... More 

Thank Scottielover5
Mission, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Fun and funky atmosphere, excellent wine list, service is good, and food is always top notch. Since I moved away and only come here for visits, I always have to make sure I have dinner at Joe's Italian Cuisine at least once. Excellent pasta and the red sauce is to die for.

Thank cooperschoice
Escondido, California
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Downtown Escondido is a funky little town and Joe's is no exception to that ambience. We went early after reading the reviews that this place fills fast on a Saturday night. By 6pm all of the tables were filled. Good call! So nice to have such attentive servers, always with smiles on their faces. The food was excellent with large... More 

Thank margie55
san diego
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123 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

this is the place for hand made, authentic Italian food. The place is and intimate- lots of clutter decor adds to the atmosphere. It is really popular, so if it is a weekend, call for a reservation or be prepared to wait a bit

Thank flyawaySanDiego
Perth, Australia
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107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

From outside Joes looks like any Italian restaurant, but once you open the door ordinary cannot describe the inside, there is stuff hanging from every were. The look of the place is not an indicator of the quality of the food. My wife and I had a great meal, the food was excellent and the. Staff well versed in their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-489-6835

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?