We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
142 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306-6431
+1 201-451-3606
11:30 - 21:45
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:45
Fri 11:30 - 22:45
Sat 11:00 - 22:45
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

46 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 45: English reviews
Jersey City, New Jersey
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I have eaten here for lunch a couple of times as I work with a bunch of cops that grew up in Jersey City. My wife and I recently bought a car (because you don't really need one in JC) so we have decided to try some of the local restaurants in JC/Bayonne that are harder to get to with... More 

Thank logan_whitehead
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

I'm glad you and your wife were finally able to try us out, Logan! Thanks for making the trip in your new car to see us. I'm grateful that both your cheese ravioli and your wife's butternut squash ravioli were tasty, and I know we have many more options on our menu that will impress you, too. We look forward... More 

Level Contributor
24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Excellent experience, great food, attentive and knowledgeable wait staff, easy parking and very fair prices. The bartender made terrific drinks. Went for the buffet, came back a few days later with friends for lunch. Everyone loved it!

Thank Gerard C
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back to see us, Gerard! I'm so honored that you felt we were worth the return visit, and I appreciate you trying out our buffet and lunch options. I hope you'll dine with us again very soon! All the best, Isabel, Owner More 

Bethany Beach, Delaware
Level Contributor
107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Stopped in on a Sunday evening to find venue about 25% full. We were seated quickly. Three of the four meals came out quickly and simultaneously, one order, the pizza, arrived about 5 minutes later. The veal Parm and veal Milanese were very good. Rita and Joe's is definitely worth trying when you're in the area.

Thank TommyRo
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

I appreciate you spending your Sunday evening with us! Thanks for trying out two of our veal dishes and our pizza. We hope to see you again next time you're around our place! Sincerely, Isabel, Owner More 

Union, New Jersey
Level Contributor
55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Tried Rita & Joe's for the first time with my family and wasn't impressed at all. The service was so slow--the waiter took a long time to take our order and did not get our food until an hour later! The food was warm but thought it was just okay.

Thank Gailstrails
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

I'm surprised to hear your dishes took so long to make it to your table -- we're usually very prompt about taking orders and bringing them to you. If that wasn't the case on your family's visit, I do apologize, and I hope you'll give us a chance to do better in the future. Sincerely, Isabel, Owner More 

Vernon, New Jersey
Level Contributor
229 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Went here with my family a couple of days ago. We had a large group. It took the food forever to come out. Some people had their food quicker. I was finished with my food by the time my aunt got her food. That was the worst part. My uncle's chicken parm was overcooked. My meal was good, I ordered... More 

Thank Brie V
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

I'm very sorry we kept your family waiting, Brie. I know that must've been disappointing. We're usually very good about bringing large orders out in a timely manner. I'm not sure what went wrong this time but I appreciate your understanding and patience, despite the inconvenience. Next time you're in Jersey City, I would love the chance to make this... More 

Statesville, NC
Level Contributor
116 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

Stumbled on this place while waiting to check in at our hotel. Decided to stop in for lunch. Surprised by the very beautiful flowers adorning the parking lot - someone has taken a lot of care. Aside from the nice entrance, we went in and found it be a real 'locals' place with a number of folks at the bar... More 

Thank David S
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

I'm so happy you noticed our flowers, David. That just made me smile -- we've certainly worked hard on them! But, it's even more exciting to hear that we succeeded in showing you what we're all about: A comfortable, local restaurant with authentic food. Thank you so much for checking us out and leaving this wonderful recommendation. All the best,... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

The buffet is good and a good value The means of keeping it hot could be improved upon and the waiters could be more friendly. A little cramped for space but I will go again.

Thank ejoshua123
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us! Thank you for taking the time to leave this thoughtful feedback. I'll look into what we can do to make sure that all of the buffet food is nice and hot at all times -- that's a very helpful suggestion. I look forward to your next visit! All... More 

Dunellen, New Jersey
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

I have been going to Rita and Joe's for many years and have encouraged others to do the same. I've always found the food and service to be excellent. However, I recently went there on a Sunday afternoon with a group of about 17 people. We had a reservation and the manager seated us in what amounted to our own... More 

1 Thank cinemaretro
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that you were less impressed than usual this time! I want to assure you that the restaurant is still in the family, and our team is still committed to the exact same standards of excellence that we always have been. Everyone on our team greatly appreciates you calling us in advance, letting us know how many... More 

Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Had my mom 75th birthday catered there for over 50 people. Food was amazing. The two waiters assigned to us were so attentive and polite. The manager, Nelson, super professional. On point. Very accommodating. The decor of the room is very nice and welcoming with its own entrance. Will definitely used them again for any event.

Thank noway01
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

It was such a pleasure to be a part of your mom's special day! Thank you so much for trusting us to throw her the party she deserves. I couldn't be happier to hear that the food was a hit, our team was professional, and everything went smoothly. I'll pass on your compliments to Nelson and my staff -- they'll... More 

Level Contributor
33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

I was looking for a place to eat on a Wednesday night before a meeting. I got this recommendation from a friend who called it a Jersey City classic. Awesome food both traditional items and some avante guard things. Something for every price point. I'll be back.

Thank LauraBC29
Isabel P, Owner at Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant, responded to this review

I couldn't be happier that you took your friend's advice and came to give us a try! It sounds like our menu impressed you and our food lived up to those expectations. That's exactly what we're going for! Can't wait to have you back for more. Thank you, Isabel, Owner More 

Travellers who viewed Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant also viewed


Been to Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 22:45
11:00 - 22:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 142 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306-6431
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey City
  • Phone Number: +1 201-451-3606
Rita & Joe's is an upscale Italian restaurant in Jersey City offering delicious, authentic Italian meals in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Rita and Joe's Italian Resturant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?