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Joseph's Italian Bistro

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5003 Oquinn Blvd SE, Apt O, Southport, NC 28461-7515
+1 910-454-4440
17:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Cape Coral, Florida
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible meal! Don't judge it by the front of it... the view in the back is gorgeous! You think of Italian food... it is everywhere.... but wait until you get a taste of their Italian food!!! OMG it was incredible!!!

Thank msbrazil
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Joseph's has a long history or offering an extraordinary dining experience and it never fails to do so. I've eaten here for many years and never been disappointed. Their Veal dishes are delicious as may of their pasta entrees. No reservations so come early or sit at the comfortable bar for a table to become ready. View of the harbor... More 

Thank Ken P
Woodbury, Minnesota
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here many times; most recently this past April. My friend had ravioli with seafood and sauce. I had grouper with risotto. Both were delicious. We also had our usual appetizer of eggplant rollatini. Oh in the bread with dipping olive oil that they serve is also pretty amazing. The only disappointment, if there is one, is there... More 

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Oakland Townshhip, MI
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Read reviews went there for our anniversary - excellent. Nice atmosphere, good service and wonderful dinner. Good place for your special night out.

Thank Ses270
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118 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend! Staff was excellent and knew all the gluten free choices with a full explanation. Service was excellent! The gluten free pasta with the eggplant marinara was terrific! Other dishes ordered were chicken Parmesan with the chicken grilled and the halibut, which was awesome. The atmosphere was inviting and offered an ocean view. Definitely will go back! Loved it!

Thank Psteinauer1
Raleigh, North Carolina
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I had the osso buco, it was delicious. Josephs Demi is the best you will have with just the perfect amount of citrus and rosemary. My wife enjoyed her favorite GoTo dish, the Carbonara, she ate half and the other will be lunch tomorrow. The wine list is new, we selected the Charles Krug Cab 2013. Many new selections on... More 

1 Thank berk4422
Debra B, Owner at Joseph's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

So glad you like the new wine list😍 And great seeing you! More 

Reston, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Great veal chop and risotto. Relaxing and friendly. Great service My wife and I went with our 12 yo son----he had the grouper special----outstanding. The veal chop is grilled to perfection, and oh that risotto. Best we've had stateside---and my wife is Italian.

1 Thank tombelinda
Debra B, Owner at Joseph's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you😍 Hope to see you again soon! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Josephs has an extensive menu to go with a warm and inviting atmosphere and great wine list. Each of the four of us loved our main dishes and appetizers. I had one of the specials which was Osso Buco which was done perfectly. My wife ans I had eaten there before and have cone away impressed with the quality of... More 

Thank Randall L
Debra B, Owner at Joseph's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you 😍 Hope to see you again soon! More 

Southport, North Carolina, USA
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A bit pricey but well worth the treat. Almost always crowded no matter when you go, plus they do not take reservations. During tourist season either go early or close to 9:00 or plan to wait.

Thank Sharon P
Debra B, Owner at Joseph's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review😍 More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Food way over rated -they don't take reservations...we won't be going back after 1.5 hr. wait....nice atmosphere - nice bar and out door seating when no bugs are out or its warm enough - Foods pricey for the quality, and the waits not worth it! They should seriously take reservations.

Thank jamiesU7934AM
Debra B, Owner at Joseph's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review as we always like to hear from our customers. We are not sure how long it's been since you've been even though you recently posted this but We did want to let you know that you can sit outside Year round as we have our deck enclosed with heaters. It's been like that for about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5003 Oquinn Blvd SE, Apt O, Southport, NC 28461-7515
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Southport
  • Phone Number: +1 910-454-4440

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