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Joe's Italian Cuisine

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403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
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4:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent homemade food,

I have been eating at Joe's for more than 15 years, since I moved to the San Diego area, and Escondido. Everything is made right there on the premises. Joe's family also shares the workload. His adult daughters trade off hosting and waiting on the guests. The portions are quite large and plenty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Rifi S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been eating at Joe's for more than 15 years, since I moved to the San Diego area, and Escondido. Everything is made right there on the premises. Joe's family also shares the workload. His adult daughters trade off hosting and waiting on the guests. The portions are quite large and plenty for the next days lunch or dinner.... More 

Thank Rifi S
San Diego
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Step into Joe's and you enter the world of Italy straight out of a movie set. What's not to love? Of course if you're not willing to wait for individually prepared dishes, then don't bother. The flavors of Italy came through each bite. They even substituted my favorite pasta, capelleni, for the penne. Come to dine, not just eat. Enjoy... More 

1 Thank LutheranLadySanDiego
Brentwood, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Atmosphere very Italian - pictures of Italy, salami, grapevines hanging from ceiling, background music of Italian operatic singers, quiet romantic booths to enjoy the wonderful food and wine. Felt like we were in a little Italian restaurant in Italy.

Thank italiana38
Escondido CA
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

When I asked my wife what she'd like to eat for her birthday dinner she replied Lasagna. We have a special requirement though, she's allergic to parsley. We've eaten at Joe's and enjoyed it, so I gave them a call and explained our situation. Yes, they can do it! We arrived on a Tuesday night around 6:30, as we had... More 

Thank SparkydogEscondidoCA
San Ramon, California
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340 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We went to Joe's on a Tuesday evening about 5:30pm. The place is tastefully decorated and cozy (6 booths, plus tables with seating for 12-15 inside, and 4 tables outside). We were promptly seated at one of the booths and served ice water, bread and menus. Our waitress came and took our drink orders: I had a Birra Moretti and... More 

Thank Rob M
Escondido, CA
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71 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

When you enter this restaurant you feel that you have entered Little Italy - it is very cozy just gives you a welcoming feeling. Couple this with great italian pasta dishes and you have a winner!

Thank Doris S
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Joes has always been a favorite. But, they really dropped the ball when they served me "canned" clams with their Linguini in white clam sauce. I've eaten this dish in 100 Italian restaurants and never had it served without fresh clams. Boo Hoo Joe.

Thank sam088
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211 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We have been going to Joe's for years, and again stopped last evening for dinner. The food is always excellent as is the service despite being full. A family run restaurant one cannot go wrong with any of the dishes that are individually prepared so the food is hot when served. I love going for a nice meal in a... More 

1 Thank SHERLOCKSanDiego_ca
San Diego
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366 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We made a last minute choice to eat here, as it was New Years eve and we had no reservation anywhere. Luckily we were allowed in with just a 10 minute wait for a table. This place is very cute inside, warm and inviting. A real family owned restaurant. Joe even came out to speak with folks as they dined.... More 

Thank DMHappyTravel
Missoula, MT
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35 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Traveling thru town, we thought we would try Joes. It has some charm from days gone by, but the food quality was really lacking. A generic antipasto and salad. The sauce for the Alfredo was without flavor, like eating fettuccine in a bowl of thick milk. Very disappointing. Sorry Joe.


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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: 760-489-6835

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?