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Joe's Italian Cuisine

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403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
760-489-6835
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4:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 15
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  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good solid Italian food

Always packed, Escondido tradition. Sometimes the food is off the charts delicious others okay. Service is stern order taking not much pleasantly, I guess unless your a super regular. It's super tight inside and the decor attempts to feel like a Venetian gondola. Family owned and operated.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
hortonms
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san diego
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san diego
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178 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always packed, Escondido tradition. Sometimes the food is off the charts delicious others okay. Service is stern order taking not much pleasantly, I guess unless your a super regular. It's super tight inside and the decor attempts to feel like a Venetian gondola. Family owned and operated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great value, good service, we enjoyed the excellent fresh authentic food. Reasonably priced wine, old family atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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 

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San Diego
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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 

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Brentwood, California
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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.

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Thank italiana38
Escondido CA
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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 

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Thank SparkydogEscondidoCA
San Ramon, California
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198 restaurant reviews
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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 

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Thank Rob M
Escondido, CA
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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!

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Thank Doris S
california
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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.

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SAN DIEGO,CA
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215 reviews
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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 

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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, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 am - 10:00 pm

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