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Papa Joe's Italian Eatery

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485 Spencerport Rd, # FRONT, Rochester, NY 14606-4822
585-247-7920
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 23
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food at a reasonable price

This is a favorite when no one wants to cook - casual dining. Good food and good service. And, given the size of the portions leftovers to take home are often the case. Make reservations to avoid a wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
pamelam621
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The food is admittedly good, but the management and service is as poor as it gets. You know it's true when you're celebrating someone's birthday, chatting around the table and you're told by the "hostess" you've overstayed your welcome. They 'need the table'. Really, Papa Joe's? With 3 empty tables right behind us?? The food isn't THAT good that they... More 

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Thank ksquires2016
Rochester, New York
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

I'm married to a 100% Italian with parents "off the boat" and we all love it. The Chicken parm is to die for and the portions are huge!!

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Thank Kurt T
Rochester, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Arrived to eat at 4:30PM and the rude old hostess showed me the wait list and said do you have reservations? I said I did not know I needed to at 4:30PM when the doors just opened. The rude hostess said well you do and we can not accommodate you. My wife's birthday. They had about 15 open tables. I... More 

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2 Thank Ann S
Syracuse, NY
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Just finished a job interview nearby, went to our trusty "TripAdvisor" app, found this rest. Glad I did, quick, easy & delicious pasta dish. I had the "Penne Arrabbiata". VERY good, tasty with a little spice, but I always like spiced up foods anyway. This dish anyone can handle. Mushrooms, tomatoes, olives and some pancetta.

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Thank ondagawood
North Chili
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Papa Joe's is the best Italian eatery in town. The menu is varied. They offer both half and whole portions so that you don't need to pay for more than you need. Even with the half portion, I usually take enough home for another meal. The dining room isn't anything special, but we're there for the food. The staff is... More 

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Thank Sandra O
Rochester, New York
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95 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a favorite when no one wants to cook - casual dining. Good food and good service. And, given the size of the portions leftovers to take home are often the case. Make reservations to avoid a wait.

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1 Thank pamelam621
Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a Italian family restaurant. I ordered seafood linguine, regular order. The portion was so big that I ate all of the seafood and left half of the pasta. It came with soup, lobster bisque, and green salad. The lobster bisque was also very good. Good cooking and good service. The price was very reasonable. If you are it... More 

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2 Thank coravchan
Rochester, New York
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is the second year our card group had Papa Joe's cater our dinner. The food was wonderful the first year, 2014, and just as good this year. We do not eat at the restaurant as we had 70 people. Everyone raved a how wonderful the dinner was. We had Chicken French, Eggplant Parmesan, Greens and Beans, Italian sausage, with... More 

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Thank Rubywitch1
Rochester, New York
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2,171 reviews
1,455 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 700 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I hope I'm not coming down on this restaurant too hard by giving it a grade of '2'. But yet there was very little that I enjoyed in this place with the exception of our very friendly waitress, who was really nice, friendly and great at her job. The inside of this restaurant is basically what you'd expect to find... More 

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3 Thank Larry W
Rochester, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I come here on occasion with family. Brought my coworkers here last week and it was great as usual. I have never tasted better chicken parm. My wife is gluten sensitive, but they offer gluten free bread and pasta. Fantastic. Oh, and the portions are enormous.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 485 Spencerport Rd, # FRONT, Rochester, NY 14606-4822
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: 585-247-7920

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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