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Papa Joe's Italian Eatery

485 Spencerport Rd, # FRONT, Rochester, NY 14606-4822
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Ranked #198 of 1,097 restaurants in Rochester
Price range: $15 - $20
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
Cuisines: Italian, Pasta
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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33 reviews from our community

69% Recommend
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English first
Rochester, New York
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The only thing missing here is atmosphere. It's located in an old Bank. But the prices are very fare, and the food (homemade pasta:) is excellent - so all in our party was happy happy! Never a dissapointment here if you love Italian! And the portions are plentiful. I think we always travel away with a doggy or two:)

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Food was great. Service was great. Too noisy! I was shocked that they had tables set up in the waiting area. Don't try and seat me there! That wrong! I over heard a server say she was getting treated unfairly?

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Rochester, NY
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Hostess threw a temper tantrum, but waiting staff and food were good. Papa Joe's is the go to place in Gates, NY if you want good Italian food, that's why it is always busy. Definitely, make reservations! Here is no bar area or outside dining.We were celebrating an 85th Birthday. Papa Joe's was requested by the birthday lady. Reservations were... More

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Hilton, New York, USA
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14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always consistent and always good food. A great Italian restaurant for the food not much for atmosphere - not impressive to eat in. But Great high quality food.

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Pleasantville, New York
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241 reviews 241 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Good standard Italian with a wide variety of choices from pastas, meat & fish and large salads. I ordered the veal saltimboca with a cup of wedding soup. Both were very tasty and nicely prepared. The service was efficient and friendly. I also noticed that the place was packed at lunch - a good sign. I would definitely return if... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We recently moved back to NYS and wanted to celebrate after closing on our house here. Four of us went to Papa Joe's. I was hungry for some veal parmesan and wasn't disappointed. The food was good, nice sauce, plentiful, and hot. The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that the salad, pretty much iceberg lettuce, was... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This past Saturday night, my mother decided for her 56th anniversay that she wished to take her whole family for dinner! We had a party of 14. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. Food was great and we all went home with doggie bags. Enjoyed it again the next day. Service was also great, thanks to Beth! Definitely an enjoyable evening. Casual... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The restaurant has very simple decor. The food is out of this world. I have eaten here and ordered take out several times. They never disappoint. I've tried several things from the Penne Broccoli, Chicken French, Chicken Parmigiano, Penne Arrabbiata, and the Futti di Mare. Every time the food tastes delicious, fresh, homemade. It's a simple place but the food... More

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Rochester, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our party of four was seated in a room with another party of six and a large table (twelve-ish) celebrating someone's birthday. They were so loud and the room so small that the noise was deafening. We had to shout to hear one another, and I got a headache. Food was overpriced--my caeaser side salad was too heavily dressed and... More

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Rochester, New York
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73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We had heard good things about Papa Joe's, so we decided to try it. Made reservations, but really didn't need them. The place was about 3/4 full. It's in what used to be a bank, so you know there isn't a lot of room. The tables are close together and you are pretty much bumped by anyone walking by. Service... More

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