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Joseph's Italian Bistro

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5003 Oquinn Blvd SE, Apt O, Southport, NC 28461-7515
910-454-4440
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • 106
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  • 19
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 6
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Italian in Southport/Oak Island

Been to Joseph's several times now, and each visit is better than the last. The food is always fresh and well prepared, the staff always friendly and the atmosphere always beautiful. For the price, it's a great option for anyone wanting a quality Italian meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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  • Late Night
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142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Been to Joseph's several times now, and each visit is better than the last. The food is always fresh and well prepared, the staff always friendly and the atmosphere always beautiful. For the price, it's a great option for anyone wanting a quality Italian meal.

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Conway, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Joseph's was like walking from the beach at Southport, NC through a door to the best restaurant in New York. Service, impeccable. Food Amazing! We have found a true Gem and planning our next trip back and bringing friends with us, lots of them...

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Crisfield, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

If you only visit one restaurant while in Southport, let it be Joseph's! The service was perfect - not rushed but you never had to wait when you needed something. And the food, was spectacular. We started with most delicious crusty bread for dipping. the dipping oil left you wanting to keep eating bread. Our appetizer was fried calamari. We... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

First, a disclaimer. We did not order Italian food at Joseph's, so this review is not about Joseph's Italian cuisine. It is about two of the most spectacular fish dishes my wife and I have ever eaten: grouper with a beurre blanc sauce and swordfish with a lemon cream sauce. Without doubt, the freshest, best prepared fish we have ever... More 

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New York
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I love this restaurant!!! The ambiance is perfect! The food is delicious from salad to dessert and everything in between. One of my favorites is the parmesean encrusted grouper. The service is always wonderful and the staff is friendly and informative. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a satisfying and delicious meal.

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Oak Island, North Carolina, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Some times you want more than hush puppies and sand on the floor - Joseph's will deliver. Don't worry that you are bound by Italian food either, this menu has plenty of choices. We enjoyed escargot and duck, paired with delicious wine. We intend to return for the Italian experience and enjoy the award-winning meatballs. The service is great, the... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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87 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A great hidden gem, slightly off the beaten path but a must to find. greeted at the door with a hearty welcome by all the staff, they are also very knowledgeable about local seafood and recommendations. The establishment has a romantic flair about it which is great for couples. The food is exceptional and of the highest quality and presentation.... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Southport is truly one of my favorite places to visit and Joseph's Italian Bistro is a MUST while I am there. I typically make a yearly visit to Southport from Brooklyn, New York and every time I go I am blown away by the delicious food and delectable wine. I've tried everything from their homemade pastas (and bread which I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I've been traveling to the Southport/Oak Island area for a few years now from a large metropolitan city. I have more than enough to choose from in my hometown, however I have yet to come across a place like Joseph's. The food is fresh, simple, and frankly, reminds me of sitting at my family's dinning room table for Sunday dinner.... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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629 reviews 629 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
440 helpful votes 440 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

First they tried to put is in the main room. It only had about 15 tables but they were crammed in close together and only two two-seater tables were left. I'm not comfortable being crammed in like that so we asked to sit in another room. Looking around I don't know how there was enough room on any of the... More 

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

Hi Cheryl H, We appreciate you mentioning how much you enjoyed the Chicken Parmesan. We’re glad that we were able to make that aspect memorable for you. We’re sorry to hear that you were displeased with your dining experience seating wise. It is unfortunate that you found your seating arrangement to be so uncomfortable. We felt we tried to give... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 910-454-4440

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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