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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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  • 100
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
TRUE GEM! Amazing food and service!!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Suzanne M
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Brooklyn, New York
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  • Late Night
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English first
Brooklyn, New York
1 review
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 via mobile

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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604 reviews 604 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
411 helpful votes 411 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 

Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband and I have been in the Southport area for two weeks now, exploring the area for possible retirement opportunities. We googled Southport restaurants and decided to give Joseph's Italian Bistro & Chop House a visit. We were not disappointed. Service was excellent, great value. I ordered the catch of the day - Tile Fish, similar to Grouper. Was... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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113 reviews 113 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

They don't take reservations, so when I asked for the empty table near the window I thought I would get it - not so fast! They said it was reserved and sat us at a table behind it from which we observed the desired table remaining empty throughout the evening. Anyway, we were there for the food and hoped for... More 

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

Hi coeurdelion, We’re sorry to hear that you were so displeased while dining with us. We have mentioned to other members of members of your party that we do not receive or hold tables in our main dining room. In order to gain further clarification, I had asked my manager what occurred that evening. There appeared to be some slight... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Husband and I visited twice while in the area. Both time we were very pleased. We had Calamari as an appetizer. And let me just say that this is the best we have had. Ever. And we eat a LOT of calamari. For entrees, I had the Shrimp Alfredo and he had Lasagna. Both dishes were very delicious. The blue... More 

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Southport, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My husband and I moved to Southport NC from NH about 7 months ago. We're loving the weather and neighbors but do miss some of our favorite restaurants back home. Not long after we moved here someone suggested we try Joseph's. It's right on the water and they have the best italian food and service. Well after the first meal... More 

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Oak Island, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Walked in several times with no problems Great food and service. One of the few places we eat at in the area.

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New Jersey
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133 reviews 133 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Skip this place. They don't take reservations but we were told the table we wanted was reserved? No one sat there the whole time we were there? This place is in a strip mall but the back is waterfront with nice views. There are about 25 tables and it is nicely decorated. Our server was cheerful. We brought our own... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

This place is in a strip mall and there aren't any other decent restaurants anywhere near it. Using that scale, it may be your best choice for a decent meal. Food was bordering on bland and almost bland. There were 6 of us at this gathering and while no one in our party raved about anything, they also didn't say... More 

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

Hi Rodster 117, We're sorry to hear you think our food is bland and our waterfront location wasn't pleasant. We strive to have the best quality ingredients and flavor in our meals. We would really appreciate hearing from you about which meals you ordered so we can address any issues with the kitchen. If you wouldn't mind, please email us... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?