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Joseph's Italian Bistro

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5003 Oquinn Blvd SE, Apt O, Southport, NC 28461-7515
+1 910-454-4440
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 191
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Deceptive Specials are an old trick

I could tell something was up when the waiter did not mention the price of the Daily Specials. But, I never thought that a piece of grouper and some polenta could cost $29.99. There was nothing special about this grouper except for the price. This restaurant is good and does not need to be so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Regular_Guy_Diner
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I could tell something was up when the waiter did not mention the price of the Daily Specials. But, I never thought that a piece of grouper and some polenta could cost $29.99. There was nothing special about this grouper except for the price. This restaurant is good and does not need to be so deceptive.

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Thank Regular_Guy_Diner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Joseph's for a family dinner. The atmosphere is fantastic. The food is excellent as is the service. The prices are extremely reasonable and the portions are large. The menu us great and has a great variety of choices. Unfortunately while we were there I misplaced a credit card. The staff went above and beyond and didn't stop searching... More 

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Thank Frank K
Oak Island, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem- tucked away down by South Harbor across the ICW from Oak Island (take Fish Factory Road all the way to the end). It is worth finding. Superb Italian with excellent wait staff, welcoming owners, and delicious food. My wife and I have it as one of our favorite three or four restaurants in the area.... More 

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Thank Jim W
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Atmosphere, service, food and view are all outstanding. We eat here every time we are in town. We always take friends there because it is so good. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. My wife really enjoyed the Escargot. The Scampi is outstanding. I've eaten the Chicken Parm and Marsala, both good dishes. Anything on the menu... More 

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Thank berk4422
Durham, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Great Italian food overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway. Add beautiful ambiance and very nice wait staff, and you are in for a delightful evening! We have tried many different menu items over the years, and they have all been delicious.

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Thank Betsy K
Shallotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I'd heard of this quaint establishment over 5 years ago, and finally had the opportunity to try it out. What a treat! An elegant setting that isn't at all pretentious! The wine selection was nice--I chose a dessert wine, which was just enough to accompany my meal. In a nutshell--nice sized portions, excellent waitstaff & ambiance, food quality was good.... More 

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Thank fruityb
Southport, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I have eaten at this restaurant many times, never disappointed. The fish is outstanding, the meats are too die for. Service is perfect and the selection is above all others. Just a wonderful place to dine and the view is great too.

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Thank Bill B
Southport, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you're looking for great Italian food, good service, and fair prices, visit Joseph's in Southport. My book club recently dined there for our annual holiday dinner. All ten ladies enjoyed their dinners, especially me since I follow a gluten free diet. Joseph's accommodated my dietary needs very well with a delicious chicken marsala and gluten free pasta entrée. Visit... More 

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Thank Valerie M
Adirondack NY
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

When were are in NC (twice a year) we always put Joseph's on the list. We have always had an excellent experience there. The menu is extensive and the food is of the highest quality. The servers are knowledgeable and give great recommendation. Reservations are only available for large groups but they have two separate room for 8 or more.... More 

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Thank Purdymbp
Southport, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This is the best place to eat in Southport-Oak Island.Great Italian, seafood, and special dishes. No reservations,but off season the tables come quick. Service is upscale and very polite.Always visit here if you come to the area.We have been living in Southport eight years and have enjoyed hundreds of meals here. Good prices,but not cheap.

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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: +1 910-454-4440

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?