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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 - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, 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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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
Fantasic dining in a cute out-of-the-way resaturant, with a great view

I had never been to Joseph's Italian Restaurant before. I was taken there by a friend, who told me it is her favorite restaurant. Parking is not a problem; plenty of spaces in their parking lot. Joseph's is not easy to find, tucked into the middle of a strip shopping center, at the end of a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Matthew W
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Wilmington, N.C.
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Wilmington, N.C.
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118 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I had never been to Joseph's Italian Restaurant before. I was taken there by a friend, who told me it is her favorite restaurant. Parking is not a problem; plenty of spaces in their parking lot. Joseph's is not easy to find, tucked into the middle of a strip shopping center, at the end of a dead-end road. But the... More 

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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The best Italian food this side of Italy! Joseph's is always a stop on our trips to Southport. Located on the water, seating is available inside and outside. The food is awesome and so is the ambience!

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We were greeted with a huge welcome! That was a relief because the last Italian restaurant we stopped at - we left without ordering. The service here was amazing! We sat outside and the view was great. My son loved watching the boats coming in. Our dishes included chicken parm, eggplant parm & Frutti di Mare. Everything was wonderful and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Having moved to st James in last six mons I leave an night before going we try and get a memorable meal. Joseph's always meets and exceeds those expectations. From mussels with extra bread for the sauce to a delicious white wine all is good. We get the meatballs and lasagna regularly but specials of swordfish and grouper are great.... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We celebrated my birthday here. The food was fresh and tasty!! Service was great!!! They gave me a free dessert for my birthday!!!!

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

As if sitting outside on the patio overlooking the yachts on a warm sunny night wasn't enough the food was amazing. We all started sharing our meals because everyone's meal tasted and smelled like haven. With a glass of wine and the soft music playing in the background you could feel your shoulders start to relax. We ended the night... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was an excellent meal and is not to be missed when in the Oak Island / Southport area. The restaurant filled up very quickly and had a wait - though it would have been well worth it. The seafood was fresh and all of the preparation was excellent. The service was attentive, as is expected at a fine dining... More 

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Wilmington, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

What an enjoyable evening! Eight of us made a reservation at Joseph's for the Salter Room which is available for eight to twelve diners. It opens to a private covered deck on the marina with chairs and bistro tables and we were able to order our drinks and sit outside while our dinners were being prepared. Of course, Joseph's legendary... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Maybe one of my Top Restaurants of All Time!!! Amazing Italian food. We stayed on Oak Island and it is well worth the short drive to Southport for this incredible place. I've never raved about salad dressing....it makes you want to order a second salad. Nine of us in the party and not one of us could come up with... More 

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Southport, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We go to Joseph's quite often for dinner and for special occasions. There are two private rooms for eight or more people which we have booked now for the past two New Year's Eve. They have a special menu which does not disappoint. There is also an outside deck for either cocktails or dinner which overlooks the marina on the... 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: +1 910-454-4440

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
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?