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“Wow... "Bad" is an understatement” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Papa Joe's

Papa Joe's
8062 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(828) 295-3239
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Ranked #30 of 40 Restaurants in Blowing Rock
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
K-Vegas, NC
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91 restaurant reviews
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“Wow... "Bad" is an understatement”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

First off, the staff here was really nice. We arrived with "reservations" at 6PM on one of the busiest weekends of the year. From the moment I walked through the door, I knew we didn't need reservations... there wasn't ANYONE else there. The waitress/hostess even chuckled when I said that we had made one. The appetizers came out quickly and they were decent. The food, however, was awful. Awful. Poorly seasoned, undercooked pasta, really gross ravioli, and old greens in salad. I really can't recommend. The decor is awful... tables and chairs pieced together from other restaurants. My husband and I laughed when we sat down that "Restaurant Impossible" would go crazy in there. It won't make it for long, but don't become a victim of this poor food in the meantime.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A Large Crowd and Great Dinners!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We went with a large crowd of 15 and the service was fast, accurate and amazing. We had a large variety of dishes, some Italian, some not but all were quite good. My dish of spinach ravioli was as good as I have had anywhere. The burger patrons loved theirs! We will certainly happily go back again--and will!

Visited May 2012
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Boone, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fake Italian”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Supposedly from NY but I get better Italian Food at Olive Garden :-(

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Madison, Alabama
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Bland. Overpriced.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Atmosphere - nothing special either way... not very nice.

Service - hostess was nice, waitress wasn't very friendly.

Food - blah. Bland, my kids thought it was Lean Cuisine. Lasagna was $14 and it was a small portion. Didn't seem like a "good" price for a place of that caliber.

Visited December 2011
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best mussels in the High Country!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

Just ordered delicious mussels along with a fresh Caprese Salad. Hospitality and beer together are unbeatable. A nice, cozy, must-try while dining in Blowing Rock or Boone.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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