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Papa Joe's

1561 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313-5159
+1 330-923-7999
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1561 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313-5159
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Longtime local staple serving excellent food. Rather gloomy outdated dining room is brightened by the super friendly service from staff who know their regulars like family. The food is always good and reliable. Great value. A pianist plays discretely. Wide choice and a wine store...More

Thank Jeremy W
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. Max is a wonderful pianist that we have on Thursday nights. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our service, food, and wine selection.

Reviewed July 26, 2018

My parents recommended my boyfriend and I to come here. After tasting the dessert they brought home, I wanted some of my own. While waiting for our meal we each split a bottle of Riesling wine and warm fresh baked rolls. The Riesling tasted mildly...More

Thank Rebecca O
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Thank you for taking your parents' recommendation! It is always great to hear about new customers enjoying their experience with us. We hope that you will continue and dine with us often. Thank you again for such a wonderful review.

Reviewed July 21, 2018

I had not dined with you in a while. I was shocked to see how many of your menu items have been dropped. Also had the Walleye that was a chefs special for the evening. I should have asked the price before I ordered but...More

Thank Robert P
Papa J, social media manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2018

Thank you for your suggestions, I will let someone know about giving a verbal price for the fresh catch of the day. Today at Papa Joe's we strive for keeping up with the latest food trends while keeping some of our traditional food items that...More

Reviewed July 4, 2018

When you just want comfort, food and service. The best lasagna in Akron. I would swear I'm back in Italy.

Thank Carl B
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Thank you very much for such kind words about our lasagna! Thank you again for leaving us such a great positive rating.

Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

The food was awesome our service was fantastic! The prices were very reasonable. I highly recommended we will be back!!!

Thank Eric L
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

Thank for taking time to leave a wondeful review!

Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

An iconic establishment in the Merrimack valley with excellent food choices and a competent staff. We often choose it before theater performances and we have always been on time to the performance. I especially like their fish menu but rarely am I disappointed in my...More

Thank f0cus0nsmiles
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

Wow, thank you for your awesome review of our restaurant!

Reviewed May 28, 2018

We eat dinner and lunch often at Papa Joes, and for a really good reason... Their Food, Service, and Staff are fantastic. We enjoy eating in the Cafe' in the evenings, where most of the local people enjoy meeting up, having a fantastic meal, and...More

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Papa J, Social Media Manaager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2018

Thank you very much for such a wonderful review of Papa Joe's. We do pride ourselves on providing the best service and food. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know. I am printing this review out and post it for the...More

Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

So depending on where you sit will also determine the type of service you get. There’s one particular waitress who doesn’t write anything down and usually forgets everything. She’s nice and you can’t get mad but just something that always happens. The food is ok....More

Thank markthesharkOhio
Papa J, Social Media manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Hello, Thank you for letting us know your issues when dining in our restaurant. We do have wonderful bartenders and wine menu. If you wish to discuss anything further please feel free to email Kim at Kim@papajoes.com or call her at the restaurant at 330.923.7999.

Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

I go often with my father and the food is consistently good and served quickly. My father likes the fish sandwich or grilled walleye. I prefer the chicken livers with wine sauce. The staff is very well trained and the feel is that the boss...More

2  Thank James G
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Thank you so much for an awesome review of our restaurant! We look forward to you dining with us again!

Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I visited Papa Joes for nice dinner and it did not disappoint. One of their specials was a shrimp, crab filled ravioli’s. We both decided to try it. They were amazing. Perfect portion size, mixture with the sauce and roasted tomatoes. Service...More

Thank Kmc1121
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Thank you very much! It is great to hear you and your wife had a great date night. Thank you again for the wonderful review.

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Questions & Answers
February 10, 2018|
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Response from Papa J | Property representative |
We do not have a dress code. Most of our customers do wear casual attire.
Carla P
February 3, 2015|
Response from Adam1128 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure .... You know it is February now.... Papa Joe's has a classic Italian menu. Enjoy it any month of the year....
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $38
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1561 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313-5159
    (Portage Trail)
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Akron
  • Phone Number: +1 330-923-7999
  • E-mail
The Iacomini family has been in the restaurant business since 1932 in beautiful Akron, Ohio. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary in the Merriman Valley with the 4th Iacomini generation. Our family at Papa Joe's Iacomini's invites both you and your family to a traditional Italian dining experience. We are known for our diverse menu fueled by the freshest seafood, center cut USDA choice steaks and chops as well as our authentic Italian cuisine. We pride ourselves on consistency in our day to day operations in order to provide you with the excellence in dining that you deserve. It is through this consistency dating back to 1932 that is the reason we have been proud enough to serve the greater Akron area for over 80 years! We are close to Weathervane Playhouse, Stan Hywett Hall and Garden, and Blossom Music Center We look forward to providing you and your family the delicious and memorable experience that cultivates from the traditions of the Iacomini family.
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