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Joe's Italian Cuisine

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403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mission, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun and funky atmosphere, excellent wine list, service is good, and food is always top notch. Since I moved away and only come here for visits, I always have to make sure I have dinner at Joe's Italian Cuisine at least once. Excellent pasta and the red sauce is to die for.

Thank cooperschoice
Escondido, California
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Downtown Escondido is a funky little town and Joe's is no exception to that ambience. We went early after reading the reviews that this place fills fast on a Saturday night. By 6pm all of the tables were filled. Good call! So nice to have such attentive servers, always with smiles on their faces. The food was excellent with large... More 

Thank margie55
san diego
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123 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is the place for hand made, authentic Italian food. The place is and intimate- lots of clutter decor adds to the atmosphere. It is really popular, so if it is a weekend, call for a reservation or be prepared to wait a bit

Thank flyawaySanDiego
Perth, Australia
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93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

From outside Joes looks like any Italian restaurant, but once you open the door ordinary cannot describe the inside, there is stuff hanging from every were. The look of the place is not an indicator of the quality of the food. My wife and I had a great meal, the food was excellent and the. Staff well versed in their... More 

Thank blc45reb
san diego
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202 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Joes is one of my favorites. The food is inconsistent as is service, but something about it makes it a must go, maybe the over the top Italian decorations, the old fashion family run feel, or the fact it's a neighborhood standard? But I always leave happy. Sometimes the eggplant is the best in the world sometimes good....but they do... More 

Thank hortonms
san diego, ca
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121 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Joe's is a small quaint restaurant in Escondido--about 30 minutes north of San Diego. This is gourmet italian food but moderately priced. Owner/Chef has been in business at this location since 1980. The linquini with clams in white sauce (you can have red sauce if you prefer) was incredible.. Quiet, intimate atmosphere. We spoke with a couple who have been... More 

Thank salesproSanDiego_Ca
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156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Very good food and very traditional Italian dishes. A reasonable number of menu choices and all was prepared with good ingredients and good technique. The veal was cooked perfectly and the pasta as well. A fun and interesting place to eat!

Thank Steve M
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Local Italian Restaurant on a quaint street in Escondido. It is small, but surprising able to accommodate lots of people including a small banquet room. It is filled with Italian, old style. Food is made now, so relax with some wine while you wait. Staff is long standing, so no teens making it up. Expect a quality meal at a... More 

Thank ranles76
Phoenix, Arizona
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367 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We had been told by some friends that this was a really good place for Italian in Escondido so we thought we would give it a try. There is easy parking along the street nearby as it is conveniently located on Grand Ave in old town Escondido. You walk in and it is small but charming. The service was very... More 

Thank Phoenixroby
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Awesome Italian food! Great salads and amazing tiramisu. Romantic atmosphere, quiet, convenient location.

Thank lisak56

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: 760-489-6835

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?