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Went to Joseph's after a fantastic ...
Went to Joseph's after a fantastic weekend of fishing.  Our server was spot on and recommended the grouper special with polenta - fish was spectacular and polenta was dreamy creamy!  Great wine selection, beautiful views, and we didn't even have to wait.  Can't wait for my next trip to Southport, Joseph's Italian Bistro will definite ... read more
Kelly H. via yelp.com - Aug 3, 2020
Delicious food, great atmosphere. I will be coming back for more. Excellent service
Delicious food, great atmosphere. I will be coming back for more. Excellent service ... read more
John North via facebook.com - Aug 2, 2020
Doug, the bartender, is great. Best Long Island iced teas I’ve ever had. Oh and the food was excel
Doug, the bartender, is great. Best Long Island iced teas I’ve ever had. Oh and the food was excellent.
Kathy Winkler Cartee via facebook.com - Aug 2, 2020
Food was excellent! Service was top notch. Staff couldn't have been more kind and respectable.
Dennis Canuto via google.com - Jul 31, 2020
Fantastic food and our waiter Marcuis was awesome!
Sarah Lauer via google.com - Jul 31, 2020
Wonderful food, fantastic service and great ambience.
Karen Rattin via google.com - Jul 31, 2020
Excellent food! beautiful scenery while sitting outside. Staff was great! We absolutely loved the food. Dinner here made my daughters birthday even better. Highly recommend!!!!
Johnny Waxhaw via google.com - Jul 29, 2020
Waitstaff is wonderful ! Food was very good but every dish needed more Italian spices !
Waitstaff is wonderful ! Food was very good but every dish needed more Italian spices !
Francine Carbone Price via facebook.com - Jul 27, 2020
Dinner was fantastic and the wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was superb. The v
Dinner was fantastic and the wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was superb. The view from the patio was absolutely gorgeous at sunset.
Kristina Tutterow Cook via facebook.com - Jul 26, 2020
The most amazing food - one of our favorite places to eat when visiting OKI! Love Joseph’s! Even to
The most amazing food - one of our favorite places to eat when visiting OKI! Love Joseph’s! Even to-go was absolutely fantastic!
Amanda Adams Scholl via facebook.com - Jul 21, 2020
Delicious food, great atmosphere, social distance compliant and staff all wearing 😷!
Deb G via google.com - Jul 18, 2020
Very nice food. Wait staff are always attentive. Definitely recommend.
Keith Brown via google.com - Jul 18, 2020
Awesome food, awesome service!!!!!
Erik Bathe via google.com - Jul 18, 2020
Great food with a beautiful view. Great service and good folks.
Lisa Powell via google.com - Jul 16, 2020
Food was amazing, service was excellent and view was spectacular
Food was amazing, service was excellent and view was spectacular ... read more
Lawrence Green via facebook.com - Jul 15, 2020
Impressed
The service was great. The ambiance of the restaurant was amazing. Everyone was very nice and helpful.i had shrimp scampi it was very good. Just needed a pinch of salt bit to her than that it was perfect. The garlic was a perfect ratio. My...More ... read more
NcQueenLisa via tripadvisor.com - Jul 11, 2020
love coming here for yesrs
love coming here for yesrs ... read more
Greg Clarke via facebook.com - Jul 10, 2020
OMG the Food, Service and prices were AMAZING, BEST ITALIAN I'VE HAD IN A LONG TIME. THEIR Shrimp Alfredo had 12 extra large shrimp The Pasta could feed three.,my wife's Steak was cooked to perfection. Will definitely eat there on put stops on Southport NC along the ICW. Ben and Diane Rozelle ... read more
Ben Rozelle via google.com - Jul 8, 2020
Wonderful hidden gem! Soooo happy to have found this place while on vacation! Would highly recommend the grouper! Definitely sit on the patio!
Christy F via google.com - Jul 8, 2020
Last time we tried having dinner ...
Last time we tried having dinner here told the wait would be an hour and a half wait food is good but not that good. Castuccis and Bella Cucina are better and they accept reservations.
Mike B. via yelp.com - Jul 5, 2020
Great food drink and service. beautiful marina view.
Great food drink and service. beautiful marina view.
John Jordan via facebook.com - Jul 4, 2020
Great service, excellent food ... read more
Mary O'Quinn via google.com - Jun 30, 2020
Delicious food, great atmosphere, and fantastic service! Eat here every year we come to Oak Island!
Delicious food, great atmosphere, and fantastic service! Eat here every year we come to Oak Island! Love love love this place!
Stephanie Vanderhyde via facebook.com - Jun 29, 2020
Originally planned on going to ...
Originally planned on going to go to a different Italian place for dinner in the area but decided last minute to come to Joseph's. My boyfriend and I were quite hesitant because we were expecting there to be a long wait but we wanted to take the risk. When we arrived there was no wait, we were seated immediately outside on the patio.
Madison T. via yelp.com - Jun 29, 2020
As always, the food was amazing and the staff was top-notch! Highly recommend eating here!
As always, the food was amazing and the staff was top-notch! Highly recommend eating here!
Steve Martinko via facebook.com - Jun 23, 2020
Food was amazing. The wait staff was friendly and very efficient. View is beautiful. I will return.
Food was amazing. The wait staff was friendly and very efficient. View is beautiful. I will return.
Wendy MadHatter via facebook.com - Jun 22, 2020
Experience was good as always, however I was disappointed in the rib eye steak I ordered.When I o
Experience was good as always, however I was disappointed in the rib eye steak I ordered. When I ordered it I had visions of a steak house quality piece of steak since the price was $35. However, what I received was more like a minute steak! Instead of a steak at an 1-1 1/2 inches thick the meat I got was more like 1/4 of an inch!.
Thomas Poccia via facebook.com - Jun 20, 2020
Excellent service and food. Large portions that are flavorful!
Excellent service and food. Large portions that are flavorful!
Darin Fry via facebook.com - Jun 18, 2020
Everything we have had has been wonderful and the staff is exceptional. Excellent wine list and the
Everything we have had has been wonderful and the staff is exceptional. Excellent wine list and the view can't be beat.
LaMarr Scott via facebook.com - Jun 18, 2020
Favorite w/consistency issues
Solid Italian upscale causal eatery here. Good selection, nice atmosphere & best waitstaff on the island. Food is Sicilian Italian for the most part. Lasagna is good however the shrimp scampi was off a bit this night. Talked to our waiter & he said the...More ... read more
SPdineout1968 via tripadvisor.com - Jun 3, 2020
There is nothing I don’t like about Joseph’s! Fabulous food, wonderful atmosphere and excellent st
There is nothing I don’t like about Joseph’s! Fabulous food, wonderful atmosphere and excellent staff!
Eldrina Haynes Easterly via facebook.com - May 28, 2020
Absolute best ribeye I've ever ...
Absolute best ribeye I've ever had.  The steak was extremely tender and had the best flavor.  The server was fantastic.  He was very friendly and took very good care of us.
Vanessa M. via yelp.com - May 20, 2020
Only Place to Dine! Stick with the specials.
Pete Patcher via google.com - May 4, 2020
A very nice meal! Food was excellent. New waiter had no clue what he was doing! knew very little
A very nice meal! Food was excellent. New waiter had no clue what he was doing! knew very little about about service. Seemed lime he should have beeN shadowing someone instead of being left alone. Would deff go back!
Carolyn Lucas via facebook.com - Mar 12, 2020
Not bad and nice people ... read more
Mark Vallaster via google.com - Mar 11, 2020
Just plain amazing italian food. The meatballs are beyond good. Wife got Chicken marsala. Again, amazing. Tiramisu. Amazing. (Getting the point?). Great views out on heated back deck. Staff are super friendly and helpful. You should eat here! Simple as that.
Jeff B via google.com - Mar 11, 2020
Extraordinary selection, delicious food and excellent service.
Cathy Miller via google.com - Mar 9, 2020
Excellent Food, Excellent Service, Excellent Prices.
Richard Warren via google.com - Mar 8, 2020
Great Italian Food and very reasonable prices!
Great Italian Food and very reasonable prices!
Richard D. Warren via facebook.com - Mar 7, 2020
Great customer service and food. Never let's us down.
Katherina Burleson via google.com - Mar 7, 2020
Good food.
We went here a few times. We asked about bringing our 7 lb dog to the outside dining area and told it was okay. When we sopped by and had our dog we were turned away. Haven't returned since. Management needs to make sure everyone...More ... read more
ny1t via tripadvisor.com - Mar 6, 2020
Great food and atmosphere
Joseph's is a hidden gem in the Southport-Oak Island N.C. area. Great food and service in a great atmosphere. In spring or fall dining on the rear porch overlooking the marina is awesome, especially at sunset.
johnbonz via tripadvisor.com - Mar 6, 2020
Can't say enough about the food ...
Can't say enough about the food and service at Joseph's! Everything is quality. Grouper with polenta was incredible as well as shrimp and scallops special. Great selection of wines. Great view. Even in the rain...they have the porch closed in with heaters for the winter as well. Highly recommend!
Jessie P. via yelp.com - Mar 6, 2020
Great food and stellar service! Joseph's has a great vibe at the bar - it's small but lively with people waiting for tables. Don't miss the marina views from the outside decks. The staff is very experienced and you see the same people visit after visit. There is a private room available for larger groups.
John Dyson via google.com - Mar 3, 2020
We were staying in the marina.
We were staying in the marina. Planning on just one night. Had dinner and wanted to stay three nights so we could try more of the menu items. This place is amazing. Great food, crisp service, warm people, great value. The full package. They even had my rum!!
Daniel L. via yelp.com - Feb 29, 2020
The best Italian food in the Southport/Oak Island are~service & food is outta this world~Life is GO
The best Italian food in the Southport/Oak Island are~service & food is outta this world~Life is GOoD!
Michael Thomas Carleton via facebook.com - Feb 29, 2020
Excellent!!!
AnneMarie Palmer via google.com - Feb 23, 2020
Absolutely amazing! Delicious food and reasonably priced meals. Our server, Jeremy, was awesome. He had a great personality and even better service. Highly recommended checking this place out.
Leonard Smith via google.com - Feb 16, 2020
Great Service, Great Food
Great Service, Great Food ... read more
Angela Maureen Gore via facebook.com - Feb 16, 2020
Great service
Lasagna is fantastic. Service is excellent, multiple servers just passing by our table picked up empty dishes. Food came out really quick for a restaurant that had no empty tables for Valentine's day. Marinara sauce is really bland. Just red no seasonings of any kind,...More ... read more
Phil L via tripadvisor.com - Feb 15, 2020
Outstanding food, great service, and the view from the back is beautiful!
The title says it all. A bit pricy, but you will be thrilled with your selection! These folks know how to cook and what good service is all about.
MidwestRaisedCameSE via tripadvisor.com - Feb 11, 2020
Such an awesome place..!! Love it
Such an awesome place..!! Love it ... read more
John Peterson via facebook.com - Feb 10, 2020
I love everything on their menu. It is always scrumptiously delicious!!
I love everything on their menu. It is always scrumptiously delicious!!
ELaine Molnar via facebook.com - Feb 8, 2020
Nice place, with a lively bar. Menu selections were abundant, but the special were even better. Good wine selection. Service staff were knowledgeable and attentive.. Plenty of delicious desserts. Good spot.
Craig Williams via google.com - Feb 8, 2020
We have been wanting to try Joseph's ...
We have been wanting to try Joseph's for a long time. We made the trip over from Kure Beach...typically only 30 mins if the ferry was up and running, however it took us 1.5 hours to get there. I must say it did not disappoint!  By far one of the best meals I've ever had personally and everyone else enjoyed theirs just as much. We sta ... read more
Susan L. via yelp.com - Feb 1, 2020
The Best in Italian Food
Spent an enjoyable dinner at Joseph’s. They offer inside seating as well as seating at tables on the covered porch with views of the marina. So easy to pick a great meal from their regular menu but tonight their list of specials made the task...More ... read more
Freedom762285 via tripadvisor.com - Jan 27, 2020
We are new to the area and went ...
We are new to the area and went with a group of new neighbors who highly recommended this place. Being the newbies I didn't want to be pain with all my food issues! No dairy or gluten  at an Italian restaurant, not a good combo! Well I worried for nothing, our waiter was wonderful and let me know about their gluten free pasta in a wi ... read more
Brenda P. via yelp.com - Jan 26, 2020
My husband and I have ate here before and was very pleased my Dad and his friend came down wanting Italian and this was the first place I thought about atmosphere and service was very nice and the food was amazing as before.
Paula Smith via google.com - Jan 26, 2020
We came to this restaurant to celebrate ...
We came to this restaurant to celebrate a grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary with a party of 16 people. They had a private room set aside for us. The food was amazing - started with calamari, I had the shrimp and scallops special, and finished with the baileys chocolate chip cheesecake. Everyone agreed the food was amazing, and t ... read more
Claire M. via yelp.com - Jan 25, 2020
Josef's never disappoints. Service was excellent. I had the linguinie cabanara, so good. B sure ur entire party arrives w/ u, they will wait for everyone to arrive before they seat you. Good for tham, not so good if someone in ur party is tardy.
shirley mayfield via google.com - Jan 17, 2020
So good ... read more
Roz Alfonso via google.com - Jan 15, 2020
Always good. Escargot and soft shell crabs were good. Great service.
John Watkins via google.com - Jan 15, 2020
Cozy and wonderful
The food. The ambience. The staff. Wonderful. Consistent. Have returned since our first visit in July. Will always go back when in Southport.
LizNed55 via tripadvisor.com - Jan 14, 2020
Five Stars doesn't do this place justice, 10 would be better. Food was just wow. Staff friendly very knowledgeable, just amazing. Pricing spot on. Fine local dinning at it's very best.
Doug Sloop via google.com - Jan 12, 2020
Great food and service ... read more
Andy Horvat via google.com - Jan 12, 2020
We've been going to Joseph's for ...
We've been going to Joseph's for 1 1/2 now. I have to say the service and food never disappoints. Tonight we had the steamed mussels in marinara sauce...our first time having these. Without a doubt, we were pleasantly surprised, the marinara was divine and mussels cooked perfectly. We always enjoy a bottle of the house Chardonnay, pe ... read more
Terri H. via yelp.com - Jan 8, 2020
Crowds, it does not mean its good.
This place is always full, why, I don't know. Service wasn't good, food below average. Wine list terrible. Salad gritty and old.
dianawines via tripadvisor.com - Jan 7, 2020
Party of 12....
We were given the front room for our party of 12. It was cozy but manageable. Great setting overlooking the Marina..quiet room with music in the background. Service was a little sketchy at times but that could be expected with a large group. Our lone...More ... read more
Scott B via tripadvisor.com - Jan 5, 2020
Nice place. Great Steak 🥩. Cold Beer. Kara’s service was exceptional. Good value for the money
Nice place. Great Steak 🥩. Cold Beer. Kara’s service was exceptional. Good value for the money ... read more
Steven Beck via facebook.com - Jan 4, 2020
Always enjoy Joseph’s! Great food and scenery!
Always enjoy Joseph’s! Great food and scenery!
Deborah Lomax via facebook.com - Jan 3, 2020
have been many times. have never had a bad experience. Ashley is awesome
have been many times. have never had a bad experience. Ashley is awesome ... read more
Bill Craft via facebook.com - Dec 22, 2019
Wish it was closer!
I live in Wilmington and wish Joseph’s was closer! Charming atmosphere, great food. We were with a group of 10 with pre-ordered appetizers and menu dinners. All were terrific. Great service also.
JulieBWilmingtonNC via tripadvisor.com - Dec 21, 2019
It takes only once to dine at Joseph’s to know it is the best restaurant in Southport. Delicious cu
It takes only once to dine at Joseph’s to know it is the best restaurant in Southport. Delicious cuisine along with a quaint/cozy atmosphere with relaxing views while you dine.
KP Plummie via facebook.com - Dec 16, 2019
Waiter spilled wine down side of husband shirt and coat...understand mistakes happen...his attitude showed he was not too concerned. Took forever to obtain a wet cloth and no offer for a free cocktail...He seemed the least bit interested to he there. Food was good. Experience not so good.
Bonnie A. Lupo via google.com - Dec 16, 2019
Never had a bad one...
This place was highly recommended by several friends and we have been there on many occasions with friends and family. Always have had a great meal, they have accommodated menu changes, and the staff is very helpful. Will continue to patronize ... read more
GlenTraveller via tripadvisor.com - Dec 11, 2019
Great Place
My wife and I always plan a night out when we are in the area and it always includes a dinner at Joseph’s Italian Bistro. Great food and even better service. The wait staff are outstanding. Well worth your time if you love Italian food.
tomgM1000IX via tripadvisor.com - Dec 10, 2019
They get it right!
We had a party of eight and everyone was very happy. Lamb chops, grouper, and lobster ravioli all get 5 stars. The salad was small and dressings were limited. Wine list good but the beers were so so!
M8249ZOmichaelv via tripadvisor.com - Dec 10, 2019
Loved it the service was over the top ... read more
Jinny Clancy via google.com - Dec 9, 2019
Joseph's was excellent tonight ...
Joseph's was excellent tonight. My wife had lasagna and I had linguine with meatballs. I think both were the best we've ever had, and we have a long history and experience with Italian food :). Service was great.  Nice location looking out over the water and boats. Great service.
Shawn G. via yelp.com - Dec 7, 2019
Great dinner
Excellent appetizers, highly suggest the lobster ravioli and the escargot. For entree we split the Fruta de Mar in a white wine sauce. Really tasty ... read more
Pirate828 via tripadvisor.com - Dec 1, 2019
Joseph's has great food and atmosphere and a wonderful staff!
Michelle Raby via google.com - Nov 23, 2019
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