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Wonderful waterfront dining! The food and service are EXCELLENT!
Donna Parker via google.com - Oct 16, 2020
Love the food and staff. We realized tonight that we have been dining at Joseph’s since they opened
Love the food and staff. We realized tonight that we have been dining at Joseph’s since they opened in 2003.
Lorri Wright Morgan via facebook.com - Oct 10, 2020
Joseph's has been a favorite of ...
Joseph's has been a favorite of mine for about 15 years. I have gone there for years with friends and family while staying in Oak Island. From the waterfront views in this very quaint and classy Italian restaurant to the wonderful menu, I've never had a bad experience. The cocktail and wine menu is very expansive for varying tastes. ... read more
Review Crew T. via yelp.com - Oct 10, 2020
great dining experience, coming from charleston, it was awesome
great dining experience, coming from charleston, it was awesome ... read more
Susan Sterling Keck via facebook.com - Oct 7, 2020
Excellent dinner with great friends. Always great food and great service! I highly recommend this fine dining experience.
wayne31415 via google.com - Oct 6, 2020
We liked our first visit so much ...
We liked our first visit so much while we spent a week in Oak Island that we made certain to go back before we headed home.  The market catch on our visit was grouper and it was the best piece of grouper that I have had.  It was prepared perfectly and the sauce was also great.  We had a young woman as our waitress on the first visit ... read more
Jim M. via yelp.com - Oct 5, 2020
Amazing Italian!
The ambience is amazing, but the food is even better. Authentic Italian, not the chain restaurant stuff. Don't miss dessert.
Net2nd via tripadvisor.com - Oct 4, 2020
WOW!!!! Our dinner tonight was absolutely amazing from start to finish! Everything was delicious an
WOW!!!! Our dinner tonight was absolutely amazing from start to finish! Everything was delicious and our service was outstanding!! A huge shoutout to our waiter, Marcuies, for his awesome service and friendliness! We will definitely be back next year to see him with our baby boy!! Thank you Joseph’s for a wonderful date night and our ... read more
Mandi Matthews via facebook.com - Oct 3, 2020
Excellent food, good prices, good service.
Robert Redfearn via google.com - Sep 26, 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Joseph’s. We started with yummy cocktails & appetizers. Our entrees
We thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Joseph’s. We started with yummy cocktails & appetizers. Our entrees were fabulous... my husband enjoyed the veal Parmesan & I had the Frutti di Maré. The wine selection was great. The staff was very friendly & most helpful in guiding us through the menu to avoid allergy issues. Can’t wait to return!
Claire M Welsh Dc via facebook.com - Sep 24, 2020
Food and service was 5 star ... read more
david worley via google.com - Sep 23, 2020
5 stars doesn’t do it justice!
5 stars doesn’t do it justice! Phenomenal Italian restaurant. Authentic Italian food with a wonderful wait staff and atmosphere. Beautiful scenery on the back deck area and the ambiance is fabulous. Come as you are! We saw everything from super casual jeans/shorts to ladies in...dresses and men in slacks. No judging here! It’s a wate ... read more
melissacP3717AM via tripadvisor.com - Sep 21, 2020
Everything we ordered was fantastic. Will definitely go back again next time I’m in this area.
Everything we ordered was fantastic. Will definitely go back again next time I’m in this area.
Jennifer Cogan via facebook.com - Sep 20, 2020
The food and service was amazing. If you are ever in Oak Island you must try this!!
The food and service was amazing. If you are ever in Oak Island you must try this!!
Stephanie Griffin Welch via facebook.com - Sep 20, 2020
Fabulous! If you take a trip to Oak Island, it’s a must try!!!
Fabulous! If you take a trip to Oak Island, it’s a must try!!!
Melissa Roberts Cooper via facebook.com - Sep 20, 2020
Excellent food, service, and atmosphere!
John Agosta via google.com - Sep 17, 2020
Delicious food and great service.
Kara Bock via google.com - Sep 13, 2020
Our favorite place to dine in Southport for fine dining.
Once again we had a great experience all around when we were at Joseph's Italian Bistro in August 2020. Marquise was our server and he was exceptional. The food, well I think it gets better with each visit. We have been going for a very...More ... read more
Roxanne F via tripadvisor.com - Sep 10, 2020
Our waiter was Chris. He provided exceptional service in a friendly, professional and confident ma
Our waiter was Chris. He provided exceptional service in a friendly, professional and confident manner. He treated us to a superb experience we are not accustomed to - thank you Chris for making us feel special!
Deborah Campbell Spencer via facebook.com - Sep 9, 2020
It was okay
With being so highly rated, we were a bit disappointed. My husband had a Bloody Mary that we thought were very good. For an appetizer, we had the lobster ravioli that was good as well. However, I ordered the Parmesan crusted fish that was a...More ... read more
tasiablacksmith via tripadvisor.com - Sep 6, 2020
Excellent food & service!!
Excellent food & service!!
Karen Sande via facebook.com - Sep 4, 2020
Always excellent. 5th time
Always excellent. 5th time here. Seafood with an Italian flair. Wife’s shrimp fettuccini and my fruta del mare were excellent. Wonderful views No reservations, seating limited due to Covid full wine and bar service.
646andrewrc via tripadvisor.com - Sep 3, 2020
Great family run restaurant with a superb staff who flawlessly work as a team. The food is excellent.
David Hubbs via google.com - Sep 1, 2020
Excellent service. Food was good but seafood pasta was a bit bland. Two dinners, a bottle of wine and one dessert came to a little over $100. Outside dining on the porch overlooking the water was delightful. A good place to go for special occasions.
Marycarol Jones via google.com - Sep 1, 2020
This is a place that started off as a half baked American version of an Italian restaurant. But over the years has turned into a nice little place to eat. The staff is very friendly and a pleasure to be around...which is always a huge plus. Portions are just right and well done. Worth going!
Debbie Bartholomew via google.com - Aug 30, 2020
Friendly service and very good food. Great water view.
Andrew Trask via google.com - Aug 28, 2020
Absolutely A Fantastic Place To Dine With Wonderful Food and Terrific Wait Staff.
Absolutely A Fantastic Place To Dine With Wonderful Food and Terrific Wait Staff.
Diana Rice Setaro via facebook.com - Aug 23, 2020
Great service, amazing dish,And the strawberry cake was delish, Everyone at our table was satisfied. Definitely visit again!
Daniel Honeycutt via google.com - Aug 22, 2020
Awesome service and food!!!
Awesome service and food!!!
Missy Crayton via facebook.com - Aug 21, 2020
Excellent service and extensive menu and great wine list. Always fresh seafood and meats, you won't be disappointed. Breezy porch for al fresco dining.
Debra McLendon via google.com - Aug 15, 2020
Visited Joseph's for dinner. Started with the calamari and lobster ravioli as appetizers. My wife ordered the carbonara and enjoyed it - lots of bacon. I ordered the veal chop and it was juicy and cooked perfectly. Very tasty. Waiter didn't seem to know what beer was on tap, and made little effort to try and find out and/or expla ... read more
Adam Jusino via google.com - Aug 15, 2020
One of the best meals I have had in a long time! Kudos to the chef!
One of the best meals I have had in a long time! Kudos to the chef!
Connie Klipstein Bruno via facebook.com - Aug 15, 2020
Joseph’s is the best Italian food in the area! We love the cozy atmosphere and the outdoor dining.
Joseph’s is the best Italian food in the area! We love the cozy atmosphere and the outdoor dining.
Becky Workiewicz via facebook.com - Aug 14, 2020
Always great food and service
Always great food and service ... read more
Lori Krewson Spencer via facebook.com - Aug 13, 2020
Excellence in the time of COVID
Joseph's was recommended by our builder as his favorite restaurant in Southport. As we waited for a table, I scanned the walls and saw all the awards and recognitions that Joseph's has received. We started with the calamari which was delicious. The bread bites and...More ... read more
carolynp345 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 12, 2020
My wife Donna, myself, along with our Family members Chris & Sue came to know of Joseph's after finding them on a search when the Island Way was closed due to the hurricane damages for our usual anniversary dinner. This was 33 years for us. The 4 of us can honestly say it was amazing and a new favorite for us. Marcell (Sorry if I spe ... read more
Wayne Ross via google.com - Aug 9, 2020
Kara was awesome!!
Hal Fisher via google.com - Aug 7, 2020
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
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