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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
Best restaurant in the portcity!!!! But in SOUTHPORT/OAKISLAND area!! The food is amazing and it’s
Best restaurant in the portcity!!!! But in SOUTHPORT/OAKISLAND area!! The food is amazing and it’s a beautiful boat ride to the restaurant where you can dock right in front of it. If you have not tried Joseph’s Italian bistro yet, you’re missing out on life. The food is freaking amazing as well as the service!!!!
Eric Lewandoski via facebook.com - Nov 17, 2019
Great food and service!! Awesome
Great food and service!! Awesome ... read more
Kathleen Scott via facebook.com - Nov 16, 2019
Love is defined best as Lemon Beurre Blanc
Love is defined best as Lemon Beurre Blanc ... read more
Sam Watts via facebook.com - Nov 15, 2019
Great food ... read more
Greg Clarke via google.com - Nov 12, 2019
We love this restaurant. It is our go to place for celebrations. Most recently we celebrated our 38
We love this restaurant. It is our go to place for celebrations. Most recently we celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. We know we will always have excellent food and service.
Darleen Tomayko via facebook.com - Nov 9, 2019
Great food, wine by the glass very expensive. Bring yourown
Great food, wine by the glass very expensive. Bring yourown ... read more
Mary Gilligan Bendinelli via facebook.com - Nov 3, 2019
The best Italian Restaurant and most Awesome staff!
The best Italian Restaurant and most Awesome staff!
Christina Siltz Adams via facebook.com - Oct 30, 2019
Great gnocchi, pasta, and seafood meals! Excellent servers.
Great gnocchi, pasta, and seafood meals! Excellent servers.
Glen Lowe via facebook.com - Oct 27, 2019
Above average Italian for it's location (meaning...I'm a New York guy married to an Italian girl who has been spoiled by really good Italian cooking for many years). That being said I had Mama Rosa's meatballs over linguine. Meatballs were good sized, not too spicy or garlicky and the sauce was quite good (slightly sweet with a gentl ... read more
daniel huxley via google.com - Oct 26, 2019
Went here for an anniversary dinner ...
Went here for an anniversary dinner with my husband. It was an absolutely amazing night! Our waiter, Marquis, was a gem. He was knowledgeable and friendly, and funny to boot! He recommended a delicious glass of Pinot Noir for me and talked through the many specials with us.

We settled on lobster ravioli for our starter, my hu
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Angela S. via yelp.com - Oct 21, 2019
Great Italian and Sea Food
Great food, wait staff, cozy atmosphere. Always one of first choices for a night out or a special occasion. Great view of the boats in the harbor.
Dean V via tripadvisor.com - Oct 19, 2019
Good food. Great atmosphere.
Good food. Great atmosphere.
Nick Savastano via facebook.com - Oct 15, 2019
Outstanding service from our server, Jeremy.
Nancy Crouch via google.com - Oct 14, 2019
Consistently excellent thru the years
We dine at Joseph ‘s several times a year. Food and service always what is expected at a white table cloth restaurant. We had ravioli and Osso buco special. Very good.
Bill Y via tripadvisor.com - Oct 13, 2019
Wonder Italian food ... read more
Barbara Z via google.com - Oct 12, 2019
We had a fantastic dining experience at Joseph's! Our food was excellent, our service was well abov
We had a fantastic dining experience at Joseph's! Our food was excellent, our service was well above average, and the atmosphere was fabulous! Our server, Ashley R. was excellent and super friendly, as well as super efficient. Jeremy, the bartender, was also friendly and provided excellent service. We are looking forward to a return ... read more
Faye Gutshall Frey via facebook.com - Oct 4, 2019
Good is excellent. Waite staff very professional.
Lesley Symes via google.com - Oct 2, 2019
Shrimp scampi and the surf n turf were AMAZING!!! Great place to eat!
Shrimp scampi and the surf n turf were AMAZING!!! Great place to eat!
Jim Kelley via facebook.com - Sep 29, 2019
Food was excellent, the view of the harbor was beautiful and the service was excellent... thanks Ma
Food was excellent, the view of the harbor was beautiful and the service was excellent... thanks Marquis for making our dining experience extra special!!!!
Cindy Mason via facebook.com - Sep 28, 2019
Joseph's is a restaurant that we go to on special occasions. One of the few places where you are treated like a milllionaire from the time you walk in the door, until you leave. Food is amazing!
Lonny Pennington via google.com - Sep 21, 2019
Very nice place for a special dinner ...
Very nice place for a special dinner.  View of marina at sunset is amazing.  Seated quickly.  Menu is mostly standard Italian fare.  But done well. Dinner drinks and dessert runs about $35 per person before tip.  Staff was compitent and pleasant even during the evening rush.  Pasta, salad, wine and bread were all very good. I had car ... read more
Mark K. via yelp.com - Sep 20, 2019
This is another hidden gem. I have ...
This is another hidden gem. I have been coming to Southport for years and didnt know about this restaurant except for word of mouth. Probably because it is so far out of the way.  Not in a bad way because it is at a prime location for views but just not on the regular path.  My server tonight was Ashley who was one of the best server ... read more
Aimee N. via yelp.com - Sep 19, 2019
Love this place. Great food with a beautiful view.
Lori Swaffer via google.com - Sep 17, 2019
Superb service and food!
Our waiter was simply excellent - knowledgeable, extremely polite, great sense of humor - he really made the evening fun! (Thank you, M.!) And the food was wonderful - the shrimp pesto gnocchi had just the right amount of herbs, the sauce on the salmon...More ... read more
birch27 via tripadvisor.com - Sep 14, 2019
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