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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%
Travellers talk about
“lasagna” (27 reviews)
“trout” (5 reviews)
“spaghettini” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
1561 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313-5159
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have been going to Papa Joe’s for a long time. We usually like to go at lunch time and eat in the bar. The food is always tasty and plentiful no matter what you choose. The wait staff is always courteous...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 773jona
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

On a business trip & I arrive at the hotel around dinner time but a little later-I asked front desk for recommendations & they gave me a few chain restaurants but I wanted something better so THANKS to TripAdvisor I found Papa Joes - authentic...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank daniellecT1595DW
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Included lunch stop on a day tour bus trip -- no choice but OK Chicken parmegian. Excellent white garlic salad dressing -- bought a container to enjoy at home. OK side of spaghetti but nothing special about the tomato sauce. Yummy lemon 'tarts' for dessert.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TAGypsyNew
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Papa Joe's has always been a great place. I have come here so many times i can not count and it is always wonderful and wonderful staff too

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Cruiser33357058436
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Came in from out of town (90+ miles) to take our daughter to lunch. Service was very good (B+), I rate the food as a C+ while my wife gives it a B-. I had the lunch ½ sandwich and soup special from the menu....More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank DisappointedwithPapa
Reviewed 25 August 2018

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 Rather gloomy outdated dining room is brightened by the super friendly service from staff who know their regulars like family.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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank JNWSuisse
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

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 26 July 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

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 1611rebeccao
Papa J, Social Media Manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 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 21 July 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

Date of visit: October 2017
1  Thank Robert P
Papa J, social media manager at Papa Joe's, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 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 4 July 2018

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

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

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

Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

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

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

Thank for taking time to leave a wondeful review!

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Questions & Answers
10 February 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Papa J | Property representative |
We do not have a dress code. Most of our customers do wear casual attire.
Carla P
3 February 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
US$11 - US$38
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
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
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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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