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Joseph's Italian Bistro

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5003 Oquinn Blvd SE, Apt O, Southport, NC 28461-7515
+1 910-454-4440
17:00 - 21:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Average food with above average prices. Food was salty and took its time getting to the table. Service was fine. If you like good Italian food, this isin't it.

Thank John V
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a surprise to find wonderfully prepared Italian cuisine right off your boat. This special little find can be reached by boat or car...with background music from the greats, (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett to name a few)..the service is good, the atmosphere cozy and refined with a well stocked and well serviced bar. Always a local fish special if you... More 

Thank Peg I
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our last dinner after a week in Oak Island and by far the best. That's saying a lot considering the number of meals we've eaten out and the variety of places we sampled. We got there relatively early so we had a small wait. Even if the wait had been longer it would have been worth it!!!! One... More 

Thank BillBfromNC
Huntersville, North Carolina
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is where the locals in Southport, St. James and Oak Island go. It is just a short drive off the main highway, but well worth it. If you are looking for seafood and Italian, you have to visit Joseph's Bistro. I had the best spaghetti and clams and the service was the best. Enjoy the warm bread and olive... More 

Thank Frank B
Burlington, North Carolina, United States
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well prepared Grouper with Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce was delicious but I was hoping for a little large filet of Grouper for 31.95. Polenta was creamy and a good side. My husband had Pasta with seafood in a white wine garlic sauce- again it would be better to see a few more pieces of seafood. Only one Tentacle of squid... More 

Thank Connie C
Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's always great to find a very special restaurant nearby, especially when you are fairly new to the area. My wife and I had heard good things about Joseph's and tonight was the perfect night to sit outside, overlook the marina, and discover a superb restaurant. My wife inquired about the shrimp scampi with sherry. Our waiter, Ben, who was... More 

Thank traveler7traveler
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were 2 couples for dinner... I ordered one of the specials that evening, a Shrimp / Scallop combo over pasta with a cream sauce, It looked delicious and the aroma from the sauce and garlic was incredible. As I was eating I noticed there were no scallops, there were 7 or 8 medium shrimp... I asked the server and... More 

Thank 225winstonh
Debra B, Owner at Joseph's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

We apologize that your experience was such a negative one. We can assure you all of our dishes, including any specials, are created using the finest and freshest ingredients and that our prices reflect that. We do have a manager on duty at all times to ensure that each and every customers’ experience is a positive one so please do... More 

Cape Coral, Florida
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible meal! Don't judge it by the front of it... the view in the back is gorgeous! You think of Italian food... it is everywhere.... but wait until you get a taste of their Italian food!!! OMG it was incredible!!!

Thank msbrazil
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Joseph's has a long history or offering an extraordinary dining experience and it never fails to do so. I've eaten here for many years and never been disappointed. Their Veal dishes are delicious as may of their pasta entrees. No reservations so come early or sit at the comfortable bar for a table to become ready. View of the harbor... More 

Thank Ken P
Woodbury, Minnesota
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here many times; most recently this past April. My friend had ravioli with seafood and sauce. I had grouper with risotto. Both were delicious. We also had our usual appetizer of eggplant rollatini. Oh in the bread with dipping olive oil that they serve is also pretty amazing. The only disappointment, if there is one, is there... More 

Thank Gary k

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5003 Oquinn Blvd SE, Apt O, Southport, NC 28461-7515
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Southport
  • Phone Number: +1 910-454-4440

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?