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Josephine's Modern American Bistro
Josephine's Modern American Bistro

Josephine's Modern American Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.josephinesrestaurant.com/description.html
  • Email: cheftcosentino@msn.com
  • Phone: (928) 779-3400
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thurday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southwest
  • Executive Chef: Tony Cosentino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fine
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Josephine's Modern American Bistro
The Cosentino’s firmly believe in creating an exceptional fine dining experience through utilization of the finest ingredients available. The term ‘modern American’ is meant to reflect freedom from ethnic constraints. The restaurant menu features ingredients and techniques from many different cultures. Chef Tony uses the finest cheeses available such as Maytag blue cheese, Tillamook cheddar and Reggiano. No hydrogenated oils or margarine are used on the premise, only extra virgin olive oil and real butter. Local seasonal and organic produce is utilized whenever available. The menu is frequently updated to showcase the best produce and seafood the season has to offer. This also serves to keep things fresh while allowing the chef room for creative freedom. The wine list is continuously added to, in order to complement the menu to the fullest. Josephine’s also features a full bar with excellent cocktails, martinis and an extensive beer list.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was our first trip to Flagstaff and we were very pleased with brunch at Josephine's. The service was good and the food very tasty. It was a nicely varied menu for brunch."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went for wife's BD. Wanted a restaurant that served great food and this lived up to our expectations. Great wine list, supper server. They even met my special request for a flower on the table, a gorgeous lily and two smaller flowers. I knew our table when we walked in because it was the only one with flowers on it! We had the special "love" dinner... 3 courses for $25. The food was great, and we could tell it was all house made. I had the eggplant parm and the sauce was a great house made chunky tomato. No can or jar sauce here. Wife had Chicken Saltamboca (we both might have gotten that!) and it was superb. Appetizers and dessert were just as good. If you have the chance, go to Josephine's!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in Flagstaff. And actually, one of our all time favorites. I have enjoyed every meal and never miss the opportunity to grab dinner when visiting Flagstaff. I actually have never eaten outside, but would imagine a very pleasant spot. The restaurant is located in an old house, so there are a few less desirable tables. I would also ask to be seated on the 1st floor (vs upstairs). It is a few blocks from downtown, but I still think it is worth the walk or drive. I will definitely be back. And I am still dreaming about my eggplant parmesan."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We plan our trips to the Colorado Plateau around this restaurant - going and returning. We've done that for our last 3 trips over five years time and have never been disappointed. The ambiance and food are just wonderful. We'll be going back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was a quick stop on our drive to the Grand Canyon. We were very impressed! We say near the fire place and the ambiance was the perfect amount of romantic for a casual lunch. The food was awesome (try the Brie!) and our server was very helpful. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Food as always great! The local love option is a sweet deal and makes us want to come back. And the server was fantastic, always there to fill up our water and pour our wine."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed in the menu. The service is outstanding. Josephine's is always a special dinner treat."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This restaurant is located in a historic-type house that is very appealing. Great staff, wonderful food. I had Shrimp Diabolo with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc that perfectly complimented the spicy sauce. Great meal."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Recommended to us by our resort personnel when we were visiting Flagstaff recently. Wish we had eaten there earlier as it would have been a spot worth returning to. Restaurant occupies a wonderful Arts and Crafts bungalow. Food was delicious, innovation and healthy. We had the "tasting menu" - ordered different foods so did a lot of tasting - all good, thanks to delicate sauces."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We went for my birthday dinner. While the food was very good, it was not amazing. My molten chocolate cake was over baked and not molten at all. Also, we were disappointed they did not offer anything special for birthdays, as many restaurants do. Over all it was a good dining experience for Flagstaff. I would go back and try Brunch, as the menu looked yummy."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The dining experience leaves much to be desired . The food was outstanding but the service was not the best.As we dined we felt rushed to get in and get out the waiter was there to remove our plates before we had finished with every corse and was not very nolagable of the wine list .He deffinatly did not know the difference between a good or a cheep gin.we asked for Hendricks and were served and awful gin that tasted like pinesol floor cleaner. when we polity explained to the waiter that the drink was not right he argued with us. The seating was very cramped and not so cozy and we found our selves trying to have a conversation over the other dinners as they sat so close that it was hard to have a quiet conversation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentines Day dinner. Menu was great - service very good, would definitely go back again for special occasion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Because of this, food is far too slow and entrees are sometimes cool/cold"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When we made online reservations, we noted that it was my birthday. The hostess wished me a happy birthday, then she tried to seat us at a tiny little table by a busy doorway. We objected and were seated at a roomier table. Our waiter said he heard it was my birthday. He seemed competent, but our salads came before the appetizer -- very annoying. Our food was cooked to order, but we couldn't finish after rushing through the salad and appetizer. The waiter brought a container. He didn't take the plate away to box it up. I felt let down when, instead of a small sweet to share for my birthday, we were handed the dessert menu. We considered Josephine's our special place, but they did little to make the occasion special for us."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My only real complaint is that the wine list is not updated. We have been here for a number of years and it seems like the wine list has not been updated for at least 2-3 years. When we dined here on Saturday, I requested 3 different bottles of wine before they had the 4th one. They don't seem to pay enough attention to this list, and wine lovers like me may not come back for special occasions if they don't fix this issue. Another minor complaint is that the server never came back to pour wine after his initial open."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Exceptional cuisine from appetizer to dessert! Probably the best filet mignon I've had. Perfect portions so one can enjoy each course without being overstuffed! Great wine list, although only a few selections available by the glass. Service excellent and attentive. The building itself is a historic home, so I didn't expect real modern digs, but the place could still use some updating. The dining room was a bit crowded with little space between tables. Bar area looked interesting but I didn't try it. I was there on NYE so the menu was limited and pricing was fixed, but reasonable for special occasion. Anyone who spends much time in Flagstaff should visit Josephine's!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We used to love coming here for New Year's. it used to be more romantic, Less crowded per room. We won't be back. Tables were too close together. Felt like I was in a sardine can. Menu was over priced."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a New Year's eve dinner with my husband last week and absolutely loved it. This old house is romantic, well cared for and the food is above average. Combine that with excellent service and it's a win. There are many rooms in this house that are about 10 x 12 feet and the only con is that they cram 12-15 people in each room. It can get rather noisy if there is a large crowd at a table but otherwise a top notch dining experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our first experience at Josephines. We went for brunch and the food was tasty and well presented. The service was superb, atmosphere very pleasant, and really friendly staff!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Needed a place for a small family reunion, and Josephine's was perfect. Excellent service, quiet, and interesting but not great food."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Service, food, place everithing was very good and it is Open on Chiristmas Eve and Chiristmas."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "My husband and I have been going to Josephine's for years whenever we visit Flagstaff and want a special meal. The service is impeccable and the food is beyond delicious. Always an interesting special and they pay very close attention to making their pastas and risottos perfect."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I have never been disappointed by Josephine's. The food and service was excellent, as usual. Only mild disappointment was that I ordered a 2009 Old Ghost Zin and they only had the 2010. Good wine, nonetheless; however, not as good as the 09 I've had in the past, and I was charged the 09 price. Not too big a deal, tho....I could have said something; however, I was busy entertaining visiting family and didn't want to make a stink over something that was unimportant at the time.....more concerned that the family enjoyed the great meal, and they certainly did. This is a great find and I enjoy bringing family and friends here when they visit us in Flagstaff!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Josephine's is a wonderful place for an intimate dining experience. Christmas Eve buffet made it a little difficult to capture that feeling. The restaurant is not really set up for a buffet type meal. There was an awkward buffet line and lots of people trying to navigate a narrow doorway leading to the flight of stairs to the second level. HOWEVER..... the food did not disappoint. The salmon and sweet potato dish was amazing. Perfectly cooked fish is hard to find in Flagstaff!! The baklava baked Brie was delicious, smooth and creamy. I will definitely go back to Josephine's , just maybe not for a buffet meal."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I was a skeptic upon finding this restaurant, it was cute but it didn't seem like it would be amazing. I was wrong! My friends ordered a drink that the bar tender didn't know how to make, so he looked it up and made it perfectly. I started my course with a goat cheese, grapefruit, and candied pecan salad. It was DELICIOUS. I would have eaten a gigantic portion of this salad as an entire meal. For the main dish I had the bacon wrapped filet with garlic mashed potatoes which was cooked perfectly. I did not try any if the desert but the molten lava cake sounded exquisite. This place is definitely a bit expensive, be prepared to pay about 25 dollars alone for your entree. Our waiter was friendly and personable. I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Always meant to get here, finally did, sorry we missed out on so many good meals by delaying. Lovely old house, multiple small dark-paneled rooms, quiet and intimate. Champagne vinaigrette salad with grapefruit particularly good, my lamb chops, a special, served over sweet potatoes with molasses bacon glaze was a great preparation. My husband thought that the fried calamari app with buttermilk cornmeal crust was good but not epic, but that the Scottish salmon with cranberry citrus sauce was outstanding-he was so enthused he got prep details from the chef. Our apple crisp dessert with maple cinnamon ice cream was one of the best ever-sticky and rich but also refreshing. Meal total with one glass of wine was just over $80, excellent value."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "If you want to spend a quiet evening with someone special this is the place. My wife fell in love with her first Manhattan drink and the Cesar Salad with white anchovies was outstanding. the Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp (BIG Shrimp) was something we had never tasted before...a masterpiece to the taste. Not being a big salmon dinner lover I tried the salmon with cherry sauce. Wow, again another surprise that touched my outer limit taste buds. Service was perfect with no rushing at all by the waiter. We highly recommend this gem that is highly polished and suited as a five star."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "If you want a nice weekend brunch, Josephine's is where to go. It has a lovely and unique brunch menu. The restaurant is in a historic Flagstaff house and for cold winter days, they will have fires going. The service is always fantastic and the waiters attentive. Josephine's will always be one of my very favorites!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We enjoyed a terrific Thanksgiving Day buffet. All of the food was delicious."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "My son has lived in Flagstaff over three years. All of us had never eaten out here before. Beautiful historic bungalow. Great food and we sat right next to the fireplace on Thanksgiving Day. The food was great. We especially liked the delicious yams and turkey as well as the very tasty pumpkin bread pudding for desert. We could not have asked for a nicer day seeing also that we were in from out of town visiting our son. Many thanks. :)"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "My family has been coming to Flagstaff, AZ for over 25 years at Thanksgiving time. Typically we don't dine out.... this year we did, and we're we ever pleased! Josephine's is like dining in your Grandmother's old beautiful home, and enjoying a wonderfully current and excellent selection of simply yet exquisitely prepared food!! Crab cakes were fabulous, salads were fresh and the steaks and lamb chops were delectable. We'll be back!!!"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We love going to Josephine’s for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner. There is a large patio in the front for good weather in the summertime. We love riding our tandem bike here in the summer for Brunch. It’s a great place for special occasions like Birthdays, Fathers day, Mothers day and Anniversary’s. Father’s day and Mothers day they have a buffet style with one price. All the food is wonderful. I have my favorites but haven’t been disappointed with anything I’ve eaten here. The place has a couple of large rooms upstairs for larger parties. The service is always great."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "I was asked to select a restaurant for a meeting with the Western Regional Sales Manager for a major national construction materials supplier. I wanted to make a good impression upon someone who had traveled from Los Angeles to Flagstaff... but also conveyed the charm of Flagstaff/Northern Arizona. Josephine's hit the mark! The Salmon BLT was well liked by my visitor, who was surprised to find good seafood in a mountain town! Thank you Josephine's for making a good impression! I will keep your restaurant in mind for future meetings!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Have dined here multiple times. The experience holds up to brunch as well. Service was great. Kids were well taken care of. Food was very good. All three adults had variations on Benedict. All very good, and the Hollandaise was fantastic. Perfect poach on the eggs. Really could not ask more."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "We had never been to Flagstaff and didn't know where to dine, so we checked with IDine and ended up in this totally delightful period place. Food, service and ambience all fun, as is the many-roomed house in which they are served.. We highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Going into the restaurant was a bit weird: we walked in the door and 3-4 staff members just looked at us like we weren't supposed to be there. We were seated first at a cold table next to a really noisy guy but they quickly moved us next to the fireplace and turned it on for us: that was nice. They came by with menus pretty quick. The menus seemed to be overly wordy about food that is trying to be "foodie" when its really not: I had the pork OssoBuco and it was mediocre at best: very dry and full of bones. The polenta that came with it was amazing! Ehn: its a bit fru-fru and over-priced for no apparent reason. The chocolate-bourbon-pecan pie with fresh made vanilla-bean ice cream was to DIE for. I should have eaten dessert first."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "my husband and I dined here for the first time back in march of 2013 for his bday, and we were not impressed, so we said we wouldn't go back, but in the past we have had bad first experiences at restaurants and gave them a second chance and they ended up being our favorite places, so that what we decided to do at josephines, but this time we tried lunch, and im glad we did, we sat outside, weather was perfect, our server Colby was great, the food was great, this is more of a spot for lunch than dinner, I had the fresh roasted turkey sandwich with a fried green tomato , I could of ate 2 of those it was that good, so if you want great wine, a nice quiet atmosphere and excellent food, try this place"
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "We have been to Josephine's on many occaisions and always when we are in Flagstaff. The food is excellent and we have never been dissapointed. We have sat inside on several occiasions but there is nothing better than Sunday brunch on the porch or outside garden table. We weould recommend this to anyone for any occaision."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Our family was together in Flagstaff for a reunion - I had made a reservation at Josephine's after looking at restaurants in Flag online. Everyone enjoyed their meals immensely! It was a great, picturesque, place and I would recommend the restaurant highly!"
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "We both had the bacon wrapped lamb specials and the lamb was fabulous. Very clean, fresh and strangely not lambly at all....I like the taste of lamb but this was so well prepared, very rare, with the smoked bacon flavor....very easy to eat. Good wine advice from our server, try a glass of the Shug Cab. The champagne salads were mediocre, too much dressing which is a big trend everywhere we eat over the past few months. I will order all salad dressings on the side as folks just don't get that more is less.....oh, the bread pudding was a bit underwhelming, kinda dry, may be good on a cool morning with coffee, but after the lamb it was a let down."
    Dined on 8/13/2013