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Papa Joe's/Iacomini's
Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.papajoes.com
  • Phone: (330) 923-7999
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:30pm - Closing, Sunday: 4:00pm - Closing
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Alvis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim McLaughlin (330) 923-7999

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Portage Trail
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Papa Joe's/Iacomini's
The Iacomini Family first opened their doors in 1932, The heart & soul has been "Papa Joe" Iacomini who passed away in 1998. Those who have gazed into his steel blue eyes, or have watched him tour his restaurants, always searching for ways to improve, know why the Iacomini Family has always been considered the first family of fine & traditional dining in the Akron area.
Joe's legacy lives on with the fourth generation of restaurateurs. Judy, his daughter, & her son Jeff, & daughter Kim, continue to try & live up to his standards of excellence. This trio of new culinarians continues to bring you "The Best of Iacomini's"!
2002 marks 70 years of serving the Akron area. From the early days of the Florentine Grill, to present day at Papa Joe's, we say thank you, & to your grandparents, for dining at our restaurants.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "The chicken parmesan and lasagna were very good. Also liked the fried green tomatoes."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was not as good this time as the last time we were there. One of our party had canneloni and thought it was a bit dry. And the breaded veal cutlet had by another lacked the flavor he had in it last time it was ordered. Everyone liked their salads, and my dinner salad was outstanding. And the hot bread was also excellent. Maybe we were just affected by the heat of the day. Anyway, we are returning on Tuesday so we will give it another chance!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food and good service. A little loud in the area where we were seated. Moderate pricing. Will go back again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As always, Great food, nice atmosphere, great wine list! , Been going here for 8 years"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wow! great menu...very interesting offerings. Comfortable atmosphere. Attentive service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed with Papa Joe's. The food is excellent - (I had the special of swordfish that was superb) and the service is prompt and personable. Prices are very reasonable as well. You always feel like family at Papa Joe's! We have dined here many times and it remains one of our favorites."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very good food. Good service. Nice place to go to dinner!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "You should not place a couple across from a table with noisy children as we love kids, but our one night out to enjoy a meal was diminished by noisy chatter of kids from the adjacent table. I could not finish my meal.."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner!!!! We both had the prime rib which was so tender! We ordered the petite size and was surprised at how large it was. We plan on going back to this restaurant again!! Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We took my mother to Papa Joe's for Mother's Day dinner. We were all pleased with the decor, the excellent food and the extra attention given to us by our server."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very nice for as crowded as it was. Everything went very smooth for us and for everyone else in the surrounding rooms. We had 16 in our party, but the service was outstanding. Our waitress was more than excellent. She handled our table as well as two other tables as if she were serving one person. Everyone that had steak, prime rib or eggplant, raved! Personally, I had the ham dinner - not so good. Next time, I will try something Italian."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food is always great, from appetizers to entrees to desserts. I am a fan of their steaks and pastas, which always deliver. The meatballs are the bomb. Wine selection is broad and extremely affordable. Service is always very good. My only gripe, albeit minor, is that Papa Joe's charges for soft drinks by the glass...Very odd and can be a challenge for the kiddies. Outside of that, it's one of our favorites!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wonderful place just forgot my cake with candle I asked for which was a surprise for someone. Good place though"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I had driven by Papa Joe's many times when I used to live Akron, but had never eaten there. When I had a date in Akron, I decided to pick it based on the Open Table recommendation. I enjoyed my dinner there. The food and wine was good and, I felt, reasonably priced. The atmosphere was pleasant and conducive to conversation. The service was attentive and pleasant. I would definitely go there again. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We have been to Papa Joe's several times, and it never fails to disappoint. The food is consistently very good and with moderate portion sizes---enough to fill you up, but not super huge entrée portions, which we like. The prices are moderate and fair for what you get. Service is good, no complaints. We like to go to Papa Joe's for special occasions when we ant everything to be perfect or nearly so, and Papa Joe's delivers on that theme!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Papa Joe's is one of my favorite restaurants in this area. The food quality is consistent so you know you will have a good meal every time. They have the best blue cheese dressing and their tiramisu is to die for. My favorite dish is the Seared Crispy Salmon which is served on a bed of mesculin greens topped with a balsamic glaze. My husband likes the Choice Strip Steak. Papa Joe's has an extensive wine list. When we dine with a group of friends we like to order a couple of bottles of wine to share. Unlike other restaurants, they sell wine at retail prices. If it's just the two of us I always order a lemon drop martini (if you haven't tried theirs you should!). Papa Joe's is a bit pricey but well worth it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have been around for awhile so we remember the Restaurant of the past and like that you have keep some of its charm and of course delicious food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Love the food and the staff is Always So Nice! I have enjoyed lunch, dinner and have even had the privilege of holding a surprise birthday party here. The food service is Great no matter the size of the party, and the prices are Really Good!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary and had a wonderful time! The food was great! The service was great! They even had a white tablecloth on our table which I noticed the other tables did not. Try the stuffed hot peppers! Excellent! We'd go back again!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Huge amount of snow the day we went with blustery winds. Warm, friendly welcome when we got inside the restaurant was a good start. Scott was our server. He paid close attention to our ordering and we were treated to wonderful Trout with perfectly done green beans and potatoes for one and the other had the Reuben with onion rings. Half the Reuben came home in a box for later. For it being such a miserable day to even be outside, we enjoyed a wonderful treat from the service to the food. We were glad we made the trek. Oh, and the other half of the Reuben was a wonderful late afternoon snack with good memories!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Saturday 6 PM reservation. Seating was prompt, service excellent, food was all very good. The ladies ate lasagne, while one of us guys had prime rib and the other an Italian meatloaf (excellent). Our bill for two was $55.00, included two bottles of beer and two glases of wine. Definitely on the permanent go-back list."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was very good at a good price. The wine list and cellar is fantastic. Good service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been to Papa Joe's many times, always getting great service and great food. This is why we decided to go there for Valentine's Day which was a big mistake. Our waitress was rude and appeared to be bothered that she had to take care of another table. She made comments about food left on our plates, never offered drink refills, never asked if we were done with their meals and never asked if we wanted dessert. She simply brought the check to the table without saying a word. To top it all off my lasagna appeared to of been sitting for hours as it was dry and stuck to the bowl. My boyfriend's steak was way over cooked and they were out of mashed potatoes as well. Overall, it was a horrible valentines dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went there for valentines day had a tremendous time. Food was good, not great but good, service was excellent"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Considering it was Valentine's Day we were seated within 6 min. of our reservation. Our server was Natalie, who has waited on us before & did a fantastic job considering the crowd. It was a well paced meal. The stuffed pepper appetizer was great. The salad & rolls were good.. We were not rushed. Then the disaster hit. We both ordered prime rib & found it to be taste less, tough & with au jus that tasted like it came from a can. This was a waste of almost $50 for 2 pieces of meat. We thought that as we progressed eating this meat that there will be more tenderness as we got toward the center. No such luck. This was a limited menu. Order pasta or chicken next time.. The dog liked it though. Glad it was a gift card from Xmas."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a 7:30 reservation, was seated at 7:50 Our seats for two In a booth was a table for 6 at a kitchen type-round table Valentines day & food was less than average. No alcoholic drinks & bill was expensive."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My family has missed "Little Joe's Pub" (a former Iacomini restaurant) that we cherished for family events. For years, we have been searching for a replacement. With Papa Joes, it's nice to know that tradition lives on. When we were greeted by the familiar portrait of Joseph Iacomini at the door, we knew we were home."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I went with a group of 8 on a Saturday night around 7:30. The parking lot was pretty packed and there were some people waiting inside. We had a reservation and had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. We didn't mind because the group trickled in and all had arrived by the time we sat down. We had two waitresses taking care of us, and we were seated in an area semi to ourselves. It was nice to not be crammed next to other people, especially because a nearby group appeared to be a little on the loud side. All but two people got a pasta dish, and everyone was satisfied. I thought the food was good, but not really for people on a budget. It's a place I wouldn't mind splurging on once or twice a year for special occasions."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Their lasagna is amazing, and any other pasta dish for that matter. Great wine list and cocktail selection and calamari appetizer is a must. Service was over the top even with the restaurant being packed!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Class place. Great food Killer shrimp cocktail and fried oysters appetizers Veal Marsala. And Rack of lamb were delicious. Our friends both Had a generous portions veal Parmesan we really enjoyed our dining experience at Papa Joe's"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I had been to papa joes before but it was years ago. I didn't have a good experience. I was really in the mood for pasta and this place is right around the corner so I decided to give it another chance. I'm glad I did. We tried the stuffed banana peppers which were delicious! A little too salty but I usually don't use a lot of salt. For our entrées I had eggplant Parmesan and hubby had lamb bolognese. Portion sizes were good and I like that they bring a little bowl of grated cheese to the table so you can just help yourself. Service was very good. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We went to Papa Joe's for Christmas Eve Dinner. Even though they were very buys, the food was excellent and so was the service. Thank you for making our Christmas Eve magical!!!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "the restaurant was excellent. very attentive staff throughout our dining experience. All the food was excellent excpet for the Salmon it was just OK. didn't like the taste. Other restaurants have Salmon that is better."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We had the prime rib and it literally melted in your mouth. we were seated promptly, and immediately served a beverage. Staff were very friendly. For a romantic Christmas Eve dinner it was superb"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Met 2 other couples at Papa Joe's for a lovely Christmas lunch and all of us enjoyed our meals and the entire dining experience. Thank you for a lovely gathering."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "It was one of the best steaks I was ever served. Delicious salad, bread and a side of rigatoni. Good service and a cheery place."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great place. We go on Holidays and the food and service are excellent!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We decided to try dinner at Papa Joes for the first time. We were not impressed. The wine list is very short. They did not have nice wine glass and the waitress overfilled our glasses. The food was ok but the chef really needs to learn how to properly cook salmon. It must have been cooked with too high a temperature as the top was dry and tough. My BF enjoyed his side of penne. I had daily veg -green beans which were not notable but good. The booth we had was quiet but there were crumbs on our seats. The waitress was okay but nothing special. I don't think that I would rush back here. The food prices were average but one good point was that they wine served in the restaurant is priced very near or at retail."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Food is always good, wine prices by the bottle are reasonable, guaranteed successful dining experience"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Great place to enjoy food and friends. Anything we have ever eaten here is good but there is excellence in the Italian entrees which make those very special. Servers are helpful and friendly and courteous. Our whole dinning experience is always wonderful here. We will continue to keep this on our top 'five' favorite places to eat."
    Dined on 11/21/2013