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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 Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I celebrated my birthday with close friends at Papa Joe's. We love coming here for our birthdays. The service is excellent, the food delicious and the value for our meal is great. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We had a very nice experience dining at Papa Joe's. The food is always good, their wine list is nice because there are different price ranges. I used their suggested wine pairing on their speicals menu and was very happy. Do make a reservation as they are very busy on the weekends."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The decor creates a great ambiance for romantic dinner for special occasion or just a yummy italian dinner out. And the service was excellent - nancy was our server and she couldn't have been any better! Great place! Will be back!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A Good Friend suggested we stop here on our way to the OneRepublic Concert on Wednesday evening! Perfect.... and if I'm sitting on the lawn instead of right in front of the stage the next time, I will certainly consider your take out menu!!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great food. Delivered hot. Excellent service. Very good value."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I took my fiancé here for her 26th birthday and everything about it was perfect! We were so stuffed an our server Tracey was amazing and sweet. Highly recommend this wonderful place!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "After about a dozen visits that were good, this one was very disappointing. Went to celebrate a birthday. First, web site states that the wine shop pricing will be honored in the restaurant. Not so. M&R Asti was posted on the site at $15.99. When it was brought to the table it was $18.99. The 10 OZ top sirloin was like chewing on a shoe. The waitress asked if I would like something else (She was thinking only coffee) however my jaw could not take another one (Steak). Also did not offer to adjust the bill."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Greeted with a warm smile and seated quickly in room with fireplace. Even though not lit as it is summer, much ambience was added. Husband enjoyed the fried perch which was perfectly cooked, while I enjoyed the Italian chicken sandwich from the special list. Wish this was on their feature list as it is simply wonderful. The combination of grilled chicken, peppers and arugula is outstanding. Waitress took good care of us too. We will returned here often to dine."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "always a great meal at papas. wife and I were seated right away from open table. atmosphere is mostly older. must have the white French dressing best in northern ohio"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our meal and wine were wonderful. It was nice to have help selecting a wine for the meal. Our guests from Louisiana loved it."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Having heard about this restaurant for many years we finally made our way in. The service was very good and the waitress was enthusiastic about the menu. I had the veal scaloppini and it was wonderful! Nice inviting place. It was clean and spacious. I would recommend it to others. We were going to the theater nearby and there was no trouble getting in out without feeling rushed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "Wow! great menu...very interesting offerings. Comfortable atmosphere. Attentive service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As always, Great food, nice atmosphere, great wine list! , Been going here for 8 years"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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
  • "We've been going to Papa Joe's for decades, and it is as much a part of Akron as is the Goodyear Blimp. It's a traditional Italian restaurant, American style. The food is good, the service excellent, and the prices are reasonable. So long as Papa Joe's is in business, we'll return time and again."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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