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

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.papajoes.com/
  • Phone: 3309237999x
  • 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 3309237999x

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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Papa Joe's/Iacomini's reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (27)good for groups (20)notable wine list (15)fit for foodies (12)romantic (11)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • bill
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was disappointing. While service was above average,
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gilly
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I think its one of the best places in Akron. Also enjoying going there. Never had a bad meal or bad service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great!!! We ordered 3 appetizers, my brother and sister ordered Steaks and I ordered the Chicken Parm. We loved everything and will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner
    FoodFriend1VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good spot for reasonably priced meal and pleasant evening. Restaurant does not have a lot of atmosphere but is nice for a casual evening out. Server was very pleasant but seemed to have too many tables to handle; service was good at the beginning but slow towards the end. Overall, positive experience and we will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a REAL SURPRISE!
    onesguy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is my third trip to Papa Joes/ Iacomini's. The previous two times were satisfactory. I ordered Chicken Parmigiana on one occasion, and on the other, a seafood dish. This time was different. I asked our waitress if I should order the pork chop. She said OH YES! I did and WOW, it was phenomenal! I had the side of pasta, and it was good, not great, however my friends ordered the rice and they couldn't help but rave about it! We were all thrilled with our meals. In fact, I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Night
    date2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot for Pre-Blossom Dining!
    janluvsmusic
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had an excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food. Delivered hot. Excellent service. Very good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fiance birthday
    Corykay14
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    guitardude
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Most enjoyable
    Abbey
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    savagedan
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as always
    YumYum
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our meal and wine were wonderful. It was nice to have help selecting a wine for the meal. Our guests from Louisiana loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience!
    Discerningdiner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good italian food.
    willyhoto
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The chicken parmesan and lasagna were very good. Also liked the fried green tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mostly good
    luvstoeat
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Good food and good service. A little loud in the area where we were seated. Moderate pricing. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st time, won't be the last!
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wow! great menu...very interesting offerings. Comfortable atmosphere. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TableReview
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    As always, Great food, nice atmosphere, great wine list! , Been going here for 8 years
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Theatrejrc
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunny
    Sunny
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Very good food. Good service. Nice place to go to dinner!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 331 reviews are from the Papa Joe's/Iacomini's reviews archive.
  • Placement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Doglover
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    DinnersOn
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Akrons best!
    TASS
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great...
    Jerry
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It wouldn't be Akron w/o Papa Joe's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    goodeats
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Wonderful place just forgot my cake with candle I asked for which was a surprise for someone. Good place though
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time dining there
    cooper3r
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites...!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Lainey
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoying The History
    JuJu
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Experience!
    Amyh1272
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    myboysx2
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Abbey
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply a great place to have dinner
    mrdave
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Restaurant
    Luvtheservice
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was very good at a good price. The wine list and cellar is fantastic. Good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than a happy valentines day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.