Papa Joes Italian Restaurant
Papa Joes Italian Restaurant
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Papa Joes Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.papajoes.org/
  • Phone: 3527993904x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday:11:0am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Joe Giarratana
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer both on-site and off-site catering. There"s 'no party too big or too small.' We will tailor the details of your event based on your personal needs. Whether you are looking to have a traditional event or a themed party, we will provide you with the great food and service you want.

    Our catering menu has a variety of dishes, both traditional and unique - always using the freshest and most whole ingredients available. If you don't see what you are looking for, we would be more than happy to create a customized dish 'justa for you'.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 50 and Spring Lake Hwy
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Papa Joes Italian Restaurant
Papa Joe's is currently undergoing construction and will be closed temporarily. Please make sure to check back often! We look forward to serving you soon!!




Papa Joe"s Italian Restaurant has been a family tradition for 30 years.



Papa Joe has personally constructed a diverse menu to fit anyone and everybody's taste buds, and each dish is prepared to order 'justa for you'. Whether you are looking for an aged tender steak, fresh seafood, or are in need of a carb fix, we got it! From the beginning, Papa Joe has prided himself in using the freshest and most whole ingredients available. In fact, many of the herbs we use are picked fresh from our herb garden and all of our dough is made on premises with a healthy blend of semolina and stone ground wheat.



Join us for our new Happy Hour Menu:

EVERYDAY from 3pm to 6pm

ALL DAY TUESDAY...


KIDS EAT FREE-Every Monday.


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Papa Joes Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
  • To Sad It's Gone
    Barb
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    On Thursday night January 2014 I'd reserved a table for 8 for the following Monday but late Thursday night the restaurant burned to the ground. It was a wonderful restaurant. Sad to see it go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant for our group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We were not sure of our exact arrival time because our group was coming from the golf course so I called on the way as there was a traffic hold up and told the host we were on our way as it was a bit after the booked reservation as I couldn't book it for 5:30 or 5:45 on Open Table. However, the table was ready and the service great and the food abundant (many left with food to take home). In addition our two birthday guests were given a slice of cake with a candle and the servers sang to them. We are coming back next Friday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • D-Lish
    Jaxy
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Good food, quiet little place, would recommend to any pasta lover.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food all around
    DaveD1941
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Asked a friend, who lived in the area, for a recommendation in order to meet people halfway between our homes.. She didn't hesitate at all the tell us about Papa Joe's. We are glad she did. Very enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the trip
    goodeatz
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We live 45 minutes away and this was our 3rd visit. Best meatballs! Even though it was busy Christmas season, our rez for 6 at 6:30 was waiting for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sounded interesting but...
    DeeCeeBee
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Stopped on our way home from Tampa after reading their menu online. We enjoyed our dining experience, but the food was only okay. At least it was hot! Veggie choices were lacking and the over-breaded eggplant left a lot to be desired.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    tlea1980
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We are always pleased with Papa Joe's. We did have a mishap this visit, but Papa Joe took care of it, like always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are Snowbirds and truly
    ThomandGary
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    We are Snowbirds and truly look forward to dinning at Papa Joes ,never have had a bad meal here. The Food is always consistent year after year.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service suffered
    cakesy
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Our extended family and friends really enjoy Papa Joes - usually monthly. Food quality is excellent. Portions seemed a little smaller this time. Most notable, the service was not so good. I got my dinner, close but not what I ordered. Rest of the service was friendloy but slow.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special kind of place.
    Lewie
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Going to Papa Joe's makes a person feel extra special. The food and service was great! Love speaking with Papa Joe great host! Great giving he does for the community.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Connie
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    I met relatives for lunch. Everything was good. Portions just the right size. Waitresses friendly and efficient. I loved the aquarium.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant!
    Gail
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Several times my siblings and I have met for dinner at Papa Joes because it is located about 40 minutes from each of our homes. It is well worth the drive and we always have a great time together enjoying each other, wonderful food, and excellent service! Thank you, papa Joes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My review
    Marianne
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    For the past 5 years my husband and I have celebrated our anniversaries with Papa Joe's. This past weekend it was decided to celebrate my birthday there as well. Wait staff is great and food is wonderful. So wonderful to make a reservation ahead by using OpenTable!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special occasion made special
    loveitalian
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Excellent food, served by very attentive servers, while making sure we were all anything we needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    tlea1980
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Great as always! I also was so happy to receive a $15 gift card for my birthday. That was so unexpected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    edandjudy
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    We had a wonderful experience at Papa Joes. The food was excellent and the service exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    No fancy presentations, just high quality food. If you crave italian, then try Papa Joe's. You won't be disapointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find on Open Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Barbara, our server, made our first visit to Papa Joes a nice evening. She was helpful and friendly while guiding us through the menu. The food was good and plentiful. We met Papa Joe on the way out and he was gracious, thanking us for our visit. My wife and I left, feeling like we just had a night out at a friend's house. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels Like Home
    keane0
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Always welcomed by Papa Joe and his staff. We celebrated our five-year-old's birthday and Papa Joe's is her favorite Italian restaurant. Never been disappointed with a choice off the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best!
    tlea1980
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We always have a wonderful experience @ Papa Joe’s. I have been going there since I was a small child. I love the staff. Ryan is an amazing cook, Sharon is always very welcoming, and all staff members are so pleasant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The blackened salmon was good,
    RGuitphil
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    The blackened salmon was good, but the marinara sauce was pretty bad. The wine that I ordered was one that I've had before, and it tasted nothing like the one I had at home. Either the bottle had been open way too long (didn't exactly taste like that though) or they just used a cheap house wine instead. The espresso tasted like instant coffee.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food, slow service
    KDB1
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    The service or at least our server was not attentive. The food was mediocre at best for the prices they are charging.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We requested some options not on the menu, and the waitress was able to accommodate us with no hassle. The food is good and fresh, and the overall experience was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Since finding this little gem I've been there twice in a week. Very good food at a great price. They have excellence desserts!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food
    OrlandoLoritos1
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We were a large group and we felt welcome and the attention, food and service was 5 stars !!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Seekert
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Papa Joe's is one of if not the Best Italian restaurant in the area. I always bring out of town people here. We have been coming for special occasions, but have decided to come more often. The food is delicious and never fails to please at least in my experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family luncheon after Bushnell
    NationalCemetery
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    My father's service at National Cemetery was very respectful and Papa Joe's was a great restaurant for the family to gather and enjoy celebrating his life.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always the best
    cakesy
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We make it to Brooksville every few months and Papa Joes is always on the list for our group of 12. Wish it were in our home town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    ACECC
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    I asked for a romantic nook so that I could focus of my dates conversation and that's exactly what I received! The food came out in a timely order throughout the evening and was professionally delivered. My date and I had a great time! The only thing that I could suggest would be to change the music.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I had hoped for
    cardio67
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    There were eight of us in our party. All of us had been to Papa Joe's before and came back because it had been a good experience. Alas, we were very disappointed this time. Three of us ordered White Zinfandel and had to send the wine back because it was vinegary. The replacement White Zinfandel was better but only by a little. None of us finished it. Our food was "cool" and my husband's chicken was "dry." Not what we had planned on for Mother's day. It will take some time for us to consider returning. That is why I said I wouldn't recommend Papa Joe's to a friend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We live 2 miles from there and find we frequent it a little too much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    My family and I have been going to PaPa Joe's for years and it is always delicious. For us it's only about 20 minutes away, but well worth the drive. Never have to worry about the quality when taking new friends there, it is always good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • table for 12 was ready and
    cakesy
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    table for 12 was ready and waiting. Food and service met our expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always love Papa Joe's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    We always love Papa Joe's! When he is in the building, he makes sure he visits each table, and since he knows us now, he always gives my Mom (86) a hug! It sure does make her day:-)) On the down side, we made the reservation and received a confirmation back. Upon going there, they had NOT received the reservation from you! We were fortunate they had open tables at the time of our visit!! I will continue to call to make future reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Secret hideout
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Unexpected find - kind of in the middle of nowhere. Nice ambiance with classic Italian feel, both in decorations and music. Food was inconsistent among different members of the party, but overall above average. Very enjoyable without being too expensive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was delish...service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Food was delish...service was wonderful...refreshing to see that they're a Christian establishment and not ashamed to proclaim it!! Thus place is exactly halfway between our family in Ocala and us (Tampa), so we'll definitely be meeting there again to enjoy a fun family dinner!! Thanks Papa Joe's!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservation made for a birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Reservation made for a birthday and everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a reservation and although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We had a reservation and although crowded, were able to sit down within 5 minutes of the time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience but to too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Good experience but to too much pasta with meat dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've been enjoying Papa Joe's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    We've been enjoying Papa Joe's since you opened in 1981. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate