Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh

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Jimmy V’s Osteria & Bar is a unique and modern restaurant was created with Jimmy Valvano’s passion and commitment to excellence, and a percentage of the restaurant’s revenue will be donated to the V Foundation. Jimmy Valvano’s love for food is the influence behind our menu creation featuring local and seasonal dishes with an emphasis on delicious Italian/American down to earth and traditional comfort foods using local farm grown ingredients and straightforward preparations. Also, Executive Chef Michael Steele focuses on shareable small-plates, to encourage groups to socialize in a convivial atmosphere, which is warm and inviting for family gatherings, a night on the town or toasting drinks with friends.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terribly slow. Food was average at best. Drinks were not kept full

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was great until a larger party came in and we were put on the back burner. Had to ask multiple times for different items. Had been told we would be getting hot fresh bread... by the time it got to us it was cold so was most of our other food. We sent our pizzas back because it was so cold the cheese changed it’s texture. They put those same pizzas back in the oven to warm them up again. My husband and I had been here once before and the service and food was wonderful so we decided to bring my mom and her husband. By the end of the meal we felt bad to have suggested it.

OO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, the service and the food was great

d
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall, my experience was okay. I was seated right away, and the waitress was rather prompt in greeting my table. However, upon her greeting, I was asked if I was ready to order, so I felt a little rushed; seeing that I was sitting for about a minute. Food was great. I had finished my first glass of wine, and it took about 10 minutes for the waitress to ask if I'd like another, which wouldn't normally be a problem, but I was one of 2 tables in the restaurant. At the end, I asked for a dessert menu. 15-20 minutes had passed, and she asked if I'd like to order a dessert. I would have been more understanding if I wasn't the only table at this point. To me, it was just a lack of focus, as she was chatting at the host stand for several minutes. She did offer to being a dessert on the house, because it took so long for her to get back to me, which was a nice gesture. I'd be willing to try the restaurant again.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Due to a street festival, they had a VERY limited menu. Was not communicated when the reservation was made.

K
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Tyler was wonderful. The food was excellent. Would go back for sure!

NA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We found Jimmy V's' on google when we searched for "restaurants near me". We were delighted by the atmosphere, welcoming and accommodating staff, and the delicious food. Rick was a great waiter and paid very close attention to our somewhat quirky requests. Try the roasted chicken ravioli, you won't be "dishappointed". We will be back and plan to bring friends next time.

J
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Came for my moms birthday. Sat on the patio. Server kept apologizing as if she knew she was given us bad service. 3 out of 4 of us had the ribeye and all 3 were overcooked. Ordered med and med rare and all came out med well to well. My mom was severed her food with out having silverware and she asked for steak sauce when the food came along with silverware. My wife had to get up and go get her silverware. The server came out 5-8 minutes later with the steak sauce. By then my moms food was getting cold. Later I went to the bathroom and saw our server joking around and having fun in the back the house like she didn't have any responsibility at that moment. We had to continually as for refills as well. Jimmy V's is allowing its staff to poorly represent them. Being someone who worked in the service industry for 7 years I was disgusted with my experience. I had to apologize to my mother for such a poor birthday dinner.

CH
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. They appeared to be understaffed, especially with ComiCon weekend. Food was average.

BM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

One hour to get served. Waitress was absolutely terrible.

JP
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible. Overpriced. Food was not good and service was terrible. I got my check when we were halfway done and didn’t ask if we needed anything. Save your money!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner out before the show.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was great!!!!

MR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, knowledgeable and helpful waiter who provided good, attentive service and took care of all ur needs.

HB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

It was 1.5 hours to get are food after we ordered.

MQ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food, environment and wait staff were great (Tyler was super) . Kitchen was VERY slow. As we left there were only 2 people in the kitchen area cooking.

t
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! Food was delicious and staff was super friendly and efficient. The steak on my salad was cooked to perfection and had a wonderful smoky flavor. Husband had spaghetti and meatballs and throughly enjoyed it. Had breakfast there the next morning and it had so many choices, we didn’t need lunch. However, we did have a very late lunch snack where the Mac and Cheese was outstanding.

DM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Out of many items on menu, over priced and a poorly chosen menu blend

MK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was average at best because nothing we ordered was overly good. The noise level was awful as we needed to shout to one another during our meal.

RC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a dinner here after my son's graduation. It was very nice, service was great!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Great food but the service was terrible. Made a complaint while there but not much was done about it. Probably won’t return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

EH
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our service started out slow, but ended up being decent. Food was ok, not as good as I remember when I went before.

SS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a 730PM reservation and asked if it was at all possible to be seated at 645PM due to our event ending earlier than expected. Despite more than 20 open tables, inside and outside, the Hostess said she could not seat us earlier.

We returned for our reservation time and was not greeted for close to three minutes, and was hastily seated by the hostess that wouldn’t/didn’t even look at us.

Service from our server was decent; nice kid. The underside of our pizza wasn’t cooked as much as I would like or have come to expect from a wood fired pizza oven. Wings and our shrimp appetizer were fantastic.

We’d come back again.

MW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

This is a repeat visit. Our first visit was amazing. I ordered the seafood bake. The lobster was so light and buttery. The calamari was grand and the service was impeccable. We visited again on Saturday and it was a less than desirable experience. We had a reservation and had to an additional wait of 20 minutes to be seated because the hostess was new. I ordered the seafood bake again this time. The meal was different and it was not indicated on the menu. The lobster is now stuffed , I was not a fan of the stuffing, and was over cooked. The shrimp was good. The service was relatively slow. They weren’t crowd and we waited about 35 minutes get our entrees. We will probably return but we were very disappointed with this experience.

M
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The venue is noisy and cavernous adjacent to a Sheraton hotel. Not a place for locals. Virtually no ambience. The calamari was over fried, resulting in chewy, dry bites. The pizza had very little flavor and, again, was very dry. We’ve eaten at Jimmy V’s steakhouse and it’s amazing - refined and elegant with wonderful food. Skip this tourist trap.

g
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I’ll preface this by saying this place is normally great. We raved about it to my wife’s mother and took her there as a Mother’s Day gift. I honestly don’t know what happened but here are the. Cliff notes:
1.) the server we got didn’t know the details of the brunch menu (I asked if it was a brunch buffet was told quickly yes we ordered it and then found out that it was partial and then we were on the hook for a buffet pricing)
2.) the kids buffet had 6 things listed and only 3 were out when I asked them about it they told me no, I showed them the menu, and then they spent the next 20 cooking the things I told them were on their menu. (And we were there at 11:45 so it’s not like we were the first ones there).
3.) our first drinks came 20 minutes after ordering, asking about them a second and thirds time and only half the restaurant was full so it wasn’t busy
4.) after the beginning of our meal, while waiting for our entrees, our complete table was bussed including silverware plates etc. We were given our food w no way to actually eat it.
5.) multiple times throughout the meal our server was visible but impossible to get her attention. Every request was with an added delay of 15 minutes.

Again disappointing considering my wife and I have eaten there a lot over the years and on Mother’s Day for her mom that was her moms first experience of the place.

CT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Came for a special occasion (NCSU graduation) based on the reputation of restaurant. Ordered 3 ribeye steaks and all 3 were undercooked and cold. The quality of the steaks were disappointing as well. Would not come back.

KD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a date night with my fiancé and we got there and took a while to be seated. There were clearly tables open for us to sit but to hostess to seat us. Our waiter was extremely friendly and good. We had the Jimmys V pizza, it was tasty but a little to oily for me. Overall great place !

LP
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We visited on a recent Friday evening for dinner. Seating outside was pleasant and offered a nice view of the plaza area. Our entrée choices, the lamb ragu and stuffed ravioli, were well-prepared but not exceptional. Side items, such as vegetables or salad, are ala carte. Overall, Jimmy V's came across as routine Italian fare with pricing set by its location and not for the value of the meals.

KC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The wings were not cooked all the way through!! Sprite machine down, drinks were not mixed well at all!! Just a horrible overall experience!!

VV
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

I selected Jimmy V's for our Easter brunch. It was buffet style, but the food quality wasn't particularly good. Limited selections and food had been 'on the line' for far too long. Our server was very personable and professional, but the ambiance was certainly lacking. Barn wood and 2X4's exposed in plain view. And the music selection defied logic. We did not have drinks, but our bill for two was $100. No, I can't recommend the restaurant unfortunately despite high hopes that we might have been visiting a new dining establishment to add to our list of Raleigh favorites.

DJ
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing & our waitress, Andrea, was so kind, welcoming & accommodating.

N
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was polite but lack luster and slow. The food was only ok and was not worth how much the restaurant charges since there are way better places to eat at this price point. The seafood arrabbiatta lacked flavor, tasted like Ragu out of the jar, and had zero spice to it plus there were no clams. The fish creation of the day was better since the fish was well cooked and the risotto had good flavor but was dry. Overall, between the service, food, and the prices, I’d much rather go somewhere else.

K
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was okay. The prices are a little high on the seafood. The spicy spaghetti is spicy so beware that it has some serious heat. My food took about 25 minutes and their were only a handful of guests at 5:30 on a Wednesday night.

j
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible. Server took 20 minutes to brink a glass of wine. Another 15 to bring the sparkling water. Food didn’t come out as planned. Server didn’t come back. Food was just ok. Wouldn’t order the beet and kale pizza again. Greasy and the vegan cheese was weird tasting. Burger over cooked. Salads were mediocre for the price. No bread offered even though there were bread plates and oil on the table. Had to keep asking others for water as our server would disappear.

AM
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time! The reservation was only for 2 people but we picked up a few friends along the way and the staff were super accommodating. It took a while to get our drinks from the bar but once they arrived, they were great. Our food and service were awesome. Travis was very helpful! Thanks.

EV
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, drinks, and service. Nice location.

CH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Very lively and energetic atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not really an Italian restaurant with menu like you'd find in Seaford, LI, Jimmy V's hometown. Fun atmosphe, decor and location with great, nostalgic photos of Jimmy V's life! Much more casual then images on Yelp portray. Prices are very reasonable but menu choices are weird. Only 2-3 pasta choices and their pizza can't hold candle to CA Pizza Kitchen or Pizzeria Toro in downtown Durham or La Stella in Cary. Service was good not great. Great and noble purpose with restaurant profits going to V Foundation however culinary staff and owners ought to take trip to Naples or perhaps LI to see what a true Osteria serves and tastes like. As huge Jimmy V fan going back to his days as coach at Iona I'm sorry best I could give is 3 star!

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