Josef Barbados Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

4.5
170 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
From the freshest seafood to prime grilled steaks and chops, Josef's Steakhouse & Oyster Bar is THE destination in Rockford. A hidden jewel at Spring Creek and Perryville, Josef’s is a welcoming and elegant white tablecloth restaurant and bar. Enter through an antique arched doorway with subdued lighting and soft music. Everyone is treated like a regular in our cozy BAR which is a destination in itself. Josef’s BAR is a must-stop for guests for a pre-dinner cocktail or a fun casual meal like our Josef Burger. The bar features granite tables, an oyster bar and the largest selection of wines and spirits in town. Your host is award winning Austrian Chef, Josef Schwaiger. Josef still oversees his thee Barbados restaurants from afar and he's won Caribbean Restaurant of the year on two occasions. After opening 13 restaurants around the world, Chef Josef brought his unique talents to Rockford in 2005 with his first U.S. location.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; (Bar opens at 4:00pm, Dining Room opens at 5:00pm, Last kitchen order at 10:00pm)

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Phone number
(815) 282-3400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Josef Schwaiger
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spring Creek & Perryville
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Parking details
Josef"s Steakhouse & Oyster Bar offers plentiful free parking in a private lot right in front of the restaurant. Parking at Josef's is free, safe and easy.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 170 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fish special was excellent. Desserts run large, I recommend sharing. Service was great. We were in an odd spot that had our table next to closed doors to a party room. It was very loud.

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our anniversary and had an excellent meal. Oyster are excellent and a pleasant atmosphere.

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MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent beyond description, the chef produces some amazing entrees which change frequently. Our server was amazing (Stephanie), she wasn't the scripted, robotic server that you sometimes find in fine dining restaurants. Josef greeted us at the door and introduced us to his daughter who was the hostess. Don't miss this place if you are in the mood for fine dining, It's 5 star!!

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KE
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all around! Best restaurant in the Rockford area.

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PF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josef Barbados provides a wonderful experience, which is well worth the cost.
The classic escargot, herb-crusted rack of lamb and pan-seared scallops were cooked to perfection, as was everything else.
The waitstaff was very attentive and efficient.
The atmosphere in the dining area was cozy and quiet, allowing for a pleasant conversation with my dining companion.
We will be back soon!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner. Great service.

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent our third anniversary in a row here. The food and experience were as expected.

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DJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to eat in Rockford.

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MZ
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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RL
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My server sonslike was sick, and he wasn’t there went we need more water, so ate food came and he suppost to weit to my wife cut her stake médium. He left and the stake was well done we weit for hem but we are Hungry. We need more water....... was bad

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JB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner after I sit to Japanese garden

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So many cozy spots to enjoy in this place, from a fine dining area to a more chilled out feel in other rooms. Food was excellent, it is priced as a fine dining place or just below that, and they delivered what one would expect for the price. Recommended.

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TG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow,they ran out if soup and had to make more which pushed our whole back.It took 2 hours to get dinner..expensive for mediocre food and service.

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DA
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We were there for a birthday celebration, however this was never mentioned by our waiter. We had to sit at a high top table since the dining room was totally filled with a private party. This was not quite as comfortable as we would have liked. Our service also was very slow, I think it was 20 minutes before we received our first drink order. In the future if the dining room is going to be unavailable I would like to be informed of the situation when a reservation is made. We were tempted to leave and eat elsewhere, However, once our meal did arrive the food was very good.

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W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lance our server was awesome! The food was so fresh, loved the salmon!

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GG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary there and had a very nice time. Service was excellent. I enjoyed the sides more than the main entrée, but over all good food. Price point was a bit above average. Save this place for a special occasion.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Was our first time eating here. Very nice ambiance. Easily able to hold a conversation. Waitstaff we're friendly and attentive but seemed hurried. They have different seating areas like the wine room. Tables varied in heights. Food was excellent.

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j
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delight, as always. The seafood was spectacular . The presentation was picturesque , like a work of art. The portions are perfect (no four pound chunk of beef flopping off the dish thank you very much), the service was leisurely so we dined liked adults and except for the coolish air conditioning (which was corrected immediately) we spent a wonderful evening with friends and dined extraordinarily well.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good experience. Seafood was amazing. Chargrilled salmon was delicious and waiter was attentive. Oysters were very good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went here for our anniversary. Everything was excellent, from service to food. The ambiance is solid, but a little odd as well. Hard to explain, but it is far from casual but doesn't quite hit elegant either. It's pricey, but you're getting great food that is comparable to other higher-end establishments.

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Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was a bit pricey but great. I had lobster termidor and it was buttery creamy. Our server was great and easy to talk to. The place was packed but getting in was easy. The place is very nicely decorated and the music ambiance make it easy to enjoy the meal and the conversations

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HB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

In Rockford to visit my mother-in-law on Mother's Day. Josef Barbados was quite the find. Really good food, great service and a very nice ambience. Would definitely go back the next time we're in Rockford.

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EL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good local restaurant, service ok. My daughter and I took my wife there for Mother's Day, waited a little too long for our food and when it came out they took our food to the wrong table, waitress came and offer a different dish to my wife but when she said no (in a kind manner) the waitress seemed upset/annoyed that my wife didn't take the other dish instead. Waitress or manager didn't apologize for the mishap or for the long wait.

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RL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was slow, very obviously slow. Server had too many tables as she told us. We received the wrong bill which had to be corrected. Food seemed lukewarm. But the big issue to me was the poor lady across the room. Her 4 top was situated much too close to a door that had to be frequently accessed to reach a private dining room. The lady was bumped once and obviously worried every time the door was opened. Not good.
Finally, the host could not find our reservation or the fact that we requested the dining room, not bar.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josef's has always been an incredible place to dine. Everything was exceptional. It's a dining experience, not just a dinner. You are never rushed, service is outstanding. I wish I could afford to go more often. For now, it's our special place.

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O
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Restaurant had an off night. The experience and the food is outdated for being priced where it is. Years ago I had great experiences here, but it isn’t what I remember. We were celebrating a birthday but left after apps because the food and service was so bad.

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l
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic! I had the Ahi Tuna, my daughter had the Swordfish and my husband had the Halibut. All were excellent but we all agreed the Ahi Tuna was the best of the three. Service was great too. Definitely recommend for a nice, quiet, and elegant dining experience.

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MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding experience
Excellent food
Can have a conversation in the lovely beautiful dinner room.

Or fun in the bustling bar.

Thank you for everyone’s hard work that we can enjoy Josef’s

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JB
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had them blacken the fish and it was good. My son's streak was good. the music was a little loud and I did not understand why they have all the high tables. Our table was fine.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our daughter was visiting from Texas and we were celebrating her moms birthday. Our daughters first time there and was quite impressed. We’ve eaten there several times and it is one of our favorite places for a special occasion.

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TK
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Please with the meal and service. Food is always good but service can be hit or miss depending on your server. Friday’s experience was positive on all accounts.

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RH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surf & Turf was absolutely delicious!
The ahi tuna was also excellent and the accompanying vegetables with ponzu sauce are the best I believe I've had in a restaurant for quite a while. Salads were fresh and easy on the dressing.
Service was 5 stars.
All of the above is why we continue to be regulars.

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MD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was actually spot on. We have been there at least a half a dozen times and enjoyed every visit. This time the flow out of the kitchen was a little slow. Table occupancy was maybe 65 to 70 percent. Seems like the kitchen was backed up. Line chef call in sick? Still we enjoyed our 2 hour 15 minute dining experience.

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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was womderful...
Service by Enrique was excellent...
Would definitely come back!

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TJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots to enjoy a great meal. Service is excellent and worthy of a large tip. Great food and great Chef!

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was fantastic food, service was great, and we loved it!

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit, for a casual dinner with a friend. I will definitely be back!

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Very delicious food went for a birthday / Valentine’s dinner we both loved our meals but were there a very long time and service was very slow, waiter wasn’t as attentive as i would’ve liked. Otherwise for what we paid i felt like it was worth it and overall a great place!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the wine, food, and service was amazing.

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