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Josef Barbados Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

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153 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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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(815) 282-3400
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Josef Schwaiger
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Cross street
Spring Creek & Perryville
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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.
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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 153 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

My husband and I had a great experience in our first visit to Josef Barbados Steakhouse. The food was wonderful but the service was 2nd to none. Enrique was our waiter and we will request him every time we return. He was very helpful and knew a lot about the entrees and especially about the wines. It was a fantastic overall experience and we can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

My husband and I had a lovely dinner here. We both had the fresh oysters for a starter, and they were very good. We both then had a seafood entree, and those were exceptionally fresh and flavorful.
The atmosphere is very upscale, good for quiet conversation.
The service was a little slow due to a large party in the back, but it wasn’t problematic. Staff was engaging and knowledgeable.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Fine dining experience.
Odd strip-mall location but interior is suitably chic.
Leave plenty of time if you have plans later, the pacing is luxuriously slow.

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was decent. Not worth the prices though.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

A very nice restaurant. Enjoyed everything about it. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Went for our anniversary. Food was awesome and so was the wait service. Very nice place for special occasions. A little pricey but worth it. Haven't been there in years but it was just as good as before. We will be back!!!!

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday and this was our first visit. I reached out to see if the restaurant could make special accommodations and they delivered. I stopped by the restaurant before our reservation to deliver some gifts and they walked me through how the night would go. Needless to say, the night was perfect and my wife was very surprised by the entire experience.

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2.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Ambiance for date night was very good. Starting from being seated till the end the service was very very slow. Food was very good but it just took too long for everything to get to the table. For the prices I would not go back. I couldn’t even imagine how the service would be if the place was crowded !!

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

THE FOOD WAS GREAT AS USUAL AND THE PACE IS GREAT FOR CONVERSATION TO MEET
AND TALK. ALTHOUGH I SPECIFICALLY INDICATED IT WAS TO CELEBRATE TWO BIRTHDAYS
AND THE WAITER ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THEY DID A SPECIAL SPARKLER TO DO SO HE
FAILED TO END THE NIGHT IN SUCH A MANNER.
OVERALL GREAT.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

One of the best dining experiences I have had. Anywhere, ever!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Only issue was getting steak prepared to requested temperature. Had to send back twice. Have eaten here on multiple prior occasions and is only time with an issue.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

My wife and I loved it, will definitely return. Everything we had was great, the waitress was excellent, the dining room was very comfortable.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Dinner was pretty good, Steak was cooked perfectly and the service was extremely friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Enrico is a great waiter! Makes your meal an excellent experience!

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2.0Dined on October 2, 2017

This was our 3 or 4th time at Josef's. Unfortunately it was our worse visit. When using OpenTable to make our reservations, I indicated it was our 35th wedding anniversary. For some reason this never made it to the restaurant. There was no attempt to make this evening special. In addition, our normally attentive waiter (whom we have had in the past) brought me soup when I ordered a salad, a glass of wine when I ordered a bottle, and was absent during most of the evening.

We will visit again. But we will never have another 35th anniversary to celebrate.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

This is the absolute best restaurant in Rockford, hands down . Always our favorite!!!

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

My wife and I fully enjoyed all of it. Will be going back.

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