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Josef Barbados Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

4.5
133 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 & Chops, Josef's Steakhouse & Oyster Bar is THE destination in Rockford. A hidden jewel at Spring Creek & 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 & the largest selection of wines and spirits in town. You’ll enjoy watching our chef shuck oysters at the raw bar! Your host is award winning Austrian Chef, Josef Schwaiger. Josef still oversees his 3 Barbados restaurants from afar & he's won Caribbean Restaurant of the year on 2 occasions. After opening 13 restaurants around the world Chef Josef brought his unique talents to Rockford in 2005 w his 1st 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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 133 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JuliaO 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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LarsC 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Grand Rapids)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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mammafox (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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vipJazz (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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jhebs (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was decent. Not worth the prices though.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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vipChrisM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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Disappointed (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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