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About Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

The Iacomini Family first opened their doors in 1932, The heart & soul has been "Papa Joe" Iacomini. Iacomini Family has always been considered the first family of fine & traditional dining in the Akron area. Joe's legacy lives on with the fourth generation of restaurateurs. Judy, his daughter, & her son Jeff, & daughter Kim, continue to try & live up to his standards of excellence. This trio of new culinarians continues to bring you "The Best of Iacomini's" with new dinner menus offered monthly serving Fresh Fish, Center Cut Steaks and a combination of Northern and Southern Italian Cuisines. Papa Joe's has multiple private dining rooms with seating up to 65 guests. Saturday and Sunday afternoons we can accommodate even larger parties. Off-site catering is offered 7 days a week for any venue of your choice. To-go service and retail wine sales are convenient at our Italian Market.

1561 Akron-Peninsula Road
Akron, OH 44313
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Fish, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm [ Open during the day for private parties ]
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm [ Open during the day for private parties ]

Cross Street:
Portage Trail

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(330) 923-7999

Website:
http://www.papajoes.com/

Entertainment:
Thursday night Max Grossenbacher on the piano.

Catering:
Please call for details.

Executive Chef:
Joe Alvis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for Groups (22)
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Good for a Date (20)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Notable Wine List (16)
Authentic (16)
Casual (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Romantic (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Seasonal (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines Day dinner. Always a pleasure to dine here. Good food, great staff and excellent value.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Pleasant evening at a fine restaurant

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Go there usually once a month. Never disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

Went here for my birthday. Dinner was good. Server was very new. Had to ask for more wine — twice. Was overcharged. Salads were supposed to come with the meal but we were charged extra for them

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

Always enjoyable.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 7 days ago

Always yummy! Service was lacking last night. Jackie was non-attentive and slow. It took saying something to get water refills and additional drinks. We weren’t in a hurry and it was a very yummy dinner, just feel the service should of been more attentive.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was great. Our waitress was very good. We had a nice experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Deliciously awesome as usual!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Enjoyed our evening out at Papa Joe's. Food was delicious, wine was scrumptious and thank goodness it was quiet and you could talk without shouting over noise. We enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We went to try their meatloaf Monday’s and I must say it was the best meatloaf I have ever had. Came with mashed potatoes and a salad. Very good value and our waiter Anthony was fantastic! Good drinks too!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very crowded, server was very polite but stretched between large tables. Food was very good and authentic, portions were adequate

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Used a gift card we received. Food is traditional Italian and was very good. Iacomini’s is a local institution in Akron and has a very classic, traditional feel. Service is efficient and friendly, and one certainly gets the sense that most people who work there have been at it a long time. You know what you’re going to get here.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was excellent but service was slow. Busy Friday night and apparently waitress had too many tables.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Papa Joe's is consistent. You can always count on good food and good service in comfortable surroundings.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love their steaks! Always enjoy eating here.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Server was spectacular however, I forget her name:(

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very disappointed. Always thought this was a very good restaurant but our service wasn't great - 2 meals out of 6 were brought out wrong, pasta side was not seasoned, no butter or sour cream brought with the baked potato, ran out of bread and had to ask for appetizer plates and silverware. For the prices charged, this should have been a much better experience. Don't plan to go back.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and atmosphere love the lady that served us!!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Perfect holiday ambience ~ lively, colorful. Great food, great cocktails, nice seating. Service, excellent! All in all, made for a perfect beginning to the Christmas weekend. We decided the night we were there that Papa Joe’s would become a new tradition. We’ll be back when family’s next in town!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Tapas, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Loved celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary at Papa Joe's, one of my favorite local restaurants! They never disappoint!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I have been a regular at Papa Joe's for a long, long time. It's dependable for a good meal with good service at a reasonable price.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had an excellent experience for dinner. Our food was amazing and our server, Rebecca, was attentive without being intrusive and she contributed to our experience. Thank you for a great evening!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our waitress was precious, very attentive and wonderful. The food is always DELICIOUS.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very nice restaurant. We have been there before. We brought friends for the first time and they very much enjoyed it and said they would like to come again. Good food and good service even though it was very busy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food and service is always good.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The place was very busy and energetic. The parking lot was packed to the brim. We were a party of 4 that had 6:00 Clock reservations. We walked in at 5:50pm, and were taken straight to our table (despite a bunch of people waiting around for a table).

Shrimp cocktail was great! The shrimp were gigantic and the cocktail sauce was fresh and on point. The rest of the food was great as well, and everyone at the table left happy and satisfied.
I've lived in the Akron area my whole life, and never stumbled upon this place, until now.

We'll be back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The food here is always delicious. Service was fast and friendly despite being very busy at 8:00 on a Thursday (during the holidays). The candy cane martini was awesome!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Not happy with this lunch. Expect WAY more. Been dining here since opened and in Akron before that. Chicken salad tasteless and two of four people dining ordered it. Bread that was not toasted was quite stale and hard. Reuben very good but tiny compared to what it used to be. Meatball sub great. Wedding soup good. Chicken soup not so good. Homemade potato chips not salted and many were limp. Waitress very good. Few customers in restaurant as was an early lunch. Disappointing.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Mixed bag! It was a weekend evening, so busy can be expected. Really loud, too loud. I had the strip steak, very good. Wife had prime rib, not good. I had Fettuccini Alfredo for side not very good especially for an Italian restaurant. Dessert was good but not a great selection.

Tags: Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing. Ask for Lori at the Bar. We celebrated a birthday and had an amazing time

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Live Music, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Spicy, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Thrilled our reservation was ready when we arrived despite the number of people waiting for a table. Appreciated that our request for a booth was also honored. Thought I had left my gloves in the booth. My call was handled by several people in a very swift and professional manner. Their youthful unruffled response was remarkable considering how busy they all were with the holiday rush.
VERY IMPRESSED!!

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, excellent service and wonderful experience ..... as expected!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was great I would recommend this restaurant most highly

Tags: Hot Spot, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I am never disappointed at Papa Joes. Good quality ingredients , good preparation and good service. What more can you ask for?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The my experiences at Papa Joe's have always been great and this was no exception. The hostess was superb. Very friendly and bubbly. Out waitress was just as friendly and welcoming. She had brought a drink and appetizer that I had pre-ordered to our table quickly after being seated. It was a great way to spend time together as a couple on our anniversary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great wine selection from the wine room at retail prices!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

First time visitor. Thanksgiving Dinner. Staff was very well organized to handle large crowd. Service was excellent, food very good considering the occasion and large crowd. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner with my family at Papa Joe’s. Quick seating. Great servers. Excellent calamari! Like eating in grandmas basement!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Room we were seated was quite crowded and loud. Dinner was delicious, drinks were weak, server did well despite being overwhelmed. I commend the staff and owners for a wonderful job feeding all those people!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and fantastic service. It was a hit with everyone!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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