Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

4.7
1397 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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. Tuesday through Sunday afternoons we can accommodate even larger parties. Off-site catering is offered 6 days a week for any venue of your choice. To-go service and retail wine sales are convenient at our Italian Market. Try our convenient curbside service!
Dine outdoors in our Papa Joe's Patio!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1397 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! The prime rib was wonderful, but the risotto could use a little improvement! Always a consistently good restaurant!

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DouglasA
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a fabulous New Years Eve meal, we returned to celebrate my wife’s birthday (Jan 15). We brought my mother along as a “first timer.” We are somewhat regulars and have bragged about the establishment. My mother was not disappointed. The food em was fabulous as usual, our server, Anthony, is second to none, and the atmosphere is wonderful. We typically ask to be seated in the bar area. Our server, Anthony, again went above and beyond to make both my mother and my wife feel special. He remembered that my wife has a gluten free diet and made the appropriate recommendations. We enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and delicious meals. Though we did not order dessert, Anthony brought my wife a scoop of vanilla ice cream, complete with birthday candle, to top off the meal. Obviously we will be back, and as usual, I’ll probably order Chicken Parm LOL.

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BobW
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

First visit here in several years. Several things On the plus side - we were seated promptly at our reservation time on a busy Saturday evening. We found a nice broad menu, a solid wine list and were served generous portions at fairly reasonable prices. Our wine choices (wife had a Chardonnay, mine was a Cab) both proved to be excellent. The food was hit and miss. The salads with house made dressing were very good. The wife’s veal Marsala was nicely presented and delicious. I had the spaghettini with meat sauce and meatballs. The sauce was far too sweet for my taste. I rarely salt food but found it necessary to heavily salt to make this sauce close to acceptable (this might be subjective, I know) …but the meatballs that were served cold in the middle were a definite fail. All in all, the meal would have still rated 4 stars if not for the inattentive and indifferent attitude of our server. We won’t get into all the shortfalls that occurred or disparage her by name here, but suffice to say that I normally tip 25-30%, and never less than 20%- especially in this Covid era. This server got 10% and that was only because I couldn’t bring myself to leave zero, because she did put in her time doing the minimum. As a fellow food service colleague once told me - a great employee can make an average meal wonderful, and a poor employee can make a great meal mediocre. This one did the latter. If you visit here, you’ll probably leave satisfied - *IF* you get the right server. Sadly, we weren’t that fortunate on this occasion and as a result won’t be in a hurry to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food! Consistently delicious which is more and more rare these days to find! Well done papa Joe’s!

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Chip
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food for the price.Fantastic atmosphere.Our waitress Celeste was the best we had anywhere. If you haven't been,you must go.
Don Scott ,Bolivar,Oh

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love Papa Joe's so much!! Excellent food and service!

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BobAndBonnie
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the Shrimp special, and it was great. The tiger shrimp were HUGE, and the suggested wine pairing was very nice and very inexpensive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Food around. High quality from food to service and atmosphere. Do yourself a favor and try it out if you haven’t already.

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JohnE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Always the same standard fare and always changing specials. Great food and friendly, efficient service.

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TomR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have never had bad service at this restaurant. Go to for us are the red kidney bean salad and the best white French dressing around. If you are lucky enough to get Stacey as your server, you'll get possibly the best service ever.

DH
DianeH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Papa Joe’s! That zucchini appetizer is so delicious, and of course the white French dressing that they are famous for! We had lasagna and eggplant Parmesan, and they were perfect. So delicious!

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Judy
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as always. Our waiter was wonderful. We always feel at hime and welcome there.

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vipMichaelS
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE had an early seating which worked very well. Hostess was very friendly and the server was exceptional. Food was served timely and exceeded our expectations. Atmosphere was very comfortable.

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TomD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service by our waitress, Rachel.
The food was delicious.

JH
JamesH
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent Italian style food and service. Their walleye special is outstanding when !And, don't miss the tiramisu

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Barbara
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. The variety on the menu is exceptional.

JA
JessicaArcher
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing! We had the Stuffed Hot Peppers, Fried Provolone, Chicken Franscaise, and Filet Minon. Everything was beyond expectation.

JH
JoshH
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food never disappoints!

JM
vipJayMink
Cleveland
69 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service from Akron's iconic family owned restaurant. Wine w/Calamari appetizer, veal & eggplant parmesan entree, & salad with house made white french dressing was delicious. Bruno family was often seen making sure their patrons we're taken care of and assisting staff. Not rushed dinner on NYE was perfectly spaced over two hours.

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JonT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve dinner!

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JohnD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time with our family dinner in New Years Eve. Food was very good along with the service from our waitress.

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tomg
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding but, no drink menu ? Holiday cocktails no recommendations? A lot of wine.

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DouglasA
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequently dine here, and this meal was a New Years Eve dinner for ourselves and two friends. Our waiter, Anthony, was excellent. My wife is Gluten Free, so Anthony graciously helped her navigate the menu.

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TomC
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough about the experience. Everything was great. I’ve been coming here for years.

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gleime
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good as always. I've never had a bad meal there.

I had the Pork & Sauerkraut with Mashed Potatoes (Manhattan Style). My personal preference would've been to have more tomato sauce in with the potatoes.

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PamB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amanda our server was excellent! No warning of walnuts in cheesecake. Sauerkraut balls were over done. Everything else was very good

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JILLB
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there often.Had a great New Years Eve dinner..great food and ambiance.


Always enjoy it!

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GEORGEL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib & filet are excellent. Cocktails excellent.

LA
LisaA
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good. Food was excellent. Try the Chicken Francaise. It is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome. Food is wonderful. Clean.

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Sml2003
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding! White French dressing is out of this world great. A perfect place to eat.

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GregW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like good Italian food, then I would recommend Papa Joe’s.

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SaraS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time! Excellent will return for future occasions

GK
vipGeorgeK
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Seated in booth that that was uncomfortable, food was rushed out ( we felt as if we were at a fast food restaurant. Rack of lamb may have had at total of 2-3 oz of meat on the chops— not sure if we will ever return again— a waste of $120.

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tomg
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding food top notch service will be back soon

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vipReed
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service on Christmas eve

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ArtP
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All ways worth the money Great food great people highly recommend

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SandyP
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was delicious and service attentive!

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KristinaL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We waited 15 minutes for our appetizers, which was fine, then 45 minutes for salads and bread, which was pretty bad...the worst was an additional 45 minutes to get our mains, while the table next to us, who came in after us, got more appetizers, had their salads and mains and were eating dessert by the time our salads showed up. When I spoke with the manager, I was blown off and told they were busy, even though I pointed out that the other tables seated after us had been served before us.
No apologies, no items knocked off, nothing, and a huge bill for a two hour total wait time.
This was for my mother's 78th birthday and it was pretty well trashed by this.
My first and last time there.

TK
ToddK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always,service was fantastic, quick and attentive. Food very good and portions appropriate. Good wine list and interesting specials.

FAQs

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (330) 923-7999.

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's is rated 4.7 stars by 1397 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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