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Papa Joe's/Iacomini's, Akron, OH

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

4.7
4.7
1494 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!

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Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Fish, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (330) 923-7999

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joe Alvis

  • Catering

    Papa Joe's premier catering services will accomodate your needs for off site or delivery services. * visit us - catering@papajoes.com or call us ( 330 ) 923-7999

  • Private party facilities

    Our private and semi-private dining rooms can accomodate your needs. - The entire Restaurant is is open privately from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6 - days a week.) - Primavera room ( private) holds 35-40 guests - Tuscany Room( private) 20-30 guests - The Wine Cellar ( semi-private) 12-14 guests - VIP ( private) 10-12 guests - Siena Round ( semi-private) 8-10 guests * visit us - catering@papajoes.com or call us (330) 923-7999

  • Private party contact

    Kim McLaughlin: (330) 923-7999

  • Neighborhood

    Akron

  • Cross street

    Portage Trail

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Entertainment

    Thursday night Max Grossenbacher on the piano.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,494 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Best Value

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Notable Wine List

  • Akron

    Best Overall

  • Akron

    Best Food

  • Akron

    Best Service

  • Akron

    Best Ambiance

  • Akron

    Best Value

  • Akron

    Fit for Foodies

  • Akron

    Good for Groups

  • Akron

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Akron

    Notable Wine List

  • Akron

    Special Occasion

  • Akron

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Akron

    Most Booked

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  1. AM

    ArleneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a delicious dinner and enough leftovers for each of us to have another dinner. Delicious brownie sundae for dessert! Excellent service!’

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Considering it was a very busy Father’s Day dinner, the service provided by a veteran server was excellent. Serving sizes are late and take home boxes were required. Extensive wine list. Rolls straight from the oven. Delicious tiramisu. Highly recommend

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We took my dad to Papa Joe’s for Father’s Day. Everything was very nice and they did a great job of accommodating my dad, who’s disabled (uses a walker, has limited mobility). I felt my dad’s Lake Erie walleye special was a bit spendy, and my girlfriend and I could’ve saved a few bucks by buying a bottle of wine instead of individual glasses. But it was a special occasion and I expected it to be expensive, so I’m not upset. I’ve only been to Papa Joe’s a few times, and it’s always a great experience.

  4. KT

    KTisME

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and the menu were just fantastic, we will definitely return.

  5. RL

    RickL

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last night We started off with a wonderful glass of wine, salads with the white French dressing of course ! I ordered my favorite char broiled 12 oz pork chop. It is my favorite entree at PaPa Joes. It was so delicious as usual. I have introduced this dish to many a friend dining with us there over the years, and now they are all hooked too! I have to say the chicken francaise is also fantastic and is my 2nd choice! My wife had the trout, the Chef sautéed it for her, and she said it was spectacular . Reservations were spot on, and the Service was excellent as usual. Thanks all for a great Birthday Dinner!

  6. C

    Cmack

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Pear martini, a must try. Food great.

  7. TF

    TimF

    Mississippi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience5

    The walleye was quite expensive and served in a very salty sauce which in my opinion ruined the fish. When the waitress saw me removing it from the sauce and putting it on a separate used plate all she offered was a larger plate even when I explained how salty it tasted. Not a real good experience.

  8. S

    Saturday

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Had a pear martini (Lori -Bar Tender) with veal scallopini dinner and both were perfect.

  9. RP

    RonnieP

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was outstanding, as usual. The best veal scaloppini I’ve ever had, and Stacey is top notch. Love Papa Joe’s! Can’t wait to return!

  10. M

    Marlo

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great place, food wonderful, noise level high- very crowded on Friday

  11. TL

    TerryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time at Papa Joes, as we live 90 minutes away. We had a tight schedule due to tickets at Blossom. Service was stellar, with Hannah offering information and menu recommendation's that we appreciated. Food was five star. Best Chicken Marsala...ever! My wife's Chicken Francaise was so good, she nearly cried that she could neither eat it all (generous portions) or take it with us (concert). We have another Blossom event in July and will definitely be back. Highest possible recommendations!

  12. P

    Provi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ve enjoyed PJs for decades. Never fails to be one of the best. Although very busy, we were treated to relaxing and delicious dinner. Special thank you to our server Anthony.

  13. JE

    JohnE

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and the service were excellent! A couple requests made when ordering were handled flawlessly. We had a very enjoyable evening.

  14. SB

    StellaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have not been to Papa Joes in 25 years, and found that the food has not changed. It was a wonderful experience. We took our grandson who has just graduated from high school and will be leaving for the Marines in a few days. He chose to eat here and loved it. Thank you.

  15. DA

    DavidA

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jen is an amazing server. Your food was excellent as always.

  16. MS

    MariaS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. The lasagna is awesome. Chicken park was the biggest I’ve ever seen! Get the white French dressing!!

  17. R

    Reed

    Cleveland

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always great food and server Jack was very attentive on a very busy night

  18. SW

    StevenW

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Food was good as usual but service was very slow.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I recently went here for our Anniversary dinner. The food was excellent, and the service was superior. We definitely will return to dine again.

  20. K

    Karen

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Good was great as always. Service was non existent. Had to ask twice for a wine chiller. Had to ask for our appetizer that we ordered. Said she thought it was already delivered. Brought it with our meals. Hostess actually ended up clearing some of our dishes. Maybe short staffed

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Papa Joes is iconic in Akron. It never lets you down! My all time favourite is Eggplant Parmigiana. A great wine list.

  22. JT

    JonT

    Cleveland

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love dining at our favorite Italian restaurant, Papa Joe’s. Everything on the menu is fresh and made to order. The cocktail menu is plentiful as is the wine list. We usually order our entrees from the list of specials. This time we ordered our favorites- eggplant parmigiana and penne pasta with marinara sauce. Our server was Rachel. She was an excellent server and delightfully happy. We highly recommend dining at Papa Joe’s.

  23. HS

    HelenaS

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    Third trip to Papa Joe's. Meatball sub and perch come with chips for dinner. My eggplant was cut thick and was tough. We ate,service is always fantastic but dinner was not as good as last 2 times.

  24. S

    Suzie

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Consistently great food, service and value. Love meeting friends here.

  25. JE

    JohnE

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family has been regular customers for years. The food and service is always reliably great and the staff is very professional and friendly! We'll be back!

  26. JH

    JimH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Setting was perfect, only exceeded by service provided by Jen. And then, the food was exceptional. Thanks so much.

  27. TA

    TomA

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you want authentic, old world Italian food, choose Papa Joe’s. Everything on the menu is wonderful. Terrific atmosphere. Great service too.

  28. RP

    RoderickP

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent quality of food. Good value for your money. Service was excellent! Jamie was our server and he was great!

  29. TP

    TinaP

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Always consistent with good food and service. Love the classics like lasagna and chicken francaise.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service.

  31. C

    Carla

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Wish they would take American Express along with MasterCard and Visa.

  32. A

    Albert

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent choice for a date night...never disappoints!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Italian Wedding soup anywhere!

  34. RV

    RichV

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We come here atleast once a month. Decided to try the patio because it was a beautiful night. The server seemed very over worked. He only had 2 tables when we were seated. Other people arrived after us and he served them first. We ordered and our order was wrong. It was not what we have come to expect here. Hoping when we go back and sit inside it will be better.

  35. EJ

    EJARAN

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rachel made it a very enjoyable evening with friends & the meal was great, as usual. 👍🏻

  36. d

    done

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    our server, Jack, was excellent. He is an asset to your business!

  37. JA

    JohnA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love everything about this place. Great spot to relax and have a good time.

  38. S

    Saturday

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite restaurant in Akron with Italian food, steaks, prime rib, salmon …….are all great and the prices are reasonable for a full meal. Lori the bar tender makes a great pear martini. It is a smart casual restaurant inside that serves a mature clientele.

  39. B

    Barb

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a good meal. My favorite place to dine

  40. DH

    DavidH

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    1st. Outside dinner this year. The food, (Walleye & Search) was awesome, and Danny was (as always), a GREAT server!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 1494 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

1561 Akron-Peninsula Road Akron, OH 44313

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Portage Trail

  • Neighborhood

    Akron

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Fish, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joe Alvis

  • Entertainment

    Thursday night Max Grossenbacher on the piano.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (330) 923-7999

  • Catering

    Papa Joe's premier catering services will accomodate your needs for off site or delivery services. * visit us - catering@papajoes.com or call us ( 330 ) 923-7999

  • Private party facilities

    Our private and semi-private dining rooms can accomodate your needs. - The entire Restaurant is is open privately from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6 - days a week.) - Primavera room ( private) holds 35-40 guests - Tuscany Room( private) 20-30 guests - The Wine Cellar ( semi-private) 12-14 guests - VIP ( private) 10-12 guests - Siena Round ( semi-private) 8-10 guests * visit us - catering@papajoes.com or call us (330) 923-7999

  • Private party contact

    Kim McLaughlin: (330) 923-7999

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