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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

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Groups (20)
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Good for a Date (18)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Casual (16)
Cozy (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Business Meals (11)
Fun (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Seasonal (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romantic (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

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
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Server was spectacular however, I forget her name:(

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 30, 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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·Dined on December 23, 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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·Dined on December 15, 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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·Dined on December 10, 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 10, 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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 (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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·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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·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
 (Detroit)·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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·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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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My wife and two long-standing friends were looking for a place that was not a ‘chain’ and served traditional Italian-American food. After searching through the reviews of local restaurants within 30 miles, I found Papa John’s the reviews were excellent and the reservation process simple.

When we arrived for the first time, at a very busy time, we were welcomed and shown to our table without missing a beat.

The rest of the evening proceeded in the same vein. We were not rushed. The appetizers and wine were excellent and we ordered and ate our main courses at a leisurely pace.

We all enjoyed our choices. And, we are discerning, if not picky about well prepared food with fresh ingredients. And, my wife’s Petit Prime Rib was excellently prepared and was generously sized. More like petite in a land of giants.

I opted for Lasagna and sausage. Both passed with flying colors.

Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Spicy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was quite busy with many large parties. The staff worked timely to ensure folks were taken care of. We will definitely return after the holidays. Hopefully fewer large parties at the same time.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

After making a reservation, I still waited 30 mins to be seated (there were several other complaints as well). After being seated we waited another 10 mins or so for a waitress. I thought she would just take the drink but once we gave her the drink order she expectantly looks at us as if that’s all we’re ordering. Feeling rushed my wife & I shared the large prime rib special. The prime rib was good, but over half of it was fat & unetible. I’m also pretty sure the waitress didn’t say more than five words to us at a time.. the most she said was “is that all?” before handing us the bill. We watched her talk to other customers & tell them her name & be conversational but we experienced none of that. We won’t be back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service. Food was good, but we found the sauce a little too sweet for our taste. But overall very goif. We'll be back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

All in all, there was more food than we could eat which neans there are leftovers for the next day.
I would say the salad was above average, lasagna was average and the cannoli dessert, eh.

Their wine list includes a long list of Orin Swift wines at a remarkable price. Prisoner at less than $49 is a bargain. That alone is a good reason to have dinner at Papa Joes!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was excellent. So glad to have stumbled upon this place. Service was a bit slow, but overall excellent experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My husband and I had a great time! The food is delicious and the staff is very courteous. We will recommend to friends!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I return to Papa Joe’s several times per month. The service and food are both excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Papa Joe's is like the best Family Restaurant, great for a date great for any special occasion, my wife and I have been coming here for several years. I've spent my last two birthdays here because I enjoy the food and service, they treat you like family.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A local gem where service is still a priority. Great value, weekends get crowded (use OpenTable) but no one seems to mind the wait.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent experience for our first time. Food was great and service was attentive but not rushed. The only slight negative was the environment - needs a few repairs and could be cleaner.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Don’t know why we never tried this place before, but it’s now on our “go-to”list!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 8, 2017

At there on a date with my wife. Lasagna was very good as was the Italian Trio. We both had White Peach Sangrias that were awesome!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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