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Josephine's Modern American Bistro

4.3
513 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Josephine�s Modern American Bistro, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, serves a variety of American cuisine with a modern and innovative twist. The restaurant�s casual and cozy atmosphere is perfect for both date nights as well as working meals. Josephine�s Modern American Bistro offers plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free menu items so that everyone can find something to enjoy.

Start out at Josephine�s Modern American Bistro with an appetizer to share with the table like the fried green tomatoes or the crab cakes. Choose from dinner options like the diablo shrimp macaroni and cheese, the bacon wrapped Arizona filet mignon and the sesame crusted Scottish salmon.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thurday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -9:30pm
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Phone number
(928) 779-3400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony Cosentino
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fine
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
5.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on October 12, 2014

Great restaurant. Had brunch/lunch at Josephine's The Zeppole are outstanding. So is the fried green tomato & smoked turkey sandwich!

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2014

To many tables packed into to small a space. The service was slow at best and the prices are crazy high for what you get. Not being a wine drinker I can not comment on that aspect but they seemed to have an excellent selection. Maybe they are better suited to be a wine bar than a romantic restaurant. The atmosphere was loud and frantic not exactly a relaxing or romantic evening. There are a lot of nicer quieter places here locally where you won't need a second mortgage to pay for dinner.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2014

This was our second occasion to eat here and it was as wonderful as the first time. Food was great, service was excellent! Will definitely come back again when we visit Flagstaff in December. One of our favorite places to eat when we come to town.

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3.0Dined on October 4, 2014

They were running late due to a medical emergency, forgot we ordered salads, brought the wrong item to me and my wife's was way over cooked. They replaced her dish and it was very good. My steak was rare at most, I ordered med-rare. They comp'd dessert and it was great. Overall the evening was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2014

We saw the reviews on-line and wanted to try Josephine's for Parent's Weekend at NAU! We were not disappointed! Everything was cooked to perfection! Great service! Excellent atmosphere! A little pricey but worth every dollar!

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Great for brunch. The smoked salmon omelet is wonderful. We dream about the brioche with wild berry jam.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2014

Wonderful restaurant in a historic home. Very good food at reasonable prices. I'll go again next trip to Flagstaff.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2014

Outstanding fine dinning with exceptional service. This was out 1st time dinning at Josephine's and it now is a most do each time we are in Flagstaff.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2014

I took a date here that I was meeting for the first time and had the Diablo shrimp Mac n' Cheese and it was incredible. I couldn't begin to describe the tastes in this dish! the whole place visually was the perfect setting for a first date and SHE absolutely love it, as did I. GO HERE! You will not regret it! I'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2014

Our first visit to Josephine's was a wonderfully delicious experience. My husband had the filet mignon which was tender and flavorful and I had the Alaskan salmon special which was cooked perfectly. The presentations were lovely. We shared the Limoncello cheesecake on a biscotti crust which was so good we even considered ordering another. Our server was attentive and helpful. The wine list was good and we liked the suggested pairings. We were a table for two in a romantic nook, but we noticed long tables with groups and families in the main dining area. We look forward to a return visit next time in Flagstaff.

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1.0Dined on August 23, 2014

I had requested a table indoors for 2. When I arrived, I was told I would have to sit outside. It was cool and adjacent to the road and quite noisy. I was told they had two large parties and that is why I would have to sit outside. Then I order the chicken listed on the menu and was told they didn't have the item. The service was very slow and we were left to wait for the check for about 15 minutes even though I asked twice.

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1.0Dined on August 23, 2014

I was so looking forward to dinner on Saturday, Aug 23. It turned out to be a waste of a family meal and a huge disappointment. My daughter summed it up the best, "we should of gone to Red Lobster". So you know we had a terrible night. I have been to Josephine's a few times when visiting Flagstaff and use to think it was cute/charming, but now I have decided it is a musty, smelly old house. If you get one of the 2 or 3 nice tables maybe OK, but Josephine's tries to be fine dining without making the effort to treat their diners as important paying guests. We will NOT be returning to Josephine's. There are many other places in Flagstaff to enjoy a meal. And don't pretend to take reservations and then overbook.

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2.0Dined on August 23, 2014

I have been here a few times and it has always been excellent. This time, when we arrived, they did not have a table for us. We had made a reservation and the surprised me. We ended up sitting on the patio, with plastic curtains around us. Space the waiter did not introduce himself and he did not tell us the specials. The food was great and after this everything was fine. One other comment, the music was 60s and 70s soul.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2014

Great food, service, outdoor dining with pet at our side. The Perfect dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2014

The food and service is very good. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2014

We were visiting from out of town and had a wonderful meal! Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2014

I ordered the flank steak. It was okay, but very chewy. The sauce was good. The menu description mentioned it came with potatoes, under the meat was a small portion of a very overcooked potato, barely edible. The salad I ordered was expensive and very small, nothing special. Overall, food not that good and overpriced. I had a great waiter, but then some other wait staff came by and one offered to bring bread but never returned? Also, food service was very slow, waited long times inbetween courses.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2014

Very romantic and relaxing. We ate outside and enjoyed the ambiance. I recommend to take that special someone to this spot for something different and fun.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2014

We have dined at Josephine's on several occasions, they are quite accommodating for those of use with food related allergies. They are very helpful, can make recommendations and the staff is happy to relay information from the chefs to the wait staff. The food is always delicious, looks appetizing and wonderful on the plate. The staff is always wonderful.

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2014

I chose this restaurant for a very special birthday dinner for my boyfriend, making the reservation through Open Table. While the food was very good, it was quite apparent when we arrived for our reservation that they didn't expect us, and certainly had not read my special request to be placed at a nice, quiet table, not on top of other diners. They quickly tried to put a table together for us in the corner of a big main room, which was just seating a large party of about 20 people. That would have ruined the whole experience for us. They told us they were full, so instead had us sit out on the front porch, which was nice as it didn't get too cold until the end of the meal. Disappointingly, my boyfriend's birthday was never acknowledged.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2014

I'm a sucker for fried green tomatoes and they go a v. good job with them here. I was not happy being charged $8 for a bloody mary that was $5 on the lunch menu. (Overhead the discussion between the bar tender and my waitress. Something about happy hour price....) I should have been charged $5. Not a big deal but it's the principle of the matter - charge what the menu says. Food was good. Service was good. All the folks were very pleasant. It's a competitive little restaurant scene in Flag. - to the restaurant folks - might want to keep that in mind.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2014

Knowing nothing about the dining scene while staying the night in Flagstaff, AZ, my spouse and I were so surprised by the whole dining experience at Josephine's.
Upon entering the turn-of-the-century single story house - first impression - funky, student, bare wood-topped tables, and thinking "fine dining?" - I was so very wrong. The evening was a joy and a delight. My Manhattan clam chowder was really authentic (ex New Yorker) and my Ahi tuna was truly superb - cooked perfectly - seared crust and (very) pink inside: perfect! with a savory cous-cous and a grated carrot, radish sprout + salad. The Osso Bucco is also not to be missed. Lighting and ambiance needs improvement, but importantly, the food really shines.
Great service also.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2014

We dined here on our night in Flagstaff on 8-11-14 and it was a great pick! Nice food selections and wine list as well. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2014

Good food. Service attentive even though the waiter was covering lots of territory. The Kalahari appetizer very tasty and fun to share. Salads both very fresh and tasty. Salmon slightly overcooked but well pedestrians accompanied otherwise. Flank steak was tasty. Shared the cloudless chocolate cake. It was slightly overcooked too should've been gooeyer in center and would've benefited from a vanilla ice cream with it. Enjoyable dining experience

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2014

We were out of towners and chose Josephine's based on other reviews to celebrate a birthday. We were greeted with smiles and the wait staff were amazing and treated our party of six memorably. The food was great and the prices were so reasonable for the level of quality and taste.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2014

Josephine's was recommended by a friend. What a terrific recommendation. Great food, Nice atmosphere, excellent service. Love a restaurant where you get asked promptly whether you want something to drink, and as soon as ordered, it quickly arrives. What a nice tone it sets for the evening. We're coming back!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2014

We have visited Flagstaff often but this was the first time at Josephine's. It is an adorable restaurant. It was pretty full but we had reservations and they sat us right away. They had a childrens menu - so even bigger plus. I had the beef medallions and they were delicious. My husband had the filet and he said it was pretty good, slightly underdone for his liking. Overall, we would go back and sit in the patio (it was raining the night we went) and try something different as everything looked great.

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2014

We had a fabulous dining experience at this restaurant 2 years ago, so when visiting Flagstaff this trip we wanted to return. What a disappointment. The food was below average, we both ordered the fresh salmon. Mine was cold and my wifes was terribly over cooked. The wine pour for the price was the cheapest we have encountered in a very long time. The waiter was OK, made some major mistakes but at least tried to make it right by removing the cost of the appetizer. The bottom line for us is the next time we visit Flagstaff, we will be searching for a different place for our dining experience. Such a shame, this place was really good the last time we ate there!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2014

All around a good meal. Nothing crazy that jumps off the plate at you but it was a good meal. I would go back

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2014

Had brunch both on Saturday and Sunday here and it was excellent!. Great omelets that comes with flaky biscuits. The potatoes that come on the side were a little spicy for me but my husband loved them. Make sure you ask for the berry comfit, it is amazing! The french toast is good but I could have used 1 more slice, it comes with 1 1/2 slices of bread. Good coffee, great service. Nice patio seating but inside is nice too, very cozy. Neat old house.

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2014

The food was very good, the flank steak is superb and one of the best I have ever had. Portions were a bit small for the price. The service was mediocre at best. They were not very busy and we had reservations yet had to wait to be seated and our waiter rushed off before we could order wine and we had to call him back. The wine is my biggest complaint really....the wine itself was excellent and we chose it because it was paired with the flank steak (Santa Julia Malbec... perfect fit) but when I got home and looked it up to order some more I realized I paid seven dollars for a quarter glass of wine that costs eleven dollars a bottle. TOTAL rip off on the wine costs so if you do go skip the wine. Would have been a great meal at $50, not $85

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2014

I love Josephine's American Bistro- the food is always fantastic, the staff top notch and I love the historical home it's located in. The garden area is terrific for outdoor dining!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2014

My wife and I were recommended Josephine's as the place to go "if we were ever in Flagstaff", we were not disappointed. I had the Bacon Wrapped Filet and she had the Tenderloin medallions and we both loved our meals. The service was truly outstanding and the suggested wines with our meals were great and this may sound tacky, but it was nice to be referred a wine that was not one of the most expensive on the menu. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2014

Josephines is nice place in Flagstaff for lunch as there are not many. I had at the seared tuna. Very nice.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2014

Very nice place for lunch in a Flagstaff. Great service. Good food

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2014

An attractive, multi room restaurant in an old stone home which features delightful outdoor dining in warmer weather. Very popular, not inexpensive. Lunch and dinner are served. Interesting menu choices-pork osso bucco, a halibut cheeks special, especially nice ahi. Always excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2014

We are here on the last night of a two week trip. Glad we saved the best for last. Service was Outstanding! The food was everything we were looking for and more. Next time we are in Flagstaff, we will be at Josephine's. Thanks for the end of trip delight.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2014

Excellent menu and complementary wine list. Friendly and jocular staff make the experience enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2014

Josephine's catered our son's wedding and we hosted their rehearsal dinner at the restaurant. SO DELICIOUS! We drove up from Scottsdale to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, just the two of us. Just as delicious and in a lovely setting...their front yard on a beautiful July evening. The salads are different, unique combinations and all good. What can I say...it's all good. Go. It's a delightful experience.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2014

The food and service was very good. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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