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Joe's Italian Cuisine

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403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
+1 760-489-6835
04:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 04:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 04:00 - 22:00
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Valley Center, California
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This little restaurant is adorable. With 11 tables inside and a few more out front, it combines charming decor with mirrors to give the illusion of space with cozy intimacy. Nearly every inch of the woodsy interior is arranged with everything you've ever seen in an Italian restaurant, all condensed into a tiny space. Hanging wine bottles and pseudo-cheeses, maps... More 

Thank itropicbird
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Our second visit proved just as memorable as the first! You must try the Veal Scallopini, its simply wonderful. This cozy,quaint place is just like sitting down at your own table to have one of your mother's specialities. Its all family, the daughter takes your order and the boys do the bussing and greeting.

Thank John H
San Diego, California
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86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

They say in the menu to be patient, food is all made from scratch. But, ohhhhh boy- it was a long dinner. Everything was slow... getting water... ordering an appetizer...placing our entree order...getting more bread...waiting for a beverage refill...waiting for our entree... waiting for plates to be cleared...waiting for check. We had high hopes after our long wait for dinner,... More 

Thank ewright2013
Lake Ozark, Missouri
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Recently returned to Joe's for dinner on a Saturday evening before going to an event at the Arts Center. The food was just so so. Nothing bad, but definitely nothing great. There were only three wait staff/busing folks, and that was insufficient. We didn't get refills on drinks unless we worked at flagging someone down. The restaurant didn't get really... More 

Thank Michael T
Olathe, Kansas
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1,037 reviews
615 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Took over 2.5 hours for dinner - way overwhelmed staff. Food was fair, but not great. Had a table of 6 and tried many options for mains and deserts. Prices were good, but its just not worth waiting over an hour for the salad to arrive. Maybe better for lunch, don't know.

Thank JimOB1
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This place has it all -- excellent ambiance, great service, and the best Italian cuisine this side of Italy. Have been here many times during our stay in Escondido, and have enjoyed every visit. Joshua is an amazing soul, a great server. We have enjoyed the Chicken Marsala, Lasagna, Clam Linguini, Cannelloni, Antipasto Misto. The food takes a while to... More 

Thank Paul P
Escondido, California
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111 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Loved the ambiance in this small, intimate restaurant. Was with a group of friends. Food was Ok, but a little bit salty that evening. Need to go back and try it again.

Thank EscoDave
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Average at best slow service, getting drinks, food, taking plates away even filling drinks. Food ok will not be back

Thank John R
Escondido, California
Level Contributor
31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Very intimate cozy restaurant on Grand in Escondido. You might have to wait a little longer for your entre but it is worth the wait. Everything is made from scratch. The waiters are friendly and try hard to please you. We look for the coupons and Tuesday through Thursday they can be used. I highly recommend this restaurant. They also... More 

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Mission, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Fun and funky atmosphere, excellent wine list, service is good, and food is always top notch. Since I moved away and only come here for visits, I always have to make sure I have dinner at Joe's Italian Cuisine at least once. Excellent pasta and the red sauce is to die for.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 403 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-489-6835

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?