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Joe's Italian Restaurant

An ithaca landmark since 1932




Our Current Specials

Drink Specials

Stella Cider Bottle - $3.50

 Dirty Shirley Temple – $5.50

Vodka, sprite and grenadine served on the rocks with a cherry

Appetizer Special

Mussels Arrabbiata - $14

One dozen mussels sautéed in our homemade spicy Arrabbiata sauce

Entree Specials

Chicken Cordon Bleu - $16

Fried chicken breast topped with prosciutto, swiss cheese and alfredo sauce atop linguini pasta

Mushroom Penne Pasta - $14  

Whole wheat penne tossed in our homemade mushroom cream sauce

Caprese Stromboli - $15

Our homemade pizza dough stuffed with tomato, onion, basil, fresh mozzarella and garlic oil

Served with a side of marinara sauce

Dessert Special

Oreo Parfait – $6

Homemade zabaglione layered with oreo pieces topped with whipped cream and a cherry


Our Current Featured Beers

Ithaca Cascazilla
Miller Lite
CB Caged Alpha Monkey
Brooklyn Pumpkin
Bandwagon Pirate Eye IPA


***Join us for Paint Nite!  Click here for dates and details!***

Paint Nite Drink Specials!

Rembrandt Rosé Spritzer

Canei Sparkling Rosé, Raspberry Syrup & Sierra Mist


 Botticelli Bay Breeze

Vodka, Cranberry & Pineapple Juices


 Warhol Whipped Cocktail

Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, Orange Juice,

Sierra Mist & Grenadine


Picasso Poison Apple

Vodka, Triple Sec & Sour Apple Liqueur


Simply Spiked & Sparkling

Pomegranate or Colima Lime Flavor


 Weekly Special Drink - $6.00


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Located in Ithaca, New York, Joe's Restaurant has been a local favorite since 1932.

Photos courtesy of joe's restaurant


Founded by the Polio family in the 1930s, managed by the Yengo family for over three decades, later purchased by Mark Campagnolo in the 1980s, and now owned by Jamie Ciaschi since 2005, Joe's has thrived in the community since inception.  Joe's was the very first restaurant in Ithaca to have a commercial pizza oven. 

Rooted in classic Italian style, Joe's was transformed in the 1980s to reflect the then-popular Miami Vice theme.  Joe's was revitalized in 2005 when the current owner, Jamie Ciaschi, purchased and renovated the dilapidated property, providing a more modern and upscale atmosphere.  Additional renovations took place in 2015, giving customers a new and inviting look and feel to their dining experience.  Whether you're coming in for a casual dinner or happy hour, or a more formal occasion, Joe's is the place to be.

Joe's currently offers a wide variety of delicious appetizers, traditional Italian dinners, pizza and desserts, all with a Tuscan flare.  We offer a full bar with a large selection of wine, beer and spirits.  All appetizers are always half price in the bar area! We guarantee to have something for everyone, and vegetarian dishes are available!

There's plenty of free parking too!

Hosting a get together or type of special occasion?  Let Joe's bring the party to you!  We offer a variety of catering services to meet any need.  Call us at 607-256-3463 for more information.



(607) 256-3463

Reservations are recommended.



602 W Buffalo St
Ithaca NY 14850



Daily 11:30am-Close

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Bring the party here! Joe's welcomes families, groups, and parties of all sizes!  We offer different menu options and price points for a variety of occasions.

Banquet Menu

Parties of 15 or more are welcome to choose from our Banquet Menu.  Menu selections are preferably due one week prior to the event, and a credit card is required to hold your reservation.  A final head count is due 24 hours in advance of your reservation.  At that time, you will be charged the final guest count plus any additional guests served.  Cancellation requests must be submitted two days prior to the reservation date to avoid cancellation fees.

Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Joe's Italian Dinner (served family style) - $23.99 per person includes:

  • Bruschetta and Joe's Italian Sampler Appetizer
  • Unlimited House Salad and Breadsticks
  • Choice of Penne or Spaghetti with Choice of Sauce - Select from House Marinara, Alfredo, Pesto, or Spicy Arrabiata
  • Choice of two entrees - Select from Chicken Parmesan, Tuscan Sliced Sirloin or Eggplant Parmesan
  • Individual Choice of Beverage - Coffee, Tea or Fountain Soda

Joe's Plated Dinner - $32.99 person includes:

  • Bruschetta and Joe's Italian Sampler Appetizer
  • Unlimited House Salad and Breadsticks
  • Individual Choice of Entree - Select from Grilled Salmon, Sirloin Strip Steak with Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Shrimp Scampi over Spaghetti, Tortellini with Creamy Pesto or Chicken Marsala over Linguine
  • Dessert Platter (served family style) - Cannoli and New York Style Cheesecake
  • Individual Choice of Beverage - Coffee, Tea or Fountain Soda
  • For your convenience, we prefer that all entree selections are placed prior to your arrival.

Team Menu

These group meals are served family-style and offered to high school and college sports teams.  Menu selections are preferably due one week prior to your event, and a credit card is required to hold your reservation.  A final head count is due 24 hours in advance of your reservation.  At that time, you will be charged the final guest count plus any additional guests served.  Cancellation requests must be submitted two days prior to the reservation date to avoid cancellation fees.

Please note these options are available during off-peak times. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Team Meal 1 -$19.99 per person includes:

  • Bruschetta Appetizer
  • Unlimited House Salad and Breadsticks
  • Baked Ziti
  • Seasonal Vegetable
  • Choice of Chicken Parmesan or Marinated Grilled Chicken
  • Carafes of Lemonade and Ice Water

Team Meal 2 - $15.99 per person includes:

  • Unlimited House Salad and Breadsticks
  • Baked Ziti
  • Choice of Chicken Parmesan or Marinated Grilled Chicken
  • Carafes of Lemonade and Ice Water

Team Meal 3 - $12.99 per person includes:

  • Unlimited House Salad and Breadstick
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Carafes of Lemonade and Ice Water
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Joe’s Restaurant, a division of H&J Hospitality, has been serving great meals and great memories to the Ithaca community since 1932.  In addition to our restaurant service, Joe’s Restaurant also has a event space, The Tuscan Room.   Formerly the west dining room that  made Joe’s one of the largest Ithaca restaurants in 1947, the Tuscan Room is perfect for family gatherings, banquets, business events, formals and much more.  

With plenty of free parking and a convenient downtown location, the Tuscan Room is perfect for any event that requires great food and fun.  Joe’s Restaurant and the Tuscan Room can accommodate groups of 30-250 people and offers a wide variety of menus to fit any occasion. Whether it’s a post-wedding brunch, a working luncheon or an anniversary dinner, the Tuscan Room at Joe’s is the perfect solution!  

Click here to view our Banquet Menus and Team Meal selections!

For more information or to book your next event call H&J Hospitality at (607) 882-9609!



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There are so many ways to enjoy the great food at Joe's!  In addition to our restaurant service, we also offer carryout options and delivery service - or we can bring the party to your location!  

ORDER ONLINE for takeout or delivery!  Click here to get started!

Download our Takeout Menu or Parties to Go Menu!

Hosting a larger event? Click here to view our Catering Menu.  We would be happy to help you create a custom menu for your party. 


Joe's is proud to be a part of the Ithaca community and is pleased to sponsor the following community organizations and events:

Apple for the Teacher

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cayuga Medical Annual Gala

Cornell Athletics

Fingerlakes Wrestling Club


Ithaca Police Dept Fundraisers

Ithaca Pregnancy Advocacy

Lansing Boosters

Tompkins County Dept of Social Services

Tompkins County Relay for Life

Tompkins County Sheriff Association

Please click here for our donation form.

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Bar Specials (available in our bar area only)

  • 1/2 Price Appetizers

Happy Hour: 4pm-6pm daily

  • 2 for 1 House Pour Wines, Well Drinks and Draft Beers
  • $1 off All Other Drinks


Join us for Paint Nite!  Visit for complete details and to reserve your seat.


Just a few of the recent comments we've received from our customers...

From TripAdvisor, February 2017 - "Joe's Restaurant really does make you feel at home....The food is delicious......the place to go in Ithaca or a great dining experience."

From TripAdvisor, December 2016 - "...always predictable, fun, good service, mixture of locals and tourists. Very solid food and drink. Best known for its Italian dishes - done very well indeed. You can get good salads, steak, seafood, but the best dishes are Italian, flatbread sandwiches, and great pizza."

From TripAdvisor, October 2016 - "...nice variety of options on the menu with some seasonal specialties. Dessert is good and is worth saving room for."

From TripAdvisor, August 2016 - "...this place hit the spot. They had a lunch menu with very reasonable prices. I had the chicken Parmesan sub with fries and my son had chicken Alfredo. Both portions were large and hot. The breadsticks arrived very hot too and covered with Parmesan cheese. Our waitress was very nice. The place wasn't crowded at all and we were able to park behind the restaurant. We will be back. We enjoy these hidden gems...

July 2016 - Joe's Restaurant was chosen as the winner for the best Italian Restaurant in the 2016 Ithaca Journal's Reader Choice Awards!

From TripAdvisor, July 2016 - "Delicious spaghetti and meatballs. Meatballs were super light. Also the sweet Italian dressing was great! My friend said her chicken Marsala was the best chicken she had ever had."

From Trip Advisor, June 2016 - "We were pleasantly surprised with the preparation of our different dishes. My thrill was the delectable flavor of the Tusacan Grilled Chicken Brushetta ...the grilled chicken was fork tender and cooked just right...the salsa topping of the tomatoe brushetta was such a delight. We all were very pleased with the sauteed shrimp, the chicken parm...the bottomless salad with the sweet Italian dressing, that was just the tastiest salad dressing we have had in awhile. The breadsticks were light and fluffy...Very nicely done. Loved all the old pictures on the walls. Found places I used to go with my aunt and uncle when in town. Thank you for the wonderful birthday day dinner . We will be back. Gave us the best seat in the house too. Thank you Janice !!! Janice attended to our every request even though she was busy she was quick to refill and to see if we needed anything more and quick to bring more salad and our meals. Lovely time with a smiling nice waitress and hostess makes a night a perfect TUSCAN DELIGHT"

From TripAdvisor, May 2016 - "We were looking for a place to get spaghetti and happened upon this gem! ...our server, Janice, was wonderful. The menu was nice and varied. We had a couple pizzas, spaghetti and ravioli. The food was great, everyone ate it up! The price was very reasonable. We will keep this in mind the next time we are in the area."

April 2016 - via email "Food was great, prices even better, right down to the fantastic house salad, desserts outstanding. Service was very efficient and helpful, all the food is exceptional."

From Facebook, April 2016 - "...the staff went above and beyond...We could not be happier that we picked Joe's for our celebration dinner, they made it extra special for us."

March 2016 - via email "...the food was outstanding.  I must say I have not enjoyed a meal as good in a very long time."

From TripAdvisor, February 2016 - was a really nice, laid back atmosphere and a delicious lunch- I had the bomber pizza and it was divine.

From Yelp, February 2016 - "...good service and attention to getting the food out quick..."

From Facebook, December 2015 - "Awesome service drinks appetizers and meals!  Yum..."

From Facebook, November 2015 - "Good food nice time comfortable great place awesome service was great"

From Yelp, October 2015 - ...Service was friendly and food was good.

From Facebook, October 2015 - Good food, good service!

From TripAdvisor, September 2015 - My wife and I were in town for our 30th wedding anniversary and wanted Italian. This was the only restaurant that had an menu that we felt offered that. I had the Seafood Diavlo and she had the Chicken Marsala, pasta il dente, both fantastic. The prices were more than reasonable and the service was friendly, prompt and attentive. How this place rates 100+ out of 200+ I have no clue. Puts the Ithaca Commons over priced restaurants to shame, they should take notes.

From Yelp, September 2015 - is super!

From TripAdvisor, August 2015 - Delicious Italian food. Very good service. Good price. Home-made meals...Probably the best pizza in town

From Yelp, August 2015 - Great French fries and the meatballs for my sandwich were fresh and tasty.

From TripAdvisor, July 2015 - ...All of the food was quite delicious, and the staff was very courteous. 

We love to hear from our customers!  Please contact us at any time with any questions, concerns, or comments.  You can complete and submit the form below, or call us at 607-256-3463.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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