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Josephine's Italian Restaurant


Name: Stu Nudelman

Occupation: Radio Show Host/ Wine Consultant

Lives In: Coral Springs

Restaurant Pick: Josephine’s

Normally, at Italian restaurants the wine list tends to only focus on Italian wines and mostly on the very low end of quality with a few stragglers of high end. Not in this case. They have a well thought out wine list, with tiered Italian wines by the glass-$9, $12, $18, as well as good Italian wines by the bottle. Here is where they impressed me; they had good American, Argentinean and Australian by the bottle and glass as well. Marcello was never obtrusive about offering me wine or persistent which I liked.

I would highly recommend this restaurant as a must visit for locals and anyone visiting South Florida. This is a great first date place to go to impress anyone who loves authentic Italian cuisine. Prices are reasonable for the portions you receive and the staff is extremely nice.

Name : Patricia Gallagher- Moskol

Occupation: Corporate Affairs Liaison

Lives In: Hollywood

Restaurant Pick: Jet Runway Cafe

I’m so please to have found this restaurant. I would recommend it to friends and family for numerous reason, great service, delicious food, lovely atmosphere, overall a fantastic dining experience! Can’t wait to go back!

Steamed mussels, succulent, juicy and garlic flavors. The shrimp Francese, was a perfect combination of crispiness and lemony sauce, very generous, 6 large shrimps over perfectly al dente cooked linguine.

To go I ordered meatballs: 2 huge and delicious meatballs for only $6 (for daughter). Sauce was rich and amazing.

Name: Thom Smith

Occupation: Journalist (Semi-retired)

Lives In: Boca Raton

Restaurant Pick: Mediterranean Market & Deli

In my almost 40 years in Boca, I had passed Josephine’s many times but never stopped. After all, Boca is loaded with restaurants of all sorts, especially Italian, several of which are much closer to home. So after my first meal there, I’ll put it this way: It was worth the trip.

Located in a small strip center on U.S. 1 at the north end of town, Josephine’s façade isn’t as glamorous as some of the city’s more pretentious restaurants. While columns frame a small patio with a few tables that can absorb some of the overflow on a busy night. Otherwise, the bar, just inside the entrance does just fine.

One look about the dining room reveals instantly that this is not the typical Italian bistro. Fluted columns and long tables topped by ivy-draped candelabra break up the dining room into three areas. But more important, nowhere is there a mural of Capri. Paintings of Tuscan landscapes hang from the walls, a hint of things to come on the menu! Indeed.

Josephine’s covers the gamut, from plebeian ravioli in tomato sauce to more sublime dishes such as Linguine Shrimp Broccoli Rabe, grilled wild salmon and the ever popular grilled 14-ounce veal chop. Prices range from $16 (ravioli) to $45 (veal chop), but the grabber is the complete dinner special, a $25 prix fixed carte of 13 three-course offerings that will remain in effect at least until Thanksgiving. Diners chose among eight antipasti, including Mussels Marinara and Mozzarella Napolitana); 13 entrées, including Veal Chop Milanese, Orzo Pescatori (with clams, shrimp, scallops, calamari, grape tomatoes, peas, herbs and spices) Lamb Osso Bucco, Mediterranean Grouper al Cartocho (baked in parchment paper) and Chicken Fontina, plus dessert and coffee. A broad choice of Italian and California wines provide punctuation.

Service was attentive, knowledgeable and prompt without being pushy. Josephine’s also offers occasional live music, either opera nights or vocalist Franco Corso. Josephine’s is open seven days a week, 5-10 p.m.

Restaurant Information

Location: 5951 N. Federal highway, Boca Raton fl 33487 
Parking: complementary valet
Phone: 561-988-0668
Restaurant Owners: Josephine Tribunella
Executive Chef: Anthony tribunella
Pastry Chef: n/a
Type of Cuisine: Italian
Signature Dishes: osso bucco, seafood collage, rack of lamb 
Vegetarian Options: grilled vegetable, eggplant parmegiana or rollatini 
Alcohol Served: full bar
Corkage Fee: $25 per bottle
Bottle Limit: none

Restaurant Hours:
Monday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm 
Tuesday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm 
Wednesday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm 
Thursday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm 
Friday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm 
Saturday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm 
Sunday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Meals Served: dinner
Prix Fix Menu: $26.95 three course dinner
Take-Out: yes
Delivery: no
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): entrée prices between $18 to $30
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): N/A 
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? Visa, master and Amex
Accept Reservations: parties of 4 or more
Need Reservations: recommended
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: 48 hours
Accommodations for Children: yes
Dining Style: casual
Disabled Access: yes
Restaurant Size: 150 seating
Accommodate Groups: yes
Private Dining Room: semi private
Tables with Scenic: no
Outdoor Dining: yes
Entertainment: yes, Thursday’s nights