Josef Barbados Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
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The restaurant exceeded my expectations on all accounts.
Celebrated our 14th wedding Anniversary with my wife. The food selections were plentiful and the entree’s we chose were very, very delicious. Our server was incredible. He was warm, funny and there for whatever was needed. At the end we were surprised with a free anniversary desert that came out to us with a sparkling fire decoration. Thanks to making our anniversary date special.
great food, something for everyone, very well prepared, excellent ingredients
First time is it, and a score. Awesome food, service , atmosphere & value. Great drinks. My new go to Rockford spot with clients. There is also a private room available that I will be using in the future.
I have always heard good things about this restaurant. It was clean and the staff were all nice. The food is lacking, especially for the price. I would not recommend this restaurant based on the food.
I enjoy the ability to have a nice conversation in the dining room. It is quiet with enjoyable background music. Meals are not rushed. Wait staff are knowledgeable and personable. Presentation of food is beautiful and food is delicious. Always a nice selection of entrees, wonderful wine list. A favorite place to share with friends and family.
Always an amazing meal at Josef’s! Our waitress was great, the food was outstanding! Definitely our favorite place for a special dinner!!
The nicest place in Rockford for sure - it was GREAT...we loved it - definitely just special occasions though (not inexpensive). We had the fish specials (walleye and trout) and my parents had the prime rib.
They are definitely setup for parties (many room configurations are possible). Our waiter (I don't remember his name) was outstanding though!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Josef's and look forward to returning. The ambience of the calming white dining room was perfect for our birthday celebration. We ordered steak, salmon and scallops. Everyone enjoyed their delicious meal. The attentive service from Mark is what really made our visit special. We have not enjoyed that level of service in a long time. Thank you so much Mark!
Thank you for the review! We are delighted you enjoyed your dining experience at Josef's and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again.
After reading some tremendous reviews, my wife and I were excited to try Josef Barbados. However, upon entering the door, we immediately started off on the wrong foot. We patiently waited for six minutes before anyone even acknowledged us and at that particular time, there was minimal customers. Our waiter was inexperienced, forgot our appetizer completely, inattentive and continuously leaning on the back of a chair at our table try to carry on a conversation while we were just starting to try and eat. That being said, he was a very nice young man and I believe wasn’t trained properly. Our food was moderately at an appropriate temperature, which cooled quickly. My filet was ordered at medium and came out well done and the flavor was surprisingly bland. I generally do not write reviews but when a meal for two costs more than $135 , I would expect for everything else to be more than satisfactory. Unfortunately this night, everything was unsatisfactory... We WILL give it another chance in the near future...
Please accept our sincere apology for the unsatisfactory experience you encountered at Josef’s. We have taken action to correct the issues and retrain our staff, particularly regarding wait time in the lobby, server interaction at the table, food temperature, and overall attentiveness to guest needs. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in a manner that is more in-line with the high level of service and guest experience we value at Josef’s. Thank you for your valuable feedback.
I’ve been at Josef’s before, and it was great. Not so, last Saturday night. The food was great as usual, but the wait staff was untrained for fine dining. It was my best friend’s birthday and I had hyped up Josef’s...the waiter couldn’t figure out how to open a bottle of wine. Because of the occasion, we bought a very nice bottle, yet he didn’t know how to serve a $100+ bottle of red wine. The rest of the dinner was one miss step after another. He was trying, but he isn’t cut out for the hospitality business
Please accept our sincere apology for the unsatisfactory dining experience you had at Josef’s. We have taken action to correct the issues, particularly in terms of proper wine service and overall guest attentiveness. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in a manner that is more in-line with the high level of service and guest experience we value at Josef’s. Thank you for your valuable feedback.
Loved my Friday night with Enrique and Isabel providing wonderful service. I took a friend, she really enjoyed the total experience. Thanks, Liz Dickinson
Thank you for the review! We are delighted you enjoyed your dining experience at Josef's and the service you received from Enrique and Isabel. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again.
Extraordinary wait staff, great menu and delicious food
Had an awesome experience here soon as we walked in asked my name an got seated really quick an the service was excellent had an awesome waitress an the food was beyond good we will be back
Food and service always a 5 star!
Josef gave us special attention talking of his roots in Austria 🇦🇹
Costly, but worth it. the food looked and tasted great. Very nice place to go for a celebratory type meal!
We had an early reservation and enjoyed the experience. The food was excellent, the service was superb and I will definitely return for my next special occasion.
Outstanding as always!
Awesome food! Great service! Josef’s never disappoints!
This was our first time dinning at Josef's what a disappointment. As we were taken to the very back room to be seated, we find our table is so close to the next table that it is uncomfortable. We wait the next 1/2 hour with no one coming to our table. When the waitress finally came for our drink order , she wanted our appetizer order so she didn't have to keep coming back to our table . Her words not mine. So set the tone for the rest of the evening. Barely seen the waitress, and when she did appear , did not clean away appetizer plates, or soup bowls or empty glasses. The food was not good enough to over look the poor service.
We came to Josef's for my boyfriend's birthday, and everything was perfect. The food was delicious, and the service was attentive without being overbearing. They made his birthday dinner exactly as I hoped it would be.
Good food and service. Not overly crowded or load, so easy to have table conversation
Nice place to go I alway take my wife here on date nights
Food was excellent. I had the blackened pork chop & my wife has scallops. Cooked perfectly. Wait staff was A+. You won't be disappointed.
This restaurant is a gem. I would recommend to anyone to make a special trip to eat here. The bar has a nice ambience and great selections. Our food was outstanding in taste and presentation.
Food fair, service sporadic and poor. Overall not that good for price. Dinner and dessert huge time investment, took 2.5 start to finish. Not impressed.
The food was fantastic and very well priced! Haley our server was outstanding and very knowledgeable about all of the options!
The lobster was chewy! Both my wife and mother-in-law had the lobster tails, both were tough or chewy!
The food was delicious
The only reason I didn’t gave them 5 star was that waitress had way to many table to serve by herself and we had to wait starting from the drinks and first course till the deserts
Always great food and the ambiance is just as wonderful.
Service was good but forgetting drinks multiple times during a slower part of the evening, with 2 servers, is kinda unacceptable.
I’d go back and would like to see the service improve.
The table they sat four people at was meant for eight, so we could not talk without the hole restaurant hearing our conversation so they moved us to the lobby (YES THE LOBBY)......... sad way to treat your quest no apology did not even offer a drink or desert to makeup for a expensive valentine's day dinner. The owner was right there and walk bye the table a number of times and never once stopped to say anything........
I have enjoyed Josef's many times and find it painful to be less than positive. Probably a matter of over scheduling for Valentine's day...the tablecloth drape dirty with some form of red sauce, the hour and twenty minutes between appetizer and meal, lukewarm food. Not their usual standard; the escargot and the wine were excellent. Enrique is such a class act, he did not serve at our station that night, but he was apologetic and seemed to understand the challenges of the meal and evening without us having to give a litany of complaints. Let's call it an opportunity rather than a problem
Excellent in every way. Asked music to be softer. It was turned down. Thank you.
took almost 3 hrs to get a dinner in. appertizers didn't get to us for almost 1.5 hrs. drinks were so slow. didn't get meal for 2 hrs. artichose appetizer was awful. Didn't take more than a minute to get our bill. We won't be coming back and will no recommend this place to anyone. The mens bathroom was freezing...doesn't have to match the weather outside. one of the worst dining experiences ever.
Creative menu, excellent service, very pleasant ambience combined contributed to a dinner with co-workers that was above any other regional dining option.
My wife and I enjoyed out first visit here. The food was exceptional as was our server "Mark".
Another fabulous meal!
We tried Josef's for New Year Eve. It was delicious!
It took a few extra minutes for the wait staff to take first our drink order, but those initial "slow service" concerns soon dissolved. Thereafter, service was attentive and prompt throughout the 90+minute meal without any overbearing hovering. Our group of six focused on steak and lobster. The cut, sear, and preparation of the steak (and lobster) was equal to any Chicago area steakhouse and they were delicious. The potatoes and veggies were added to the plated steak creating a handsome presentation. Salads were crisp and fresh. The wine list included some outstanding choices by the glass. We had not been to Josef Barbados for some time and we couldn't come up with a reason why. We won't let that happen again.