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Papa Joe's Ristorante Italiano

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1973 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820-5806
+1 203-655-1330
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
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Darien, Connecticut
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The dishes here are authentic and atmosphere is comfortable. The prices are competitive and the portions are plentiful. This place never disappoints me or the family. I recommend it to all my friends even people from out of town. If your passing through Darien on 95 make the stop it close to the highway and you don't need a reservation.

Thank Jack L
Omaha, Nebraska
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Had a fabulous dinner with great friends from Darien. This is their favorite neighborhood restaurant and we can certainly understand why, It was a delightful evening. We had Veal Picata, Veal Margherita, Veal Marsala and Chicken Milanese. It was all wonderful. We will certainly visit this restaurant again on our next trip to Darien.

Thank DebraL2
Stamford, Connecticut
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

For casual dining, with friendly, professional service and excellent Italian food, this is the place. Seafood (swordfish, zuppa de pesce) , veal (osso buco), are terrific. Anything you eat here is at the highest level.

Thank Mark K
Scottsdale, Arizona
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574 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

My wife and I went here with friends. We have to compare this place to some of our favorites in Scottsdale Arizona. I rate it as average by comparison. Beet salad at $9.00 was good as well as was the Pasta Fagipoli soup at $6.00. My Chicken Parmigiana at $19.00 was a little stringy but the Chicken Milanese also at... More 

1 Thank Richard S
Darien, Connecticut
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The chicken parm is always amazing! The renovation has made it a great place to go. This is the place to be for great Italian food!

Thank Carolyn E
Woodbury, Minnesota
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76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

This review is for take-out pizza. This is the second time in a few months we have had take-out pizza at Papa Joe's. This time we had the sausage and broccoli rabe pizza. What separates this place from most others is the crust. It's chewy and reminiscent of what you would find at a top tier pizza restaurant in NYC... More 

Thank Chuck S
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I have been going here for more than 40 years, and, although it is fancier, it is still a comfortable place to eat with good food.

Thank 29dora
Stamford, CT
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

On a crowded Saturday night, Papa Joe's was somewhat noisy, but service was efficient and pleasant. Veal Marsala and Gnocchi dishes from regular menu were good, and a special with chicken, spinach and asparagus was quite good. Appetizers were good and desserts were very good (Tiramisu and cheesecake).

1 Thank mannyab
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254 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Newly renovated with bar/bistro and main dining room. Excellent service. Limited wine list. Good Italian food. Pasta, chicken and seafood always good.

Thank Doubleeagle
Fairfield, Connecticut
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812 reviews
609 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

This was our first time eating here. We were pleasantly surprised how nice the dining rooms are- outside the restaurant is quite plain. They offer a very nice menu- salads, appetizers, pasta dishes, chicken, veal, beef dishes, desserts and coffee. The waiter brought a fresh basket of crusty bread. I started with a mixed green salad- fresh and tasty. We... More 

Thank Gloria H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1973 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820-5806
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Darien
  • Phone Number: +1 203-655-1330

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