Josephs On The Water

★★★★☆
  • 1975 S Ocean Dr

    Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

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  • 954-455-6996

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We recently went to Josephs on the Water while on vacation. We were looking forward to a nice dinner at a table with a view of the water. When we arrived, the blinds were closed and we were in a dark restaurant. We should have turned around and left when we saw the place was nearly empty. We ordered our food and when it arrived it was a GREAT disappointment. It tasted like the seafood had been frozen and they put it in the microwave and served it. It was some of the worst food we had ever eaten. Quite expensive, considering the quality. The food had no taste whatsoever. My husband ordered stuffed shrimp and he could not even cut the shrimp with a knife. Don't waste your money on this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

We recently went to Josephs on the Water while on vacation. We were looking forward to a nice dinner at a table with a view of the water. When we arrived, the blinds were closed and we were in a dark restaurant. We should have turned around and left when we saw the place was nearly empty. We ordered our food and when it arrived it was a GREAT disappointment. It tasted like the seafood had been frozen and they put it in the microwave and served it. It was some of the worst food we had ever eaten. Quite expensive, considering the quality. The food had no taste whatsoever. My husband ordered stuffed shrimp and he could not even cut the shrimp with a knife. Don't waste your money on this place.

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The amazing waterfront view had me at hello! The waterfront dinner I had that night was AMAZING!!!! I had split-pea soup, a "Maryland Crabcake", and "Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo".....along with the great view, and the phenomenal customer service, the portions were enormous! I had food to eat for the next two days! I recommend it to all seafood lovers of Miami! You wont be disappointed!

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★★★★★

The amazing waterfront view had me at hello! The waterfront dinner I had that night was AMAZING!!!! I had split-pea soup, a "Maryland Crabcake", and "Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo".....along with the great view, and the phenomenal customer service, the portions were enormous! I had food to eat for the next two days! I recommend it to all seafood lovers of Miami! You wont be disappointed!

Pros: Freshest Seafood in Miami!

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We had dinner here a few times. Favorite dishes are brisket, which is lean and tasty, fried shrimp, and broiled grouper which is prepared with a light dusting of some sore of crispy asian breadcrumbs. None of the food was too heavy, the service was friendly, the lighting pleasant, the view fabulous, and the bathrooms are a bit difficult to get to, but clean and neat. Overall, always a pleasant evening where we leave nore than full and satisfied.

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★★★★★

We had dinner here a few times. Favorite dishes are brisket, which is lean and tasty, fried shrimp, and broiled grouper which is prepared with a light dusting of some sore of crispy asian breadcrumbs. None of the food was too heavy, the service was friendly, the lighting pleasant, the view fabulous, and the bathrooms are a bit difficult to get to, but clean and neat. Overall, always a pleasant evening where we leave nore than full and satisfied.

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OK. So I must admit that the amazing water-view nudged me into a 5-star rating, but I have to tell you. The drink that the bartender (and owner himself) suggested ROCKED! I wanted to try something different, so he asked me a few key questions: Sweet or not sweet, carbonated or not, etc. He analyzed my responses and handed me the best drink I have EVER tasted! A chambourtini! (Excuse my spelling, please). It was refreshing, tasty and yes....strong. After a hard day at work, it was so nice to go to a place that had relaxing piano music,a fantastic burger and that drink! I will go here again and again.

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★★★★★

OK. So I must admit that the amazing water-view nudged me into a 5-star rating, but I have to tell you. The drink that the bartender (and owner himself) suggested ROCKED! I wanted to try something different, so he asked me a few key questions: Sweet or not sweet, carbonated or not, etc. He analyzed my responses and handed me the best drink I have EVER tasted! A chambourtini! (Excuse my spelling, please). It was refreshing, tasty and yes....strong. After a hard day at work, it was so nice to go to a place that had relaxing piano music,a fantastic burger and that drink! I will go here again and again.

Pros: Tasty drinks, AMAZING view, personable staff

Cons: Valet was a tad bit slow

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First I have to point out that I did read the reviews stating the clientele of this restaurant was older. I thought possibly the reviewers went on a specific night that was frequented by senior citizens. Nope. This place is definitely the hang out of the local senior citizens of Hallandale Beach. They were taking turns singing by the piano. But, by about 10 pm, the place did clear out and since we were sitting outside, the singing didn't bother us as we were more entertained with the lovely intercoastal view.
The food however, was disappointing. I ordered the swordfish souffle expecting something light and fluffy and received swordfish with a mayonnaise looking sauce piled on top. I didn't eat it. My husband ordered a filet of mahi mahi and received fish with alot of spines, he didn't eat his either. The owner was incredibly sweet though and his customer service was outstanding. If the food had been a little bit better I would return as I didn't mind the crowd and I can't smell the mothballs from the outdoor seating. But I don't think the food will bring me to return here. It's a shame though as the owner was extremely sweet.

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★★☆☆☆

First I have to point out that I did read the reviews stating the clientele of this restaurant was older. I thought possibly the reviewers went on a specific night that was frequented by senior citizens. Nope. This place is definitely the hang out of the local senior citizens of Hallandale Beach. They were taking turns singing by the piano. But, by about 10 pm, the place did clear out and since we were sitting outside, the singing didn't bother us as we were more entertained with the lovely intercoastal view.
The food however, was disappointing. I ordered the swordfish souffle expecting something light and fluffy and received swordfish with a mayonnaise looking sauce piled on top. I didn't eat it. My husband ordered a filet of mahi mahi and received fish with alot of spines, he didn't eat his either. The owner was incredibly sweet though and his customer service was outstanding. If the food had been a little bit better I would return as I didn't mind the crowd and I can't smell the mothballs from the outdoor seating. But I don't think the food will bring me to return here. It's a shame though as the owner was extremely sweet.

Pros: Great Customer Service, great outdoor seating, nice views

Cons: Much older crowd, bad interior smell, disappointing food

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??What I enjoyed as your Joseph??s On the Water restaurant was every bit as tasty as when you served my whole group. That to me is a sign of a great establishment. The service on both occasions was all anyone would wish for as it was executed with nary a glitch. I will not only enthusiastically hold a function at Joseph's Fine Catering but recommend Joseph??s On The Water to my business associates. You can now count me as a steady customer. Sincerely.?

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★★★★★

??What I enjoyed as your Joseph??s On the Water restaurant was every bit as tasty as when you served my whole group. That to me is a sign of a great establishment. The service on both occasions was all anyone would wish for as it was executed with nary a glitch. I will not only enthusiastically hold a function at Joseph's Fine Catering but recommend Joseph??s On The Water to my business associates. You can now count me as a steady customer. Sincerely.?

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The price is right and enjoyed several evenings. Best experiences were the swordfish and salmon. Deliciously served. Excellent service. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

The price is right and enjoyed several evenings. Best experiences were the swordfish and salmon. Deliciously served. Excellent service. Highly recommended.

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That was a mistake!!!

Very bad customer service...... I think this is the most important part in a restaurant..... I don't recommend it.

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★☆☆☆☆

That was a mistake!!!

Very bad customer service...... I think this is the most important part in a restaurant..... I don't recommend it.

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The previous reviews are completely misleading. We were looking for a "date spot" or a "romantic spot." Now, don't get me wrong - I am not an ageist - but , based upon the clientele, this place is not frequented by anyone under the age of 70. Based upon the reviews from this site, we went there on a Friday night for a romantic dinner on the water. Upon our arrival, literally, there was NOT ONE person under the age of 65 in the entire restaurant. Because we were looking for a different type of scene, we chose to go elsewhere. So, I cannot comment upon the food, service, etc.

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★★★☆☆

The previous reviews are completely misleading. We were looking for a "date spot" or a "romantic spot." Now, don't get me wrong - I am not an ageist - but , based upon the clientele, this place is not frequented by anyone under the age of 70. Based upon the reviews from this site, we went there on a Friday night for a romantic dinner on the water. Upon our arrival, literally, there was NOT ONE person under the age of 65 in the entire restaurant. Because we were looking for a different type of scene, we chose to go elsewhere. So, I cannot comment upon the food, service, etc.

Pros: No idea.

Cons: Difficult to get to; AARP hangout.

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The owner, Joseph Maggi, takes the reservations himself! He's the Maitre D' when you arrive and he seats you! He tells you all you want to know about THE DAY's CATCH!

The double 2-color tablecloths and furnishings make for a great ambiance. The views of the huge swimming pool and intra-coastal canal are formidable!(It may be too humid or too hot to sit outside.) The high-stool bar is wonderful for before or after drinks. It is frequented by friendly local condo residents. Joseph, himself, goes out-of-his-way to introduce you to everyone at the bar. The extensive menu shows a great variety of dishes at very reasonable prices!

"Sharon", the bartender, is very good at mixing, generously, any drink!(You may dine "solo" at the bar!

The $2.00 parking valet may be the only one IN THE WORLD at that price!

We've been there 2x...we'll be back!!! If Joseph doesn't change anything, we'll be there over-and-over!

J&Maria
Visitors from LONG BEACH. CALIFORNIA

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★★★★★

The owner, Joseph Maggi, takes the reservations himself! He's the Maitre D' when you arrive and he seats you! He tells you all you want to know about THE DAY's CATCH!

The double 2-color tablecloths and furnishings make for a great ambiance. The views of the huge swimming pool and intra-coastal canal are formidable!(It may be too humid or too hot to sit outside.) The high-stool bar is wonderful for before or after drinks. It is frequented by friendly local condo residents. Joseph, himself, goes out-of-his-way to introduce you to everyone at the bar. The extensive menu shows a great variety of dishes at very reasonable prices!

"Sharon", the bartender, is very good at mixing, generously, any drink!(You may dine "solo" at the bar!

The $2.00 parking valet may be the only one IN THE WORLD at that price!

We've been there 2x...we'll be back!!! If Joseph doesn't change anything, we'll be there over-and-over!

J&Maria
Visitors from LONG BEACH. CALIFORNIA

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Joseph's has great food and service. Salads, seafood, CRABCAKES, pasta, everything! Even the Bar Menu is delicious! Great burgers, chicken fingers, salads and DRINKS!
Lovely view of the IntraCoastal, especially at sunset.

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★★★★★

Joseph's has great food and service. Salads, seafood, CRABCAKES, pasta, everything! Even the Bar Menu is delicious! Great burgers, chicken fingers, salads and DRINKS!
Lovely view of the IntraCoastal, especially at sunset.

Pros: A comfortable, caring atmosphere

Cons: Location of the restrooms

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Great experience. Nice greeting at the door. Friendly service. I have been eating simply lately (South Beach Diet) and enjoyed the best blackened swordfish, fresh spinach and sweet potato, felt like a sinner, enjoyed every minute, pretty lady served sparkling water (turned out to be the owners wife) and kept on my Diet.

Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

Great experience. Nice greeting at the door. Friendly service. I have been eating simply lately (South Beach Diet) and enjoyed the best blackened swordfish, fresh spinach and sweet potato, felt like a sinner, enjoyed every minute, pretty lady served sparkling water (turned out to be the owners wife) and kept on my Diet.

Highly recommended.

Pros: Freshest Fish, Excellent service, Not expensive.

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Retirees with savings to spare and couples looking for an upscale night on the town flock to this live-jazz joint for fresh seafood, swift service and a view of passing yachts. A grand piano dominates the raised bar…

 

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