Josef's

★★★★★
  • 2410 Pleasantville Rd

    Fallston, MD 21047

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  • 410-877-7800

About Josef's

Hours
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. 5pm - 10pm;Sun. 11:30am - 9pm
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What a mess, room was draftty, rolls were restricted to 1 per person, some kind of yeast shortage I guess. Waitress orders wrong food from kitchen. Soup tasted like the broth you have to eat for a colonoscopy. Pork medallions had so much

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★★★★★

What a mess, room was draftty, rolls were restricted to 1 per person, some kind of yeast shortage I guess. Waitress orders wrong food from kitchen. Soup tasted like the broth you have to eat for a colonoscopy. Pork medallions had so much

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First, let me start on a positive note - the rack of lamb was good but it was all down hill from there.\r
We went out to celebrate our dear friend's recovery from a serious illness and thought Josef's would fit the bill. For starters, the

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★★★★★

First, let me start on a positive note - the rack of lamb was good but it was all down hill from there.\r
We went out to celebrate our dear friend's recovery from a serious illness and thought Josef's would fit the bill. For starters, the

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Josef's is one of those hidden jewels - off the beaten path for 4 or 5 star dining. There's nothing at all trendy about Josef's - but I prefer classic to trendy, and Josef's is a classic. There's nothing chic or cutting edge - but you can always depend on familiar classic dishes prepared to impeccable perfection. The service is personal, human, and on rare occasion fallible, rather than rigid, quick and snobby. It's a little pricey compared to the typical suburban "family" restaurant, but it is a stunning bargain compared to going into the city to a place with similar quality food, and the portions are such that we always enjoy the contents of our doggy bag the next day for lunch. Come enjoy fine food that you can count on. I've eaten at Josef's at least once a week for two years, and have never been disappointed.

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★★★★★

Josef's is one of those hidden jewels - off the beaten path for 4 or 5 star dining. There's nothing at all trendy about Josef's - but I prefer classic to trendy, and Josef's is a classic. There's nothing chic or cutting edge - but you can always depend on familiar classic dishes prepared to impeccable perfection. The service is personal, human, and on rare occasion fallible, rather than rigid, quick and snobby. It's a little pricey compared to the typical suburban "family" restaurant, but it is a stunning bargain compared to going into the city to a place with similar quality food, and the portions are such that we always enjoy the contents of our doggy bag the next day for lunch. Come enjoy fine food that you can count on. I've eaten at Josef's at least once a week for two years, and have never been disappointed.

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we were going to be in the Hyde area to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and looked for a restaurant to go to after our church ceremony....Josef's came recommended by several friends and it's couldn't have been better........the food was great, the service was outstanding (by robin) ..........and the price was right.
my wife and i are from essex but we'll visit them again........before the next 50 yr celebration.

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★★★★★

we were going to be in the Hyde area to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and looked for a restaurant to go to after our church ceremony....Josef's came recommended by several friends and it's couldn't have been better........the food was great, the service was outstanding (by robin) ..........and the price was right.
my wife and i are from essex but we'll visit them again........before the next 50 yr celebration.

Pros: everyone enjoyed their meal

Cons: none

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Don't go to Josef's Restaurant in Fallston--- Last night we had an interesting dinner with the waitress threating to call the police on us. We went out with two other couples. My husband asked the waitress to give us separate checks since one couple doesn't eat or drink as much as we do. The waitress said she couldn't do it and we questioned her. She finally said yes but she would have to do all the work which might take an extra 15 minutes. We said no problem. When she brought our check she had tacked on more gratuity saying she had to work harder. My husband refused to pay with the added gratuity. That's when she said she would call the police. She backed down and deducted the extra tip and told us never to come back. We spent $93 for an upsetting evening. Can you imagine in today's economy to treat customers that way.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't go to Josef's Restaurant in Fallston--- Last night we had an interesting dinner with the waitress threating to call the police on us. We went out with two other couples. My husband asked the waitress to give us separate checks since one couple doesn't eat or drink as much as we do. The waitress said she couldn't do it and we questioned her. She finally said yes but she would have to do all the work which might take an extra 15 minutes. We said no problem. When she brought our check she had tacked on more gratuity saying she had to work harder. My husband refused to pay with the added gratuity. That's when she said she would call the police. She backed down and deducted the extra tip and told us never to come back. We spent $93 for an upsetting evening. Can you imagine in today's economy to treat customers that way.

Pros: Ambience was nice

Cons: Waitress was rude

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Josef's is a great place for a special occasion, but many local people think of Josef's as a place for special occasions only. To really understand and enjoy this place to its fullest, you should know that it's also a great place to relax and enjoy a casual meal on a regular basis. We eat there twice a week some weeks, and we drop in without reservations. You don't really need a reservation if you come early, like between 5 and 7, and sit in the bar.
There's nothing chic or trendy about Josef's, but they serve excellent food in generous portions at reasonable prices. Regular menu items offer something for everyone, except perhaps vegans or those who require exotic dishes or flamboyant presentation. Continental cuisine makes it sound stuffy - I prefer to think of it home cooking the old country way. Calling it comfort food would make it sound much too mundane and unrefined..
There are always a couple of dynamite seafood dishes, I don't want to sell them short, but I for one grow tired of crab and rockfish. I am grateful to always be able to find a great beef or pork dish to my liking, without the mandatory pile of crab on top of it. Pork Chops McGreevy is a savory pair of luscious chops served on a bed of potato-leek hash, with a boursin sauce.
The specials are the stars, though, wait until you've heard the special before even looking at the menu. If you have the good fortune to attend one night when the Bermuda Triangle is on the specials list, this item varies, but is often a trio of petite lobster tail, filet mignon, and veal emmenthal. If you stumble onto the pork en croute, it is thinly sliced pork rolled with pastry and cheese, on a bed of raspberry sauce.
The appetizers never disappoint, either. I never cared much for salmon or pate until Josef's. The thinly sliced salmon with capers, sour cream, finely diced onions and toast points is to die for. The country pate is a thing of beauty. And Josef's soups could be a meal in themselves.

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★★★★★

Josef's is a great place for a special occasion, but many local people think of Josef's as a place for special occasions only. To really understand and enjoy this place to its fullest, you should know that it's also a great place to relax and enjoy a casual meal on a regular basis. We eat there twice a week some weeks, and we drop in without reservations. You don't really need a reservation if you come early, like between 5 and 7, and sit in the bar.
There's nothing chic or trendy about Josef's, but they serve excellent food in generous portions at reasonable prices. Regular menu items offer something for everyone, except perhaps vegans or those who require exotic dishes or flamboyant presentation. Continental cuisine makes it sound stuffy - I prefer to think of it home cooking the old country way. Calling it comfort food would make it sound much too mundane and unrefined..
There are always a couple of dynamite seafood dishes, I don't want to sell them short, but I for one grow tired of crab and rockfish. I am grateful to always be able to find a great beef or pork dish to my liking, without the mandatory pile of crab on top of it. Pork Chops McGreevy is a savory pair of luscious chops served on a bed of potato-leek hash, with a boursin sauce.
The specials are the stars, though, wait until you've heard the special before even looking at the menu. If you have the good fortune to attend one night when the Bermuda Triangle is on the specials list, this item varies, but is often a trio of petite lobster tail, filet mignon, and veal emmenthal. If you stumble onto the pork en croute, it is thinly sliced pork rolled with pastry and cheese, on a bed of raspberry sauce.
The appetizers never disappoint, either. I never cared much for salmon or pate until Josef's. The thinly sliced salmon with capers, sour cream, finely diced onions and toast points is to die for. The country pate is a thing of beauty. And Josef's soups could be a meal in themselves.

Pros: excellent variety of menu, sincere, old country pride in the cuisine

Cons: not trendy enough for everyone, limited seating, call ahead if going later than 6 PM

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Josef's is one of those old, rustic country inn style buildings, and the decor is charming but not exquisite. It is a rare local place to get German cuisine, but despite the marketing, I don't think that is it's selling point.

Josef's food, especially the specials of the day, are truly outstanding, and taste better than many of the "5 star" restaurants in Baltimore. Consider orange roughy battered in shredded potatoes, with a delicate sauce perfectly complimenting it. Or a stuffed pork roll displaced perfectly, with a delicate but memorable raspberry sauce with such a touch of horseradish.

The menu items, tornados of beef, etc., are wonderful. The wine list is extensive, and has some of the better vintages not found in many local restaurants.

This is the only local restaurant we take our friends and guests too for that perfect evening out.

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★★★★★

Josef's is one of those old, rustic country inn style buildings, and the decor is charming but not exquisite. It is a rare local place to get German cuisine, but despite the marketing, I don't think that is it's selling point.

Josef's food, especially the specials of the day, are truly outstanding, and taste better than many of the "5 star" restaurants in Baltimore. Consider orange roughy battered in shredded potatoes, with a delicate sauce perfectly complimenting it. Or a stuffed pork roll displaced perfectly, with a delicate but memorable raspberry sauce with such a touch of horseradish.

The menu items, tornados of beef, etc., are wonderful. The wine list is extensive, and has some of the better vintages not found in many local restaurants.

This is the only local restaurant we take our friends and guests too for that perfect evening out.

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Do you remember Josef's as a celebrated German restaurant, with Bavarian-garbed waitresses serving up generous plates of wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten with spatzle, and kassler rippchen, hearty smoked pork chops served with sauerkraut and…

 

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