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  • 5.0 star rating

    Great food, and great little bar.  Everyone is super friendly.  Lets go grab some beers!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Never...EVER judge a book by its cover. Joe's Tavern Is a tiny gem of a restaurant hidden in a local neighborhood...SO hidden you think your GPS is wrong and you should turn around and so unique that when you walk in the door you don't realize it's a restaurant because you walk in through the bar-can't even see the dining area.  Never would I have thought a little hole in the wall called Joe's Tavern would be this good.

    So I started with a local seasonal beer while my daughter and I read over the menu and watched some football. Planned on getting the chicken and sausage in penne a la vodka, but when I heard the specials that went out the window....more in a minute.

    So I started with a side salad with a great vinaigrette and what I think were homemade croutons. My daughter ordered the chicken parm with penne and marinara and nice bread. Wow would be my description. Yes, chicken parm got a big wow from both of us, lightly breaded and topped with a super delicious marinara that is slightly sweet, but still a little savory. Cooked perfectly.

    I heard this special and was 100% sold.  Seafood and vegetable risotto (no disgusting peas though)- Sold!  The dish included shrimp and scallops, done perfectly, and a nice piece of salmon seasoned nicely and cooked with a slight char to the outside and yet still moist and flaky on the inside.  The dish was slightly salty, but not overpowering and the whole dish was dusted with a bit of paprika...oh so yummy.  Big risotto fan so when it's done right it makes me happy.

    My daughter, the athlete with the endless appetite, took a peanut butter explosion to go for dessert. I was allowed a forkful and it too, was delicious with layers of brownie, chocolate and peanut butter.

    Good thing I don't live around here...I'd have ONE Yelp review and would just update it once a week.  4 stars ONLY because I've only been here once and because I didn't try the pizza...which by the look of the locals devouring it at the table next to us MUST be great.

    To top things off we had a great waitress who was on top of things and the manager/owner helped clean tables and was at our table twice to make sure we had a good meal

    If I'm back here next year I know where I'm having dinner.  Joe's Tavern...don't ever judge a book by its cover!

  • 4.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    First time checking out Joe's and we were very pleased. The two staff members who waited on us were very friendly and attentive. We got the garlic parm wings and a pizza. The wings were very good, nice and crispy. The pizza was a pretty huge 8 cut.

    We will definitely be going back, nice hidden gem in Cohoes.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Joe's is great food good drinks Mike the owner is good chef makes sure only good food comes out !

  • 4.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    Hidden gem with great italian food. Pizza is a nice thin crust with generous sizing. The specials change regularly and the menu is full of great stuff.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    The food was delicious! It is a hometown bar, the decor could use a little updating but the food was excellent. We started with hot crispy buttered garlic knots and Utica Greens... which could have been a meal on their own.  I'm a risotto snob, I had the Tuscan filet over roasted red pepper risotto.... so delicious! The staff was friendly and it was so nice that the owner and the cook came out to chit chat and were very happy to hear our comments. Definitely want to go back!!

  • 4.0 star rating

    This place is great for dining in.

    I love their pizza, well-done, with meatballs. It reminds me of living in NYC.

    Their Utica Greens dish is really fantastic. Their sausage-based stuffed mushrooms are old-school fantastic.

    Regarding service, expect the owner/chef to visit your table to make sure that you like your meal. He's a young, energetic guy who really seems to care about what's put in front of you.

    My only wish here is for a larger wine list. But, that's not a complaint, simply a request for a really nice spot in Cohoes.

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    This place is old school, as the TU says it's known as "the Cheers of Cohoes".  It's one of my dad's hang outs so I've been here a couple of times with him, but it's not only old timers a good younger crowd too.  I couldn't believe the $1 drafts (only Coors Light or Bud but still), which depending on how you look at it could be good or bad - good if you live close by and want to relive the college years or bad if you got a drive and no DD.  The food is decent and cheap.

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From the business


Joe's Tavern is a small place with big taste!! We have been serving the area's finest food at the best prices for over 80 years. Established around 1930 Joe's has been a staple of the community for multiple generations. It has widely become known as the Cheer's of Cohoes. We are known for our delicious pizza and spaghetti, but have expanded our menu to include multiple sauteed pasta dishes, steaks, seafood, an array of delicious appetizers and mouth watering daily specials. We pride ourselves in serving fine dining food at tavern prices with fast and friendly service.. Come see what we are all about and become a part of our Joe's family!! I promise that you won't be disappointed!!


Established in 1930.

The Ahearn family founded Joe's Tavern around 1930 before selling it to it's namesake, Joe Ponzo. After 20+ years of building the business Joe sold it to Helen and Paul Bertrand. For the next 35 years they made Joe's famous for it's pizza and spaghetti. It became known as Joe's in Cohoes. Whether your mother sent you down here with a pot for sauce and meatballs on a Tuesday night or you came after a dance, a basketball game or a little league game, nearly everyone experienced Joe's at some point.  After 35 years of serving the community Helen sold the business to Marty and Kathy Riberdy.. Ten years later it was sold to Angela Marra and Kevin McCarthy. Throughout the years and multiple owners, Joe's has always been known as a place where friends gather. In 2011 the business was sold to current chef and owner Michael Fortin. We are proud to carry on the Joe's tradition and welcome you to come join our fun and family!!

Meet the Business Owner

Michael F.
Michael F.
Business Owner

I am a born and bred Cohoesier with roots in this city of over 100 years. I graduated from Siena college in 1999 and am self taught in the culinary arts. Working up and down the east coast in various bars and restaurants, I developed a passion for making people happy. Now I get the pleasure of making my fellow community members happy and carrying on a great tradition. Stop in, say hi and have a good time