Carlo & Johnny
Carlo & Johnny

Carlo & Johnny

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jeffruby.com/
  • Phone: (513) 936-8600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Justin Leidenheimer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Carlo & Johnny
Jeff Ruby's 1930 Chicago style steakhouse and supperclub. Same great Ruby steaks with an Italian accent. Three unique dining rooms, three wine cellars and live music.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Carlo & Johnny reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (189)romantic (142)notable wine list (95)fit for foodies (73)good for groups (55)neighborhood gem (40)vibrant bar scene (40)hot spot (28)late-night find (20)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • It was good....no it was great to be here again.
    LMcgVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Point Blank. Food was outstanding. Service was extraordinary. All levels of the staff, from management to server's assistants, do an exceptional job of providing the perfect evening experience. Special thanks to Charlie, Monte, Adrian and Shannon for making it an exceptional evening. Shannon even brought over a sculpture from across the room we were inquiring about...further proof that they will do anything for their guests. The food was outstanding. Timing on the food matched our desired dining pace. I enjoyed the variety in each course. The taste of each dish was flat out delicious. Drinks were kept filled and wine recommendation was spot on. Its been awhile since we've visited C&J (b/c far from our home) and we were reminded of what a neat restaurant it is with many nuances that differentiate it from others. Reco - Shortrib Ravioli (app)....and everything else
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carlos & Johnnys
    PapaRad
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Pricey but very good. Prime steaks, I highly recommend the petite 9oz filet. Excellent cut and reasonable price. Watch out for seafood appetizer the waiters offer. Can get pricey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Absolutely the best Kobe beef filet in the US. Atmosphere was excellent, appitizers were great, and oysters from across the US were great for cocktails. To top the night off, the kobe beef was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dick
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Wonderful ambiance...comfortable, relaxed...and the food and service were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent steaks. Sides disappointing.
    hazmat
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Very relaxing feel to the place. Sides were disappointing. Steaks are great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only one recommendation
    steakheaven
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our overall experience at Carlo and Johnny was great! My only complaint was the noise level. There was a live band playing in the bar. The band sounded good but the dining room music was also being piped through the speakers. The combination was a bit overwhelming. I was having a difficult time having a conversation. I would recommend turning the dining room speakers off when there is a live band playing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinersclub1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great place we eat there often. Love the bar and the bar atmosphere, always treated extremely well. Sit in the same booth just about every time we go
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Richard
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The service was outstanding. The food was also. One of the best steaks I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The atmosphere, excellent food and helpful, knowledgeable staff combined for a wonderful dining experience. The room where we were seated was warm and cozy and spacious enough for private conversations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    drhphartz
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was a wonderful dining experience. The setting, service and food were well above excellent. It is expensive but worth more than I paid. Only disappointment was no mousse on the main menu. I have had it before and it is what makes the meal the best. Please bring it back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    NightOut
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We have been all around the city over the years visiting "higher end" establishments and I have to say the experience we had on our 22nd wedding anniversary was beyond expectation! The staff was incredible and the food, wow the food was worth every penny! if you should go and they happen to have it get the 89 day aged Ribeye...cooked perfect with flavor that was so good you cant possibly describe it. Oh one more thing...the cocktail with smoked honey in it is unlike any cocktail we have ever tasted...My wife Love it, maybe a few times over! I know it sounds like we work there (we don't) I rarely take time to fill these out but the experience was just that good! Thank you for a wonderful Anniversary meal!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    mosemo
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was absolutely perfect. Our server was very knowledgeable and professional. Great wine list. Definitely will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carlo & Johnny's November 2014
    santafe1
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Wonderful place for a special occasion--not they type of restaurant you run out to because you don't feel like cooking! Anthony Munoz 9 oz. filet was great. Service was outstanding. Recommend as a special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • carlo & johnnys
    brennakn
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I went there to celebrate my anniversary and having never been there before it was better than I could have ever imagined. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Birthday Gift
    Ivan41
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I gave "myself" dinner at Carlo & Johnny's to celebrate my 53rd birthday. I brought a date along with me who had never been there just as I hadn't. Every employee who greeted us seemed to be genuine to serve us. That was everyone from the Valet to the greeter to the guy who served our water. The food was very good. Our steaks were cooked just the way we like them and I love the classy "doggie bag" they gave us to carry our left-overs home with. Great food, great service.....just what we heard and just what we got!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take your time
    Menuqueen
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    If you want to spend 2+ hours waiting for your food, this is the place to go. The wait staff seemed to be very nonchalant about taking our order or making sure everything was satisfactory. We will not be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top level service, Top level food.
    Phenom33
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I am not a person that usually fills out reviews, but this restaraunt deserves high marks. Service is more than what is expected from the start of filling out a reservation to getting your food bagged up and walking out the door. The Jeff Rubys steakhouses make a person/couple feel wanted and appreciated for "experiencing" the food from them. Food leaves nothing to be desired because it fills the expectations and then some if a person is a foodie whatsoever. Do remember that the menu is all pay as you choose and not a package deal as most restaraunts are. Expect to pay for what you are going to receive but it truly will be an afterthought once one is to experience it. 27yr. old man with 23yr. old girlfriend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service in Cincinnati
    Davis4
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The service and dining experience at Carlo & Johnny is impeccable. And the dry aged steaks are the best in Cincinnati - comparable to the best New York steak houses. Side dishes, soups, and appetizers are almost as spectacular as the steaks. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carlo and Johnny
    Catherine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Birthday celebration for my adult daughter. This is an annual event and we go to Carlo and Johnny because it is THE best place in Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Steakhouse Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything about this place is awesome and it's my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. The Mac & Cheese is the best side dish ever!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Upscale Restaurant
    Lttrader
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This restaurant was chosen for an intimate dinner to celebrate a special occasion. It was our visit to a Jeff Ruby establishment. Having dined at some of the finest steakhouses in the country, I must say that this restaurant is among the best of class. From the minute you walk in the door, the ambience and kind professionalism of the staff make you feel comfortable and welcome. The quality of the food that we enjoyed was extraordinary. We will be back and won't wait for a special occasion to do so.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gr8dining
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    It was great .. Felt like a princess .. So kind ... Informative .. And delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yearly outing
    jrdiner
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    the restaurant was clean and well maintained and the food was excellent although a bit pricy. My wife and I go to an upscale restaurant once a year for our anniversary so I expect to pay more for the upscale food and ambiance but in this case I was a bit intimmidated by the prices and especially the 'suggestions'by our server because I was on a budget. I'm certainly not sorry I went and may return someday but not in the near future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good steak house
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Part of the Jeff Ruby family, the steaks are outstanding, they melt in your mouth. The night that I was there one of my daughters had the Pan-Roasted U-10 Scallops and the scallops had a great flavor and were very tender. She also had two Blue Point Oysters that she said were wonderful. The side dishes are great to share as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Evening
    EatOutOften
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The evening was perfect in every regard. The personnel, from the valet parking to the wait staff, were friendly without being cloying. The food was excellent as it always is at a JR restaurant. The atmosphere was softly lit without being dark. The noise level was muted so we could actually talk to each other. We had a wonderful time and a great meal. 2 items of note: 1.) We used a gift card and it was accepted with grace and gratitude. 2.) we split a steak and there was no "plating" charge (which always drives me nuts.) Thanks C&J for a great evening and for making my wife's birthday a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals ever
    Craveexceptionalfood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Outstanding birthday meal/gift! Carlo & Johnny has always been my girlfriend's favorite upscale restaurant & is definitely one of mine. Everything was exceptional! Very consistent; we've always had a wonderful meal/experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    sbjg
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Carlo and Johnny was a great dining experience. Everyone was very attentive to us as well as very nice. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    DeliciousDining
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The best filet my wife and I have ever had. We've eaten at great steakhouses all over the country but no place had this flavor nor had filet that cut so easily. Side dishes big enough for two, great beer and wine list. Service was very professional yet personal. Atmosphere has a lot of character. If you like the bar area and music you can sit in one of the front rooms but if you're looking for quiet and romantic you can sit in the back and not even hear the band.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WoW!!!
    wildcat123
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Best Dining experience my wife and I have ever had. The food was OUTSTANDING in every respect and you will be hard pressed to find a better prepared steak anywhere in the US. The service and staff made us very comfortable and explained all of the options and answered any question. They were spot on with the service. Big Kudos to the entire staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    mar2k2002
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    anniversary dinner, steaks exceptional, over all experience priceless. Need to do a theme dinner and have the waiters as gangsters and the patrons dress in there a tire that matches the theme.!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Experience
    CincyFoodExplorer
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were greeting enthusiastically. Our server was polite and engaging. He answered all questions and made excellent recommendations. There was no hurry as we waited for dinner and the staff was attentive, almost anticipating our needs. The dinner was outstanding and worth taking time to savor! The desserts are prepared on-site and were a perfect end to a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Disappoints!!
    SmoothOperator
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always great place, great food, and great service. Could not have been any happier!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience.
    Whodeywhat
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Came here for an anniversary dinner and it was everything as expected. Perfect evening the staff checked on is constantly but you barely knew they were there. My wife's steak was over cooked and they brought her a new one immediately. Service was A+ would recommend to anyone looking for a nice romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    dhal
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Starting with the 1994 Burgess cab, short rib ravioli, 85 dry aged ribeye and a 4 inch thick peanut butter pie for dessert, I am getting hungry just talking about it. Be prepared to pay some money for the meal but it is worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Evening
    TAFHockeyMom
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had dinner there to celebrate my son's 18th birthday. The service was outstanding and the food fantastic! Many servers stopped by to wish my son a happy birthday which I thought was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gilroy & Maguinness family
    happy2dinehere
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Just a wonderful experience! The food was exceptional & the service was wonderful. I enjoyed every minute I was there. Perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    Luvluv
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary and could not have picked a better restaurant! It was the perfect choice. The staff was more than accommodating and all wishing us "happy anniversary". The food was superb! The young lady taking our picture did a remarkable job! I do not have any negatives to share......all positives and we came away with such a wonderful and appreciative feeling! Many, many thanks to the staff!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lindaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The servers were all very nice. We went left alone too long a couple times. The food was good but me steak was way too salty. The worst thing was when we got the bill, there was an extra bottle of wine on the bill. This was a wine we wanted but they were out of. This is the second time this has happened at a Jeff Ruby restaurant. I could maybe see it happen once, but a second time is intentional
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time at Carlo and Johnny
    CinciDiner
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food quality was a bit rich and the sauces although great tasting were a bit overwhelming. The mac and cheese & Freddie salad a highlight
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slipping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Having dined at Carlo and Johnny's many times in the past, I was looking forward to our visit this past Saturday night. While everything was good, it's not what I have come to expect from a Ruby's restaurant. Our filets were good not great. The caesar salads were a bit watery and the asparagus side was a little over cooked and chewy. Service was also good but not great. Our waiter wasn't as attentive as I've come to expect. In his defense, it was quite busy and he may have had numerous tables to attend. Again, good but not great
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.