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Carlo & Johnny
Carlo & Johnny

Carlo & Johnny Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jeffruby.com
  • Email: ricky.tindell@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: Steakhouse, Seafood
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary at Carlo and Johnny's. The service was outstanding, the food was fanominal, and the atmosphere was great. We had a great time and will go back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The subject pretty much tells all. We have been here before and it seems to get better and better all the time. I even tweeted about it when dining."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "An unforgettable experience. Staff, Food, everything was excellent. By all means GO if you get a chance."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Third dinner at CJ and we weren't disappointed... Food, service, atmosphere excellent. It was our wedding anniversary, so a photographer took our picture and presented to us in a folder at the end of the evening... Nice touch. Service was very good, but I gave it a 4 because I noticed something at our last visit that was confirmed this time as well. Once dinner is served, and they check to make sure everything is good - there is a definite drop in attentiveness by the waitstaff. Not dramatic - but it's as if the bulk of their job is done and service is "relaxed" for the rest of the evening. Ordering coffee after dinner (just coffee) - it took at least 10 minutes for waiter to come back with it. Still, a lovely dinner!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had such a great time at Carlo and Johnny's; we've made a reservation for our anniversary. The service was excellent! Our server, Tom was attentive without being hovering. We also had a wonderful exchange with the general manager, Rick Tindell. He seems to really enjoy working at Carlo and Johnnys"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "It was my Mom's 70th Birthday & we wanted it to be special so after spending the day with family, we made reservations for CJ's. The staff too very good care of us & made her feel very special during our visit. They took a Birthday photo so she could remember it for years to come - The wait staff was incredible too. Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Very pleased with our anniversary dinner. My wife kept telling everyone that it was the"best steak she had eaten"."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The four of us had an outstanding meal, everything was perfect! Jim was our server, and his suggestions for wine and entrees couldn't have been better! We will surely be going back again soon."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went to Carlos & Johnny to celibrate 16 years of marrage, the food was excelent , service was great, in addition since we were there celibrating a special occasion the staff took a picture of us and also gave us a desert at no charge, this helped make the special evening a bit more special !"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "the food was superb. the wine was wonderful. the service was great. just a SUPER awesome experience!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Carlo & Johnny's. We had excellent, personable service from Greg and fabulous food! Since it was our anniversary, they seated us in a very romantic booth that was away from everything and very quiet! Rick, the manager, came over to check on us and was unrushed and very friendly. We will definitely come back, especially to sit out on the patio!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was very good, but the fish was over thought. Why add shredded asparagus and lobster to a perfect, flavorful piece of fish. Unnecessary and my wife just scraped it off. Lamb chops were very good but little to no spice to enhance the flavor. Service was mechanical. Seemed choreographed or rehearsed. But as we chose our wine my wife asked for a taste and the waiter left to get a taste without asking me. They didn't have the wine on the list I wanted and I ended up with a disappointing Cab that didn't stand up to the chops. The quality was great and we were well treated. I expected a bit more from a Ruby operation."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "As always everything was perfect, Ryan was very attentive and the managers stopped by to check on us. Great spot - pricey but for a special occasion it is PERFECT!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great meal it always is at a Jeff Ruby resteraunt.We sat in a back room it was quiet and intimate.We ordered a bottle of wine,it took forever to get it.The excuse was it wasn't chilled but the first glass was still warm so I don't think that was the reason for the delay.Steaks were excellent so was desert."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was freezing the whole time - sitting in a draft near a hallway. My salmon was delivered and not cooked all the way through. Sent back and brought out another little piece cooked better."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Consistent, great service, friendly staff from valet service to GM No one ignores you throughout your dining experience"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is not a first visit for us. This is a wonderful Steak place like all of the Jeff Ruby Steak restaurants. Everything is good but most people come for the Steak. I had my Son's family with me this time. My Grandson handled the 12 OZ Barrel Cut Filet with ease. My daughter in Law enjoyed the Sea Bass. Macaroni and Cheese always a hit!! Great Restaurant with Great service. I tried the Tomato Habenero Soup and it was delicious with a kick."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had another great experience at Carlo & Johnny's. The food was delicious as always. The steaks were cooked perfectly. The server's wine recommendation was spot-on. My only gripe was that it got a bit hot at our table because the heating vent was located nearby - the manager came over to check on us (he is always visible, which is great), and we mentioned that to him, and he took care of it right away. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My fllet was served room temperature. When then covere with a sauce it was like wet paste. The carrot cake dessert was ike a mystyery cake being like no carrot heavy cake served ice cold with a sauce frozen over it. Oter guests at our table did have hot fish entre. Service was very attentive."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Carlo and Johnny is an outstanding place to go for fine food, wine and a romantic interlude, which is what we sought. But it is clear from the other guests and multiple rooms that it offers more and I think anyone would be comfortable bringing their entire family or even requesting a room for that special occasion. I recently put together a rehearsal dinner for my son and his bride and, although the restaurant chosen was very nice and the staff did a great job, I would be very comfortable recommending Carlo and Johnny for such an event. In fact, the only thing I am not sure about is whether there is in fact a pleasant scenic view since I was concentrating on the view the lady sitting next to me offered."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Been to Carlo & Johnny's a couple of times and it is slipping in a couple of ways. Food quality should be exceptional for the price. This last visit made me question if the dry-aged is worth the $65 price. Medium rare came out, at best medium . Edges of the steak had NO red, middle had hints of red. Also the service seems to be a little more disjointed. While we were well attended to, the coordination between the captain, waiter and bus boy could have been better. They seemed to come in waves - closely following each other, and it interrupted our dinner conversation too often. Its starting to feel like they are resting on their laurels for food and service. One questions if the overall experience is truly worth the price."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant. The food is always fantastic; the steak tartare is absolutely addicting. The cowboy steak, although very big, is always perfectly cooked and delicious. The Mac & cheese has no parallel. The service is the best I've seen in any restaurant. My two minor quibbles: the bathroom is very small, and the prices are just so expensive. Is it worth it? Maybe. Would I go there more often if the prices were 20% lower? Definitely."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We had a wonderful night at C & J. It is pricey, but worth the money. Great service and food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I found the experience wonderful. The ambiance was beautiful. The food was great. I would like to return. We passed through the bar area, but didn't stay. Would like to check it out."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were seated immediately, but was told the area I requested was not available. The person Whi gave us water was very quick, however we did not see our server for the first 20mins. Another person came over twice to tell us about the social, but cold not take our order. Unfortunately, there was a table of ten who were alibriated. They were very loud an obnoxious. Once Iout fooled arrived, it as just ok. Nothing special, consider the cost of the meal, I was expecting more. We heard the band as we were leaving, they were awesome!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great place. My bone in filet was over cooked. They took it back and made me a new one. Might I say it was awesome. Due to the delay they comp my steak. Well worth the wait. Service was outstanding. My wife is a vegan and they made a special plate for her."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "As usual, the steaks were perfectly cooked to order and with the best quality meat I've ever eaten. We had the mashed potatoes and creamed spinach sides - both were excellent! The restaurant was a little loud with a live band playing in the bar area, but the band was quite good as well!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were shocked at how slow our service was. We arrived at 7:25, were seated immediately, but left after 9:30. We didn't get our entrees until after 9:00. Our waiter, Don, was doing the best he could. It was clearly out of his hands, and he did comp desserts for the table and was sincerely apologetic. Tables around us were being served efficiently. There seemed to be a problem at the raw bar, and the restaurant was out of the oysters my husband ordered. We had just been at the Precinct twice lately and service and food was perfect. We know this was an anomaly but would be hesitant to go back. Our waiter was nice enough to thank us for being patient."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My wife and I chose to celebrate our anniversary at Carlo and Johnny's. We arrived a few minutes early and we waited in the lounge until our table was ready. After we were seated we were seated we were greeted by Ryan, our server. Ryan was very knowledgeable on the wine list as well as the menu. Our food was excellent and the service was as well. We are looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "It was my girlfriend's birthday. It was truly a dining experience, with the great service, and the great food. Our server saw that we were in no hurry, so he allowed us to order as we saw fit. The food was out of this world, all of it."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The salmon was a bit dry and the carrot cake was just ok not much flavor. The Peter Frampton salad was very good. We were a party of 4 and we all felt that our meals were just average."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is a restaurant I frequent monthly at least. You simply can not go wrong with the menu."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Delicious food, great atmosphere, attentive service!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The service was ideal, friendly and attentive without attempting to be "our best friend". Everything from the appetizers, salads and soups were outstanding. The steaks were the best in town and cooked exactly the way we wanted. The wine and cocktails were known by some of our our guests from previous visits which I found to be surprising....who goes to a place because they love the cocktails? It was special occasion for our family in that we were celebrating our daughters birthday and had extended family with us. The staff made very sure the night was perfect starting and finishing with our server, Don."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Carlo & Johnny's always delivers -- service, food, atmosphere. All of the Jeff Ruby restaurants are top-notch, but C&J remains our favorite because of its laid back atmosphere. And having Soul Pocket there as the band on a Saturday night is always a BONUS!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Carlo and Johnny is simply the best steakhouse around; however, this does not say enough. Every aspect of this meal is truly outstanding from the greeting, seating, apps, wine, service, side, dessert and of course the steaks. I have eaten at St Elmo (which is a great place), Morton's, Ruth's Chris, and Sullivan's and this is better. The atmosphere is more casual and relaxed than most every other resturant of this caliber for a great meal with friends, of which there are very few. Try it, I am sure it will not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere is already known to be one of cincinnati's finest. However, the experience that cannot be replicated elsewhere is with the service. From our friendly and prompt service at the bar with Erica, to the wine knowledge and meal recommendations made by our server, Thomas and follow up by the manager Rickie to assure we had an enjoyable experience, this is a rarity that will keep us coming back again and again. Thanks for an enjoyable night!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great night, Great food, Great service. Definitely will be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everything about this place was outstanding!!! Will be visiting again in the near future."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Service was fantastic!!! I ordered the barrel house filet and you could cut it with your fork. Excellent place to dine I will defiantly go back."
    Dined on 2/25/2014