Carlo & Johnny
Carlo & Johnny

Carlo & Johnny

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jeffruby.com/
  • Phone: 5139368600x
  • 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 Food
Carlo & Johnny reviews from OpenTable diners
224 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (192)romantic (144)notable wine list (97)fit for foodies (61)neighborhood gem (54)good for groups (46)vibrant bar scene (42)hot spot (30)great for outdoor dining (27)late-night find (16)scenic view (8)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I visited on my birthday and was very impressed with the waiters attention I received ie, cheesecake and a picture to remember it by! It was a perfect birthday dinner. The food was fabulous! We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • near perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Used to eat at the location in Belterra. First time here. Steaks, scallops, appetizers, drinks and service were impeccable. The oysters were rather lacking in character but I imagine that had more to do with nature than handling or prep of the product. Excellent evening, I'm just glad this place isn't closer to home or I'd weigh 300 pounds AND be broke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GradyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    WE HAD A GREAT TIME. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, FOOD WONDERFUL, AND WE STAYED AFTER DINNER AND DANCED TO GOOD MUSIC. IT WAS A PERFECT NIGHT OUT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The staff was awesome and the food amazing!! They made us feel very special
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very good food and surprise cheesecake dessert for anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Atmosphere - Food o.k.
    4paynes
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to Carlo & Johnny for a special occasion. The atmosphere was nice, a band was playing up front near the bar. Nice outdoor seating available. We came for the Jeff Ruby's great food, but was not as good as the downtown restaurant. The steak was good, the side dishes were not good, just o.k. barely. 5 of our 6 steaks were cooked to order. The well done steak - still had some pink in the middle. The other 5 steaks were great! The desserts were great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual
    mnusair
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Second visit to this restaurant, and just as good as the first. Service was excellent, food was superlative, and the macaroni and cheese side dish (huge, to be shared) was superb. If anyone had said that mac and cheese could taste like this I would not have believed it! Since the Maisonette went away this is as close as it gets, and it's in a really nice area just down the street from our house. It's not cheap but worth the cost, perhaps special occasions or once every now and then as a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attentive staff, great experience
    dinner4jc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We certainly enjoyed our first visit here. The staff was very attentive and friendly. This was our anniversary and they gave us a free piece of cheesecake and took a free photo to memorialize the event. The food for the most part was excellent, I love the tomato habanero soup with grilled cheese croutons and the baked macaroni and chesse, plus and my fiance's scallops huge and were amazing! I was a little disappointed with my new york strip. It certainly was not a bad, at all, it was very good, but I'd always heard Jeff Ruby's steaks were the best in town and I didn't find that to be true. I went to Ruth Chris's some time ago and got a new york strip there and the Ruth Chris steak was significantly better imho.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3rd annual visit
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Carlo and Johnny has become a tradition when we visit the area.....never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoeinKenwoodVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food, great ambiance, wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. Since we met a La Boom ( circa 1980 nightspot at the Waterfront), we always celebrate our anniversary at a Jeff Rubies restaurant.. since the demise of the Waterfront it has been Carlos and Johnny. While expensive, you will not fine a better steak in Cincinnati. And the speakeasy/ gangster ambiance is very different and special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place for special occasion!
    2long2waitVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had four of us celebrating a birthday dinner. Food is always great. A little disappointed they changed the menu a little and took off the onion straws that top steaks. But the other sides were great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carlo & Johnny
    Highlander
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The steak was the best I've ever had, hands down. When Jeff Ruby has a restaurant, he hits it out of the park no question. You cannot go wrong with steak here. We had reservations and the seating was immediate. The staff was great and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary diner
    Gr8food
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This is the third Jeff Ruby's restaurant we've visited and boy does Jeff Ruby deliver! The food was spectacular. The service was superb, the wait staff was very accommodating and the overall dining experience was exactly what my husband and I were looking for to celebrate our anniversary. We were most surprised that the menu is extremely similar to that of The Precinct! Still it was a great time and we enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    cincydiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful meal. All staff was excellent. Steak cooked perfectly. Couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    blanchesarongVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Although we did not order steaks, the food we had was excellent. I had the pappardelle pasta with shrimp & crab. It had lots of seafood & they prepared it without the cream sauce, as I had requested. It was out of this world delicious. My husband had the veal & was very pleased with his dish. We had a side of green beans & they were seasoned perfectly. Although there was a screaming baby at the next table, I would not judge the restaurant for that. I would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Steaks but Overpriced
    Reds2BengalsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were surprised to find prices increased significantly - $60 for a 20 oz. strip and $50 for a "12 oz. filet". The filet definitely seemed smaller than 12 oz. - more like 10 oz. at most. The atmosphere is always one of the best in Cincinnati. However, our spinach sides and scalloped potatoes could have been better. The service was good but the server did not handle gift card credits very efficiently (confusing) and offered a free dessert for a birthday after we had paid our checks, so it became a take home one. If had been offered earlier, it is possible that others would have ordered dessert as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a Great Evening
    Birthday
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I brought my mother here for her 73 Birthday and the experience had was exceptional, from the valet attendant assisting my mother out of the vehicle to the Hostess at the front door to your servers. Our Server was outstanding he paid a lot of attention to my mother and answered all her questions and gave her suggestions on what to try or what she may like. From everyone that had contact with our table they were very prompt and professional and truly made you feel welcome and important. from when we sat to order and time of the different items arriving from appetizers to the main meal and dessert was perfect not rushed or delayed in anyway. The quality of the service and food was outstanding and I'm glad this is where I choose to take my mom
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All in all a Great Evening
    Aussieexpat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Been a regular Customer since C&J opened & ALWAYS had a good experience.. Moved to California in 2008 so lost contact for a few years , now back in Ohio & this my 1st visit in about 5 years & quality all round still excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Night
    Treatedlikeroyalty
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our birthdays in the company of our three adult children. We loved being treated like kings and queens while every delicious bite of food or sip of wine was savored. As always, you know you are getting something first-class when you walk into any of Jeff Ruby's restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Romantic Evening
    SRJones
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great restaurant with great ambiance, service and fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was inattentive
    jenry123
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Admittedly we were there on a Sunday evening but for the price paid (in excess of $400 for 2). Service was very inattentive and with large gaps between courses. This definite lack of flow greatly colored our perceptions of the dining experience including our reaction to the food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our favorite place
    Traveler
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and service is top notch. We love coming here especially for special occasions. We were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary and wanted a romantic time together. However, the band in the bar area was loud which made our dinner less romantic. Even with this issue we will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service does not make a meal.
    SophieandSimon
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wait staff very attentive. My steak "Jeff Ruby Jewel", 60.00 and charred beyond recognition. Sides were hot on the out side and cold on the inside with no seasoning. The restraunt floor moves up and down noticably when a person would walk by. That is an easy fix by a carpenter. I understand after paying 224.00 for a couple, the dining experience the Ruby restraunt group was trying to create. How ever the system is flawed or maybe the staffs concerns are ignored by corporate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant, the valet welcomed us to Carlo and Johnny's and assisted the female in exiting the vehicle. The hostess greeted us with a beautiful smile and welcoming demeanor. We were intruduced to our waitor for the evening, who could not have been more engaging. He service was impecable. The food was excellent and cooked to perfection. The atmosphere of the restaurant was very impressionable. Once you have been there, you want to return again and again! Thanks for making our celebration a special evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was excellent, steaks and fish, our server Tom was top notch. The manager was very attentive and helpful. Our entire family had a great experience. We all agreed that we will go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    From the first bite- it was evident that this was the best steak we had tasted. Service was great- building was neat- though we were sitting surrounding by pictures of Jeff Ruby- would have preferred different setting. Will request different room next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    ylisahVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fantastic as always!!!!!!!! Kate and Erica in the bar are fantastic Paul as always is so personable and helps to keep everything running smooth!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thoroughly Delighted!
    Lynchburg
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I brought my employer to Carlo & Johnny's for a special recognition dinner. Neither of us had ever eaten here. We were treated with absolute grace, charm & humor (we are 2 women). The meal was well paced. The presentation over the top. Our steaks were absolutely superb! I had read several reviews prior to making reservations. One comment that appeared "too" often concerned me...pricing. I now feel these comments are way off base. When I want "the best;" I am willing to pay the price. Our bill was incredibly reasonable. We had cocktails, raw bar, sides and both "Bengals" filet mignon for under $180. This is a steal! The steaks were comparable to anything I've ever ordered in Chicago. Well done, Mr. Ruby!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    Foodfinatic
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food and service was excellent as usual. We loved sitting at the bar after dinner and listening to the band.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoor dining
    Emmers
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The outdoor terrace was beautiful. The service as always was perfect. Would recommend the outdoor venue to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Back!!
    jollymotto
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    All round excellent, highly recommended. It will empty your wallet, but worth it. Going Back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • grandmadd
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We love Carlo's and took our friends for dinner this weekend. They loved it too. Our family spot for special occasions and nights out on the town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit - Highly Satisfied
    EatinOut
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My party of four had dined at other Jeff Ruby establishments prior, so we had an idea of what to expect. This experience exceeded our expectations! The ambience and food menu were stellar. The professional staff was highly attentive. I would like to see more wines by the glass available to accompany the wonderful steak selections. I am looking forward to another visit in order to take more advantage of the seafood selections.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    JayW
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    As usual, Carlo & Johnny can be counted on for an incredible steak and sides...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When you want to impress someone
    ajewje
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The service was excellent and staff were friendly. The food was tasty (steaks, mashed potatoes, asparagus) but too pricey for our budget to go regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find for Special Occasions
    Cincybunny
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have dined at several restaurants owned by Cincinnati local Jeff Ruby, but this one far outshines all of the others. Not only is this one closer to home, but it seemed much more elegant and roomy. The Precinct always seems like they decided to crowd in a bunch of extra tables. They were running a special for a filet w/ lobster tail, split salad and a potato dish for 2 that was $99. That was a great deal, delicious and cheaper than ordering off the menu. We had a delicious wine and they presented us with a picture and a piece of cheesecake with a candle in it, since it was our 51st anniversary. We will return for other special occasions and tell others about it as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent anniversary dinner
    Mudrock12
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    If you think you like steak; you have to have the usda prime bone in filet mignon. It melts in your mouth! Matched with the 2008 col solare which our waiter recommended, it was our best meal at ruby's yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kobe
    Klh0705
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We celebrated my Birthday and received wonderful service. I tried the Kobe steak and was EXCELLENT! We alway go for special occasions and after this experience we will find occasions just to eat at C & J's. On a scale of 1 to10, I would give it a perfect score.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    mocabu
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The service was outstanding, very attentive and welcoming. The food was very good, although I had higher expectation for the steak itself. The steak was good, but the sides were actually better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extras
    Elegant
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Be careful. There is a charge for every refill of soft drinks, coffee, etc.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet