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Carlo & Johnny
Carlo & Johnny

Carlo & Johnny Details

  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have never dined at any of Jeff Ruby's resturants before. Have always heard how great the steaks were at all of his locations. My husband & I were excited to try a steak at Carlo's & Johnny's. We both agreed they were better than expected, with my husband saying, "the best steak he ever ate, melted in my mouth". Salad, sides, & service excellent too."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Be careful. There is a charge for every refill of soft drinks, coffee, etc."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A Ruby's restaurant NEVER disappoints. The service is impeccable from the moment you walk in. The raw bar is always fresh and tasty. The Freddie Salad crisp and flavorful. The steaks to die for. It was our 25th Wedding Anniversary and the staff treated us like royalty. A photo was taken and given to us to remember our anniversary dinner and dessert was served complimentary for us to enjoy. Thank you for an exquisite evening as always. If you have not had a chance to eat at a Ruby's restaurant, call and make the reservation now!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • " I questioned if the corn side dish was fresh corn becaise my first bite was so disappointing. I was offended to pay $9.00 for this corn side dish when it tasted no better than a can of corn I could eat at home! The waiter did his job and did come back after checking with the kitchen with the answer of it being frozen and the reply of somtething like, "with the amount of people they cook for it would be difficult otherwise" (I guess to prepare FRESH corn). REALLY?! My husband and I ate the corn because we shared it and we do not WASTE. The waiter was very unprofessional (that was the observance of our friends) by saying, "I see you worked through the corn". I had more detail here, but there was not enough room (shortened version)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Fabulous restaurant with wonderful food selections. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion or a client dinner out."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We ordered our steaks medium they came out well and extremely dry, mine was much smaller (about the size of a silver dollar) than stated on the menu. For a place known for steaks it certainly was disappointing. The creamed spinach was inedible. The assistant waiter was excellent but no one questioned why we didn't eat the spinach. Since it was our anniversary we didn't want to complain and ruin the evening. I will say the macaroni and cheese and the crab legs were excellent."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "How can one complain when the steak is so tender the knife falls through it and has an awesome taste....well if you can then you need to get a life.. Everything was perfect from the service to the salad to the meal to the great dessert. Little pricey but believe me when i say after eating yoru meal the cos t seems insignificant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food, but found the server snobby. We were there to celebrate our monthly date night. We are not huge seafood lovers or wine snobs and our waiter seemed to be offended that we didn't want anything off the fresh bar or an expensive bottle of wine. However his recommendation of the Mac and cheese was right on. My petite sirloin was also delicious! Overall great meal, but not our type of environment."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Only issue for Ambience was that it was cold. They turned the temp up, but not in time for us to be done dining. Awesome food, great service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Even with reservations you are at the mercy of other diners getting up from the table within a reasonable time after their dinner. Wait staff excellent hostess staff seem more non-chalant Our total dining experience took three hours."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This place does not disappoint. The staff, food, deserts will keep a smile on you face until you can book the next visit. Put this place on your bucket list and keep going. I use this place for clients, friend and spouse. The 87 day dried ribeye is a must."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We've been meaning to go to this restaurant for some time, but I think we all know how that happens. Finally, we went and regret not having gone earlier. The food was magnificent, including first class steaks and a fantastic side of potatoes au gratin, good wine and the service was perfectly timed and discrete, but very attentive. Highly recommended - bear in mind that it's not inexpensive, but it's worth it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was my first opportunity to dine at Carlo & Johnny and I think it is my favorite of the Jeff Ruby establishments. The ambiance is a nice blend of historical charm, excellent service, and restaurant activity. While I enjoy the other restaurants in the chain I think Carlo & Johnny best balances all elements of the dining experience and has unique seating options like an outdoor dining patio that make it unique. The food choices remain similar to other Jeff Ruby establishments, and all dishes are executed expertly. I would have no hesitation recommending Carlo & Johnny since the service and food are excellent and there is a variety of menu items to suit all dietary needs. The Mac & Cheese side dish is highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "From the Valet to the Hostess Stand to the Bar to the Dining Room, we enjoyed the entire experience. Huge Shrimp Cocktail, Freddie Salad is our favorite, Garlic Mashed Potatoes were great and our Steaks were cooked to perfection. The pace was not too fast or slow so we had time to enjoy dinner and being together. On our way out every staff member we encountered thanked us for coming. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "As with any Jeff Ruby's restaurant my expectations were high, and as usual I was not disappointed. I started with the Seasonal Soup, a shrimp and crab gumbo which was outstanding with a nice kick. My wife and I both had the Caesar Salad which was good. We both enjoyed the Filet Collinsworth which was cooked perfectly. From a personal preference perspective I would have preferred more Bearnaise sauce and less bordelaise sauce, but it was still excellent. We finished the the meal with my wife having the Peanut Butter Pie which was amazing and big enough to take some home. I had the Chocolate Mousse Parfait which was good but I still miss the Maisonette for Mousse. Our sever was very attentive and completed the experience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My wife and went to Carlo and Johnny to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Everything about the experience was excellent. We were greeted by several friendly employees upon arrival and everyone else was equally as polite. The food was of the highest quality and prepared perfectly. The wait staff was helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined at a number of Jeff Ruby spots; this one more than others. As we've come to expect, the food and service was outstanding. A brief error reading the menu led to a new find: the pretzel encrusted crab cake. At first I was hesitant but the bar tender suggested giving it a try and promsied to take care of it if I didn't like. To my pleasant surprise, the pretzel flavor was not overpowering as I feared and, instead, added a little bit of salt, cruch and texture to a really meaty crab cake. This time we had a table with a window view which made for a much brighter and more pleasant dinner. Also, the new patio looked fantastic. In short, the menu is pricey but really can't be beat for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "It was are first time there. but it will not be are last the food was some of the best I ever had. and the wait staff was great."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We have not been to carlo and Johnny's in a while, so happy we decided to choose it again. Really forgot the excellent quality of the steaks and impeccable service. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had been dining at Jeff Ruby's Belterra Restaurant on our anniversary for years. It was a tradition. When they closed, we decided to try Carlo & Johnny. We are not sorry that we did. From the warm greeting to the last farewell we were coddled and cared for. I always order the Steak Collinsworth. It was so tender and cooked perfectly. My husband ordered the chicken. Also, perfectly cooked. We made the mistake of ordering a salad and side. Even though we split them, the portions were HUGE. Way more than we could eat. We were tucked back near a fireplace and it was very romantic. The service was absolutely excellent."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Carlo and Johnny for our 5 year anniversary. We were debating between that and the Precinct. We decided on Carlo and Johnny because of the steak selection and also how close it was to our after dinner show that we had reservations for. The restaurant was unique and we loved the interior. The service was superb. The steak the best we have ever had including Morton's and a few others. The wine list was very extensive, but thankfully the service was able to help in deciding. Only downside was that during dinner the power went out! and there was no back up generator. I would have thought they would have had one. The service quickly helped lighting candles though. In the end, great experience and will come back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was simply delicious. Appetizer, salad, steaks, sides and dessert were all mouth watering and presented in an appealing manner. And, the setting definitely contributed to making the meal special. (Several couples celebrating anniversaries came in while we were there.) It's a very expensive dining experience but you'll be left with the memory of an amazing meal and wonderful time. I highly recommend Carlo & Johnny. PS - We especially appreciated the fact that despite the upscale ambiance and well-dressed staff, we were nonetheless welcomed warmly despite our very casual attire."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "There is very little that is not great about Carlo and Johnny's!! From the warm greeting at the front desk, to the lovely Kate @ the bar to the delicious meal! The best managers in the city!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food here is always very consistent. Our steaks and seafood were wonderful, and service was pleasant without being too formal. The only minor complaint is that we had over $100 leftover in gift cards and they wouldn't let us use the gift card to leave the tip. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a great time, the service was excellent. I ordered the filet medium well (I know, I know) my steak was cooked to perfection. The mashed potatoes were yummy and the salad was great too. We ordered the macaroni and cheese, it was an adult spin on an old favorite. For dessert we got the peanut butter pie (absolutely mind blowing!!! you must order this) We also got the mocha ice cream which was also delicious and the feature dessert which was a chocolate cake with strawberries. Overall everything was delivered beautifully, the service was excellent, the atmosphere was awesome and the band was so great we discussed booking them for our wedding. Why are you waiting? Just go here already :-p"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Service was too slow for us but food was excellect!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service was very good and as always the food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Steaks are good, no question. Ambience is old fashioned and menu quite boring. Have been there several times on business and have to say that service is sometimes even too intrusive. In addtion i find prices to be excessive relative to fresher, more creative options available around town. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Anniversary celebration at Carlos & Johnny. The service was plentiful! Waiter, Server and Manager. Food was good and atmosphere was really nice."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The waiter we had was great. He had the hostess take our picture for our second anniversary and it was waiting for us when we left. Food was very good."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Carlo and Johnny was the last of thr JR spots to dine. It was excellent!!!!! We will be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Bar waitress needs to have a little more finesse with clientele"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Carlo and Johnny' recently. Being return customers, we went with high expectations and were not disappointed at all. We were seated in a quiet booth where we sat side-by-side and looked out into a plushly decorated room with lots of mahogany and antique chandeliers. Our waiter, Ryan H., was very attendant, kind, second-to-none. I asked him to select my dinner for me and he brought lamb chops that were perfectly cooked and resting in a delicious sauce. My husband had a steak special that had a spectacular, dry flavor. We were surprised with a large slice of NY cheesecake as a celebratory dessert on the house. We both cannot wait for another special occasion to return to Carlo and Johnny's. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Lived up to its billing. Outstanding food and service. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I had a party of 12 and they placed us in a private dining room which was very nice. There were two children in the group so they felt more comfortable in the private room. The food was great and our server Jim did a very nice job. They were very accommodating on splitting entrees which helped us a lot. We love the food and service at this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/25/2014