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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Carlo & Johnny reviews from OpenTable diners
210 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (180)romantic (132)notable wine list (92)fit for foodies (59)good for groups (47)neighborhood gem (46)vibrant bar scene (39)hot spot (35)great for outdoor dining (17)late-night find (17)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • One of the best meals ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • DougVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food overpriced. It is crazy no bread, salad or potato included with expensive meal. $8 for a potato.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Harpo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Awesome attentive service! Jim was one of the best table hosts we have had in a long long time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WOW - what an experience!!
    favplace1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was my first experience at Carlo and Johnny, and I was unbelievably impressed. When I checked the menu prices online prior to my visit, I didn't know if I should be spending that much money on a "dinner". Oh my goodness...what an experience!!! Everything was over the top - service was exceptional, (loved chatting with all the guys and gal who stopped at our table), loved reading the history of the building, and the food was beyond my expectations. My filet was PERFECT - vegetables just awesome, and the cheesecake was the best EVER (and I make a GREAT cheesecake...have to say yours was better!). ..Thank you for a wonderful evening! (and the framed picture gift for our birthday remembrance! )
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The room we were seated had many empty tables, yet all guest were clustered together creating an uncomfortable noisy environment. The waiter was slow and inflexible--would not provide wine list-he preferred to describe; would not describe dinner specials until we decided if we were going to order appetizers and was invisible after the entrees were served. The food was average and disappointing. This was not a our first visit and not representative of previous experiences but probably will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    HAWKeye
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary here at Carlo and Johnny's and the experience was fabulous from the appetizers to the desert!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Carlo and Johnny's food is excellent, with melt in your mouth steaks and generous portions. Seafood is outstanding as well. This is a great place for a business dinner meeting or fine dining experience for two. The service was just right; hosts were cordial, helpful and attentive. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    Chris
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food could not be any better! The service is top notch! The ambiance is wonderful! We had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was expecting a great dinner before I even arrived. From reading reviews and hearing from a friend who had gone to another Jeff Ruby restaurant, I had pretty high expectations. The moment I arrived those expectations were blown out of the water. The staff, all the way from the valet parking to the hostess to the waiters, was incredible. Yes it is an expensive restaurant but what you get is beyond just a great meal. You get wonderful, attentive, caring service, and that's before you even open the menu. It felt like I was pampered at a spa and then served a world class meal. The food was the best I have had in the city and anywhere else. If my steak was any indication, all the food on the menu is to die for. This is a must go place!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 18th B day Dinner
    Bday
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Awesome service waiter was all over our needs. Made the eve special for my son's 18th.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Guardian
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Carlo & Johnny is good for a nice dinner anytime. Food was well prepared and presented. The peanut butter pie was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak place
    Langecarrot1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The bone-in steaks are great ... Great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite as good as before.
    RandyGreer
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The Mrs. and I basically eliminated the other fine dinning restaurants in town, i.e. Morton's and Eddie Merlot's, because Carlo & Johnny's was the best and the prices about the same. Since we were in last, ~6mos, they have slacked off a bit to where the wife and I will re-evaluate the other choices again. The steak was good, not fork tender as before and the side were cheapened in size and quality, a huge price increase. The 7 cheese mack and cheese was replaced with a (baked Mac & Cheese) not nearly as good, and the potatoes as well. Apparently, we are not the only ones that feel this way, as that restaurant on a Friday nite would have been at least 70% full, last nite it was about 30% full.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must
    John
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    All the Ruby restaurants are special, but C & J is our family favorite. We have celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries with consistent service and outstanding selections. There are both indoor and terrace dining areas. We will continue to enjoy the famous beef cuts and deserts. High praise and recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dining experience ever
    Nystrip86
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The interior of the building was the best I have ever seen. The food was awesome and the service was unbelievable . I have never had service as good as this and I have been to many high end restaurants. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobk
    BobK
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very nice. Food was great with a great atmosphere. Wine list is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No longer the best of the Ruby's
    Couple
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Carlo and Johnny's was always our favorite of the Ruby restaurants because it had the same great food and superb service with the wonderful ambiance. The ambiance is the same, but the recent shift to "italianize" the menu as our waiter explained had only reduced the previous standout quality. For example, the augratin potatoes, usually a wonderfully impossible blend of crisp and moist were now mostly moist. At the downtown restaurant, the Ruby's Jewel takes the flavor profile right to the edge. My friend described it as "meh." Make no mistake, still a good evening, but no longer the star in the crown. Next special dinner, we are more likely to go to the competition if we want North or to Ruby's downtown if we want the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great Jeff Ruby experience
    GWGW
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had not been to Jeff Rubys in a while so decided to go on Thursday weeknight. My daughter had been to Carlo & Johnnys before but I hadn't. Love all the other Jeff Ruby restaurants. DID NOT DISAPPOINT ! Had a wonderful meal, No special occasion, but it always seems that way when we go to a Rubys restaurant. Michael brought us out a special raw bar selection of excellent crab legs and prawns. The ladies lobster was wonderful, my ribeye was perfectly cooked. Just a nice, nice evening out with my daughter and son-in-law. I have been to many steakhouses and I always seem to compare them to Jeff's. Some as good, maybe : Bones in Atlanta, David Burkes, Chicago, St. Elmos, in Indianapolis, Peter Lugars, New York none better !!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thanks...Carlo & Johnny's
    John
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was our first visit to this restaurant, it was a special occasion and it turned out to be so very special thanks to the staff. The meal could not have been better, it was prepared perfectly!...my wife had the Halibut and I had the steak Collingsworth...both were beautifully presented...additionally our appetizers beef tartar and tiger prawns. My wife loved the beef and the prawns were luxury sized, the wine list was fantastic...our server, Pierre as well as the remaining staff attended to our every request in a professional and personal level. All in all we will return to this wonderful venue as soon as we can...thanks again to Paul the on staff manager...we appreciate all you did for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is very good. The cold bar is excellent. Steaks are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everyone was so nice. The food was wonderful. Bar drinks need a little work I will just get wine next time they have a great wine list
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had a fabulous time and meal for our 3rd wedding anniversary. We've been here numerous times and this was the best. Carlo & Johnny really took good care of us. I had the Chicago style veal, which is a cross between wienerschnitzel and veal picatta. It was different and excellent. The main dining room (the Hollywood room) makes all the difference in the world. Ambience in that room compared to the other rooms is so much better. If you're going to Carlo & Johnny for a special occasion make sure you request the Hollywood Room and a booth. Don V., our server did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special nights
    wdkl
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent place for great food, service, and location. Priced a little high for the average diner, but I don't believe they are trying to attract that crowd. Dined there for wife's birthday with family members.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jim is the man!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We dined for my wife's 30th Birthday. Had an absolutely beautiful time. Great food, Great time. Jim was our waiter. We've dined all over the world and had the best and worst waiters and Jim is up there with the BEST! Way to Go Jim! We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The real deal
    SanMarcoSays
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Bone-in filet. Enough said. The best Ruby's restaurant. Not as cramped as the precinct, and close to home. Cool atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carlo & Johnny
    Bosswife
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food and service. Always a good experience. Consistent. Plenty of attention without being a nuisance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • canmaker
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was excellent, steaks done just right, very good. Shrimp cocktails were huge, deserts were unique / different and outstanding. Waiter made a mistake with my wife's entrees. Manager came over to apologize and offered us free deserts. Atmosphere was good............tables not too close together. Little pricey......this is a special occasion establishment
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carlo and Johnny is Outstanding
    jerryVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you are looking for great steaks, top notch drinks, super service then this is the place for you. Great attention to detail. New dessert menu is upgrade and very good. Doughnuts are an excellent addition so save room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CBCB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    FOOD EXPENSIVE AND ONLY OK.....STAY AT BAR. GOOD FOR OLDER PERSONS TO HOOK UP
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Steak/Great Service
    jam1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Steak was great as usual. My boyfriend ordered the wild salmon special which they ran out of between when the waiter told us about it and when we placed our order. The waiter offered to prepare the farmed salmon from the menu in the same prep as the special for the same price as the menu salmon. I also like that there is good selection of wine by the glass.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Amazing Anniversary
    EurekaGirl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    As always Jeff Ruby Entertainment out does themselves from the supreme service to the spectacular food and drinks. Our go to was always the Precinct, but after finally making it to Carlo & Johnny we might of found our special occasion dinner location in the burbs. And as I always tell clients and out of town guests you really can't go wrong with a Ruby's restaurant. It beats all the others in town hands down no matter what.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.