Johnny Utah's

Johnny Utah's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnnyutahs.com/
  • Phone: (212) 265-8824
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Thursday - Saturday 5:00pm - 3:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Bobby Rossi 2122658824

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Avenues
  • Parking: No
A word from Johnny Utah's
In July 2007, New York welcomes Johnny Utah's, the urban cowboy experience, to Rockefeller Center. The Johnny Utah's experience begins with cuisine full of flavors & spices which embody the real meaning of Southwestern food. With hearty recipes of our cultural ancestors, Johnny Utah’s will offer a menu full of zesty Texan BBQ ribs, savory steak fajitas, & authentic Mexican tequila.

Almost every seat in the house has a view of the dining room’s main attraction, Manhattan’s only mechanical bull. Showcasing the full essence of the Southwestern theme, the beast is theatrically surrounded with cascading metal chains & burning candles that echo “rings of fire,” signifying the celebration of the icon. The interior was designed as an interpretation of an old western mining shaft with salvaged antique tiles & pony-hide furniture. Johnny Utah’s is sure to serve as an ideal location for both delicious Southwestern food & drinks, & late night reveling & bull riding.
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Johnny Utah's reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.2
  • Food2.9
    Service3
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (2)special occasion (2)neighborhood gem (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Fun place, but seating was not comfortable. Need to improve .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Upon arriving our reservation was delayed. Food was good no complaints. Drinking during happy hour were water down, strong after happy hour ended. Staff was friendly and nice. Was an older more cooperate crowd the night I went.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was Quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The lunch crowd is generally quieter than the happy hour crowd. We've been there for group lunches and generally pretty quiet. We've also been there for drinks with colleagues and it is usually hard to get a table and louder. Have never seen the Bull in action during the day but it certainly is on at night. Service is always friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Worst dining experience in NYC in 24 years, no exaggeration.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Young drinking spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was bland. The service was slow. It seems like a spot to have a few drinks with your college-age friends. But, I think, not really for anyone over the age of 22 IMO. And def. drinks ONLY, don't even bother with the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review 2014
    Belle
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I did not enjoy myself on Sat Oct 18th 2014, because no one from my planned gathering with ex coworkers showed up. Now back in July 2010, I had a blast for my 30th Birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out with the girls
    ChefInTraining821
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a great time...it's hard for us to schedule time to hang out but we try. The food was good but the best part was the bull we'll be back soon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation doesn't matter
    ShamoneVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Despite making a reservation on opentable when I realized it was going to be a bigger party. The hostess let it be known that despite all the current empty tables they were completely booked up. Maybe you should be more concerned bout your current paying patrons a little bit more and make needed accommodations
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday
    Soholover
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    On july 31, 2014 i went to johnny utah with my husband and teen age grandchildren. It us a great fun place and is geared to the mid twenty to early thirty age group. It was lively and is more of a drinking place than an eating place. I ordered the ribs and took one bite and didnt eat them. The girls loved the sliders and wings. My husband had the steak sandwich. Maybe mine was just a bad choice. Overall we had a great time. Wish i was younger and my grandchildren wished they were older. Great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 202 reviews are from the Johnny Utah's reviews archive.
  • Fun, noisie, good coctails
    Zola
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Ok food, but the coctails were the best. Too much noice but the bull-riding was fun.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amkk1VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This place was a good choice ONLY because of its location: steps away from Radio City. I had a show to attend afterwards. i would never come here if I didn't have a show at that venue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You're out of what?
    AmbroseBierceVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Basement dive close to Radio City, as I was seeing Aretha Franklin that night. 1st disappointment: we had just flown in from Hong Kong and were dying for a real Bloody Mary. "We're out of Bloody Mary mix," said the waitress. Apparently there wasn't a real bartender who knew how to make one without the mix. I settled for a Guinness, which had a decent bishop's collar. The fajitas were tasty, although it took far longer than necessary to prepare them. Second disappointment: When we asked for the dessert menu, we were warned "We only have the first two - we're out of the other three." Really? Third disappointment: I needed cash to pay for the car ride back to Philly, but the ATM was broken. On the other hand, Aretha was terrific.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drinks and a bull
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went with a group of co-workers and had a great time. The food was average but the drinks were on point. The shots were put in a tiny plastic cup that is smaller than the ones you use to rinse your mouth with at the dentist. The overall crowd was very energetic and fun. Not to mention the bull which was pretty intimidating at first but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No heat!
    DrenaVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I've been to Johnny Utah's in the past and it's not a bad place but this visit we didn't have such a great time. The hostess was on the phone when we arrive and didn't even give the courtesy "one moment" signal and talked away for at least 2 more minutes. We were then seated and it took time to get water and menus. However what made this evening a no-go was that soon after we got the menus it felt as if not only the heat went out but a door was open or the AC was on! It got cold and breezy. We looked at the table to the left full of guys and they all started pulling on hoodies so we knew it wasn't just us. We asked the waiter if we could move and was told it was cold everywhere. We left. I was not staying to eat in my coat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tourist attraction
    TomHVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Loud, food is average at best, go for the bar scene and the bull, but not much else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • our holiday dinner
    businessone
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    the restaurant has a terrific ambiance we enjoyed the entertainment other customers provided riding the bull. We ordered ribs and steak but they were out. their soft drink selection was very limited. The waitress was too busy and only came to our table once. we ordered margaritas and they were like soft drinks we had to send them back. if you want to have a drink and have fun with a mechanical bull this is the place not otherwise
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • new York adventure
    tourist
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Made reservations here as location close to Radio City Music Hall. Saw the 2 pm show + had time to walk around Rockefeller Center = St. Patrick's, storefronts + tree etc. Waked to entrance + had to go down the steep long flight of stairs to be told about the elevator in hotel next door! I had to climb up the stairs to go with my friends to hotel to go down to restaurant. My reservation advised restaurant handicapped patron included in my party. Feel a note about the hotels elevator should have bee included in my reminder e mail...also restaurant should put on their website.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Experience at a Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I regret spending even ten minutes at this location. This was the worst restaurant I have ever experienced. While I do understand that this is a tourist attraction, it should not prevent the company from providing a good experience. The food was nothing special. While making the reservation, I was never informed that we were only allowed to stay in our table for 2 hours, and while this does not sound that bad...it took about 1/2 hour to get drinks from the worst service member I had the displeasure to know. She rarely showed up to the table, made us feel like we were Inconveniencing her. My friend had a happy hour margarita, and when I told her there was no tequila, our waitress said, what do you expect? Worst experience EVER
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just decent
    AllisonVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Fine if you are going for drinks/happy hour. Food is nothing special at all - I actually think Applebees is better. Waitstaff is lacking- I brought my opentable certificate to redeem and they made us wait 30 mins and pretty much argued that they had never seen one of them before and didnt know what to do with it. They finally accepted it but made us late to the show we had after dinner. I wont go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waitress stated that many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/25/2012
    The waitress stated that many of the menu items were no longer served. and we heard the table next to us exclaim, "well then what IS on the menu". we wont be going back anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall it was a pretty good
    Foodiebynature
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    Overall it was a pretty good time. The food and service were decent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good entertainment with BBQ
    truegridVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2011
    Hilarious if you are ringside to the mechanical bull. My husband and I happened to chose a Friday evening 2 weeks before xmas to go here and at first we almost walked out. The place was packed and the hostess was focused on signing up people to ride the mechanical bull. However once we finally got someone's attention that we had a reservation they moved a group seated with just drinks and gave us what turned out to be almost a ringside seat. We ordered nervously. The salad was actually fine, as was the ribs. The only total miss was the mac and cheese side I ordered. It is a basic BBQ and comfort food menu. Along with the amusement of watching people attempt to stay on the bull it was fun place to eat.Not for foodies
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Touristy Pub Food. Lively
    RickNY9VIP
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    Touristy Pub Food. Lively Atmosphere. Was there at Christmas, must have been 50 Santa's on a pub crawl. Lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We ate dinner here on our
    RATC722
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    We ate dinner here on our trip to Midtown NYC for Christmas season. I was initially a bit concerned about bringing my son to a place that was touted as a hot nightspot with a Mechanical Bull on premises. But most of the food reviews I read were very favorable and it's proximity to many of the sites we planned to see made me give it a shot....OK.. This place is NOT appropriate for kids. It is literally wall-to-wall highly intoxicated 20-somethings (most of which were festively dressed as Santas and his scantily -clad helpers). The noise level is deafening. This is a bar that happens to have table service. It is like being invited to a college frat party.Needless to say, my wife was much less than pleased about my choice.With that said, I
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you are having a party,
    AdSmithVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    If you are having a party, are under 30, like super-loud music, mechanical bulls and excessive drinking, this place is heaven. Fun for an event or something totally new, this tourist trap does have "decent" food, kind servers (but service is SLOW as it's hard to move around) and a high energy vibe. It's NOT for conversation or fine dining...bachelor parties or events are 'perfect' for this or if you just miss the south.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had a really, really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    I had a really, really good time even though I didn't think the drinks were that good and the food was a little pricey for the taste but the atmosphere made up where the food and drinks left off. I would go more often if the food and drinks improved though. I would recommend for a good time out if you didn't want dinner and only needed a few drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't be mislead about the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    Don't be mislead about the restaurant or the food. This is a bar with food. Your feet will stick to the floor. Burgers are pretty good and the place is fun just know what you are getting into.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My daughter had the chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    My daughter had the chicken fingers, (there was no kids menu but they were happy to accommodate her) and they were great! My son had the sliders which he wasn't entirely crazy about, but the fries were delicious. My husband had the ribs he said they were very good. I had the chicken fajitas and they were the best thing I have had in a restaurant in a very long time. We did not care for their version of the spinach artichoke dip, too much tobacco and too watery. The decor and ambiance was great. There was a mechanical bull, unfortunately no one rode it. There was a very cool room in the back that used to be a vault, still had the old safe deposit boxes...very cool. Did not care for the rest rooms-co-ed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special or fancy,
    GGBShortHillsVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    Nothing special or fancy, catering mainly to visiting tourists. However, the "comfort" food was decent and overall our experience was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great, watching people
    Falchie
    Dined on 8/6/2011
    Food was great, watching people ride (fall off of!) the mechanical bull was very entertaining, and we had a "ring side" seat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and good service.
    LOVE2DINE
    Dined on 7/21/2011
    Great food and good service. Very energetic. Fun to watch people ride the mechanical bull. That takes sum guts. But is looked like fun. Highly recommened.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do ever go before 7:00pm.
    Veranda68
    Dined on 3/26/2011
    Do ever go before 7:00pm. The mechanical Bull doesn't go on until then. The place is not that nice when the lights are not dimmed for the evening. I would not recomend for kids unitl the bull is on and working. All in all not bad.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was not good. I will
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/25/2011
    Food was not good. I will not be returning to J.U. I over paid on food that wasn't good at all. Actually the food cost more than it's worth.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • During the week, bull riding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2011
    During the week, bull riding is nonexistent. For my first time there, I was disappointed. Happy Hour is nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a warm friendly bar.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/19/2011
    This was a warm friendly bar. The staff was awesome! The bull was exhilirating!! Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • night full of fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/19/2011
    My girlfriends and I had a really good time and can't wait to organize another girls night out to johnny utahs
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a Good Lunch Spot
    WFGal
    Dined on 3/15/2011
    In this case I tried Johnny Utah's for lunch...definitely not a lunch spot. It's really great in the evening for happy hour and/or dinner, but not a good lunch spot during the week. And for being a TexMex place they need to spice things up a bit - food was kind of bland.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had a reservation, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/19/2011
    I had a reservation, and the table we were given wasn't very good. We were placed under the big projection television, with the projection screen hanging between two people at our table. It made getting up and down very difficult. The lighting by the table wasn't great and we had a hard time seeing the menus. But overall, we had a nice time and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You come to Johnny Utah's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2011
    You come to Johnny Utah's for the mechanical bull, but are then surprised that the food is actually good. It is convenient to NBC studios, and seemed to be a popular spot for groups celebrating birthdays, meeting after work, or visiting NYC for the first time. A good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would definitely recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    Johnny Utah's was awesome. Great waitress, DJ, and food. The drinks weren't too pricey and the mechanical bull is so much fun. All the girls that went out with me loved it and are planning on going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic