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Johnny's Cafe
Johnny's Cafe

Johnny's Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.johnnyscafeventnor.com
  • Email: picklejarr@aol.com
  • Phone: (609) 822-1789
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 6:30 pm, 7 Days a Week Wednesday Night All Night
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: John W Liccio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Johnny's Cafe and Martini Bar offers many options for your catering needs. Our new room and bar is perfect for that special function. We cater off site too and we will accommodate any special menu requests.
    Check our website for the different packages that are offered.
    Please contact our catering manager would be happy to discuss your options
  • Private Party Facilities: Or Private Dining area has a fireplace and its own bar for your affair
  • Private Party Contact: Joanne Liccio (609) 822-1789
  • Entertainment: Weekly Entertainment Schedule
    Dancing to the Music with the Area's Best DJ's -
    Monday Nights, Jazz Duo Joe Mancini & Guest 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Wednesday and Sunday nights, Benny Marsala 6:30-close
    Friday & Saturday Nights, Guest DJ 8:30-Close
  • Special Events & Promotions:

    Plan your next special event at Johnny's Cafe. We have a beautiful back room which includes a bar and fireplace. Perfect for your next birthday, Wedding, or Reception. Call for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adams & Jefferson
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit Bus 505 Stops at the corner
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking is located directly across the street of the restaurant on our private lot
A word from Johnny's Cafe
Johnny's Cafe and Martini Bar brings the finest Italian Cuisine and creative seafood dishes to Margate, NJ. Over the last few years Johnny's has evolved from a small cafe to being one of the most sought out restaurants and martini bars on the Jersey Shore The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the seasoned service staff will make you know that you belong. Johnny's is known for his dessert creations as well as his family's recipe homemade Meatballs, which are the finest you can have. Johnny's is open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night and Cocktails. We would love to see you.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "we were very disappointed in the food. we had the shrimp scampi and it had no taste , very bland. very noisy , children were allowed to roam the restaurant and were loud. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This restaurant was a great find. A place I will recommend to all my friends and f amily."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went to Johnny's for birthday dinner. The service was absolutely spectacular. The waiter was overly generous with our "pickiness" with wine selections. We sat and enjoyed--no rushing whatsoever. Bartender bought us after-dinner shots. The food was delicious-all of it. My veal chop was the most tender and perfectly cooked one I have had in a long time. I had not been to Johnny's in a few years-the decor had changed and it was beautiful. Glamorous but understated. The banquettes in the back dining room make you feel as if you were in an 20's era supper club. CANT WAIT TO RETURN!!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "It was a great first time...a cold rainy evening at the Jersey Shore turned warm and sunny once inside. Three of us had the Johnnies Veal and it was delicious. Other party had the Tuna...cooked perfectly. Calamari as the appetizer, Tiramisu and apple pie for dessert. Winter salad was wonderful! Didn't get rushed...what a way to spend a cold rainy night."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Alkways a popular choice. The presentation is appealing and prices are competitve."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food, service, atmosphere all were excellent! Highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The old "switch-a-roo" was expierienced. We whittled down our choice to 3 restaurants for AC Reataurant week. The deciding factor was what was on the menu. The WEBsite listed 4 appetizers. There were only 2, one of which I wanted was not avaialbe as a choice. The WEBsite listed 5 entrees, there were only 3, one of which I wanted was not avaialbe as a choice. Very annoying. I was very close to leaving, but decided to stick it out. We chose the NONA's meatballs. Mine was OK. My wifes was like a pile of meat sauce, with no whole meatballs. Very disappointing . Probably will not go back. BTW, the rolls were cold. Very unusual for an itlain restaurant."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "If you love Italian food, then Johnny's is for you. Always have a great time there, as the staff is very hospitable and the scene is upbeat. Breakfast and lunch is delicious too! A MUST TRY!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food wonderful!@ Too Noisy for having a conversation!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "food was very good, everything delicious. The employees were very friendly and helpful. Great lunch"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Between hearing everything said at the next table and the loud, off key singer it was a struggle to eat. The food is not worth the price. There was no category on sound level that fits this restaurant nut you had to pick one."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Although, the special appetizer (Mussels Marinara) and Cannolis were sold out for a 7pm Saturday night reservation, we will be visiting Johnnies again. The cuisine was outstanding Italian, and the menu has something for everyone. The bar area is very loud so next time we will request seating in the dining area. From fresh seafood to basic homemade Italian dishes , Johnnie's is a must!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "New chefs at first didn't get it right but it was remedied asap Thanks Johnnie!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We thought Johnny's cafe did a great job with the food and service. The wine list reasonably priced with good selection. Caesar salad was outstanding, and the gnocchi just amazing. Filet was cooked perfect and a quality cut. All this combined with outstanding service from Chris and his team and reasonable prices made Johnny's a big hit with us !"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband & I had a belated Valentines Dinner at Johnnys on Saturday night. It was our first time dining with them. The food was amazing! We had Nonna's Meatballs as an appetizer and they were out of this world, served alongside ricotta. We both ordered specials that were offered that evening - stuffed veal chop & the chilean sea bass - both amazing; the special dessert of the evening was also incredible. The house red & white were both great quality. A lively, yet intimate atmosphere. Prices were standard for the Margate area, and worth EVERY penny. Our server was fabulous, very attentive. A truly flawless meal and experience. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Husband's dinner was excellent. We felt rather "rushed" as our salads arrived with the first sip of our cocktail. My salmon was obviously old as it was very fishy. We were offered a free dessert to make up for the meal I did not eat. The key lime pie was wonderful I would try this place again but be careful with what I order and ask to not be rushed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Just an overall good experience. The gentleman who parks your car could not have been more accommodating. I had to tip him. Service over and beyond the call of duty. The rest of the night went well. Our waiter, William also a perfect gentleman and the food was outstanding. Will be back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "it would be a great restaurant if food was good ... which it is not.."
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "Great meal with friends New Year's Eve 2013. Johnny's never disappoints! The holiday décor was lovely, the drinks were imaginative, and the food was great as usual. Try the bass when it's on the menu."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I always have a great meal and service at Johnny's. It can get noisy, but I think that has been addressed because I was there on New Years eve for an early dinner and although busy I did not experience any noise problems. The service was great and so was my dinner. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Lamb chops tough and a little dry. Beet appetizer tasted like it came out of a can."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I made the reservation weeks ahead of time and was advised of the dinner options . I'm not a fan of turkey . When we arrived the specials were changed and I didn't like any of them Very dissappointrd. My family enjoyed their turkey dinner"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Good restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner! One of our favorites and would highly recommend it if you love food. Don't miss this restaurant! It was a super find!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Very good! Great experience for our anniversary. Great food, drinks and special appetizers ."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "A+ as always, also try his new place Shuckers right next door."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "VERY GOOD FOOD EXCEELLENT DECOR. LIVE MUSIC--SAT A LITTLE CLOSE TO MUSIC.NOT A BIG DEAL."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Excellent restaurant. Always consistent. Another great meal. All 6 of us were thrilled with our meals."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Very good food and OUTSTANDING service from William. He is extremely nice and helpful. We look forward to going again because of him."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Our server, William, was the nicest server we have had in years. He was extremely friendly and helpful. Despite being very busy he made sure all was well with our party. We will go back just for him."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "This is a classy and classic Italian restaurant in Margate. You'll find very good service and very good food, with moderate prices."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Unexpectedly nice! Food and Service was terrific. Martini Bar selection GREAT. Music a plus! Can't wait to go back in the summer"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening. My Grouper with mussels and scallops was delicious and the broth was savory and great for bread dipping. One of our guests had veal and the other two had a trout and crab special which were also reported to be delicious although one guest did not like the skin being left on the trout. The service was a bit slow and disjointed and some of the menu items were unavailable but it didn't really bother as as we were not in a hurry. The DJ started at 9:00 PM but by that time the place was pretty much empty. Perhaps if he started a little earlier more diners would have lingered and ordered drinks."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "My family loves Johnny's. Brought a friend there for the first time for her birthday and she loved everything from drinks to meatballs to dinner to dessert. Will absolutely continue to celebrate special occasions and weekend nights at Johnny's."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Unbearable noise level makes for unpleasant dining experience despite good food and service."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "everything great. Just way to loud. if at all possible sit up front at least it has a soft ceiling in that room"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Great dinner with our family for my mom's birthday. Our server, Chris, was excellent. Right on point, no nonsense, concise, brief and friendly."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "the food was fair at best. Lobster with lump crabmeat was served over mashed potatoes. The crab pieces were so small that they may well have been potato lumps....ditto with crabmeat on the filet.The quality of the food at this restaurant at breakfast and lunch is far superior to what was served at dinner. And......the noise level was unbearable. The music was blasting so loud that it was impossible to converse....more than annoying,it was deafening. Our waitress told us everyone was complaining but they did nothing about it."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "As usual, the food was very good. This was actually our first time for dinner since they expanded. We usually go for brunch. My only complaint is the noise level. We were a party of 4 and literally could not hear each other across a small table."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Very good food. Very reasonable prices. Well schooled wait staff. Parking. Consistent. Not much else you can ask for. Have been there numerous times and will continue to dine there. Also good for breakfast and lunch."
    Dined on 7/20/2013