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Johnny's Cafe
Johnny's Cafe

Johnny's Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.johnnyscafeventnor.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 - 6:00 pm, 7 Days a Week Wednesday Night 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm Happy Hour Cocktails All Night Long At both of our Bars!
  • 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
  • "This place is one of the best- great atmosphere, service, and most of all, amazing food!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Everything was amazing, and Frankiwmwas awesome. Spent the evening with my 2 children and gr8 friend Margo! See you guys soon!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Johnny's is one of the very best dining experiences Margate (and surrounding areas) has to offer"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I never had a bad meal at Johnny's. I've been eating at Johnny's since he had a small restaurant in Ventnor, and have been a fan through his opening in Margate and renovations to hold more diners. My family and friends always enjoy a good meal. It also becomes a dance spot later at night. Don't forget to try Shucker's, owned by Johnny, right next door for a major fresh seafood menu. I've even gone there two nights in a row."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The Frank Sinatra medley was to loud and ruined the nonambience. People were yelling to be heard above the din. I could not hear the persons at my table. The food was good, prices too high, service fair at best."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and atmosphere. The only problem we had with Johnny's is the noise level."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "food was vey good as well as the service atmosphere is very comfortable although it can get noisy on a busy night overall a very pleasant dining experience"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good food and while it was early in the dinner hour and therefore not crowded, the noise was tolerable this time. The ambiance needs some work....there are windows facing the sidewalk across the width of the restaurant. Aside from looking at the bar or other tables, there really isn't much to look at in this restaurant. Food was good and since this was my second time, it was consistently good. The waitresses clearly were told to wear low cut dresses....they paraded about the restaurant when they were not serving customers....made the dining experience somewhat bizarre."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This had to be one of the worst dining experiences we EVER encountered. Had reservation, had to wait 45 minutes. Tables too close together. Noise level was over the top LOUD! No pasta served with the entrees - only garlic mashed potatoes. What's up with that in an Italian Restaurant??? We are pasta lovers and no pasta was to be found under any entrees. Very strange. Will not go back and will not recommend EVER!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Main courses were very disappointed. One veal dish had to be sent back with pasta for being under sauced & the other veal dinner was so over sauced. In both cases the veal was tough. When you go to a restaurant & spend $100.00 you expect better."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our first time at Johnny's. The food and service were really good! The noise level was the problem. With the bar being in the middle of the dining room we almost had to shout to hear each other speak. We'll be back in the off season."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Incredibly loud. The long list of specials was unintelligible...multiple servers talking next to each other, packed in tables and loud singer trying to compete (not very good singer). Food was excellent, so as long as hearing ...or becoming deaf...is not an issue, good place."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We went to dinner at Johnny's in the early evening. They have a kids menu, which is nice, but they don't really cater to families, so the kids' plates are not actually on the menu. You have to ask the server. The food was delicious, however the noise level was so loud it would make me think twice before going back. First of all, the music was loud, with the bass so high you could feel it in your chest. That would be fine for later in the evening, I guess, but at 7, don't people want to have dinner conversation? With the music so loud, everyone had to talk loudly to be heard, and since the place was full, it was as noisy as an elementary school cafeteria."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Forget about those who claim to have the best meatball and gravy because at Johnny's cafe is where the real deal is. ALL the food is amazing. The service is unbeatable. And our gracious host Johnny is always there to say hello. Don't leave the shore without treating yourself to Johnny's cafe"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Dinner was well serviced with goodness and abundance. Server made sure requests were taken care of properly. Have been there numerous times and will return!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I came to Johnny's for dinner on a Monday hoping to avoid the poor noise level reviews. The acoustics do not allow that. I love the ambiance of Johnny's and the food, but the noise is really poor. I am relatively young and this never bothers me. The service was great and the broiled seafood combination pladder was out of this world!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Way too frenetic. Servers talking to themselves and speeding by the tables."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service and food were great. We sat in back room and it was a great set up but the noise level was insane. The 4 of us felt like we were screaming just to talk. Will probably try front room next time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've enjoyed dinners at Johnny's many times (a few breakfasts too) and have never been disappointed. Whether surf or turf the menu is always top notch. The drinks are varied, tasty, and nicely complement the meal."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The evening special, Bronzino, was fabulous! Attentive waiter, adorable bus boy, lively crowd, dessert was impressive: choclate ice cream meringue!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have been several times and still one of our favorite places!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This guy Johnnie must know what he's doing. Even before you get inside you get a good feeling...Valet parking. Busy place but seated almost immediately. Waiter made me feel at home and was very helpful and honest. Good job William! Third time there. Food delicious and fresh. Very very tasty. Johnnies must inspect his meats and produce. Meal was delightful. Everything that comes out of that kitchen is very tasty. I watch his waiter, waitress and girls who seat you....very professional . Prices are fair. You get what you pay for. Johnnie knows what he is doing. See you soon ."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent. It's our go- to "shore but not at the shore" place to dine. Our Server was knowledgeable and friendly. Our group of six had a variety of dishes and everyone was quite Pleased with their selection. It was active in the bar and a bit noisy but we sat in the other room so we could engage in polite dinner conversation. Give it a try."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was just okay, little bland. Service was very good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner. It was quite loud in the dining room but we were offered seats in a quieter room. We decided to sit in the main room. There was a dj playing some old music. It was nice"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I was hoping to have a nice, quiet dinner, and instead, I left with a migraine. As for the food, I felt that it was flavorful but definitely overpriced. Overall, I was disappointed."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I originally thought I was booking an online reservation for Shuckers, but when we got there a hostess told us that we had booked at a place in Maryland and that we would have to out our name in and wait. I found her to be a little condescending, so I showed her my phone reservation, she said " oh you are at Johnny's." So we headed over and they were ready for us with a nice corner table. They even said " happy anniversary" We then had a great meal. My wife and I had a lovely 17th anniversary. Thanks "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "While dining with our family and friends who had a toddler, we were amazed at the excellent behavior of the child but at his amusement of the dj, it was all god!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Thank you William for our great service! Food was great and service wonderful even though our poor waiter had to be extremely flexible when 2 more people joined our table in the middle of our meal. Johnny's is always great!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food- good, although salmon Wellington was raw, and sent back. Waiter was very good, and apologetic. The room was so noisy we could not converse. We all had headaches from the noise. Literally made us all ill. My ears were ringing for hours. The room has a large bar, low ceiling and all hard surfaces. The tables and booths were to capacity and the sound level was insane almost rock concert level. It ruined an otherwise better than average meal."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I had the Chicken Florentine. The chicken was incredibly tender! The best! Huge portions so I had take home for another dinner. My only complaint was the bread--Completely tasteless! Bring some good south Philly bread in and we will go every weekend!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Never disappointed at johnny's cafe. Great seafood. Also a great place for breakfast. A little noisy when crowded but tolerable. A definite must for anyone."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "A+ service, whole 9 yards, Johnny never disappoints"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great food, great bar... I would highly recommend a trip to Johnny's for dinner and dancing... "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great service, great food. Nanna meatball salad awesome. Johnny's lobster franchaise, all I can say is wow. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We went for a relaxed night of drinks, lots of apps and dinner. We had requested our favorite server. When we arrived we were told she was off. It would have been nice if they had let us know when we made the reservation. The server we had is not new but she has made us not want to return. She rushed everything from the initial orders to the check. She rushed through the specials (not mentioning one price) and then wanted our order right then. We were still on what we had planned to be our 1st of many apps. We were going to order wine but she was so pushy we decide on our 1 app, dinner and to get out. The food was not hot and they had not honor our simple special request. We will go elsewhere from now on."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We have dined at Johnny’s numerous times and always had a good meal. The reservation was for 8PM. Hostess told us ‘they were a little backed up". The 15 min quickly became 30 min. The hostess said it would be another 15 min., of course that 15 min. cascaded into an additional 30 min, we were now waiting an hour. We decided to leave, the hostess then said we would be seated immediately. In 7 more minutes we finally sat down – now to add insult, we then sat at the table for an additional 20 minutes with one no coming to the table. So after an hour and 27 minutes, we made the best decision and left for Tomatoes, who sat us immediately. It’s just not good food but the entire experience that makes for a good restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I went for dinner Saturday night. The food was very good but the noise level is too much. Our main problem though was as the night went on our waitress disappeared. The restaurant was very busy but we got the attention of the hostess and bus boy or waiter who were walking past us. We asked if we could get coffee and check. They went to our waitress and she from what we could tell just brushed them off. They both went back to whatever they were doing and no one brought us coffee or check. Luckily we had cash and figured amount as best we could and left cash on the table. We will not be going back or referring to any of our friends. We used to enjoy this restaurant more before they moved and expanded."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Loved Johnny's. The food is terrific, service is wonderful as is the setting. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were looking forward to a nice brunch at Johnnys for Mother's Day. Of the 5 in our group, 3 of us ordered a dish that should naturally come with syrup (pancakes). After asking 5 different servers, we finally got a single serving, and we had to ask for more. All the while, our food was getting cold-not my first time with that. Another dish, chicken pot pie, was sent back because it was cold, and we had to ask when it was coming back out? While you may want to chalk this up to being a holiday, there were plenty of staff--poorly organized. What can you expect when you leave the place in the hands of kids. Fortunately, there are wonderful other places to eat at the Jersey shore. This is the last time I plan on bad service at Johnnny's."
    Dined on 5/11/2014