Carlo & Johnny

4.8
4098 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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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Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Very good!

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CC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlo and Johnnys exceeded our expectations from the level of service, food, and atmosphere.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great anniversary dinner experience! Our server, Chris, was super knowledgeable and helpful. Food was delicious and perfectly cooked! We will be back.

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MZ
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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RJ
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience as always at my favorite Cincinnati restaurant!

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful family dinner.

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Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as always. Carlo and Johnny is our go to Ruby restaurant. Mick and Steve were awesome, we will be back soon.

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SQ
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We have always enjoyed going to Carlo and Johnny. However, with our most recent visit I thought that the level of excellence they have always had in the past wasn't there. The food was not worth the price. I got a lobster tail and I didn't love it and thought it wasn't prepared well. The service and the ambience definitely elevates the experience, but I thought the food was just ok.

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a good restaurant, but I feel like I should be picky given the price-point that C&J is aiming for here.

First off, best steak I've ever had, hands down, no contest. The staff and service were perfect, but I would expect nothing less with a dining experience like this.

The building was interesting, and charming with lots of history. I was a bit surprised that some areas of the exterior of the building that we could see from our window were in disrepair. I would expect that from a greasy spoon diner, but not a top-tier steakhouse.

The menu is excellent, if you like steak and seafood. If you're not big on either of those things, you may struggle to find something that you really want to eat that's worth your dining dollars. This was an issue for my wife and may be for you too if you have anyone in your party that isn't a steak/seafood lover. Believe me, if you don't LOVE steak or seafood (and I'm not talking about breaded and deep fried seafood), don't waste your time an money coming here, because you won't be happy with what you have to pay for an OK meal. Steak is what they do best here, for sure.

Finally, a general rant on the cost of wine at expensive restaurants. While I can certainly justify they cost of the food at a fine restaurant because the expertise, ingredients, and prep that goes into it (my steak was dry aged for 65 days!) I'm always a bit annoyed by the mark-up that is often applied to a glass of wine. In some cases a single glass can be marked up higher than what I can buy the same bottle for retail. It's a simple case of taking advantage of a captive audience who has already demonstrated a willingness to spend lots of money on a meal. Will it stop me from going? No, but it sure makes me shake my head.

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MK
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to C&J many, many times. It is always great, but tonight it was FANTASTIC! We brought aunts and uncles who had never had the Jeff Ruby experience and they were blown away. The food is always amazing (JR restaurants are my absolute favorite!), but tonight it was even better. They gave us a private room for our large group and the servers were wonderful. Thank you so much for everything!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dan was fabulous!

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RA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience with the best cuts of meat around. Professional staff looking to please!

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BJ
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!!!

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!!!

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CI
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of our four meals was less than "Ruby" quality. That said, management did the right thing.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak. I had the spice rub option on my rib eye, and it was absolutely delicious. Temperature just right

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

I am not able to eat dairy. Unfortunately their are only 2 items on the side menu I can have. One of the items was not available as they ran out. Just made looking forward to the Brussels sprouts disappointing since They didn’t have them.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zak is one of the best severs I’ve ever had! Brought friends and everything was outstanding!

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GA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service and a special way to celebrate a birthday.

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DC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. I highly recommend Don as a waiter. My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the restaurant was nice enough to give us a free dessert.

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LH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! Our first time at this restaurant but can’t wait to go again!!

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding very friendly. Made us feel very welcome.

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GK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 37th anniversary and could not have chosen a better place to do it. The service was outstanding and the food was prepared to perfection, as usual. It was the ideal way to start our evening.

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat out frequently and came early for an anniversary dinner. We sat in the back room with a view of the patio. We had been there on several occasions but at night. Our service and meal was literally fabulous. We come from Batesville, so we can go to either Indy or Cincy. We will definitely be back, save us some butter pie.

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DF
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely awesome! Best French Onion soup and Filet Mignon ever

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g
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and food! Great time!

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LA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ordered crab legs - was told $25 per leg but I got half legs. Would not recommend crab legs. You can get better value at Eddie Merlots

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DB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Carlo and Johnny. We celebyour Anniversary every year with you. This year our adult children came with us, so we could share our love of your restaurant with them!

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JB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charlie Bledsoe is amazing. Best Ruby steak ever! Great Bday celebration.

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TH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It is pretty expensive. The was a noisy group sitting near us but, that is just luck of the draw. I was much more impressed with the food than my wife was so the price will most likely keep us from coming back.

We split a 12oz strip steak and got 2 sides. Plenty to eat and it was still $100 bill before tip.

Bottom line....save your money and try it!

That is my recommendation.

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment you walk in you are greeted by a friendly host and our waiter was Dan. He was training another waiter named Randy who was from Lexington. They both were courteous and treated us as if we were part of the Ruby family! The food was excellent too!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with great service. Definitely a great experience for anyone looking for a great date night.

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EC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Went for a birthday celebration. Our reservation was for 7pm. We were promptly seated. Our orders were placed around 7:20-7:25. 2 steaks, 2 sides no starters. I don't know if the order got lost or was simply forgotten, but the food didn't arrive until close to 8pm. It was all lukewarm at best. Disappointing for a Ruby restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always amazing. They were training servers for a new location and the amount of people circulating the room was overwhelming and not relaxing at all. They left halfway through our meal and the environment was much better. The training server brought us the wrong salad but it was still yummy.

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S
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday & Anniversary celebration
Excellent!

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m
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. Everyone was very friendly and I was very thankful for the free cannoli for our anniversary. The decor was very inviting and I loved the 20's gangster feel to it. However I feel like the outside of the restaurant does it an injustice. The parking lot is terrible; cracks, potholes and a poor layout. Also the food, while pretty good, I feel wasn't as great as it could have been. They need to reevaluate their salt level. I would definitely go back and recommend it to other people.

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GK
Toledo
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service in a true steakhouse atmosphere.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was a very accommodating and spectacular server. We can’t wait to visit again!

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MS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always with a Jeff Ruby restaurant, the food and service was top quality. If you don’t mind the cost, you can’t find better dining in Cincinnati.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated within minutes of our reservation, our table was in a quiet corner and we were impressed with how quick Dan our server for the night got everything rolling. We received our drinks and bread fast. Our appetizers and salads were spread out with enough time for our group of four to have a nice conversation. When our meals came out they were perfectly cooked and great temperature for us to dig in. We had an amazing dinner and we can’t thank Dan enough for his consistency in keeping us happy through the whole meal.

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