Carlo & Johnny

4.8
3696 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm- 9:00pm Friday- Saturday 5:00pm- 10:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 936-8600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Donny Hatton
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Neighborhood
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a celebrator

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ES
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great steak resturant. Has the option of Waygo steak. Portions a large and wait staff is excellent.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

VERY impressed!! Everything was perfect, appetizer to dessert! Love the red booth seating.

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RB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here numerous times and and are consistently great!

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C
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience.

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KS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my anniversary. And I do that almost every year because the food and service is consistently excellent. Large table, no crowding. One of the few places you can count on for fresh raw bar seafood that isn't sketchy in Cincinnati. The steaks are consistently perfect. As I have gotten older I don't need to eat a pound of meat. The 8 oz filet is exquisite and the waiter doesn't mock you for eating a small portion as they do in some of the other Cincinnati restaurants (are you sure that is all you want? The women usually order that). Our waiter Dan was chatty and friendly but not bothersome. We had a leisurely dinner lasting several hours and were not rushed to either order more or to leave. This is quite different from my experience at places like Eddie Merlot and others. The menu does change a bit over time but is mostly timeless. I do miss the Chilean sea bass which was on the menu for a long time and was so good that I would forego the steak, which is hard to do. The Freddie salad is always a classic and they put together a non-romaine Ceasar for my wife. Overall, this is the place to go when you want a great dining experience. Don't waste your money on other steak joints- just save up for the Carlo and Johnny experience.

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KP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We like to come for the live music. We sat in the bar area for dinner and the service was top notch.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Went for the first time for our wedding anniversary. Trying to find a new tradition. Service was excellent. The server was patient and helped us through the menu and had good suggestions. We had the collinsworth steak, the server said it was the most popular steak there. We ordered a salad, which was great (the bacon was fantastic). The steaks came and looked very elegant and the server served our side dishes (potatoe gratin / Mac & cheese). The sides were large enough for 2 for certain. The Mac & cheese was good but the gratin was only ok. Then for the steak.... which is why we went in the first place, it was prepared medium rare. Perfectly cooked, however the steak was only room temp and the asparagus was actually cold. It wasn’t melt in your mouth good by any means. We had high expectations and Carlo & Johnny fell well short. We are definately not well to do and for the money spent we were not at all impressed. Probably won’t become a tradition for us.

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AB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a spectacular dining experience. Every staff member we encountered was so attentive, welcoming and professional. Gabriel, our server, was one of the best we've ever had, at any restaurant. He made the evening that much more special. Thank you to everyone at Carlo and Johnny's for an incredible night!

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RS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Took awhile to get entrees, all tables around us seemed to get theirs way before we did

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KU
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our anniversary. They are always top notch. Food and service are 5 star. Chris and Michael were amazing this year!!

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dan was a great server and I would recommend this place to a friend.

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MK
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent meal, as always!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Carlo & Johnny!!! It’s our “go to” place for special occasions. The food and service is unmatched and we love the atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
236 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! If I lived in Cincy I’d eat here all the time. Great dinner!

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m
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, lovely ambiance, and great food.

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treat yourself...and someone special! 5-star food, 5-star service...and 5-star prices. Wonderful appetizers, salad and fantastic steaks. This is not your typical high-end restaurant. Food and prices are near the top, but you will not regret it. The service attention and food quality were unbelievable. As Arnold would say, "I'll be back."

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DD
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

this is a steak place. with an expensive raw bar. But I would stay away from fish in a steak place.
I had a crispy skin fish fillet that was overdone and dry. I should have known better.
But it is a high end, steak house, with the familiar sides that need to passed around, the expensive raw bar options of big shrimp and oysters and a variety of steaks with a la carte sauces and sides.
Big wine collection, knowledgeable wait staff.

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GT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don and the whole team that took care of us are the best. They are as skilled in taking care of us as the chefs were in prepping dinner. Everything, I mean everything, was perfect. Mr. Ruby has one helluva great culture- top down his places are amazing.

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Y
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Best steaks ever and delicious sides. Great service as well

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OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos and Johnny's is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion or celebration. We have never been disappointed, the service and quality of food is outstanding and we are always made to feel special.

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P
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Food is outstanding and attention to service is first class. The new pork chop entree is wonderful and huge - as are all the sides. Mashed potatoes melt in your mouth and the steaks are fantastic. Our favorite of the Jeff Ruby sites as they have super dance music on the weekends.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous environment, service and food!

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MG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very average for the price

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlo and Johnny remains my favorite Ruby restaurant. The steak is the best, the Chicago steakhouse ambience is comfortable and the service top-notch. I'm told non-steak entrees are excellent - but if you're a carnivore you can't go wrong with any steak on the menu.

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BM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Carlo and Johnny is one of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever been in. Our server Dan was professional, knowledgeable, efficient, personable and has a sense of humor. The steak was perfect. Dan really listened when he took our order and the chef did his job. The side dishes were not good. Garlic mashed had no taste. I knew the Freddie would be different because of the romaine lettuce recall. It just wasn't the Freddie I had before. My cousin's wedge had so much bleu cheese that it was overwhelming and not good. I expressed on my reservation this was our anniversary and when we arrived I remembered it was my cousin's birthday so I mentioned both when we checked in. At the end of the meal my cousin received a cannoli and they had forgotten my anniversary. I didn't want a dessert. I'm not a child. I just think it was a mistake to forget. Dan is a real gem but we will probably go back to the Precinct.

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EK
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cowboy steak was really enjoyed by my son in law and our daughter had the filet Oscar style which she said was delicious. My husband liked the salmon and, who knew, they had fabulous Chicken Marsala, which I had. The wait staff was very accommodating and several people looked in on us to see if everything was to our liking. Always a great dinner at Carlo and Johnny, in a historic home with colorful folklore behind it.
p.s. The carrot cake was ginormous and delicious....don't miss it!

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JV
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Cincinnati. Especially great for special occasions.

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c
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has always the food and service was outstanding. A shoutout to Clay, our waiter for the evening, went above and beyond. Thanks for the dining experience!

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, perfectly prepared! Service is fantastic. Highly recommend for a special evening.

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant - Food, service, surroundings. Zach was fantastic as was Noland to make our dining experience memorable for our table.

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BE
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Excellent service from Chris and Chris! Was given the task to find a dinner spot for the CEO and COO of my company. They were only going to be in town for a few hours. “The best steak I’ve ever had” and
“I need the butter cake recipe” were just two of the many great things said. Thank you Carlo and Johnny!

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was spot on and the food was amazing! Everything exceeded all our expectations.

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlo & Johnny’s is worth every penny! It’s great for special occasions or just a great meal out with those you love. The service and food is surpassed by none.

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EM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Clay was terrific- very attentive but also fun and personable. The food was delicious and the meal was timed very well. My only comment is that the sauce with the ravioli was very salty - but I just ate the pasta out of it and the mushrooms and was still pretty darn happy.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the berries!

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EN
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit, and it was amazing. The steaks were delicious, maybe the best we've had, and the service was excellent.

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MG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic steaks and seafood bar. Overall, just a great experience. Our waiter, Dan, was awesome and very knowledgeable.

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BC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! The staff was attentive and pleasant. The ambience was great.

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S
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Fantastic Service!

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