Johnny's Cafe

4.3
841 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food and friendly, attentive staff.

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Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad to have made it there before summer kicks in. It’s very nice inside and food was amazing!

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JL
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific

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CA
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was great and Johnny even came out and welcomed us himself, wonderful night!

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KS
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I always have a great meal at Johnny’s and the service was good. However, I thought they would have had a better menu for Restaurant Week.

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FL
Atlantic City
38 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Went during Restaurant Week. Salads nothing special -- a single tomato wedge, a single slice of cucumber, and a tiny bit of red onion on a large bed of fresh greens or the house salad; VERY lightly dressed Caesar salad, had to hunt for a hint of cheese. Bronzino was very good, but be ready for the WHOLE fish, head and all. Surf & Turf was fine, steak rare as requested, lobster tail small but good. Roasted vegetables were more like a garnish than a side dish on both entrees. Dessert was a good/fancy house-made chocolate cake. Our biggest gripe was that we chose to seat ourselves in what we thought would be a quiet corner (the restaurant was practically empty that Monday night), and it turned out to be "Paint Night" in the room next door. Not sure exactly what that was, but it appeared to be a party, maybe a bridesmaids function, with pretty loud music (completely different from what was playing in the dining room) and party noise right in our ears. When we commented to our server, she pretty much shrugged and said "Paint Night" didn't usually happen on Monday nights.... and that was that. So I felt like I was in the middle of a subway station noise-wise, and there was almost nobody else there in the restaurant. Weird. Food was fine, service was fine, but we probably wouldn't go back just because of the noise experience.

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m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful! Server was very sweet . She was new but she did a great job making sure our first time there was awesome! Love the decor

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J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here, tried it due to it being Restaurant Week. The food was delish and our server was very sweet and attentive. I would definitely recommend Johnny's Cafe.

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OT
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Johnny's in January, and it was not what it used to be. At that time, no one was dining or sitting at the bar. We asked for a glass of cabernet, and there was none. But we decided to go again this past Saturday night as the food has always been good. We were glad we returned. There were several diners in both dining rooms and many at the bar. There were a few new menu items especially some interesting new apps. My husband's cabernet was wonderful, and my cosmos were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners which were prepared very well. My husband's stuffed veal chop was top notch. We will definitely be back to enjoy another great dinner. If you haven't been to Johnny's lately. Make plans to go. You will not be disappointed.

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s
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good...Ordered Jonhnny's veal with crab meat & mushrooms...Crab meat and mushrooms, sauce and mashed potatoes were good but veal was not tender..Would probably try again but our friends are foodies and I don't think they would like this restaurant.

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M
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The place was very nice! The service was good but slow for an off season night with not many people. Food was not good enough to return.

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OT
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and without the summertime crowds...great place to enjoy a meal...bar was lively ....food is always consistently good...

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OT
Atlantic City
45 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

4 dinners, 2 very good, 2 mediocre. Go with a chicken entree.

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went there for Christmas Eve Dinner.
Terrible.
Terrible menu.
Shrimp were very small.
Not going back

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CO
Atlantic City
66 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in Margate, bar none!

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SB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Thanksgiving Dinner. I’ll never cook a turkey again! It was delicious and relaxing—our new family tradition!

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L
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love a restaurant where the owner comes over to say hi and ask about your dinner, and even better his beautiful wife also

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CO
Atlantic City
66 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. Great staff that really made us feel valued as customers. Wait staff couldn’t do enough for us.

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L
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

always a great nite out...even got a primo parking spot. Thanks John...

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RG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The kitchen ran out of the special artichoke appetizer, even though it was offered to us, & 1/2 of the mixed vegetable side, leaving me with only three carrots. I had to ask for more carrots, which the waitress did supply. How was this possible when we were seated at 6:00 PM & the restaurant was close to empty. My friend's, close to $50.00 veal chop, was very tough & my flounder Franchise was fishy tasting.
We usually eat at the bar for happy hour, which we will continue to do, but probably not eat in the dining
room again unless the standards are raised.

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O
Pittsburgh
47 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual service and ambience excellent. Food always good. Will be back.

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G
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out for a spur of the moment dinner with friends. We had the clams casino which were delicious, at the bar. My husband had double Pork Chop & our friends had the Bronzini fish along with delicious pasta, which was quite good.

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g
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience, service and food. Neat ambiance and roomy seating

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PS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

a bit pricey for what you got. Potions are reasonably small. however, service is good and fast.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the veal! Great apps, especially the eggplant. Had not been here in awhile but it really was great. Will definitely make this place a more frequent stop

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SN
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We love going to Johnny's. We knew it would be busy over Labor Day weekend. Food was superb as usual. Our server though was not as good as others we have had. Seemed aloof and not interested in us. She never came to check on our apps or meal after being served, and never asked us if we would like another drink. Our drinks were empty for 15 min and not once did she ask if we wanted another, or something else. As we were on the path to the kitchen, she had to pass us quite a bit. Overall a nice dinner but not as good as we have experienced in the past. Will certainly be back, just not on a crowded summer holiday weekend.

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OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been going to Johnny ‘s for years and have never been disappointed. I love everything about Johnny ‘s

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E
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and Service

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good experience! Very noisy in the bar area!

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s
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Most of the good staff has left. Only GG and Shannon are left. The new staff is clueless and lazy. They are on their cell phones and taking selfies.

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MP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

the food was decent but way overpriced for the quality. surf and turf was a surprise (negative) at $70!! the tuna appetizer is highly recommended. the rest was ok - meal for two with one drink each and with tip was $220. i would rate the meal of this quality at approximately $130 for two

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BB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food as always. I was disappointed in the lobster tail that was slightly dry. We were seated near the bar & the bartender had a voice that carried. Given the overall ambience, she needs to learn how to watch out for being too loud.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The stuffed bronzino is the best fish I’ve ever had. Jumbo shrimp was amazing and HUGE...all big portions and I was very satisfied with the meal

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AW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on a Friday evening. We were led through the first room to a table in the second room - the noise volume was significantly louder, so we asked, and were reseated in the first room, which was much, much better. Once reseated, we had a great time - the service was great - and the food was wonderful. The sautéed soft shell crabs on a bed of spinach, in particular, were delicious. Also, the pasta bolognese got a great review from my friend. Tom, our waiter, was great - he gave really good service, especially for a very busy Friday night. Also, kudos to the busboy who kept our water glasses filled!

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AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went late on a week night so not hard to get in. Service was perfect. Food was delicious and plentiful.
Will definitely go again but we know if a busy weekend may not be as special.

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BR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend is extremely on his meatballs, pasta and gravy. You nailed it.

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p
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and the service were really good. The only downside was the loss of their parking lot so we had to find a parking spot and that was not an easy task at the height of summer season! It will be much easier after the summer crowds leave!

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is always great.
Shore restaurant in summertime so can expect things to get a little loud and servers to be busy.
Bus staff was excellent and hustling all night.
Very busy, prime dinner time but we were immediately shown to our table.

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DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent. It was a bit loud. We were only 2 people, but feel like it would have been hard to hear if we were four.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Food great. Service great. Waaaaaaay too loud! Could not hear person next to you. Won’t go back for that reason.

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