Johnny's Cafe

4.3
770 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner:
Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 6:00 pm, 7 Days a Week
Wednesday 4:00pm-6:00 pm Happy Hour Cocktails All Night Long At both of our Bars!

Entertainment Schedule:
Frank Sinatra Vocalist, the Amazing Benny Marsella
Wednesday & Sunday Nights, 5 pm-Close
Friday Nights: 9pm-Close Salsa Night
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Phone number
(609) 822-1789
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John W Liccio
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Private party facilities
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.

Catered Events, Funeral Luncheons, Dinner Rehearsals, Baby Shower, Bridal Showers, Birthday Party,Cocktail Reception, Office Events
Sit Down Dining, Buffet Style, Passed Hors d'oeuvres

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Private party contact
Joanne Liccio: (609) 822-1789
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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.
http://www.johnnyscafeandlounge.com/menus/
Please contact our catering manager would be happy to discuss your options
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Adams & Jefferson
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Parking details
Street Parking
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Public transit
NJ Transit Bus 505 Stops at the corner of Washington Ave and Ventnor Ave.
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Entertainment
Weekly Entertainment Schedule
Dancing to the Music with the Area's Best DJ's -
Entertainment Schedule:
Wednesday & Sunday Nights
Frank Sinatra Vocalist, the Amazing Benny Marsella 5 pm-Close
Friday Nights: 9pm-Close Salsa Night
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 770 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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4.0
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 12 hours ago

Very nice menu with attentive service. Good combination.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service and all meals were delicious

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was great. Loved our server. She was great.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The service started out good at 6:15 pm on Saturday night when we arrived. It got very busy and our waiter was basically gone halfway through our meal. I really have a problem with the restaurant slamming the waiter so hard that he was literally running around. He was very nice....just had no time! I asked him for salt for my veal. Never got it. We never got asked if we wanted dessert or any coffee. It was my sons birthday and I had noted that on the reservation. We just basically had to beg for a check and leave. Food....some good some just very ordinary. For $300+ for four people for dinner we could have gone most anywhere in AC. Hugely disappointed had heard great things!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Wife and i went to Johnny's 6-16, 2018.

We ordered the Fried Calamari, was very tough, very chewy.

Was expecting to order the Bronzino but it was not available. Waiter recommended the Sea Bass.
I was disapointed, it was not what i expected, they served it with a balsamic glaze that did not compliment the fish, the side's were 2ea Asapagus spears and a dallop of mashed potatoes all for 38.00, not worth it.

my wife had the Flounder Francaise. She was unimpressed as well, the fish had a very fishy taste to it.

When desert came we tried to order the Ricotta Cheesecake, they were out of that as well. and mind you we have 7:00pm reservations.

Usually the food here is great, but not last weekend.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We eat out 2 days a week all year. William is the best server we have ever had anywhere. He makes the restaurant experience the best. Hope he stays

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent meal

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I love the meatball salad. It’s so good.
Everyone is extra friendly and knew my name as soon as a walked in. Love Johnny’s.
Always a great meal.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We sat in the front dining area which is comfortable and I love the darker lighting. My Malbec wine was good and my salmon was amazing! We ended the night with an espresso martini! We will definitely be back this summer!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Nice atmosphere and very good food. Service was excellent. The only negative was that they would not allow any changes to an entrée. We're not flexible with substitutions.

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Worst meal ever! This restaurant needs to decide if it's fine dining or a disco. Music was so loud our ears hurt by the time we left after almost 3 hours. The food was generally good but couldn't be enjoyed because of the slow service and ultra loud music. Will not return nor recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Couldn’t hear anyone at our table

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Been there numerous times. As always the food was excellent. Always on the more energetic side but never disappointed. Will be back.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was very good but sitting in the bar area on a weekend night is incredibly loud. Even though our reservation was early at 615pm, the bar was crowded already. Made it tough for the wait staff to get by so they kept bumping into our chairs. The chicken parm and chicken Milanese were delicious and very large portions. Definitely a lively place.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Kitchen very, very slow. Slow to be sat. Food was decent..better than average for a shore scene-y kind of place.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We have eaten there many times the food and service are very consistent.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Every week diner here. Service suffered because it was crowded . A little disappointing tonight

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I have gotten the veal medalions many times and it is always very good... I had a craving for it on Saturday we went and it was just okay. If I never had them before it would be good, but because I know what it is suppose to taste like I was very disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The server William and bartender Shannon are the best. They are the heart of the restaurant

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food is always good. Joanne makes you feel as though you are her long lost friend. She’s a sweetheart.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

William is a great server.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We have been to Johnny's many times. Most times when we visit AC be will drive to Margate for dinner. We have never had anything less than an excellent meal. Service is terrific, good bar, and a very good wine list.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Went last Saturday night, wife ordered the flounder francaise i ordered the Bronzino.

The bronzino was excellent as always, my wifes flounder was fresh and delightful.

We had the ricotta pie for dessert, BEST EVER

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Johnny's is the best that Margate has to offer. We dine here regularly and are never dissappointed

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We thought Johnny's was great. Not our first time there, so that's why we went back. Service was exceptional. Many good choices for entrees. Server very well informed of menu. Prices just right. Perfect evening out.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch. Delicious dinner. Friendly service

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I always enjoy Johnnie’s

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Service and food was great!! Key lime pie was the best north of Key West!!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Food was excellent as was service. Reasonable prices

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I live down the street from Johnny's. Everything about Johnny's is great. The place is always packed so you know the food is good.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was okay. Service was poor. Empty water glass and had to ask another server for refill. Server seemed to be in a rush for us to leave. We had to ask for cappuccinos after our bill was put on our table. We came at noon for lunch, not a busy time. First time I tried Johnny’s and was so disappointed due to the service. I was a server and would have expected more when trying to impress first time patrons coming to a restaurant during Restaurant Week.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent food. Great place ! Seafood was fresh and prepared just right. Hope to go back soon.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I celebrated Valentines Day at Johnny's. We both had veal Oscar. It was delicious. The veal was perfectly cooked. It was loaded with giant lumps of crab meat and just the right amount of hollandaise sauce. The wine was a generous pour and a great quality for the price. The server William was very professional great service Finally the desert was a 6 layer dark chocolate cake huge portion. We ate half and took home the other half. I think it might have been the best tasting chocolate cake I have ever eaten.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great but the service was not. We have been to Johnny's and this is the first time our service was not good. It seemed our waiter was "in the weeds" throughout the evening- not able to get second drinks, water not refilled; he wasn't able to check on us throughout our meal. Rushed at the end of the night- no coffee or dessert.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

This was my second time at Johnny's Café, the first being with a couple of girlfriends during the Christmas holidays in 2016. The first time, their Frank Sinatra entertainer was playing, and he was wonderful. The food was also amazing. This time, another girlfriend joined me for a post-holiday get-together. Although it was Sunday night, Mr. Frank Sinatra was not playing, but that was OK, as my friend and I were catching up with chit-chat. Again, our meals were excellent. The only reason I rated the food "very good" was that my ricotta pie dessert seemed a bit over-baked. Everything else was delicious! Our server, William, was top-notch! Very friendly, good recommendations, and attentive. It was a slow night, only one or two other parties, which made for a quiet, extremely enjoyable evening. The decor and ambiance are lovely, somewhat art deco. I would definitely recommend Johnny's, at least for the off-season, and get a comfy booth, if possible....adds to the charm. I have not been there during the summer, but I expect it is hopping!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

THe service was especially attentive and charming but in a nice, uninterfering way. Dinner was very good- not creative but well prepared standards with a little twist and reasonably priced- An attractive high end place with style. GOod for a date or a group .

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service. We have been back several times and always enjoyed it

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Impeccable service!

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

What a great restaurant-we always have a great meal

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