Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona

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Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse — Altoona offers the same great steaks, Italian specialties, and seafood that have made Johnny’s famous. This location features a heated, covered pier over a small lake for seasonal outdoor dining, along with a fire feature, outdoor bar, soft seating, televisions, and private dining cabanas. Stop by and enjoy live music several nights a week and enjoy the relaxing outdoor space or inside restaurant.
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Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I have been to this location several times and I have never had the experience we had Saturday night. We sat at the bar until our table was ready. That was great! We then were seated at a table that had not been cleaned, there was a shrimp tail or something on the table from the previous guests. Fine whatever. We ordered the waitress did not ask the occasion, which they usually do. Fine whatever. My husband ordered a rare steak, I ordered a medium well. (I first tried to order steak Rockefeller or something like that but they ran out? )When our food was served, my husband’s was completely cooked and mine was fine. He sent it back, then the waitress disappeared for a long time. He’s steak was delivered by someone else not our waitress. I ran out of water, asked the nice waiter named Nick if he could fill my water. He did. Then about an hour after I ate, my stomach was upset.

Very disappointed for a place I frequently visit. I will go back, maybe not for a while, but will start requesting certain servers.

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DM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Took my wife there for date night.

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MH
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quality steak and delicious sides, great service and ambiance.

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

Very busy due to Valentine dinners but food was excellent and service was good!

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

Scallops are fantastic!
Title cheesecake is outstanding
Service is always on point

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TC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Everyone has a bad night. I dine at Johny's twice a year. It is something I look forward to. It is a treat as your restaurant is above my budget so my wife and I choose Johny's as our place to spend special evenings out together.
The server was tentative but, had some trouble listening to requests, like no lemon in my tea. Happened twice. My flatware was not clean and I had to wait for new to begin eating. I ordered a steak that was beautifuly cooked but did not come out with the Sinatra sauce. Again I waited for the Sinatra sauce to come and my steak got cold. That said, the steak was cooked perfectly and was seasoned nicely. My shirt could have been set on fire and my drink dumped in my lap and the Sinatra sauce would still make me say bravo and thank you for a wonderful meal. The food is second to none. It is always marvelous and can make you forget about the little over sights. Fabulous food in a beautiful place.

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OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, service was great just didn’t like that my water glass was dirty.

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DM
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines dinner. Our server did an excellent job!

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SS
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for our anniversary and we had an excellent time. Our waitress was very nice, food of course was delicious as always.

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JH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious fish and steaks. Little cold in the dining room area, but it's winter so that is to be expected. Very sweet server. She was very knowledgeable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for our anniversary and was amazed by all the incredible food. Goat cheese salad was so different in a good way. Steaks were delicious. Mashed potatoes were thick and chunky with garlic just how I like them. Our server was amazing and I loved how secluded our table felt with the curtains all around.

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PB
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We arrived 10-15 early. No room in the bar, had to stand, couldn’t get a bartender to wait on us. Returned to a crowded cold area by the front door to wait. I had to remind the waitress about my sisters birthday which I had added in comments for Open Table.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sausage bread was not very hot when it came to the table. Ordered the shrimp rosa and it too was not very hot when it arrived at the table. My mothers steak was not cooked to the right temperature, and my fathers lasagna was not hot.

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SM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely friendly and welcoming staff. Love the menu selections.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a small work meeting and this was a perfect set up. Food and service was awesome!!

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WD
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very busy for Saturday night dinner. We were seated after a little wait from our reservation time, I think due to a local high school formal. However, the service was very good and everyone was satisfied with their meals. The stuffed snapper I had was delicious. Johnny's is definitely not just for steaks. They have a good wine and cocktail menu as well. Overall, very good.

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CE
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Upon arrival we were seated immediately at a table. I wish we would have requested a booth when making reservation because I just hate tables at any restaurant. Took a little bit for our waitress to come over and serve our drink orders. Food took a bit but it was Friday night. Ribeye with parm topping was OMG delicious!!! I had been craving a loaded baked potato as well so I got it and it was amazing. Only bad side was wish it was faster service due to sitting at a table versus a booth. Tables make me feel like everyone is watching me haha.

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KP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have been to Johnny's many times and it never disappoints. A little constructive criticism, it is very noisy at times and the waitresses seem over worked at times, but they always give great service and the food is ALWAYS wonderful...

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Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my son there because it is one of our favorite restaurants. It is always delicious and the wait staff are awesome!

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GP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to go to Johnny's. The patio in the summer is fantastic. With the live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Love the atmosphere while dinning inside. The bar staff and service staff are always great. Nick was our server last, he did a wonderful job!

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

OUr server was phenomenal. She was timely, funny, and very knowledgeable of the menu and drink selections.

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Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all Good! Bartender, Travis was very attentive as we brought our own wine but it didn’t diminish his quality service. Our server was Marisa, a petite ball of fire! She is someone who loves her job! She has a young son as well! She talked “a mile a minute” and knew her menu very well! Her recommendations were on target! She said she has been there since “Day 1” and she loves it! She says she is 5’ 2”, but she performs her job like she is a seven footer!

Thank you for a great night & the special treat at the end of our experience!

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I don't understand what all the hype is about. Our food was not hot when it arrived, it is way overpriced for the portions you get, and it was so noisy that I couldn't hear our friends' conversation from across the table. The garlic mashed potatoes didn't have any flavor, and the "smothered" steak I ordered had a small piece of cheese and three small slices of onion. This is the third time I've been to Johnny's in the past several years and I am always disappointed. I would not recommend Johnny's Italian Steakhouse to anyone.

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great he waitress was not very friendly! Seemed like we were rushed.

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OT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Took 40 minutes to get sat for our “reservation”

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RD
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

As a sous chef I have certain expectations when taking my wife out for a $150 dinner. It'steak house so I expected to have my steak cooked right. I ordered my filet mignon medium rare and when I got my dish it was well done. I sent it back and when it came out the second time we were finished eating and ready to leave. It came completely raw and not even close to rare. I took it home and finished cooking it myself. Also our waitress was not attentive to us at all. We were constantly waiting on her and my wife said she saw her multiple times sitting in the kitchen on her phone. Dissatisfied.

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BK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived five minutes prior to our reservation time and had a table within minutes. Great service and great meal!

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SV
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always excellent! Service was good too. When I made a reservation the day before I really thought it was a sure thing. Not so much. I was told we can squeeze 6 of you in a 4 person booth or you may have to wait a while. We had waited a little already, so we were ready to eat. I thought a reservation was made so you can stick with plans. I know things happen, but they shouldnt have even offered this option. Very uncomfortable.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our 29th wedding anniversary and it couldn't have been better! Thanks!

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JK
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The hostess was rude when she greeted us and again as she sat us.
There were several open tables and she sat a man and his 3-4 year old boy right next to us. The boy was yelling the whole time.
The restaurant was not busy at all. The waitress was slow on beverages. The food was good but nothing else about the experience was positive.

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 1

I made our reservation a month in advance. I specifically asked for a quiet area/curtained off area as this was a first date with an out of state friend who I had reported rave reviews of ambiance and quiet dinner conversation as well as good food and service. We each purchased nice, festive clothing for our night out to celebrate. When we arrived we waited for 10 minutes (understable as this was New Years Eve). We were then seated in the bar area across from a group of 12-15 very drunk and very loud people who were served MANY rounds of shots at the table. There was a football game showing on a big screen tv over the bar in our line of sight from the table. We couldn’t carry on a conversation at our table due to the disrespect of the neighboring table. The language used and it’s volume were embarrassing. We ate our dinner without conversation as we could not be heard over the next tables shenanigans. They were there when we arrived and still there when we left an hour and 15 minutes later. We spent a lot of money here and didn’t enjoy it for even one moment. The food was delicious, the wait staff excellent but the ambiance and seating assignment was on par with a very mediocre sports bar. We skipped dessert and went elsewhere where we could at least hold a conversation. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone go here for any type of special occasion or relaxing evening out, maybe to watch the big game and eat expensive well prepared food where you can join in on the loud party atmosphere. Management really should have cut them off and asked them to leave. Because it was a busy holiday evening, we couldn’t be relocated to a more appropriate table. HIGHLY disappointed. I have been a patron here since they opened, but I won’t be returning.

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CK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great service, loud atmosphere during more busy hours. Highly recommend!!

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DG
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoy going to Johnny's for lunch or dinner. In the summer months we ask to be seated outside on the patio that overlooks a small lake. The area is still under development so it may take awhile to improve the view. The restaurant could do a little more to make that appealing from theyre spot I think. The food is always really good and we especially enjoy the bread and oil that comes with each meal. It's a great place to eat lunch with a friend or a nice romantic dinner . Prices are on the higher side but the quality of the food makes it worth it.

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family has dined here many times. We almost never have an issue getting in when we want (exception: if we forget to plan ahead for a holiday). We have never had to wait. Lunch, dinner and special occasion menus are phenomenal. We have never had anything we didn’t love! Hostess and wait staff have always been fun, friendly and professional. One of our top three dining choices near Des Moines! Well done!

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LM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice evening, good food, good atmosphere and good service. We enjoyed!

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JE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

My husband ordered Chicken Parmesan and it was good but didn't taste authentic, no Spaghetti noodles came with it. I ordered the salmon and there wasn't any flavoring or spices added to it, just okay but not impressed. Waitress was good. Very cozy atmosphere. Might give this place one more try.

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NB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

While the portions weren’t as big as we’d expected, the food was delicious, except for the potatoes, they were just warm and not as smooth and creamy as I thought they’d be!

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a
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I ORDERED the FILET AND SEAFOOD ROCKEFELLER
Lobster shell stuffed with shrimp, scallops and lobster served alongside beef tenderloin medallions with Gorgonzola cream sauce – 37.5

the lobster was a VERY TINY half a lobster. i don't ever remember seeing a lobster tail SO SMALL. i could not tell the shrimp from the scallops as they were quite tiny as well!! and were all stuck together and were very much OVERCOOKED and dry.

thank goodness for the beef tenderloin and the mixed vegetables. they were just fine. but i will NEVER order this item again from the menu. i was terribly disappointed.

sarah, our server was quick and efficient. i hope to have her again in the future.

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EK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Resturant was nice. Expensive but worth the money.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Our service was excellent and the smoked salmon appetizer was great. Unfortunately the steak was not good. The flavor was plain and not what we expected-disappointing.

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