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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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting on the patio was enjoyable. Service was very attentive and excellent food. We are from out of town and couldn’t have made a better choice!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded 4 days ago

Hi, thank you for sharing your wonderful patio experience - we love to hear from our guests!

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SteveH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good fn steaks! Good fn taters! Good fn service!!!!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded 4 days ago

Steve - thank you for your 5-star review!

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Rock
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was not prepared well. My steak was so tough I had to cut it up in small bites to eat eat. The steak deburgo was only about three ounces of meat. The prime rib was ordered medium and it was brought out very raw. Our drink was forgotten and then when it was brought to us it was watered down. None of the staff wore masks.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded 2 days ago

I'm sorry to hear that your experience wasn't up to expectations; however, please know that I will be forwarding along your comments to our management and culinary team for review. I hope you took the chance to bring this to your server or manager's attention while you were at the restaurant - we are always happy to make it right!

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CKEUSER
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious atmosphere quite and service excellent

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing your excellent experience - we love to hear from our guests!

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Bnhs
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Not our servers fault
Seemed very under staffed also not enough glasses or dishes as staff said

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on August 4, 2020

Hello, we are very sorry to see that your visit was not up to the high expectations we strive to meet. We appreciate that you took the time to let us know!

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MS1234
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meal was basic at best, but the service was phenomenal.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on August 4, 2020

Although we are very pleased to see that the service you received was up to expectations, we are disappointed that you were not satisfied with your meal. If you would be willing to provide any additional feedback in regards to the food you received, please respond with your additional comments so we can relay it to our executive culinary team.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and our waitress was spectacular!!!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on August 4, 2020

We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience with us at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that we didn’t have to wear masks!!! Will support your restaurant for that alone!! Thank you! Didn’t have to worry about feeling suffocated.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on August 4, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, we appreciate hearing from guests!

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Terry
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stood up to our expectation for food and service. Disappointed that most of serving, reservation, and clean up were not waering masks or using gloves.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 31, 2020

Terry, thank you for providing us with your review and feedback. We appreciate hearing from our guests.

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CourtneyL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed Johnny’s! Their chicken piccata was one of the best things I’ve ever had in a restaurant. Wine and bar selection overall was very pleasing. It was a perfect place to spend a nice date night.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 31, 2020

Courtney, we are so thankful that you both chose Johnny's for your date night! We appreciate the wonderful feedback.

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AlanS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

To improve: make sure to take the ladies order first, don’t reach across the table to serve, no caps allowed by patrons; no kids running around/it’s no McDonalds; more space between tables during Covid; staff should have surgical masks.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 28, 2020

Alan, thank you for your feedback - we appreciate hearing from our guests!

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Sarah
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and drinks were excellent, restaurant was clean, quiet atmosphere. Excellent experience. Would recommend!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 28, 2020

We are so pleased that everything exceeded expectations while you dined with us! We appreciate your wonderful feedback.

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vipKGDFly
Des Moines
24 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Service! Patio was nice and we sat there for social distancing.
I love Johnny's in Altoona. This was the 1st time i have eaten there since all the Covid craziness.
I was surprised that a restaurant of this caliber did not require the host and all servers to wear masks. I saw one server wearing a mask out and no other staff.
I may wait until the pandemic is over to go back.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 27, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback!

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JulieN
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall super food and service. Just beware when your server asks you about sides. Was asked about soup or salad. Chose soup. Extra $9 not expected. Also when asked about salad offered a bacon dressing and spinach. Thought he was just asking about what dressing I wanted but apparently this salad was an upcharge. So an extra $13 not expected. Bottle of wine, appetizer and meals plus the extra charges. $140 with tip. Will go again but be specific and ask about what is extra and what is included.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 28, 2020

Julie, we are very sorry for the confusion! We will make sure we use this as a training tool with our staff.

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FoodieNana
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

While the food was good the service was mediocre. No refills on drinks offered and when requested the server seemed annoyed that we wanted refills and further annoyed that some in our party actually wanted dessert.

With regard to COVID precautions...the seating was not 6 foot between tables despite the restaurant having a significant number of empty tables. No staff or servers were wearing masks.

While I have always liked Johnny’s, I was very disappointed in the manner they are addressing COVID, and disappointed in the service during this visit.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 13, 2020

Thank you for providing your feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 13, 2020

Hello, thank you for dining with us and for providing your wonderful feedback. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal!

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RickK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good, but we probably wouldn't order what we did again. We were trying to order something different from our usual. My wife's baked potato was cold but she was overall satisfied with the rest of her meal. My steak and portobello were just okay, but it wasn't what I would typically order, so that was probably more my fault. I ordered creme brulee for dessert and was also not impressed. Our appetizer platter was excellent. The service was a little slow, especially for a Wednesday night and the meal was a little pricey. Overall, we will return again, but probably not soon.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 13, 2020

Rick, we are very sorry to hear that the service and meal you received did not meet the high expectations we strive to meet. We appreciate your patronage and that you took the time to tell us about your experience.

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LindaA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great food was great! We love johnnys it’s always one of our favorite places to get together

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 13, 2020

We are glad we continue to exceed your expectations! We appreciate your wonderful review and your patronage.

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WilliamS
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent.

Service was a little unsophisticated. Server did fine on most aspects. We took in a $100 bottle of wine we obviously would like opened carefully. Server couldn't cut the foil and ended up pulling the cork through the foil. Not the end of the world, but it would have been nice if she would have torn the frayed foil away from the opening after she was done...after all we did pay a corking fee. This has been my experience with the wine service at Johnny's in general (whether our wine or if purchased in-house)...if the management would spend 20 minutes educating the servers on proper wine service it would make the dining experience more impressive/elegant.

Also...really felt the servers should be wearing masks...some were, ours wasn't.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on July 13, 2020

William, thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have shared your feedback with our General Manager so we can use this as a training tool with our team going forward. We appreciate your patronage an hope to see you again soon!

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RandyB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Had the lunch sirloin steak with peppercorn topper it was good. The appetizers were not as good as they usually are...The calamari was just ok but the sausage stuffed mushrooms were bad. The mushrooms were not good quality really rubbery and not easy to eat. They were not stuffed with enough sausage. WE did have the turtle cheesecake for dessert and it was very good.

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Deana
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Thank you so much for a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It my grandmothers birthday and her first time eating there! She loved it! She will definitely come back! We love johnnys!

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JLB78
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My food was great but my wife's salmon was severely under cooked. They did take it off the check and gave us a free desert. We always enjoy Johnny's and this is the first time we've ever had to send something back.

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Thompson4000
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The steak I had was perfect, the value was expected for a steakhouse, but I think the service should have been a bit better. My beverage was only filled once, hence why I’m only giving 4 stars. The service was just not quite there. Overall, 4 stars were earned.

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Elfie
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy this Johnny's very much and hope to be back in the spring to sit outside on their lovely patio.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on March 4, 2020

Elfie thank you for the wonderful review and kind words. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything. We look forward to dining with you again!

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vipmary
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The bartender was awesome! We had drinks before and after dinner. Our server was excellent! However, our steak deburgo was undercooked. We asked for medium, but it was even rarer on the second try. We weren’t charged for it, the right move for a higher end restaurant, but it was still disappointing since it was our last evening in Iowa and we had heard this was the best steakhouse. We went with a friend who lives in the area and this was her suggestion fir our last day dinner together before we headed home. My husband’s NY strip was perfect. Loved the mushrooms!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on March 2, 2020

Mary thank you for the feedback. My apologies on the DeBurgo, but I am happy to hear they did not charge you. I am sorry we did not deliver. I have shared with management and the culinary team. I appreciate you bringing to our attention.

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JohnE
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Something for everyone. 16 oz prime rib was too big for me. Will go smaller next time.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on February 27, 2020

John thank you for the 5-stars and recommendation. I am so happy to hear you all enjoyed everything! We hope to dine with you again soon!

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vipBobetteJ
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waitress busy and had harder time getting back to get check

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you for the review and feedback. I apologize for the wait. I have shared with management and the culinary team to use as a training opportunity. Thank you again.

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SaraR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had a food allergy situation. Called ahead of time. Talked to the waitress several times. Made sure no dairy was used on dish ordered. 4 year old nephew took a bit of steak and broccoli and had a hive pop up on his cheek. Waitress was super rude entire time and came back and apologized that there was in fact butter used on his food. We were there for 2 birthdays and it ruined the entire vibe. Very Very disappointed.

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LauraJP
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great seating and attention to detail by greeter. Gluten free menu provided. Waitress not versed in gluten free. Shrimp cocktail was very good. Family style salad very good. Entrees served warm. Hot bacon dressing was left off and then served cold. I asked to have it heated and it was served Luke warm. Service was good otherwise.

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was great as always but giving 3 stars because I made reservations for Valentines dinner with my husband to eat a month in advance and when we got there, we were seated at a high top table in the bar where it was so loud due to a full bar/TV games that we had to yell at each other to have a conversation. Just disappointed that 1 month early reservations would allow for better seating.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on February 19, 2020

Melissa thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am sorry you were placed at a high top in the bar area. I can understand how frustrating that may have been. I have shared with management to use as a learning opportunity. I do appreciate you bringing to our attention. I hope you will dine with us again soon.

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Chris
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and ambiance were excellent as always. We also had Michelle as our server and she is always a delight and helps make the experience all the more memorable.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on February 18, 2020

Chris thank you for the wonderful review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything! I will be sure to share your compliments with the team!

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RachelG
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The only thing I didn’t absolutely love was the way our waitress reacted when we asked for our bill that totaled over $800 for 14 people be split... we thought it was weird that she assumed we were all together and didn’t bother to ask how we wanted to check, then acted like we were going out of our way to make her life hard.
However, otherwise she was very attentive, the food was amazing as always, and it continues to be my favorite restaurant in Altoona! The special that night, the salmon with shrimp and potatoes, was DELICIOUS!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on February 27, 2020

Rachel thank you for the review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Apologies for the servers reaction to the bill being split. That should not have happened. I have shared with management to use as a learning opportunity. I appreciate you bringing to our attention. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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MikeR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved eating at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse! We arrived at the time of our reservation - which we made over the internet (VERY easy to do) and only had about a 10 minute wait before we were seated. The food was fabulous - fresh and warm when it arrived at our table. We only waited about 15 minutes from the time we gave the waitress our order, before our food arrived. Not bad considering it was Prom night and they were very busy. The ambiance was just right - we knew there were other people there because we saw them, however, it was quiet enough we could carry on a conversation between the 4 of us without even talking loud. Everyone working there that night was very nice and accommodating. I definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone! Whether you are on a special private date for two or are having a family gathering for 10 (or more) you get the same great service and the same great food!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on February 12, 2020

Mike thank you for the wonderful review and kind words. I can't wait to share it with the team! So happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and meals. We hope to dine with you all again soon!

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WinerDiner
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our steaks were slightly salty four our tastes. Otherwise, everthing was very tasty and well prepared. Our server Weston was great!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you for the feedback. I will be sure to share with culinary team. I appreciate you letting us know. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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JodyS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent (can't remember her name). Food was delicious as always.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on February 6, 2020

Jody thank you for the review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything! We hope to dine with you again soon!

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PhayS
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have reservations for 6:30pm but we have to wait for our table we did not get table until 7:15pm. We feel like the reservation is over booked. It’s frustrating when making reservation ahead of time it to avoid waiting.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hi Phay, unfortunately it is sometimes very hard to estimate the time each party will take at their tables, on a busy saturday night like the night of your visit, some guests tend to stay for longer than expected. We make every effort to get this timing right, and I am sorry we didn't do anything to make up for this. Next time!

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PattiA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our night was amazing! Great service, great food as usual!!!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on January 31, 2020

Patti I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything! We appreciate the support. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid overall value

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! Happy to hear you enjoyed!

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Rickman
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious and timely. The server was not interested in us being there and flooded our table with multiple courses without clearing the previous in what seemed like an effort to push us out as quickly as possible. Server did not try to upsell and was not engaged nor friendly.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Altoona
Responded on January 24, 2020

Rickman thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your meals, but very disappointed to hear about the service. I appreciate you letting us know as this will be addressed with management. I do hope you will dine with us again. Thank you again.

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