About Johnny's - Roland Park

Johnny's features Maryland seafood, spectacular coffee and a whiskey bar. Open 7 days a week, guests can expect to find Maryland favorites such as crabcakes, oysters on the half shell, fried chicken, hamburgers, salads and more. A thoughtful wine list and cocktail offering complement the menu.

4800 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Comfort Food, Café

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am,
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 4:30-9pm

Cross Street:
between Northern Parkway & Coldspring Lane

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 773-0777

Website:
http://www.johnnysdownstairs.com/

Parking Details:
We have a lot on the side of the building as well as in front of the building. On street parking (non metered) is also available.

Public Transit:
Baltimore City MTA Bus #61

Executive Chef:
Shane Freeland

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Whiskey Wednesday is every Wednesday offering half off all whiskey and whiskey cocktails.

Johnny's - Roland Park Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.2

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4.2

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3.9

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (41)
Casual (39)
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Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for a Date (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Kid-friendly (17)
Healthy (17)
Great for Brunch (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Fun (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Authentic (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

We continue to see if the food and ambiance changes for the better. Still disappointed at the food relative to the cost.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

As always, great food, geat ambiance, excellent service!

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

The best meal I have had in a while. The braised short ribs were absolutely delicious. Our server was great, down-to-earth, and really seemed to enjoy working there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

We went for the 50% off Bourbon and whiskey

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service and great burgers on 1/2 prices burger day!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Best burger night ever, and very fast too! Best side salad and fries! Can't say enough about Johnny's, best neighborhood eating spot ever!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I have been to Johnny’s many times. Never leave disappointed. The waiters/waitresses are very polite and aim to please.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Good food and excellent service. A very good experience. The special burger needed more chorizo in it.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We arrived for Sunday brunch to hard metal rock music so loud that it was difficult to converse. Fortunately our waitress was able to get the manager to turn the volume down. Our drinks were ok followed by and excellent butternut squash soup and outstanding chanterelles on toast. We ordered Cuban sandwiches as our entree. Not described with pulled pork, that's nevertheless what was on it with bacon. Nowhere like the authentic Cuban I recently had in Tampa. The item needs to be revamped or taken off the menu.
For $90 including tip, this is a poor value.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have had previous bad experiences at this restaurant with terrible waiters and long waits for food and service. This time we had a larger party (6) and we all enjoyed our meals, drinks and special desserts! The pistachio milkshake was a hit!

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Love Tuesday 1/2 price burger night! Great bargain. Those chocolate cookies were sooo yummy !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Lunch with grandkids

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Special occasion for my moms
88 bday - Turkey burger was extremely dry, tasteless & unattractive - vegetable platter was mostly potatoes & 2 tiny pieces of cauliflower & beats- Cobb salad was best of the 3 but not much flavor.
Unfortunate....

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Although we liked the food very much as well as the atmosphere, the service was so awful that it put a damper on our experience. Every time we needed a waiter it took forever… to take our drink order, to bring one of our appetizer while the rest of us got our appetizers, To bring our check at the end of the meal. Our reservation was for 715 and we didn’t get our final bill until 10 o’clock. It was very disappointing. Also, the music was too loud to be able to have a conversation. However, the waitress did arrange to have the music volume lowered at our request.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food decent. Service not great. Waitress kept telling us wine glasses were in the dishwasher. Draft beer out on a Friday nite. Empty tables not cleaned

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Expensive for what you get but the food was good. Cold crab bisque which was great when heated. Hanger steak my son said it was good and the best carrots he ever had. Husband had a grill cheese he said it was good. I had the salad with shrimp on the side. For a place that touts itself as a maryland seafood place the 4 little shrimp were mediocre . The salad was tasty with poppy seed dressing was yummy. Had three cookies for dessert buckwheat choc chip and mocha choc chip- STALE shouldn't have been served. Two margaritas- good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Quick Bite, Afternoon Tea, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was average at best and the service slow and poor. That being said I was a male dining alone which usually results in less than good service. Of all the Foreman-Wolf restaurants I have visited this is by far the least favorite. I had a gift certificate which somewhat offset the disappointing evening. This is NOT a destination restaurant.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I have been dining at Johnny's since their opening. But I must shout out to all of Baltimore that when my friend and I lunched at JOHNNY'S the other day, there is only one word that I can use to describe our food - SUPERB! I cannot wait to return. It was one of the best dining/luncheon experiences we both could remember. Kudos to JOHNNY'S and their beyond excellent CHEF.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Mixed bag- crab bisque and cobb salad were good. Crab cake ($25) was really bad - lots off filler and poorly seasoned. Roasted vegetable plate ($18) was a small mound of vegetables swimming in oil. We would have complained but we were at a family reunion and didn't want to make a fuss.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We requested back booth and it worked perfectly for us aging folks because we could carry on a conversation without any problems

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a great meal and we appreciated the menu choices. We always enjoy our breakfasts and dinners at Johnny’s.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The butternut squash soup was outstanding. My friend and I ordered the chef salad, which was very good, but spoiled by the fact that the only dressings you can get are vinaigrettes. Neither was particularly good.

We'll go back, but unless they change the salad dressing options we won't order that again.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The Tuesday night half priced hamburgers were very good for $7.00. Too bad my wine was $11!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Pleasantly surprised with the Sunday Brunch. Close to home and reasonably priced. Excellent service from the staff . I will be back. Even my wife who is a foodie was satisfied with her meal and the service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First the bad; The parking availability is very poor. Too few spaces had to circle block and lot for 10 minutes to find space.
Multiple rooms and for some reason I am usually seated in room all the way in back. It feels like being in Siberia although it is relatively quiet.
Good news; the new menu is an improvement. Clam& ham toast excellent. Hamburger good. Crab puffs different (and pretty good)
I’ll be back- keep improving.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Tasy food with a seafood emphasis. Solicitous staff, quiet ambiance and varied menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good food and very attentive service. the only real glitch was with dessert. Pistachio ice cream was just okay and the promised plum tart turned out to be nectarine, but the manager comped it, so that was fine. Cool wine cellar vibe.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 2, 2017

My first visit and what a nice surprise...great semi-underground interesting design, nice large tables with spacious seating. Love the stone walls. An eclectic menu with something for everyone. I had the crab bisque/crab salad and cornmeal fried oysters - both excellent. I also enjoyed the creamy mac and cheese as a side. My friend had the short rib sandwich - she said it was very good. The open kitchen is fun to watch. Only suggestion - had hoped for more seafood dishes to choose from since the concept of this restaurant is suppose to be based on the love of seafood. I enjoy all the Foreman/Wolf restaurants - and this one is now an additional treat!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent meal. Had the fish & chips. Batter coating was perfect; not too thick and the fish was cooked to perfection. My business partners had salmon and the cuban sandwich. Both were pleased with their meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have eaten at Johnny's at various times since 2014, when we moved to Baltimore. We were never impressed and sought out other restaurants. Knowing that there was a new chef, our party of four dined at Johnny's pre-theater this past Saturday evening and each of us had a very good experience. The food was very good; and the service was spot-on.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Best neighborhood place ever! This is our go to spot during a busy week when we want comfort food and a good dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The pan seared trout entree, which had been recommended by the staff, was bland and boring. Everything else, however, was excellent.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food good; service this specific evening, not! Our waiter, Nick, acted like he was supremely put out. He was terrible. It was our friends’ 1st Time there. They won’t return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The salad has kale in it and the menu did not indicate that so both of us were not happy with the salad. The chicken which was grilled on top has no taste and the server could not have been less engaging or helpful.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 24, 2017

It was a convenient location on our way downtown. It started well, but left me cold. My disappointment was that the crab cake was more like a crab cake you would get in Ohio, not from the cradle of crab cuisine or from such renowned local chefs. It was devoid of jumbo lump, looked like a hockey puck, appeared to have added red peppers (a no-no with authentic cakes) and largely tasteless... so I imagine it had been frozen. Sorry if the true hurts. Please do better, Johnny.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Overpriced for mediocre food

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great casual dining venue. Carefully prepared food in which flavors are complementary and distinct, but restrained. Attentive service. Low noise means its easy to converse without raising one's voice. The booths are a treat - very comfortable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food, but the service was extremely slow, and at the time the restaurant was 75% empty. I left full and happy but frustrated with the pace and attention we received.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Hard to accept that a Wolf operation can be so mediocre. Food is forgettable (a grilled squid dish was actually sautéed and swimming in oil). Service is disjointed even if earnest. Wine list is mostly accessible wines, taste and price-wise.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Good food, nice staff and convenient location - definitely will return again!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Organic, Great for Lunch
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