Johnny's - Schenectady

4.1
191 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
We created Johnny's to bring together the three most important things in life: family, food and fun! Conveniently located in Downtown Schenectady, directly across from Proctor's Theater and the Antique & Specialty Shops on Jay Street.
At Johnny's, we are committed to satisfying our customers with great food and excellent service. We offer a wide variety of delicious dishes for Lunch and Dinner. Whatever you're in the mood for, you can find it here! All of our pastas are freshly made on the premises. Our restaurant is warm and inviting, whether its a romantic dinner for two, a group of friends catching up or a business dinner, Johnny's adapts to everyone. Our spacious square bar has plenty of room for Happy Hours after work, or a night cap after a Proctors show.
Check out our menu for all our mouth-watering dishes!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Appetizers: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(518) 982-5657
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Can't bring your event to Johnny's? Then we will bring it to you! Johnny's offers full service catering throughout Schenectady and the Capital District. We can offer drop-off catering or full service events. Please contact us for menus and pricing at Johnnysreception@mallozzifamily.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jay Street
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Parking details
Street parking on State Street and there're three public lots located behind Johnny's and to the right. Lots are located off of Clinton Ave and behind the Center City Building off of Franklin Street and North Center. A parking garage is located behind Villa Italia off Broadway if you're attending a show at Proctors. http://parkschenectady.com/
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Entertainment
During the beautiful summer months, we celebrate the outdoors and have a live band outside on our spacious patio for our guests to enjoy. We have a wide variety of artists ranging from Jazz Ensembles to Frank Sinatra style singers to Party Bands who will make you want to jump up a dance!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 191 People Are Saying
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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner before a show at Proctors Theatre. Food was great and service was excellent.

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took our daughter out for her 26th birthday to her favorite restaurant. We had a great time, the food was very good and the service was excellent. The staff is great.

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AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local family Excellent Italian restaurant. Homemade pasta. Specially drinks. Overall great restaurant

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

Excellent Italian food! Wonderful sauce. Very friendly service.

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RH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service. Bar tender not very fast and drinks weak. I recommend ordering wine or beer and forget overpriced slow cocktails

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MR
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good, but the service was bad. It took 15 minutes to get our drinks and 20 minutes for our order to be taken. We ordered an appetizer, which was brought to the table by a runner (not our waiter). The waiter never came by to ask how our app was. Our drinks were empty by the time the app arrived and were never asked if we wanted another until we were nearly done with our dinner (which was the first time we saw our waiter after placing our order). In the end, we had to ask one of the bussers for our check because our waiter was nowhere to be found. Very disappointing.

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MR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was extremely busy. The food was very good, steak and shrimp scampi but the service was terrible. Our waiter tried his hardest to keep up but couldn't Took over 20 minutes for our drinks to come and 1 hour and 20 minutes for our food. I am happy that the establishment is doing well but they need to work on service. I would go back because the food was excellent but not at peak times.

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TN
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Took 15+ minutes to get to hostess desk due to multiple walk ins. No process for those with reservations.

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PW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for a couple of apps/drinks before heading across the street to Proctors.

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AJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 4 enjoyed our wine, food and service. Then we were off to see/listen to Keith Lockhart and Boston Pops - a great night!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was good but the waitress was horrible. We were there for over an hour and after our initial drinks we never got the chance to get another. Waitress then took our check and card to pay and didn't give it back to us for over 20 min. Luckily the bartender could tell we were getting upset and came over to check on us. Will never go back there again. I love the atmosphere, food and location but this is our third time, and last time, going as the service has been an issue every time we've been.

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was terrible. We had eaten there before and loved it so we took our son there for his birthday and the special calamari over pasta was terrible, noodles were mushy and the calamari smelt fishy. I had the filet mignon with lobster cake and my meat was over cooked and dry. We think our food was done before my husbands veal chop and our sat for a while. Very disappointing. Our waitress we rarely saw .

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EL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I haven't been to Johnny's in a while. Very busy Saturday night and we were seated within 15 minutes of our reservation. Seems like the prices have gone up quite a bit. $8 for a pint of Sam Adams, $30 per entree. Waiter, JoJo was very personable and friendly. We did have to ask for bread after seeing everyone around us with theirs and we had none until entrees arrived. Main complaint is portions are small and prices are too high. Obviously they are doing well and I wish them continued success, but there are much better values in the area for the same quality food.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant, great food, the staff is beyond great. Love it here

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FD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a fried eggplant appetizers that was a special and was very tasty. Although I’m almost positive I had it as an appetizer the last time I ate there... at least 2 years prior. So they might need some new specials. I had the handmade rigatoni with pink sauce and it was very good. Our main server was also great. If I had one criticism it would just be that the staff kept circling. I was probably asked if I was done eating approximately 10 times (I’m not joking) in 20-30 minutes. The restaurant was dead, so they shouldn’t have been worried about flipping tables. Plus we still had wine to drink. So that was maybe the only irritating thing. I finally gave in and said I was done because I just wanted to be left alone! Haha. But I would still recommend because the food is nicely priced and very tasty.

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and efficient. Food was great!

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Z
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great atmosphere, and very professional staff. The waitress was a lot of fun and made our experience more enjoyable.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was overall good. Atmosphere was great and service was fine. One meal filet was undercooked so we needed to send it back but it was corrected right away.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We always are happy with our meals. However tonight I had pasta with clam sauce. It was very sandy. I sent it back. My husband received a free dessert, but I was charged for my meal that was returned. It was very disappointing.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After a little bit of a wait because of the ore-conference crowd, we enjoyed attentive service in a quieter part of he restaurant. We had the specials - sea bass over risotto with zucchini spirals, and grilled lobster tail over linguini in a light cream sauce with grilled tomatoes and peas. Very tasty!

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P
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Totally overbooked reservations. Customers complaining all around me. Some walking out. Very stressful. Never delivered our appetizer Waiter very apologetic. But entire atmosphere stressful with customers complaining. Was my first time there celebrating my birthday. Will never return.

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KE
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The only issue I had was that I made reservations for 7:15 ,and was not seated till 8:00 when the table we sat at was open the whole time, so my issue was the hostess with out the mostess, after that service and food was great.

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent first time experience. From the Happy Hour selections, food and service all on point. Will be back very soon!

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Johnny's for my birthday celebration. We started at the bar for happy hour with friends but I also made a dinner reservation for me and my family for 7:00. It was perfect - the food - the service - I could not have asked for anything better!

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TE
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the opportunity to eat here before the Proctors show. Excellent food quality. The Italian nachos are amazing!

It is of course very busy Preston but the staff handled it well. We will definitely return.

The fact that they are a St Jude supporter and will even match donations made speaks to the ownership - Thank you!

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place. We had reservations before a show at Proctors. We were initially seated in the bar area at a hightop table. It was a little loud and crowded. After speaking with the manger he was able to sit us at a table in the dining room. He was very friendly and accommodating. Food is always excellent.

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I took my mother there for lunch prior to a play at Proctors. We had a reservation at 12. Our table was taken and we were sat at the Pizza Bar room. Fine enough. Hostess and perhaps front of the house manager were frenetic energy. Turned people without a reservation away for 45 minutes likely due to short staffing. Server didn't ask if we wanted anything other than water and did not come back to see if I wanted soup. Dropped off bread with no butter or oil. Then comes out with meals. Food was good. Service and staffing could use a refresher.

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MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pre-theatre lunch was very good. We all had the eggplant rollatini, and it was very good. Servers had a LOT of tables to cover since the place was packed and they did the best they could. Order of coffee - huge mugs and served with a little biscotti - a nice touch. Wish they had more than 2 stalls in the ladies room since could not accomodate a large crowd (they did temporarily change the men's to a ladies to help with the line). Would recommend this.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our latest visit to Johnny’s was a pre-show lunch. I was glad I made reservations. The place was extremely busy.....but once our order was placed, it arrived at our table relatively quick. However, some of the items that were on the lunch menu were different from what was described in the online menu....but still delicious. I would definitely recommend Johnny’s . Great food....great atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!!!!

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PB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Took friends from out of town who enjoyed it very much.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and professional. The gentlemen, who provided the water, bread, and cleared the dishes were excellent.

Our waitress, Debora, was excellent. She checked in with us often.

The food is fantastic. It is always very difficult to select what entree to order. Excellent food!!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Directly across from Proctor’s in Schenectady. Amazing decor/service/food. A bit noisy, but fun. Definitely would recommend and already have another reservation. We

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r
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Good food. Great waiter (Bobby) will return.

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RZ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The Worst restaurant experiences we ever had. I’m not sure how they got their good reviews.The food took forever and when the chicken parmigiana of my daughter finally came was still frozen inside. The food and service was very bad. Please do not go there.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Johnny’s that I’ve heard many people talk about. The service was great, there at our table checking on us, taking away plates, getting us another beverage, asking if we wanted dessert. Dinner was served fast so that one could get to a show on time. Highly recommend.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Absolutely terrible service, food cold and had asked waiter for bread. Out of 4 meals 3 went home to reheat. Would never go back. Good pr would be to insure we would come back to comp $10 ravioli dinner. Not even a mention just a lot of lip service

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Busy place, lots of friends and families coming in for conversation and laughter, just as Italian restaurant should be.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food, VERY NOISY! Table for 2 was small. Best bread!

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ME
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Calamari was great. Rest of dinner meh.
Bland over price. No wow factor. Maybe we ordered the wrong items. Same items we would have othe Italian restaurants with same great service equal or less money but food to die for. Homemade tagliatelle was mushy. Sauces bland. Not particulRly good portions for the money. Very dissapointed.

Better places all over Schenectady and Albany with to die for food and value.

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