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About Johnny's - Schenectady

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!

433 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Appetizers: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Jay Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 982-5657

Website:
http://www.johnnysdowntown.com/

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!

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

Parking Details:
There are many locations for parking at Johnny's. Street parking on State Street is always an option. There are also three public lots located behind Johnny's and to the right. The lots are located off of Clinton Ave and behind the Center City Building off of Franklin Street and North Center. There is also a parking garage located behind Villa Italia off of Broadway if you are attending a show at Proctors. For more information visit http://parkschenectady.com/

Executive Chef:
Devin Ziemann

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

Johnny's - Schenectady Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.6

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4.3

value

4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Hot Spot (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

My experience here was not a pleasant one. I had a reservation for 3 at a hightop table at 7:30 on Saturday night which had been confirmed hours before arriving. I looked forward to this evening for over a week. The chunky hostess wearing the hideous black lipstick was not very pleasant, in fact, she became quite rude after I called her out on giving my table away to a couple who arrived 20 minutes after us with no reservation as we continued to wait. She then stuck us at a table in the overly crowded extremely loud bar area with quite an attitude. That particular table was empty the entire time we waited for our reservation which did not make us very happy. We couldnt sit in the dining area like all the other folks who came in after us WITHOUT a reservation? We waited another 20 minutes before I finally got up from the table to find a waitress to serve us being no one seemed to care we were sitting there, after all, it was the bar area. Our waitress was pleasant but never brought my husband's beer until I asked another server to check on it after waiting 15 minutes for her to return. I ordered a seltzer water with cranberry but she brought me a plain seltzer water with lime. Surprisingly our food was delicious which was a good thing and she got that right. After we paid and left at 9:00, it had been snowing and as we were walking out directly out front of the restaurant, no one had salted or shoveled the area and my 6 foot 250 pound husband slipped and lost his footing and fell hard, twisting his entire body. A man from Proctors ran across the street to assist after witnessing the fall. I contacted the Mayors office when I arrived back home and received a call back from their legal department today. I'm extremely disappointed with our visit there and will not come back nor will I recommend this restaurant to any of my friends and family.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Food and service were fabulous! I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Phenomenal place. Best calamari appetizer we've ever had. Great menu choices, wide range of wines to choose from and wonderful desserts. Can't wait to go again!

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Our server was outstanding but when we arrive for our 5pm reservation we had to wait. The lady greeting us at the door was just starting to setup what tables each wait staff would cover, we ended up waiting with 5 other couples and a 6th ended up leaving. This was a little annoying since it should have been done before paying customers began to arrive

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Friendly and upbeat environment. Great food! Will definitely be choosing this restaurant for future visits.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wow! My son attends Union College and we stopped at Johnny's during family weekend for dinner on Friday night. It was amazing. Great food, great service, and the Italian nachos were to die for! Definitely recommend to anyone in the area looking for a good place to dine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I brought my wife there for her birthday to try someplace new and spoken of well by others. Ambiance was very urban but pleasant. Waiter was bubbly and friendly. Food was excellent. Free Birthday Cake was a treat and delicious.

Will come back someday!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great tasting food and the wait staff was very friendly without being intrusive. Semi-quiet atmosphere inside and a good band outside. Right in the middle of it for Schenectady. convenient to get to and worth the trip.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were taking our son on an overnight college visit and wanted to find a good restaurant for dinner. Johnny's was amazing. Their rice balls are off the charts!
Highly recommended!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Whenever I am in Schenectady on business I go to Johnny's for dinner. Excellent service and quality of food preparation. I highly recommend Johnny's for your next dinner out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Enjoyed our evening at Johnny's. The fried calamari was one of the best I've ever had. All the pasta is made fresh on the premises. The service was great. Definitely make a reservation or you'll have to wait! Will be going back again for sure.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Calamari excellent
Ravioli excellent
Chicken marsala ok, not real marsala
Chocolate bomb cake-run of the mill chocolate cake.
10 year old didn't like his dinner and they exchanged it with no charge excellent
Ordered Stoli on the rocks and got charged $2 extra for "Rocks"...really?
Service was good when the waitress was there. Had to ask for her several times.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Johnny's never disappoints! Had a special request they fulfilled without blinking an eye! Can be noisy, but otherwise a great spot!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food and service were great. The only downside was the music on the outdoor patio, which was loud enough that it was hard to hear the person across the table speaking. We will definitely return.

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Food was very very good!

It was crowded, therefore the background noise level was very high. This made it hard to hear the waitress and my husband from across the table.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Overall quite good. Calamari app was too salty though and hubby's steak was overcooked. A little pricey but good.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Never disappointed. We do wish there was at least one non dairy options for dessert aside from fruit though.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The food was good but the service was very strange and slow. We would ike to go back on a better night and not be seated in the bar area where it was harder to be noticed by the servers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Dishes were different when we last dined but still enjoyable.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Home made Pasta, great service reasonably priced

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was terrible. This place has definitely gone down hill. The service was good, but it was so loud everywhere that you couldn't hear the person across from you. Don't be going back.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Had a great time. Was my birthday dinner. I'm a huge chicken parmigiana fan, also make it myself and it was probably the best I've ever had! Huge portion, loved the penne pasta that was underneath the chicken. Never had it served like that before! Was perfect. And loved the olive oil with balsamic vinegar and bread in the beginning of the meal. Overall great experience and can't wait to go again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We were very excited for our date night at Johnny's. We had been before about a year ago and had a great experience. We will have to remember that because this time it was atrocious! From trying to get us to take a lousy table to hair in our food, a nightmare. We were greeted by two young women at the hostess station. We gave our name and one asked if we realized that when we booked on open table that we booked a bar table. Um, no! It just said standard table which one would assume is a dining room table. Ridiculous! We were to wait to see what they could do. We were seated at a tiny table for two just inside the dining room against a wall. Zero ambience. We were greeted by a young man who poured us water and brought bread with olive oil and vinegar. Catherine C was our server. She got us our drinks and asked if we were ready to order. We asked to order appetizers first. Our appetizers were served and she asked if we wanted to order our entrees so we did. The arancini were delicious and the sauce was good. My husband had the fried mozzarella which was plentiful and tasty until he noticed the hair on his plate. The server never checked in with us after appetizers were delivered. When we told our server about the hair when she cleared our dishes, she said it was cheese. It wasn't! She laughed.
Entrees were served by a runner who didn't know the difference between the veal marshal and the chicken piccata. The veal was so tough it needed to be cut with a steak knife and amongst the vegetables in the piccata...another hair. Done. We never saw our server again until she came to clear. She NEVER checked on us after food was delivered. We were so disgusted we just asked for our check. We should have asked for the manager but we were just done with it. I am amazed at how awful everything except the arancini was. Maybe their new ventures at the Rivers Casino has left this restaurant not properly attended to. Such a shame. Never again! Will never recommend to anyone!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

My favorite restaurant!! Great location in Schenectady, would recommend to everyone!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

We went to celebrate a milestone family birthday. As always, the meal was terrific, the service the best around, the menu expansive and, we found to our surprise, the birthday girl was given a free dessert for the occasion in honor of her special day. All in all, there are many good reasons to visit Johnny's, and no reason not to. The best restaurant in downtown Schenectady, in my opinion. Try it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

My wife and I took a night out and went to Johnny's. This was our first visit. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. She, first, seated us in the bar section but we asked for the restaurant side, and we were moved with no problem. Our waiter was pleasant, humorous and knowledgeable. We were served bread ( fabulous) and a prepared oil and vinegar dip (I've had better).
My wife ordered an eggplant rolatini (sp) and I ordered rigatoni with meatballs and sausage. My wife loved her dish. I loved the sauce, rigatoni and meatballs. The sausage , however, was hard and dry. Not tasteful or flavorful at all, in my opinion. The pasta fagiola soup was excellent, though heavy on the beans.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Delicious food and dessert. Very quick service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Excellent food and service - a very nice evening out!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Excellent food, varied menu to please everyone , attentive wait staff!! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Food and service were excellent! Convenient location across from the theatre. Server is very conscious of theatre time and in helping you arrive on time. I have had many entrees there, but always wish I had room to eat more!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Great place. I would go there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Always a great dining experience at Johnny's. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Had a wonderful evening with friends. Food was delicious and our server was an absolute delight

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in the tri-cities area. Every time I go to Proctors I always make a reservation for pre or post show dining. Please have dinner there, you will not be disappointed. It will quickly become one of your favorites too.
Even had to change my reservation from 2 to 3 people two nights before my reservation. No problem.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

My husband and I went here for our monthly date night and had a great night out! Our waiter was friendly and very responsive to our needs. The food was amazing as well! I highly recommend Johnny's.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2017

The food was pretty average, I've had much better at other places, and this is my second time....plain oil and vinegar for dipping bread, (no spices/herbs/garlic) bread was warm, but meh. No fresh grated Parmesan, only in a shaker, calamari was rubbery and sauces were basic, some kind of a mayo/aioli ...the ambiance is good fir a drink and maybe and app....the chicken wings looked good

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Proctors theater

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no is that 50?

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

disappointment with limited menu selection. Order spaghetti w/ meatballs, sauce was watery and tasteless. sorry guys .... had a better meal at Olive Garden for less

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2017

We had an excellent time at Johnny's Restaurant on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The hostess was extremely nice as we had a reservation but she was able to provide us with a table up front near the bar, since we love to hear the Mia Scirocco Trio. Also, the food was excellent. Maybe since we are both Italian, and this is by far the best Italian food around. We will be back soon and will bring the rest of the family!! Thank you for your hospitality.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Live Music
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