Johnny's - Schenectady

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$30 and under
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Italian

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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!
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RO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service is excellent. Hard to find a restaurant with great service, they care about their customer

MG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and our server was pleasant. Service seemed to slow after dinner while waiitng for our check. We may had been anxious because we had show tickets.

I
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great

PJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I made a reservation for 7:45 pm. When we arrived, we had to wait a half an hour to be seated. Unacceptable. The waitress was fantastic, very friendly. The food was good. It was so loud in there, we could not hear each other. We will not be returning!

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Positive experience. Good good. Convenient for Proctors!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It was a lovely birthday celebration

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch and meals were excellent. Shrimp in the shrimp scampi were huge, and no skimping as there were six. Homemade tagliatelle was delicious in all the meals. Veal in scallopini was plentiful, tender and tasty. Really liked that it was served on a bed of fresh julienne veggies vs. pasta. The calamari appetizer was a good portion and very good.

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a positive experience here. The appetizers were delicious especially the clams and the fried calamari. The side salad was very good. My husband and I both had the chicken marsala. The flavor and the sides were very good, but the chicken was too tough.
I would come back but I think I would order appetizers and pizza next time.

DO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food and service!

MF
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second tome we have gone to Johnnys since we completely loved it the first time. We brought another couple with us this time and it was even better than the first time. We had Vince at the bar and Donna as our server and they are both TOP NOTCH. I also very much appreciate the veterans discount and the patriotic feel the establishment has. This is our go to place for date night now. Thank you

CG
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Johnny's...the food is great and and the staff is the BEST!!

JD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone talks about Cornell's, D'Raymonds, Cafe Cappricio....for my money best Italian Food for the price in Schenectady and the entire Capital Region and the service from reception to waitstaff to food service was outstanding!

GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Have been to Johnny’s 5 times. The last 2 have been very disappointing. Service is the issue. They seem to never have enough help, and half the servers act like they do not want to be there. Last night, unfortunately, was no different. It was extremely hot and loud. Our waitress looked at us with our drinks empty for 20 minutes. Food was half hot, half cold. Didn’t have a drink during dinner (since we were not checked on). Finally ordered a Manhattan and received an Old Fashion after dinner was done. Gave back the Old Fashion and asked that it be taken off the bill. Got the bill and only 66% of the wrong drink was taken off. Paid the bill and will most likely not return. The shame is the first three times, it was a nice experience...

I
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the mushroom ravioli as a shared appetizer. The veal marsala and the swordfish special were delicious. The cheesecake for dessert was well worth the calories. Enough to share for two.
What a nice way to celebrate our anniversary!

NC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Johnny's is a nice place to eat. It has a bar area but also has a separate eating area that was quiet and pleasant yet the bar area was not noisy either. The staff was pleasant and efficient and the food was delicious. Menu will please all! If you are visiting the area I would recommend eating there.

DM
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lot of fun at Johnny’s. The service was attentive without being inferring. The food was excellent. Two of us got the steak Amalfi which was excellent. Parking was no problem.

JH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by our waiter, Joe and all seven of us loved our meals.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and food!

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks. wonderful server. Quick service

IM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great value

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town friends. Loved it

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our time here- always friendly and attentive.

If you come - ask for Jo Jo to serve you - he works hard to please you.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere!!! Only regret is that I didn’t visit sooner.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spent our 19th anniversary at Johnny's. The food was delicious. The service was great. Enjoyed a yummy gelato cake compliments of Johnny's. Will definitely recommend to friends!

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sauce was delicious as were the arancini, bread and my husband's seafood pasta. Very flexible with sauce changes and menu substitutions. Will definitely go again.

WE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dinner before a show.

MM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent for dining before a show at Proctors - super convenient! Server was excellent, food was very good. Two of the three dishes came out steaming hot -- third was lukewarm. Excellent kids menu but limited juice options.

B
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're desiring great Italian this place is a must.
Anytime I'm in the Schnectady area I make sure to make time to eat here.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall outstanding dining experience. Seated promptly and food was excellent! Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinner choices not one bad complaint. Ambulance is fantastic a bit noisy on this night. Server was overall efficient & friendly, could have been a bit more attentive but more than adequate. Great night to celebrate my wife’s birthday with some friends!

WM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere. Nice, casual, clean. Popular location in the city. Everyone knows Johnny’s. Probably in the top 3 most popular restaurants in Schenectady NY

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Johnny’s to celebrate my sons 17th b day. Johnnys made it so special. It seemed like all the staff knew it was his b day and wished him a happy birthday. Quite special! The food and everything as always is top notch. Thanks for a great celebration dinner!

SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We have dined at Johnny's and was always satisfied and recommended it to our friends. We dined there on Saturday July 27th and I had to ask the waitress if it was under new management because I could not believe that it was the fine restaurant that I dined in so many times before. The food was not up to par. The Chicken Cognac, which was always my favorite, had no taste, the chicken was cut very thick and no sauce. I asked the waitress to bring extra sauce on the side and that was all Cognac with little no taste of the Dijon mustard. The other person ordered the Veal Milanese, I think they put the veal in the deep fryer, very bland, NO lemon or butter sauce. The third person ordered Shrimp Diablo, again bland and not enjoyable. This is the last time I or my guests will frequent Johnny's. All I can think of the saying "Where's Johnny". Good luck to them they are going to need it.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing....excellent service! We’ll be back!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was just as good. Highly recommend !!!

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a birthday dinner for my wife with 10 people attending. One person didn't receive their meal until everyone else had been served and was finished with their meal. After bringing out and presenting the cake I had for my wife it took 20 minutes before they finally returned with it cut up for the group. Why that simple task took so long I have no idea and was given no explanation. After being prompted they did finally agree to take the long delayed dinner off my bill. The food was good and our server was nice, but we did have some glitches and the restaurant wasn't particularly busy that night.

SF
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An excellent Italian restaurant, a little pricier than we'd normally go for but we had a gift card from Christmas. Will recommend to our friends who enjoy Italian food more than we do. Great service and the atmosphere was wonderful.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Johnny's food and service is always exemplary.
Johnny's provides a wonderful menu and a great value.
Thank you.

B
Cleveland
73 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Johnnys on our return from Cape Cod...and it was a great way to end our vacation! It was not crowded...and we enjoyed our dinner at the bar. The bartender joined us in some lively conversation while being very attentive to our needs! The food is always great at Johnny’s...we have had dinner there on several occasions now as we travel back and forth to the Cape each summer! We will be back!

GC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

As always our food was amazing and the music and atmosphere warm and inviting. Our server was adequate, but not at the usual level of professionalism we've come to expect from Johnny's. She made a couple of off putting comments when members of our party were late arriving and was not especially attentive. Perhaps she was having a bad night. Other that that thanks for a great birthday meal!

WZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Either new or overwhelmed waiter Senaca needed to apologize from the start of the night after we waited 10-15 for him to take a drink order. He then said after taking drink order he may as well take our dinner choices so we didn’t have to wait any longer. I believe the food came before the drinks. He apologized again saying his coworker was suppose to bring them. I guess we are so use to having Brittany as our server we take excellent service for granted. However, will always go back for the food and atmosphere