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Johnny's Downtown, Cleveland, OH

Johnny's Downtown

4.0
4
373 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Johnny’s Downtown, opened in 1993, is similar to the original Johnny’s Bar on Fulton Road, featuring pasta, veal and fish. The setting, a refurbished 1860’s Warehouse District building, formerly a general store, is the drinking and dining spot of locals and business people alike. Joseph Fall, the executive chef, oversees the food operations and is responsible for our crafting our signature dishes and creating daily specials. There are several wines by the glass to choose from and the wine list has nabbed an Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator. There is piano music in the bar featuring Mike Petrone Monday-Friday, and Cliff Habian on Saturday evenings.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (216) 623-0055

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland West

  • Cross street

    Frankfort

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 373 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. D

    Disappointed

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guest from out of town. Dined outside. Service and food excellent.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Solid service - appetizers were very good (stuffed squid, stuffed peppers, duck & soft shell crabs). Entrees were lacking seasoning with the veal parm (two of us ordered) a big disappointment - tough, breading soggy & bland. Hope just caught a bad night because it’s usually one of our goto places downtown for business dinners.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Our server was very knowledgeable and super friendly! One of our favorite servers we have had in a while.
  4. H

    Hunter

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Beautiful place, great service. Food very disappointing.
  5. M

    Moondog

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best patio in downtown Cleveland. Filets perfectly prepared. Restaurants come and go, but Johnny’s is consistently among the best!
  6. SW

    ShanteW123

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Me and my husband went here for Father’s Day. Our steak tasted like charcoal.. the lobster had a funny taste as well. I’ve been to cheaper restaurants and had better food. We were pressed for time so we didn’t send the food back but the bill was $199.00 for food that was horrible. I normally never write reviews, but just a heads up for those who can’t normally afford this sort of food it’s not my first choice in restaurants. First and last time.. sorry :(
  7. J

    Jenn

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    The service was good, but the food was not great.
  8. R

    Robert

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinning experience, outstanding service. Piano bar is a great after dinner experience.
  9. BG

    BrianG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The lunch menu was very limited. Many items posted on the website were not on the menu. By far, the service was very poor. It took just under 2-hours to have lunch. A couple of salads and a pasta bowl with a meatball. I was looking to impress a big client and was very disappointed.
  10. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good restaurant, we were reuniting with old friends and they gave us plenty of time to visit and chat.
  11. CC

    CherylC

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience. Would definitely go back if I come to Cleveland again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Steaks were a bit tough
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    No one at entry. Had to go looking for someone to seat us. Long delay to get food.
  14. C

    Chad

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Online menu NEEDS updated!!! Much smaller selection of menu in restaurant!
  15. DM

    DebbieM

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We were disappointed in a few of the entrees in our party. The service was fantastic and the atmosphere was wonderful.
  16. D

    Da5ve

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here to celebrate my anniversary. Our waitress was wonderful. Very friendly. Everything came out in a timely manner. There was a small issue with the lamb I had ordered. They discovered that it wasn’t up to their standards and asked if I’d like something else. I chose the braised short ribs. I’m glad they figured out there was a problem before They served it. The ribs were delicious. My Mrs. went with the veal parm. Both were great! For dessert we had the apple caramel cheesecake. We left feeling pretty wonderful. You can’t go wrong with Johnny’s. Ever.
  17. T

    Thomasina

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Waiter never placed our food order. A new server appeared after a half an hour and said she would be taking over. Our order was never placed. We left hungry. Ambience gets four stars.
  18. KS

    KatherineS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The tiramisu cake was excellent ! Warm mushroom salad was good.
  19. LA

    LindaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were 6 in our party, we were seated immediately and our server asked for drink orders quickly. We were not rushed, our appetizers were brought out, followed by salads, which are really good, then all of our entrees. Almost everyone had something different and all agreed the food was hot, prepared perfectly. The piano music was such a pleasant surprise, not too many places offer that.
  20. ME

    MichaelE

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing, Service was not very good.
  21. JA

    JoeA

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We are longtime patrons of this and the Fulton road location. The food was fine, but not fantastic. On top of this, it is outrageous how costly this restaurant has become. I know inflation is high but putting a plain pasta dish(Angel Hair with marinara and 1 sausage link) at $31+ is practically criminal. We will give Fulton location a try again but not until we check prices and they come down to a reasonable level. I have a feeling they will lose a lot of business due to their price increases, counterproductive to maintaining an ongoing concern. I'll recommend only if things get back to a reasonable level and the food is as good as it once was.
  22. SR

    SirRothschild

    Cleveland

    24 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Date 5/21/2022 @ 6:00 PM. Fact: Marked on OpenTable that this was a birthday dinner and called restaurant three days in advance to request something simple, like a cupcake, or small desert with candle for Birthday dinner = None provided. Fact: Not a single person at this restaurant wished my wife "happy birthday" Fact: All of our leftovers were thrown (literally) into ONE (1) plastic container (mixed together). We had a salad that none of us ate, which we asked to have boxed, looked like someone dropped it on the floor and then scooped it into the box. The walnuts and blue cheese were not in the box. When we saw this, we threw it in the garbage, because it looked like someone may have done something very inappropriate to our food. Fact: I brought this to the attention of one of the staff as we were waiting for the valet. She did not return to address this in any way, before our car arrived and we departed the restaurant. We have dined at this establishment several times and have always been very satisfied, which is why we made the reservation. We are not sure what happened here, but something is wrong with the people at this restaurant, on this day. If they do not want us to share our terrible experience at this restaurant, on this day, then they should have thought about that, before they treated us so poorly. Management allowed this. To other restaurants who read this... The above comments are FACT. Do not think what we say about one restaurant and their staff has anything to do with what we may or may not say when we are dining at your establishment. We are honest, fair, and objective on a case-by-case basis. I would like to speak with the owner.
  23. NG

    NancyG

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started out at the bar for drinks and had a very friendly bartender. We enjoyed our meals , service was attentive and prompt .
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional experience.
  25. DM

    DMTLK

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The server we had was very good. The appetizers we ordered were average, but the salads were very good and veal chops were amazing. Would definitely return.
  26. d

    darcidee

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great choice for lunch. high end menu at lunch friendly prices. excellent service and delicious food.
  27. C

    Chris

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Overall food and service was not on par with the pricing of the establishment. We’ve been here before and it has always been very good, but this experience was really lacking. The server brought us waters at the beginning of the meal but never refilled them even once. I did not want potatoes as a side item and asked if I could substitute something else and the waiter’s response was “we really don’t have anything else we can give you.” This was surprising as we do a lot of fine dining and I have never been told there was absolutely nothing else to have. Particularly when my friend’s meal arrived and she had asparagus- could I have had that? Nonetheless the second side was green beans so I just asked if I could have a double portion of green beans and he said yes, but my meal arrived with potatoes and regular green beans instead of what I ordered. My friend’s asparagus was as hard as raw asparagus anyway, so I guess not much of a loss. We also ordered dessert and the waiter described a chocolate chip cake to us. We asked if it was cheesecake and he said no. So I ordered that. What I got was a chocolate espresso cheesecake that had a strong coffee flavor - not at all what he said it was, and no chocolate chips to be seen. In fact there was no mention of coffee at all or I would not have chosen it bc I don’t care for coffee flavored desserts. All in all it was an expensive and disappointing meal.
  28. SL

    SusanL

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    We waited a bit longer than expected for our reservation! Had a drinks at the bar first and the bar was very nice as well as the bartenders! At the table the waitress seemed upset. Gave eyes and was overall not to pleasant. The food was like warm and had no flavor I was so surprised of that!
  29. TT

    ThomasT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Not sure what was going on, our appetizers came out in an appropriate timeframe then everything went silent. Couldn’t get a drink (1/4 hour wait for glass of wine), waiter said kitchen is slow, we said could we at least get our salads since we were waiting a 1/2 for food. After more than hour wait, entrees all came over cooked, burnt, rubbery, almost like the chef was missing. Really disappointed when you want a special night out to treat friends and it was so less then we remembered.
  30. KD

    KayDubya

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Although our server was attentive and friendly and we had a great table by the window, the food was poor. The menu on the website was not the menu that was available on this day. I believe it’s Restaurant Week. I ordered the Pasta Puttanaise, a sweet red pepper pasta with shrimp. It was spicy but lacked flavor. The fettuccine noodles were either undercooked or not drained properly because they were stuck together in clumps. The dish was served lukewarm. As it was still in my bowl when the table was cleaned, it was comped. Others in my party were also disappointed also. The Italian Wedding Soup was served with chicken instead of meatballs (matzo balls?). The smoked trout appetizer was served cold on lettuce with chopped tomato, onions and capers. The menu did not state the fish would be served cold. The redeeming quality about that dish was a cold paste served with it. The side of the restaurant where we were seated seemed stuffy, as if the air quality was poor or the AC was off. The music couldn’t be heard continually. I have no wish to return.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Server was very brash, not very pleasant and very slow, it put a damper on the experience. Appetizers were good, entrees were adequate but small portions and not superb.
  32. D

    Diner816

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Extremely disappointing. Have not been here in years, but remember it as being high quality. It was anything but. We had to ask for bread and even that seemed lacking in taste. Caesar salad and dinner salads were ok, nothing special. My wife and M-I-L ordered the soft shell crab which they felt was good. My son ordered the panko crusted lamb chop which he thought was very good. I ordered pasta in a marinara sauce. The pasta was overcooked and the sauce was absolutely tasteless and watery. I had to ask for parmigiana cheese (which was not offered) which helped a bit. After asking for some red pepper flakes, even that did little to enhance the sauce. After all this (dessert was acceptable) the bill was very overpriced for the quality we received. Service was quite slow-we waited at least 10 minutes for dessert-how long does it take to cut a piece of cake?? Seems like the kitchen was very understaffed. This experience fell way short of what I remember was always a quality meal. I would NOT recommend it.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome everything. Sat on the patio - service was excellent
  34. a

    abe3

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived at 5pm to what we thought would be a special Italian Mother’s Day dinner to be told the only thing available was brunch. When I asked why we weren’t told about this when we made the Rez weeks ago the waiter said they didn’t know about it until they came in at 11am. Then he went on to tell me they weren’t even suppose to be open after 5pm. I was told by my daughter it was my fault Mother’s Day dinner was a bust.
  35. GA

    GABU

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good but only had a limited menu since it was Mothers day
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    The menu was very limited and not what we expected. The shrimp and pasta dish was like paste, the chicken dish had a weird taste, and the 2 eggs Benedict florentine with lobster were warm at best, and the poached eggs were soft boiled! So needless to say we were very disappointed with the food. The waitress was great, very personable and efficient. And the drinks were very good! But as a whole I would say disappointed!
  37. e

    emmmmm

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    heard really good things about this place so I decided to come here for my birthday. it took the server 30 mins to even take our drink order, she didn't introduce herself or say happy birthday when we told her it was my birthday. mind you the restaurant was not busy either? I felt very ignored my whole visit. we waited over an hour for our food as well. the piano man was amazing and perfect, the only good part about my experience. so ridiculous this took so long. we watched 2 other tables get their food and desert and leave before we even got our food. such a horrible experience. I am a waitress and that makes me even more upset about my bad experience here. would not recommend and I will NOT ever be back. ALSO, the host "Joe" sat me at the WRONG table, then proceeded to call me and leave a very RUDE message. it was not appreciated. very rude when he is the one who messed up!
  38. DC

    DanC

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johnnies makes a good Manhattan! Service is great and the food is outstanding. A special place for a special evening.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    We were very unsatisfied with our food, especially for the high price. The service was nice, mixed drink was wonderful! I would have rather cooked my own dinner at home and just gone out for the drinks instead of ordering the high priced meals with poor execution. Fine place but the prices do not reflect the quality of the menu.
  40. M

    Marc

    Cleveland

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My standby downtown for lunch

FAQs

Johnny's Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (216) 623-0055.

Johnny's Downtown is rated 4 stars by 373 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Johnny's Downtown

1406 West 6th Street Cleveland, OH 44113

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Frankfort

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland West

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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