Johnny's Downtown

4.4
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27 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.1
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4.5
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4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great night to dine outside and listen to the excellent piano player. Hot peppers stuffed with ground veal were outstanding. Salads need improvement in prep and quality of tomatoes. Entrees were very good. Happy they could accommodate a request for a simple desert of berries with fresh whipped cream. Will return and try different entrees!

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LindaS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a good meal,enjoyed the quiet time, good service, felt very safe. One of our favorite restaurants.

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DennisY
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with family. Great service and atmosphere. Recommend highly.

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GregH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great. We were seated right by the piano player so the ambiance was fantastic. The server was on point and the food was spectacular.

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BobbyL
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food from the appetizers to the main course everything was beyond perfect.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall good experience. Slightly higher price wise than I expected. But love the food and atmosphere in the current environment. It was safe and relaxing. Will go back

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vipJamesG
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to see things have not really changed at Johnny's. Still high quality food and service. Keep up the good work.

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vipAmyH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place. Mike Petrone playing the piano makes the dining experience even more special. The food is always superb and the staff courteous, and attentive. Perfect for a Saturday evening date night.

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ClevelandSandy
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place feels you you stepped into an old world high end Italian spot. The service is excellent. Drinks are generous. We got the shrimp cocktail at $4.50 per piece they were huge and excellent. We both got the veal bone steaks. My partner had the pounded and breaded one it was great! I had the one with mushrooms and enjoyed mine too. I usually get the duck appetizer with the cherry sauce one of my favorite recipes! They need your business right now! It wasn't crowded. Downtown is open again and there are no more riots in the streets come out and support this exceptional restaurant!

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vipJillG
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously the best dinner out in forever! Will be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so nice and friendly, loved the live music

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was good, the service could have been better.

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AkronFoodie
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Generous pours on the drinks. Perfect ambiance. Will be back soon for sure.

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RobW
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience! The food was elegant and delicious. Loved the ambiance, table by the window and prompt attention by the server. The piano player was so entertaining and made our 2nd date memorable forever.
We will be back again!

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vipKarynL
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around experience. Food was superb (I had the pounded veal chop). Service was on point and my server had great recommendations. Will absolutely be back.

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vipLakeLady
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and drinks with a fabulous pianist. Will be back soon!

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RobS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Brittany was awesome server! We were warmly welcomed at checkin & coats taken. Live piano in bar was great touch.
Osso buco was tender perfect & banana pepper had a real kick. Wife had beef tournados since out of seafood combo. She had the calamari but odd saucy filling.
Wine was a bit pricy at $12/glass.
Great night out for restaurant week!

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vipSadie
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

I was very disappointed in everything but the music. Our server was probably one of the reasons I gave a poor rating. It was clear that she was not happy to be working. Her demeanor was brash, there was little maintenance of our table and not the service I have come to expect at Johnny’s. Our table was so wobbly that we needed a few pieces of wood strategically placed to keep food and drinks from spilling on us. The food quality was not the usual. The scalloped potatoes were inedible. I hope this was a one time occurrence and not a new standard.

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FrankG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was quiet and restful. Its decor reminded me of come of the clubs I have visited. Service was quick and attentive. Our orders were prepared to our satisfaction and in most cases, exceeded our expectations. The oso bucco was a standout and quite large. Drinks were cold when they should have been. All and all, an excellent experience. We shall return.

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zacheryr
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was not great to say the least- food wasn’t great either.

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vipCharlesL
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We love the piano bar

MG
vipMarilynG
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is such an elegant place to dine, but our server was very gruff, good but gruff. Just did not go with the atmosphere very well.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitors and came for Restaurant Week luncheon. Excellent lamb shank

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Peggy
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service and piano bar and ambiance very nice. Food was average for the price

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I was very disappointed with this restaurant. The waiter didn’t introduce himself to us and was standoffish from the beginning. My husband’s filet mignon and lobster had a very strange bitter taste and he couldn’t eat the meal. He didn’t want to send the food back and be rude but we were very disappointed with our waiter who did nothing about it and basically didn’t even believe us. I ordered gnocchi which was very good but our dinner was ruined. Never going back to this place.

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Hootco
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time at Johnnys downtown. Beautiful old bar, enjoyed our meal. Key Lime pie was excellent.

FAQs

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

Johnny's Downtown is rated 4.4 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

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