Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines

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Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse — Des Moines is conveniently located just minutes from the Des Moines International Airport on Fleur Drive. Guests are greeted by a Sinatra-esque, Rat Pack ambiance that has become synonymous with Johnny’s. Enjoy one of our signature entrées or your favorite steak, Italian, or seafood dish. Relax while we prepare a hand-crafted cocktail at the Blue Bar. Ask about our semi-private curtained dining areas which are perfect for larger groups

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Easter Brunch | 10am-3pm | Make your reservation today online or call the restaurant at 515-287-0848.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 48 People Are Saying
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JW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delightful. Server, Lisa, was outstanding. They have a $15 corkage fee which is great when you want to bring your own selection with you. Food was all prepared perfectly, Scallops for starters, pasta, prime rib and veal dishes were all perfectly done and presented well. Dessert selections also a nice variety and delicious. First time for us at this location and it has become our favorite in Des Moines.

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Romantic Dinner with hubs. Wine list was great. The ambiance is upscale Chicago Italian. I had the filet and my husband the prime rib. Both satisfying. Sides were done well, especially the mashed potatoes.

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TS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been dining at Johnny's on Fleur intermittently for the past 15 years. We love the ambiance in the blue lit bar area, particularly now that it has been renovated. To dine in a quiet setting, sipping dirty martinis with Sinatra crooning in the background is a very relaxing and enjoyable experience for us. Although the food is not stellar gourmet cuisine, it is very good for the value! I will say that I dined on seared scallops with a brussel sprout slaw and warm bacon dressing 2 nights ago and I must say, it was exquisite - perfectly prepared! The wine list is also very good - for the first time I spotted our favorite Cakebread Chardonnay and it paired perfectly with my scallops! I definitely recommend this dining establishment if you want very good food for a very good price!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Waitress had table of nine in addition to our table of two. She did not have time to take care of us. She forgot to bring our glasses of wine. Veal was tough - perhaps minute steak. Salmon was greatly over cooked. We would have informed waitress but she never asked. She thought half and half was 1% milk. We were greatly disappointed. This used to be our favorite restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration.

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k
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the atmosphere. You feel relaxed and comfortable while enjoying delicious food. We had a great and a great meal.

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JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The food and service was great. Our particular ambiance was not. We were seated on the back wall by the kitchen door and could not see the restaurant. I'm not even sure what it looks like. The door kept swinging open as the wait staff brought food out. Kind of a bummer so I recommend not taking these seats. That said, I would recommend the restaurant for service and food choice/quality.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was delightful, knowledgeable, glasses always full, food timing was perfect, checked on us enough without interruption. Pasta's were OUTSTANDING. Appetizers were very good. Zucchini fries were drowning in grrase, but no one in our party seemed to mind. Here was the only bummer for us. Those of us who ordered steaks just kind of thought they were OKAY. Cooked perfectly but not an overly tasty or extraordinary cuts of meat. Which I could overlook...except it's supposed to be their specialty. But other than that. Perfect! Our group of 10 thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am happy to hear your group of 10 enjoyed everything. I have shared your review with the culinary team as I think you have brought up some good points that the kitchen should be aware of. I do hope you all with dine with us again soon!

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W
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience and impeccable food and service!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on March 28, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and posting your wonderful review. We hope to dine with you again, soon!

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W
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite with impeccable food and outstanding service! We absolutely LOVE to come for lunch on Thursdays and particularly appreciate the comfort and privacy of the booths and ability to accommodate a large group lunch there as well. Thank you, Johnny's!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, thank you for your amazing review. We are so thrilled to hear that your experience exceeded expectations. We hope to see you again soon!

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TJ
Des Moines
33 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Over the years always good food and service; consistent.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on March 8, 2019

Hi Terry, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience this time and over the years. We look forward to seeing you again, soon!

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ST
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, comfortable and a gem! Flew into Des Moines for a quick weekend with my Drake daughter. Convenient to the airport, wonderful quiet place to talk, delicious food, lots of great choices on the menu and stellar service. Very highly recommend. We will definitely be back!!

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Responded on March 5, 2019

Hi Susan, thank you for your amazing review. We are so thrilled to hear that your experience exceeded expectations. We hope to see you again soon!

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MJ
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Background music is too loud and difficult to talk over.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on March 5, 2019

Hello, thank you for dining with us. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and thank you for providing your feedback, customer feedback is always much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again, soon!

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DW
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service, fair table and booth cleanliness

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

David thank you for the recommendation. I am happy to hear you enjoyed everything. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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W
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Johnny's and particularly appreciate Steak Steak Steak day on Thursdays! Thank you for providing excellent food and outstanding service!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

Thank you for the 5-stars and recommendation. Our Thursday Daily Special is a good one. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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JB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the selection of food and wine -- had a great bottle of Reisling -- fried ravioli appetizers were very good. Our food was not hot when it arrived, only luke-warm and baked potato even less so. Our server was very nice but extremely busy, hard to keep up.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

Joan thank you for the review. While I am happy to hear you enjoyed your wine and appetizer I am disappointed to see your food was not hot. I have shared your review with our culinary team to use as a learning opportunity. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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TO
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

We come there twice a month for years! First time service wasn't up to standard and food was wrong. Sent back baked potato due to having sour cream on it. then the next one was not even warm wouldn't even melt the butter, third one was finally correct and warm. But by that time my husband was done eating. sure wasn't worth the 77 dollars that it cost this trip in.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

Tonya - thank you for your review. I am disappointed to see it took us three times to get your potato right. It should have been right the first time. I apologize for our mistakes and lack of detail. As you know this is not typical for us and I do hope you dine with us again soon. Thank you!

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RR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the Des Moines area.

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Responded on February 27, 2019

Rich thank you for the wonderful review. We appreciate the recommendation. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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AE
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice restuarant, not impressed with the food. Great service!

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Responded on February 27, 2019

Alvin - I am disappointed to see our food has not met your expectations. I am happy to see you have received great service which is very important to us. I hope you will give us another try and maybe one of our dishes will surprise you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for our Anniversary, she had the Johnny Channel 5 and I had the Steak DeBurgo. Both meals were absolutely amazing! The service was really good and the attentiveness of the waiter was second to none!

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LR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I've heard really good things about Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, but when I went there the steak was okay. My girlfriend and I went to the Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in West Des Moines, and the we got the "chubby ribeye steak". The price really reflected the quality because it came out dry, and overall flavorless.

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KH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Provided a wonderful atmosphere for Valentine’s Day. The seafood ravioli in garlic sauce was amazing and had the best bruschetta I’ve ever had. We will be back!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

Kim - thank you for the wonderful review and recommendation. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your Valentine's Day celebration. Our Bruschetta is a personal favorite! We hope to dine with you again soon!

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LA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Johnny's didn't disappoint! Consistantly good!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

LeAnn - thank you for the 5-star review. I am so happy to hear you have always enjoyed your meals. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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DM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family has enjoyed this Johnny's Italian Steakhouse since it has opened. It is always a special treat to visit.

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Responded on February 27, 2019

Thank you for the great review and for letting us be your special treat. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The table set up wasn't done correctly which wasn't the waitress's fault. Should have been set up for four. Our food was very good. Our friends had a dessert that was still frozen---which was disappointing to them. The manager apologized and took the dessert off their bill. Overall, the four of us had an enjoyable experience.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

Mary - thank you for the review. Apologies we did not have the table set properly and for the frozen dessert. Those are mistakes that should not have happened. However, I am happy to hear you all had an enjoyable experience. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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p
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great and service is top notch...we keep coming back

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

Thank you for the 5-star review and for the recommendation. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A little pricey but good. Best to get a reservation.

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Responded on February 27, 2019

Julie thank you for the nice review. Glad you enjoyed your recent visit and we hope to dine with you again soon!

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were seated immediately and our server promptly took our drink order. My drink was not what I ordered, but because it was something I typically drink, I did not make any request for the drink I ordered. Our food came quickly and was cooked to order and very good.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2019

Ricky - thank you for the review. Apologies for the wrong drink. Next time please do not hesitate to let the server know so we can get you the right drink. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your food! We hope to dine with you again soon!

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KS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good, service was poor. Would recommend for the food, but beware of slow service. Add additional time if you need to get back to work. Took a while for someone to ask us about beverages, and due to length we all ordered at the same time. Beverages were delayed and when food finally arrived, silverware for soup took some time to obtain. Rest of staff were half finished by the time a spoon arrived for eating of soup. Again, food was good, service too slow.

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RF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I truly love this place, I wish I lived closer. I had a ribery steak crusted in parmesan cheese, what a delight. We enjoyed fast and friendly service which is so important to me. I look forward to my next visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Birthday party for father in law

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KB
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Although our Jumbo Crab Cake was tasty, my Chicken Piccata left much to be desired along with the side of charred broccolini that was also served to me. Service was just okay. Our waiter was nice enough but the table could have been bused better.

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Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was not served hot which was disappointing. My husband thought the portion of salmon was small for the cost.

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WM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went here for our New Year's Eve dinner. The food was great and the ambiance fit the evening. We will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve while it was louder then it normally is, the service and food was excellent as always!!

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Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE dinner, food was great

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JD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve on Sunday believing service would be better. There was a long delay in getting our salad and almost immediately after the entree’s arrived. It wasn’t overly busy and not close to closing time. Staff were indifferent but this was a very subpar dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Music was a little load. Even the server had a hard time hearing our order.
But as aleays, great place and will return

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly waitress Nicky was very attentive and helpful about picking food and drink . Food was marvelous definitely a great spot for our anniversary.

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H
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there for our 25th wedding anniversary dinner date. My husband really enjoyed his meal. I was disappointed in mine. I ordered a ribeye steak medium rare and it came out well, well done. I ate a small portion and didn't finish the rest. Our waitess was very kind and wanted to talk with the manager to see what see could do. We declined the offer 1st time at this restaurant came highly recommended by a friend. My husband was pleased she offered to make it right. I'm sure sorry I can't remember her name she was kind and really did a great job!! Prehaps Leah or Leann.

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