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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Banana cheesecake is to die for!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the amazing rating!

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LisaT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My steak seemed a little under done for medium well. The presentation was the best. The risotto was good!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded 4 days ago

Lisa, we are very sorry your steak was not cooked to your preference. We hope you took the chance to let you server or manager know - we are always happy to make it right!

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SuzeyE
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our original waitress left and didnt say anything to anyone. We sat for about 20 mins before we went to find someone. The replacement waitress was super amazing! Best part of the dinner was her. The food was ok. My guests all ordered steaks cooked between medium-rare and medium. All three steaks came out medium well. My pasta dish was lukewarm. Restaurant wasnt really that busy (we were there at 8pm) but still took 2 hours to get through our meal that we ordered at approximately 825pm. Not sure I will ever go back but if you go, just be prepared.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded 4 days ago

Suzey, we are sorry that it seems your experience was not at all up to our normal standards. Please know that your comments have been shared with our executive team so they are aware. thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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GeraldL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go thru Des Moines a few times a year-wis to Kansas City or wis to texas - and stay at the Fairfield so we can walk next door to have a great dinner at Johnnies.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded 4 days ago

Gerald, we are so grateful for your patronage! We look forward to your next visit!

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JerzieA
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food was very good and worth the price. But when i drop $60 on a meal for myself its frustrating when our server was rude. She slammed all of our drinks down on the table took forever to get anything we asked for and had an attitude

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on July 28, 2020

Hello, we are truly sorry that the service you received was not at all up to our expectations. We appreciate that you took the time to let us know so we can get it addressed with our staff.

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DavidO
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable experience as usual. Highly recommend you try them out

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on July 27, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful recommendation!

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MelissaD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night out! Food was exceptional! Waiter was terrific, name was Dustin! First time diners for my husband and I and we will definitely be back!!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on July 23, 2020

Melissa, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your first experience! Thank you for providing your amazing feedback - we look forward to seeing you again!

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to Johnny's for my girlfriend's birthday dinner since she absolutely loves their Steak De Burgo. It was my first time there and I ordered the bone in ribeye. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and had amazing flavor! With the exception of 1 customer that had a conversation with everyone, it was a very nice and quiet place for dinner!
Our waitress was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly without helicoptering our table. Our drinks were never empty and anything we needed was taken care of in a very timely manner.
Even brought up that it was her birthday at the end of the meal and asked if there was anything on the menu she should try and they brought out a complimentary slice of turtle cheesecake that was very rich in flavor and extremely delicious! I'll order that dessert anytime I go back to Johnny's, regardless of birthdays or not.
For my first, or several times to come, I was very satisfied with my experience and highly recommend Johnny's Italian Steakhouse for a great night out for any occasion!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on July 17, 2020

Brian, we are so glad you enjoyed your first experience with us! We take pride in our restaurant and we love hearing from all of our guests. Thank you for celebrating with us - we look forward to seeing you both again!

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AJohnson
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

This was our first time to the restaurant and we weren’t very pleased by the food. Most of the flavors were bland and the temperatures were uneven with the different food items.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on July 17, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that your dinner seems like it was not up to our standards. I will pass your feedback along to make certain we address it with our team.

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KevinP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great food.!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on July 13, 2020

Hi Kevin, 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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tomb
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

food was real good but the lobster had real little lobster.

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CatherineS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although pricey, you will enjoy extraordinary food. Save room for the Banana Cheesecake!

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EdWhitaker
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Went for Father's Day. Extremely slow service. 10 minutes after we were seated before anyone came to our booth. 25 minutes between salad and entree. Veal parmigiana must have been under heat lamp all that time. Others seated after us were greeted and drink orders taken before us. We have been to this location several times and really enjoy it. Must have been understaffed on this day, especially in the kitchen. If only someone in management had stopped by to ask how we were doing, and offer an apology, our experience would have been better. Instead, it seemed we were being ignored. Father's Day just wasn't as special as we wanted. Ed Whitaker.

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Tellen
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavors to make your mouth happy!
Delicious top quality food, prepared by a staff who know how to wow your taste buds.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Waite staff and the food was delicious.

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Limited menu due to pandemic. Seating met social distancing requirements. My New York strip was very good. Toasted ravioli and calimori were very good. The sausages bread is usually great, but today it was just good.

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vipRandF
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Booked 7pm set us at 7:15 that wasn't a big deal but the food 1 star at best steaks cold and baked potatoes almost rock hard... Not a very good experience this time at Johnny's

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the bar for 2 drinks and appetizer and the. Had a great dinner in the dining room along with drinks. We were to full for desert but a wonderful evening out!

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MarveenS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks had great flavor. Waitress was very kind especially during these unprecedented times.

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KathyM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Little disappointed in the Covid menu with the smaller serving of oils and Parmesan but we understand with things the way they are. Enjoyed our meal and my husband’s birthday! Thanks!

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DickG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good facility , good food and good service. Will eat there again

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CaraJ
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was excellent. The A/C was on extra high as it was 90 degrees outside, so it was unbearably cold inside.
Due to Covid-19, they didn't have a cocktail menu they could give out. Perhaps they can make it available on their website so people can just pull it up on their phones?

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vipMattC
Des Moines
32 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

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vipClaudiaB
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter ,John , was great. Food was very tasty and well presented. As usual the portions were big, so we had a lot of take home. We love the place.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We have always loved Johnny's, however my wife and I haven't been to the south DesMoines location in quite a few years.
We were not impressed. We understand that during the pandemic, restaurants that are opening, are doing so with a limited menu. That is expected. We had paper menus, again, expected, however we were given cloth napkins.
They stunk like dirty greasy dishwater.
Very unappetizing. We proceeded to get paper napkins from the bar and continued to dine.
We each ordered a steak, which came with a very small salad and one side.
We spent just over $100, each had a drink, not including the tip.
We will not be going back. The dining experience isn't worth the money spent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten several times at both Des Moines locations and always wonderful!!

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BobG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see them open again! New York Strip with garlic Parmesan is amazing!

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JanayB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food and great service! We Got right in.

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ChristiD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Our appetizers were amazing. Our waiter was not the normal Johnny’s waiter with a great attitude. He didn’t give us a choice on salad dressings. The mashed potatoes were dry and somewhat cold. My salmon was awesome. The manager was great and talked to us a couple times

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SamL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenzie was our server and did an awesome job! They are lucky to have her! Food was great and ambiance was nice!

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sarar
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I returned due to a gift card sent by Johnnys... I am so glad I went back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse. My husband and I both had filet's and my son had pasta. Everything tasted wonderful and we left feeling very full. Great place to eat.

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Smith
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was just ok. Didn’t receive the glass of wine my husband ordered and when he didn’t care for the drink he did get, the sentiment was “oh well.” There was no move to make it right. It wasn’t the Johnny’s experience we’ve had at the other location in Altoona. Disappointing.

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JOSEPHP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere for a family or a couple dining.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you for the kind words and 5-stars. I am happy to hear you enjoyed everything. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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vipDowntownDiner
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bree was a great server with suggestions about various dishes we might enjoy and side dishes too. Just the right amount of service for my business associate and I to conduct business without feeling interrupted. Filet Oscar and De Burgo preparations were delicious. Baked potato cooked perfectly with lots of butter. Appetizer sampler (small) was good but some was wasted between the 2 of us. Duckhorn Migration Pinot noir paired well!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you for the 5-stars and wonderful review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything! We hope you will dine with us again soon!

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vipTandK
Des Moines
27 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our Open Table reservation landed us in a bar side booth where the ambience was no where near what we were used to in the main restaurant. By the time we figured that out it felt too late to ask to be relocated. Nevertheless the food was excellent as always!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you for the feedback. Apologies about being sat in the bar. Please never hesitate to be asked to move. I have shared with management to use as a training opportunity. Thank you for bringing to our attention!

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vipRobertN
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for the 5-star review. So happy you enjoyed and hope to dine with you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Definitely coming back

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you! So happy you enjoyed. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a wonderful time, food was perfect service was great and atmosphere was awesome.. very good service!!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed everything! We hope to dine with you again soon!

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vipWolfsong
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous business lunch at our favorite spot. Carrie always provides stellar service and further enhances our experience! Thank you!!!

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse - Des Moines
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for the kind words. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything! I will be sure to share your compliments with Carrie. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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