Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie

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Steakhouse
Located northeast of Dane County Airport, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse — Sun Prairie is the second Madison-area Johnny’s location. Nestled in the growing development of Prairie Lakes just off of Grand Avenue, Johnny’s guests will love this sleek and modern restaurant with a style reminiscent of classic, Sinatra-esque supper clubs. With top-notch steaks, Italian cuisine, and seafood specialties, Johnny’s will be a local favorite and a relaxing getaway for guests of the adjacent hotel.

Complimentary specials

Wednesday Wellington

Enjoy a Johnny's Beef Wellington with spinach potatoes - $33.50

Johnny's Happy Hour

Everyday from 4-6 pm in the Blue Bar! Wine, Beer & Martini Specials

Friday Night Fish Fry

Beer & pecan fried Perch with potato cakes, and house salad - $20

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vipCarolynH
Milwaukee
42 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

My linguini and clams was great, but my guest had a tenderloin that was pretty chewy. Not what we expected. We should have sent it back.

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ScottH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service - will definitely be back as the extensive menu was impressive ad well. A nice birthday dinner...

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. Waitress was great, but food service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff

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Kaylee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was adequate for the amount that we paid specifically for taking over an hour and half during a non busy time to receive our food.

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JasonM
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Our server Jaimie was top notch. Hope to have her again the next time we go.

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Responded on March 2, 2020

Jason thank you for the wonderful review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything! I will be sure to share your compliments with Jaime. We hope to dine with you again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on point. Timing was great for lunch hour.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my fiancé were celebrating our anniversary and couldn’t have picked a better place to go. It was our first time there and the service was amazing and food was delicious as well. We even had our own little private area so it felt more secluded and special. As if it were just the two of us in the whole place. Definitely will be returning again soon.

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Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review and happy anniversary! So happy you both enjoyed and they were able to provide a romantic night. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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DonH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service began with the bartender and continued throughout seating and serving staff. Food was excellent as expected as we have frequented multiple Johnny’s locations over the years.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 27, 2020

Don thank you for the 5-stars and recommendation. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything and we greatly appreciate the support!

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AliceM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Johnny's to celebrate my birthday and couldn't have been happier! The staff was great from the bar tender to the waitress. Food was excellant and ambiance was perfect.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 27, 2020

Alice thank you for choosing to celebrate your birthday with us! So happy to hear you enjoyed everything and they provided a great experience. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melissa was FANTASTIC! Great Food.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for the 5-star review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything! We hope to dine with you again soon!

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CoryB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Ran out of cesar salad...my dish was not to my satisfaction. Wasted my money and time.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 18, 2020

Cory thank you for the feedback I sincerely apologize your meal and experience did not meet expectations. I have shared with both management and the culinary team. Again, I appreciate you bringing to our attention.

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AmaJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is refreshing to be able to have a quiet and private dining experience in this day and age. Food was delicious and appropriately priced. Server was attentive and friendly.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 18, 2020

Ama thank you for the review. It makes us so happy to know you enjoyed your meal and experience. I can't wait to share your review with the team. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was generally quite good but the crab-stuffed snapper was over cooked to the point of parody - the outer edge was tough as shoe leather. Martinis were amazing, as was the stuffed mushroom appetizer. Service was oddly slow; seemed like everyone around us, who were seated later, got drinks, appetizers, meals and were out the door before our meals arrived. Overall, a pleasant dining experience as long as you have time to kill (and skip the stuffed snapper).

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am disappointed to hear about the snapper. I will be sure to share with management and the culinary team. I appreciate you bringing to our attention the snapper and slow service to our attention. I do hope you will dine with us again.

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CarrieM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had an early reservation the day after Valentine’s Day because we had an event to go to afterwards and so there was nobody in the restaurant at that time and out of all the beautiful areas and tables that they could’ve sat us at, they sat us right next to the kitchen which was loud and not very romantic. That was a little disappointing.

They had a specialty tropical martini for Valentine’s Day and it was absolutely delicious! I ordered the Steak DeBurgo. Absolutely loved the sauce but there were only two tiny medallions on the plate and for a filet mignon.... they were very chewy. That’s not normal. Felt disappointed in that. I had also had the Johnny’s Minnelli garlic Alfredo noodles in the past and they came usually as fettuccine noodles but they did a corkscrew pasta which tasted different than I’m used to. Other than that the atmosphere was beautiful in general and our waitress was wonderful. Just feel that they could buy a higher quality meat for the medallions for the price you pay.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

we went there for lunch. We had never gone there and heard that the food was good. There was no one at the reception area. We waited for over 5 mins. Finally we just walked into the bar area where there was no one and eventually a person saw us and seated us. The restaurant was nearly empty. I think there was only one table with people eating when we arrived. The person taking our order was not very friendly. We just wanted a casual lunch in the bar area and she seemed like this was an inconvenience to her. We waited and waited for her to come back and take our order. My wife ordered soup and wanted soup served with her sandwich. Only after a long wait for our food and only when her sandwich arrived at the table was she informed that they were out of the tomato bisque soup. Cmon, out of their most popular soup on a Saturday afternoon? Hope someone was going to make more for the evening dinner patrons. So my wife asked for French Onion. We were both done eating our sandwiches when the soup finally arrived. Then trying to get our bill took another long time. I would not go back again if the server we had is working. Terrible experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Valentines Day

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service even with it being Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t been you need to go!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 17, 2020

Sarah thank you for the kind words. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything and for choosing to spend the special holiday with us. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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LovePuppies
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious, can't beat their chicken dishes!! Service was ok, slow; maybe because they were so busy or our waitress had too many tables.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and for the 5-stars! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Apologies for the slower service. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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AlanC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I usually don't do reviews, but I figured it was about time I said something. My wife and I have visited Johnny's a number of times. It is always a hit or miss. Our last visit was on Valentines Day. I ordered the bone in Ribeye and my wife ordered the Oscar Filet. Her vegetables were cold and her steak was just mildly warm. My ribeye was very disappointing, not tender and it was served cold. You might say a little warm but that would be an overstatement. I asked to heat it up and I believe they must have microwaved it because the plate was so hot I couldn't touch it and my garlic mashed potatoes were steaming. I have to say I was really disappointed because the last ribeye I had was really good. What I am even more concerned about is listening to others around us complain. Both times we visited people were complaining. Food should be delivered immediately. Not sure where the disconnect is but I hope they figure it out. I am reluctant to go to this restaurant again given the past two experiences. Bummer because we live in Sun Prairie and it is close to our house.

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DanR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Wonderful dinner for Valentine’s Day.

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Responded on February 17, 2020

Dan thank you for the 5-star review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything and for choosing to send the special holiday with us. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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CynthiaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Steak House!!! The service was spectacular, the food was prompt and delicious. The drinks were made with care and were delicious.

They waited at the table to make sure our steaks were cooked to our satisfaction and they were.

We were celebrating a special occasion and they made it special.

Can't wait to return!!!

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 12, 2020

Cynthia thank you for the wonderful review and kind words. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything. I will be sure to share the review with the team! We cant wait to dine with you again! :)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Steaks were undercooked, potatoes were cold, service was slow.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am disappointed to hear about your recent visit. I have shared your feedback with management and the culinary team. I appreciate you bringing to our attention. We will definitely be using for training opportunities. I do hope you will consider giving us another try. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Timing & quality of food on point.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the kind words and support. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love Johnny's Italian Statehouse in Sun Prarie. Our favorite

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you for the 5-stars and kind words! So happy to hear we are a favorite! We appreciate the support!

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Phatty
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went on a Thursday night. Not too busy. Our server was Austin and he was great. Very nice and service was fast. He checked on us but wasn’t overbearing. Steak was cooked very good as was the shrimp.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review. I will be sure to share with the team. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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StacyR
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Would recommend, but maybe not on a weeknight. Service was very good, but the food was just okay. Nothing to write home about. My risotto was underdone and rubbery, but I have had it before, and it was spectacular. My boyfriends steak was not quite medium like he wanted and had a little too much fatty parts that were not crisped up like they should have been. But we have had really good meals on weekends there.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 3, 2020

Stacy thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am disappointed to hear about your recent dining experience. As you know this is not typical of us, but did happen and I do apologize. I appreciate you bringing to our attention. I will be sure to share with management and the culinary team. I do hope you will dine with us again. Thank you.

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Sean
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience5

We had a reservation, but had to wait 15 minutes in the bar to start, no big deal. We order a filet and sirloin, and after an hour the server lets us know it'll be up shortly, though we did get our salads in that hour at least. The worst part was we ordered the filet medium rare and sirloin medium, but they showed up rare and well done, respectively. We asked them to refire the steaks and the filet came out as cold as before, but they got the sirloin right at least. Third try they got the filet right. I expect a cook that knows how to grill a steak when I go to a steakhouse, but that wasn't the case. They did give us free desserts, but I didn't really want a dessert in the first place. We also needed drinks a couple times but the server wasn't around much. The place looks nice, they had a pianist playing a keyboard which was nice, but ended shortly after we sat down. Disappointing choice of places to go, I've had better dinners at Outback for comparison. I won't be going back here.

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Bean
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall very good experience. Servers and waitstaff were very friendly, food was very good, atmosphere was enjoyable and for what we received the price was reasonable.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank you for the review. I am happy to hear you enjoyed everything. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We have been to Johnny's in Middleton, Quad Cities and also the Sun Prairie location the 1st weekend they opened. We thought we would try the SP one again since it had been almost 1 1/2 years and hoped the service would be better. Needless to say we will NOT be back. We dine out a lot and are willing to pay higher amounts if the food and service are both great- this was not. The bar atmosphere is nice- but service was very slow. We were seated at the booth closest to the kitchen even though lots of other tables were available. Waitress was friendly- but service level and speed were horrible. Ordered the clams/mussels appetizer- young man that brought it out- just threw it on the table, said nothing and gave us 1 plate. Took forever to even place our dinner order . We observed MANY tables taking forever to even place their orders. Clams were good- mussels were garbage and even though the shells were open- they were stuck to the inside and really didn't come out- total waste of money. Bread and salad were both good. My entrée was the Seafood Pasta Pomodoro- which was very good except for the mussels in it since again couldn't get out of the shell--- either cooked wrong or just cheap mussels. Husband had the Ribeye- ordered medium rare. For sure more on the raw side in areas- no way I could have eaten it. The garlic mashed potatoes actually were super dense and tasted like thick paste with no garlic flavor. He paid to add on mushrooms and onions-- simply horrible. They must have sat under a heat lamp for a LONG time- any sauce was dried up and the stems of the mushrooms were all dried up. He really only had a few. I tried his food and fully agreed. Waitress was slow to check on us or bring our bill. Again noticed the service portion at all tables around us. We will NEVER be back after giving this place 2 tries and will NOT recommend it to anyone. We dine out a lot and there are way more places worthy of visiting, better food , better service & MUCH cheaper

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was cold and sent back. This is the second time we've dined here and wont be back. Both times food was just OK. We've been to many other Johnny's Italian Steakhouses and this is the only one we've had a bad experience at.

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debi
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal with great service in a lovely environment.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on January 31, 2020

Debi thank you for the kind words! So happy you enjoyed!

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NanJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have been here a number of times. On our past two visits, the food was excellent as always. The service continues to need improvement. On our recent visit we were seated in the bar on a weekday night, in spite of having reservations many days in advance. We waited a good 10-15 minutes before a server came to bring water or take our drink order. During dinner I asked a different server (busboy?) for a water refill, since mine had never been refilled. Never returned! The cocktails were perfect, the server friendly, polite, and answered our questions; just not as attentive as we would’ve liked, especially since we were entertaining out of state guests. We will likely return at least once more.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on February 3, 2020

Nan thank you for taking the time to write your review. You have provided a great deal of insight that I will be sharing with management. We are always looking for ways we can improve. I do apologize service was not up to par, but I do appreciate you bringing to our attention. I hope you will give us another try!

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StevenE
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I'll start with the steak, a ribeye. It was very good, cooked to order, lovely marbling, generous portion. The calamari appetizer was also very good. But the chicken picata was only so-so, and the portion was stingy. But the real stinker was the linguine basillico my wife ordered, which was supposed to have garlic and basil, neither of which was evident. It tasted like tomato paste. The salmon she ordered to top it was mediocre. She mentioned it to the waiter -- who was good -- and a manager showed up at the table, listened, nodded, then did nothing to compensate. Also, and this is a small matter, the online reservation process asked if the dinner was for a special occasion; it was, my daughter's birthday. There was no acknowledgement of that. In my opinion, if you spend $150 on a meal for three people, three people should leave the restaurant feeling like the money was well spent. That wasn't the case.

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LindaF
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were celebrating our 51st anniversary. The food did not disappoint although my husband asked for shrimp in his pasta and there wasn’t any. He said it was still very good. The service was a little slow the night we were there.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on January 21, 2020

Linda - Happy Anniversary! Thank you for spending the special occasion with us. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your meals. I do apologize about the shrimp. I have addressed your review with management and the culinary team. I do hope you will dine with us again soon!

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BelindaP
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is a bit expensive, but well worth it. We were skeptical after reading some reviews but we were very happy with both food and service.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on January 14, 2020

Belinda thank you for the review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed everything. We hope to dine with you again soon!

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TimH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

both of us had cold mashed potatoes we never got any bread and her prime rib was as tough as they come I'd rather eat at Eagle Crest much better food

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SharonP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was once again delicious. Our waitress, Diane, was wonderful. I was a bit disappointed with the bar service. It felt like we were not given the attention unless we flagged down the bartenders. Overall food was great!! Will absolutely return.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on January 13, 2020

Sharon thank you for taking the time to write your review and for the recommendation. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your meals. I will be sure to share your feedback in regards to the service receive by the bartenders with management. I appreciate you bringing to our attention and hope to dine with you again soon!

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KathiC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Johnny's several times, and it has become our go-to place to take friends and family for special occasions, or just to have an excellent dining experience. The atmosphere is rather old world and the menu is dynamic and exciting. The drinks are very well made and tasty, and the desserts are to die for.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on January 8, 2020

Kathi thank you for the kind words and recommendation. We are so happy to hear you always enjoy your experience. We appreciate all the support and hope to dine with you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good. Service was not. Very slow especially waiting for desert and bill. Bar service was terrible

We were going to have a drink afterwards and we waiting forever for bartender made drinks for tables only to have him look at us waiting and walk away. Very disappointing.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am very disappointed to hear about the service you received. We take a lot of pride in our service to so I am sorry to hear we failed. I have discussed with management to use as a training/learning opportunity. I appreciate you bringing to our attention. I do hope you will give us another try as I know we can do better. Thank you again.

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Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 856-4040.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - Sun Prairie is rated 3.9 stars by 327 OpenTable diners.

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