The same guy who owns and operates Mr. B’s Gastropub is now running a speakeasy in the basement. The food is excellent, the ambience is fantastic, the drinks are strong, the service is good, and Johnny wanders around and chats with the customers. The music playing is old jazz and it’s a perfect energetic fit for the place. If you use the bathroom you’ll love the sound of the jazz music and customers that drift through the door. You might want to call first to find out how to get in to the place, including, where the unmarked door is in the alley behind the building. We had a wonderful time and immediately fell in love with this place! Thank you Johnny for doing a new restaurant in Royal Oak that’s upscale and fun.
Had the occasion to be in Royal Oak and saw the menu on OpenTable and decided to give it a try. The concept is a little out of the ordinary for RO. Food, atmosphere and service were really good. The chopped salad, deviled eggs and short ribs were our favorites. We didn’t order full entrees but will come back and do so. It’s a little gimmicky but it’s nice to be someplace that wasn’t over-run with hipsters, bros and the like. At 7 pm the bar was empty and only a few tables had diners. By the time we left the place was pretty busy! Worth checking out.
Great Atmosphere We will definitely come again we really enjoyed the evening.
Service was a bit slow, but it was still wonderful
Service was slow, small menu and food is only average
Went around 10 and took a half hour to get drinks, clearly need more bartenders. Waitress was nice and checked in often. A lot of the house cocktails have egg in them weirdly. Drinks were quite good when they came.
Maybe on another night, or just for a drink. Walking in, the place seemed amazing. Very neat set-up. However, the loud Jazz with very close proximity seating, mixed with constant creaking from those walking above the basement restaurant, made it uncomfortable (could have just been were we were sitting, but the creaking was brutal). The service this night was hopefully an anomaly, but was awful. We waited nearly an hour between ordering and getting our food. During this time, a separate table's waitress had to ask us if we needed anything, given we hadn't even had our appetizer plate removed or waters refilled. Then after ordering a drink with her and a water, the water was never replaced and they forgot our drink order, and no one came back to check on us. Finally the steak came out raw, and the waitress said "you ordered medium plus" to which I politely said, "I hate to do this, but look at it, it's purple." The chief acknowledged this, and did his best to make up for it with a free dessert and sincere apology. Deviled egg ap and drinks were amazing. One of the best smokey old fashions I've ever had. Salmon wasn't bad and steak when done right was pretty good. Service was still horrendous that night. Will try it again for a drink at the bar, probably not to eat.
It was very good. I love the concept. Not many places like this here locally in Detroit.
Server was a little underpowered with knowledge. Needs a little more training on fine liquor (which Johnnys has a lot of)
Overall better than Good but less than perfect. Will go again
My review is a bit biased based on our initial few minutes. This was a get-together with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a few months. It was the first snow storm of the year so I met her directly from work. We rang the doorbell, no one answered. Tried 2 more times. OH - I should mention we had reservations at 6:30 (early! for a Saturday night). No one ever responded. An employee of Mr B’s opened the back Door to take out trash ... that is how we entered. And yes, the “hostess” of Johnny’s was sitting there with her laptop open. I told her we had reservations and she announced “is it okay if I seat you at the bar?” Yes it was fine ... but why?? The restaurant was not busy (I think 2 parties of 2 were seated). Did they not want friends coming here? We were dressed nicely (which should not even matter). It was odd especially combined with her non-answer of the door (yes, we knew the password). Left us feeling miffed.
That being said, The bartenders were very friendly, made sure we tried some of their delicious cocktails and we had a pretty decent dinner (limited choices).
I would like to personally apologize for you entrance experience. Our hostess had a broken phone and didn't know it. The phone app alerts her to the doorbell being run. This is not our service standard and I deeply apologize. We will resolve this issue. Thank you for letting us know. Sincerely, Johnny
Amazing experience! Food was unreal and drinks were out of this world! The bar tender Jorge made me an amazing off the menu cocktail which was vodka passion fruit and egg whites! We had the opportunity to meet chef John who was extra kind and caring and passionate about his food! He makes his pasta fresh daily and let me tell you the noodles in the lobster Mac will blow u away. He also makes his own ravioli and it was amazing!! The dessert was out of this world mind blowing taste! The ambiance was exactly what I love low key, laid back, not loud, and secret! The host at the front was just the sweetest!! 100000% going back!!!
I was surprising impressed with this place. Being under a sports bar I didn't have high expectations, however this place turned out to be a gem. Food was moderately priced with a perfect portion size. Items on the menu rotate but we had a crusted filet with goat cheese and a salmon baked with shrimp Mousseline and puff pastry, both were delicious. The chef (chef Johnny) came out to answer any questions we may have and greet the table which was a nice touch. Ambiance was really intimate with some jazz style music in the background. Drinks were good and strong ( I likes the Yelevator the best).
Exceptional! Food was delicious, service excellent, and the ambiance wonderful.
By far the best food experience I've had so far
We have been twice, both for birthday celebrations and once with a large group and second with a group of 4. I now want to go back and try their dinner menu. I saw Lobster Mac n Cheese on the menu and I think its a must try...mmmm....
Drinks are hand crafted and do take some time to make, but well worth it.
Johnny's Speakeasy is a great, new bar/restaurant with inventive cocktails and a unique environment. They have an extensive array of liquor, cocktails and wine. My group enjoyed appetizers, dinner and drinks, all of which were fantastic. Their service was top notch. They offer free, monitored parking across the street for those who make reservations (nice benefit). I recommend it to anyone looking for unique cocktails inventive food!