Johnny's Tavern

4.6
92 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

Johnny’s Tavern in Amherst manages to provide a mixed ambiance of classy, yet laidback charm and décor. The dining room provides a nice backdrop for a date night or a group of friends. Even a rather large group can sit comfortably in the expansive dining area. The bar features television where you can catch your favorite sporting events while dining on your food.

The food at Johnny’s Tavern is delicious and always well-prepared. A gluten free menu ensures that diners with various dining preferences can all come in and enjoy a meal. If you are looking for some recommendations, you should try the beer mac and cheese, braised pork shank or the house made gnocchi. Stop in at Johnny’s Tavern to see what other amazing food options are available on the menu.

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MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always stop at Johnny's while visiting at U. Mass. Amherst. We have never been dissappointed but we always call for a reservation.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, noisy techno music when we first started our meal. Turn music down, it’s loud enough. Our favorite restaurant in Amherst.

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F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a delicious meal beginning with the baked Brie appetizer. Portions are generous and very tasty! Excellent place to celebrate a birthday dinner!

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LT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as usual

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GH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Amherst. Great food, friendly service and cool atmosphere

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TM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a college trip and the place was perfect for my daughter and I. The food was great. Get the pretzel!!!

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SB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and the dessert was fabulous! Highly recommended!

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been to Johnny's before. Our party of 5 was very pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, service was on point. Will definitely go again.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! The service was outstanding! We had an amazing lunch and we appreciated that the kitchen catered to our multiple food allergies and brought us out an amazingly wonderful meal! Thank you!!

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

I've been a huge fan of the chicken and polenta for a while now but it wasn't the same this last time. What happened to the juicy, crispy fried chicken and the creamy polenta that I was so fond of? The chicken was tough and I had difficulty cutting it with a knife. Sadly, the polenta was a gummy mess. The drinks were great and those never disappoint however, I can't just drink my lunch now can I!

I'll keep coming back in the hopes that this was just a fluke.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to Johnny’s. It has a great atmosphere and the food was outstanding!

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ED
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and great server. Highly recommended.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but music was loud and distracting.

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BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place with good food. Could diversify their beer menu a bit

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Amazing wine. Great service.
Perfect atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was decent. Nothing exceptional. I would not rush back.

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JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the pretzel app and the food was great! Good prices and fun atmosphere.

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SB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner we had at Johnny’s Tavern was outstanding. My husband had a pork shank with greens and something resembling rice. He said it was delicious. The pork was so tasty with herbs, especially rosemary. I had chicken over greens and mashed potatoes— so tasty. Service was great, price was reasonable—all good. Highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!! Returning out of towners!

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d
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant is loved by locals and parents visiting University and college students. As a result of it's popularity, it is very busy and noisy.

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambiance great. Waitress very nice. Food wS greasy and not great. I can’t say I would speak badly about but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it either.

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

Great spot with excellent food. Even the dipping oil concoction for the bread was amazing. Tremendously good flavor in each app/dish we ordered. Would come again for sure.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Entrees, drinks and desserts were excellent. Restaurant is a bit loud to hold a coverstion at the table. All the staff were accommodating and friendly.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! It has a cozy tavern feel with great music!

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PD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual great food, and service!

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to Johnny's Tavern in a few years. The last time I had went, I thought the food was OK.
This time I was blown away! The food was amazing! I had surf and turf for under $30. The drinks were amazing as well. I will definitely be back!!

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JZ
New England
63 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, reasonable prices. Love going here - there's always something new on the menu. Try the huge pretzel app!

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal on a busy Saturday while visiting UMass with my son. He loved the calamari and black ink spaghetti and I had a very good short rib. Server was great and comped the appetizer when they were slow in getting my glass of wine.

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TA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal and will definitely be back. It was loud in the restaurant but very crowded. Parking is a bit of a nightmare tho.

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WB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect, problem free birthday celebration dinner. Service like clockwork, but more pleasant than clockwork. Interesting menu. Excellent preparation. Totally satisfying experience.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for early dinner before the Winter Fest on the Green. Will definitely do this again

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CT
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken sandwich was phenomenal- crispy, juicy and flavorful. Home made chips are a must! Shrimp carbonara was very good- could have used a bit more zest spice. Soups very tasty

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

Food is always great. Unfortunately bread was cold and service was a little slow, but this is typical of Johnny's since it's always so busy.

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M
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Johnny's Tavern is our go-to restaurant when we visit our kids in Amherst. Everything on the menu is expertly prepared... and they make a great sidecar.

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KW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love coming to Johnny's. We have never had bad service or a bad meal. As a Chef, I often find it troublesome finding a meal that matches the pricing or the type of service and ambiance provided. Johnny's has certainly captured this perfectly. The establishment is always in good condition, very clean, and the setting is still intimate with crowds. My only complaint is that it can be a bit chilly inside.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is favorite restaurant in all of Amherst. Its 5 star food for 2 star prices. Everything from beginning to end is perfect and getting a complete meal for under 50 bucks is amazing. I take all my friends here for dinner. Perfect for a nice date, an anniversary, a gathering of friends or even a business discussion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding value. Seldom does excellent food and great service match with reasonable prices. I was advised to make a reservation which I did and at 6:30 pm on a Wednesday night the place was packed. Got seated within 5 minutes and the waitress was very responsive. My wife and I both had the Black Pasta with Seafood which was delicious. Highly recommend Johnny’s Tavern.

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D
New England
88 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this restaurant! The food is well prepared, creative and there is plenty to eat. Choices are varied and reflect an eclectic focus. Prices are very reasonable and the beer and wine list more than adequate. I’ll make it a point to be here more regularly.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my husband and my first time dining there and was our first date night since having our baby. The ambiance was perfect for the occasion, the food was superb and service was exquisite. We will absolutely be returning.

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DG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent guests st Johnnys because of the great service, delicious, we’ll-made food, and the atmosphere. It’s alsovreasonably priced.

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