Johnny's - Schenectady

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315 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
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We created Johnny's to bring together the three most important things in life: family, food and fun! Conveniently located in Downtown Schenectady, directly across from Proctor's Theater and the Antique & Specialty Shops on Jay Street.
At Johnny's, we are committed to satisfying our customers with great food and excellent service. We offer a wide variety of delicious dishes for Lunch and Dinner. Whatever you're in the mood for, you can find it here! All of our pastas are freshly made on the premises. Our restaurant is warm and inviting, whether its a romantic dinner for two, a group of friends catching up or a business dinner, Johnny's adapts to everyone. Our spacious square bar has plenty of room for Happy Hours after work, or a night cap after a Proctors show.
Check out our menu for all our mouth-watering dishes!
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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch and meals were excellent. Shrimp in the shrimp scampi were huge, and no skimping as there were six. Homemade tagliatelle was delicious in all the meals. Veal in scallopini was plentiful, tender and tasty. Really liked that it was served on a bed of fresh julienne veggies vs. pasta. The calamari appetizer was a good portion and very good.

DO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and service!

MF
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second tome we have gone to Johnnys since we completely loved it the first time. We brought another couple with us this time and it was even better than the first time. We had Vince at the bar and Donna as our server and they are both TOP NOTCH. I also very much appreciate the veterans discount and the patriotic feel the establishment has. This is our go to place for date night now. Thank you

CG
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Johnny's...the food is great and and the staff is the BEST!!

JD
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone talks about Cornell's, D'Raymonds, Cafe Cappricio....for my money best Italian Food for the price in Schenectady and the entire Capital Region and the service from reception to waitstaff to food service was outstanding!

GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Have been to Johnny’s 5 times. The last 2 have been very disappointing. Service is the issue. They seem to never have enough help, and half the servers act like they do not want to be there. Last night, unfortunately, was no different. It was extremely hot and loud. Our waitress looked at us with our drinks empty for 20 minutes. Food was half hot, half cold. Didn’t have a drink during dinner (since we were not checked on). Finally ordered a Manhattan and received an Old Fashion after dinner was done. Gave back the Old Fashion and asked that it be taken off the bill. Got the bill and only 66% of the wrong drink was taken off. Paid the bill and will most likely not return. The shame is the first three times, it was a nice experience...

I
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the mushroom ravioli as a shared appetizer. The veal marsala and the swordfish special were delicious. The cheesecake for dessert was well worth the calories. Enough to share for two.
What a nice way to celebrate our anniversary!

NC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Johnny's is a nice place to eat. It has a bar area but also has a separate eating area that was quiet and pleasant yet the bar area was not noisy either. The staff was pleasant and efficient and the food was delicious. Menu will please all! If you are visiting the area I would recommend eating there.

DM
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lot of fun at Johnny’s. The service was attentive without being inferring. The food was excellent. Two of us got the steak Amalfi which was excellent. Parking was no problem.

JH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by our waiter, Joe and all seven of us loved our meals.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food!

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks. wonderful server. Quick service

IM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great value

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town friends. Loved it

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our time here- always friendly and attentive.

If you come - ask for Jo Jo to serve you - he works hard to please you.

JD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere!!! Only regret is that I didn’t visit sooner.

JP
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Spent our 19th anniversary at Johnny's. The food was delicious. The service was great. Enjoyed a yummy gelato cake compliments of Johnny's. Will definitely recommend to friends!

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sauce was delicious as were the arancini, bread and my husband's seafood pasta. Very flexible with sauce changes and menu substitutions. Will definitely go again.

WE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice dinner before a show.

MM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent for dining before a show at Proctors - super convenient! Server was excellent, food was very good. Two of the three dishes came out steaming hot -- third was lukewarm. Excellent kids menu but limited juice options.

B
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're desiring great Italian this place is a must.
Anytime I'm in the Schnectady area I make sure to make time to eat here.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall outstanding dining experience. Seated promptly and food was excellent! Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinner choices not one bad complaint. Ambulance is fantastic a bit noisy on this night. Server was overall efficient & friendly, could have been a bit more attentive but more than adequate. Great night to celebrate my wife’s birthday with some friends!

WM
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere. Nice, casual, clean. Popular location in the city. Everyone knows Johnny’s. Probably in the top 3 most popular restaurants in Schenectady NY

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Johnny’s to celebrate my sons 17th b day. Johnnys made it so special. It seemed like all the staff knew it was his b day and wished him a happy birthday. Quite special! The food and everything as always is top notch. Thanks for a great celebration dinner!

SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have dined at Johnny's and was always satisfied and recommended it to our friends. We dined there on Saturday July 27th and I had to ask the waitress if it was under new management because I could not believe that it was the fine restaurant that I dined in so many times before. The food was not up to par. The Chicken Cognac, which was always my favorite, had no taste, the chicken was cut very thick and no sauce. I asked the waitress to bring extra sauce on the side and that was all Cognac with little no taste of the Dijon mustard. The other person ordered the Veal Milanese, I think they put the veal in the deep fryer, very bland, NO lemon or butter sauce. The third person ordered Shrimp Diablo, again bland and not enjoyable. This is the last time I or my guests will frequent Johnny's. All I can think of the saying "Where's Johnny". Good luck to them they are going to need it.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing....excellent service! We’ll be back!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was just as good. Highly recommend !!!

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a birthday dinner for my wife with 10 people attending. One person didn't receive their meal until everyone else had been served and was finished with their meal. After bringing out and presenting the cake I had for my wife it took 20 minutes before they finally returned with it cut up for the group. Why that simple task took so long I have no idea and was given no explanation. After being prompted they did finally agree to take the long delayed dinner off my bill. The food was good and our server was nice, but we did have some glitches and the restaurant wasn't particularly busy that night.

SF
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent Italian restaurant, a little pricier than we'd normally go for but we had a gift card from Christmas. Will recommend to our friends who enjoy Italian food more than we do. Great service and the atmosphere was wonderful.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Johnny's food and service is always exemplary.
Johnny's provides a wonderful menu and a great value.
Thank you.

B
Cleveland
72 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Johnnys on our return from Cape Cod...and it was a great way to end our vacation! It was not crowded...and we enjoyed our dinner at the bar. The bartender joined us in some lively conversation while being very attentive to our needs! The food is always great at Johnny’s...we have had dinner there on several occasions now as we travel back and forth to the Cape each summer! We will be back!

GC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

As always our food was amazing and the music and atmosphere warm and inviting. Our server was adequate, but not at the usual level of professionalism we've come to expect from Johnny's. She made a couple of off putting comments when members of our party were late arriving and was not especially attentive. Perhaps she was having a bad night. Other that that thanks for a great birthday meal!

WZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Either new or overwhelmed waiter Senaca needed to apologize from the start of the night after we waited 10-15 for him to take a drink order. He then said after taking drink order he may as well take our dinner choices so we didn’t have to wait any longer. I believe the food came before the drinks. He apologized again saying his coworker was suppose to bring them. I guess we are so use to having Brittany as our server we take excellent service for granted. However, will always go back for the food and atmosphere

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent quality. Service very prompt. Our server Deborah has been at the restaurant several years and shared some of her favorite menu items with us when asked for an opinion. The only negative is that the restaurant is so popular reservations usually need to be made weeks in advance. Even so, we will definitely be back.

TW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Recommended by our niece, I was disappointed by the service. In particular we waited 25 minutes for our table despite having a reservation. Waited 5 minutes to be served at bar, then had to ask repeatedly to settle our tab. Gave up and went to our table. Almost decided not to pay bar tab (they would never have known), but was honest. Then waited while the cheques were combined. Total time about 2-3/4 hours. Longer than we intended as needed to meet relatives afterwards. Food pretty good though.

A
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great time had by all. The service was awesome my family was fed promptly the waiter was awesome and very nice

SS
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Johnnys for all of our family’s special occasions and we’ve never been disappointed!

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We arrived early and gave hostess our name and went to the bar. It was very busy with a show in town and graduation weekend which we didn’t realize. At 8:15. (The time for our reservation) we went back to the hostess just to make sure we weren’t forgotten as people who came in after us were seated. We were told it would be a few minutes for our table. By 8:45 we decided to stay at the bar and have dinner. The bartender was extremely attentive and we enjoyed her company. We’re not sure if the issue is with Open Table or the restaurant. I think the hostess finally came over around 8:50 when we had already placed our order and had a dinner set up in front of us

JK
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The chicken tasted like overly microwaved mc nuggets... the pasta was terrible...the list is lengthy We’ve been waiting four years to celebrate graduation night there. What an unbelievable let down! Honestly, the worst food we have ever experienced in any restaurant!

MB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quickly seated courteous wait staff prompt food delivery delicious entrees

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