Johnny's - Schenectady

4.6
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353 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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!
What 353 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here!! Jamie (Waitress) was amazing. Great service and she picked up on the fact that it was my husbands birthday and surprised us all and brought him a birthday treat! Food and drinks were amazing - overall another great night at Johnny’s!!! Thank you!!!

J
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a good dinner. The food and service were good

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience start to finish! Service and food were amazing, nice selection of wine as well. Had the cheesecake for dessert, amazing!

ER
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, staff and atmosphere is always great here. Will definitely be returning!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely will go back many more times and will be bringing and telling my friends about it. Food was amazing, service was amazing and everyone was friendly and made sure we had what we needed

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date night!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating Valentines Day. We ordered from the special menu for the holiday and it was very good. We had to take part of our dinner and the desserts home. We will definitely go back again.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous. Everything was great.

KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!
Best Chicken piccata ever!Prortions are huge but worth it!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent service—what more could you ask for. Highly recommend.

BN
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our holiday dinner at Johnny’s and the food and service was amazing. Two of us ordered the seafood special, 10 ounce lobster with scallops, shrimp, and mussels over pasta. I highly recommend this dish, if available.

KL
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Supercalifragilistic expealidocious (sp?)...in other words, everything was wonderful!

RO
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellant service and meal . Our open table reservation put us at a high table in the bar . We were there on a birthday and before a show... i asked to be seated at a table , the hostess was not real receptive at first , then after pleading with her , she gave up a table that was reserved for a 4;45 reservation , it was now 5;30 !! Our waitress was nice , not overly helpful . Our meal was extremely fast ! It was very good and our water was kept filled at all times . Birthday cake was given as we were about to leave .

AF
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Johnny's a few times so I knew what to expect. This is why I chose to invite some business associates when they came to town. Everyone walked away impressed.

MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. Always a wonderful meal with great service at Johnny’s!

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

As usual the food was delicious. I usually have dinner before attending proctors show. We love Dillon who is now the manager. Well deserved but miss his impeccable service. This was the 1st time ever that I was unhappy with our server. I will continue to patronize Johnnys as I have never been disappointed with the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was excellent, well worth the price. Definitely on my go to list

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was excellent! We’ll definitely be back!

B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good Italian fare went on a Friday night and bar area was very noisy. Fortunate our table was in the back which muffled the noise somewhat. Prices are reasonable and portions were enough to take some home.

GN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veal Parmegiana and lasagna was awesome, as was the shrimp oreganato as our appetizer. Pasta sides were homemade and delicious! Will be back again soon!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food, great service & ambiance.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OL
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a recommendation from a friend to try Johnny's before a show right across the street at Proctor's. It was so convenient and a great dining experience. Service and food quality were excellent.

d
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and great location! On show nights, it can get a little hectic; but the convenience far outweighs the slight dip in service.

I
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed, family style atmosphere with delicious food. Homemade pasta is wonderful. Service is excellent. The military discount was a welcome surprise when they found out that our son is a Marine and my husband is retired Air force.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, only complaint it’s so popular you must book your reservations weeks in advance for an early dinner before 7PM.

LL
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

This is usually my favorite restaurant in the Schenectady area. First I made a reservation 2 weeks in advance and asked for a ground table for my mother and they gave up a high top table upon arriving. They moved us to the worse seat in the house across from the kitchen doors. We ordered drinks and appetizers. We didnt consider our app to have taken long but to them it did and we were informed it was free. We ordered our food and I asked for no mushrooms. We kept being told our food was coming right up. Folks who sat down after us but we ordered before were getting there food. There is a new manager there. I like the other one better but he said they were 2 tickets behind. Which was a lie. So I called him out and just said listen if something was messed up please bring out what is ready things happen. I then said people who sat down after us are getting their food. He then brought it out and my dish which I clearly ask for no mushrooms had mushrooms. At this point my niece filled up on bread and soda and non of us were hungry waiting over a hour for our food. Not sure whats going on at Johnny's but I have never had this experience.

NF
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we went to dinner with two little girls and our dinning experience was perfect staff was very friendly
and helpful I cant wait to go back.

CS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 4:45 reservation and the hostess was very accommodating to us. We specifically reserved a regular table not a high top but were given a high top anyway. They said something about open table reservations always get them. When we questioned it she didn’t argue and they set up a new table for us in a side room which was very pleasant. Service and food was wonderful! Great pre show dinner! If the hostess had not accommodated us so pleasantly we would not have been happy.

AM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The girl at the front greeting and checking folks in was overworked. No way she should be answering 2 nonstop ringing phones and checking folks in. Overheard her tell another customer they open at 5pm but my reservation was for 4:45pm. Why do they take reservations prior to the time they open? Folks with the same reservation time were not seated in the order they checked in. I complained and was met with a curt “ok”. Check in was not an efficient process at all. When I was seated, I was seated at a high top in the bar where it was extremely noisy. When I made the reservation I specifically chose a table other than a high top so I’m wondering if it was pay back for my complaint. The high top was not large enough to accommodate the food ordered as the food delivery was poorly timed so there was no room on the small table for drinks, bread, salad and 2 entrees. I made this reservation well in advance but felt as though I was just shoved into a corner like a last minute add on. Too much commotion and noise at the bar. Also, lights turned down too low to see what you are eating. The food is good, except for the ziti that was so overcooked it was mush, but it’s not good enough to overcome all the other nonsense. Would not recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my retired co-workers first time at Johnny’s. They loved it!

RO
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service is excellent. Hard to find a restaurant with great service, they care about their customer

MG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and our server was pleasant. Service seemed to slow after dinner while waiitng for our check. We may had been anxious because we had show tickets.

I
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great

PJ
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I made a reservation for 7:45 pm. When we arrived, we had to wait a half an hour to be seated. Unacceptable. The waitress was fantastic, very friendly. The food was good. It was so loud in there, we could not hear each other. We will not be returning!

EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Positive experience. Good good. Convenient for Proctors!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It was a lovely birthday celebration

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a positive experience here. The appetizers were delicious especially the clams and the fried calamari. The side salad was very good. My husband and I both had the chicken marsala. The flavor and the sides were very good, but the chicken was too tough.
I would come back but I think I would order appetizers and pizza next time.

DO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food and service!