Johnny's Tavern

4.6
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193 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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vipDanielG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were excellent, the wait staff was friendly and gave us the time we needed to catch up with friends, and we received a booth as requested. Excellent value!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Excellent food, service, atmosphere
during birthday celebration!!!!

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KCorr
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful fish selections. Waitress was friendly and knowledgeble.

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DanaB
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Johnny's is one of our favorite spots to go in Amherst with our son who is in college there. The wait staff is super friendly with excellent service and the food is very good!

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Delicious
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the truffle fries, and the tomato jam that comes with it is unreal. I had one of the specials, a house made pasta with shrimp, sausage, peppers and red wine cream sauce. I’ve never had anything like it! The entree was $20, and well worth it. We went before a UMass hockey game so it was crowded, but we used Open Table for a reservation and didn’t have to wait at all. I would definitely come here again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will never be dissatisfied here....nothing short of amazing food served by a proud & professional staff!

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JohnS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time to Johnny's as we were visiting UMass. Johnny's was recommended to us by several friends who had been there previously and it did NOT disappoint!! Great atmosphere, nice bar, fantastic service, and delicious food! Thank you!!

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RyanT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and value - we’ve already highly recommended to others.

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MaureenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Johnnys and can’t wait to go back. The food and service are excellent. I ordered the braised beef pappardelle both visits as it is to die for. Our servers have all been fantastic. The ambiance is very nice as it’s not so loud that you can’t have a conversation. Johnny’s is definitely worth the visit!

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GKski
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever in Amherst, we go to Johnny's at least 75% of the time. Draft beer selection is great and their menu is concise and everything is superb. I always have trouble ordering anything but the Rigatti and that's because it is that good. Salad with roasted garlic balsamic is also terrific as is the bread they bring.

Service is always prompt, courteous and delivered in a team format.

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BigDaddyAwesome
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very good, timely service until the end of our stay when the coffee was delayed until after dessert. The bigger issue was the Dining area was cold! Folks, including myself, had to put coats on to eat. The floor manager told us that bar area was way to warm so our areas heating had to be shut down to absorb the heat... that says much about the ownership. We won’t go back until it’s repaired so that ALL patrons can be cared for in appropriate heat or cooking. However, if the owners are cheap on customers comfort, in what others areas are they reducing cost that might affect the quality or authenticity of the food we order? Did I really have Asian Sea Bass or was it a white fish replacement?
Normally I don’t question, but I will for any restaurant owned by the Bean Restaurant Group, which are multiple in WMass.
Be forewarned, something is fishy! (Pun intended intended)

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viphgolightly
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely dinner experience from start to finish. Our server (and everyone else) was wonderful, even on a very busy Valentines Day evening, and everything was delicious. We'll definitely be back. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent place for our Valentine’s Day date. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very fun. Our waitress was also super lovely!

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The experience was just fine. Finding a parking spot is another whole story!

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andreac
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always our go to when we visit for College. Cozy, great food and our waitress was great.
Will be back again!

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vipTracyE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Johnny's before and after college basketball games! There's no place better for drinks, appetizers, for lunch, and dinner. The food is always consistent, you can make a reservation a head of time for large and small parties and the staff is very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Senior Night for Amherst Basketball

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MicheleM
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was overall good. Brussels sprouts were bland but veggie burger was very good. Pretzel was excellent. The problem was it was just too loud!

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is excellent. It is noisy but not unusually so for area restaurants.

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HelmerR
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Fabulous fantastic splendid enjoyment totally food outstanding service impeccable ambiance splendid

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. Nice selection of food and appetizers. Definitely would go back.

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vipDanielG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We all thoroughly enjoyed our food - taste and presentation!

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Torment55
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Johnny’s is one of the most consistent restaurants that I have ever dined. The food quality is top shelf. Dined with 6 others on Friday evening and all were extremely happy with their dinners. I highly recommend JT’s!!

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KAP1
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here several times and the food, service and drinks have always been great. We really love the mussels appetizer and the martinis!!

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EmilyM
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The staff was very nice and most of the guests really enjoyed the food! The one reason I am not likely go back to Johnny's is that there are very limited vegan options, and the one vegan option (burger) could be improved as there are no vegan buns, which of course takes away from the burger experience. There are so many vegans in the area, I wish Johnny's would make an effort to offer some great vegan main courses.

Johnny's Tavern
Responded on 3 February 2020

Hi Emily, Thank you for dining with us! Although we don't have many strictly vegan options listed on the menu, we are a scratch kitchen and can create a vegan item for you at your request. We often make pasta dishes or other entrees for our vegan guests and are well known for being able to accommodate almost any dietary needs or restrictions. I invite you to visit us again when you have an opportunity and speak to your server about options. Thank you! Eli K. Sous Chef

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AllenH
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love Johnny's Tavern and go there with friends whenever we can.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick was our server and was fabulous.

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JessicaR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time there and will return. No complaints on any of our meals thus far, other than the soda tasted flat.

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JenS
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We waited nearly an hour for our food- salads and a burger. When the food finally came, the burger and the steak on the salad were both cold. We did bring it up to the manager, who did apologize and take 25% off the bill, which was nice of her to do. I have had great meals there, and due to this, and the managers action, I will go back, and give this restaurant another try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Very loud, noisy crowd, could not hear ourselves talk and it was way too hot in there (it was an unseasonably hot day in their defense)

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vip2pdl
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was superb — truly outstanding. The menu was interesting and expertly created. All in the ambience of a classic tavern.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting Johnny’s Tavern. Girl friend’s Birthday. Everything was great , food, service, atmosphere etc. Thanks for making her day!!!!

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vipBreadinfrance
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely pre-Christmas meal at johnny’s. The duck was cooked PERFECTLY and our server took excellent care of us. Thanks for a great evening and happy holidays!

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vipMiki
Pittsburgh
40 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Johnnys is a fun place!!!! My friends daughter goes to Holyoke and when we visit we always go. Lovely people. Good food!
Thank you. Very warm and welcoming
Miki, Pittsburgh PA

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Gulliver
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink as usual. Staff and management are super friendly and accommodating. Our group of four became eight at the last minute and they seated us on time despite the restaurant being very busy. Bartender shared a wonderful drink recipe with us. Our go-to favorite in Amherst.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Johnny's Tavern and we will definitely be going back.

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LaurieW
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We also love our drinks. It was our first time there and we’ll definitely come back.

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vipAlex
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as usual and our server was extremely lovely, efficient and professional

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Bleonard
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice menu. Great service. Food was good.

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TomR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted at the door by a helpful host and as soon as all of us were present, we were seated. The wait person was excellent and did not rush us nor did she make us wait long for anything. She seemed to anticipate what we needed. The food was incredible. Each of the entrees we ordered was served to perfection, The appearance in the plating, the portion size and, most notably, the flavors were excellent, delicious and unforgettable. The only minor suggestion would be to serve the bread warm. Thank you for a most satisfying experience.

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