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1935 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4017
847-357-8100
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night
Description: great italian beef and awesome italian ice

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Da Best!

I love this place! I have an on going debate with a relative who lives in Chicago who claims Al's is the best. I have tried the others and Johnnies is hands down #1. Whenever I visit Chicago I head to Johnnies, its my go to Italian beef sandwich. The others are good but this place is better... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Tramplineman
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
arlington heights, IL
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The food is your basic Chicago Italian beef (and dogs), which is not to say it's not great, but it's not better than any of the dozens of other (nearby) Italian beef shops. And they only accept cash, which is just SO inconvenient, especially because this place is not cheap.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I love this place! I have an on going debate with a relative who lives in Chicago who claims Al's is the best. I have tried the others and Johnnies is hands down #1. Whenever I visit Chicago I head to Johnnies, its my go to Italian beef sandwich. The others are good but this place is better. You can... More 

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Keller, Texas
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Every time I go back to my roots I always end up going to Johnnies beef. Always great tasting. They have a lemon ice that is incredible. They give you fries with the hotdogs.

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Streamwood, Illinois
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

After trying Italian beef sandwiches from many places, Johnnie's Beef wins hands down for the tastiest Italian beef sandwich. It is the combination of spices in the gravy that makes the sandwiches unique. We even order ahead 2 or more lbs of Johnnie's Italian beef for our out-of-town guests, so they can enjoy the best tasting Chicago beef sandwiches. (One... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My father has been coming to this location for as long as I can remember,(and im 47). His favorite was the pepper and egg sandwich. I occasionally would walk over during my lunch break in high school. I personally prefer the Portillios roast beef. I think its superior to this places average, watered down flavor. With that being said, this... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If Chicago is the home of Italian Beef, this is the best of the best. Tender slices of roast beef immersed in spicy soup-like gravy (for out of towners) on Italian bread and soaked in gravy. Put some Giardiniera and sauteed Green peppers on it and call it perfection. They are still under $4 for a plain beef. The fries... More 

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Buckeye Nation
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The title says it all. Had three beef sandwiches during Thanksgiving visit to the Heights. Johnnies, Heffy's, and Portillos. Johnnies was by far the best. Best sandwich, best service, best atmosphere, etc... They keep it simple. Small menu and they do everything right.

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Been coming here for years.... This place should be enshrined... Nothin fancy ... Just the premier italian beef stand in America? Sound too good to be true? Youve never been here then.

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Greenwood, Indiana
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I got her fairly late in the evening but I received great service anyway. My sandwich was great, warm, fresh meat, fresh bread, and great gravy. I enjoyed this so much, I went back a second time.

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I ordered four sandwiches and two fries. One sandwich was to be with sweet peppers. I did not get my sweet peppers. When I called the restaurant back they (Tony) said come back and get them. He also went ahead and said the employee put them on when they didn't. So I guess he is calling me a liar. Never... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1935 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4017
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Arlington Heights
  • Phone Number: 847-357-8100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

great italian beef and awesome italian ice
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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