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Johnny's Bistro on Main

8167 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
410 461 8210
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Ranked #16 of 139 restaurants in Ellicott City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Most recent review
- Jul 23, 2014
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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77% Recommend
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised by the food here. I ordered the savory shrimp salad sandiwch, which was indeed savory. The service was a little confusing, but acceptable. One negative - an upcharge for baguette rather than a wrap (at a Bistro no less!)

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This spot is terrible. I went based on a review from hoco chow blog I believe. Totally gross. Was so disappointed in the flavoring in the cheese pizza and the white cheese pizza. The crust was soft but 2/3 of the pizza was crust. If I just wanted read I would've ordered that! Like I said I've had chain food... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It's been quite a while since I've been here and I feel that it has really improved. The decor is pleasing and a server was added to guide us through the menu (previously had to self order at a window). The ingredients on my pizza were very fresh. There were many tasty sounding dishes on the menu. My friend had... More

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ellicott city, md.
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I have eaten here several times. The food is always great. I love that they give you a taste of their soup of the day in the winter. Of course it almost always inspires me to get some, go figure! I only wish they stayed open on Friday and Saturday night later. They have fabulous bread pudding and creme brulee.... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire area. Ellicott City is charming with many buildings dating back to the 1600s. We have never had a bad meal. Johnny cooks everything himself so the quality is consistently high. The salads are really good especially the warm mushroom. Love the pizzas - the crust is nice and chewy and... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I ate there for lunch yesterday with a group of friends. The ordering process was very confusing. We walked into the restaurant and saw a sign that said "Order at the counter." We decided to grab a seat first, and then one person in our group went to get menus. Within a few minutes, a server came over and told... More

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Oakton, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Came for lunch. Good atmosphere reasonable prices, good service and the food hit the spot. They also offer free samples of their soup. Very nice

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Ellicott City, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The house salad with the basil honey vinaigrette is delicious. The pizza is all very good. Never had a bad entrée. The best meal I have ever had I made myself. I like to cook and when I go out I don't like being disappointed and I have never been disappointed at Johnny's Bistro.

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Baltimore, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My husband and I had lunch at Johnny's Bistro, we're first time customers. The restaurant was cozy with little tables and a fireplace. The hostess/waitress was pleasant and attentive. We were given menus and a sample of the soup of the day. Our sandwiches were tasty and the mulled cider was delicious. The bathrooms were the cleanest I have been... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Located on the main street through historic Ellicott City, this cafe looked like a cute place to stop and a good option between a sandwich shop and a sit-down restaurant. We were seated by a friendly hostess who handed us menus, but then were told we had to order at the window in the back. Odd to have to stand... More

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