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Johnny's Bistro on Main

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8167 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
410 461 8210
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great sandwich

I ordered the California Dreaming sandwich and it was great! Prices are reasonable service was good. Will have to try it for dinner next time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Deborah C
Columbia, Maryland
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Baltimore, MD
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ellicott City is chock full of restaurant choices, but locals agree Johnny's is among the best. The menu is varied and inventive -- my favorite is the "It's a Wrap" - grilled Tuscan chicken, fresh mozzarella, sliced proscuitto, with arugula, roasted red peppers, herbs and garlic aioli. Comes with fries or vinegar based slaw. Pizzas are great. Also have a... More 

Thank Stogie5
Columbia, Maryland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered the California Dreaming sandwich and it was great! Prices are reasonable service was good. Will have to try it for dinner next time.

Thank Deborah C
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Well, we visited this restaurant for lunch 2 days before Christmas . The atmosphere was lovely and festive but the service was lacking. Our waitress did not write down any of our order. Now if you are a super experienced waitress you may be able to take orders by memory and have the food come out right. This young lady... More 

Thank Kba68
Ellicott City, Maryland
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My BFF and I come to Ellicoot City every year to celebrate and shop for the holidays. Johnny's is a must for our visit as the food is always delicious.

Thank June L
Rochester, New York
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92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

My uncle recommended Johnny's as we made our walk through main street Ellicott City. I had the crabcake sandwich as I'm an upstate New Yorker, and not privileged to have decent seafood. That being said it was very good and the beer I had made it an awesome pair. The beer, brewed locally (Baltimore), was flavored with local favorite, Old... More 

Thank madtv261
Ellicott City, Maryland
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We love going to this place. The menu is very simple but every little detail in each dish is taken care of. You can taste the favors and feel the love they put into cooking with each bite. I love their salmon salad, not your typical salmon but a smoked, buttery salmon that you will not forget. Pizza is fantastic... More 

Thank Nat_is_gone
Riverside, California
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78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Great location in the city and has all the external appearances of a good experience. But, narrow space and low ceiling make any communication a bit of a struggle; don't take anyone with hearing issues. Wait staff is pleasant but detached and don't seem interested in guest satisfaction-sort of it's my job kind of vibe. Beware: items on menu don't... More 

Thank Robert B
Ellicott City, Maryland
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Love the food at Johnny's; it's always excellent. Ordering can be frustrating though when you are behind people that dont understand the ordering process. I just wish people would be courteous enough to review the menu before getting in line and taking 10 mins to order or ask questions. This is really annoying when all you want is one more... More 

Thank RJHorst
annapolis, Maryland, USA
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

I've lived in Maryland for 8 years and I never knew Old City really existed. It's a quaint town with great little shops. We stopped at Johnny's for lunch. It's a little confusing that they don't allow servers to serve outside unless a credit card is left with the restaurant while dining. Or you can get place your order as... More 

Thank noon21012
Ellicott City, Maryland
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Love this place! If you are looking for a nice meal in Old Ellicott City, this is a wonderful choice. Great food and the owner is right there taking care of the customers and food. Sometimes you even get a taste of the soup!

Thank Joan L

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8167 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: 410 461 8210

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Spanish
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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