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“Consistently excellent!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Johnny's Bistro on Main

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Johnny's Bistro on Main
8167 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
410 461 8210
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Ranked #7 of 139 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Price range: $10 - $20
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Consistently excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

My wife and I love dining at Johnny's and get there at least monthly! The specials are always amazing, and his wine selections are an excellent value for the price. The owner, Johnny, tries to get out to chat with everyone personally, despite being busy creating masterful dishes in the kitchen. It's a European-style bistro where you order at the counter (they deliver the food) but when they aren't really busy they'll take your fodd and drink orders as well. Very friendly wait staff-- go with their recommendations and you won't go wrong. Johnny's Sangria's are awesome in the summertime but he typically runs out by early evening due to their popularity (and the prep time required to make them).
Don't miss Johnny's if you are in Ellicott City!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Woodstock, Maryland
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184 reviews 184 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Have A Dinner With Johnny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

A great little local place with great food prepared fresh by the owner right from the kitchen.
Consistently good.
A local find, just needs more people to give him a try.

jsl

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Henderson, Nevada
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Consistently Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Every time I bring out-of-town visitors to stroll the streets of Historic Ellicott City I always make it a "must" stop for lunch at Johnny's Bistro on Main. After you are seated, you can read over their menu and peek over your shoulders to see what the next table customers are eating. So what if you have to walk up to the window to order and pay, I think the food is consistently good here! The waitress will probably bring a small sample of their daily soup to taste, and I've never had one that I didn't like. My girlfriend and I split a "warm mushroom salad" and a "three cheese pizza". Both were very good.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
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“Great Lunch In A Great Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Just finished a day visit to Ellicott City. Walked the streets and visited the antique shops/malls. Had lunch at Johnny's Bistro on Main. California Dreaming sandwich plus the soup of the day. Highly recommended for Ellicott City visitors. Food, service and facility were very inviting and comfortable

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Excellent food at reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Yes, Johnny's (and Johnny) is an experience. He's omnipresent in camouflage pants, buzzing around the kitchen, making the rounds with guests and lending energy in a simple, unadorned environment. The food is straightforward but excellent, and reasonably priced. Choose the front table for an eye level view of Main Street . . . and some needed ambient light. The Main Street Steak Salad was perfect; just the right amount and prepared to perfection. The Bistro Sandwich was also superb, served on aromatic rustic bread. Nice to have an "open kitchen." Enjoyed getting free samples of the soup du jour. This is a unique place, charming in its way with great food, a committed host, friendly servers and a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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