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“A Special Night Out @ Carlo & Johnny!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carlo & Johnny

Carlo & Johnny
9769 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242-7215
513-936-8600
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Ranked #11 of 1,729 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Following the Jeff Ruby tradition of fine dining in unique settings is Carlo & Johnny. This beautiful mansion has a storied history as a casino and Mafia hangout, adorned with antiques and unique appointments. As for the menu, it's in keeping with the Jeff Ruby tradition; delicious, innovative, and out-of-this-world. And with 15 steaks, it's Ruby's most comprehensive menu ever. The old Hollywood glamour and delicious cuisine promise a meal and experience to remember.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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“A Special Night Out @ Carlo & Johnny!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

My significant other and I decided to take a quick trip to Cincinnati to celebrate the July 4th Weekend. I was able to make a reservation at Carlo & Johnny from my iPhone during the car trip. I logged onto Open Table and was able to secure a 7:45pm reservation at 1:00pm on that Saturday/day of the reservation… Needless to say I was shocked but pleased to be able to take my girlfriend to the spot I had been raving about in the car for over an hour! :)

First Impression/Bar: The restaurant is setback off of Montgomery Rd and has a lovely driveway that winds you back towards the place. The restaurant itself is a more of a mansion than a place you would consider a fancy restaurant. We opted not valet park (offered for $3.00 + tip), as the main parking lot was fairly empty and not that far of a walk from the front door. We both knew we would be having large steaks so we planned to “walk some of it off” by not valet parking haha. We should up at 7:30pm for the 7:45pm reservation and the hostess was immediately able to seat us, but we opted to head to the bar area where live music was playing. The hostess was not pushy and acted as if the timing on our reservation did not matter, saying: “simply come back up when you wish to have dinner.” The bar area provided live music (6pm - 8pm and then again at 9pm - 1am) and full menu for both diners and those cocktailing. The bar was crowded but not overly so, and was a nice mix of those on “date night”, business men/women, large groups, etc. I highly recommend having a drink in the bar area and catching some music either before or after your meal!

Service: We sat in ‘Dons’ and he was extremely attentive but not overly so. He was there when we needed him to be and never more. He was able to make recommendations from the menu and was extremely well versed on the daily specials (he even knew all the oysters for sale that day). The service was as expected: AMAZING. Everything from offering my girlfriend a dark napkin to avoid white lint on her clothing, to the manager made it a point to come by the table not once, but twice which was nice. He cracked a few jokes and made some small talk to ensure we were having a lovely evening. We notice him approaching all the tables at one point or another in the evening which was a nice touch to see.

Food: We started the meal by ordering a bottle of champagne; after all it was a holiday! $99.00 for a bottle of Moët & Chandon is going-rate at any bar, so we splurged. We started the meal by ordered a dozen mixed (East & West) oysters which we served with fresh horseradish, lemon slices, cocktail sauce, and a balsamic sauce. The oysters we fantastic! I ended up ordering the Barrel Cut 12oz Filet and my girlfriend had the Anthony Muñoz. We both split the large baked potato which was MASSIVE and could be shared 4 ways. Don was more than happy to grill our asparagus order (not much a fan of steamed asparagus). Both steaks we cooked Medium Rare and came out perfect! We have both order steaks at some amazing places (Jags – Cincinnati, St. Elmo’s – Indianapolis, Maestros Ocean Club – Vegas) and these were right up there with the best! The potato was melt in your mouth and the asparagus was great. We skipped dessert, only so we could have Graeters on the way home!

Atmosphere: The décor is dated. From the tufted leather booth seating to the green velvet walls (at least this was in the dining room we sat in). I personally think the old-school décor ads to the character of the place and give it an extremely warm feeling. We were sat in a GIANT booth for just the two of us that was slightly lifted off the dining room floor allowing us to “people watch” during our meal (one of our favorite things to do!)

Overall Impression: 10/10. Carlo & Johnny’s now have two new customers for life and provided me an amazing evening with my girlfriend that we will not forget anytime soon!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati
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“Now That's a Steak!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I grew up in Cincinnati, spent alot of my hard earned dollars at the Waterfront, Precinct and hadn't eaten here since 2010. That was a business meal with a $6800.00 bill, reward for setting a national record, ouch and I had forgotten had good the food is. I took my daughter for a steak and luckily was seated in Adrians section. Now he has a great support staff, but I sure enjoyed the pampering. I had the signature bone in filet, their legendary Mac and Cheese, Scalloped potatoes. My daughter Never shares her shrimp cocktail, orders four, I got two and they were excellent. The bread is great, I chose not to eat a salad, but had some of my daughters Iceberg Wedge, super good Blue Cheese dressing. The steak was huge, I ate half of it before I touched anything else. I again forgot what a properly aged, cooked steak was all about. Adrian walked another order by, I believe he called it the Tomahawk, Fred Flintstone size, bone in monster, that hang off the plate, enough for the whole family. The mac and cheese, scalloped potatoes, as always, were excellent, I'll be eating the remainder for lunch. The best was my cheese cake with berries, my daughter ate the lava cake, not sharing this time.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Perfect!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We haven't been to this restaurant in several years. So glad that we came back!! Tom was an excellent server...engaged in conversation with us besides telling us about the menu, etc. He didn't rush us and allowed us time to enjoy each segment of the meal. Even when we were enjoying our coffee after dinner we never felt rushed. Dinner is expensive, but for special occasions it is definitely worth it. We found everyone to be extremely friendly. We will be returning to Carlo and Johnny!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great service and quiet room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

We had a group of 7 people and sat in the quiet room in the back. Great service and tasty food. Excellent service.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Spoiled on Mother's Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

My daughter treated me to $38 Mother's Day that was replete with everything you'd expect for brunch at a steakhouse: steak station, omelet station, dessert station, & chocolate truffle station! Food was amazing, staff was par example, everything perfect. Knowing it's a Jeff Ruby resto, we expected only the very best & our high expectations were met.

Definitely a splurge site to treat oneself on special occasions. We'll probably make this a Mom's Day tradition. Bottle of perfectly chilled Prosecco was proffered at a reasonable price of $35. They definitely made my day & the place is not the least bit stuffy. Loved it!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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