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$18 - $35
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Seafood, Italian, American, Steakhouse
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed May 28, 2022

It was obvious that Johnnys is fighting the same staffing challenges as many places. Servers were working hard and food was a little slower than normal. We visited on a Sunday night and it was full. All that said, service was very good and the...food excellent. No issues other than things being a bit slow. Everyone was friendly and we enjoyed our meal. Very nice location and modern place.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2022

Thank you so much for your understanding on the service side of things. We really appreciate that you took the time to post your amazing review. We are so happy that everything met expectations!

Reviewed April 13, 2022

This place preps there food in the morning then refrigerates it til dinner time to when you order then they throw it in a microwave...... and you rate it number 1 in altoona? You must have the worst tastebuds this side of anywhere if you...think there food is even considered decent.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2022

I would like to apologize for the substandard experience you received at our establishment. It is unfortunate that you were unhappy with your meal, but I can guarantee that your items were not prepped during the day and re-heated in the evening as each dish...More

Reviewed March 29, 2022 via mobile

The saving grace of our meal was Megan the bartender. She was awesome, quick and responsive but the food didn’t live up to past experiences. I had the shells and sausage and it tasted like dirty water. My wife had the basilico which was much...better but not up to normal standards. The bread was great, the wine was great, and Megan was great. Just the food was a huge letdown. Will come back though.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2022

Gavin, thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to provide your comments about your experience. Although we are glad to hear that your received great service form Megan, we are truly disappointed that your meal was not up to our usual...More

Reviewed March 12, 2022

I have never written a review for a restaurant before because I myself have been a server for 13 years. I came out from Colorado to visit my family and this by far has been the greatest experience I had in Iowa. The service was...beyond my expectations and the server made me feel like home. The drinks were filled and the conversations to be had were great. The food was delicious. But the server is something that made me crave and thirst to come back. My entire family scolded me and have eaten while I have served before and exploited room for me to improve because Qlani was such an exceptional server. Thanks for the service.. We will be back again!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2022

Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We are so glad you enjoyed not only the food but the service as well! We hope to see you back again.

Reviewed March 6, 2022

My wife was shown a great amount of disrespect by the waitress. This location has been on our normal restaurant rotation as the food has always been good. Unfortunately our latest experience has changed our desire to ever return. If we do we will not...be allowing Laura to be our server.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2022

Hello, we want to apologize for your recent experience with us. If you could email lvontersch@hoari.com with more information we would appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

Reviewed March 6, 2022

The waitress was very rude and apparently did not realize her tip would reflect her service. Not sure what her problem was, but we will not ever allow Johnny’s steakhouse to seat us in her section. Honestly, it will probably be a long time before...we return there anyways after tolerating someone’s ignorant attitude.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2022

Thank you for informing us about your recent visit with us. We want to apologize and hear more about your experience. If you could email lvontersch@hoari.com with more information, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

Reviewed March 4, 2022

My husband and I enjoyed our date night at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. We always enjoy the Little Italy appetizer and our pasta meals! The service was exceptional tonight! Our server, Weston, was not only knowledgeable about the menu, but was very efficient. He even packaged...a chocolate lava cake and ice cream dessert for me with instructions to ensure it tasted as good as in the restaurant. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2022

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad Weston was so helpful. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed February 6, 2022

First time at Johnny's and the food, service, and staff were excellent! We had Weston as a server and he was on point. Great dining experience! Jake J-

Date of visit: February 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2022

Hi Jake, we are so glad you had an excellent experience at Johnny's! We hope to see you back again soon!

Reviewed January 30, 2022

We had a wonderful experience at Johnny’s last night! Our server, Zach W, was so wonderful and made our experience so nice. We did experience a bit of attitude from the hostess when we arrived, but after that, the night got better. We will definitely...be back. I got the filet trio and my husband ordered the bone-in ribeye and everything was delicious!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2022

We are so happy to hear that you had an excellent time and will be back! We can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed January 21, 2022

Let me start by saying that I typically don’t leave reviews but I was blown away by Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse! From the drinks, the appetizers, finally the main course, everything was delicious! We were celebrating a friend’s birthday, and our server, Zach, went above and...beyond to make our friend feel great on his special day! Zach truly turned a celebration into a memorable event for all involved! Besides going out of his way, Zach was extremely attentive to our needs, offered suggestions for the most popular entrees and drinksMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2022

We are so delighted to hear about your wonderful time at Johnny's! Thank you for choosing Johnny's to have your friend's special day. We hope you will all return again!

Reviewed December 30, 2021

Weston was our waiter for the evening. Superb service! He kept checking on us at appropriate intervals and was quick with bringing what was needed.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2022

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us here at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in Altoona. We appreciate the wonderful feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed December 28, 2021 via mobile

Zach was very attentive to our party of 10, super polite and communicated when there was a delay, highly recommend!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2022

We are so pleased to hear that you received such great service from Zach! We appreciate the wonderful feedback and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed December 10, 2021

My wife and I celebrate our anniversary each year at Christophers in Des Moines, Iowa for the last 20 years but we didn't celebrate in 2020 due to covid. We decided to start back our tradition in 2021. A friend of ours mentioned to try...Johnnys Italian Steakhouse in Altoona, Iowa, so we did! Very, very disappointed.... First off, our waitress brought our drink order and spilled half of my drink. Didnt think much of it because I thought she would clean it up... she didn't, not even a apology, all she said was "oops" so the puddle of my drink sat there through out the dining time. Then when our order came in, my condiments was not with my order plus my mash potatoes were cold as was my wife pasta was. I would had mentioned to our waitress but she never came back, only to give us our bill and told us "thank you for coming to Johnnys". Now keep this in mind, we did still tipped the waitress!Then a couple of days after our visit, I looked at my credit card statement online and found out they accidentally charged me an extra $17. So I got ahold of Johnnys and they told me that it was their fault and would credit my account right back. I've checked my account again the next day and they had charge me an extra $17. 4 days later, there hasn't been any attempt to fix this error. So it looks like I'll have to dispute this on my credit card. Bottom line is that my wife and I will never go here again.... lesson learned! Back to Christophers we go!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2021

Hello, we are truly sorry that your anniversary celebration was not at all up to our usual high expectations. Please know that we have reached out and shared your feedback with our executive team to make sure this gets addressed. With refund back to your...More

Reviewed December 4, 2021

Weston was a great server! Very polite and helpful! Food was also amazing. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2021

Hello, thank you for dining with us and for providing your wonderful feedback. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We appreciate your amazing recommendation!

Reviewed December 3, 2021

Weston was our server. He was 💯 ! He was friendly. Prompt and very accommodating. He made us feel like we were important to him. Food was amazing as usual! Price is reasonable! Dion the bar tender is over the top friendly and makes great...drinks! We have been extremely dissatisfied with the front desk attendants last two visits. RUDE!! But a new manager ( darn , didn’t get her name) was on top of everything. She said she would straiten up front desk. Great dinner and great waiter Weston! Thanks! Hoping next time we will be treated with a smile snd respect upon entering.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2021

Laura, thank you for providing your feedback about your dining experience. We are pleased to hear that Weston took such great care of you, but we are truly sorry that the hosts were not friendly upon arriving. Please know we will use your comments as...More

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Johnny's Italian Steakhouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4