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Back Door Cafe

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402 Chestnut St, Johnstown, PA 15906-2729
+1 814-539-5084
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Hidden small restaurant in ethnic section of town. Best to make reservations to be sure they have a table for you. Food is excellent. Good service. Restaurant is arranged so everyone has private areas to dine. Decorated in 'old time' decor. Fun experience to dine there. We've visited more than once!

Thank cissi15905
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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97 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A labyrinth of Victoriana with romantic lighting and cozy booths was marred only by a suspended tile ceiling. Service was attentive from beginning to end, although there wasn't a lot of help making decisions. The food--flatiron steak, salmon and cod as main courses; caesar salad, clams and mushroom soup as starters--was uniformly tasty and interesting. We were puzzled, however, by... More 

Thank JMH1896392262
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate there this past weekend for the first time. We were in town for my son's graduation. Food was good, but nothing spectacular, despite its recommendation by one of the faculty at UPJ. The server bragged about their side dish "the onion", so we had to try it. Nothing special. Tasted like an onion baked in French onion soup... More 

Thank travelingmom037
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2017 via mobile

We love this place!! Great food, great service. Drinks are freshly made. Staff is super pleasant. We had 10 in our group last nite and we closed the place, never an easy task, but Denise and Tom were fantastic as usual! Highly Recommend. We of course will be back.

Thank Flyfisher1234
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2017

All the hype of the Back Door and I have to admit it's a bit over-rated. We went for a holiday dinner in December and my adult kids from out of town were under impressed. My daughter's pork chop ( the special) was cold and the gnocchi although delicious was a very small portion. Always cold inside so we ate... More 

Thank Monica G
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2016

We celebrated a birthday here. They sat us at a romantic booth. It was a nice gesture that one of the staff took our coats and hung them up for us. The menu and specials were explained in detail. Very hard to decide what to have for dinner, but our choices we picked were impeccable. Started off with the tomato... More 

Thank Nanaiscool
Cleveland, Ohio
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2016

No trip to Johnstown is complete without a dinner at the Back Door. Denise and Tom are the owners, and are very engaged with their clientele. Often times some of the food is locally sourced and very fresh. (A real surprising treat is that they CONSISTANTLY have great seared Ahi tuna! In Johnstown PA!!) Aside from great food and service,... More 

Thank Hrocks
Hammond, Indiana
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

This hidden gem always provides a great dining experience! The atmosphere is very comfortable and the staff are friendly, attentive and extremely knowledgeable. The food is creative and absolutely delicious. We visit Johnstown every year and our stay wouldn't be complete without an evening at the Back Door.

Thank jjoyce652
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

The Back Door Cafe has it all: great service, creative cuisine and comfortable surroundings. Food is fantastic and SO much better than any other place in town! A great find! Convenient location too

Thank kymaestro
Seal Beach, California
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2016

So you miss eating out in DC or NYC....come here and see if it doesn't compare at half the price. But for Johnstowners in general, it's VERY pricey.....remember, you get what you pay for. This is a cozy intimate restaurant. Food always fresh with seasonal specialties. And you can always bet on the creme brule to complete your meal

Thank Dagnytags

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 402 Chestnut St, Johnstown, PA 15906-2729
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Johnstown
  • Phone Number: +1 814-539-5084

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?