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Back Door Cafe

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402 Chestnut St, Johnstown, PA 15906-2729
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Terra Alta, West Virginia
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We took our very picky friends to do the Johnstown tourist sites... flood museum, inclined plane, etc. I made a reservation at the Back Door Cafe and was very glad I did. There are only small tables (2-4 person) that resembled an Irish pub "snug." The service was excellent, and both the owners came to our table to chat. We... More 

Thank Richard G
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Wow this place would fit in in an amusement park ...overpriced and pretend high end food and fire brick oven not wood fire but fire brick ....who cares .... Rude staff who really aren't into ur experience Won't be back

5 Thank jeep1242
Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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224 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Traveling from New Jersey, my wife and I found this restaurant almost three years when touring the Johnstown area. This year,when traveling through Latrobe, we had to return to The Back Door Cafe, even though it was forty-five minutes away. The small local restaurant is nestled away in the back streets of town, adding to its charm. Tom and Denise... More 

1 Thank Disneybus
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My boyfriend & I went here for dinner after hearing great things about the food. Local, seasonal & unique. We were excited to try this place. After placing our order of several appetizers & drinks, the food was slow to come. The beer my boyfriend ordered, never came at all. We were one of three tables in the place so... More 

2 Thank 95Daisy82
Madison, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The owners of this place clearly care about what they're doing. They genuinely seem excited about the fresh ingredients when they describe the menu, which offers a broad selection of choices (from traditional entrees to flatbread pizzas to multiple small side dishes like the onion that everyone talks about). The drink menu is impressive well executed as well. Good food,... More 

Thank TravelswithPute
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting for the concrete canoe competition and used trip advisor to pick a place for dinner. Everything was fresh and local, including the smoked trout appetizer. The mixed drink menu was unique to other places we've been. It's a small but cozy restaurant and the staff was very attentive. We would definitely visit again.

2 Thank VABeachGirl757
West Virginia
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132 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We stopped in while traveling to Johnstown PA. The place is actually just a little neighborhood bar / restaurant but it's nice inside and clean. I have to say this was a bit expensive. The entrees are all "a la carte" and any side dish including bread is extra. Having said that the food portions are quite large and the... More 

Thank trav115
Rockville, Maryland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

Stopped by on our way from DC to pick up son at IUP. Excellent service, excellent food and comfortable, casual/elegant atmosphere. You must order the cheesy onion side dish! We will be back. Well done, Back Door Cafe! Did I mention the truffles? A must at the end of your amazing meal.

2 Thank Nicole H
Pennsylvania, USA
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Reservations on the weekends are a must due to limited seating. Only complaint is that service is sometimes slow but food is excellent and Denise's martini's are delicious!

2 Thank kbrumbaugh2
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Finest dining in Johnstown..th food is cooked to perfection..n served in proper perportions..not too much.not too little..chef tom is a five star chef..definately a treat.. I'm not from around here..n it's nice t know I can experience five star dining in little ol johnstown..*

Thank Danielle C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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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: 814-539-5084

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?