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“Ok but nothing special”
Review of Johnny Carino’s

Johnny Carino’s
Ranked #19 of 125 Restaurants in Brighton
Cuisines: Italian
Description: Johnny Carino's has been serving up spiced-Italian favorites since 1997, when they opened their first 5 restaurants in central-Texas. Since then, the brand has grown to now include over 90 restaurants nationwide, as well as 10 more in the Middle East. Since mid-2015, Johnny Carino's of Michigan has been owned and operated by State Road Partners, LLC. We are a hard-working group of 4 Michiganders, all born and raised in this great state, and dedicated to staying here! Our business started as a family venture when, Owner and President, Chris Stevens decided to take his over 30 years of restaurant experience, and buy the 4 Michigan locations: Allen Park, Brighton, Commerce Township, and Holland. Mr. Stevens, with his sister, brother-in-law, and eldest son, soon created the State Road Partners and haven't looked back since. It is our belief that great food and family go hand-in-hand, and it has been our goal to provide our guests with nothing short of the best since starting on this adventure! So, from our family to yours, we hope to see you soon!
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Description: Johnny Carino's has been serving up spiced-Italian favorites since 1997, when they opened their first 5 restaurants in central-Texas. Since then, the brand has grown to now include over 90 restaurants nationwide, as well as 10 more in the Middle East. Since mid-2015, Johnny Carino's of Michigan has been owned and operated by State Road Partners, LLC. We are a hard-working group of 4 Michiganders, all born and raised in this great state, and dedicated to staying here! Our business started as a family venture when, Owner and President, Chris Stevens decided to take his over 30 years of restaurant experience, and buy the 4 Michigan locations: Allen Park, Brighton, Commerce Township, and Holland. Mr. Stevens, with his sister, brother-in-law, and eldest son, soon created the State Road Partners and haven't looked back since. It is our belief that great food and family go hand-in-hand, and it has been our goal to provide our guests with nothing short of the best since starting on this adventure! So, from our family to yours, we hope to see you soon!
Goodrich, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Ok but nothing special”
Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I went with 4 girlfriends for lunch. Only one of us ate the whole meal, because it wasn't that tasty. Our server was a little slow bringing out asked for items like lemon for the water.

Visited April 2014
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Durand, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Unlimited salad is unlimited yum!”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

I was out with a large group of friends and just wanted a little bit to eat. Thank you JC for having an unlimited salad, the Caesar was wonderful! We were seated in a long row and had one server. Usually this would have been a problem, BUT our server was exceptional! She made sure we had drinks, refills on unlimited menu items and whatever else we needed. The restaurant was not our first choice, but it was the restaurant that was open late. This makes it our new choice when we run late. Brave the traffic circles and take yourself out to Johnny Carino's!

  • Visited March 2014
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Howell, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Our "go to" place.”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Since we discovered Carino's it has become our "go to" restaurant. The service has always been excellent. Other than one dish, the food is always very good. The bread is deadly - I try to stop at one loaf but sometimes can't stop from having another!

We have been there on nights when it's been very busy and it can get a little loud. We found out that going on Thursday, rather than on Friday night, is a lot more enjoyable.

  • Visited February 2014
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Fowlerville, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Bad Waiter”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Have been here before with no problems. This time had Larry or Jerry as our waiter. He would mumble a lot so hard to understand. Ordered a pasta dish with added chicken and shrimp as I had done in the past with no problem. He came back to ask me how many shrimp I wanted because I could pay .75 cents per shrimp or pay a set price. Told him I never heard of this before and that the waitress would just take care of it. He seemed really confused about it. He also started talking to another table while waiting on us. When he brought our plates he had his big thumb on top of the plate almost in the food. I had to ask for another beer after it was empty. Also he let my wife's pop go empty before getting another one.
It was a Sunday night and they were very slow but he seemed to have most of the tables. Food was ok but my portion was smaller than usual.
Won't be back for awhile.

  • Visited February 2014
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289 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and great food”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We liked the food and the experience at this restaurant and it was family and budget friendly too. It was a nice surprise as we were not sure about what to expect. We will certainly be back.

Visited November 2013
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