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“Exquisite dining experience. ”
Review of Carlo & Johnny

Carlo & Johnny
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Ranked #15 of 2,123 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 25 - USD 100
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took wife to Carlo and Johnny a week ago. Excellent experience. From the hostesses, the bartenders, serving staff- it was all A+.
I had the basic filet and my wife had a fish special. We split a dinner salad- Caesars- and 2 suedes, mashed potatoes and creamer spinach. Everything was excellent. The attentiveness of the staff was perfect- they were paying attention without interrupting our meal. Also, we sat at the bar which was excellent. It’s a large facility and difficult to get a prime time reservation without calling weeks in advance. No worries- full dinner service at the bar.

Without hesitation I would return and plan to do so my next trip to Cincinnati.

2  Thank Jim P
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

Carlo & Johnny is a Cincinnati gem from local celebrity restaurateur Jeff Ruby. Known for the best steaks in Cincinnati, Ruby also offers great seafood and an extensive array of adult beverages. Carlo & Johnny is tucked away in Montgomery, a suburb about 15 miles north of downtown Cincinnati. Housed in an historic mansion, the restaurant has a very cool atmosphere. The service is absolutely first-class--from the valet, to the hostess, to the wait staff. PRO TIP: save room for the Original Butter Pie as dessert!

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1  Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Food was excellent! Service was superb and the atmosphere on point. Expect to pay about 150.00 per couple, but you get exactly what you pay for!

1  Thank Brandy S
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

Very good food excellent service.Large portions for sides very shareable.Steak was perfect.my wife had lobster which was very good.Complimentary cheesecake for birthday.Won't go that often but will for a special occasion.

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Thank Bob W
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Reviewed 26 August 2018

My husband and I hosted a birthday meal for our adult daughter, our adult son and his girlfriend. We've eaten here before (and at other Jeff Ruby restaurants), but I'm surprised to have to say: we were all disappointed. That's not something I'm used to saying at one of these restaurants.

I tried the Wagyu Filet ($60 for a 6-ounce filet), and found at least 2 ounces of it was fat / inedible; and the remainder was just "OK" - I enjoyed the bite of my husband's barrel cut filet better, honestly. My daughter also had the Wagyu and though her's wasn't fatty, she also thought it was "just OK." So I spent $120 for "just OK" and "I couldn't eat it all." Hmmmm....

Then let's talk about the timing of our meals...one member of our party is a vegan, and ordered a "special" meal (veggie pasta). The other four meals were served simultaneously, but the pasta meal was served AT LEAST 7 minutes later. None of us ate ours, of course, till hers arrived; she felt embarrassed (as if it was somehow her fault, which of course it wasn't!). It was completely awkward (and completely avoidable). Later, my daughter was told she got a free dessert for her birthday; the other four of us each ordered a dessert as well. Her dessert arrived about 2 minutes later, but the other four desserts didn't arrive for at least 10 minutes after that. What the heck!? Again, it was awkward, and difficult to understand, and completely avoidable.

So, not very good steaks, plus meals and desserts arriving at uneven times...for this I paid nearly $600 with tax and tip? I will likely not return to this restaurant. Very disappointing.

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1  Thank cmkcmk
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