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Johnny's Cafe, Margate, NJ

Johnny's Cafe

4.2
4.2
1119 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Johnny’s Cafe and Martini Bar brings the finest Italian Cuisine and creative seafood dishes to Margate, NJ. Over the last few years Johnny’s has evolved from a small cafe to being one of the most sought out restaurants and martini bars on the Jersey Shore The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the seasoned service staff will make you know that you belong. Johnny’s is known for his dessert creations as well as his family recipe homemade Meatballs, which are the finest you can have. Johnny’s is open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Take Out

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Breakfast, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 822-1789

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    John W. Liccio

  • Catering

    Please contact our catering manager would be happy to discuss your options via email reservations.johnnyscafe@gmail.com

  • Private party facilities

    Plan your next special event at Johnnys Cafe. We have a beautiful back room which includes a bar and fireplace. Perfect for your next birthday, Wedding, or Reception. Call for more details. Catered Events, Funeral Luncheons, Dinner Rehearsals, Baby Shower, Bridal Showers, Birthday Party, Cocktail Reception, Office Parties, Business Meetings, to Inquire email reservations.johnnyscafe@gmail.com

  • Private party contact

    Joanne Liccio: (609) 822-1789

  • Neighborhood

    Margate

  • Cross street

    Adams & Jefferson

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit Bus 505 Stops at the corner of Washington Ave and Ventnor Ave.

  • Entertainment

    Weekly Entertainment Schedule Dancing to the Music with the Area's Best DJ's -Entertainment Schedule: Monday Nights: (Every Other) Paint Night www.paintnite.comWednesday & Sunday NightsFrank Sinatra Vocalist, the Amazing Benny Marsella 5 pm-CloseFriday Nights: Bob PantanoSaturday Nights: Guest DJ

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Daily Brunch $7.00 Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    All Day Brunch Happy Hour! $7.00 Mimosas, $7.00 Bloody Mary’s, $7.00 House Wine By the Glass, $7.00 House Mixed Drink

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What 1,119 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Hot Spot

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Atlantic City

    Hot Spot

  • Atlantic City

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service were better than average. Prices were reasonable for the area and quality of food. Drinks were so so. I had a Negroni and it was not very good. A very simple drink to make equal parts of 3 ingredients. I’m not even sure what they mixed together but it wasn’t good. We had apps salad and a variety of entrees. I had a special. Whole Bronzino and spinach and it was delicious. This restaurant was would only need a few things to make it unforgettable. Remodeled bathrooms and good drinks would be a great start.
  2. FD

    FoodieDTown

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    While the staff and the feel of the restaurant were awesome, the food was not. I would not recommend this to anyone looking for anything better than pizza hut quality at NYC prices.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Surprised me with the quality and value
  4. B

    Bets

    Atlantic City

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great waitress, Angela, very good drinks, savory salads and entrees, perfect!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place. Superb menu and staff. Maybe pricey for some but we found it very much as expected. We got lucky with parking up front but could see that being a slight issue, just add some extra time as needed.
  6. TV

    TinaV

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Anthony was exceptional! Could not have been nicer or more accommodating! The food, as always, was delicious. We sat outside and it was a very enjoyable experience! We will be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The first time I have been back for dinner in a few years. I was pleasantly surprised. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. Portions were larger than necessary. My fellow diners all enjoyed their meals ( chicken Parm and grilled salmon) . The only minus for me was that I thought the veal was a bit tough - also plated on top of mashed potatoes. Had I realized that I would have asked to have them eliminated. I felt the prices were right for the value. I will return.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had dinner for my son’s birthday. The food was good. We all enjoyed the meatball appetizer. The pasta meals were a generous portion and the waitstaff was really attentive. Our only issue was parking. Parking nearby the restaurant on a Saturday night is really tough. Be sure to give yourself extra time to find a spot!
  10. S

    Step

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The tuna was almost raw and did not seem fresh or high grade. The appetizer salads were mediocre. The kitchen messed up one appetizer and did not put the dressing on the side. The beer was served without a glass and the waitress did not even ask.
  11. R

    Rubydee

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great as well as service Always a favorite for our date night
  12. AC

    ArthurC

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered seafood, steaks and veal this visit and everything was cooked to perfection. Our server was exemplary and we will surely return for more.
  13. MY

    MariaY

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal combined with excellent service and a great vibe made for a fantastic night out! Highly recommend this tried and true gem! There are newer establishments that some will tell you they love and some will tell you they don't, so why even chance it, and just go to Johnny's Café whose reputation of excellence is well deserved! PS. The meatball appetizer is a must and I usually never try anyone's meatballs!
  14. YE

    YumE

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    We sat outback which was very nice. The service was slow. It took a while to order and receive our second round of drinks. Our reservations were for 8:45 and unfortunately they ran out of shrimp cocktail and the Bronzino special, Overall the food was delicious and the server was very nice. The indoor vibe was very busy and got louder and busier as the evening progressed. They have live music and a club vibe. If you’re looking for quiet intimate dining request outside. If you like a busy club atmosphere you’d enjoy inside.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The food was horrible. They could not even get a caprese salad right. The mozzarella was rubbery. The shrimp cocktail was gross. And the branzino was flavorless
  16. c

    cbs17r

    Philadelphia

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent waiter who was attentive & took the extra time to make sure my husband’s dietary restrictions were taken care of. The Chilean sea bass special was fresh & tasty. The Cobb salad with chicken was refreshing & filling. Can’t wait to come back!
  17. VB

    VickyB

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent as always !!! Rocco our Waiter was also excellent and very attentive!!
  18. MS

    MSBC

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    We had a disappointing experience celebrating my husband’s birthday at Johnny’s. The noise level was extremely loud, and we could not have a conversation even at our table with a party of 5. The food did taste pretty good, but unfortunately our 7-year-old daughter’s meal had a fly cooked into it. We had to ask to remove the charge for her dish on the bill. When the bill was redone, gratuity was added when it hadn’t been before. The restaurant did also offer to comp my husband’s slice of cake. It seemed like bare minimum to address a bug cooked into the food, and the noise level alone would be reason enough on its own to not return.
  19. N

    Neezmd

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Service was friendly and attentive. But the food was poor. The eggplant caprese was heavily fried and so thin you couldn’t taste the eggplant. The chicken Milanese was also overly fried and tasteless. The side of pasta (rigatoni) was far from Al dente. Overall very disappointed. It’s been since pre Covid that we ate there last, live only a few blocks away and were hoping to add another restaurant to our menu of regulars. Sadly Johnnies still isn’t going to make the cut.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always, we will be back…again
  21. LS

    LeeS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Food was excellent. Service horrible!!! Got there and no one came over to table with water or anything fir 15 min. No one told us specials. We ended up bringing entrees to go because it took so long!!!
  22. L

    Lenny

    Philadelphia

    111 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As you’d as always !
  23. s

    shoredine

    New York Area

    117 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good service. Food good, not great. Drinks good.
  24. LM

    LisaMack

    Philadelphia

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here and we were not disappointed. Carter our server was fantastic and very attentive. The food was delicious and we had a great experience
  25. L

    Luv2eat

    Philadelphia

    179 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    179 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable meal at Johnnys - we all liked our food
  26. L

    Luv2dine

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife had the lobster special and it was outstanding. Half of lobster stuffed with crab meat and two of the largest shrimp I’ve seen. The bow tie and crab dish was also very good. All while being entertained by Johntourage who by the way was great. Our waiter Cater did a great job serving us along with the rest of the wait staff. If your looking for a night out I would highly suggest Johnnies.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and everyone enjoyed the drinks and meal.
  28. D

    Dineswithfriends

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    We have always enjoyed Johnny’s previously so we may give the restaurant another chance. The food was below par and prices have gone up considerably.. Our waiter was smug and not warm at all when cam over to the table, leaned on the table and said they were out of sparkling water so he guessed we’d have tap water. Then he disappeared and a young woman took over, saying they were working as a team. We didn’t see him again until he brought us the check. The calamari was tough and cut too big, the beet salad not attractive, the ribeye only ok, the filet was dry and overcooked. The meats were presented with garlic potatoes and plain steamed asparagus in such an uninteresting and unappealing manner for $60. The crème brûlée had a measly texture and simply wasn’t worth the calories. Maybe they are tired.
  29. MP

    MichaelP

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Good food; wonderful ambiance and atmosphere; excellent service!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The worst service! This staff is in need of training. The table was never cleaned after apps, plates piled up, we didn't have knives, glasses...dressing for salad. Food was cold. Will not return.
  31. J

    Joel

    Philadelphia

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    As always, the food and service was excellent.
  32. k

    kristenm

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service. Will be back!
  33. BP

    BPsandi

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent servers Sam & Rocco. Great menu and guidance for Gluten free items.
  34. ML

    MichelleL

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent martini.. overall very nice meal. Recommend
  35. j

    johnp

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Rocco was a great waiter. Noisy but to be expected on a summer Saturday evening
  36. PC

    PattyC

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Company from Tennessee. Food and service was excellent!!!
  37. H

    Happybelly1

    Atlantic City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently delicious, and the prices are not outrageous for the quality and portion size. Our server, Nick, was professional, attentive and made our dining experience a genuinely nice one!
  38. LC

    LindaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We dined there Sat for the first time. Service was fantastic, food very good. We had a comfy booth & overall great experience will return.
  39. JH

    JaydenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food is great, a little pricey, but the wonderful service makes for it. johnny himself is a delight. love him.
  40. r

    robert

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Veal was tough, pasta over cooked. Gnocchi were very good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Johnny's Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Johnny's Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 822-1789.

Johnny's Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 1119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Johnny's Cafe

9407 Ventnor Ave, Margate, NJ 08402

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Adams & Jefferson

  • Neighborhood

    Margate

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Breakfast, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit Bus 505 Stops at the corner of Washington Ave and Ventnor Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John W. Liccio

  • Entertainment

    Weekly Entertainment Schedule Dancing to the Music with the Area's Best DJ's -Entertainment Schedule: Monday Nights: (Every Other) Paint Night www.paintnite.comWednesday & Sunday NightsFrank Sinatra Vocalist, the Amazing Benny Marsella 5 pm-CloseFriday Nights: Bob PantanoSaturday Nights: Guest DJ

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (609) 822-1789

  • Catering

    Please contact our catering manager would be happy to discuss your options via email reservations.johnnyscafe@gmail.com

  • Private party facilities

    Plan your next special event at Johnnys Cafe. We have a beautiful back room which includes a bar and fireplace. Perfect for your next birthday, Wedding, or Reception. Call for more details. Catered Events, Funeral Luncheons, Dinner Rehearsals, Baby Shower, Bridal Showers, Birthday Party, Cocktail Reception, Office Parties, Business Meetings, to Inquire email reservations.johnnyscafe@gmail.com

  • Private party contact

    Joanne Liccio: (609) 822-1789

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