About Johnny's Cafe

9407 Ventnor Ave
Margate, NJ 08402
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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's recipe homemade Meatballs, which are the finest you can have. Johnny's is open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night and Cocktails. We would love to see you.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 6:00 pm, 7 Days a Week
Wednesday 4:00pm-6:00 pm Happy Hour Cocktails All Night Long At both of our Bars!

Entertainment Schedule:
Frank Sinatra Vocalist, the Amazing Benny Marsala
Wednesday & Sunday Nights, 5 pm-Close

...The Lounge At Johnny's Cafe...
Friday DJ Steve O 10 PM-till
Saturday Johnny Looch 10pm- till
Sunday Benny Marsala, Vocals and Dancing
Don't forget the after party at Johns Steaks!

Cross Street:
Adams & Jefferson

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 822-1789

Website:
http://www.johnnyscafeventnor.com/

Entertainment:
Weekly Entertainment Schedule
Dancing to the Music with the Area's Best DJ's -
Monday Nights, Jazz Duo Joe Mancini & Guest 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Wednesday and Sunday nights, Benny Marsala 6:30-close
Friday & Saturday Nights, Guest DJ 8:30-Close

Catering:
Johnny's Cafe and Martini Bar offers many options for your catering needs. Our new room and bar is perfect for that special function. We cater off site too and we will accommodate any special menu requests.
Check our website for the different packages that are offered.
Please contact our catering manager would be happy to discuss your options

Parking Details:
Free Parking is located directly across the street of the restaurant on our private lot

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

Executive Chef:
John W Liccio

Private Party Facilities:
Or Private Dining area has a fireplace and its own bar for your affair

Private Party Contact:
Joanne Liccio: 6098221789x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Special Events & Promotions:


Plan your next special event at Johnny's 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.

Johnny's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience4
service5

Lively place. As always the service and ...

Dined 2 days ago

Lively place. As always the service and the food was excellent. Will definitely be going back.

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Great food, too loud!

vip
Dined on April 20, 2016

At one point someone had turned the music up so loud, we couldn't even hear each other. Something like that could be a deal breaker for an otherwise near perfect meal. Everyone's food was very good. Only complaint among 9 dinners, salad dressing on meatball salad was all vinegar, kind of killed it. Otherwise, we had quite a variety of entrees and all were plentiful and delicious! Service was friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend as long as I can hear my fellow diners.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

My husband and I celebrated our annivers ...

Dined on March 28, 2016

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary there. We both had our favorite, Salmon Wellington, which was delicious as always. Their pasta primavera (not on the menu anymore but you can still request it) is also excellent. The dining room was renovated a few years ago and is very attractive. Service was very good.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Try the Bosses veal. It's outta this wor ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Try the Bosses veal. It's outta this world if you like spicy.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Food was delicious. It never disappoints!

Dined on March 27, 2016

This is my third time there, the food is great as well as the service. Lunch or Dinner, it is always good! I would recommend to my friends who are not on a budget. It can be a bit pricey but well worth it.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
food4
ambience2
service4
value4

Food with a Flare

Dined on March 13, 2016

Menu offered some really delicious sounding entrees and appetizers. We enjoyed the warm winter salad, Beef Carpaccio, whole Branzino and our friend who eats only gluten-free found many choices. Drinks good. It was a Saturday night, so the restaurant had its bar dance scene going strong.

Tags: late-night find, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Our meal was excellent . I had Bronzino ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

Our meal was excellent . I had Bronzino . It was cooked Perfectly. The tomato salad was also excellent . My husband got the veal Johnny. That was also delicious . For desert - the key lime pie is a must. It is so creamy and Delicious. Never had anything like it 👏

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

always good never fails...we go as often ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

always good never fails...we go as often as we can..

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Service

Dined on March 12, 2016

The place was really good. All the staff is friendly. Food was delicious and I'm going back with my family and friends. Definetely a good place to visit for Restaurant week.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food, had the whole Bronzino ,cook ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

Great food, had the whole Bronzino ,cooked perfect Very reasonable

food4
ambience5
service5

Excellent dinner, service,the whole expe ...

Dined on March 11, 2016

Excellent dinner, service,the whole experience was very good.. We were there for restaurant week

food5
ambience5
service5

Great spot for any occasion

Dined on March 5, 2016

Great spot for any occasion

food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Mostly very very good!

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

Food excellent! Waitress needs to write orders down and realize all customers are not deaf. She yells at you ( we've had her twice). Mistakes with not writing down orders both times.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent as always

Dined on February 20, 2016

4th time here and excellent as always in all categories. A special thanks to the staff for making a memorable birthday celebration.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Upscale ambiance with great food

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

Johnny's has an upscale ambiance, modern lighting, and a large bar. The food is classic, delicious Italian served with a smile. They also feature an amazing singer who sounds like Frank Sinatra. Worth trying!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Valentine's Evening Feb. 2016

Dined on February 14, 2016

Best chicken marsala I have ever eaten. Service great & place all decorated. Frank Sinatra singer was so great you would have thought Frankie was in the place. Lovely evening.

Tags: romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

This was our third or fourth time going ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

This was our third or fourth time going to johnnys this year. We always have a great experience and have never been disappointed. They have a great cocktail menu if that's your thing. There meatball appetizer and Caesar salads are always delicious! Tonight I had a New York Strip with mashed potatoes and my wife had the scallops special. Both were awesome and cooked to perfection! For dessert we had key lime pie which was unbelievable to say the least. We save a little bit to take home with us for later. The service is always great, and we've never had a problem with our servers. Everyone is very friendly and polite.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Food was wonderful. The DJ played great ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was wonderful. The DJ played great music that had the whole place dancing.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service1
value4

Service not great

Dined on February 14, 2016

Johnnys was recommended by a friend for Valentines Day dinner...the friend happens to be a frequent customer at Johnnys. The wrong dinner came out for my husband and instead of taking mine back they let it sit there for 10-15 minutes. His dinner happened to be almost $40 which isn't the point but we were very disappointed. Not to mention we changed plans because Johnnys came highly recommended. I'm not sure that we will return.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

THE BEST

Dined on February 14, 2016

Our waiter was William, he is the best waiter we have EVER had he was attentive but not overbearing his knowledge was fantastic. The food was FANTASTIC . The lambchops were the best I have ever had. Will be back soon and often

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service3
value4

Johnny has really stepped it up!

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

Last visit kept me away for a long time. This recent visit was very good. Made reservations for this weekend also! Waitress should write down orders, no reason not to? Most impressed with quantity of servings!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

neighborhood gem

Dined on February 12, 2016

Great menu that even hard to please diners can find a delicious entree. It can become noisy near the bar but our hostess asked if we wanted to be seated on the quiet side. A good vibe all around. We will be back😉

Tags: fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

The meatballs were great!! Steve the DJ ...

Dined on February 7, 2016

The meatballs were great!! Steve the DJ was great. he played the music my husband and I like. We will be back.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Always a great experience there. First ...

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

Always a great experience there. First time for breakfast . Definitely would go back .

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Even on a Hard Night, Johnny's Cafe excels!

Dined on December 31, 2015

This is our third time at Johnny's and frankly as it was New Year's Eve 2015, and we were bringing a new couple with us, we hoped we'd made the right choice! Well, we had NOTHING to worry about! The staff was on their toes and as soon as we arrived we knew we were in good hands. We had requested William as a waiter and we got him and as before, he did an excellent job taking care of us. The food we ordered was superb and our first time friends said it was a Home Run! Thanks William for great service and thanks Johnny's Cafe for another excellent meal! We've been before and we certainly will be back again and again!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Always good. Great service. Go for appet ...

vip
Dined on December 30, 2015

Always good. Great service. Go for appetizers or dinner. Everything was excellent.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Eating At Johnny's

Dined on December 24, 2015

Although we didn't have the 7 Fishes, we had a splendid dinner with an excellent waitress. Maria's bronzino was perfectly cooked and Dan's veal was oustanding. Luckily, we received a gift card for Johnny's, so we will be back.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Pre Christmas Visit

Dined on December 23, 2015

My wife and I went to enjoy a quiet meal after Christmas shopping. Unfortunately we sat in the dining area near the bar during the end of happy hour. The music at the bar was blasting away and pointed at our table. The music was finally turned down and we thought, great. Except a live singer began his routine, and again, was too loud for dinner music. The food was excellent and there is plenty of it, but the noise level is too much for us. We actually like to have a conversation during dinner, not shout at each other. I guess we will try again, but not on a Wednesday night. As a side note, I have observed that the noise level at most restaurants has risen. People should use what they were taught in Kindergarten.....to use their indoor voice!

food4
ambience4
service5

One of our favorites

vip
Dined on November 29, 2015

As usual, our meal was terrific. Party of 6 on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The place was quiet which is not the norm here, but we enjoyed ourselves. The food at Johnny's is always great and they make a mean martini. We are regulars, so perhaps a bit biased, but you can't go wrong. Chilean sea bass (a special) was wonderful and the pork chop (regular on the menu) is always a winner. No so important, but it is by far the best cup of coffee I have ever had ANYWHERE. Go now before the crowds come back for the summer!

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Great place, Awesome Waiter

Dined on November 26, 2015

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner at Johnny's Cafe. The food was delicious but the highlight was our waiter, William. He was amazing. Thank you, William, for pampering our mother, Marie on her Thanksgiving Birthday.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

First time I've ever been here and I cou ...

Dined on November 18, 2015

First time I've ever been here and I could not be happier! It was a relatively slow night so we got to pick our table so me and my boyfriend got a cozy booth by the bar (highly recommend!). I got the burrata appetizer and my boyfriend got the calamari app. Hands down the best burrata I've ever had! For entree I got the Bronzino and I can honestly say it was the best cooked fish I've ever had in a restaurant. My boyfriend got the New York strip and absolutely loved it. By far, the best thing about our time at Johnny's was our waiter, William. He was amazing, knowledgable, and extremely friendly. I cannot wait to go back to Johnny's!!

food5
ambience5
service5

The place to go

vip
Dined on November 15, 2015

When the town is dead on a Sunday in winter, johnnys is the place to go....live entertainment, good food, packed bar and all round enjoyable atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food, generous portions, friendly ...

vip
Dined on October 25, 2015

Great food, generous portions, friendly staff...and dancing !!

food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious!

Dined on October 24, 2015

We were looking for a new place for dinner and we chose Johnny's. We had a great salad and our entrees were just delicious. The wait staff were very attentive and we will be going back soon! This is a keeper.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great dinner!! As always! Food was excel ...

vip
Dined on September 26, 2015

Great dinner!! As always! Food was excellent, service - the best! Love the energetic atmosphere!! Johnny always makes our dining experience enjoyable!! This is one of the best restaurants in Margate! Nonna's Meatballs appetizer, Pescatore entree were excellent and plenty of food. Everyone enjoyed their meals, plenty left to take home too! And...the Martini's are fabulous too! Thanks again Johnny for a wonderful evening! If you haven't been here you must go.

food5
ambience2
service4

Review

Dined on September 20, 2015

The food was excellent. The waiter was not so good the 1st 25 minutes, but after our party of 3 requested refills for our drinks and inquired if bread was available while we waited for salads, he apologized and blamed someone else for not bringing the bread and plate of sautéed peppers. After that he was very attentive. Unfortunately it was hard to have a conversation because of the loud music and even louder patrons seated around us. I would return for the food but at an earlier hour before the music begins.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience1
service1

Noisy

Dined on September 20, 2015

Great food but not very hot. Way too noisy in the dining room. The waiter was polite but not very attentive. It was busy but not packed. Would only come back back for the bar maybe happy hour. Not for dinner.

food4
ambience4
service4

need to inform

Dined on September 19, 2015

as you can tell by my answers, my wife and I always enjoy our time spent at your restaurant. My wife ordered your surf n turf special on Sat. If you have the nerve to charge $70 for an entree without notifying your customer then you might have a big issue with someone who might not be as calm and cool as I am.

Tags: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience3
service4

Rushed and not seated well

vip
Dined on September 6, 2015

Service good, table placement not good never sure why this happens since it was not crowded

food5
ambience5
service5

Fun Restaurant with Really Good Food

Dined on September 5, 2015

We eat at Johnny's Cafe at least once a summer. As usually, this past weekend, we had a great dinner. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. The food was great, and they give generous portions - unlike another restaurant in town which decided to give "healthy" portions instead of the generous portions that they used to give. The atmosphere is very vibrant, without being stuff. We will definitely continue to eat at Johnny's Cafe as long as all the above advantages continue.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem

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