Johnny Goes Italian

4.8
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97 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian

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Johnny Goes Italian ( Formerly Johnny Fishbone Wine Parlour ) sister venue to highly recognised and veteran of Darlinghurst dining, Buffalo Dining Club™ is doing what we do best… serving you some of the tastiest Italian food in Sydney. Staying true to what we know and deliver: The menu is succinct, the wine list - diverse and approachable and the service - crackin’.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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RocknRoll
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For amazing food, wine and service Johnny Goes Italian is the place to go. We are never disappointed when we dine there and also have a good time. When Sydney is back to "normal" we will be back again!

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AlexB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The restaurant is very cute and cozy and has a great atmosphere. I'd recommend for a date but it can be a little noisy

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DAVIDM
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Limited but excellent menu & wine-list. Service was excellent considering there was just one person at the bar and 'on the floor'. The mortadella was to die for and the snapper with clams was exceptional. Not a lot to eat, but who needs so much these days?

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Houghton
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational food, cozy atmosphere and attentive service. Our new favourite local.

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vipkatt
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was flawless! Can’t wait to go back

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TanjaF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This is my fourth visit in five months and each time we have had a great experience. Food choices limited but very good and different each visit. Excellent wines and Pete and his team are always attentive and friendly. Definitely one of my favourite dining spots in Sydney.

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gilli
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, friendly service, cosy atmosphere, lovely wine selection and staff are extremely helpful with excellent recommendations.

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stepheng
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best food I ate on my four week trip to Melbourne and Sydney, really was delicious. Casual looking but food was really great

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, service and value.
Having been to Chester White and Buffalo Dining Club many times, I thought I should try their recently rebranded venue.
It did not disappoint. Intimate venue, with a concise menu and great service that you expect from this group.
Extra special value on a Tuesday night also with a bowl of pasta and glass of wine for $25.
Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great

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SonyaW
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always. Service was super friendly and helpful. I'll be back.

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Sammy
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Oh how the past illuminates the present within Johnny Goes Italian's memorabilia-soaked walls. The food and wine emerged like a helicopter from a fog and blasted rockets of flavour down our throats so fine I could cry. Hell, I just might. It's a bad, adorable crime to be so tasteful, and yet it's probably a worse crime to write such a rose-coloured review. Whatever, cuff me. At least I know the first place I'm eating when I make bail.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great night!

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AngelaD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food. Great inner-city vibe, yet cosy.

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SharonT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

An enjoyable evening, great food by a gifted chef!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A warm greeting, concise but lovely menu, friendly and very attentive service made for a great night.

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JackA
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food with some very clever twists

Johnny was very friendly and a helpful host

And any food that tastes that good is value for money- wish I had enough room for the pasta - next time no doubt

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BennN
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great.. staff even better.. nice to get good service for once. Will be going back

JB
JayBee
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The cost of the wine and food were very expensive. The portions sizes were too smal for the cost of each plate. The menu was also very limited.

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Anonymous
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant, it's my second time back and it was just as amazing as I remember it to be. Food is always amazing, the service was warm and friendly. I'm a big fan!

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FelicityM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the food here. I have been 3 times and crave it between visits.

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Dominika
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed very much once again. The food was delicious however I missed the risotto off the menu. Service was great as was my company of three girlfriends. Thank you.

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MANDYP
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. Very Melbourne and cool. Food is amazing. I am vegetarian and it’s always really interesting food.
Great wines and I love the staff

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GeraldineC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food (the beetroot ravioli was one of the best pasta dishes I've eaten when dining out recently), great service, lovely evening.

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marshalld
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The risotto and squid ink and ravioli blew our minds and who doesn’t love Brussels sprouts

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ClaireA
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for a fabulous evening. The food was delicious, wine list fantastic and the service amazing. Such a cosy spot too. Thanks Peter for looking after us!

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NickV
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was beautiful and ambiance perfect

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Kazza
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed all our food portion for the mezzaluna pasta a little small for a main but everything else was excellent. Very friendly helpful waiter. Will definitely go back

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Bobs
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was Expensive for what it was. But lovely place for drinks.

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ToniRinaldi
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were immediately impressed, (even before entering the storefront - draped by curtain) once noticing the cue that extended outside of the restaurant. Luckily we had booked a table for three in advance - we encountered no difficulty with our seating arrangement, despite the bafflement and small number of staff on the floor. This restaurant’s intimate, welcoming, and fun vibes made us feel instantly comfortable - everything a wine bar should aim for. We were immediately shown the wine list, by a very friendly waiter. Despite being set on ordering cocktails, we were still impressed by the assortment of wines on offer. In terms of the food, I truly believe this Italian restaurant currently dishes some of the best pasta and risotto in the city. I highly accredit the chef behind the risotto cacio e pepe, which as simple as it may sound, was definitely the standout dish of the evening. All in all, we had a great experience at Buffalo Dining Club’s associate restaurant - certainly worth a visit if you’re looking for an authentic, Italian-inspired, sophisticated tasting experience in Sydney.

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rpgilbert
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible pasta. Fantastic value. Will certainly be back

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SamanthaC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible! And the staff were so welcoming and friendly!!!

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LickingThePlate
London
21 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Cute place, the food was good, some dishes very good, but the portions were tiny.
Most mains were entree sized. Would have needed to order more than one main per person, but for that it was a bit too expensive.

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Marcom
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I 've been to Johnny Fishbone quite often and every time I think that it can’t be as good as the time before, and I’m happy to discover that I’m always wrong.
Philip is one of the best chefs in Sydney.
The menù changes every week, sometimes twice a week, every time is a new experience, it’s impossible to get bored.
I truly believe that in this wine bar you can get the best food in Sydney, and I can tell you that my standards are quite high.
Excellent indigents combined magnetically, a real treat for your palate.
The wine list isn’t huge but the selection is great and very affordable.
Cosy venue always warm and welcoming, one of the few places where you can enjoy decent music.
The staff is always smiling, helpful and gives very good suggestions regarding food and wine and it,s super super friendly.

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StaceyK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Its a simple menu with 3-4 options for entrees and mains - but all looked delicious it still make the decision hard to make!

Staff were super friendly and attentive, with a lovely unique wine menu (yes for orange wines!)

Just a shame that road works kicked in halfway through the meal (not their fault of course)

Would go again!

JH
JoshuaH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is definitely one of the new hidden gems in Sydney. Killer wines, cocktails are great and we've been twice now and almost tried all the dishes which are all superb.

JC
JaneC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great little spot and perfect for foodies. Lovely service and dinner was excellent - lots of small plates all beautifully prepared amd exotic flavours to try.

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NigelB
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Regularly changing menu, friendly vibe.....recommend you sit at the bar and engage with the friendly staff.

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cesar
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it !!! The food was really tasty and original !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food and wine but overpriced. Fantastic service. Music slightly too loud for date conversation! I get they want to create a cool vibe but having to yell over the music is just annoying.

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Johnny Goes Italian is rated 4.8 stars by 97 OpenTable diners.