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Johnny's Tavern

4.7
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201 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Johnny’s Tavern in Amherst manages to provide a mixed ambiance of classy, yet laidback charm and décor. The dining room provides a nice backdrop for a date night or a group of friends. Even a rather large group can sit comfortably in the expansive dining area. The bar features television where you can catch your favorite sporting events while dining on your food.

The food at Johnny’s Tavern is delicious and always well-prepared. Meals are cooked to order to ensure that diners with various dining preferences can all come in and enjoy a meal. If you are looking for some recommendations, you should try the truffle fries, brussels sprouts, burgers or the house made gnocchi. Stop in at Johnny’s Tavern to see what other amazing food options are available on the menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 201 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Today I visited Johnny's Tavern for lunch with my cousin. We were impressed with precautionary measures due to Covid, food and beverages were excellent, our server Tanya was very attentive & made the dining experience even better!! Only drawback was we didn't notice any parking meters, we came in separate cars & both received $15 parking tickets.

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ThelmaS
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Loved it great food and service thank you

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Delicious! Very cute restaurant with a great vibe. Highly recommend the truffle fries! Big big for the whole table.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Excellent Italian cuisine and great choices for wine

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service food presentation were all excellent if you park in the lot beside the restaurant make sure you pay for parking

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and the food is excellent. Highly recommend this place for a nice casual lunch or dinner.

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hotc
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a very good lunch at this in-town restaurant with a local friend. The food was excellent, though a tad pricey, but everything was prepared perfectly. The burrata cheese appetizer with peach compote was particularly tasty. I had a "tavern burger", which is a house specialty, and it was cooked exactly as requested.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the best calamari I’ve ever had. And duck special was amazing. The kids enjoyed their fried chicken beyond belief. We had a wonderful wonderful experience.

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vipDanielG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinners were excellent, the wait staff was friendly and gave us the time we needed to catch up with friends, and we received a booth as requested. Excellent value!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the Excellent food, service, atmosphere
during birthday celebration!!!!

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KCorr
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful fish selections. Waitress was friendly and knowledgeble.

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DanaB
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Johnny's is one of our favorite spots to go in Amherst with our son who is in college there. The wait staff is super friendly with excellent service and the food is very good!

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Delicious
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We started with the truffle fries, and the tomato jam that comes with it is unreal. I had one of the specials, a house made pasta with shrimp, sausage, peppers and red wine cream sauce. I’ve never had anything like it! The entree was $20, and well worth it. We went before a UMass hockey game so it was crowded, but we used Open Table for a reservation and didn’t have to wait at all. I would definitely come here again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You will never be dissatisfied here....nothing short of amazing food served by a proud & professional staff!

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JohnS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time to Johnny's as we were visiting UMass. Johnny's was recommended to us by several friends who had been there previously and it did NOT disappoint!! Great atmosphere, nice bar, fantastic service, and delicious food! Thank you!!

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RyanT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and value - we’ve already highly recommended to others.

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MaureenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second visit to Johnnys and can’t wait to go back. The food and service are excellent. I ordered the braised beef pappardelle both visits as it is to die for. Our servers have all been fantastic. The ambiance is very nice as it’s not so loud that you can’t have a conversation. Johnny’s is definitely worth the visit!

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GKski
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whenever in Amherst, we go to Johnny's at least 75% of the time. Draft beer selection is great and their menu is concise and everything is superb. I always have trouble ordering anything but the Rigatti and that's because it is that good. Salad with roasted garlic balsamic is also terrific as is the bread they bring.

Service is always prompt, courteous and delivered in a team format.

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BigDaddyAwesome
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was very good, timely service until the end of our stay when the coffee was delayed until after dessert. The bigger issue was the Dining area was cold! Folks, including myself, had to put coats on to eat. The floor manager told us that bar area was way to warm so our areas heating had to be shut down to absorb the heat... that says much about the ownership. We won’t go back until it’s repaired so that ALL patrons can be cared for in appropriate heat or cooking. However, if the owners are cheap on customers comfort, in what others areas are they reducing cost that might affect the quality or authenticity of the food we order? Did I really have Asian Sea Bass or was it a white fish replacement?
Normally I don’t question, but I will for any restaurant owned by the Bean Restaurant Group, which are multiple in WMass.
Be forewarned, something is fishy! (Pun intended intended)

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viphgolightly
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely dinner experience from start to finish. Our server (and everyone else) was wonderful, even on a very busy Valentines Day evening, and everything was delicious. We'll definitely be back. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was an excellent place for our Valentine’s Day date. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very fun. Our waitress was also super lovely!

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The experience was just fine. Finding a parking spot is another whole story!

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andreac
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always our go to when we visit for College. Cozy, great food and our waitress was great.
Will be back again!

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vipTracyE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Johnny's before and after college basketball games! There's no place better for drinks, appetizers, for lunch, and dinner. The food is always consistent, you can make a reservation a head of time for large and small parties and the staff is very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Senior Night for Amherst Basketball

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MicheleM
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The food was overall good. Brussels sprouts were bland but veggie burger was very good. Pretzel was excellent. The problem was it was just too loud!

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food is excellent. It is noisy but not unusually so for area restaurants.

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HelmerR
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely Fabulous fantastic splendid enjoyment totally food outstanding service impeccable ambiance splendid

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. Nice selection of food and appetizers. Definitely would go back.

DG
vipDanielG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We all thoroughly enjoyed our food - taste and presentation!

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Torment55
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Johnny’s is one of the most consistent restaurants that I have ever dined. The food quality is top shelf. Dined with 6 others on Friday evening and all were extremely happy with their dinners. I highly recommend JT’s!!

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KAP1
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve eaten here several times and the food, service and drinks have always been great. We really love the mussels appetizer and the martinis!!

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EmilyM
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The staff was very nice and most of the guests really enjoyed the food! The one reason I am not likely go back to Johnny's is that there are very limited vegan options, and the one vegan option (burger) could be improved as there are no vegan buns, which of course takes away from the burger experience. There are so many vegans in the area, I wish Johnny's would make an effort to offer some great vegan main courses.

Johnny's Tavern
Responded on 3 February 2020

Hi Emily, Thank you for dining with us! Although we don't have many strictly vegan options listed on the menu, we are a scratch kitchen and can create a vegan item for you at your request. We often make pasta dishes or other entrees for our vegan guests and are well known for being able to accommodate almost any dietary needs or restrictions. I invite you to visit us again when you have an opportunity and speak to your server about options. Thank you! Eli K. Sous Chef

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AllenH
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Love Johnny's Tavern and go there with friends whenever we can.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Patrick was our server and was fabulous.

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JessicaR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Second time there and will return. No complaints on any of our meals thus far, other than the soda tasted flat.

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JenS
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

We waited nearly an hour for our food- salads and a burger. When the food finally came, the burger and the steak on the salad were both cold. We did bring it up to the manager, who did apologize and take 25% off the bill, which was nice of her to do. I have had great meals there, and due to this, and the managers action, I will go back, and give this restaurant another try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience1

Very loud, noisy crowd, could not hear ourselves talk and it was way too hot in there (it was an unseasonably hot day in their defense)

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vip2pdl
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was superb — truly outstanding. The menu was interesting and expertly created. All in the ambience of a classic tavern.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time visiting Johnny’s Tavern. Girl friend’s Birthday. Everything was great , food, service, atmosphere etc. Thanks for making her day!!!!

FAQs

Johnny's Tavern offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (413) 230-3818.

Johnny's Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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