For Cleveland Restaurant Week a friend and I decided to try Johnny's Downtown, as neither of us had ever been there. Obviously we had a limited menu to choose from, but that was fine with us because the food was fantastic. We both had scallops with fennel for an appetizer, which was delicious. The scallops were perfectly cooked and just melted in my mouth. For our entrees I had osso bucco and my friend had pan seared grouper, both of which were very good. I also felt that the amount of food I had, considering osso bucco is so filling, was really generous. I couldn't even finish it because I wanted to make sure I had room for dessert. I shouldn't have bothered. We both order warm chocolate gateau, but afterwards wished we'd ordered the tiramisu. The cake reminded me of a grocery store brownie. Not the upscale bakery kind, the dry, flavorless ones. And they were on the verge of being burnt. What a let down. Sad that such a great meal ended on such a low note.
Pros: Nice atomosphere, pleasant live music, good food, friendly host
Cons: Downtown parking (Valet is available), unexceptional dessert