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Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club

(Now Closed)
Jazz Club, Bar, and New American Restaurant
Davis Square, Somerville
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  • OurStage
    OurStageJuly 8, 2011
    A renowned mid-size destination for jazz/blues. Sunday afternoon blues jam is perfect if you’re not ready to rip a solo in front of 300 people just yet… For other blues options:
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PowersJanuary 4, 2016
    Super fun venue for live music, but it will be closing very soon. New Year's Eve was a blast- only made it once- but am glad I did!!
  • Bikka M.
    Bikka MityaDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Bloody Mary I ever had! Virgin is good for brunch, spiked for dinner/evening hangout. Only for those who can handle hot taste!
  • Louis R.
    Louis RMarch 3, 2010
    Sunday Afternoon/Evenings Blues Jam 4:30-8pm. Great house band featuring guitar prodigy Mike Welch then local musicians get up a jam for a couple of hours. The burgers are great and sometimes the musi
  • Tina B.
    Tina BugaraJuly 29, 2013
    Awesome place to see a show. Great brunch! Nice people!
  • Northern M.
    Northern MusicOctober 14, 2013
    Sundays 4-7 pm they have an Open Mic Blues Jam Read more
  • Sergios K.
    Sergios KolokotronisOctober 19, 2013
    Get the Belgian waffle w pecans and fruit. A side of bacon, too.
  • Laura
    LauraFebruary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My go-to brunch spot to bring out-of-town guests; great food, great ambiance
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RossOctober 4, 2014
    Loved the veggie scramble, and the oatmeal! The scones were amazing but very filling!
  • ryan s.
    ryan simonettaOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    There are power outlets running along the bar, useful for when your phone is running out. So grab a beer and charge your phone.
  • Erica G.
    Erica GeorgeMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The meat here is sustainably raised - and prepared well! Love everything I've eaten here. Awesome live music, too.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithApril 27, 2012
    The gnocchi pomodoro, while small, packs a lot of flavor. Give it a try if you're in for dinner.
  • Bianca
    BiancaMay 19, 2013
    Try the grits with cheese (p.s. order some hot sauce to spice it up!)
  • NakLew
    NakLewMay 6, 2012
    Most affordable and yummy brunch I know of. The catfish and eggs are a must have
  • Kristen Z.
    Kristen Z.April 26, 2013
    Get the polenta fries and the Julien Press. You won't be sorry.
  • Ronn F.
    Ronn FJuly 30, 2012
    Go to Jazz Brunch and eat the catfish! And be sure to use lots of hot sauce.
  • Chuck L.
    Chuck LindblomFebruary 13, 2011
    The mac and cheese i had was amazing, pair with sweet potato fries and you are golden.
  • Becky
    BeckyOctober 27, 2010
    the eggs & pancakes here are great on hangover days... just know that you'll wait about an hour for a table.
  • Mandee F.
    Mandee FlandersDecember 26, 2012
    Pretty drafty here in the winter time since it's by the mall entrance. Dress warm.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 5, 2012
    At Johnny D's, a Boston institution, people may come for the food but they stay for the music. Serving since the 60s, Johnny D's is a Davis Square staple. Read more
  • Hillary S.
    Hillary SFebruary 7, 2014
    If you purchase tickets for a big act, dont expect to get a seat. Apparently you need to reserve a table in advance. No body said that when the tickets were purchased in November. Pissed off.
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LeepJuly 18, 2009
    Go on Saturday or Sunday morning to see a musician or two take the stage during jazz brunch. Show up before 11am to beat the line. Get at least a side of oatmeal.
  • Ks P.
    Ks ProductionsAugust 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try out the daily lunch & dinner specials. Brunch on weekends. Trivia nite /w $1 hot dogs on mondays
  • Bridget W.
    Bridget WalshMay 26, 2013
    The catfish and egg dish is delicious!
  • Brendan O.
    Brendan O'NeilJune 7, 2015
    Sunday jazz brunch is a must
  • Connor F.
    Connor FergusonMarch 17, 2012
    Food is pricey and nothing exceptional, but they have a knack for booking some pretty excellent bands.
  • Patricia
    PatriciaJanuary 21, 2015
    The brunch pancakes are divine.
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BevisJanuary 31, 2015
    Jazz brunch on Sunday and Monday night trivia!
  • penguin
    penguinFebruary 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    steak n egg tacos on lunch special menu is a must eat!
  • Lindsay G.
    Lindsay GarcesDecember 4, 2010
    Grits with hot sauce and the Cuban quesadilla: perfection.
  • Kiersten M.
    Kiersten MaillerApril 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Come for the music; stay for the wait staff.
  • Kate G.
    Kate GwiltMay 19, 2015
    Amazing drinks and live music!
  • Glenn Alexi M.
    Glenn Alexi MerryMay 13, 2014
    Great food, good music, service needs a little work
  • Jenn L.
    Jenn LivingstonSeptember 18, 2011
    The musician is playing a jazz version of skater boy...interesting
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly AnneMay 18, 2013
    This what they consider a BLT. I guess you have to assemble it yourself?? 😕
  • Kyle
    KyleMay 18, 2013
    The Rosemary Chicken is AMAZING
  • Anmol W.
    Anmol WassanApril 16, 2011
    Try the cheese blintzes. The wife orders nothing else!
  • John S.
    John SantamariaJune 7, 2014
    Wow! Yeungling 20 oz draft - cheap!
  • Cheri
    CheriApril 7, 2012
    Jazz brunch on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Martha S.
    Martha SperrySeptember 26, 2009
    You want a great live music experience? Catch Allan Holdsworth at Johnny D's (he is a regular). Just mind-blowing.
  • Jeanie N.
    Jeanie NguyenAugust 21, 2014
    Average food (at least brunch) but good jazz atmosphere
  • Lucy G.
    Lucy GJAugust 16, 2015
    Jam sessions on Sunday!
  • aaron c.
    aaron chioJuly 17, 2011
    Jet the large OJ... it's amazing
  • Doc S.
    Doc SearlsNovember 7, 2010
    Grits with cheddar. Not southern, the cheese thing, but still mmm.
  • Kyle
    KyleNovember 17, 2013
    Get the rosemary chicken!
  • Laura K.
    Laura KMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunday Jazz Brunch is a must-do! Get the oatmeal.
  • Rabbi Isabel d.
    oh I how love their cheesey grits! Read more
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AbrahamMarch 9, 2010
    Breakfasts are so-so; oatmeal is the real deal. Steelcut oats, slow cooked.
  • steve h.
    steve hdDecember 27, 2014
    There is a charge for soda water, you're not crazy.
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillmoreNovember 30, 2014
    Great live music!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda Michele-VeaMay 18, 2013
    No BLT sandwich? Lame! instead just order sides and create your own
  • Kraig M.
    Kraig M.November 4, 2011
    Free wifi! So huge!
  • David D.
    David DayMay 8, 2012
    Get the @slumbrew and follow dem!
  • jessica b.
    jessica baconJune 27, 2011
    DIJON HOLLANDAISE SAUCE. no more words. Read more
  • David C.
    David CarpeJuly 27, 2009
    go to trivia night on mondays, it's excellent. i always lose ;)
  • Michael H.
    Michael HarrisMarch 6, 2012
    Cant beat our brunches!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BallJuly 18, 2010
    The best blueberry pancakes around.
  • Meghan C.
    Meghan CarySeptember 11, 2011
    Woo hoos are a special!
  • El C.
    El CampeadorMay 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Catfish is the only thing worth having at brunch.
  • Musi A.
    Musi AFebruary 14, 2011
    Calamari was pretty good
  • Mike
    MikeJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Fantastic chicken fingers.
  • Christian E. P.
    Christian E. PeñaMay 26, 2012
    This Is Where You Find Your Boyfriend Cheating On You.
  • El C.
    El CampeadorJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch for the brawling bassists
  • Timothy O.
    Timothy O'ReillyApril 10, 2010
    Food is really quite good, but service I'd lousy. Two for two......won't be back.
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CalabreseMarch 2, 2010
    Restaurant is closed on trivia nights! BYOF.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LAugust 29, 2009
    Humanwine puts on a damn good show
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