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Johnny's Luncheonette

Diner$$$$
Newton Center, Newton
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  • Paul B.
    "Check for your initials daily to see if you get a free meal."(3 Tips)
    Vivian
    "penicillin with matzoh balls is perfect when you're..."(2 Tips)
    Erica N.
    "Be sure to order the Coconut Encrusted French Toast!"(4 Tips)
    Samantha R.
    "Great sweet potato fries and latkes"(3 Tips)
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  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzMarch 5
    This place is just OK, average eatery, nothing special. Vintage decor
  • Janet N.
    Janet N.July 3, 2015
    The Diner hash and eggs is just a delight. Subbed fried tomatoes for the toast so it wasn't so heavy.
  • Vito D.
    Vito Di DomenicoFebruary 8, 2015
    Good burgers and sandwiches and a unique "floating dessert" with ice cream over root beer...
  • Ron O.
    Ron OppenheimJanuary 15, 2015
    Challah French toast is awesome. As are the fries and sweet potato fries (they're freshly cut).
  • Dan S.
    Dan SheehanNovember 15, 2014
    Homemade corn beef hash gets a thumbs up
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzOctober 10, 2014
    A Newton Center institution. Solid breakfast and pretty good value. Get their pancakes.
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comSeptember 22, 2014
    Feel the breeze of the boardwalk when you bite into this dish: Two Nathan’s dogs topped with sauerkraut, snuggled in an Iggy’s baguette, relish, and mustard on the side. Read more
  • Vivian
    VivianSeptember 3, 2014
    penicillin with matzoh balls is perfect when you're feeling under the weather
  • Claire S.
    Claire SallisJune 15, 2014
    Crazy overpriced
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RodríguezJanuary 21, 2014
    Great sweet potato fries and latkes
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownJanuary 20, 2014
    Check for your initials daily to see if you get a free meal.
  • Ruth B.
    Ruth BrownDecember 11, 2013
    Horrible food. Extremely noisy hate ir
  • Marybeth C.
    Marybeth CelorierJuly 15, 2013
    This was my first time and it was delicious. I had The Diner and the hash was great.
  • Carolyn B.
    Carolyn BJune 18, 2013
    Best coffee around.
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MMay 4, 2013
    Crunchy French toast, porridge, and the original Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins...what's not to like?!
  • Erica N.
    Erica NormandeauDecember 2, 2012
    Best retro diner around! Be sure to order the Coconut Encrusted French Toast!
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BurtonOctober 25, 2012
    The porridge is divine.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BurtonOctober 14, 2012
    The place to see & be seen in Newton politics before 10am.
  • Alizabeth L.
    Alizabeth LouiseAugust 8, 2012
    Very busy around lunch time, but every day there are a different combination of initials to get a special on lunch! Very tasty breakfast options.
  • Neil S.
    Neil SmithlineJune 17, 2012
    Great for a breakfast at dinner day. Love those sweet potato fries. Just wish they didn't look so orange.
  • John A.
    John AMarch 29, 2012
    Great porridge I mean great. But in order to get the oatmeal in the cream of wheat you have to arrive before 12 or one
  • Patricia A.
    Patricia AdamFebruary 4, 2012
    Its waffle sundae is very good!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownJanuary 29, 2012
    You can get everything on challah if you want. Score!
  • jake f.
    jake furstAugust 10, 2011
    fantastic pancakes, in addition to all their breakfast offerings. i vote for the blueberry compote or banana variety...or both!
  • Prof. G.
    Prof. G.July 16, 2011
    If you get The Semi you can pay a bit more for special French Toast (coconut is recommended!)
  • joe w.
    joe walshJune 1, 2011
    Porridge. That is all.
  • Noah G.
    Noah GoldsteinMay 7, 2011
    Overpriced food, not a good menu, and always extremely loud. Don't go here if you want good food.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenApril 27, 2011
    Don't forget to check the initials in the front window — if they're yours, your meal is free!
  • Judi B.
    Judi BurtenApril 24, 2011
    Great place for breakfast lunch and dinner with good portion sizes and prices. Food and service are good and consistent. Great local spot!
  • Travis E.
    Travis EbelApril 19, 2011
    Pinnacle of overrated mediocrity. Meh. I'll pass.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KlingMarch 26, 2011
    Call ahead to get on the list and don't believe the wait times. An hour ten for a fifteen minute "wait."
  • Erin O.
    Erin O'BannonMarch 13, 2011
    Get the salmon hash. It's great for any meal.
  • Amanda O.
    Amanda ODecember 15, 2010
    Waban Frittata is DELICIOUS.
  • Zak F.
    Zak F.November 26, 2010
    Careful, misbehaved children can easily ruin your meal here.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrierleyNovember 22, 2010
    Almost 10 bucks for egg whites, some dark rye, and coffee... Eh
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LohSeptember 2, 2010
    Try the centre, sunny side up. Best meal in the morning.
  • Henry W.
    Henry WuJuly 11, 2010
    Get the banana split for two!
  • Sara G.
    Sara GrahamJune 13, 2010
    Get the porridge. It is SO good...plus the serving size is enormous, so you can take home leftovers for tomorrow.
  • Lauren
    LaurenJune 3, 2010
    Not terribly courteous or customer oriented, only mediocre food, but awesome small, overpriced milkshakes
  • Eric H.
    Eric HamletMay 18, 2010
    Johnny's fruit shake is an excellent way to start any day! Also recommend "The Semi" as well.
  • cindy g.
    cindy gordonMarch 20, 2010
    Great vanilla frappé!
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PearlmanJanuary 20, 2010
    Go to Johnny's. Get some Jewish penicillin. J Newton's home office
  • Janet G.
    Janet Gershen-SiegelJanuary 5, 2010
    Oh, you must try the porridge. Three bears not included.
  • Josh G.
    Josh GilmourNovember 17, 2009
    Great matzo ball soup
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