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Back Door Cafe

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402 Chestnut St, Johnstown, PA 15906-2729
+1 814-539-5084
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16:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Cleveland, Ohio
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

No trip to Johnstown is complete without a dinner at the Back Door. Denise and Tom are the owners, and are very engaged with their clientele. Often times some of the food is locally sourced and very fresh. (A real surprising treat is that they CONSISTANTLY have great seared Ahi tuna! In Johnstown PA!!) Aside from great food and service,... More 

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Hammond, Indiana
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This hidden gem always provides a great dining experience! The atmosphere is very comfortable and the staff are friendly, attentive and extremely knowledgeable. The food is creative and absolutely delicious. We visit Johnstown every year and our stay wouldn't be complete without an evening at the Back Door.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

The Back Door Cafe has it all: great service, creative cuisine and comfortable surroundings. Food is fantastic and SO much better than any other place in town! A great find! Convenient location too

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Seal Beach, California
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

So you miss eating out in DC or NYC....come here and see if it doesn't compare at half the price. But for Johnstowners in general, it's VERY pricey.....remember, you get what you pay for. This is a cozy intimate restaurant. Food always fresh with seasonal specialties. And you can always bet on the creme brule to complete your meal

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Thank Dagnytags
Somerset, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

My wife and I took a chance and drove to the Back Door Café and were given a choice of nice tables. We both had a cocktail and a soup for starters. My wife and I ordered different entrée and I ordered their special Ciabatta bread thaty they bake with seasoning and buttered herbs - delicious, as was the whole... More 

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Thank John S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is without question the best restaurant in Johnstown. It is located in an historic section of Johnstown, housed within an unassuming building. The menu is terrific and the chef uses locally sourced foods when possible. For special occasions in Johnstown, this is our go to place.

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Thank Beverly W
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Such a unique place with simply lovely ambiance and always a welcome. If you are looking for a place that never disappoints, this is it! With the even changing and seasonal menu, you will be sure to find something you like. I have tried several things for the first time at this restaurant...and always enjoyed them. The salads and flatbread... More 

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Thank Kimmi2014
JOhnstown, PA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

About 15 of us decided to stop for drinks and appetizers following a wine tasting fundraiser. We didn't have a reservation, so we asked if it would be okay. Denise, of course insisted we stay and took our drink orders. Best cocktails! Always a variety of seasonal libations created with homemade juices, syrups and herbs. We each ordered from the... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

I was pleasantly surprised at how cozy this side street restaurant was. It was a bit late when we arrived so only ordered a pizza and salad. It was delicious. The owner was very nice and we chatted while having dinner. I would go back but during the day. Upon leaving and going to our car we encountered some shady... More 

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Allison Park, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a delicious dinner with family and friends. I highly recommend the pork chop entree, the salads are large enough to share. We all loved our cocktails before dinner, we will be trying to recreate them at home. There's not a lot of tables so I recommend making a reservation for the weekend.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
16:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 21:00
Thursday
16:00 - 21:00
Friday
16:00 - 22:00
Saturday
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 402 Chestnut St, Johnstown, PA 15906-2729
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Johnstown
  • Phone Number: +1 814-539-5084

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?