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Jan 26, 2013 12:56 PM

Johnathans on Needham street

My friends want to get together for dinner and suggested Jonathans where the old Papa Gino's was. Is it good ? There will be six of us and some are on a budget but they like good food. Any thoughts?

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  1. It's pretty bad. I've given it many chances, and my advice is to stay away.

      1. They seem to want to try but they lack real execution skill. As for eating there, the bar is by far nicer than the dining room. The bar is a huge rectangle lined with seats. It feels lively. The dining room feels like a leftover space with no real sense of decor. So I would recommend sitting at the bar with modest expectations but that doesn't fit a 6.

        1. We went there once as it is in the neighborhood, but I would never go back again. There are many better budget choices. How about Sweet Basil?

          1. Thanks for the warning. My friends are not big drinkers just big eaters. We all like good food. Biltmore may seem to bar like then and if the bar at Johnathans is the best part we will skip that too.

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            1. re: cherrytomato

              You may want to look at the menu at the Center Cafe in Needham, reasonable prices, pretty good food and generally very good service from a very involved and concerned owner who is the host and his daughter-in-law is the head cook.