Johnny Carino’s

Italian food with a Texan influence in Dubai 11 Reviews

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

As you would expect from a Texas-based casual dining chain featuring ‘farmhouse Italian food’, the cuisine at Johnny Carino’s is only marginally Italian and is served in enormous, artery clogging portions. And while the food is fine, it lacks style, Italian or otherwise.

A huge chicken salad comes with breaded chicken, piles of fresh leaves and a tangy sauce. Grilled chicken caesar has a good dressing, if a bit light on the anchovies, and is properly served with romaine lettuce.

The dense lasagne, made with 12 layers of pasta, ricotta cheese and meat sauce has a homely feel to it, and will certainly fill you up.

Desserts are large enough to remind you why Texas is the fattest state in America. Chocoholics can opt for the chocolate cake – two enormous wedges of dense cake propped up by a mound of ice-cream.

Friendly service, reasonable prices and safe food make this a good choice for families and anyone not counting calories.


By Jeremy Lawrence

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: BurJuman, Bur Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 351 4411
  • Travel: Trade Centre Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Ziad Abu AlKomboz on 13 Feb ' 13 at 23:58
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Customer no more on 13 Feb ' 13 at 16:51
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Make sure you read the fine print prior to dining in this restaurant. They have a no food sharing policy in their fine print. So basically if you order just one meal and you share a portion of that set meal with someone on your table who is not hungry and is there just to accompany you while you are having your lunch. The waiters will start to stare at you funny and when you receive your bill, you will be asked not to share your meal the next time you dine in, as this is in the fine print of their terms and conditions.
Shouldn’t this fine print actually be in large print at the entrance so that customer could make an informed decision prior to entering this restaurant and get humiliated for receiving a service they are paying for?

Posted by: Tony Agustin on 15 Jun ' 12 at 07:41
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I submiited this to DFC Branch as this happened there, but i want Burjuman to have it also: As we were being led to our seat(14 June around 5pm), one of the crew shouted "huwag diyan, lilinisin pa 'yan, maraming upuan!," which meant "not there, it isn't clean yet. there are other seats!" from our backs. This is quite disgusting and unprofessional. It's like shooing customers as they do in roadside eatieries! As this wasn't the height of rudeness and lack of courtesy to customers, somebody shouted from the kitchen while we were waiting for our order, "i-serve nyo na yung table 23, mukhang gutom na kawawa naman!" In English, "serve table 23, maybe they're too hungry, they're pitiful!" I believe it was the same person as the shouting voice was similar. I complained to the shift Manager, who was kind enough to apologize and asked us to write our complaint on their survey sheet. I'm not the kind who wants somebody chucked out from his job, but this behavior at work is totally unacceptable, moreso because we come from the same country. Now if he can be rude to his compatriots i could only imagine what he says in his language to other clients who would not understand him when he demeans them. Finally, as Dubai is a multi-lingual city, employees on duty should never be allowed to communicate in their own language either to colleagues or to clients as this just is not courteous. I do not know if this complaint will be acted upon appropriately, but it is up to their masnsgement if they want to keep unprofessional staff who thinks he owns the place when he walks around the restaurant (yes, i observed his behavior all throughout my stay, and he never ceased to give us dirty stares when ever he passed our table). We will still enjoy Carino's Tuscany Ribeye, but in BURJUMAN where we first got a savory taste of their food.

Posted by: Romesa Anwar on 25 Jul ' 11 at 12:37
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

foood wz gud, spclly the nachos a sstarters and bread served with the italian touch...took soo long to brinng our order..the end wz gud.it wz my friend's birthday, so we gave them a cake to bring it after the dinner..i was under the impression tht they would casually keep it on the table...but the staff came with cheerful singing of Hapi B'day song and to my surprise "drumming" as well as if its one of d biggest celebration of the restrnt....wzs very surprised...and unexpected.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 14 May ' 11 at 16:27
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Was here Thursday night (12th). Fresh warm bread was brought to the table to share. For starters we had the spinach stuffed mushrooms with 3 types of cheese. Delightful in taste. For mains ordered for pasta and tenderloin steak. Pasta portion was generous. The lime juice with mint looked and tasted good. Upto this point,all was well.
The steak was a big disappointment. The meat itself was not like a thick block of meat I was expecting but more like a ribeye. It was just too sinewy and a struggle to cut through. Never imagined a tenderloin, if that's what it really was, to be like this. USDA beef or not, this was a poor show.I was asked if I want it well done and when I said medium rare, i got the feeling that this is not something they are used to. It was plain raw on the inside, the heat from the cooking hadn't even penetrated the centre. My wife said she saw what looked like ice within the meat though the waiter claimed it is not frozen meat. They took it back and cooked it some more.
The huge chunk of tiramisu was plain insipid with just too much of tasteless cream on it.
The steak and tiramisu aside, what they do, they do well. It would be wise to stick to pasta while patronizing this joint.
The total after a 15% discount on the Emirates NBD card was Dhs. 201.

Posted by: mohammad on 19 Apr ' 11 at 12:36
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Muness on 13 Feb ' 11 at 20:34
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

good place, good food though not really Italian!

Posted by: USMAN on 04 Feb ' 11 at 10:18
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The ambiance was good. But disappointed by the service. "ZERO OUT OF 5" .

Posted by: angelique on 24 Jan ' 11 at 13:44
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

very good food, great service, the manager offered us a voucher for a free dessert for the next time we come.

Posted by: Claudia on 12 Jan ' 10 at 20:24
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Hasan Abdulhalim Hamied on 24 Nov ' 09 at 06:26
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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