The Johnson House will be CLOSED from November 26th - November 28th. We will reopen on Tuesday, December 1st! We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.
We are back in action and not in the yellow zone!
We are at reduced capacity so reservations will be required. Please call 293-1111 after 12pm noon to join us.
Some of the NYS Guidelines:
* All staff must wear masks - we will not take them off because you want us too!
*All customers must wear a mask entering, leaving, and at all times when not seated in the building.
*Hand sanitizing stations are available for all.
*Takeout is only available from 4:30-5:30pm.
*Unless you are seated and order food, patrons cannot sit at the bar FOR ANY REASON.
*Due to our reduced capacity there will be a table time limit: 1.5 hours for a table for two and 2 hours for three or more at a table.
Please be patient, this is all new for us too!
Tuesday - Thursday 4:30-8:00pm
Friday & Saturday 4:30-9:00pm
*Reservations are required:
*If you cannot make your reservation please call and cancel so we can open the table for others
Featuring an open-hearth grill, fireplace, baby grand piano with live music on weekends, and three private party rooms, Naughton's Johnson House has been serving as one of Rochester's premier steak houses since 1977.
Located 15 minutes from downtown Rochester, off exit 3 on 490 West.
History of The Johnson House
The picturesque, three-story brick building was built by Mr. George Smith in 1885. During that era, it stood proud and nearly alone on a dusty street. Hitching posts could be seen out front where patient horses were waiting with their buggies.
Originally a general store, the building was transformed into a restaurant in 1946, when Hiram and Ruth Johnson secured the area's first "on-premise" liquor license. During this time, extensive renovations took place and The Johnson House became known near and far for its fine food and hospitality. The McCombs family acquired the place in 1968 and opted to keep the historic name The Johnson House. They continued to decorate the banquet rooms and opened the lower-level Paul Revere Lounge for dining.
One night in 1977, Mike Naughton took his wife, Peggy, there for dinner. Bill McCombs, the owner at the time, approached them. “He said, ‘You should buy this place. You would be perfect,’” Peggy Naughton remembered. “We were not thinking about buying a restaurant at all. I was shocked.”
But indeed they did buy the restaurant. Mike was particularly intrigued by the thought of changing careers. After he immigrated from Ireland he started and owned a successful contracting business for decades. The idea of becoming a restaurateur was a new challenge to take on. Peggy had grown up working for her parents’ grocery store in downtown Rochester. “We were used to dealing with people,” Peggy said. “We were hard-working people, and it worked.”
All of the Naughtons’ eight children and many of their 19 grandchildren have worked at the restaurant at various times. Since Mike passed away in 2006, Peggy has run the place with help from her daughters Mary Naughton and Peggy O'Callaghan (RIP), and granddaughters. The Johnson House’s many amenities include an open-hearth grill, a fireplace, a baby grand piano (with live music by Sue on weekends), and three private party rooms. The menu mainstays include steak, chicken, chops, and seafood, along with many other unique favorites such as Chateaubriand and Steak Stilton.
During the unforeseen mandated shutdown in 2020, Peggy's daughter Mary took the opportunity to improve the dining room from floor to ceiling, complete with walls adorned with plenty of family photos. And after over 40 years the dining room was officially named the Naughton's Lounge to honor their family and Irish heritage. We welcome you to visit us and experience its traditional warmth, rich history, and excellent cuisine.
We serve high-quality steak, chops, fresh-cut daily, and cooked on an open-hearth grill along with seafood and many other options. We aim for your complete satisfaction and strive to make your dinner as enjoyable as possible with our consistently high-quality food and service.
Having a party, banquet, or reception? We have three party rooms that can accommodate private parties from 10 to 100 people. Banquet and Buffet menus are available upon request.
For details and to reserve a room for your next event, call 585-293-1111.