Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit

4.8
203 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Giovanni’s Ristorante invites you to experience Italian cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of the old world charm where friends and family gather to enjoy more than just a meal. The homemade pastas, the prime cuts of meat, the fresh fish and farm grown vegetables are carefully prepared to preserve a distinctive flavor of the finest regions.

Specialty wines and spirits complement each course. Guests enjoy tableside conversation with Frances Cannarsa Truant, the “padrona” or perhaps a visit from Chef Randy Truant. The atmosphere is convivial, warm, and aromatic. The staff is seasoned, the service impeccable.

The Godfather Room is the ideal setting for a business meeting.
The Wine Room offers a touch of romance for that special evening.
The Main Dining Room is a perfect place to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary.
There’s a Speak Easy in the back for the ultimate private party.

Simply looking for a wonderful meal? Come for lunch or dinner.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 203 People Are Saying
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4.8
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Kelsea
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Highly Disappointed. Cold draft. Annoyed waiter :(

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LauraC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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HonestTruth
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Excellent service from Mike. He knew the menu well and our beverages were never left empty. The service was very fast. Food was good, dessert (tiramisu) was “meh”, extremely dry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Double birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food

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SherylF
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time celebrating my sons birthday.

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alexandraB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall a great place to checkout! It made for a splendid date night. The foods that we liked were phenomenal, but the things that weren’t amazing were just so so. Our waiter stopped coming to us lol but another one stepped in. Fun place to try.

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KarlS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Felt the food was not seasoned very well . Not as good as our last visit to Giovanni’s.

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vipHibida
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! So glad we came. Old school Italian - American style. Food was marvelous, service first rate and attentive without being too much. Pacing was good and relaxed. My first trip here and I can see why people still love it after all these years.

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ShirlannC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice experience and food was outstanding. Staff all very pleasant

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Charlie
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is by far the best Italian food I have ever had! The staff are super friendly, knowledgeable of the history of Giovannis’s and very helpful. I’ve had Calamari in the past and hated it, it was like chewing on rubber!! Well not here at Giovanni’s, our waitress talked us in to trying it and let me tell you I can’t wait to go back and have it again!! It was incredible!! Everything about this place is incredible!! They really go out if their way to make you feel important and comfortable. I’m excited for my next dinner there.

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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The entire experience is amazing. From the valet to the hostess, waitstaff, chefs and bartenders. Thank you for the memories!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were impeccable!!!

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JustinP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I finally got a night out. So we ate at Giovanni's then went to see Shen Yun at the Detroit Opera House. When we got home at the end of the night, all we talked about was Giovanni's! Best dining experience we've ever had!! Thanks Giovanni's we WILL be back soon...

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SusanP
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was excellent, considering, like everywhere else, they were short staffed.
The atmosphere is very conducive to conversation with plenty of buffers in between.
We will definitely be back.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very delicious. Everything from the appetizer to to the desserts were fantastic. Service was exceptional.

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AnnaA
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dinner! We left discussing the next time we will go there. Can’t wait to come back.

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Jaimee
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food , service, and overall experience was incredible!!!!

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LYNNS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal. Everything was perfection. Blood orange mimosa was fabulous. Service impeccable. Every bite was enjoyed and we will continue to dine here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal I've had in a very long time. Went for anniversary and was treated great by server and restaurant.

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JasonD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came highly recommended from the staff at the Dearborn Inn. I had to try it and I am definitely glad I did!

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yardmarker
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Detroit. Outstanding menu, food and service.

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KathyR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here based on great reviews. Absolutely great food and service and would certainly recommend.

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TabH
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not have been better! Is you are looking for Old School Italian, it doesn’t get any better than this, lasagna, veal Marsala, pasta bolognese, on top of great service, this was world class!

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DrewP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for our 25th Anniversary and the resteraunt was fantastic.

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Hotelbowtieguy
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Calamari in Detroit! Artichokes as an appetizer almost an equal.
We had Salmon and Veal both were outstanding. We appreciate the hard work put in by this team, food and service not missing a beat.

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RichardS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal and wonderful service as always. Our waitress Angela was great.

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DarellL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Took my wife out for her birthday. Made reservations in advance. The hostess greeted us and immediately wished my wife a happy birthday. Nice quiet table. Service was a little slow but in their defense they had a couple big parties in the hall area and dining area and were tending to them as well. Our waitress was a rock star. We will definitely go back. The food was to die for. Everything was great.

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NickB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is great. My wife and I loved everything, from the wine to the appetizers to the amazing entrees. Sharon was our waitress and she was outstanding. Definitely will be back sooner rather than later.

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KimM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. The location was surprising, but the valet service was great and the restaurant was amazing.

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WilliamJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience. Our favorite space in all of Metro Detroit. Celebrated my lady friends Birthday. They made her feel special and I appreciate the effort it takes.

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AnnK
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They never disappoint. I just finished my carry out Angel hair pasta with Pomodoro & it’s still incredible the next day. Yum!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great. I ordered lasagna and my husband had filet. Both were delicious. Waitress, Sharon was friendly and efficient.

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JEROME
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Giovanni’s is a gem. Located in one of the least desirable areas in Detroit, that will not stop me from returning back to “the hood”. Everything about Giovanni’s is outstanding. The service is top-notch, the quality of the food and its preparation is second to none. Going there was like stepping into a time machine where you are in a mom & pop restaurant from 50 years ago. The ambience at Giovanni’s is worth the drive to this off the beaten tracks masterpiece..

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere as always!

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RobertM
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant for any occasion.

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ClaraE
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely dinner. Sat in a side room unfortunately the group next to us was talking loudly, but the dinner was delicious and, we enjoyed the wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary celebration meal. Fantastic overall experience.

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MikeR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent…
Liked it so much, we booked a table for the following week…

Hope to make it a weekly occurrence!

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MichaelH
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Our go to for Italian

FAQs

Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 841-0122.

Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit is rated 4.8 stars by 203 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.