Giovanni's Ristorante

4.7
38 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Romance
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Giovanni�s Ristorante, which you can find in Ottawa, Ontario, is proud of its reputation for serving some of the finest Italian cuisine in the surrounding area. The staff insists upon only the finest ingredients like AAA steaks and seafood taken fresh from the sea. Guests will also enjoy the lovely d�cor, which is filled with gleaming crystal, in addition to the food at Giovanni�s Ristorante.

One great way to start your meal at Giovanni�s Ristorante is with one of the excellent soups, such as the minestrone or the stracciatella. When you make it to the main meal, you might try one of the veal dishes. The veal marsala, with mushrooms and a wine sauce, is just one of many options.

What 38 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
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4.3
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HC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was excellent, the service was impeccable.
However, the level of noise was way too high - maybe the younger people like it loud, but when one has to shout to be heard, it becomes very unpleasant. I would also suggest that, looking around the restaurant, I noticed that for the most part, the clients were middle-aged or older.

Furthermore, my friend and I were sitting on the side of the bar, that is, the last table before the bar; at one point and for over half an hour, there were so many persons waiting in line at the bar that my friend was literally being pushed and tossed, people actually leaning on her chair. Again, so many individuals cramped in a small space meant noise, a lot of noise.

My friend and I may be older but our hearing is still excellent. I would never bring a friend who is hard of hearing, or who is wearing a hearing aid; in the first instance, we would not be able to converse, in the latter case, the amplification of the noise with the aid would be intolerable.

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S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we walked in the restaurant to the time we left, the experience was as memorable as the food was delicious. Paul, our server, was fantastic. Thanks Giovanni's, I'll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Giovanni’s never fails to go above and beyond in customer service, it always looks lovely and the food is delicious!

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Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

One of our guests have sold her house

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my best friend here for his birthday. Best Italian food in Ottawa, and excellent service. Our server Karsten was funny and quick!

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CV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! The food was excellent, the service was amazing and the price point was great for the experience we had. Will definitely be returning back soon!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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E
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was some of the best Italian cuisine I have ever tasted. Pasta was fresh and sauces tasted amazing. Service was very pleasant and very helpful. Will be back

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Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend took me to Giovanni’s for my 30th birthday. I’m a 100% satisfied with my evening. Service was excellent and the food was amazing. The foie gras entrée was perfect and the Wagyu steak tasted like heaven.

We’ll be back.

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MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

C'était notre deuxième fois et comme toujours nous avons été très satisfait, la nourriture, le service (fantastique) le coût est un peu élevé mais pour une occasion spéciale ça vaut la peine. Dommage personne ne parle français.

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SD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great dining experience if you like higher intensity environment

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CL
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in Toronto starting our Canada Capital tour. We read about Giovanni’s in Best of Toronto and online.
We took a 20 minute ride from our hotel to the Italian section of town.
We were greeted at the entrance by Lewis he welcomed us like old friends. My wife ordered a pasta dish special we shared a salad. She has several allergies and all where handle with no problem. I had Gnocchi the best I have had anywhere in the world. There are several rooms all crowded for a Thursday evening.
We highly recommended this establishment top marks across the board. We are from metro NYC area been to many Italian restaurants through the world
Giovanni’s gets top high marks in all categories
Will be back next time we are in town

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed everything! The appetizers (some kind of cheese only from Italy) and the Italian sausage just about the best things I ever tasted. Staff was great!

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

food was great but if looking to have easy conversation, found it too loud.

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b
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, very tentative servers and free valet is a nice touch.

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P
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Superb! Great for celebrating a special occasion as it is not inexpensive. One of the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa.

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Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience at Giovanni’s! We had just left another restaurant which had not taken my boyfriend’s nut allergy seriously and had brought nuts out to the table, when they assured us that the kitchen was aware. Honestly going to Giovanni’s totally turned our night around! The food was delicious, service outstanding (free valet was a very nice touch), and they took the nut allergy seriously and made sure to do everything they could to make us feel comfortable and trusting! We were celebrating my mom’s birthday and they brought out a lovely birthday dessert for her, a nice touch! Highly recommend and we will definitely be coming back!

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PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Podrían habernos regalado el postre, dada la cena romántica

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations. Will return and highly recommended.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My husband and my combined birthday dinner was incredibly delicious and the service was amazing. I would have given 5 stars for service but the hostess who greated us at the front was not very welcoming and made me feel a little judged. Other than that, food and atmosphere was amazing.

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P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent food quality. Fast service.

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TP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Recent menu changes were not to our liking. Saturday evening was busy and loud compared to previous mid-week visit that was more enjoyable.

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p
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Although the food was very good, the men in our group thought their portions were on the small side - veal marsella, pasta special. Our waiter, Louis, was outstanding both in quality service and personality

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FT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent except my meal. I chose the veal parmagiana but unfortunately the meat was very tough and the pasta overcooked. It's the first time that I've ever had a complaint. I love your restaurant and will continue going. I guess it was just a glitch that night. Everything else was perfect.

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MC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Come hungry! You will be well looked after.

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RM
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful as usual. Waiter explaining menu 3 table away was a fairly loud

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Q
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Old school Italian restaurant. Traditional food and service.

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LB
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Giovanni's is a wonderful place, if you love delicious food and great service. Our beef was superb, the pasta was perfect, and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Thank you very much for an enjoyable evening.

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d
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Italian food I have had in years!!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the best server! I didn’t get a chance to grab his name but he went above and beyond to get whatever we wanted. We’ll definitely be coming back soon!

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect ... my favourite Ottawa restaurant

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GL
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent service and the free valet parking is always a handy thing

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MR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All 6 in our party really enjoyed their meals and the experience. The service was top notch. The food was delicious. Very relaxing atmosphere. Unanimous that Giovanni's is on our group short list of favorite restaurants to revisit.

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DL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Karsten was our waiter and he was outstanding! Very friendly and made sure everything was looked after to ensure a perfect evening!

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Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Felt like i got gouged for valentines day.

I had looked at the wine list when i sat. My GF looked so uncomfortable after i ordered the wine. I then glimpsed at the menu & knew why( special menu for the evening. They should of informed my when i made the reservations a week ago) I was then to uncomfortable to leave since i ordered the wine. She begged me to leave and was uncomfortable. I saw two other tables leave once they saw the price hike of the menu. Im sure there was many more couples that did the same thing during the evening.
Long story short 400$ for chicken and steak.

Very disappointed. And a very uncomfortable evening unfortunately.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food. Enjoyed the date with my wife. Parking is tight during the snowy months, but well worth the trouble.

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SP
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Thanks for great experience

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q
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great location in Little Italy with great food and service. The place can be a bit on the louder side so if you are looking for a romantic dinner with quiet time, you will have to find a table in a corner for that.

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