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.
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.
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!
Giovanni’s never fails to go above and beyond in customer service, it always looks lovely and the food is delicious!
One of our guests have sold her house
Took my best friend here for his birthday. Best Italian food in Ottawa, and excellent service. Our server Karsten was funny and quick!
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!
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
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.
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.
Overall great dining experience if you like higher intensity environment
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
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!
food was great but if looking to have easy conversation, found it too loud.
Great food, very tentative servers and free valet is a nice touch.
Superb! Great for celebrating a special occasion as it is not inexpensive. One of the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa.
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!
Podrían habernos regalado el postre, dada la cena romántica
Exceeded our expectations. Will return and highly recommended.
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.
Amazing food and excellent food quality. Fast service.
Recent menu changes were not to our liking. Saturday evening was busy and loud compared to previous mid-week visit that was more enjoyable.
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
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.
Great food. Great service. Come hungry! You will be well looked after.
Wonderful as usual. Waiter explaining menu 3 table away was a fairly loud
Old school Italian restaurant. Traditional food and service.
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.
Best Italian food I have had in years!!
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!
Perfect ... my favourite Ottawa restaurant
Consistently excellent service and the free valet parking is always a handy thing
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.
Karsten was our waiter and he was outstanding! Very friendly and made sure everything was looked after to ensure a perfect evening!
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.
Great food. Enjoyed the date with my wife. Parking is tight during the snowy months, but well worth the trouble.
Thanks for great experience
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.