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Giovanni's Restaurant & Lounge

362 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(613) 234-3156
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Ranked #66 of 2,163 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Weekday night and you could hardly hear yourself think. Tables way too close together. There was nothing intimate about the dining. Giovanni's appears to be a romantic restaurant but do not be deceived by the look. We actually had to leave immediately after our main course to escape. Went down the street to Dolce la Vita for a quiet table... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went here several times with my wife for almost any occasion, Anniversary, Birthdays etc. We both really enjoy the excellent food and service at Giovanni's. We have never been disappointed by Fabio and his terrific team. The wines are spectacular, too.

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Ottawa, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I just finished another great meal at Giovanni's! I have to say, having been there several times over the years, the dining experience remains second to none. As others have indicated, the staff cannot be matched anywhere in Ottawa. Other restaurants should send staff here to pick up a few tips on how to execute flawlessly. Service is a 6/5... More

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detroit
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77 reviews 77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The maître d greeted us with a very warm welcome and promptly seated us at the time of our reservation, the atmosphere was exciting and eclectic. The wait staff was incomparable! Truly excellent. Cocktails were Devine. I had the Giovanni special martini, similar to a Cosmo, excellent. My husband had what he describes as a well crafted manhattan. One friend... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a lovely dinner at Giovanni's with another couple. Service was attentive and all our dinners arrived at the same time executed with finesse by a couple of servers. They have an extensive wine list from which to choose. Our only complaint is that tables are still too tightly packed together and it is unfortunately quite loud. Still in... More

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Goderich, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We've eaten twice now in this restaurant and enjoyed it both times. The selection of dishes and accompanying wines is simply great. A very classy old style (in a good way) place to enjoy fine dining. Tony Cafaro was our waiter and what a great guy he is. A lot of fun and very professional which is a tricky balancing... More

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Vancouver BC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Travelling with business colleagues we were craving authentic Italian and on the recommendation of our driver we tried Giovanni's in Little Italy. Tomato and homemade mozzarella salad to start, spaghetti carbonara with pancetta bacon and creme brûlée for dessert. All made from scratch. Pasta was perfect al dente. This is a must try in Ottawa.

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Montreal, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Giovanni is located in Little Italy and in my view is the best Italian restaurant in Ottawa (over the years I have tried most of them). The owner either greets you at the entrance or comes to see you at the table and makes sure that you are well taken care of. Recently I went back there as a party... More

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Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My husband and I visited with another couple recently and had an excellent time. The food was fantastic. We all shared the antipasto for an appetizer and I had the Pollo Principessa for dinner. All was delicious! Service here is wonderful- friendly and attentive. Nice, varied beverage menu and the martinis go down easy! Can't wait for our next visit!

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near ottawa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

From valet parking, through impeccable service and great food, this place is right up there with the best in Ottawa. The wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable; and the food was great. Four of us had a variety of starters and mains, along with a recommended wine, plus different desserts and thoroughly enjoyed a delightful experience. We will definitely return... More

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