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Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge

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Italian, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar
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#3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
250 752-6693
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Fine Italian cuisine in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Giovanni's...
Fine Italian cuisine in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Giovanni's provides an elegant and delicious Italian dining experience 7 nights per week. Reservations strongly recommended. Patio open in summer. Everything from 20+ pastas, to steak, seafood, chicken, veal, lamb, and vegetarian or gluten-free options. Extensive wine list. Lunches served Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 126
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very disappointing... not as good as it used to be

Where do I start...We moved to Qualicum Beach several months ago and had a wonderful dining experience with wonderful waiters and delicious food. Apparently the restaurant had just been purchased by new owners and they were lucky enough to have the same staff and chef on board. Apparently they... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Pat G
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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208 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Qualicum Beach, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Where do I start...We moved to Qualicum Beach several months ago and had a wonderful dining experience with wonderful waiters and delicious food. Apparently the restaurant had just been purchased by new owners and they were lucky enough to have the same staff and chef on board. Apparently they did not stay because everything went down hill a few months... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We liked the ambience.....ordered Cesar salad and had the opportunity to watch it being made from where I was sitting...did not appreciate that the young man tossed the salad with his hands and licked his fingers after he loaded one plate..now for the next plate...would it be mine? Yikes! I watched him use the same tea towel for wiping his... More 

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Dolores B, Owner at Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. I have spoken to this employee that was making the salads and he is no longer working for us. Also, I would like to say that our vegetables are cooked daily. The vegetables are fresh, seasoned, roasted or grilled. We take pride in what comes out of our kitchen. More 

Qualicum Beach, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We go to Giovanni's regularly or order for our corp. meetings and the food is great. Often I order a pizza with 3 toppings, billing $12.75 plus tax. However....this time the bill was $18+ for same pizza. On a previous occasion I ordered the pasta that was to come with garlic bread, rec'd 2 plain slices of dried out baguette... More 

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Dolores B, Owner at Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge, responded to this review

In response to your review. I would like to say that I was certainly present however I was in the middle of a business meeting with one of my reps. I will always try to address any concerns that my customers have whenever I can.The reason your pizza price was higher than the one that you had purchased before, as... More 

vancouver
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We have been to this restaurant previously twice and were impressed with the service and the food, but not this time. We went out of our way (35 minutes) to meet friends here for dinner because our first 2 meals here outstanding. The place was not full, and we had to wait to be seated. After we ordered we sat... More 

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Not sure what planet some of the people are on but this place is fantastic. Ambiance is great food is fantastic and the service is always good. I think when people complain about bad service a lot of the time they are just bad customers. I rarely get bad service anywhere because im friendly and enjoyable to serve. I had... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Bc
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

several visits since new owners took over disappointing. Used to be go to place in the village, now agree with other reviewers- so so.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We have eaten at Giovanni's several times, in the past, and always enjoyed it. This time, though, we were very disappointed, and it did not seem like just an 'off' night. The server was very sweet, but the food was very slow. When it did arrive, we felt pretty let down. My 'oso buco' was well cooked, but bland, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Met my girlfriend for dinner on Wednesday night because we live about an hour and a half apart. What seemed like the manager/owner was the man waiting on the tables. He was fantastic. Sat me down, brought me a beer sample to try, and I ended up ordering a pint. When my girlfriend had arrived he brought us freshly baked... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We have visited Giovanni's several times in the past few years and have always been impressed. We visited tonight (the first time since the new owners have taken over) and were sadly disappointed. My father's strip loin pepper steak was very tough (supposed to be medium rare), my veal was tough, incredibly small and thinly cut, with no sauce despite... More 

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Calgary, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The best take-out pizza I have tasted is created in a lovely restaurant in the quaint village of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Just the smell of the pizza makes your mouth water, and when you actually get the first bite, it is such a burst of flavour that it is hard to describe! Using only the freshest... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: #3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach
  • Phone Number: 250 752-6693

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 28
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Fine Italian cuisine in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Giovanni's provides an elegant and delicious Italian dining experience 7 nights per week. Reservations strongly recommended. Patio open in summer. Everything from 20+ pastas, to steak, seafood, chicken, veal, lamb, and vegetarian or gluten-free options. Extensive wine list. Lunches served Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?