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Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge

#3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
250 752-6693
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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.
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English first
Vancouver Island, Canada
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It's been awhile since we've been to Giovanni's but decided to take friends visiting from out of town. It's good name continues to thrive and it made us wonder why we waited so long to return. Delicious food, lovely presentation, good service, what more could you ask for. Highly recommend Giovanni's if you are visiting Qualicum Beach.

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Our family of three were quite impressed with our meals. Highly recommended. I had Putenesca and loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Delicious food, great service, beautiful and fancy surroundings! All around great food, quick service, and decent priced food. I live around the area and I've got to say it's one of the best restaurants around!

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Nanoose Bay, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We ordered the three course meal where the chef chooses your menu. Very little of anything that could pass for traditional Italian food. No pasta, no risotto. The menu started off with a nice bruschetta but went down from there. Vegetables consisted of boiled carrots, boiled cauliflower and reheated roasted potatoes (would have been nice to have a little pasta... More

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Sidney, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner on the 29. July 2014. We always look out for a nice restaurant when we travel and found it ! It's giovanni's. Great people great food great service nice wine menu. Thanks for the great service

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Duncan, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Very disappointed. Overrated and definitely not what we expected. Food was very mediocre. No innovation and certainly not what you would expect from an Italian restaurant. I believe it was much better with the previous Italian chef.

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Courtenay
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I have eaten at this restaurant 3 times in the last year. I have been disappointed by the food once and by the seating three times. On my last visit one month ago the first two dinner menu items I requested where not available and we were not informed of the lack of those dishes prior to ordering. I have... More

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Victoria, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We always go to Giovanni's when we go up-island and have enjoyed many wonderful meals over the years. I ordered prawns provencale and my wife ordered her favorite veal picatta and we waited at least 45 minutes for our meal. My wife had decided that something was seriously wrong in the kitchen, when finally our meals arrived. Neither one was... More

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Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Friends and I were told that this establishment served excellent food and they weren't too far off, from the moment that we entered until we left we were treated to a tasty meal and excellent service. The pasta is to die for. Bruschetta was great and we had no room for desert. Highly recommended if your in Qualicum Beach.

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vancouver bc
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I reviewed Giovanni's in December 2012, calling it a "hidden gem" and extolling the service and the food. I have been back there several times in 2013, with no reason to change my opinion, but this was the first time I had been here since the ownership changed in February 2014. I was disappointed. We were a party of four:... More

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