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Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge

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Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Wine Bar
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#3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-752-6693
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
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 6 evenings per week. Reservations strongly recommended. Patio open in summer. Everything from pastas, to steak, seafood, chicken, veal, lamb, and gluten-free options. Extensive wine list. Open from 5 pm - 9 pm
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  • 141
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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I was at Giovanni's about two years ago and it was just OK! I went tonight and enjoyed almost all of it. The bread that they served with oil and balsamic vinegar was dry. My salad was fresh without too much dressing. Linguini Carbonara was delicious and creamy. Our server, Stephane, was friendly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Moiraine8
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner took two hours to arrive. Everything was cold. Steaks were thin, fatty and cold. Mostly carrots for veggies. Dessert was 80% whipped cream. Service left much to be desired. All in all, not a great experience.

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2 Thank Vicrover
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a restaurant owner, I know what it takes to make it perfect... This restaurant is just the best in Qualicum Beach... Good servers, good food, ... That's all you need to know! Enjoy!!!

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2 Thank Bistro S
Qualicum Beach, Canada
Level Contributor
83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was at Giovanni's about two years ago and it was just OK! I went tonight and enjoyed almost all of it. The bread that they served with oil and balsamic vinegar was dry. My salad was fresh without too much dressing. Linguini Carbonara was delicious and creamy. Our server, Stephane, was friendly and attentive. I was a bit disappointed... More 

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1 Thank Moiraine8
Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We go to Giovanni's for dinner every year for our anniversary. The food has been consistently good, it is quaint & quiet and one of those places you want to get a little dressed up to go to. The staff changes frequently, but we have never had poor service. We get the pizza from the pub side too, and it... More 

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1 Thank Yvette B
Vancouver Island
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family has a birthday a week for the entire month of January. We make it a habit to go for dinner once in the middle and celebrate everyone. Tonight we were lucky enough to have gone to Giovanni's. The meal was excellent, the service exemplary. The owners went out of their way to make our birthday celebration wonderful experience,... More 

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2 Thank IslandGirl077
Qualicum Beach, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Saturday night dinner out could not have been a better overall experience. While the restaurant was busy, the atmosphere was quiet and intimate and the service excellent. The salmon dinner was wonderful, well presented, and well portioned and we very pleasantly surprised by the cost. Desert of crepes with ice cream and berries was fantastic.

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1 Thank Sherri V
Red Deer, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The other night we went there with 2 others and had appys and pasta dishes. The Sambuca Prawns were so delicious and the spagetti and meatballs had a lot of flavor. We also tried the Lobster Ravioli, a delightful pasta dish smothered with a rich cream sauce topped with a few prawns. Well worth the money! This is one of... More 

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2 Thank Ashley t
Red Deer, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Great Food! I have been to both the restaurant and lounge several times and with no disappointments. They have great tasting meals and their pizza is the best on the island. Food is made from scratch. Prices are very reasonable. Compare them to other fine restaurants. I know to get qualified staff and to pay to have the linen can't... More 

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2 Thank trafiak
Parksville, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We had an early, pre-theatre meal, 8 people, entrees, wine and dessert all around. As my mother can't eat tomatoes, we asked for a pesto sub, and when her dish arrived, she asked for some parmesan. Imagine our surprise to find that we were charged for the pesto sub, AND for the cheese! Most Italian restaurants come around with a... More 

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2 Thank Oysterlovingmermaid
Kelowna, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Empty restaurant, waitress that talked about her puppy without saying Hello. Featured seafood - "long gone" in the waitress's words. Lamb chops so overdone and tough. Microwaved potatoes from lunch, cold veggies. Everything thrown on the plate higglety piglety. No one asked us about our experience. Don't waste your hard earned money. Oh I forgot, everything overpriced!!

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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: +1 250-752-6693

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings

Description

Fine Italian cuisine in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Giovanni's provides an elegant and delicious Italian dining experience 6 evenings per week. Reservations strongly recommended. Patio open in summer. Everything from pastas, to steak, seafood, chicken, veal, lamb, and gluten-free options. Extensive wine list. Open from 5 pm - 9 pm
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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