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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
Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Their web page states open Monday to Friday at 11:30. Drove up from Nanaimo today (Monday) and guy out front tells us they are closed and do not open for lunch on Mondays. Clean up your web page.

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vancouver bc
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I don't usual write reviews, but my wife and I were visiting Parksville from Toronto and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The service was top notch with knowledgeable servers, the appetizers were incredible and the main course was even better. My wife and I can honestly say this was the best Italian meal we have ever eaten. The cost was... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We have been to this restaurant a few times before the new ownership and we were wondering if the food would be as good as it was before...We are happy to say it was! We will be back again!

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Definitely one the top ten meals I've had in my life. Food, service and value (while pricey) was over the top. If you go, and I suggest you do, ask for David when you make the reservation. He was absolutely top notch and could easily work in any very high standards restaurant. The new owners have much to be proud... More

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Parksville, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

From the moment you enter you are catered to by knowledgeable staff. Chefs choice for the adventurous or a la cart for those with a preference you are in for a delightful experience. We return whenever we want that special meal.

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Brighton
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

A couple of recent less than ecstatic reviews prompt me to add my thoughts. I do a lot of Italian and this was first class all the way! We were visiting Vancouver Island for the first time with friends who live there, and they suggested this place to mark the last evening of our trip. We were not disappointed. The... More

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Nanoose Bay, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Food was fantastic. Service was spot on too. Wine list was a bit pricey. (Some bottles were approaching 3 times what they are worth in a wine store) Other than that all was great. I would definitely go back. Too bad they don't do "corkage"!!

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