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Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge

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Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, 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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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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
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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  • 130
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  • 44
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 16
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  • 12
    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
Fantastic Lasagna

We tried this place tonight and really enjoyed our dinner. The Lasagna was some of the best I have ever ate. Big serving and great flavour. My wife had the Fettuccine Alfredo and was impressed as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Will L
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Nanaimo, Canada
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Delicious food . . . classy, uptown dining experience. For some prices may seem high but if you enjoy great food and first class service this is the place for you.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We tried this place tonight and really enjoyed our dinner. The Lasagna was some of the best I have ever ate. Big serving and great flavour. My wife had the Fettuccine Alfredo and was impressed as well.

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Parksville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We attended the 2015 Father's Day Show & Shine and decided to go get a few appys and a beer. We walked by Giovanni's and saw a couple of empty tables on the front street patio. Now we know why there were empty tables. We sat down and waited 15 minutes and nobody came out to even give us a... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants so we went there to have a special meal. Service was good but we were the only ones in the restaurant for our whole meal (that says something in itself as it was a Sunday night). Prawn appetizer was excellent and flavourful. Rib steak at $33 was cooked perfectly medium rare... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I am not really fond of pasta with Marinara sauce but prefer other non-tomatoes sauces. We decided to share two orders because we wanted both a dinner salad and a pasta dish. My friend only likes Marinara sauce and I comprimised. It turned out to be awesome pasta and would have loved to have more in the end. The service... More 

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Parksville
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We found the food was average with slightly high prices for what you receive. Some friends enjoyed their offerings while mine I found tasty but small portion for the price.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Wow. I felt as though it was inconvenient to serve us. From being seated in an isle, in an over heated though not full room and generally poorly served. We advised them that one of our party had hurt her hand on a chair and a screw had fallen from it. Not only was there not an apology, discount, offer... More 

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Parksville, Canada
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We visited mid-April and were disappointed in the spotty service from a harried waitress, the food was not worth the price - the new owners are not as professional as the original owners. We won't be going back until this restaurant is under new (better) management. As is, the room was noisy, the food late and no better than pub... More 

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

Thank you for your response. First have you ever met us? If not how can you saw anything about us. As for the service, you may have been served by our new staff member and she was trying her best. Our prices are very competitive. We have very high lease rent, utilities and wages to pay, just like other places... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Giovanni's used to be the one establishment in the tiny hamlet of Qualicum Beach you could count on for a reasonably upscale dining experience. The food was flavourful and fresh, they offered Bruschetta with every meal regardless and the service was excellent. Well the service is still very good, but under a new chef and new ownership the restaurant has... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was "the" posh restaurant in Qualicum Beach. It was sold over a year ago and the new management is trying very hard to maintain the goodwill. We were very sorry to see many staff go as they were the best we had experienced in this fancy dining restaurant. The new staff is experiencing growing pains. We no longer go... More 

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Additional Information about Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge

Address: #3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-752-6693
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach
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
Average Prices: USD 14 - 28
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar

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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, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?