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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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Visitor rating
  • 129
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 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
Under new management

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
J T
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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219 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Qualicum Beach, Canada
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Nothing special pretty average food , over priced for what it is. There is way better food and service around.

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Portofino, Italy
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Great food and great service at a great price. Very clean and enjoyable. We will continue to make Gio's are Ristorante of choice for buisness and pleasure meals. A very pleasant and quaint Ristorante.

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Parksville, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Have never had a bad meal or experience in this beautiful restaurant. We know that someone is writing bad reviews and doing their best to bring down the reputation of Giovanni's. The food and service have always been first class in my experience. Do not hesitate to dine here folks!

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Parksville, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Pricey, but worth it! Excellent service and fabulous food, lovingly prepared and served.Great wine list. The wait staff were lovely and caring. Our whole beautiful family enjoyed the meal. The restaurant was quite loud, but so are we.

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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?