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Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge

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Italian, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar
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#3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
250 752-6693
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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 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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 128
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 11
    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:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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214 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 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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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This place used to be so good! What happened? I went there with my girlfriend last month, it was terrible! I won't bother going into detail about how bad it was, and I'm really not that picky. Just know I can't think of anything good about it to say. I believe it's under new ownership. It's always such a shame... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Dolores B, Owner at Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge, responded to this review

Why did you not mention what was wrong with our place. Our servers do quality checks during your meal and after. If there was something that didn't appeal to you so that we could address it then you are at fault . We take pride in our house cooked meals that are made from scratch. Our servers do an excellent... More 

Qualicum Beach, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Where do I start...We moved to Qualicum Beach several months ago and had a wonderful dining experience with wonderful waiters and delicious food. Apparently the restaurant had just been purchased by new owners and they were lucky enough to have the same staff and chef on board. Apparently they did not stay because everything went down hill a few months... More 

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

In response to your review, I would like to address this matter. Your server is experienced and went out of her way to make your evening enjoyable. The facts are: We make our sauces including our meals from scratch. We make our Chocolate torte in house. We don't use cilantro in our bruschetta. We do put a spicy salty rim... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We liked the ambience.....ordered Cesar salad and had the opportunity to watch it being made from where I was sitting...did not appreciate that the young man tossed the salad with his hands and licked his fingers after he loaded one plate..now for the next plate...would it be mine? Yikes! I watched him use the same tea towel for wiping his... More 

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

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. I have spoken to this employee that was making the salads and he is no longer working for us. Also, I would like to say that our vegetables are cooked daily. The vegetables are fresh, seasoned, roasted or grilled. We take pride in what comes out of our kitchen. More 

Qualicum Beach, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We go to Giovanni's regularly or order for our corp. meetings and the food is great. Often I order a pizza with 3 toppings, billing $12.75 plus tax. However....this time the bill was $18+ for same pizza. On a previous occasion I ordered the pasta that was to come with garlic bread, rec'd 2 plain slices of dried out baguette... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Dolores B, Owner at Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge, responded to this review

In response to your review. I would like to say that I was certainly present however I was in the middle of a business meeting with one of my reps. I will always try to address any concerns that my customers have whenever I can.The reason your pizza price was higher than the one that you had purchased before, as... More 

vancouver
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We have been to this restaurant previously twice and were impressed with the service and the food, but not this time. We went out of our way (35 minutes) to meet friends here for dinner because our first 2 meals here outstanding. The place was not full, and we had to wait to be seated. After we ordered we sat... More 

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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: 250 752-6693

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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