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Giovanni's Cafe

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17864 NW 2nd Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
954.441.3474
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hidden Gem

We used to live locally and have used this place since it opened (and prior to it being Giovanni's). Since we had kids we have used it more and more for take away food, but it is a great family dining place also. It can get a little loud in there as all the surface are very hard. I understand... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Richard M
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I would love to keep it a secret and have it all to myself. Great service! Great food! The ceviche is to die for, the filet isn't on the menu but what a great price. Been coming here for a couple of years and its the hideaway you need to find.

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Hollywood, Florida, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is one of our favorite places to eat on Friday night, known for excellent food, and service. Well this wasn't the case, looks like it's under new ownership. We went there on friday night, and the place was busy. We ordered crab cakes to start off with, and (2) house salads. My wife had the special the stuff Grouper,... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We used to go here almost every weekend, and this weekend was the last day we will go it was bad. Are waitress was so bad that he never came to take our plates when we were done with our food and brought us the bill from another table, we took a couple with us for the fist time and... More 

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Miramar, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Giovanni's never fails you! Everything is great and leaves you completely satisfied!! The employes and owners are so friendly and really do a great job in making you feel welcomed! I always start off with their world famous mix ceviche! it takes your taste buds to heaven! I usually have their whole red snapper which is HUGE!! but you literally... More 

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I visited Giovanni's yesterday for dinner with my husband, from the moment you walk in you feel an instant warmth! everyone greets you as if you were all family, once you are seated you are brought over bread and water from the super sweet busboy, he was so sweet and full of life and always smiling i believe his name... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We used to live locally and have used this place since it opened (and prior to it being Giovanni's). Since we had kids we have used it more and more for take away food, but it is a great family dining place also. It can get a little loud in there as all the surface are very hard. I understand... More 

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Pembroke Pines
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28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I love this little boutique restaurant. Ownership changed, but the food quality continues to be very good. Unfortunately the service is extremely slow. There is live music on the weekends, so the wait is not impossible if you are with friends & not seated too close to the musicians. As mentioned, the food is good. My favorite is the fish... More 

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Miami Lakes, Florida, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was our second time eating at this restaurant. The first time we had no issues and had a positive experience. This time was a different story. The drinks were a little watered down, food was nothing to brag home about, and the service was poor, nothing to do with the waiter who was very embarrassed by the situation. We... More 

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PEMBROKE PINES
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Change of ownership has done this place in. Waited an hour for our food. They finally served 3 out of 8 guests. The others were to wait another 20 minutes for their food. The owner/onsite manager lacks common business sense not to mention courtesy. The restaurant business is greatly driven by great service. It's a shame the management is inexperienced.... More 

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you wish to have a good drink, go see Maria at the Bar. She is fast , efficient and has a great personality. But go have dinner somewhere else! We were a party of 8 and after 1.5 hours 5 of our meals were brought and then we had to wait 20 more minutes for the other 3 meals!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17864 NW 2nd Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Pembroke Pines
  • Phone Number: 954.441.3474

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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