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109 E. College St., Iowa City, IA 52240-4002
+1 319-338-5967
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Ranked #69 of 207 Restaurants in Iowa City
Price range: $15 - $30
Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Clinton
Description: Givanni's is located in the heart of the Iowa City pedestrian mall. Just minutes from the historic University of Iowa. We specialized in fresh home made pasta and local italian favorites.
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

My fiance and I went here and were so disappointed. The pasta tasted like it was from a lean cuisine microwaveable meal. The service was alright, but even that could not make up for the terrible food. The portions were small, and the entrees bland. My fiance's ravioli was small, dry and bad. Canned spaghettios would have tasted better. One... More 

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Iowa City
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2010

Don't believe negative reviews. 11 years of dining here and it's always great. Just change the spelling if the name! (:

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Salem, Massachusetts
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240 reviews 240 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2010

Stick with the Italian staples. I do not recommend the Steak Deburgo. There are many dining options in Iowa City and I am not confident that this is the best bang for your buck.

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Mount Vernon, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2009

We've eaten here three times. As a veggie, I order the jalapeno gnocci, which is always excellent. The other diners I'm with love their entrees. I ordered the squash ravioli and was disappointed, as it seemed not up to snuff. The service is very responsive and quick. Would like to see espresso and associated drinks available. Great location right on... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2009

The food at this restaurant is just average, and the prices fairly steep for this type of fare. Service and atmosphere, sorry, nothing to write home about. Some wag suggested it's not as good as The Olive Garden, an observation that is most likely correct.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2008

One of the best restaurants in Iowa City, Givanni's consistently has excellent Italian food and great service. The only knock I have is that sometimes, it feels like I'm being gently but firmly moved along through the meal.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

It is the best Italian food in IC but I have had better Italian food elsewhere.

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38 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2008

We've been going here for years, the brunch is good on Sundays, you get to choose your own egg dish made to order, and get all the other yummy stuff off the buffet. Lunch and dinner you get delicious baked bread with olive oil. I LOVE the black bean salad, you used to get a choice of dressing, now they... More 

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arlington heights, il
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2008

We took our son, his girlfriend and our teenage twins to Givanni's to celebrate birthdays during the Family weekend at the University of Iowa. When I checked in for our reservation at 6 p.m. the hostess said "You must be done and out of here by 7:30 as we have another party booked for the table." I said "Well, we'll... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2007

Fantastic alfredo, wonderful creme brulee, great atmosphere. Great restaurant for dates.

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Additional Information about Givanni's

Address: 109 E. College St., Iowa City, IA 52240-4002
Phone Number: +1 319-338-5967
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: American, Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar

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