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“Very good italian restaurant!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Giovanni's Restaurant

Giovanni's Restaurant
38 The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AJ, Wales (City Centre)
029 20 220077
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Ranked #181 of 938 Restaurants in Cardiff
Price range: $20 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Centre
Transit: Dont worry about transport as there is a main taxi rank just outside as well as a main bus stop infront of the restaurant. The train station is also just a 2 minute walk from Giovannis.
Poggibonsi, Italy
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very good italian restaurant!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

It's a very good italian restaurant.. and i'm italian! :)
We ordered 2 starters of fish (king prawns and cozze), King prawns was excellent and cozze too. Then 1 risotto marinara and 1 spaghetti marinara. Risotto marinara was good but it taste, in my opinion, too much of tomato. 2 desserts: tiramisù (very huge and really really really good) and tartufo nocciola and 2 coffee.. and a bottle of white wine too ( don't remember which one).
Price for all: 85 pounds. The service was very good: a nice young italian woman (sicilian maybe ??) served us and took care about us.. nice work ;)
I suggest to try Giovanni's

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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greatfoodguide, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's Restaurant, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
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wales
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Cardiff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Great staff and amazing food always served here, only a small family run restaurant with a great big heart ! Fab atmosphere, happy smiling singing staff ....always a pleasure...

Visited April 2013
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Scotland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Travesty of Italian Food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

The food was awful and noting like you would expect. It was like going back in time to the seventies sadly not just in terms of the music and the atmosphere but also the food. I was actually quite shocked. I did not know that places like this still existed. It's a no from me. Never again.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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greatfoodguide, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's Restaurant, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
I am sorry that your experience with us was not what you hoped it would be. We pride ourselves on providing authentic home cooked Italian food. I do hope you will consider coming back in the future and will have a much more enjoyable expeirence. I have passed your comments onto the staff.
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Blackwood, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Customer is king”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

First time at this restaurant and would not go back again. The food was ok but nothing special. My steak I asked for medium rare but some parts of it was raw. When we arrived the music playing was very loud and I asked if it could be turned down slightly. They turned it down but it went loud again, this I asked twice but still it was too loud and a couple on the table next to us got up and walked outside and had their food. The attitude of the staff was very rude and I felt they were been sarcastic after complaining.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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ceredigion
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good food, good service - with a smile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Loved it. Waiters with attitude, and good local food. The walls were covered with photographs of celebrities that had visited the restaurant over the years - sports stars, singers and film stars.

Visited April 2013
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