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“Great Peruvian and Italian Restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Giovanni's Cafe

Giovanni's Cafe
17864 NW 2nd Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
954.441.3474
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Ranked #64 of 276 Restaurants in Pembroke Pines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
pembroke pines
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“Great Peruvian and Italian Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

My family and I have been frequenting Giovanni's Restaurant since they opened. This is a great family friendly restaurant. The dishes prepared by Giovanni and staff are excellent in taste and appearance. You find great flavors that will tempt any palate. Their fish dishes are the best I have tasted, as I am not normally a fish eater. They have a Full bar, music on weekends, great service from the friendly staff. Large seperate dining room for large parties. I highly recommed this restaurant as one of the best in Broward and Miami/Dade counties.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Miami, Florida
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“Great Peruvian restaurant in pembroke”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Very good restaurant. Excellent service.
We had "aguadito de mariscos" and the "ceviche mixto". They were very good. The portions are big. You can share.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“Giovanni's Cafe offers fine dining at neighborhood prices - always busy, great food, attentive service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Starting with the warm greeting from Mirna, Giovanni's wife, we are made to feel very welcome on entering Giovanni's. The warm decor reflects the Peruvian Chef/owner's tastes. And while each meal is freshly prepared, including Giovanni's amazing sauces, your food still comes out quickly. The servers are attentive and will relay any special request - which Giovanni will happily accommodate.

They offer daily lunch specials from around $5.95 - but don't let the low prices keep you away - this is truly fine dining at neighborhood prices, in a warm and inviting atmosphere and worth a drive from anywhere. Portions are large and everything tastes good!

They have live music on weekends and a full bar with happy hour specials. The wine list is well suited for their menu choices.

My favorite dishes at Giovanni's are the 'Libornese fish filet' (always fresh) sauteed in white wine with garlic, capers, basil, onions, black olives and a thick marinara sauce for $12.95, the 'Submarine fish filet', sauteed with Calamari, Shrimp, clams and musselss and another great sauce for $15.95. Giovanni's steak, chicken and pork dishes are some of the best I have eaten - I'm still working my way through them. Each dish he makes is distinctive, with its own sauce and accompaniments. Giovanni even makes me fresh chimichuri sauce for my Palomilla steak on request, at no extra cost!

We're regulars at Giovannis, eating with friends, family and business associates. Have never had a bad meal or heard a complaint - only comments on what a great deal for such a great meal. If you live in or visit west Pembroke Pines, try it - explore the menu - and let's have your own opinion.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good choice for lunch.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

I have been several times for lunch and it is at the top of my list. Great food at even better prices. Do not miss it. Highly recommended

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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