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“A Gem in a College Town” 5 of 5 stars
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Givanni's
109 E. College St., Iowa City, IA 52240-4002
+1 319-338-5967
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Ranked #91 of 211 Restaurants in Iowa City
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, American, 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.
Hinsdale, Illinois
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48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“A Gem in a College Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This was my second time eating at Givanni's. Both meals were great experiences. The waiters are knowledgeable but not intimidating. The prices are a little high but I would rather pay a little more for really good food, a nice atmosphere and great service.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kate C, Guest Relations Manager at Givanni's, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
We are so pleased to hear about your great experience at our restaurant. Come visit us again soon!
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English first
Lexington, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Unpretentious and tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Went here for a work-related dinner, and wasn't expecting much. Turns out to be a very nice place. Service was friendly, well-informed, but not pushy. Nice wine list, v good appetizers (recommend the "flaming goat"). My filet was done perfectly, and prices all quite reasonable. My dinner companions had the mussels, and raved.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tiffin, Iowa, United States
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The food is really good, but they have started to charge for things like their bread, which is pretty ridiculous.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The "Greyhounder w/ muddled basil" is incredible!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Food is great, but this drink was so inventive & surprisingly wonderful! Very diverse menu withg wonderful appetizers. I've never seen mussels served withou8t their top shell, but it was delicious.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Iowa City, IA
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230 reviews 230 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Broccilli and pesto pasta excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The summer outside seating on ped mall very nice. The staff well trained, and the food beautifully prepared, if slightly overpriced. A good place to take guests. Seating comfortable.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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