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Giovanni's Restaurant & Lounge

#29 of 2,174 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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362 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M7, Canada
(613) 234-3156
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and ambience was spectacular. The service was great and the food was very delicious however not very fulfilling as the portions are a bit small than preferred.

Thank Couplicious
Gatineau, Canada
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188 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am an avid restaurant enthusiast to say the least. However, I had never been to Giovanni's Restaurant & Lounge on Preston Street. I was taken aback by the dining room, the menu and even more by the table d'hôte for the evening. As a main course, I opted for the osso bucco (table d'hôte) and my friend chose the... More 

Thank GerryPhilippe
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Giovanni's with my daughter and her boyfriend while they were visiting Ottawa. This had been one of my daughter's favourite restaurants in the past. I will say that the Cesare salad was excellent and the wine was tasty. However, the spaghetti with meat balls was nothing special. The pescatori had very fresh crabs, shrimp and scallops but... More 

Thank Crosby21
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going to this restaurant for over ten years now, and each time is as good as the last. Food is excellent old school Italian, with great pasta as well as meat dishes. The rack of lamb is fabulous, and their veal dishes are great. One of the enduring qualiities of this restaurant is that the staff doesn't... More 

Thank chunk1974
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a "nice Italian restaurant". Our taxi driver told us this one was the best. He was right! No reservation but we were welcomed like old friends. Luckily it wasn't a busy night so we were seated right away. Service was perfect...responsive but not too fast; menu explanations were patiently explained; tables far enough from each other... More 

Thank Kathy T
Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic food! Our server was amazing. We had a party of 8 and everyone was well taken care of. The kitchen even went off menu to create a dish for someone at our table who had limited options because of a food allergy. Can't say enough good things. Cozy atmosphere, great wine, delicious food. My only criticism would be that... More 

Thank SmoothOperator613
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brought the family here to celebrate a birthday. The decor is definitely upscale. We were served by Marko, who was excellent. Offered up sparkling water to start and kept refilling throughout the meal (which probably added significant expense to our bill, but was a nice touch!). We started with a few apps, which were as pricey as the mains, and... More 

Thank StellazA
Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Giovanni's in August of 2016. I called to make reservations late Saturday and did not think we would get in. I left voicemail and the restaurant promptly called me back and said they could accommodate our family of four. Highly recommended the veal parmigiana - it was scrumptious. My wife loved the seafood linguini. A must eat if... More 

Thank Thriftyboy1974
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Mussels, calamari, veal marsala, penne puttanesca, all top quality, as always. I dine at Giovanni's as often as possible because the food and service are both consistently excellent and the free valet parking is a much-appreciated perk in an area where parking is difficult. Giovanni's is also one of the rare restaurants outside of Italy that knows exactly how much... More 

Thank BR613
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Tony and Derek were very helpful and they made our dinner very pleasant. We had a great evening. The food was also excellent by the way. Many choices available and super fresh and the carte de vins is amazing.

Thank Mylene C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 362 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: (613) 234-3156

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