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Giovanni - CLOSED

2420 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
+1 510-843-6678
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  • Excellent4%
  • Very good61%
  • Average31%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
Oct 10, 2016
“Excellent bread and Pannini Sandwiches !”
Nov 23, 2015
“Good Food, Slow Service”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2420 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
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Reviewed October 10, 2016

This restaurant has a very interesting history. I used to go here back in the 80's and 90's. The original owner was Giovanni but he sold the place and it was under different ownership but the original owner's sister Fran worked there. Then the place...More

Thank Brooklynexpat65
Reviewed November 23, 2015

Giovanni offers some really delicious Italian food. Located on Shattuck Avenue, a bit farther away from Berkeley's downtown conventional eateries, it is a place worth exploring. However, the service is quite slow, so don't go when you are in a rush.

Thank theprincessandqueen
Reviewed April 22, 2015

Food is average; ambiance is average; feels like the old restaurant that it is. Feels too big; not many people there eating. Not a restaurant I would return to very soon.

Thank Linda M
Reviewed February 16, 2015

Went to Giovanni's for Valentine's Day dinner last Saturday night and had a very nice experience. It was the first time my wife and I went there and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of food and the service. Good Italian cooking and one...More

Thank ALHMartinez_CA
Reviewed February 16, 2015

Last week we had our worst dining experience ever at Giovanni, which was recommended by our hotel. Following a pleasant conversation with the hostess, we sat for more than 20 minutes without even a look from a waiter, despite the fact that the dining room...More

2  Thank dcostel1
Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a comfortable restaurant in the old school..(in a good way). Comfy bar in front ... window seats on the street open in summer. In the back room a big round fireplace. The food is very good and a good wine list. They could...More

Thank hilaryseattle
Reviewed November 19, 2014

During a recent trip to Berkeley, I visited Giovanni. It was a nice surprise. While not world class, the food was well above average and there was a nice house wine and wine list. The service was really, really good. The menu is traditional Italian,...More

Thank GMH 7
Reviewed October 12, 2014

We have enjoyed going to Giovanni in Berkeley for years, and as such, this was a repeat visit for us tonight. We enjoyed their bread. I had their excellent spaghetti and meatballs. My hustand had their very good eggplant parmagiana. Service was attentive. We sat...More

Thank mini
Reviewed October 12, 2014

Probably picked a bad night to dine here since we waited well beyond the 20 minute promise of a table to be seated. Then it was another 15 to 20 minutes to even see our waiter. Drinks took another 15 minutes and a carafe of...More

1  Thank Mikeview
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Seriously. Not a bit! The food is the same basic classic Italian-American fare, and the owners still greet you and make sure you are taken care of. The pepperoni pizza seemed to be the standout of the meal, though everyone left the table satisfied. If...More

Thank ParisReally
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$15 - $25
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2420 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    (Channing Way)
  • Public Transportation: Bus and BART are nearby
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-843-6678
  • E-mail
Giovanni Old World Restaurant *est 1961* a Berkeley institution. Orginal owner and his family happily came back after a twenty year absence to carry on this third generation tradition.
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