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“Disappointing food”

Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Fine Italian cuisine in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Giovanni's provides an elegant and delicious Italian dining experience 6 evenings per week. Reservations strongly recommended. Patio open in summer. Everything from pastas, to steak, seafood, chicken, veal, lamb, and gluten-free options. Extensive wine list. Open from 5 pm - 9 pm. Lounge open at 12 pm for lunch.
Vancouver Island, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Disappointing food”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

This restaurant has a good location on 2nd Avenue - pleasantly decorated; but many of the tables are down an aisleway heading to the bathrooms which were in too close proximity to our table. Both times we visited this restaurant we were seated in this unpleasant location. I think I was expecting really good Italian food and felt let down. If you are looking for delicious spaghetti/meatballs , gnocchi etc. it is not here. They offer an option of dinner for 2 or 4 persons - three course. I did not find this to be a pleasant experience.

  • Visited September 2010
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Calgary AB Canada
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“Another wonderful experience”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

It was our 41st anniversary so we decided to go to Giovanni's again as we have been away since last fall. They treated us like long lost friends, the food was amazing, and the service was terrific. Best of all, Giovanni and Helen welcome everyone like family. Best Italian food on Vancouver Island. By the way, if you have gluten allergy don't shy away, try their gluten free pasta!!

  • Visited July 2011
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Fantastic Food, Who thought one could cut steak, veal, and lamb with a butter knife.”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

If you are looking for that something extra to take the family or friends for a special occasion, this is the place. A group of 7 of us, including 2 children aged 8 and 11, ordered the 3 course meal, which was specially prepared by Giovanni himself. We had no idea what the meal would consist of which only added to the intrigue. Our meal was prepared from scratch especially for us, the australian lamb was to die for. We all left feeling extremely satisfied, from the appetizers to the desert. The service was quick, and a visit from the chef at the end of our meal to check on our well being and answer any questions we might have was a fantastic personal touch, that is rarely found in our society today. It was a pleasant surprise to be treated like humans and not cattle as one so often is when dining out.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank DecisionLJ
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Canada
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Simply A Great Place to Dine”
Reviewed July 20, 2011

The four of us went to Giovanni's prior to attending the stage theatre. Once again this restaurant exceeded our expectations with an outstanding menu, well priced specials and a great atmosphere. Three had the lame shank special while I had the lobster pasta - all being prepared and presented to perfection. A great place to dine when you are in Qualicum Beach, BC.

  • Visited July 2011
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Victoria, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed July 3, 2011

We have eaten twice at Giovanni's and both times enjoyed the meal very much. It was a very welcome surprise the first time we discovered Giovanni's last summer, as we were looking for a change from the meals at the Cedar Room at Tigh na Mara. Giovanni's offered good Italian fare served by a very pleasant staff. We fell into conversation with the couple at the table next to us and had a really nice evening.

Nine months later we returned with my mum, who lives in Qualicum and is very exacting in her standards. Even she was impressed with the food. Another very good meal and a fun evening out.

I am surprised at some of the negative comments from some other reviewers, as we have found both food and service to be good. It is a very good choice for a night out in the Parksville-Qualicum area of Vancouver Island.

  • Visited April 2011
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Thank SalishSea101
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