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“An AbsoluteTreat”

Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
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.
Reviewed July 30, 2010

We had a delicious meal, starting with simple, beautifully fresh bruschetta (complimentary piece for everybody at the table), along with the most wonderful minnestroni soup and yummy large shrimp in garlic butter. Our main courses were pasta and veal, but the standouts were the linguini with clams (vongole) and the linguini carbonara (amazing!). As we ate, we watched a waitress grind coffee, and the smells were so enticing, we had to try the coffee (sans dessert since we were far too full), and it was lovely. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, and our service as a whole was excellent. We highly, highly recommend this restaurant - a delight (our cost: $160 including tip for a family of four but we're not drinkers).

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Reviewed July 11, 2010

Our children and their baby came to visit. We instantly thought of Giovanni's as it had many of our friends' recommendations and seemed like a nice place for a special dinner. When we got to the restaurant we were greeted by what I assumed was the female owner/manager, she advised us of the dress code no open toed shoes and gave a once over eye towards our grandchild and let us know there is only ONE highchair! She let it pass and we were seated . All I have to say is the rest of the meal we all felt uncomfortable for having a baby there....the looks and menu and server seemed not pleased to have babies around. Very sad to have dealt with this as we eat out regularly and unfortunatly Qualicum is getting a reputation for lack of good service and loyalty to locals. I feel this is just another restaurant not willing to go the extra mile to keep customers.

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Reviewed June 25, 2010

Food was amazing and the service was very attentive. I would definitely return. I had the mussels in the tomato garlic sauce and the tortellini bolognese. Also, the waiter brought us a free sample of the bruschetta - it was the best I ever tasted.

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Reviewed May 19, 2010

Since i have food allergies I have to be careful where i can eat, and have found the food here made with fresh ingredients and lots of flavor. The food is always delicious, my wife and I try to frequent this restaurant as often as we can, first for the food and second we can actually talk without allot of background noises. Fine dinning in Qualicum Beach, Great Atmosphere, Great food and if you can't book ahead call anyway the staff have almost always found a way to fit us in even late in the evening.

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Reviewed May 13, 2010

I had the opportunity to take our Island hosts out for dinner in exchange for their hospitality while visiting the Nanaimo area in August of 2009. Our party of five opted for the Four Course dinner and everyone was delighted with the quality, quantity, atmosphere and value of our dining experience at Giovanni's!
The meal began with fresh bruschetta followed by a lovely salad featuring smoked steelhead trout, a pasta course of stuffed shells in a fresh marina sauce and the main course of lamb lollipop, grilled prawns, veal in a cream sauce and fresh roasted vegetables was divine. Each course was superb with distinctive flavours and a great presentation. We had barely any room left for dessert which we managed to fit in only due to its scumptiousness!
The waitress recommended a reasonably priced wine to pair with the meal and no guest was left wanting for anything during the course of the meal.
Hostess Helen brought over a complimetnary digestif and Chef Giovanni stopped by our table even with a full house.
I was thoroughly impressed by the service, atmosphere and of course the food was to die for.
I highly recommend Giovanni's Ristorante and would encourage making reservations as the place was packed even during mid-week.

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1  Thank dreataylor
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