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“fantastic little restaurant”

Giovanni's On the Hayes
Ranked #77 of 1,276 Restaurants in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Centre
Transit: Dont worry about transport as there is a main taxi rank just outside as well as a main bus stop infront of the restaurant. The train station is also just a 2 minute walk from Giovannis.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is a fantastic restaurant. The food and service are of a high standard. Don't be put off by some of the negative reviews I really do not understand where they have come from. Visited on
a busy Friday night, restaurant was full to the raffters, service was exceptional. Traditional Italian service with plenty of wine and song. We were amazed by the portion sizes absolutely huge! the taste was fantastic too. Did not have room for dessert!. The restaurant is dotted with photographs of many famous people who have visited. Its really worth a visit a 'Cardiff Classic'. We will be back.

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greatfoodguide, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

I love this place I always want to eat here everyday when I walk past and now I have!
Staff are fantastic, they fitted us in when it was fully booked and even though the restaurant is small it does not feel like you are sitting at somebody else's table.
The food was excellent and served quickly, the atmosphere is brilliant and when there's a lull in conversation with your company there are many many photos for you to look at!

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greatfoodguide, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We ate here wanting good hearty Italian food and thats exactly what we got! The portions are good, service excellent always making time for small talk and happy smiling all round. It was very quiet the night we went as it was mid-week but everything was spot. We will be back :)

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greatfoodguide, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

First visit to Cardiff, hotel porter recommended Giovanni's. Starters arrived in no time with generous portions. Mains proved excellent with the most tender meat ever. Great service with more than enough staff to look after the tables.

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greatfoodguide, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

This was the first time we'd visited, in spite of having lived in Cardiff for 5 years - what were we thinking? The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, really buzzing and lively, but without being overdone; it still feels really cosy. The staff were outstanding - friendly, professional and attentive, we couldn't have been better looked after. And as for the food...WOW! We were impressed by both the quality and quantity of the meals we were served. We had two courses, and really SHOULDN'T have eaten as much as we did with the portions being as big as they were, but it was so nice that we ate until bursting! The food was clearly freshly made with high quality ingredients and was served piping hot with just the right amount of time left between courses. Also, they really know what they are doing with pasta. How many places get 'al dente' just right? If you're used to visiting the larger franchised Italian restaurants, you'll be surprised at how wonderfully different and refreshing a REAL Italian can be.

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greatfoodguide, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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