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“Simply Amazing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gigi's Italian Restaurant

Gigi's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #21 of 105 Restaurants in Jensen Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Had dinner twice during our stay in port st. Lucie...everything was amazing. Veal Marsala, stuffed shrimp, eggplant pram, lasagna...all to die for. You have to try the cannoli for dessert! Will be back next time in Florida without a doubt. Thank you Gigi! From Laura and David in Mtl

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
4 Thank devello
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Gigisitalian, Manager at Gigi's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you and may God richly bless you.
Gigi and family
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English first
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Cash only”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

I recently went to Gigi's to have dinner and was greatly disappointed to read the sign on the entry door stating that credit cards weren't accepted. I had read rave reviews about this place on their website, but nowhere was it mentioned that they didn't accept credit cards. I believe they have been in business over thirty years, but I don't see how, if they don't accept credit cards in a busy, beach/tourist town like Jensen Beach, Florida!! They should realize that vacationers AND locals don't always have a lot of cash on them for obvious reasons. I drove ten miles and back for nothing!

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank PetAiel
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Gigisitalian, Owner at Gigi's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Its actually 40 years in business.
Tripadvisor members Please view the food critic comments we have posted with pictures above..

We are a South Florida household name and a favorite of Bon Appetit magazine "FLY TO ITALY WITHOUT LEAVING THE GROUND AT GIGI'S", Miami Herald "4 STARS", Stuart News "GIGI'S LIVES UP TO ALL THE HYPE", WPBF news channel "ITALY IN FLORIDA", Fox News channel "THE BEST Of 2010 WINNER #1 ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN SOUTH FLORIDA" Mystery Diner "4 FORK WINNER", and many, many more accolades. Thank you to our loyal customers who have made the past 40 years of business remarkable, we look forward to serving you for decades to come!
As for credit cards, there is a ATM about 40 feet to the left outside our door at Walgreens, we even refund the ATM service charges for customers
Thank you for your thoughts PetAilel and may God bless you :)
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Stuart, Florida
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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“We Really Love Gigi's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Great place to enjoy Italian food on the Treasure Coast. Not super fancy. Just great homemade Italian food.

As a vegetarian, I love their Eggplant Parmesan. Really cheesy and delicious. Huge portions so there is always extra to take home.

For my husband (non-vegetarian) he loves their Godfather Pizza. One of the best pizza's he has ever eaten.

Just keep in mind that they prefer Old School and only accept cash. Well worth a quick trip to an ATM if you need to prior to going.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank VegeGoddess
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Gigisitalian, Owner at Gigi's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review. May God richly bless you.
GiGi's and family
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Palm City, Florida
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128 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Family owned Italian Restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

We visited Gigi's on an out-of-season week night during normal dinner hours. It was empty except for one couple. In the course of our stay, five more people ate in the restaurant, and there were several take-out customers. It's a small restaurant, but considering the overall high Trip Advisor reviews, we had expected more customers. We tried the restaurant based in the reviews, discarding a few very low reviews, and embraced the overall Trip Advisor ratings.
The food was served in plentiful portions. The meal began with a small house salad that was average. It consisted of some lettuce with a few sliced onions. The gnocchi was average, too. The people at our table had several different chicken dishes, as well as a delicious shrimp parmigiana. The restaurant is reasonably priced.
For me, this restaurant was nothing special like the proclamations in so many reviews. I notice that the owner seems very defensive in his reaction about some of the poor reviews, and it makes me wonder why he sounds so angry in his retorts to reviews. Read the customers' reviews and move on. All restaurants and hotels encounter people who are dissatisfied for one reason or another. Most reviewers on Trip Advisor take the time to write an honest review to help other people make an educated decision about where to dine. Unless the owner feels that someone is writing dishonest and inflammatory reviews in an attempt to sabotage his restaurant, I might suggest less of a reaction to poor/average reviews.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Patricia316
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Gigisitalian, Manager at Gigi's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you for your thoughts Patricia and may God richly bless you.

Gigi and family
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Stuart, Florida, United States
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

I am a long time customer who followed from their former location...yes it is definitely worth the trip to Gigi's!!!! Food is delectable, some of my favorites are the Sauteed Spinach ( could eat this everyday, 3 times a day!) Pasta Fagioli, Eggplant Rollatini and Chicken San Marino! The staff is always very attentive to our every need , Sebastion and Joey are always happy, dedicated servers, hopefully you will on a rare occasion be served by the beautiful Diana! Diana is the ultimate server, perhaps it is her maternal instinct, not sure why but somehow she anticipates what you need before you realize your want or need!! Also their grandson Johnny helps out in the dining room, what a handsome, polite young man! I am originally from the NYC area....and this is TRUE Italian food prepared with love and the perfect culinary attention that defines perfection! Yum...ready to go back right now!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank DaughterofDorothy
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Gigisitalian, Manager at Gigi's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review. I do want to take a moment to comment on the negative review below. After reviewing our security video for Thursday July 11, 2013 the party of two ladies did in fact dine at Gigi's and this is what accurred on our security camera. They were immediately meant at the door because it was 3 minutes to closing (not 30) and was told Gigi's was closed. Because of a large party (not family or friends but customers) we we're in fact estimating we would be working for at least another hour. Because of this we offered pizza as an only option, they agreed and sat at a table with menus. Exactly 5 minutes after ordering they requested bread, mind you bread is served with dinners and not pizza unless requested, Shortly after, bread has served. Again, video feed show bread being completely eaten. 15 minutes in (average cook time for a stone oven pizza) the pizza was served. Again, security video show the two ladies each had TWO of the eight slices of a 16" pizza and completely removed the toppings of the other 4 slices. When the complaint began the ladies were asked why they would practically eat an entire meal if they didn't like it? "I was hungry so We ate it" is a poor excuse. Normal people don't eat after a couple of nibbles and only THEN complain its not to their standards. Needless to say we compt the ENTIRE meal. We take complaints very seriously and our motto is "customer always first, customer always right" and we have proven this policy time and time again, this is why we have been in business 40 years. Three generations of family continue the day to day operation and we are so excited for the next 40 years of serving our award winning food. Thank you to all our wonderful customers new and old for making Gigi's one of the longest running restaurants in Florida. God Bless you all!
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