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“Upscale dining in a suburban legend” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Giovanni's Restaurant & Lounge

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Giovanni's Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #30 of 65 Restaurants in Munster
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Brandon, Florida, USA
Level Contributor
72 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Upscale dining in a suburban legend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

I grew up in Munster, and this has been the go-to upscale dining place for locals for decades. Always a solid meal with emphasis on quality Italian menu items. For a real surprise, however, try their duck which is remarkably tasty! Pizza is always an excellent choice and you won't find a better cocktail mixed south of The Loop.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank chio5200
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  • English first
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English first
Portage, Indiana
Level Contributor
70 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“MOLTO BENE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

My wife and I have dinner here 2-3 times a month. The servers here are well trained and generally very friendly and attentive. I always enjoy the Penne with meat sauce and meatball with Minestrone soup. My wife enjoys the Seafood Risotto. We are always made to feel welcome here and the meals have been consistently good. I have told the managers more than once that Giovannis provides the best dining experience out of any restaurant that I dine at and I go to quite a few! Unlike some other reviewers, I like the Pizza and get it from time to time. Also the Garlic bread rolls with the bread basket are very good. Sometimes chef goes too heavy on the sauce on Pasta entrees but that is nit picking. Giovanni's is good people and good food in a nice ambiance!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Peter P
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Level Contributor
25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A once great place strugling.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Went their with friends at their suggestion. I was hesitant because some past disappointments but they deserve another chance. Well they were better but not great. Everyone said they were happy meals. I ordered a special, Soft Shelled Crab and they competed with the same dish at Philanderers in Oak Park, a house specialty when they are in season. However although the prices were similar the portion size was a joke. They served 2 on a small bed of Pasta. There should have been 4 even 3 would have been acceptable. I really felt cheated by virtue of the price versus the quantity. Oh well back to not going or asking first.

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank MichaelS4913028
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Crown Point, Indiana
Level Contributor
67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wonderful Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

We decided to give this place a try. It has been around for years and have always heard great things about it and everyone was right. The veal parm and lasagna were great and will go back for both again. Can hardly wait to try the veal piccata and almost everything else on the menu. The amount of the food matched the quality of the food and we ended up with at least one more meal. Michele did a wonderful job as our wait staff and the attentiveness of the others kept everything perfect on our table.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank charles h
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chicagoland
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not like it used to be!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

This place used to be my favorite restaurant. I moved away a year ago, but recently visited. The service was terrible and the food wasn't hot. The beet salad special was really tasteless. Ravioli was overcooked. Never got refills on our drinks. Management - please bring this place back to it's former glory!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank collegemom2011
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