Cafe Giovanni
Cafe Giovanni

Cafe Giovanni

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafegiovanni.com/
  • Phone: 5045292154
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Duke LoCicero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Live Music Entertainment Provided by Encore Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Evenings

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canal St
  • Public Transit: Street Car – Canal St. and Decatur St.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: $5 Validated Parking at the Marriott Hotel on Canal St. $7 Validated Parking at Premium Parking Garage 716 Iberville St.
A word from Cafe Giovanni
Cafe Giovanni is a 4 star fine dining restaurant voted winner of the Wine Spectator Award. Duke LoCicero was voted the American Culinary Federation's Chef of the Year, New Orleans chapter. "Where Magazine" named Cafe Giovanni the restaurant with the "Best Ambiance in New Orleans."
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Cafe Giovanni reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (48)romantic (40)fit for foodies (40)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (18)notable wine list (18)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OMG! OPERA!
    SpinMD
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Well, if you LOVE opera, this is your place. If you are like us, and you hate it.... The singers and noise level in this place was HORRIBLE (although the singers are I am sure talented, their talent is lost on us!). I would not recommend this restaurant unless you want LOTS of NOISE and don't want to hear your table mates, AND you LOVE opera. Food was good, but did not outweigh the unpleasantness of the environment. Service was quite good, and the waiter was very empathetic to our complaints about the noise and singing. There are apparently nights without singing, so look into the schedule before going (if at all). Nothing here for us to come back to.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The service was great and the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    was very tasty. The dish was a nice portion. The Banana foster bread pudding was excellant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice evening.
    Tony
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I had dinner on a Friday night during Restaurant Week. From the warm and friendly greeting at the door, through the cheerful and efficient service, the excellently presented and absolutely fabulous food, the evening was more than we had hoped for. Everything on the menu sounded so delicious it made it hard to settle on just one dish. We'll have to come back to try more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Overall, our dining experience was high-quality without being extraordinary. The food was good. The portions were modest, without being skimpy or overwhelming. The service was extremely friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The only thing unexpected was that all diners at the table had to participate in the restaurant week menu for ANYONE to participate in the restaurant week menu. We had a table of 5, and all diners did participate, but that was an odd requirement, in my experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner
    Meh606
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was good. The ambiance of the restaurant was good. We had a group of 7. They were very accomading. Food came out pretty quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience at Cafe Giovanni
    Lucie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had a lovely time at Cafe Giovanni. The food was excellent and the service impeccable. We had a singer in the restaurant, it was nice but it was too loud. Overall I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JandLdiningout
    JandLdiningout
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We love the ambiance of the restaurant and the Opera singers (check for nights they perform). We took advantage of the set 3 course meal & the food was excellent. We enjoyed our dining experience & will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent food service and overall dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The service from everyone was amazing, friendly, attentive. Food portions were perfect, the taste was exquisite and the serve was on point. - thank you for everything
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Duke strikes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was by far the best experience from walking in the door to walking out that I have ever had. The food was out of this world great!! You must make plans to eat here or your losing out of one of the best resturants New Orleans has to offer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok rest
    karfista
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Got there early, lady seating us seemed mad, we got seated on what seem to be an old backyard, looking up there was a balcony full of empty boxes and other stuff ( not pleasant at all). Food was ok, not what I expected for that price range( ate much better at other local rest. ) Our waitress was ok, pleasant. Desert was a disaster bread pudding , with a plate full of pancake sause...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Coolinary Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As usual, Cafe Giovanni was excellent (complete with a table visit from Chef Duke)! Decided to check out the popular August Coolinary menu and all of us left happy. Highly recommend the spicy seafood Caprese appetizer - those who didn't order it wished they had. Always a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Angel Rodriguez
    Love2eatanddrinkinola
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Cozy and quiet. Food and wine were very good. Good and prompt service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cooinary delight
    TigerTide
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Waiter was great-made good recommendations, personable and not overbearing. Got to restaurant just before opening and they were very welcoming. Sat us right away and did not make us wait. Food was delicious. Would definitely recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coolinary Experience
    JandLdiningout
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The restaurant has a wonderful ambiance & the Coolinary Menu (set menu & price) had a great selection. 4 couples met for dinner on Friday night. It was a 1st experience for 5 of the 8. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, patient with all of our questions, accommodating for the person with food allergies and smiled throughout the dinner. The Oysters Giovanni have a great presentation & were delicious. The Duck was outstanding, however the Beef Medallions were cooked perfectly & extremely tender. For those who had the Seafood Pasta bowl, had a very nice serving & enjoyed it thoroughly. The Tiramisu & Bread Pudding were delicious. We also enjoyed the Opera singers which was a nice surprise. Everyone enjoyed the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Professional yet unpretentious
    DefrostedVenus
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had the prix fixe dinner here as part of the "Coolinary New Orleans" promotion. This restaurant allows people to sample their most popular dishes via the prix fixe menu (other places will not include their signature dishes, hoping that you come in for the promotion but then order from the regular menu). I had the award-winning fried oysters, and, while it was well cooked, and presented, it did not appeal to me personally. The five sauces served with it include kiwi and mango and I am not into sweet, tropical flavors. I had the duck, which was outstanding. The service was friendly but not chatty. They worked for our tips by providing good service, not by flattering or entertaining us. I recommend to anyone visiting NOLA to eat there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef Duke rocks!
    Yupudmb
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Anniversary dinner with my wife - food and service superb! Diverse menu with choices for any taste plus the Chef will certainly accommodate your every need. Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    Bacchus
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate there during Coolinary for the month of August. The staff was great !!! The food was awesome !!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WILL BE BACK ! LOVE THE FOOD
    jamienola
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My first time there and will be back. I love the food and the location. Parking was easy and I love sitting by the window. Had a great time there for my 7th wedding anniversary. The staff was nice, and fun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • italian spot near french quarter
    Swk5VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good spot a couple of blocks from the touristy area. Food was very good and fresh, and service was attentive. A/C a little too high (granted it was a high 90's day), and it was quite dark, but enjoyed it a lot.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coolinary
    Neworleans
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We dined Friday night and had a bad experience with the waiter and the preparation of the food...need better service oriented waiters and responsible food preparation
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not what i remember
    threeormore
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    thought the food was good but the ambience as well as the bar area just not what I remembered.. definitely a couple steps back from past visits
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A most enjoyable experience, as expected. A return visit is on my "must" list. Beef medallions, on summer special, were cooked to perfection. Hope that will be on regular menu. Loved to see "The Duke" making visits to the dining room to make sure all is well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeavetteVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Try the "Feed Me" tasting menu---it's great! While noisy when crowded, the food and the service more than makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best Filet Mignon that I hav!
    gingerhammerfoodninjas
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The best dining experience that we have ever had in NOLA! The service was 1st rate. And the food??!! PERFECTION!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Chef Duke!
    oddiesgirl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My friends and I had a fun and delicious night out at Cafe Giovanni! The service was great, the food amazing, and the entertainment spectacular! If you haven't tried it, you must!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loved the food and service... Great to be part of the New Orleans culinary experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was amazing!
    Aimee
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Cafe Guovanni was amazing! The food, the service, the atmosphere was all on point! The food especially was just melt in you mouth good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ralphmax
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Manicotti, stuffed- unable to tell it was manicotti; salad bland: had filet- tough & undercooked - bland; Possibly overcrowded but will not return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well....
    FoodCrank
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant's menu offering on "The Coolinary" website states the menu is "not valid for groups". While there was two of us that was not a problem as my wife wasn't inclined to have that menu. When we were seated at the restaurant the "The Coolinary" menu stated that the entire table had to participate, i.e. order from that menu or else à la carte was the only option. A generous interpretation of this blatant contradiction would be that somebody made a mistake (and/or doesn't under stand the common Webster definition of "group"). Another interpretation would be that this is the restaurant version of bait and switch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had a nice time at Cafe Giovanni. It was really loud inside, though. Almost as loud as a rock concert. It was impossible to have conversation at the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MuchMoNOLA
    MuchMoNOLA
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Chef Duke and his staff are friendly and hospitable. The roaming ladies singing opera make this a unique and enjoyable dining experience. And the food... everything that we had at our table was very tasty and beautifully presented on the plate. The Oysters Giovani with 5 sauces is a work of art on a plate. We were entertaining a good friend for her birthday, and she loved the experience. The staff were attentive and friendly. Chef Duke works the dining room like he is entertaining you in his home. I had a hard time choosing from the many enticing options. Can't wait to go back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    DebRVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    With so many wonderful restaurants to try in New Orleans I wouldn't recommend wasting a dinner here. The food is nothing special. Everything else is fine, the service, the opera singers, and the atmosphere. The food tasted like it was from a can. Very dissappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dining experience
    BobbyC
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a table of 3, easy reservation using Open table, seating immediately, and drinks were promptly served. We each had different appetizers (Oyster Giovanni, ?Crab salad in a tomato, Fried green tomato), entrees (Grilled chop, Veal special with this crazy good beurre blanc sauce, Fish special), and desserts (tiramisu, chocolate mousse thing, bread pudding) . We just had to share a bit. Everything was truly very good. Cafe Giovanni is really a gem in a city of great restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Floridafolks
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Of the four diners who went that evening, only one thought his meal was good. The other three thought there was a lot of room for improvement. Two had a pasta dish that was dry due to a shortage of Alfredo sauce. There was no dinner salad included or offered with the pasta dishes. Vocalist was too loud, place was noisy. Fairly pricy for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to try a nice place for our last dinner in New Orleans. We read the reviews that raved about the food, atmosphere, service, etc, and decided to try it out. When we arrived, our waiter seemed very out of it, and didn't seem to know anything about the food. I ordered the tuna steak that was on special that day, and when I asked how it was cooked, he looked at me like I was speaking another language. The food was alright, nothing spectacular. For the price, I would have expected the wait staff to at least know what they're talking about. The atmosphere was bland, and a table across from us seemed to have just walked off Bourbon, annoying everyone. How is the restaurant Zagat rated?????
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Presentations
    Burntley
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food is great! We do the Let Chef feed us deal. Gives you a taste of everything Duke does. It's awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a wonderful surprise!
    LocalizedVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As locals, we found ourselves downtown, hungry, with 3 kids and no reservation. We were able to get right in at Giovanni's, but of course that made us even more skeptical about a place we'd never been and never really heard of. What a wonderful surprise. From the drinks (great bartender), to the oyster appetizer (we ordered a second), to the kids' spaghetti and meatballs (which were amazing), to our entrees -- veal with a caper butter sauce and the fish of the day, sheepshead with crab and a lemon better sauce. We loved the place, it's history, the many awards it's won, the storied chef and owner and most of all the fact that our little, foodie family has found such a wonderful addition to its list of exquisite local restaurants.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner all the way around.
    fromPhiladelphia
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We didn't know how good this restaurant would be, but the four of us were happy we went. Outstanding food, attentive server. Will definitely come back the next time I'm in town. Thank goodness that Open Table was there to steer me in the right direction.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible dinner as usual!!!
    Averylea
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The award winning Oysters Giovanni is to die for. I think it is one of the best things I have ever eaten. If you come to New Orleans and do not try it, your loss. My recommendation is to order your own because I won't share my Oysters Giovanni with anyone!!! The crab shrimp and avocado salad was great and I wish I had order two bread puddings with the Banana Foster sauce.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.