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Giovanni Restaurant
Giovanni Restaurant

Giovanni Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://originalgiovanni.com/
  • Email: giovanni.reservations@gamil.com
  • Phone: (510) 843-6678
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-11:00am
    Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alex Sanchez / Juan Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: All items on menu available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room seats 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Anastasia Schipani (510) 843-6678

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Channing Way
  • Public Transit: Bus and BART are nearby
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Giovanni Restaurant
Giovanni Old World Restaurant *est 1961* a Berkeley institution. Orginal owner and his family happily came back after a twenty year absence to carry on this third generation tradition.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the service and food! Very reasonable although the wine list is small!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "we went back here for our 22nd anniversary; hadn't been there in 20 years. Still the gem we remembered and the food was still 5 star"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "On the night we were there in February, there was a strong and pervasive kitchen sewage smell that hit us the minute we entered. We should have turned away but it was my husband's birthday and we were looking forward to coming back to a place he used to go to long ago. The food and service were very good but the waitress explained and apologized that they have had a problem with the drains but they were working on it. I hope they've been able to clear up that problem by now. It should be their highest priority. Otherwise, the ambience with the cozy fireplace and music at night are charming and I would have given them 5 stars for ambience."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My friends and I threw a surprise party for a friend here at Giovanni's on a Sunday evening. Our waiter and hostess were very nice and accommodating - we had brought our own dessert, and our guest of honor was late. The food was incredible and the ambiance was very pleasant. I'd definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We had a family get together with the six of us and we had a great time. Great pizza, pretty good scampi they were big and the vegetables were cooked perfectly,and great wine. Sorry to say something was in the gelato, plastic or little string or hair?. The bathroom had a mold smell. The Atmosphere is great fun, floors clean, lovely fire pit, beautiful iron work chandeliers, except a light bulb was out. I still love Giovanni's been going there since the 1970's"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Ole establishment try to keep it's head above water...only one waitress for the evening, waited forever for the cocktail with less than 15 people in the whole restaurant. Then the food and salad comes out together! Order wine and it never showed up as the restaurant got full of college students and their parents...Been going to this restaurant for 40 years...Will think twice before going back..."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Giovanni Salad: A. Gnocchi: B+. Fettuccine Carbonara: C. Margherita Pizza: A. Tiramisu: A+. No Espresso Coffee!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was the worst service I ever had. We were a party of 7 celebrating my late mother's birthday. It took well over an hour for us to receive all of our food.The hostess served our appetizers and left. We didn't have place settings for everyone at the table and it took 10 minutes to get someone to drop off a hand full of forks, knives, and napkins (didn't set the table). The waiter served our drinks, and returned 45 minutes later. When we asked the waiter to pick up the place settings from the table, he got angry and walked off. To make matters worse, there was a table of about 10 that got there after us, was served all of their food, ate and left before we got our food. Service was HORRIBLE!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "our reservations through Open Table were not received by this restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Very old school Italian restaurant. Nice big fireplace in the middle! Good service and quite spacious. I liked being able to see right into the kitchen too."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Very nice dinner. Calamari was excellent as was the veal scallopini. We also enjoyed the clam chowder soup and a few other appetizers along with a glass of wine. We look forward to dining with Giovanni again. It was also nice to see Giovanni greeting people as they came in and taking them to their table. What a nice touch......"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent! Very tasty. We did not have a regular waiter. The hostess was our waiter and she was way to busy being a hostess to be a waiter. We waited awhile to get our order in and she only came back only once one time early in our meal to see if we wanted refills or more wine. We actually wanted more wine and drinks, but could not get the service and all of had to finish our meals with no water or drinks of any kind."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Granted, it was very busy but service was very slow. Our server was not very good at multi-tasking. Had to wait 10 minutes for her to take our order. Our dishes were not ready at the same time. Even when we asked for cartons to take our leftovers, she didn't take that as a cue to bring our check. Waited another 10 minutes for that. Witnessed other tables getting orders mixed up several times. Good food, but better to go on a night when it is not so busy."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a reservation and they sat us at a table next to a freezing window, by the bar with a TV blaring. I know they have much better tables & booths than this toward the back and the place did not seem full. I thought making a reservation meant you got a nice table. Very disappointed!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Giovanni's has been around a long time and is an old favorite or our family. Lots of large tables for big groups and a nice fireplace inn the middle. Giovanni himself was there to welcome us, at age 86 still going strong!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "This is a great restaurant very attentive staff, tasty food and cozy atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Six of us dined and all of our food was delicious."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Our experience of dining at Giovanni's was really very pleasant. We loved, who we thought was, Giovanni taking us to our table - he was really wonderful, even though he doesn't smile. It's just so refreshing to see an elder bringing people to their tables, and he was dressed as if he had just left his house to go for a walk. I guess that would qualify under "only in Berkeley" kind of scene, but it was really, really refreshing. The only suggestion I can make is to see about getting some tables that are a little smaller. Even at a four person table the people sitting across from you seem so far away you have to talk much louder. The food was great - we especially liked the warm brussel-sprout salad - yummy!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Having eaten here when the current owner first owned Giovanni Restaurant, we chose to return for a pre theatre dinner in Berkeley. The large Giovanni Salad for two was chopped lettuce mixed with very few of the garbanzo beans, salami, cheese or roasted red peppers listed on the menu. The Veal Parmesan had the texture of ground veal though it was tasty and served hot. The Chicken Marsala was so tough that it could barely be cut and arrived cold as did the side vegetables and pasta on both plates. We had an early reservation when only a couple tables were taken making the temperature of the meals hard to understand, However, the restaurant was very busy by the time we left, so perhaps we made the wrong menu selections."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "The first time we went it was great but it was not very busy that night. Last time it was a Saturday night and I had a very large group of 12 adults and one 7 yearold little girl... the restaurant was really full and the kitchen was so slow they would bring out the food in twos or threes and the whole table was finally served except for the last 2 people who waited a long time for their food. We had one very good little girl with us but by the time dinner was over we decided not to order dessert because we were afaid it would take too long and she was too tired. Will we go back ? probably the food is very good."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We four all agreed that we would return to Giovanni's, in spite of the very high noise level and very, very slow service. The kitchen was clearly overwhelmed by the sudden arrival of several large parties, a few of whom proceeded to literally yell to each other across their tables. The food was quite good though. We had the salmon, lasagna, veal Parmesan, and pasta primavera with pesto sauce. Their bread is excellent, the server was professional and kept us apprised of the problems in the kitchen, and it was lovely to see the owners, quite elderly couple, personally taking interest in their patrons. A return on a mid-week is in the cards, perhaps on a Tuesday when there is music playing later in the evening."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Just lucky to stumble on this gem on open table (my new favorite app). accommodating, yummy, friendly environment."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My family and I have monthly dinners out. Giovanni's is a favorite from my childhood and I wanted my children to experience it. They LOVED the pizza (better than fast food pizza). My husband had the rib eye and I had the veal marsala. Both were cooked to perfection. Robert our waiter was perfect. The best part of the evening is that we were seated by Giovanni himself. Though in his 80's, the man still runs a great restaurant."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "An older place, now again managed by the original family. Food was excellent, and very authentic. The fireplace is a nice feature. We'll certainly go back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The food was very good but the service took a very long time. We waited at least 15 minutes before our waiter asked us for our order. He passed us several times but did not help us...they did not seem that busy. We would return here and hope the service improves."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "Nice, old world feel. Excellent service. Enjoyed all the dishes. Really appreciated the half off wine on Monday evening!"
    Dined on 9/30/2013