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Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville
Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville

Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.giovanninashville.com
  • Phone: (615) 760-5932
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giovanni Pinato
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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A word from Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville
At Giovanni's you will experience creative Italian cuisine in a multi level, chic and relaxed atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The place is nice, good location wait staff was great. The food was above average and the staff was really good. Only complaint is we had the first reservation available on a Saturday night, 7:30 on 8/16. It was our 33rd anniversary. The only complaint is it took 40 minutes between our salads and entree. I have been to many top of the line places all around the country and for a place that wants to be 5 star and charges 5 star prices, totally unacceptable. We were just about to leave when the entrees came out. No complaints about the food or wait staff but waiting that long when the spending $175 for dinner for two just doesn't cut it. Maybe they had an off night but for that price I will be looking elsewhere first next time."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was average for the price but we will never go back. The staff was not welcoming and almost condescending. Not worth it."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We found out about Giovanni's Ristorante while searching nearby available options through Open Table. Within minutes of our arrival, "The Wall Street Journal" had posted a favorable review on Foursquare so we certainly felt we were in for a treat. And we were indeed. The service and ambiance was reminiscent of our dining in Europe and the food was not only locally fresh, it was beautifully plated and presented. The next time we are in Nashville, this will certainly be on the top of our list. We've also made it's recommendation to friends and family in Nashville - only jealous that they are closer than we are!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Always enjoyable and our third visit did not disappoint. Try the homemade Lemoncello."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everytime we dine at Giovanni's we love the food and service. From some traditional Italian dishes to great seafood offerings, the food is very good. The cocktail and wine menus have some lovely choices, but far too expensive. A 1 1/2 ounce pour of a decent bourbon was $ 17.00. You have to ask for a wines by the glass menu to find any wine that is affordable. This is our only complaint. We will be back. Wonderful restaurant overall."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "When to dinner with my husband for his birthday... everything was amazing. Service,food. Ect. Love the upstairs...very beautiful! We will be back with family!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "When we arrived at Giovanni's, we were immediately impressed by the decor of the restaurant. It was beautiful, and they even had a live piano player. But after that, it went down hill. We ordered a $60 bottle of wine, which we were surprised was a twist off. We shared an order of chicken Parmesan, which tasted like it came straight from the freezer then heated in the microwave. All in all, this place was way overpriced for sub-par food and beverages."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Went here for our anniversary and we weren't disappointed. Food was good but drink prices were a bit steep. Would definitely go again, but not for drinks. The servers were trained well. No real complaints. We were on vacation from Georgia."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great food (veal & lasagna are best outside of NYC); great service (Aaron was stellar) and great reception (Jessica + Giovanni were both very welcoming)."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "If you are looking for some great Italian food, Giovanni's is the place! Yes, it is pricey, but worth it!! All eight people loved their entrees and plates were all wiped clean! We also shared four appetizers and 4 desserts! We didn't have a single thing we didn't like! I had one of the specials, which was rigatoni with procciutto and peas and a light vodka cream sauce.... Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "By far the best Italian food in Nashville...and trust me I have tried it all. Not only is the food suburb, but they hospitality matches as well. To give you an idea, I was debating between pasta and a veal dish and even though I went with the veal dish, they brought us out a free plate of the pasta to sample."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Frequent vistors to Nashville and try manly local resturants First visit here, 9:00 reservation when we get menus we were told: out of lasagna entrée ?? or no tagliatelle noodles for Bolognese entrée ?? I ordered tagrolina with shrimp and vegetables, bland tasting with only 3-4 medium shrimp and three whole garlic cloves(not minced,sliced,etc) no salt and pepper shakers on our table, but were on all other tables ? waiter never noticed or offered them for our table, at this point we did without, but entrees ended up ordering needed help seems very disappointing an Italian restaurant would be out of basic entrée items on a Saturday night !"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our second time at Giovonni's. Food is always very good. My only critique is with their wine list. While quite extensive, the pricing is extremely high. Easily 3x retail."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the country. As close to real Italian food as you can get. Usually have to go to Italy or NYC for this type of Italian. We always hit Giovanni's when in Nashville!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Michael and Andy were impeccable with their recommendations and wait service. The restaurant atmosphere was like we were back dining in Rome. Soup of the day was a spinach, broccoli cream soup---not too salty and cream was perfect consistency. Homemade bread lightly toasted for our Caprese Salad, entrees- Lasagna was so smooth and I asked for Chicken Marsala with extra mushrooms. It wasn't on the menu but the chef today was the sous chef, Giovanni, so he whipped up the Marsala sauce with so many yummy mushrooms over tender chicken breasts that I didn't need a knife to cut with a side of homemade pasta. Tiramasu is made fresh by the chef daily along with other desserts. Homemade Lemoncello, it is creamy and ice cold. Go upstairs and see"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is our 2nd time to dine at Giovanni's. We are from Memphis and our son takes a class in the summer at Vanderbilt. Has great food and great people. Will definitely be back next year."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great authentic Italian food, outstanding wine selection and impeccable service. Dining area a little cramped. Would have preferred upstairs seating for a more quaint setting without all the foot traffic from the entry, but overall a great experience for a special occasion. Too pricey for a normal evening dining out, that is unless you prefer dinner without wine."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were treated like royalty. We did not feel rushed in any way. We had a wonderful time with friends. Love the wine list. Pre lit and all. Will be great when the menus are the same! We enjoy the experience. Was a disappointed that they did not do anything special for the birthday boy. We would have liked to sit upstairs but it was closed. The food was perfect size with no leftovers. Love the creme brûlée. Gelato was good especially the passion fruit flavor. The trout was to die for. We were well fed but did not feel over stuffed. Lol. Love the front door. So beautiful and elegantly decorated. A glass window was well placed so that you could see some of the kitchen. The floors were spotlessly clean. We enjoyed the evening."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Giovanni's far surpassed my expectations. The food and service were impeccable. I will definitely visit the restaurant again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "All 5 entrees were excellent. Wait staff professional and efficient while non-obtrusive. Atmosphere comfortable. Best Italian food in Nashville. Looking forward to returning with friends. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I experienced the most exciting and delicious meal of my life. Christian, maître d' of the evening blew me away sending me on an adventure through Italy, and what tradition truly feels & tastes like. Thank you Giovanni's for a dining experience to remember forever. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The Real Deal. The wine was pretty overpriced more than usually expected, but all else was fantastic"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I went to Giovanni 's for an anniversary and was very pleased with the experience. The ambiance is nice and the service is top notch but what really makes this place awesome is the fact that the food is great. I'm a regular guy and I don't usually like foods that I can't pronounce correctly but the food at this place was delicious and filling. They also gave us chocolate cake for our anniversary. Nice touch."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "we always sit in the bar area, it's almost like Cheers for locals, also our little gem for Sundays as not to hard to get into then and food is excellent and cocktails rock!!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My wife and I take another couple with us several times a year to enjoy this fine restaurant. The ambience and service are terrific and the food is consistently top notch. The fare is wonderfully authentic Italian...think veal, pasta, fish. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I enjoy the finer things for sure and am no stranger to expensive dining... This place however charges along the lines of a world class steak house and it is pasta!!! Then into the wine and drinks! 15 dollars a glass for a house wine which costs 15 a bottle retail... And 12 dollars for a Crown Royal! Will not be back! Can have a great dinner at Kayne Prime for ghe same money or less! To make matters worse, it wasnt even very good Italien! Have had much better... Even at places like Zolo's in Franklin for half the money."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was very good but I've had as good if not better for much less in Nashville. It's very expensive and it's nothing special overall, unless you consider water dripping on you during the meal (they said it was from the A/C, no apologies) a special treat."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Exceptional service and food. Great atmosphere and decor. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Overpriced for pasta. Waiters all in a rush. No specials. Drinks overpriced. Waiter did not want to take time to take my wife's and my drink order at the same time. Brought my drink then took her drink order. Served bread and dropped of olive oil. I had to ask for grated cheese and pepper. Came back and just dropped pepper grinder on the table without offering to grind for us. Clearly not a fine dining establishment. So should not advertise themselves as one."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Loved it! First seated by a large group...too noisy. We asked to move upstairs and it was wonderful!! Wonderful ambiance! Food was delish! Beet and goat cheese salad was amazing. Calamari was wonderful! Pasta dishes were traditional but excellent! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Beautiful foods and the wait staff was excellent ... I wish they had a wine selection for the average diner . All the wine was really really expensive . I know there are folk out there who want fine wines .. But then again there are folks like me that go out on a special occasion that enjoy a bottle of wine without taking out a loan ."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Awesome menu - a bit overpriced as everything a la carte. No moderate priced wine bottles."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant in mid-town. wonderful service and the best food. Highly, highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Giovanni's was a quiet environment with wonderful service and delicious food. The experience overall was good and the lighting was romantic but not overdone. This restaurant was a bit pricey, but for a special occasion, it works wonders."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Wife and I dined on a Saturday night at 7:15p. There were many open tables; we had an OpenTable reservation but likely didn't need it. Good: Service was prompt and friendly. Ambiance was very nice; the interior has two levels of dining and two bars (both bars were empty when we arrived; a bit more busy when we left). Our food was very good. Bad: It's pricy. Wife had eggplant parm (which she loved); I had fettucini with shrimp (it was good); we shared a caprese salad; and each had one glass of inexpensive wine (compared to others in the wine list; still 11.50!). All of that was about $90. Summary: If you want a NICE restaurant and don't mind paying the premium for it, then this is a nice place."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Giovanni is an outstanding restaurant on every level. The ambiance was just perfect and the restaurant is old world but, yet modern in decor. It has the food and ambiance of a five star Manhattan restaurant. The waiters are very attentive and professional. My gluten free pasta was over-the-top fabulous! If you are a foodie don't miss this excellent Italian restaurant! This restaurant is Nashville's shining star!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It is good in all areas. Food and service are superb."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Excellent upscale Italian menu. Food is wonderful. Ambience is as well. Attentive and professional wait staff. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Got reservation easily on Saturday night. They seated us near the kitchen door though there were several open tables available. Food was hit and miss. Fish was good. Gnochi was too salty."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Giovanni's Restaurant is of European quality!! Having lived in Europe for nearly twenty years, this is the first restaurant that we frequented that reminded us of sitting on a piazza on a quaint Italian street. We will return for special occasions -- so elated that we found this Nashville gem."
    Dined on 3/12/2014