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

Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.giovanninashville.com/
  • Phone: 6157605932x
  • 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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  • Parking: Valet
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (45)special occasion (42)notable wine list (41)fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (15)great for lunch (7)hot spot (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great
    NashvilleVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As always......wonderful. This is a treasure and a great New York City style Italian high quality restaurant. Glad Giovanni moved to Nashville. You can't miss going to Giovanni's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Abba
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised with the excellent food quality & knowledgable staff, it's always a great sign when the waiter's been with the restaurant over 5 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nashville's best restaurant
    magicaljr
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Casual elegant Italian. Fabulous menu and wine list. Italian owner (from Italy) run.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant in Nashville
    Dracul
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As always, Giovanni Ristorante never fails to exceed expectations. Quite how eludes me. The owners, core staff, chef and waiters truly treat you as valued friends, the kind you would never fail to top up their glass or offer cracked pepper to if the the tables were turned. By FAR the best restaurant in Nashville. Not flavor of the month, not pretentious, just a safe haven of great food and great company. Robin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent had friends in from Detroit and they were very impressed
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was amazing as well the service I will absolutely be back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed.
    wagyulover
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was not impressed one bit with this place. They had no real notable bottle under hundred dollars on their menu and then the price jumps to $150+, with the average and the $185 mark. The mushroom soup had a great consistency but was way over salted. The pasta dishes came out on the cold side. After $180 with modest ordering, I am very underwhelmed. I do not believe I will be returning.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice but...
    NashFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was average for the price but we will never go back. The staff was not welcoming and almost condescending. Not worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • divine
    JMcKayVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NotOldbutearlyDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always enjoyable and our third visit did not disappoint. Try the homemade Lemoncello.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Great Experience
    DeltaFoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Lindamarie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food (veal & lasagna are best outside of NYC); great service (Aaron was stellar) and great reception (Jessica + Giovanni were both very welcoming).
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  • Amazing Italian Restaurant!
    TNGnashvilleVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    goodchia
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good experience, first visit
    bratch
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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 !
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  • Excellent food. Expensive wine
    BigRob
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMORE!!!!
    Nawlinsgal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great experience.
    Clindsey
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Giovanni's
    EatMoreVeggiesVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Fantastic menu, delicious food, very comfortable and attractive ambience, excellent service. The best Italian food in Nashville.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Splendid wow what a great gem
    Lala
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Jennifer
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Giovanni's far surpassed my expectations. The food and service were impeccable. I will definitely visit the restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dealer
    DealerVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellence
    ChefD
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old-School Italian Yum
    luv2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The Real Deal. The wine was pretty overpriced more than usually expected, but all else was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 279 reviews are from the Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville reviews archive.
  • Best Food Ever!!
    theRegularGuy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a great meal at Gios
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not our first time
    JCNashville
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced!
    Foodguy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey and wet
    HabsFanVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Exceptional service and food. Great atmosphere and decor.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Start with the basics
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming find!
    Pear0630
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring your wallet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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 .
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Giovanni"s
    Mangiabene
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Awesome menu - a bit overpriced as everything a la carte. No moderate priced wine bottles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.