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Giovannis Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.giovanniscleveland.com
  • Phone: (216) 831-8625
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Zach Ladner
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Giovannis can accommodate semi-private parties for up to 16 guests in the Tap Room. The Picasso Room can accommodate private parties up to 35 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Pier Luigi Gregori (216) 831-8625

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Richmond Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary valet parking available in addition to ample off-street parking.
A word from Giovannis
Since 1976 Giovanni's continues to serve Cleveland outstanding Italian cuisine & a unique dining experience. Giovanni's has been awarded the Di Rona, AAA & Wine Spectator Award, Cleveland Magazine "Silver Spoon" Award (Best Italian Restaurant & Best Italian Restaurant in Northern Ohio) several times over the years. The wine cellar, classified as one of the country's finest with over 550 selections, earned Wine Spectator's Grand Award. Giovanni's recent renovation brings the atmosphere more in tune to today's feelings. The Picasso Room with wood paneling, distinctive artwork, fireplace & elegant French doors, seating up to 30, is ideal for corporate & social functions. The imaginative cuisine offers surprising variations of classic recipes including handmade pastas, seafood, veal, lamb, beef & game. Elegance & first class service are an experience not to be missed. The more casual lounge & bar areas are excellent alternatives serving the same menu as the main dining room.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We were delighted with all our choices from the menu and the specials menu. Zach Ladner, the executive chef, has done an outstanding job with regional flavors, ingredients, and recipes with a new flair. Just wonderful. We will definitely be back for the food, and of course the service is exemplary. Fantastic wine list. Great food. An environment where you can actually talk with your guests. What more could you ask for? "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great food and extremely attentive service. Pricey place but for special occasions it's worth it."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This is simply the best restaurant in northeast ohio."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great as always, too bad their in Cleveland! But glad they are its the best thing about Cleveland!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Wonderful experience from beginning to end. The bar area is very inviting with a modern vibe and the dining room more traditional, but not stuffy with beautiful Picasso prints. The best food and service in town. Everyone on the staff made our birthday celebrations memorable. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food. But one thing should be corrected.Food should be served from the left side and cleared from the right. This is mainly because most people are right handed and this position allows easy clearing. The person who cleared our table cleared from two sides between two persons ."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Outstanding choice for a special occasion. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience but it was just too expensive. The pre-fixe options are nice (choice of 3, 4 or 5 courses) and seem well priced at $65 to $85 or so per person. We opted for 4 courses at $75 per person and were able to choose from anything on the menu including the specials. A few items had a supplemental charge, but not that many. After several drinks and a bottle of wine our total cost for 3 persons was $480. That is not excessive by fine dining standards, but it does make you think twice about returning. I would strongly recommend this restaurant if the cost does not put you off."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a dining experience you don't expect every day. The food and service were definitely 5 star quality. While the location in the first floor of an unassuming office building is completely uninspired, once you actually enter the restaurant the vibe is top notch. Expect to wine and dine like you would in only a few of the best spots in any city. Be aware, the tab is commensurate."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times. It is one of the great restaurants of Cleveland (and that is saying something these days). Great for business or romance. It will always impress."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Appetizer was prime steak tartar in roasted marrow bone with a house made mustard. One of the best preparations I've had of the dish. Next up was a special for the evening, a veal ravioli in a ragout. My first bite of this produced a similar sensation to that of Anton Ego, the jaded food critic in the Disney movie "Ratatouille" when he bit into the ratatouille at Gusteau's. Perfect. Sublime. Veal chop was massive and cooked through a perfect medium rare (sous vide?). Also great. Dessert was good, but I'm not much of a dessert guy. If this place were new and downtown, I think it would be the widely known as the best restaurant in Cleveland. Take advantage of the fact that you can get a table! It is outstanding."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were surprised to find that after so many meals at so many fine dining establishments in Cleveland, that somehow we had missed Giovannis for this long. What an excellent meal. A superb wine list, with some good value choices included, added to a creative take on classic Italian dishes. We enjoyed the Fois Gras, rarely available elsewhere anymore. The Prix Fixe menu surprised me at first, but clearly was the way to go. Many of the side dishes were finished tableside. Service was 5 star from beginning to end. Highly recommended for a serious eater looking for a serious meal."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Our second visit to Giovannis, took mother in law out for her 80th birthday. Great table ,service and food is some of the best. I had a veal ravioli that was outstanding! Forced myself to save some to take home...otherwise would have eaten the entire plate. One of the best places in the area to go for a special night out...wine list is also excellent!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Hidden gem in the ground floor of an office building. Food is outstanding, but $28+ for a pasta dish seems excessive. For these prices the quality of food and service should be even better than it already is."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I'm sorry to say we're so busy trying new restaurants that we don't give enough attention to the established ones. The menu at Giovanni's is simultaneously creative and traditional. My husband and I shared the house made smoked salmon antipasti and the burrata salad, both plenty large enough for two. The salmon was incredible. I also ordered the ricotta agnolotti and my husband had veal ravioli special, both were wonderful. Service was great and the dining room where we were seated is beautiful. Our only disappointment is that we were too full for desserts. Next time we'll start with dessert first!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is the first time my wife and I had dinner there!! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and it couldn't have taken place at a better place!! From the moment we walked in, we were promptly greeted, our coats were checked and we were seated instantly! We were given a nice, 4 person table for just the two of us in a quite corner of the restaurant. Both the service as well as the food were outstanding!! I cannot thank them enough for making our special day even more spectacular!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "enjoyed the evening, courtious staff, excellent great meal selections and an exceptional dining experience"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great place! I always try and fit this place in when I go to Cleveland. Its a classic restaurant, with great people, service, food, wine and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We went here for valentine's day and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing the atmosphere was unbeatable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food, as always, was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The pace of the meal was just right and our service was impeccable. The only negative was being seated next to a large table of very noisy people. It would be nice to have a little more distance between tables but I understand this isn't always possible. Perhaps other guests could have been a little more considerate, especially as it was a Valentine's celebration (the restaurant had a special Valentine's menu). Overall though, an excellent meal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants of all time! They never disappoint!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was somewhat inconsistent - most great, some just okay. Overall very good, though. Very slow between courses. We were most disappointed in the wine service. This is a Best of Award of Excellence restaurant with Wine Spectator. The vintage listed on the wine list was not available for the wine I ordered - and the wine brought to the table was not only a much more recent vintage, but was also not the exact same wine as on the list, but was not mentioned. It was up to me to notice. When I did notice, the waiter was not helpful. Basically we were told that was all they had. The wine service was surprisingly unknowledgeable."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "After our previous visit we were not planning on returning. However, Giovannis sent us a gift certificate and we decided to try again. So glad we went. The service was great and the food wonderful. All menu items were available and very few were considered an up-charge with the tasting menu and if they were it was clearly written on the menu and explained by the server ahead of time. My appetizer special of rabbit foie gras set the tone that this was going to be an enjoyable meal. Another special of the evening was an entrée of mussels ,scallops, a generous lobster tail, a huge prawn, and a portion of bass in a tomato sauce. My husband was still talking about his dinner throughout the weekend."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "It was my first time dining at Giovannis'. I have highly recommended the restraurant to others. The evening was surely a true celebration. Outstanding Fabulous"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Top notch, great for special occasions, but bring your wallet. Service is impeccable . Lunch is outstanding as well. Only place I know that offers Dover Sole, done table side."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "All service personnel were extremely pleasant and accommodating. Our waitress was excellent. I thought my bread plate should have been replaced at one point. They had redecorate since my last visit which made it a more intimate setting. The maitre'd never approached the table to inquire about our meal. Rest of personnel seem to hover over you."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The entire experience was top notch from start to finish. They couldnt have been more accomodating to our party. Great food and perfect presentation."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had dinner again at Giovanni's and the food was amazing ! We are frequent diners and we always love our meals. The chef Zach is so talented and so passionate about his food. A little known fact is that he graduated number one at the Culinary Institute of America, zach's wife also attended the prestigious cooking school and she is responsible for the perfect desserts. Giovanni's is always memorable ! The cooking is creative, fine quality , and absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "sit in the bar area, try a special. The pastas are awesome. expensive but well worth it!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "The food as always was out of this world! What we also love is the service which is attentive but not to the point of being over the top. We also never felt rushed which is important to us at that type of restaurant. 5 stars all the way!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "sit in the bar. Great lunch spot. expensive but delivers..............."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Giovannis is definitely old school, emphasizing good food and great service. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to enjoy a lovely evening out, you can't go wrong with Giovannis. We can truly say that we've never had a sub-par experience here!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "As in prior visits, we are never disappointed. We had a wonderful night out with excellent food and a nice, quiet, romantic setting. Impressive wine list."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Unfortunately we had a filet that had a ripple if fat through it. It was difficult to cut. I sent it back and they argued with me. They actually brought it back to the table in a to go box and lectured me about marbling. I'm sorry if I want marble I will order a strip steak. Never before have I sent something back to then have it delivered to me in a to go box. How insulting. They then picked apart the meal and charged for a salad mashed potatoes and desert. I said nothing and paid the bill. But in my mind very in classy. Especial when I did not have a meal."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Very accommodating, attentive but not over-bearing. Only negative was that I was told the bananas foster would be prepared "at tableside" yet it was done at the perimeter of the room and our table was in the middle off the room. It didn't seem quite so 'special' that way."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Walking into the doors of Giovannis is like stepping through a portal into a fine restaurant in Italy. The music, the decor, the friendliness of staff - it is absolutely amazing. I'm been to dinner at Giovannis with my husband for our anniversary, and now with a small group of coworkers who are in town. Although I don't drink, my boss was thrilled with the wine menu, and another coworker with the available beers. The food was wonderful and made a great lunch of leftovers today!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We were introduced to Giovannis by way of a gift card from a friend. We loved and we will be back. Food was great and presentation was outstanding. It was a busy Saturday night and the wait staff was really hustling. It was a bit more leisurely than we anticipated but we still give the experience a 9 of 10."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Sit in the bar! Get the penne ala vodka pasta. listen to the staff for recommendations, they know. Everything on the menu is awesome. Not cheap but who cares, the food is the best!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Pierre as always was most attentive. The food was excellent and despite the very snowy evening, the service staff was up to their high standards. Most enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Very good food. A hidden gym in Cleveland. I would highly recommend it if you like Italina food."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We had a dinner reservation for our anniversary on Saturday evening. The restaurant was full. Children sitting at the next table used their IPads and Iphones during much of the meal, Mom included. Not my idea of an expensive dining experience, although I don't blame the restaurant for this. Our service was excellent, our food good, but not exceptional, but our bill was. We were disappointed, and I would not return. So many of our friends asked about it when they had heard we had been there, and I was sad to tell them what I thought of this restaurant that has been around for such a long time, and has had an excellent reputation. Way too expensive for it not to be exceptional."
    Dined on 12/28/2013