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109 East College Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00 pm. Late Night Bar Friday and Saturday 11pm-12:30pm
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
Our sister restaurant The Bread Garden caters all items on Givanni's menu.
Private Party Facilities:
Upstairs area seats up to 50 people. Parties of 30 or more are considered a private party. Semi-private parties have no rental fee but minimum spending is required.
Private Party Contact:
Manager on Duty (319) 338-5967
3 parking ramps located within one block of the restaurant.
A word from Givanni's
Givanni's offers the highest quality steak, seafood, pork and chicken. We also serve only home- made pasta and each dish is made fresh when ordered. Complement your entree with a glass of wine from our extensive wine list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
By far the best Italian food
restaurant in Iowa City as well as one of the top three restaurants in Iowa City."
Dined on 2/28/2014
Unfortunately, Givanni's has taken
a turn for the worse. I've loved Givanni's for almost as long as it has been open and look forward to eating there for special occasions. Not anymore. It has been overrun by loud, rude college students, poor service, and is no longer a fine dining experience. Regretfully, I will not try Givanni's again. There are other upscale Italian restaurants here that do a far better job at providing a pleasant dining experience."
Dined on 2/15/2014
We had steaks that were first
rate, prepared to perfection, presented so they looked and tasted delicious. I've never had a bad meal or experience here."
Dined on 2/14/2014
It seems as though portion sizes
have decreased. Definitely less sausage in the pasta dish, fewer garnishes/extras on other dishes. The bread for the table is not the quality that it used to be. We found the service to be very slow. We ordered a second glass of wine midway through our meal and did not receive it until our meal was complete. We were told they were short on wine glasses because of a wedding upstairs. We have been there before and heard slow service attributed to a rehearsal dinner upstairs. It would seem if the reservations are made, then management should plan accordingly to accommodate all of their guests. Still good; however, seems to be declining."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Quality of food has deteriorated
significantly since the change in ownership. At our last meal the appetizer, fried mozzarella, was served lukewarm and was cool before we finished. The entre, walleye special, was over cooked so much so that it was burnt around the edges and then served with a mound of potatoes that were severely over salted. There was no other flavor apparent other than the salt. The dread, once a treat at this restaurant , is thinly sliced, dry and tasteless. All in all very disappointing compared to years past and definitely not worth the price."
Dined on 2/8/2014
This restaurant is one of my
favorites in the Iowa City area. We love to come here in the summertime and dine outside. In cold weather, the inside is charming. The food is always good. We have always had a great expereience here."
Dined on 2/6/2014
I ordered the Vegetable tower
before but was disappointed with it this time. As I remember before there was a large portabello mushroom and several vegetables in the tower. This was mainly large slices of winter texture tomato, crisp red onions. (There were other veggies too but not the usual quality.) The wine however, was excellent!"
Dined on 1/28/2014
I love Givanni's. The food is
always amazing and the quiet, romantic atmosphere makes it the perfect date spot. Our waiter wasn't as good on my last visit, which is odd because their service is usually perfect. As long as this was a one night thing and not a trend, I will be coming back every chance I get!"
Dined on 1/18/2014
It is a nice atmosphere even
though we were the only ones there for a while. You leave hungry because portions are small. They look elegant but small for our taste."
Dined on 12/21/2013
Good food. Nice people. Attentive
service; but not overbearing."
Dined on 12/8/2013
We were in Iowa City for a
football game and wanted to step up the dining experience beyond the sports bar & student favorite scene. The food was excellent, the service was even better. And we really liked the unusual Pappageorge Hymes interior design and the original art work on the walls. If you find yourself in Iowa City, this restaurant is worth a try."
Dined on 11/22/2013
We were excited to take out family
and friends while visiting Iowa City. Givanni's provided just the right combination of high-quality food and service for a great evening. A variety of dishes were ordered and all were excellent."
Dined on 11/22/2013
I thought the food was well
prepared and arrived at our table in a timely manner. The ambience was dark and the food was hard to see, at least at our table. Part of the enjoyment should be the visual presentation of the food, which is lost in the dark here. The noise level was high, as the music was a constant drowning of the club genre. I am sure it is meant to be "hip" but I do not recall seeing a dance floor anywhere in the space. I would not hesitate to go back if asked by someone, but I would recommend trying out different place first."
Dined on 11/16/2013
The food was fabulous and the
atmosphere cozy and friendly. Prices were reasonable. Wine list better than expected for a small restaurant. We will definitely return."
Dined on 11/14/2013
We have lived here for nearly 25
years and have always enjoyed the excellent food--Italian or not. Adding to the excellent food, the service is consistently top notch. Being given the opportunity to taste a wine selection (from a good list of offerings) is a nice service."
Dined on 11/2/2013
Five of us went out to dinner at
Givanni's and all of us liked our meals. The service was very good and we enjoyed the ambience."
Dined on 10/25/2013
The food was good, however the
service was extremely poor. There was insufficient wait staff working and it really impacted our dining experience. The previous reviews commented on this but we went anyways. I would suggest going else where if you value quality service."
Dined on 10/26/2013
To expensive for what it is. Iowa
City needs a better selection of resturants."
Dined on 10/25/2013
We went to Givanni's for a special
occasion and the food and service were excellent. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Iowa City. We have been part of large groups or just the two of us and each time was a great experience."
Dined on 10/20/2013
There were plenty of choices in
this extensive menu, and the presentation of the food was creative and colourful. I found the beet salad to be fresh and delicious. My steak was also tasty, but not as rare as I had ordered. My husband's chicken Marsala was also over cooked, but, again, tasty. Our dining partners very much enjoyed the fish they ordered. The creme caramel was especially creamy, with just the right amount of crunch. The staff was friendly and helpful."
Dined on 10/14/2013
What can I say? My wife and I went
to Givanni's before a concert at the Englert Theater. Granted, it was early, but the staff was excellent. The manager was very cordial and professional. The food was outstanding. It is was the second time we have eaten there and it will become our must-stop for dining when back in Iowa City."
Dined on 10/7/2013
We make it a point to enjoy
Givanni's each time we are in Iowa City! It is a favorite of ours! The food is excellent; service is great and the ambiance is cozy. We're faithful about making reservations and have never had a problem getting in. You haven't been to Iowa City if you haven't dined at Givanni's!"
Dined on 10/6/2013
Givannis has been a favorite of
mine for years. Givannis always gives us professional service, excellent food and menus, and a casual yet upscale ambience. It is a wonderful spot in downtown Iowa City."
Dined on 9/29/2013
We enjoyed our meal at Givanni's.
The pasta entrees came to our table "piping hot" and had great flavor. My husband commented that his meal was one of the best meal he's had at a restaurant. We'll be dining at Givanni's again when we come back to visit our daughter in Iowa City!"
Dined on 9/10/2013
My wife and I dinned at Giovanni's
to celebrate my birthday. One of my favorite places in Iowa City. The main courses were tasty and full with flavor. The mixed green salad can use some improvement but still not bad. Very extensive wine list."
Dined on 9/5/2013
Givannis has always been one of my
favs when going out with friends, but my hubby hadn't been there yet, so I made reservations for our fourth anniversary. He absolutely loved it! The atmosphere is really cool, love the building itself. Great outdoor dining area, although we chose to dine indoors. Service was very friendly and food was amazing!"
Dined on 9/2/2013
Food was great, service fast and
friendly. We've never been disappointed here!"
Dined on 8/31/2013
Although my food was good, and our
waiter was very nice, I was a disappointed in an issue handled by the manager. I was sitting in a booth and getting dripped on from the light fixture overhead. I pointed out to the manager that the light fixture was dripping water onto me. He said that it was condensation. He never offered to move our seat or even cover a free drink or dessert. I continued to get wet, and ended up sitting halfway out of the booth to avoid the water. Had we not already been served our dinner, we would have left. I am aware enough of electricity to know that water dripping from a light fixture is not "condensation". I would think twice about returning because of this treatment."
Dined on 8/25/2013
I am a very experienced diner,
having traveled extensively. My wife, our guests, and I had the worst dining experience of our lives at Givanni's! We have dined at Givanni's many times. We enjoy the decor. The menu has been reworked. I give them credit for trying to keep things updated and to provide a change for return diners. Unfortuntately, the results widely miss the mark. Givanni's fare has definitley deteriorated. The service was a joke and entirely wrecked our meal. We were left to drink water with our entre instead of the wine we ordered. When I approached the Manager and waiter to explain our dissatisfaction, he was quite dissinterested. The wait person argued with me along with the bartender! I was quite appalled."
Dined on 8/24/2013
We moved to Iowa City 3 years ago
from Denver Colorado, and have dined out frequently. Unfortunately we are usually disappointed at most places, except for Givanni's! This is our go to place, when we want to go out and have a good meal! The food is consistently good, and the service is exceptional. We usually ask for David to be our server, and we were delighted to find out he is now a manager! Good for you David, and keep up the good work Givanni's!"
Dined on 8/10/2013
We had had several people say that
this was a great restaurant. And as it is owned by the same people as Mondo's, which we love, we were excited to try it. Not sure what happened, but my pasta was overdone, my son's steak was bad and my husband's mean in general was not good. Very disappointed."
Dined on 7/21/2013
Service not so much. - I can
overlook poor service when under staffed. As long as the food is good. It has NEVER not been good!"
Dined on 7/6/2013
We chose Givanni's for my birthday
celebration with family and friends, and for all of us it had been some time since we visited it last. We were waiting for our children to become old enough to go to a 'really nice' restaurant, and our friends just did not happen to eat there lately. What to say? The food was expensive and quite mediocre - tons of melted cheese and tomato sauce on my vegetable tower which consisted mainly of grilled onion and mashed potatoes, tastless boiled vegetables on the side of one of our friend's pork chop dish, ketchup with children's chiken tenders and tons of salt on their French fries. Dessert was OK but, definitely, not outstanding. Overall, quite dissapointing."
Dined on 6/3/2013
We took someone from out of town
who was here on business to Givanni's. They did not disappoint, everything was excellant as usual! Good job Jim."
Dined on 4/26/2013
We were in town for one night from
Portland Oregon and wanted to find a great local restaurant. Givanni's was recommended by a faculty member at UI. We were fortunate enough to stumble upon John's Grocery (another local gem) and their wine steward recommended a superb bottle of red, which we brought with us. Between the wine and the food and the music and our amazing waitress who recommended all of her favorite dishes (and we chose 5, including dessert!), we experienced the best meal we've had at a restaurant in at least 15 years. It was the highlight of our trip."
Dined on 4/21/2013
It had been some time since we had
dined at Givanni's. Our previous experiences had been excellent. Great food, attentive staff, relaxed surroundings. Not so on our last (and our last) visit for a special occasion. Although making the reservation well in advance we were seated near the noisy kitchen. We felt rushed, appetizers, salad, and main arrived in rapid succession. Servers appeared overworked but restaurant was less than half full. Wine list was not great, and not worth the asking prices. Salads were so so, main (beef tips pasta) was adequate (but very very hot. Microwaved ?). Heavy overtones which thankfully disguised the overcooked beef tips. We left in a hearbeat and headed to Java for coffee and dessert. Probably will not return"
Dined on 4/5/2013
Really enjoyed the food! It was
great to celebrate a birthday there!"
Dined on 3/29/2013
We were very excited to try out
Givanni's but ended up being very disappointed with the food. Our appetizer of calamari was very chewy (almost like rubber) and our main dishes were bland with one plate of undercooked noodles and one with overcooked noodles and a cold middle in the ravioli. To be honest the best part of our meal was the side salad..."
Dined on 3/30/2013
I expected more of a "popping"
taste from the italian food. Food was some what bland. Service was marginal. Table next to us was seated 10 minutes after us and they got their food 20 minutes before us. Ontop of that, their food was set on our table by mistake before the waiter realized he had made a mistake. Our drinks stayed empty for long periods of time. Salads were flavorless, and salad dressing was bland & watery. Restaurant was clean & the hostess was polite. For the cost I expected a little more. Not sure I'd go there again."
Dined on 3/8/2013
Givannis is one of our favorites
in Iowa City. The service is always great and the menu is superb!"
Dined on 3/10/2013
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