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Givanni's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.givannis.net
  • Email: givannisiowacity@gmail.com
  • Phone: (319) 338-5967
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Isaac Onofre
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Catering: 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clinton
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We've been going to Givanni's for 13+ years and have always loved it. Our dinner meals were excellent this time as well, but we were extremely disappointed by the meal for our child. He ordered chicken fingers for $6.00. There were three chicken fingers, each of which were about the length and width of putting your first two fingers together. Not only that, they seemed to have a fishy flavor to them. Plenty of fries, which were good. Our server was very friendly and attentive. We only mentioned our complaint to the hostess as we left."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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 11/1/2013
  • "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 10/24/2013
  • "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 10/25/2013
  • "To expensive for what it is. Iowa City needs a better selection of resturants."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "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 10/19/2013
  • "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 10/13/2013