The service makes you fee
The service makes you fee llike you walked into Cheers. And the never miss the daily specials.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
They are really winning on
They are really winning on the specials. The menu is great, but always as the specials. I love this place. I must go once a week!
4/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We made our first visit to
We made our first visit to Giovanni's in Berkeley on Sunday, and it was a great experience.
Two of us had Spaghetti and Meatballs, and another had excellent vegetarian options.
We will be back.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was friendly,
The service was friendly, but somewhat slow. The food and atmosphere were both very enjoyable. I'll undoubtedly be back.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for a friends birthday and had a wonderful evening. The servers were friendly and efficient. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The brussel sprout salad was so good.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Please don't tell anyone!!!!
I love this place. The food is consistently great. The staff is warm, friendly and professional. There but not there if you know what I mean. Its a quiet place for a nice date or and large enough in the back for a noisier group gathering. I just had an impromptu birthday party there. The modest group of seven (reservation) grew to nine then fourteen. They accommodated the change without a mutter or ripple in the set time. The food was fantastic and courses were timed perfectly. They had a wine special that was a really good deal. I expected a much larger bill than I got in the end.
Note - Its near Freight and Salvage and Berkeley Rep as well as three movie theaters - great place before or after the local entertainment destinations.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I really like the ambience
I really like the ambience of this family-owned restaurant. The beet/arugula salad was wonderful, as were the scampi and piccata diishes. We will definitely come back to this little gem.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The foccacia at the start
The foccacia at the start of the meal was good, but you get butter packets instead of oil & vinegar which is not as tasty or classy. The food was decent, but nothing spectacular. Tomatoes especially were fairly bland in my dish. If you want a special occasion acknowledged, don't go here. There are better places that will bring you out something for events for free. You'd go here for the ambiance, definitely. Request a seat by the fire place. The waitress we had was not great. Our water sat unfilled for the entire time until we asked a different waitress to fill it. Also, she was wearing leggings which seems really out of place for a place that charges that much for food.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, as always
Every time I come here the food is wonderful, the service is friendly, and the entire experience is top notch. Thank you!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little find
My husband got a group on for Giovanni's and went in on a Wednesday night so it was pretty mellow. We made a reservation and were seated right away. I always worry about going to a restaurant with a group (there were 7 of us) because I have experienced really bad service multiple times with groups. But our server, Robert, was fantastic. He was attentive and nice but not overly so. We have a young son and they brought his pizza oit first. it was great! in fact, my son ate the whole pizza. I had the special, a farfalle dish with sausage and red peppers - flavor was amazing. The rest of my group had spaghetti, seafood pizza, and veal Marsala all of which were delicious. For dessert we had the tiramisu and while it was good it wasn't great.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ananstacia made our dinner
Ananstacia made our dinner special. The food and wine was very good... happy hour was HAPPY!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice, old world feel. Excellent
Nice, old world feel. Excellent service. Enjoyed all the dishes. Really appreciated the half off wine on Monday evening!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Berkeley - Italian Style
An older place, now again managed by the original family. Food was excellent, and very authentic. The fireplace is a nice feature. We'll certainly go back.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank you Giovanni
My family and I have monthly dinners out. Giovanni's is a favorite from my childhood and I wanted my children to experience it. They LOVED the pizza (better than fast food pizza). My husband had the rib eye and I had the veal marsala. Both were cooked to perfection. Robert our waiter was perfect.
The best part of the evening is that we were seated by Giovanni himself. Though in his 80's, the man still runs a great restaurant.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
every day is different I guess?
The first time we went it was great but it was not very busy that night. Last time it was a Saturday night and I had a very large group of 12 adults and one 7 yearold little girl... the restaurant was really full and the kitchen was so slow they would bring out the food in twos or threes and the whole table was finally served except for the last 2 people who waited a long time for their food. We had one very good little girl with us but by the time dinner was over we decided not to order dessert because we were afaid it would take too long and she was too tired. Will we go back ? probably the food is very good.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food but overwhelmed kitchen
We four all agreed that we would return to Giovanni's, in spite of the very high noise level and very, very slow service. The kitchen was clearly overwhelmed by the sudden arrival of several large parties, a few of whom proceeded to literally yell to each other across their tables. The food was quite good though. We had the salmon, lasagna, veal Parmesan, and pasta primavera with pesto sauce. Their bread is excellent, the server was professional and kept us apprised of the problems in the kitchen, and it was lovely to see the owners, quite elderly couple, personally taking interest in their patrons. A return on a mid-week is in the cards, perhaps on a Tuesday when there is music playing later in the evening.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
great find in SF union square
Just lucky to stumble on this gem on open table (my new favorite app). accommodating, yummy, friendly environment.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM