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Cafe Giovanni

4.2
758 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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Cafe Giovanni is a 4 star fine dining restaurant voted winner of the Wine Spectator Award. Duke LoCicero was voted the American Culinary Federation's Chef of the Year, New Orleans chapter. "Where Magazine" named Cafe Giovanni the restaurant with the "Best Ambiance in New Orleans."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(504) 529-2154
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Duke LoCicero
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Private party facilities
Private dining and banquet spaces available for up to 150 guests. Buffet dinners, cocktail receptions and sit down dinners available.
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Private party contact
Jennifer Frieberg: (888) 652-2596
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Canal St
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Parking details
$5 Validated Parking at the Marriott Hotel on Canal St. $7 Validated Parking at Premium Parking Garage 716 Iberville St.
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Public transit
Street Car – Canal St. and Decatur St.
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Entertainment
Live Music Entertainment Provided by Encore Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Evenings
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, View, Wheelchair Access
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

This restaurant rescued Valentines Day for My Wife and I. On our way to the restaurant a tractor trailer sprung a leak of some type of hydraulic fluid which covered our car and several others. I could not leave the car in this way, and I refused to follow my wife's suggestion to just go home - stating she understood, but she had just gotten over a little illness, I had to push on. Being so far from home, I went to a car wash and in my finest clothes I cleaned the oil from the car. It was a real mess and hard work. needless to say we were very late. We had phoned to inform the restaurant, explaining the incident. When we finally arrived, they treated us like gold, asking if everything was okay. They then sat us in the Opera room, which was certainly unavailable during our 6 month prior reservation call (tough to get Valentines Day reservations there period, but the Opera room - fah get about it !!!). We had one of the most enjoyable dining experiences. To top it off, they sang one of my wife's favorite opera songs - by coincidence or fate?. she nearly cried. It was a really special Valentines Day, and we were treated so special... Oh, the food was fantastic, but I must admit, the ambiance, romantic atmosphere, and treatment by all the staff may have us a bit biased, but no, all jokes aside, the food was really good and the restaurant is highly recommended. Thank you Chef Duke and staff.

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SEPTARR (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

Have eaten here in the past and was not disappointed this time either.Food was very good(I love the New Orleans wedge salad) and there were a terrific piano player and a woman singer at dinner.Will definitely eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on November 13, 2016

Food was fair yet not accurately represented by the menu. Service was haphazard and chaotic. I sign of a poorly trained waitstaff. This was not our first time dining here but for the price paid and the lack of attention to detail, it will likely be our last.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
1.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Well if you've seen Fawlty Towers on TV this is what this restaurant was like. The usual woman who meets & greets guests and runs a tight ship wasn't there the night we attended. A young man was trying to fill her shoes. It took a long time before our waitress appeared and then it was to tell us she'd be right back. That took at least 10 mins for her to return. There were ample staff standing around at the back wall just surveying the restaurant whilst two other staff members ran their feet off. The young maitre-d had to resort to clearing tables etc. without calling on his hired staff to assist him. There were 3 in our party and 2 of us received our meals before the 3rd meal was brought about 15 minutes later. When we brought this to the maitre-d's attention his response was "That's the way Chef has decided to serve the meals". No proud Chef would only serve 2 out of 3 meals. When I pointed this out he said it wasn't a five star restaurant it was casual dining. We also had to pour our own wine. When I mentioned this as well he asked "Did you tell your server that you wanted your wine poured?" I thought that was their job!!! Most restaurants get upset if you pour your own wine. He had an answer for everything. We didn't want to ruin our night by getting upset so we left it at that & started to look at it on the humorous side of things. He gave us the late 3rd meal free of charge. Shame about the shockingly poor service that night as the numerous times we'd been there before the service and food has always been good. Not so this time for the service. Maybe the maitre-d's name was Manwell !!!!!!

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viplfleazar (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

The asparagus appetizer was great, as was my friend's pressed duck with blackberry sauce. Due to a pepper allergy all the chef would serve me was chicken with linguini and Alfredo sauce, which was only fair. The piano player and strolling singer almost made up for it.

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vipRico (New Orleans)
1.0  Dined on November 3, 2016

They would not at all accommodate my wife's dietary need. Lactose intolerant. They said there's nothing on the menu that she could eat and the "chef" wasn't willing to accommodate. Terrible!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

This was my second visit to cafe Giovanni. It didn't disappoint coming back. Great strawberry martini. Amazing chopped salad with interesting flavors. Meatballs, chicken parm and delicious eggplant parm was our order. Chef Duke delivered our food himself. Can't go wrong here b

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

Cafe Giovanni calls itself an Italian restaurant but that's not quite accurate. It's really an Italian-influenced Creole restaurant. If you're aware of that fact before you go, you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for "authentic" Italian, you won't really find it there. (In fact, it's not easy to find authentic Italian in New Orleans, which is surprising given the Sicilian/Italian history and presence in the city.) Food was well prepared; I enjoyed the chopped salad and the "pesce venetian," which had nothing to do with cucina veneziana but was nonetheless quite tasty. The chef is fond of cream and cheese, which makes some of the food a bit too rich for my taste. Cafe Giovanni is very popular, with locals and tourists, so reservations are a must.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
2.0  Dined on October 25, 2016

Poor service - waiters talking loudly about a basketball game and walking around with their hands in their pockets. Food very bland

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LaineyGee (New Orleans)
1.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Very disappointed. Came in with the smells of Italian cooking. Ordered garlic bread for the table...don't even know what that was. My husbands Carbonara was meh and he left most of it. The meatballs and spaghetti was fair at best. Tasted like the ones you get at Costco. The breaded veal and eggplant were overcooked and totally dried out. The Service was adequate, but not outstanding. And after making my reservation on Open Table for 5 people, someone from the restaurant called to confirm my reservation for 64!!! Turns out we were to be seated at Table 64. Won't be going back.

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vipjdb317 (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

Good food. Great service!

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vipPeterW (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

This was a fun spot for a dinner with our Tulane student daughter. Good food and our server, Brandy, was exceptional. Be prepared for a noisy environment, so probably would be difficult for larger groups to hear each other. The pianist and opera singer were talented and added to the sense of occasion. Easy to find, just a few steps off Canal Street. If you're driving, and don't know the area, you would be advised to figure out a parking strategy before you set out.

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tmajan (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

Great food, great service, fabulous live music! We had a fairly large group and split the bill. We each added a tip and as we were leaving our server literally chased us out the door to let us know gratuity was already included and had us remove the tip from our charges. Fabulous place to dine!

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
2.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

Service was on par with Applebee's, not white table cloth service in the French Quarter.

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vipRosie (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 9, 2016

Needed a quick spot for 8 people. Food was very good. Fresh warm bread. Server was fun and enthusiastic.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on October 9, 2016

Great food, friendly staff. Unfortunately the server messed up my shellfish allergy and recommended something with Shrimp. The chef was flexible though and adapted my choice (duck) with a different accompanying dish and it was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

Best Italian food i had in a long time. The night we were there they had a singer.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2016

I was in for EMS conference 10/4-10/8 and found this place by accident. The food was terrific (I had the Duck) and the place very nice and open, with plenty of room at your table. During dinner and not in a pushy way, twice people other then the waiter checked to make sure we were enjoying our experience. As dinner was wrapping up a man approached and asked who had the duck? I said that I did and asked if he was the chef? He said I am the head chef and the owner. I thought that was very classy of him to do. I had dinner with 3 other friends and each raved about their meal. I don't normally write reviews, but in this case it would be unjust not to.

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labirdgirl (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2016

A rare gem in New Orleans! Have always wanted to try this restaurant, but always forget about it when in NOLA. The food was excellent and so abundant. One dish could feed 3. The Eggplant Parmasean was four thick slices stack in two rows. Absolutely delicious...and the best part was the piano player and the opera singer. Her rendition of Santa Lucia was breathtaking. Great time.

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vipUptown (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

Needing a break from all of the New Orleans food, I was looking for good old school Italian. They did not disappoint. Great traditional Italian food, with a little New Orleans touch to everything. Nice wine list, very nice live music.

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