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Giovanni Restaurant

3.8
3.8
98 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A Berkeley favorite, Giovanni Restaurant specializes in classic Italian fare. With a daily happy hour and separate dinner and bar menus, it places an emphasis on people coming together to share food and enjoy good drinks. Noted for a good house wine and nice range of beer, the food at Giovanni Restaurant is the centerpiece. Traditional Italian flavors appear in the antipasti, salads, delicious fried dishes and pasta. The warm Brussel sprout salad is popular as is the housemade carbonara. Unique spins on some dishes, such as the Jambalaya linguini or the confusion pizza ensure that everyone can have a bit of fun whether eating dinner or an after work snack at Giovanni Restaurant.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-11:00am Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-12:00am
  • Phone number
    (510) 843-6678
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Alex Sanchez / Juan Sanchez
  • Catering
    All items on menu available.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining room seats 40.
  • Private party contact
    Anastasia Schipani: (510) 843-6678
  • Neighborhood
    Berkeley
  • Cross street
    Channing Way
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Bus and BART are nearby
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 98 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience

NoiseModerate

98 Reviews
  1. Nancydy

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fine, and service was fine. Did not seem up to date, though. There were six of us from four different places, so we loved that it was quiet so we could have a great visit. Our waiter was very good.

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  2. JMCMartinez

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to Giovanni's for Valentine's Day dinner last Saturday night and had a very nice experience. It was the first time my wife and I went there and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of food and the service. Good Italian cooking and one of the best alfredo suaces we've had. And great tiramisu desert!

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  3. EatNEnjoy

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been going there for over 30 years. Everything is delicious. My favorite is the Carbonara and any of their pizzas. The crust is perfect with any type of topping. It's the perfect place for any ocassion.

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  4. Lovegudfood

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was very helpful throughout the evening

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  5. rhino

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    -Even though it was a slow night, the service was slow too. -Our drinks took awhile to be served and they did not taste as good. They were out of a certain liqour to make one of their "signature cocktails" -my spouse enjoyed her pizza, even though the salad order did not arrive.

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  6. Hankey23

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    food was good. the place is a little outdated but remember you are in Berkeley.

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  7. gotrock49

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is always good here, but this time the service was lacking. It seems that our service person lost our order and after waiting for about 15 minutes for our drinks and food, we had to place our order a second time. Our salad came to our table without dressing.

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  8. Taxidigirl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been going to Giovanni's since my college days circa 1981. I hadn't been back in a few years. It was a pleasure having Giovanni seat us! He is still going at age 80+. I love the old school Italian atmosphere, especially in the back with the cozy copper fireplace. The chef accommodated us and added a wonderful pesto sauce to the homemade fettuccine. The focaccia bread is out of this world!

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  9. HashTagRomance

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my gf here for a date and it was great. The ambience was romantic. The food didn't take too long to get out and the food was delicious. Waitress was helpful but not nosey or pushy. I did wish they turn the fire down a bit cause it got a little warm next to the fire place. But once it gets colder then the warmth will be really nice.

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  10. Lynnie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We had dinner at Giovanni before a Berkeley Rep show. This is an old Italian, tired restaurant, with delicious, traditional Italian food. Go in with no expectations, and you will not be disappointed. Our table of 4 had easy-to-hear conversation, fairly quick service (our server was new, and very nice) and the food was really good. You will also love the maitre d'! We would eat here again.

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Google Map for Giovanni Restaurant

2420 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Channing Way
  • Neighborhood
    Berkeley
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-11:00am Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-12:00am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Bus and BART are nearby
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alex Sanchez / Juan Sanchez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (510) 843-6678
  • Catering
    All items on menu available.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining room seats 40.
  • Private party contact
    Anastasia Schipani: (510) 843-6678
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