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Giovanni's Bistro & Bar

4.9
105 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Giovanni's Bistro, Bar & Catering features a fresh modern style combining the flavors from America's melting pot with traditional techniques with a classic dining experience. We pride ourselves with our table side wine and martini service. Our wine list features wines from some of the finest regions
Award winner With Open Table in Many Categories
Service
Neighborhood Gem
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Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch hours are 11:30am to 2:30pm Tuesday thru Friday . Dinner hours are 5pm to 9:30pm Tuesday thru Saturday. Open on Sundays from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Happy Hour from 4:30pm to 6:00pm Tuesday thru Friday
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Phone number
(908) 464-6644
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jorge Calvo
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Catering
All catering menus a personally designed with your needs and budget in mind.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
If parking lot is full please use parking at Investors Bank right next door
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Public transit
Berkeley Heights NJ train station just a few hundred yards away
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Special events & promotions
We are proud to announce our Wine Pairing Promotion. We will be offering a 4 course Dinner paired with Wines. If you have a charity or Foundation and are looking generate addition funds please contact Greg Gibbs our General Manager get the details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 105 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Been here twice and is wonderful! Service is 2nd to none....top rate!
Food & wine is excellent. Perfect for that special occasion - birthday, anniversary or date night dinner!

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

While the service was very attentive, we found that the food was pretty mediocre and the prices were too high. Perhaps we ordered the wrong things.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

First time and pleasantly surprised. Good food, great service !

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Giovanni's Bistro and Bar is always excellent, inventive and welcoming! There are not enough superlatives to give this "neighborhood gem." Come experience Giovanni's superb food, handcrafted cocktails and great ambience. Greg, Xavier and Scott will make you feel like part of the family and you will keep coming back. Jorge, the Chef, is creative and talented...his mix of flavors is unparalleled!
This is a five-star restaurant experience in little Berkeley Heights and they are lucky to have it.
Bravo, Giovanni's!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The food was delicious....creatively crafted, plated and nicely served.
The staff was exceedingly friendly and attentive. The Chef
presented a wonderful amusee bouche and we felt as if we were in a friend's home.
Our only distraction was that we shared the restaurant with a birthday celebration of 10 people
and the space is simply not big enough to overcome thatI would recommend the venue to all,

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We know why this restaurant has received good reviews from others. It is because they have great food, friendly and attentive service and the staff makes you feel like a welcomed guest. Chef is willing to accommodate slight changes in the menu to please your palate, although we did not request any changes it was nice to know that the chef would do that. The restaurant is small but well designed. We will certainly make a return visit.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Without question, the crab cake was the best I have had in years!
The friendliness and warm welcome by the entire staff was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Fantastic place and team.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We had passed this unassuming restaurant many times, I checked out their reviews and they were rated very high.
Well the reviews were all correct.
The service was exceptional right from the beginning.
The staff was not only friendly but encouraged us to make any changes to any entree, as chef was `flexible '.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the ambiance n the service was all fantastic.

We will be back soon.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

First time there on Friday, the food was delicious. I had the escarole beans & sausage, just like my grandmother used to make. I also had the short ribs; the portions were big & the short rib was so tender & lushest. The service was great; will be returning !!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

One of the finest restaurants in the Berkeley Heights/Summit/Longhill area! Service was truly exceptional and the food was wonderful.
Excellent for couples or small groups.
My wife & I are looking forward to going here again for our Anniversary!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

From the first time my husband and I dined at Giovanni’s, we were extremely impressed from the moment we entered till we left. Matter of fact, my husband & I closed the restaurant with Gregg and staff twice discussing fine wines. They are definitely an asset to our community. Everyone there is extremely friendly & professional.

Now for the food. They know what their doing when it comes to fine dining. Being a foodie & love cooking and entertaining, the presentations were impressive & spot on. You can see that they take pride in everything they do.

Because my husband and I LOVE coming there, my husband made my 50th Birthday there.
Till this day, it’s still spoken about.

I hope they stay there for many years to come.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Giovanni’s Bistro & Bar is a great choice for dinner. We had the Veal Meatballs for an appetizer. They were tender and juicy and the gravy was mildly sweet and a succulent dip for the bread. Our main courses were Halibut and Pork Schnitzel. The Halibut was tender and flakey and the Schnitzel was amazing. It was crispy, tender and flavorful. A refreshing lemon dressing went well with the accompanying arugula and radicchio. We shared a tangy Mango sorbet for dessert. The staff are friendly and the ambience is inviting.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

First timer... Overall great service and food. Severs, bartenders and front-of-house were very attentive and always doing more than expected, but not in a hovering way. Food was creative, seasonal and delicious. Only minor knock against would be the slightly dated decor. Recommend adding to your local restaurant rotation. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I just love this restaurant. The service is very thoughtful and the food is wonderful beyond description. Everyone on staff goes out of their way to make the dining experience a memorable one. From appetizers to dessert, the quality of the food is top notch. The bar, though quite small, is crowded with regulars. We got to meet some nice folks while we lingered at the bar. For a great evening try this gem of a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food...... impeccable service and very friendly

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time eating at this establishment. The venue is cozy, with plenty of staff to attend to customers. Service was terrific, and we were made to feel very appreciative as first time customers. The food was terrific, with the staff recommendations really hitting the mark! Will definitively be back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Thank you, Open Table reviewers, for spot on reviews of this restaurant. Our experience was beyond wonderful. The service was professional and informative. The owner was engaging and made our first visit feel as if we were dining with friends. Our appetizers of Caesar salad and pan seared crab cake over a great slaw salad, were really tasty and presented nicely. Entrees of filet mignon and halibut were both cooked to perfection and seasoned well. The quality of the beef and fish was unmistakable and on par with other restaurants that we frequent. Giovanni is not a BYO, but the wine list offered many options. What a seamless dining experience! We will return soon.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent hosts. Warm and personable. Always feel taken care of here.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Giovanni’s was amazing. We were welcomed with smiles and laughter. The place is small but perfect for a one on one or group dinner. I celebrated an anniversary and had a wonderful experience. The staff as very attentive and super informative. The food was cooked to perfection and filling size. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were greeted immediately upon entry and seated right away. Over the course of our meal, we must have had at least six people serve us one way or another. Always there, but never intrusive. The manager seemed truly happy to be there and proud of the restaurant.
We started with cocktails, l had a Manhattan and she had a Moscow Mule. Both were great. They offered us a choice of three types of bread for the table, all of which were delicious. For an appetizer we split an order of Buratta cheese. Fresh, creamy and drizzled with a well aged balsamic vinegar. I had mushroom ravioli with a brandy cream sauce. You could actually taste the brandy, but it did not overpower the sauce. Perfect! She had the braised short ribs. Cooked perfectly, tender and moist, it had tons of flavor. For dessert, we split an order of tartufo. If you like ice cream and dark chocolate, you really can’t go wrong with it.
It is a small place, so l definitely recommend making reservations, however, rumor has it they are expanding soon.
Overall, it was a great experience and l look forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Giovanni's has become one of our favorite restaurants and we go to many. The room is small and intimate as is the bar area. Greg and his entire staff are welcoming and outstanding. Much attention is given to all details from start to finish. But the best part is the food. This is truly fine dining. Our last visit included Caesar salad, truly amazing sausage ravioli with mushrooms, remarkably moist and tender swordfish and an excellent halibut. We will return soon.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very nice place and very attentive staff. Great food!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always a great experience at Giovanni’s! Delicious, beautifully presented food, attentive and friendly service are the norm here. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu which is varied enough to appeal to everyone. And don’t even get me started on the yummy and decadent chocolate martini!!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is a small restaurant and it was Valentine's Day. They may have added tables to take advantage of the Valentine's Day demand but did not appreciates tables 6 inches on either side. I don't want to be a part of their conversation.
Food was good. Service was ok. No one came around to see if we would like another glass of wine.
Will try it again and hope it is less crowded.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I went to Giovanni's for Valentine's Day. This was our first visit to this restaurant, since it changed hands and a very short drive from our home. Our meals were absolutely delicious. We love fish and my husband had halibut and I had grouper. Salads and desserts were delicious too and nicely presented. We don't drink alcohol, but did see many folks drinking wine, etc. It's a very small intimate place, nicely decorated and the staff is very attentive. All good things to say about this small gem in a small suburban town. Make reservations and you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This was our first time dining at this restaurant - we came based upon the recommendation of a friend. Based upon our experience of outstanding food and service, we will definitely return again sooner rather than later, and will pass along our experience to our friends.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I wanted a quiet dinner and did not want to travel too far due to inclimate weather. We tried a new place.
We each had a well-crafted cocktail, the dinner was delicious- I had the sword fish special that was SO fresh and cooked perfectly. The bread was nice and crusty and served with olive oil or butter. The managers wine recommendation was excellent. Service was perfect-not intrusive. We look forward to our next dinner there. I already told my neighbor to try it out!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

excellent attentive service, delicious creative dishes. wish the restaurant was bigger for the tables were placed close together. great martinis.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service - excellent food - even better martinis! Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

This was now the second time we went to Giovanni’s and it was just awesome. This is a small neighborhood spot which is just great. The place is small and charming. It’s nicely decorated. The menu and specials are always flavorful and very appealing as it comes to your table. The wine list and cocktails are always great. You can’t go wrong with ordering the specials for that evening. Just awesome and we love going there on Friday nights! It’s a great way to end the week.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

From the time I arrived to the time I left everything was fantastic. The service was exceptional and the food was equally as good. If you have not tried this little jewel Do yourself a favor and make reservations ASAP this place is really special

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

"Hidden gem" may be a cliché but true of Giovanni's. Very good professional service and unlike many of our New Jersey restaurants it has a liquor license. The food was excellent, served promptly and well and just what i hoped for this private special occasion. I had honestly hesitated because I felt a bit disloyal to my regular wonderful local Italian place across the street, DiMaio's, but there was no need - these are two different dining experiences. Giovanni's is an intimate elegant room where gourmet food and wine are served ... DiMaio's is a marvelous family (and grownups!) Italian place with reliably excellent locally sourced food and a relaxed atmosphere - and conveniently BYO. We're very lucky to have both so close to home. I recommend Giovanni's for a super-special celebration. Thank you, Xavier!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant truly is a neighborhood gem. It is a small room with tables close together but it doesn't feel cramped or uncomfortable. The management and staff are exceptional - warm and very good at what they do. Cocktails and wines are wonderful, the menu is interesting and the food preparation top notch. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Such a little gem right in downtown Berkeley Heights. Food was exceptional as well as the wine. The staff was attentive and friendly! We will certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I frequently dine at Giovanni's and I'm never disappointed. My friend and I decided to go on New Year's Eve and it was fantastic as usual!!! We both had Scallops over Endive, all I can say is it was one of the best meals I ever had!! Greg and Xavier always give superb service, I can't say enough about this restaurant, it's fabulous!!!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

headed over on New year's Eve - small place with limited holiday menu was fine and food is good- just needed to head out to honor the next seating - also when full, hard to walk on and about - glad to hear they may be expanding - more room may help lead them to an increase in profits - wish them success -

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Top notch service and great food. Everyone is very friendly and attentive. Becoming one of our favorite places

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food well presented with top notch service and attention from staff.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in NJ. Service is lovely, food outstanding and great ambience.

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