Giovannis

4.8
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1215 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Since 1976 Giovanni's continues to serve Cleveland outstanding Italian cuisine & a unique dining experience. Giovanni's has been awarded the Di Rona, AAA & Wine Spectator Award, Cleveland Magazine "Silver Spoon" Award (Best Italian Restaurant & Best Italian Restaurant in Northern Ohio) several times over the years. The wine cellar, classified as one of the country's finest with over 800 selections, earned Wine Spectator's Grand Award.
Giovanni's recent renovation brings the atmosphere more in tune to today's feelings. The Picasso Room with wood paneling, distinctive artwork, fireplace & elegant French doors, seating up to 30, is ideal for corporate & social functions.
The imaginative cuisine offers surprising variations of classic recipes including handmade pastas, seafood, veal, lamb, beef & game. Elegance & first class service are an experience not to be missed. The more casual lounge & bar areas are excellent alternatives serving the same menu as the main dining room.
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KevinU
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter thoughtfully asked the speed/tempo we wanted for our meal and both remembered and executed per our wishes (we wanted to have a relaxed, less time sensitive experience). If not for COVID, not sure this would typically be an option. Our food was excellent. We started with salads and each had an entree - pasta for one and cioppino for the other. They have an excellent selection of wines by the glass as well as plenty of bottles from which to choose for those desiring full bottles.

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Marker88
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal and experience as always.

We enjoy sitting in the bar at a table - a great menu with nice assortment of specials.

Impeccable service-thanks again

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redrev1
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had anything from here that wasn't great. The service, which is greatly impacted by the high level of experienced staffing, is always spot on. They always make you feel welcomed.

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vipRickR
Cleveland
32 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Love the remodeling. Great modern look. The consistency has kept this restaurant at the top of their game for over decades!!

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Taildust
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were impeccable. I loved the wine as well.

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vipIrving
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bar services is excellent!

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vipthompke1
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

There's no question that the food and service are outstanding here. We sat at the bar which is quite a different experience than sitting in the restaurant. There are regulars here who bark at the bartender - it doesn't matter if he's in the middle of something or not - and expect immediate service. They literally yell to him across the bar for whatever - a drink, their food order, etc. He did his very best to accommodate everyone. I felt kind of bad for him. It just seemed very disrespectful. And it's discourteous to the other customers. This is clearly not the restaurant's fault. Our meal was incredible. Veal cannelloni, wedding soup, beet and goat cheese salad, shrimp in a garlic butter sauce with gnocchi - was delicious! If you are coming for a special meal, definitely sit in the restaurant. The bar offers a more vibrant experience.

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Eric
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything was good although the tables were spaced too close together under the Covid circumstances.

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MeghanM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific! Love this restaurant. Great food and service.

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vipTerriL
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beyond fantastic. Although it was a bit chilly Monday evening, we were the only ones outside. The heat lamp was excellent. The service was beyond reproach. And of course the food was excellent!

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vipCindyU
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent!!

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vipMJRinOH
Cleveland
80 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience - food was outstanding service was attentive not hovering the wine selections were exemplary and reasonably priced!!!

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GeorgeB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Service and meal were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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vipCharlesS
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of the evening was terrific. Especially the food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always.

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vipMarcP
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful evening as always

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great way to spend my 55th...Grazie!

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vipPaulaK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tables on patio were not six feet apart. All staff wore masks but many customers did not and were not asked to by Giovannis

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vipReneeg2
Cleveland
30 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was amazing!! Service was wonderful. We has a great time.

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Rachel
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our meal was absolutely excellent, we celebrated my husband‘s birthday and that was amazing! We just love Giovanni‘s

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vipLamborghini
Cleveland
36 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a well run restaurant from the moment you arrive and are greeted to the excellent service and food that is always very consistent. The staff works as a team to deliver a great dining experience whether it is inside or in their outdoor covered patio. On our most recent visit we had the cavatelli bolognese, which was prepared table side, and it was outstanding! I highly recommend Giovanni's to anyone who is looking for a fine dining experience and exceptional Italian cuisine.

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MAVi
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place for a romantic dinner. Food is excellent and service impeccable. A must go for a special occasion.

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Armivet
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Had emailed a few days prior asking about dress code and never got a response. No signs outside of building so it was hard to find. Seated right away but then a long time to take order and took about 30 minutes to even get drinks. Service was extremely slow throughout the restaurant. Had made a note on reservation that we were celebrating my birthday and they made no acknowledgement of this. When we got dessert menu, it did not match the website menu which was one of the main reasons we chose this restaurant was due to the unique desserts listed online, so we didn't even order dessert. The clam chowder was amazing. The manager or owner was seen out on the floor trying to help with service. We are from out of town but we probably wouldn't visit a second time.

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vipBethJ
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing is better than having dinner with friends at Giovanni's!
We were there Saturday night- food was delicious, service was excellent and welcoming upbeat atmosphere!!

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RickM
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived right on time and were immediately taken to our table. The server came immediately to our table to see if we wanted drinks, deliver an extensive wine list on an iPad and was friendly and quite helpful.
My wife is gluten free and they were able to make almost anything on the menu gluten free. They did not have gluten free bread but did have gluten free pasta.
We had the deviled egg appetizer, it was very good. The entrees came out right away and were great. We took home cheesecake for dessert and it was a very good night.
Price was quite reasonable for the value.

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vipDelicious
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience yet again! Everything was outstanding!

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therads
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Halibut was outstanding! My husband enjoyed his mussels/clams/ lobster seafood pasta dish too.

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vipGrannyL
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Joe was a terrific server. We’ve been going to Giovanni’s for forty years and it never fails to impress.

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JoyfulLiving
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our inaugural visit to Giovanni's...and we loved it!! Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Our Waiter was joyful, helpful and just plan fun! We were entertaining dear friends from out-of-town, who were delighted by dinner. We can't wait to go back!

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vipSolon
Cleveland
28 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, very good. Staff and management very friendly, and very accommodating. This is one of our favorite Dinning spots.

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LeslieM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, outstanding food &
excellent service. A new favorite!

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vipLInda
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Way to much butter in the halibut broth. Almost inedible

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vipVpam
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful lunch at Giovanni's! Always such wonderful food and service.

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MikeC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, very attentive staff and the food was exceptional. We enjoyed our lunch very much!

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MT2112
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Pierre made the night special.

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vipthom
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I’ve been to Giovannis dozens of times over the years and have always had a stellar experience until last week.

We were seated promptly, our drinks came out quickly, and then our waiter disappeared for 20 minutes. I had to find Carl to ask if we could have service. Our orders were taken and we were back on track. The food presentation and quality have clearly slipped. My entree looked like it was a mush of baby food. The salad was so overly dressed that the lettuce wilted. I was so disappointed and remain so. Giovannis was my favorite fine dining restaurant in Cleveland.

I wish them well but I cannot see going back again.

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DonaldB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal there. Service impeccable as always.

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ArlineN
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since Covid19 put a stop to a party, we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary with one of our daughters at Giovannis. It was a perfect evening.

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vipPeterW
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and good service. Large portions always

FAQs

Giovannis offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (216) 831-8625.

Giovannis is rated 4.8 stars by 1215 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.