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Giovanni's, Greensboro, NC

Giovanni's

3.7
3.7
470 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
For over 20 years, Chef Robert Holden worked side-by-side with master chef Giovanni Carandola, perfecting his ability to create one-of-a-kind Italian dishes. Chef Robert prepares everything from scratch, and hand picks fresh vegetables, fish, and meat on a daily basis, ensuring that all of his cuisine is as fresh as possible. The recipes used at Giovanni’s come from regions of Sicily and Northern Italy, which makes for a truly authentic Italian menu.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Monday: Closed Tuesday and Sunday: 5:00pm -9:00pm; Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (336) 852-8890
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Robert Holden
  • Neighborhood
    Greensboro
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 470 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint

    Kid-friendly

  • Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint

    Good for groups

  • Greensboro

    Good for groups

  • Greensboro

    Great for outdoor dining

470 Reviews
  1. JoanneA

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. Being from New York expectations were low. We were seated immediately and bread (which was delicious) and waters came almost as soon as we sat down. Everyone was super nice and atmosphere was great. Pasta fragile was yummy, good salad. We shared a margherita pizza which was not like one would expect - no tomato sauce. It was garlicky and cheesy though and the crust was good. Not bad overall. The one negative was the entranceway floo material is very slippery especially when it is wet outside and is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Otherwise a very nice restaurant. Would definitely go back if in the area again

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  2. DavidG

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It took a very long time to have a server to show up to take the initial drink order. It took a very long time to have the drinks served. We placed our orders again after a long wait. Salad were included with the meal. The main course was received before the salads were even served. Needless to say salads were never received or compensated for. The steaks were what you would get at Ponderosa. When the bill finally came (again after a very long time) it was incorrect.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a reservation for 4 on Mother's day. Arrived 5 min early and they sat us at a table for 8. Lady came to our table three times to confirm our order ticket. We asked for drinks - they never came. We waited for 1 hour for food and 3/4 of us were missing part of our meals (3 side salads & 1 set of vegetables). One of us asked for no mushrooms on a chicken dish - it came with mushrooms so the server took it away and returned 2 minutes later with the same plate with most of the mushrooms picked off. When we got the check, we thankfully did not get charged for the drinks. There were not may people in the restaurant when we dined there, especially for a holiday.

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  4. Rose

    Greensboro

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal and great service. Holiday limited menu, but overall would recommend and return to try some other dishes!

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  5. KathleenR

    Greensboro

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I wish I could have done zero stars. I have no idea how the food was since we never served anything. The people at the table next to us sent their meal back and one found a fingernail in their salad. We had a 530 reservation and were seated at a table without enough chairs or place settings and it took them ten minutes to find a chair while my son stood in the middle of the restaurant. A server never came to our table we watched another table get their own water refills and we couldn’t even get a place setting for my son. After 55 minutes we finally got a manager and he and the hostess then had an argument over him taking orders(he didn’t want to take them ) The hostess kept seating people but there was no one getting any orders. When the manager finally came to take our order with no apology for the wait or any remorse we were told everything we tried to order was sold out. They had a set Mother’s Day menu and it was early when we began this journey but there was no food left. We understood it was a busy day that is why we waited but this was like a bad episode of Hells Kitchen where they never get any food served. We will never return. We had heard great things about this restaurant but obviously that was in the past and I would say avoid at all costs.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I have passed by this restaurant for decades and never went to eat there. Until I decided that I wanted to try it out on this Mother's Day. I had made a reservation 2 months in advance. When my family and I got there, there was no one at the front desk to check us in. A waitress named Tiffany said, "how many in your party?". We were treated as just walkins. Tiffany said that the wait for our table to be prepared was going to be a while. There was hardly any other customers in there, for it to be Mother's Day. Then when we were finally seated, Tiffany apologized and said that they were short staffed and that we would have to wait on our food for a while. We never received our salads until I asked where our salads were. Because our food came out before our salads. Then we had ordered pizza for the kids in our party. But Tiffany came back out and said that the kitchen said they were not making pizzas that day. The children in my party never received their food substitutions. We were charged for the kids meals anyway. My oldest daughter was over charged for her meal. She had mentioned to the waitress that the price on the menu was less than what she was charged for her meal. The waitress threw her $2 and said that she was giving that out of her pocket because the Owner wouldn't allow her to give out any refunds. The waitress was talking about the owner and the staff in a negative way to my family & I, and other customers. She had mentioned that it was her birthday and that she had to come in to work on her special day. We saw her crying with her manager. I tipped her anyway for her effort. However, I told her that it was very unprofessional for her to bad mouth the people that she worked for like that and placing all the blame on them like that. And not taking some type of responsibility for poor service, since she disclosed that she was an Assistant Manager. I was highly disappointed with our experience, being that it was our first visit.

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  7. CebrinaH

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Giovanni's but I know now not to go for Mother's Day. I felt bad for the server, as she was extremely overwhelmed and over worked. We had a limited menu and only small glasses of water to drink because the fountain gun was not working. The wine list was limited as well due to being out of a lot of items. I had two salad forks and never received a dinner fork so needless to say it was challenging eating chicken parm with a little fork. I will go back one day but never on Mother's Day.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Mediocre - I personally would not go back or recommend to others. Just an opinion from an Italian girl who has had a lot of Italian food over the years.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love Giovanni‘s! So did my mom and my 18-year-old daughter, so there is something there for everyone. The food was absolutely delicious and came out with perfect timing. Tiffany was our waitress. She was awesome !friendly, easy to talk to, quick and could not have been more professional and nice to me and my family. We will definitely be returning for dinner, and will be referring them to friends and family! 

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter we had was amazing and the lounge area So gorgeous! Great service 10/10 will be going again!

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  11. HillyJan

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This review would have been higher, but the house salad dressing was awful--it was bitter. It had either too much vinegar or too much lemon juice. Italian restaurants are usually known for their salad dressings, and this just was almost enough to make me not go back. The lobster ravioli is very good and the bread is also good. Prices are as expected.

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  12. food4life

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress was amazing. She went beyond the call of duty. We will be back ! I think her name was Tiffany . 4/14 Sunday evening was when we ate there.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner! Everything I've had at this restaurant has been excellent. The staff are kind and courteous, efficient and not overbearing. I highly recommend eating on the patio in the spring or fall!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service. We were here for market and ate there 3 nights!

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  15. Ingar

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Hi, overall I expected a more authentic Italian or closest Italian experience. Service was great, waitress was really kind but food was OK. Nothing impressive.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet relaxing dinner with great service and quiet ambiance.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time there and it was great! Food was good. Atmosphere was really nice.

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  18. RobertR

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We celebrated our friend's birthday. The whole restaurant sang Happy Birthday.

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  19. CarlaB

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I feel like , we were a bother. They were not busy. The waiter was missing in action, several times.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was terrible. They forgot drinks, took 40 minutes to come back to the table. The food was ok and the ambiance looked extremely sad. For a restaurant so close to the convent center it should be amazing across the board. You’d be packed all the time.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Probably won't be back. Very loud, food was very mid.

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  22. DylanE

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time eating here. The service was great and our waiter was very attentive. The food was delicious. And even though they are a a little higher priced the food and service was more than worth what we paid. Definitely will be returning.

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  23. TimS

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Hostess had no organization for sitting guests other than by her recollection. She did not take names nor did she have a reservation list. This was disappointing since I made the reservation before the New Year. Most menu items were unavailable and several upcharges were mentioned. If I had known this information at the time of the reservation or if I had been notified, I certainly would have chosen not to come. I will lilkely not return and I surely will not return around a holiday.

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  24. TomF

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian food in Greensboro. A regular place for us.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The overhead light fixtures flickered our entire meal, they were repeating the same 8 songs on a playlist all night, the manager was snapping at and being rude to wait staff while out on the floor, and the food was just… fine?

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  26. foodlover

    Coastal Georgia

    27 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Understaffed, electrical problems with their lights, very distracting when the lights keep dimming and brightening every 5 seconds. Overall horrible experience.

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  27. MariaT

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place, awesome service, awesome food. Far from downtown Greensboro, but close to i40 exit. Just go and enjoy. Go for seafood! Oysters were delicious!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    While the food was fantastic, the atmosphere was less than desirable. For our entire meal, the music that was playing sounded like there may me a wedding going on next door or something. Very non relaxing music, that was actually irritating. Overall we had a good meal, but I would second guess myself before going back again.

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  29. jvoll

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful night at Giovanni’s. They were able to accommodate our large group of children and adults. Food was delicious.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We took my parents out to dinner. I have eaten there a few times before and my favorite is the lasagna. They opened at 5:00 and Our reservation was at 5:15. There were only 2 groups of people in the restaurant but our food came out barely warm. Salads were great but the food was unseasoned and barely warm. Our waitress was the best and we had a good time but the food needed some improvement.

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  31. DANAS

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food. A romantic ambiance. Great for a date night.

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  32. Netra

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and the atmosphere was wonderful for a NYE!

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  33. abbyc

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the ribeye was the thinnest steaks we've ever had and no flavor. Lobster tails were large but very salty and served with no butter. Drinks were good and service was friendly

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  34. JohannaL

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A bit chaotic! Food was average. Had to wait even though we had a reservation.

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  35. PatriciaS

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    New Years Eve prices were higher and menu was limited. Chicken Parmesan had way too much breading on the chicken.

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  36. WilliamD

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice looking restaurant. Our waitress was not good - running to and from our table making us feel like we were being encouraged to eat and leave. We bought a bottle of wine and lingered for a moment after finishing our dinner - bottle of wine, appetizer, entree, dessert. We were advised by our waitress "there will be a $10 fee if you don't order an entree". One of the first things she shared with us. At least three times she prompted us "ladies first" and then when I ordered a bottle of wine, she again told us "I'm going to let your wife try it" to which my wife responded "No. My husband ordered the wine and he'll approve it." She was not good at her job. Did nothing to enhance our experience. As we left walking right past the hostess, she didn't wish us a good night or say thank you or anything until my wife spoke up and said good night to her. Again, low budget service. My dish was chicken and sausage which was sliced sausage and a few bits of chicken in a runny red sauce for $30 - no pasta - nothing. There were $50-60 entrees on the menu for which I'd have expected far better quality service. We will not be back. Too bad as the restaurant is close to us and we had hoped it would have been better. We still tipped 20% despite the sub-par waitress.

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  37. LarryP

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was awesome. Always a great time when we go

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress was nice but didn't leave us alone. The second we were done eating she gave us the check. There has to be a happy medium between good service and not being able to have a conversation without constantly being interrupted. The worst was the food was horrible. It seemed like the cook just poured wine over pasta without a recipe

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  39. EllenF

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh and delicious. Our waitress was attentive and very pleasant.

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  40. StellaB

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Giovanni’s , great experience!! The food was to die for.

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FAQs

Giovanni's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (336) 852-8890.

Giovanni's is rated 3.7 stars by 470 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Giovanni's

5831 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Greensboro
  • Hours of operation
    Monday: Closed Tuesday and Sunday: 5:00pm -9:00pm; Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Robert Holden
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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