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About Giovanni's Kitchen

Great Italian cuisine in a casual, comfortable setting. This is the third restaurant from the Gabriele family, including Giovanni's on the Hill and Il Bel Lago in Creve Coeur. Giovanni's sons Frank and Carmelo bring this taste of Italy to Ladue.

8831 Ladue
St. Louis, MO 63124
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Tueday-Thursday: 11:00am-9:00 pm
Friday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday: 5pm-10pm
Sunday: 5pm-9pm

Cross Street:
I-170

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(314) 721-4100

Website:
http://www.giovanniskitchenstl.com/

Parking Details:
There is a private parking lot for our customers.

Executive Chef:
Alessandro Bozzato

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Giovanni's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for Birthdays (21)
Authentic (20)
Good for a Date (19)
Business Meals (16)
Romantic (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Casual (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was first time here, in early January. We arrived at 5:55 for a 6 p.m. Friday reservation and were seated immediately. Things got busier, but it looked like there were still some tables available when we left about 7:30. Waiter was friendly and seemed enthusiastic about menu items we asked about. The Caesar and Novella salads were both very good. The calamaretti appetizer was above average but not great—however, the accompanying marinara dip was very good, as was the candied lemon sauce (which had to grow on me). My partner liked the lamb chops, and I thought my Pappardelle alla Bolognese was excellent. The waiter was attentive but didn’t hover. Only negatives: I didn’t care much for their bread offerings, and the waiter forgot my glass of wine until reminded at the time he brought the entree. The overall experience was good and we left satisfied. I’m sure we’ll go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food is consistently good. Will make things off menu if you don't see what you want. Everything super tasty. Great service. Never rushed

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great! We went there for New Years Eve and really enjoyed the food and service.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We chose Giovanni's Kitchen based on our experience at Giovanni's on the Hill, and its proximity to our hotel in Clayton. The menu on line looked very interesting, and the allure of the housemade pastas were key. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and seated, but then left for some time without service. Restaurant was fairly full, and it was a Saturday evening. Host keenly recognized our plight, and swooped in to offer his services while our waiter was otherwise occupied. Very much appreciated. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his chicken with artichokes and our daughter devoured the Scampi with pasta. I ordered the mixed seafood dish which was to be served with a house-made square pasta. Instead, it arrived atop a heap of overcooked capellini. The sauce and seafood were fresh and well seasoned, but the lack of attention to the details on the pasta was disappointing. Once our waiter was able to attend to our table, the service was very good. I did not request a redo of the dish, for the sake of time and quality of overall dining experience with my family, but based on their attentiveness, I'm sure they would have rectified the dish. Just disappointed that I wasn't able to experience this pasta which was, and remains, unknown in my vernacular of pastas! Lemon Torta was also very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The pea soup was mediocre. Everything else excellent. I like the choice of wines.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great place for authentic Italian food. Like dining on the Hill without leaving West County.
We’ve been here many times and will be back again and again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Restaurant was nice. Entree portions were small considering the price. Did not think got enough food for the price.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Seriously, this is the best wait staff in town. So friendly it's no surprise that they have so many repeat customers. Great food, too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Outstanding food 🥘 and service. My family and I will be back soon for more delicious food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Spicy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I did not see dinner listed and I would recommend for dinner and lunch. Excellent pasta dishes.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

They have great Italian food, always served hot. Great staff and very attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I love Giovanni's Kitchen!! I love the location, the ambiance, the food. They always give me gluten free food, even the pasta. I keep coming back and will continue to come back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This was our first visit to this restaurant. It made a good impression. The group ordered Mozzarella in Carozza, Pappardelle Alla Bolognese, Mezzemaniche Alla Puttanesca, Pollo Carciofini and Bocconcini ala Giovanni. Everyone enjoyed their selection. The pasta orders were for the smaller size and the people that ordered them thought that the size was sufficient. The two entrees came in only one size. The portions were such that there were no leftovers. We will return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always excellent! We love to take neighbors and friend to Giovanni’s. It never disappoints!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 7, 2017

It is always wonderful. The food is great and the servers are amazing.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We felt very rushed by the waiter for no apparent reason. There were other people in the restaurant, but it just really seemed like he wanted to get out of there. He was pushy and made us order before we were really ready. He kept returning to get our order, get the check, etc. His attitude made for a less than desirable experience, despite good food.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic for a great evening with good food, good wine, and good friends

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious meal

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The service was excellent. Brandon our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and was willing to make recommendations. The food was fabulous. Will come back soon.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We dine here often but the service is never great. This time it was especially slow. We were seated then had to wait 15 minutes or more before we even got water! Luckily, we were meeting friends from Texas we hadn’t seen in 15 years. So we had a lot to talk about!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I was back in town visiting some friends and craving Italian which is in short supply where I currently live. The pappardelle pasta was to die for! And we also appreciated being able to hang around for at least an additional hour to catch up without feeling pressured to give up our table.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent food and service! Hope to come back soon!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was tasty and we would definitely return. The wine was pricey, however, so I would limit myself in that area. The server was attentive. Prices were reasonable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Dinner on Saturday night at 7:30 required reservations. Thanks to open table we found Giovanni's kitchen. The food was amazing! Got seated right away. Attentive servers. Lots of gluten free options including pasta. Good wine selection. I will definitely come back!

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was great but the portions were way to small, even for my wife who eats like a bird. This is something new as we have been going here for years. It was quite disappointing.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The pasta sauce was bland. The large portion size was actually smaller than most restaurants.
The waiter was friendly as was the rest of the staff.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service, menu, food, and value! We've dined at Giovanni's Kitchen four times now and look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I'm a foodie.... hadn't been to this restaurant in a few years.... good location... easy parking.... food better than ok.... not fabulous.... nice salad with a good dressing.... ordered salmon.... entree took forever ... they weren't very busy.... salmon was not hot.... was warmish to coolish.... nice portion... took 1/2 home. Tirimasu ok but toooo much whip cream

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the service, food, and wine. Not too pricey, but good for special occasions. The only negative was the poor choice of bread. You expect tasty bread in an Italian restaurant. Brandon was an excellent, personable waiter.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was delicious; reasonably priced; waiter was attentive until the end...he didn't ask if we wanted coffee or dessert. We asked for coffee, but he still never asked about dessert.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We just came back from Rome and this is as close to real itilian in St. Louis , our new fav

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a nice meal. The kale,etc salad was delicious with a tasty cheese. We split the fish special and the cannoloni - pasta was especially good. the chef split for us which was nice. Our waiter Brandon was attentive and helpful. My only disappointment was the bread. Below average

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

GK never disappoints! The food is exquisitely prepared, the service impeccable, and the experience pleasureable - every time. You won’t go wrong reserving a table at Giovanni’s Kitchen.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Perfect as always. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Excellent service. Delicious food. Reasonable prices. Never disappoints.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The service was great, courteous, friendly, attentive, and helpful in suggesting menu items. The food was delicious . I had the butternut squash ravioli, an off menu special. I will definitely return the next time I am in St. Louis.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We enjoyed Giovanni's in the past because it was casual with good food, not requiring an evening commitment. We had a B-A-D meal on Father's Day and were not back until 10/17. Our server was flip and non-attentive (the service is usually pleasant). The chef did stroll the crowd but I think more to gauge what the evening would require. The food was good; the restaurant convenient but I have to say, very lackluster. I think they need to step it up a bit as far as being welcoming and consumer oriented. We were there on a Tuesday evening - maybe that had something to do with it. We will try it again and would not discourage anyone from giving it a try. Maybe an off-night, who knows.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent glass of red wine

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We are regular customers of Giovanni's restaurants. The food is always excellent (we love the pasta dishes), and the service is perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great Food and wonderful service. However, the sound level was very noisy and it was difficult to hear each other at times. Will definitely dine here again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We love this place. It has great food but the service seems be getting slow. We sat down at 6:30 pm and didn't get a drink for 35 minutes. It won't stop us from returning.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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