Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit

4.8
106 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Giovanni’s Ristorante invites you to experience Italian cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of the old world charm where friends and family gather to enjoy more than just a meal. The homemade pastas, the prime cuts of meat, the fresh fish and farm grown vegetables are carefully prepared to preserve a distinctive flavor of the finest regions.

Specialty wines and spirits complement each course. Guests enjoy tableside conversation with Frances Cannarsa Truant, the “padrona” or perhaps a visit from Chef Randy Truant. The atmosphere is convivial, warm, and aromatic. The staff is seasoned, the service impeccable.

The Godfather Room is the ideal setting for a business meeting.
The Wine Room offers a touch of romance for that special evening.
The Main Dining Room is a perfect place to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary.
There’s a Speak Easy in the back for the ultimate private party.

Simply looking for a wonderful meal? Come for lunch or dinner.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 106 people are saying
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KristineD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner to celebrate our son's graduation from Wayne State University with a Master's Degree. The food was outstanding the restaurant was quite busy despite being a weeknight.
we highly recommend Giovanni's!

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MarkH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant. Overall experience was wonderful. We have eaten here several times and always lives up to our expectations!

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Jill
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Giovannis. We had a wonderful experience and an amazing meal. They graciously accommodated my wife’s dietary restrictions on her favorite, chicken pincata. This will be our special occasion go to restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unacceptable experience. My mother wanted to come here and we had the worst services!!!! Both from Manager and Waitress! Oh! And to the heavy set blonde woman manager with the attitude - Please Stop Lowering Your Mask to speak to customers and justifying it’s because your vaccinated. I could care less. The Law is the Law. And you can still have covid whether your vaccinated or not. I hear you perfectly fine through your mask. You lowering it is not necessary and is very tacky and unprofessional during a Pandemic. Will not be back Ever.

I asked waitress to bring desert tray but she somehow forgot to bring it to my table and remembered to bring it to the table that came in 20 minutes after mine. Mind you there was no one of color at their table and everyone was of color at mine. I will Never be back. This entire dining experience was a joke. And waste of a perfectly good evening with my mother.

I do not recommend this place. Too many Italian Restaurants with better service - to people of color specifically.

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vipLynnK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a gem! One of the best Italian restaurant in the country. Excellent Fettuccini Alfredo, Chicken Piccata, Chicken Parmesan and the Cream Puffs are heavenly!
Crystal brings her passion and the warm history of Giovanni's to every guest. Fran would be very proud of how the lovely team is carrying on her and her Dad's legacy. Once you experience a magical evening here, you will return every chance you get. I will return to Detroit just to dine at Giovannins again. It's worth the trip!

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Matt
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari was amazing! Dinner was flavorful and delicious!

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ChrisO
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional along with the staff. We were greeted warmly and abruptly. The filet was amazing and the coffee is true Italian standard. This restaurant is awesome.

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chadh
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best calamari I have ever had and as always their lasanga is second to none!

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GinoS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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CeCe
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! We started with the calamari appetizer which was seasoned and cooked perfectly. The main courses came with the choice of a salad or soup. Our server suggested combining the Italian and the honey balsamic dressing and she was so right! Save room for the homemade desserts... we ordered 3 different ones and they were all delicious!
The only downside is the location which is a little out of the way, but it’s worth the trip!

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BarbaraB
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated husband's 70th birthday. Waitstaff was fun, lighthearted and attentive. Food was excellent and highly recommend.

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Chloe
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Truly the food was outstanding, yet the noise from other tables was quite loud and caused us to practically shout to each other. Created a massive hole in the “romantic ambience feel.” Short staffing on many levels created an uncharacteristic delay in everything. For example... 20 minutes to get a cocktail.

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AmberW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Giovanni was fantastic. Great service and food. We will definitely be back!

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vipTvaughn3
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and wait staff you’ll find in Detroit. Also very reasonably priced!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a pleasant experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food outside of Italy! Fantastic staff

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience love this place

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vipJimB
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening. Food was delicious, prepared perfectly and our server Sharon was fantastic! Definitely will return!

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Bcassidy
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We were visiting from out of town for my husbands birthday. From the outward appearance you wouldn’t think much of this place, but the inside was beautiful, food was delicious and the overall experience was phenomenal.

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maresz
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is beyond excellent and it is the closest Italian food next to being in Italy, everything is made fresh that evening, even the pasta. Never disappoints. The service is spot on, Crystal is amazing!!! Can’t wait to be there again.

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Kagmsu1216
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best hidden gem we have ever found! The food was amazing!!! Crystal, our server, was outstanding. Our new favorite Italian restaurant. We will definitely be back often.

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twinkletoes
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and environment. I can't wait to go back! Thank you Deb for making our ladies night out even more special!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was amazed at the food and service from valet too waitstaff and management. It was the best meal my wife and I had ever had. We will be back ASAP!

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PatP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't ask for a better dining experience. Never disappoints!!!

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vipWonderful
Detroit
49 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was a wonderful evening being able to celebrate a birthday after being allowed to dine in again after 75 days of lock down.

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CSlaughter
Detroit
39 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was just ok. Server was amazing. Ambiance was nice and quiet for a date night.

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vipMack
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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vipChrisF
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without question, my favorite Italian spot. Fresh-made pasta, specialty dishes, outstanding deserts, and excellent service. I've been 6+ times and I will be back very soon!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the surroundings. Thanks for a memorable evening

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vipSimonL
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What all restaurants should arrive to be. Outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such incredible food and service. They handled COVID wonderfully. Very socially distanced but still had a wonderful and special ambiance.

JM
vipJohnM
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always. food and service were fantastic. never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

i’ve been driving past this place my whole life and never took the opportunity to see if it lived up to the hype. Well I finally decided to see what it was all about, and giovanni’s didn’t disappoint. Everything was fresh and homemade, the bread came hot from the oven and the minestrone soup was wonderful, tried the blood orange Cosmo it was delicious. I had the veal marsala and it was very good, oh and the shrimp appetizer with risotto was amazing. I can’t believe I waited so long to try Giovanni’s but I will be back exploring the menu there’s so much to choose from

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ShannonH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and definitely our go-to for Italian now!! Food was tremendous and Debbie was just a gem to help walk us through our meal and spoil us with outstanding service!!

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vipWyattSmith
Detroit
190 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great family experience! Delicious sauces and my favorite is the calamari and Eggplant Parm!

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vipImpressedDillards
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was excellent. Other severs were attentive and extremely polite. A wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love seeing crystal and having the chicken soup

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DenisB
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veal was excellent! Artichokes were great. Only wish that the Calamari were a main dish and that they came with an aioli sauce. I’ve moved to Puerto Vallarta, return each year for three weeks and try to visit with you. I miss the grande dame

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Laker6
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari, Caesar and "special" Filet were "to live for". Veal Marsala was fine but was a bit bland in flavor. Dessert selection was amazing - would have liked to have taken some home.

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vipJonT
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Never disappoints and the service and food quality is top notch. Michelle Makaroff is one of the best managers in the business and the Resturant is extremely well run.

FAQs

Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 841-0122.

Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit is rated 4.8 stars by 106 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.