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Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit, Detroit, MI

Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit

4.8
4.8
674 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (313) 841-0122
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    Giovanni's Ristorante offers a separate catering menu for all your party needs. From large corporate events to family gatherings, we can take care of it all.
  • Private party facilities
    Giovanni's Ristorante has three banquet rooms available for private dining events. Great for family gatherings, business dinners, rehearsal dinners, or any special dining need. Please call and inquire about our Godfather Room, Wine Room or the Famous Speakeasy, where Frank Sinatra loved to dine.
  • Neighborhood
    Detroit
  • Parking details
    Giovanni's Ristorante has Valet and Self Parking available.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 674 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Italian

  • Detroit

    Best Overall

  • Detroit

    Best Food

  • Detroit

    Italian

674 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. Everything from the soup and salad to the dessert was delicious.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Wait time was very long and our server did her best but was also helping a very large table at the same time. We had reservations at 6:30 and didn’t get seated until 7pm. This is our first so-so experience, so I’m just assuming it was busy with newer staff. Food was great, as usual.

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  3. KathyM

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding. We celebrated both our first and now our 2nd wedding anniversary with dinner at Giovanni's, and we are making Giovanni's our anniversary dinner location each year (as well as multiple times throughout the year). We had the Arancini appetizer, cheesy, with a crunchy crust-delicious!! We both commented on the minestrone soup, as it was not a tomato based soup and we really enjoyed it. I had the tagliatelle pasta with bolognese and it was cooked perfectly. My husband selected the Italian Meatloaf and he couldn't stop talking about how good it was. Then we ended it with a beautiful tiramisu, which was delightful. 10 stars from us and we look forward to coming back soon.

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  4. Sally

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were quite busy when we went, but it was the weekend after Valentine's with a lot of folks celebrating. The food was phenomenal, as was the general ambience. It's extremely clear that this establishment holds itself to an extremely high standard with their quality of food as well as service.

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  5. Mary

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Start to finish everything was awesome. Carrie had great recommendations. Chicken meatball Appetizer was delicious. House salad with dressing was great. Lasagne was some of the best we’ve ever had. Cannelloni with pesto pommodoro sauce was next level. Topped off with dessert selection that was difficult to choose only 1. Tiramisu won accompanied by cappuccino with kahlua. Support staff was attentive. A memorable Valentine’s Day dinner date.

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  6. Booboo

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Angi, our server was great! As a former supermarket Operations Supervisor it was great to witness the entire restaurant crew jumping in converting tables, picking up empty dishes, topping off water glasses. Great team effort! Which includes the valet clerk and bartender. The Walleye was the best I’ve ever had, compliments to the chef and crew Keep up the good work!

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  7. JasonF

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time, certainly not the last. Food amazing, drinks on point. I had the filet and my wife had the Pollo al Trentina. Absolutely perfect.

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  8. Lorenzo

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only negative about our experience was the table next to us. The couple was extremely obnoxious and used so many bad words. I thought for sure a manager or an employee would say something. Nope, the restaurant kept serving them more alcohol, which amplified their bad behavior. I was very close to just leaving it was that bad.

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  9. ChadM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Giovanni's is the best Italian restaurant around. Quiet, cozy, old-school. The food is fantastic---couldn't be higher quality. Knowledgeable, friendly serving staff. Could not recommend it more strongly.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing. Best Italian you will ever have. Service is great and the experience you cannot beat. 5 stars all around.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed my first visit! I loved the ambience and the food was satisfying. I don’t usually order lasagna at a restaurant but tried their signature dish and loved my meal. The service was impeccable.

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  12. MikeV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best Italian food I've ever had, highly recommend!

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  13. Joyce

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely time celebrating a milestone birthday. Our server Michael was well informed, professional, and brought a great joy to the evening. All of his recommendations were spot on. We will definitely be back.. 🙏🏻😃

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  14. sf88

    Detroit

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, atmosphere and staff! Best Italian food in Detroit area!

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  15. GlennN

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Without a doubt, this is the best Italian restaurant in the Detroit area. The homemade pasta is to die for. The lasagna is our gold standard and the service is always impeccable. Don’t hesitate to go there!!

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  16. SteveM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always Giovanni’s was top notch from the cocktails to the entree.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Timing of service was off. Apps came before drinks. Forgot our soup. Bread came halfway through the meal.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love coming here for a special night out

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  19. WilliamT

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was terrible. The food no better than fair. In the Caesar salad they put 2 moist croutons. The veal marsala suace as a gooey gravey like substance.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lazania was to die for. The staff in the food was awesome

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  21. tomg

    Grand Rapids

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a terrific old school Italian restaurant. My wife and I had never been here previously but we thoroughly enjoyed our first experience. From the valet parking to the wine list to the great dinner, everything was great. If you are looking for excellent Italian food, I’d highly recommend Giovanni’s!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent everything was excellent from the people to the food. Just a beautiful experience

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  23. KurtP

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food as always! We had the Veal Saltimbocca Dan the arrincini which were to die for! Great Italian wine list as well.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    CONSISTENTLY EXCEPTIONAL ! I loved the food and the people who works there.

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  25. JerryJ

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food with great specials! Service was fantastic even with a completely full house on a Saturday evening.

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  26. Geekchick4ever

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants for a beautiful night out. Staff wonderful dinner was so delicious . Will be back!

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  27. RoseW

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I believe that Giovanni's is the best Italian restaurant in metro Detroit. We had dinner there again last night, and all the entrees were outstanding. The calamari appetizer is awesome! Thank you, Angie, for the wonderful service.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were fantastic. We went with another couple who have never eaten there. They loved it and plan to go back.

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  29. LISAV

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone is so kind and attentive, from the valet to the server. Absolutely a great experience..... We have been here two times this month and will continue to return. Thank you for making eating out an experience not a regret....

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fabulous! Veal parmigiana was awesome as well as the chicken dishes. Two of us ordered the veal. It was huge portions! The chicken dishes were also big. I love when I go to Detroit we always make a point of eating at Giovanni’s’s!!!DELICIOUS!

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  31. jencrash

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner was decent but not worth the prices which just keep going up, up, up every time we visit. Disappointed in the tiramisu. I’ve had better even at restaurants that don’t specialize in Italian. And a $7.50 charge to turn a house salad into a Caesar salad? That’s a bit ridiculous.

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  32. Cynthia

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant! Food was incredible as always. Service was great!

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  33. cmdplymouth

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal here and service was very good. Our waitress seemed to be overworked though. The table next to us seemed to keep her running. We miss some of the old dishes that are no longer on the menu.

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  34. camf

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian restaurant in Detroit! Service and food is excellent! Compliments to Chef Randy and his team!!

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  35. DanielleM

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff is rude. You are always waiting even with a reservation and the food quality has really gone down.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    "Best place in Detroit for authentic Italian cuisine! Don't hesitate to try it."

    1 person found this helpful

  37. candaceb

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing, old-school Detroit gem of a restaurant. Excellent, attentive service, outstanding food (our table had filet a Giovanni, cannelloni, lasagna, and a fish special that took into account our guest’s gluten allergy—all exquisitely plated and delicious), and setting, allowing for a lovely evening. We could not believe we had not ventured down here before—we definitely will be back.

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  38. MichelleD

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, service and experience would highly recommend, and surely go back again

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and food was amazing the only complaint I would have is that we had to wait almost 45 minutes past our reservation time. I had the chicken piccata with artichokes which was beyond amazing along with the bread a soup. My husband had the special of the night stuff salmon and he loved it.

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  40. KimberlyK

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was amazing, from Valet, the hostess, the servers, the ambience and especially the FOOD! It was a girls night out and we had the Shrimp Giovanni for an appetizer which was amazing! Our entree was the Filet which was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. We indulged in a piece of their homemade Tiramisu...which was the perfect ending to a great meal. It almost felt guilt free as it was so light! Our water glasses were filled regularly and the entire waitstaff was very attentive. The busboy asked if we valeted and offered to take our ticket up while we finished up so we did not have to wait. The details to customer service are wonderful! Would definitely go back!

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 674 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


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit

330 S Oakwood, Detroit, MI 48217-1453

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Detroit
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Giovanni's Ristorante has Valet and Self Parking available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (313) 841-0122
  • Catering
    Giovanni's Ristorante offers a separate catering menu for all your party needs. From large corporate events to family gatherings, we can take care of it all.
  • Private party facilities
    Giovanni's Ristorante has three banquet rooms available for private dining events. Great for family gatherings, business dinners, rehearsal dinners, or any special dining need. Please call and inquire about our Godfather Room, Wine Room or the Famous Speakeasy, where Frank Sinatra loved to dine.
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