Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit

4.9
94 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 94 people are saying
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ChrisO
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGinoS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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CeCe
Charleston
1 review
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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Chloe
Detroit
17 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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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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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
20 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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ChrisF
Detroit
6 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
13 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
9 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
17 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.

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EarlDae
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JUST OVER ALL GREAT! SERVER WAS VERY HELPFUL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE ON THE FOOD AND WINE. I CAN SEE WHY ITS SO HARD TO GET RESERVATIONS HERE! FOOD 10 SERVICE 10

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LenaH
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely amazing. Not one complaint. We were happy the restaurant wasn’t busy and was quiet where everyone could have their own conversation. Really enjoyed it will definitely be back. Server was great as well.

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LisaN
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waitstaff was very attentive to our needs: clearing used plates, replenishing water/bread basket, brushing crumbs off tablecloth, inquiring about satisfaction with our dinner selections. Due to Covid, the restaurant was half-filled and privacy curtains were up, but I would've preferred the hustle and bustle of staff taking care of patron needs in a full environment.

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Nirvana
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giovanni's is a gem. It's in the middle of nowhere, but totally worth it. We grew up in New York, and my brother-in-law who is Brooklyn Italian said the calamari was best he ever had. I went back the next weekend and ordered the eggplant--again, the best I ever had in my life. They cook everything to order. Everything. No tray of eggplant. No pre-made trays of anything. My eggplant parm was made to order, and it was out of this world. The sauce is nirvana. This is my new place.

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HeatherH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service was shoddy but the food was excellent.

JM
vipJohnM
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giovanni’s never disappoints. Best Italian in metro Detroit

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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 4.9 stars by 94 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.