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About Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town

At Giovanni's you will experience creative Italian cuisine in a multi level, chic and relaxed atmosphere.

909 20th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(615) 760-5932

Website:
http://www.giovanninashville.com/

Executive Chef:
Giovanni Pinato

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Private room upstairs can acommodate from 15 to 75 guests seated and 200 for a cocktail reception with private bar.

Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Romantic (19)
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Quiet Conversation (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Casual (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Excellent service and the best Italian food in Nashville. We love the artichoke appetizer, home made bread sticks and the veal is delicious, the pastas are very good!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Staff was very friendly and service was great, food was very good but prices were extremely high for quantity of food. Example Cheese plate appetizer was $19 and it has like 9 small pieces of cheese. Entree was very tasty but small portion.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I found this restaurant very pleasant. The food was outstanding and the service was exceptional. It has a nice ambiance and a classy old-time feeling.

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food5
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our family usually has a nice family dinner out on Christmas Eve and we were excited for an experience here. Upon arriving we felt so welcome and everyone was so nice. They immediately brought us to our table and the manager greeted us and wished us a merry Christmas. After That’s when things took a turn, we were there for almost 3 hours and I still have not a clue who our server was or what anyone’s name who took care of us was. We had 3-4 servers I assume since one took our drink order, one brought us water and, another took our food order. I have a 5 month old daughter who was doing awesome for already having had a busy day and knew we may be pushing her a bit, expecting that dinner would probably be done within 1.5 to 2 hours. Our food did not hit the table until we had been there for 2 hours, after asking someone where our food was, needless to say our baby was starting to get fussy. No one communicated with us or came by to let us know that our food should be out shortly. We were unable to get drink refills as between the 3-4 people serving us not one came by to offer anything . We also had an appetizer that my brother in law ordered that never came out. Unfortunately, after 2.5 hours my husband and I had to get our underwhelmed food wrapped as we had to get our baby home. The entire family was starving by the time our food came out, and everyone ate quickly as some family members had to ride home in our car. For a table of 8 adults, with drinks and meals our bill was close to $1,000 and we were extremely disappointed. Even after my father in law let the server know we were upset and needed our check no one came by to talk to us. I hope this review helps this restaurant organize their staff and help any future customers with having a good experience as the ambiance is beautiful and the restaurant has potential to be amazing for a family.

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food3
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Giovanni’s is perhaps my favorite Italian restaurant in Nashville, if not my favorite restaurant.

We booked our reservation for a Christmas Eve dinner, our fourth time. First of all, the ambiance and decor of the restaurant is beautiful and classy. The service is always impeccable, knowledgeable without being intrusive. The wine list is varied with wines from around the world. The menu is classic northern Italian, lots of apps, salads, pastas and entrees.

We started with calamari, crispy tasty and a decent sized portion. Our entrees consisted of squid ink pasta with shrimp and veal scaloppine. Moderate portions, but prepared to perfection. The veal tender enough to cut with a fork and the squid ink pasta, pungent and tasty with the shrimp added as a nice touch. Although full, we chose the chocolate lava cake, outstanding.

As many other reviews have mentioned, the restaurant is pricey, but for me, the service , the quality of the food and the overall atmosphere of the restaurant makes this place worth the visit and I have visited a dozen times or more. One other thing, the in house limoncello is worth the trip alone.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

One of my favorite Nashville restaurants...great food and ambience for the price!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always outstanding

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Nashville. Traditional northern Italian fare, fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared. Attentive staff in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The experience and the great food keep us coming back. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This is only one of a handful of authentic Italian restaurants in middle Tennessee.
The food is very good, as is the service.
The seafood, the veal, the pasta, the salads, the calamari...all good.
Nice wine list too.
We will be regulars here since we just moved to the Nashville area.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Nashville. The food is outstanding as is the service and ambience. Wonderful wine list and knowledgeable staff. We highly recommend this unique place for any occasion from drinks at the bar to special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Nice dinner at the bar. We love the veal and pasta marinara. The bread sticks are delicious. Service is always great. Best Italian in Nashville!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Outstanding!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Giovanni’s is the best authentic northern Italian restaurant in Nashville. Expensive, but worth every penny of it .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Really wonderfully accommodating- food and service fabulous- will be back again!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The chef is excellent, the food could not be better. Service is attentive and the waiters are knowledgeable about the menu. We love the veal piccatta, tender and delicious. The pasta is excellent. The home made bread sticks are a superb. We rarely have room for dessert, but the Tiramisu is excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Italian food, Best in Nashville! Service is very friendly and attentive. The fresh fish, veal and lasagna are awesome. Tiramisu is really a treat,

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Quality restaurant - high quality service, setting, and food. Waiters have just a slight attitude of arrogance -- enough to keep you on your toes and remind you that you are lucky to be there! Very responsive, and efficient. Food presentation and taste as highly satisfying as any place in Nashville. Well worth a visit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Giovanni’s is our go to choice for a special occasion. Lovely ambiance, attentive service and reliable quality. Every dish we tried so far was outstanding!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

First time visit, secured a Thanksgiving Day reservation since my family and I were in town. We chose the Thanksgiving meal instead of their standard Italian cuisine offerings. Portion on each plate was small, lukewarm and just unsubstantial for the cost . Felt like I was dining out on New Years Eve, where it is typical for restaurants to attach a high price for their entrees and under deliver in quality and service. Very disappointing, nice ambiance and location, but would be reluctant to return.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful meal and atmosphere! Loved the piano. Wonderful food! Will go back soon! The service was top notch as well!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our dinner was good but not great, it was lacking seasoning and my husband filet Mignon came well when we asked for medium. The desserts were very good though. I had creme brûlée and he had an apple cobbler. Both were delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Nice evening out with friends. Sunday evening dinner was delicious, the pasta special was very good and the salads were fresh. The veal picatta was tender and the mashed potatoes are heavenly. We had tiramisu for dessert.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Food portion was did not equal price. Very good service. Waiters were very polite and helpful and knowledgeable about menu.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

What a great place! The ambiance in there was beautiful and the serv ice was outstanding. You can tell the staff really works like a team. The food was fantastic and fresh! We will be back!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner. Nice and quiet so we could talk and service, food, and drinks were first rate.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We enjoyed our meal at Giovanni's Ristorante. It is a quiet restaurant with a nice ambiance. The tagliatelle alla Bolognese was delicious! It was al dante and the sauce was wonderful. I would not recommend the lasagna, however. It sounded delicious on the menu, but it was definitely overcooked and a very small portion for the price. I would say, overall, that based on earlier reviews we were disappointed in the overall experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Delicious food with super friendly and accommodating waitstaff! Great service has a family feel to it.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went to to Giovanni Ristorante last night for the fourth or fifth time. It is by far the best Italian restaurant in Nashville and one of my favourites anywhere. I live in Italy and travel the world on business. The food is amazing and authentic, the wine list is superb and the service is professional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

True to Italian Trattoria tradition in every respect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, excellent service in a relaxing atmosphere. The BEST Italian dining in Nashville. The veal piccatta is wonderful and the mashed potatoes are the BEST ever.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service was superb. The wine list was more than adequate. The menu was wonderful and the meals were all consumed with enthusiasm and vigor.

We were dining with clients and wanted a high end experience but easy to converse and with top end cuisine.

You delivered!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good food here. In the vibrant nashville food scene this holds its own. Nice wine selection, great ambiance, and very very very friendly staff. Will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been going to G's for several months now and it has been consistently excellent. Genuine Italian cuisine, super service, and a warm, friendly management staff. Molto Bene!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Loved the ambiance, and the food was spectacular. We had the filet, pappardelle, and ravioli dishes - all wonderful and SO fresh. The service was WONDERFUL. I couldn't find a babysitter for my friend's birthday outing, so my 10 month old came along. This is not the type of place I would suggest bringing an infant, however, the staff took it in stride. They were very kind and accommodating - and it turned out to be a wonderful experience!

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Fabulous dinner and great service from the attentive staff. They really make everyone feel important. Veal, fish, pasta all wonderful! Tiramisu like being in Rome. Can't find a better Italian restaurant in Nashville.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love everything about Giovanni's...
Upon arrival we were greeted by name and offered a lovely table. The wine Christian recommended was perfect and our dinners were exceptional - bolognese and the veal entree.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Authentic. Remarkable. Affected.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 5, 2017

G is hands down my favorite dining experience in the city. Costly, yes, but we've been there numerous times and have NEVER been disappointed. Top of the line prepared Italian; service impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wonderful restaurant !!!! Chris and Nick were very attentive. I had the menu fish (a type of redfish) which was prepared outstandingly well. My wife had the lasagna. It had a great meat sauce and authentic thin Italian pasta. The wine list had a great selection. Be prepared, it's a little pricey. But overall one of my favorite Italian restaurants.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Everything from the greeting, service, ambience, and food was top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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