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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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Thu - Sat 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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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

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (21)
Romantic (20)
Special Occasion (19)
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Notable Wine List (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Business Meals (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Casual (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Memphis)·Dined 3 days ago

We loved our upstairs table, looking down a the chandelier filled foyer. Really great eggplant parmigiana.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Nashville)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was wonderful!

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 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

Our wedding reception dinner was held here in 2014 and without exception, Chris not only took care of us then, but every time we have dinner there, Chris makes us feel like family. This is the place for any occasion, and the food is unreal.... enjoy!

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 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

It’s my favorite restaurant in Nashville. Always my first choice. Excellent food, great service and all around awesome.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice restaurant with tasty food ... will return to visit regular menu. The Valentines selection was good but portions bordered on the small side.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great dinner in the bar while we watched basketball. Best Italian in Nashville! Veal piccata was wonderful. Breadsticks are so good. Service is always friendly and attentive.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our meal and service was outstanding. Each of the dishes were of classical origin, made of the best and freshest ingredients and prepared exquisitely. Pasta and sausage were all made in-house (like all of their recipe components). The service and delivery was of the best we have ever experienced.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Giovanni’s is absolutely one of the finest restaurants of any type in Nashville. It has no peer among Italian restaurants. Very fine food, wonderful ambiance, and impeccable service. We dine here frequently

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Giovanni's is my new favorite Nashville restaurant! Everything about it was fantastic. The food was outstanding. If you want REAL Italian food, go to Giovanni's. The service was attentive and impeccable. The ambiance was quaint and felt authentic without being "stuffy" or contrived. I loved seeing families there with children, young adults on dates, older couples, college kids, and diners who are clearly regulars and know the staff. Everyone was happy to be there and really enjoyed the meal and the company in the restaurant. I plan to eat at Giovanni's every time I am in Nashville. If you crave Italian and authenticity, head to Giovanni's Midtown!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Memphis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A fabulous meal. The veal and breadsticks were divine. Excellent waitress with great wine suggestions. Pricey, yes, but worth it.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was one of the best we’ve had food was perfect Ambience is a little loud so I would ask for a private room but I’ll definitely come back

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent service and perfectly executed dishes. Everything was well timed and service was on point yet unobtrusive. Great Italian restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food is superbly prepared each and every time I visit. The service is gracious and attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere is tasteful and the seating comfortable. It is one of our favorite places and is consistently top drawer.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We had a wonderful Italian dinner celebrating my husbands Birthday! Service is attentive and the food is fabulous!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 23, 2018

AWESOME!!! The food and service were both spectacular. I had the tagliatelle and bolognese was flavorful and filling. My wife’s lasagna was the best she’s ever eaten. Excellent wine list. Be sure to cap off you meal with the limoncello. This was our 30th wedding anniversary and we couldn’t have been more pleased.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We love dining here. Best Italian food in Nashville. The service is attentive and the waiters are knowledgeable. The veal picatta is our favorite, pastas are excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Giovanni's was simply amazing. We let our waiter pick all dishes, including the wine and we were not disappointed. The food and atmosphere were simply amazing. Will become a regular spot when traveling to Nashville.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great service and food that makes you parabolic. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 14, 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful service, Best Italian in Nashville. Pasta, veal and seafood selections are great and always perfectly prepared. We love the veal piccata and mashed potatoes!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 24, 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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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 24, 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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 (Naples)·Dined on December 18, 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 17, 2017

Always outstanding

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 15, 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 12, 2017

Outstanding!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 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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 (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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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 8, 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 2, 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 29, 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 24, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 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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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 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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