Giovanni's Bistro & Bar

4.8
156 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Giovanni's Bistro, Bar & Catering features a fresh modern style combining the flavors from America's melting pot with traditional techniques with a classic dining experience. We pride ourselves with our table side wine and martini service. Our wine list features wines from some of the finest regions
Award winner With Open Table in Many Categories
Service
Neighborhood Gem
Overall
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
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Phone number
(908) 464-6644
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jorge Calvo
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Catering
All catering menus a personally designed with your needs and budget in mind.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
If parking lot is full please use parking at Investors Bank right next door
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Public transit
Berkeley Heights NJ train station just a few hundred yards away
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Special events & promotions
We are proud to announce our Wine Pairing Promotion. We will be offering a 4 course Dinner paired with Wines. If you have a charity or Foundation and are looking generate addition funds please contact Greg Gibbs our General Manager get the details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Will Be serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast with Turkey and all the fixings. We will also have some items for our guest that don't like Turkey. We are also offering Togo Turkey dinners for guest that just don't want to cook or clean up.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 156 People Are Saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

couldn't have been more helpful from the reservation to the service at the bar and the table. food was very good.

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f
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've loved Giovanni's since they opened! The food is always delicious, and they are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions or requests without sacrificing any flavor. We will continue to keep coming, and keep bringing our friends and family!

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their expanded restaurant. Food and service was great

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r
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal. food and service were both great. a little pricey especially the small eggplant appetizer. meatball app was great and big enough to share. ordered house pinot which was fine, but they tried hard to up sell to santa margarehta

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've always enjoyed Giovanni's for a good meal--excellent choices of meat, fish, poultry, pasta--with an Italian flourish. Preparations are delicious, sides plentiful. The physical space was small and intimate, but the noise level always remained low. We were concerned when they expanded in size as restaurants frequently lose their footing when they get bigger, but not necessarily better. In fact, some friends visited when their new, larger dining space opened, and found while the food remained very good, the service was very slow and inattentive. Well, happy to report that they listened to their customers, have added a lot of very attentive and friendly staff, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal (food is still well-prepared and delish) and the service. I enthusiastically recommend Giovanni's Bistro.

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Caribbean
41 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service are a mainstay. Of the two dining areas, i prefer the original area, more comfortable - less noisy. But the service and food are the same in both areas.

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HC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giovanni's Bistro & Bar is always my go-to place!!!!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful drinks, lovely service!

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superlative meal. Service was attentive and professional. The food lived up to and exceeded our expectations. Well worth the trip. Can be loud when busy.

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JD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. First time there. Had dinner with friends. Took a chance. Service was wonderful and the food awesome. Will be returning.

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DD
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food!! Everything was amazing! The owner is awesome and so attentive and accommodating.

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B
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

second trip to this restaurant, but first to it's extended quarters. Sw were seated in the extended part, and unlike our first experience, this part of the restaurant was extremely loud, and hard to carry a conversation, although the food was excellent

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TM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, friendly service. Truly outstanding food.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New dining room same great experience! Food is delicious, service professional and friendly.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very friendly hosts who do their best to accommodate your needs. Bit haphazard to beginwith such as wrong water given out, wrong entree. But this was all easily fixed and the friendly atmosphere and amazing food more than made up for it.

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RO
New York Area
545 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This evening we were celebrating a friend's 50th birthday and thought that Giovanni's was the place to take him. The service were was thoughtful, the staff seemed to be adjusting to the newly added dining room and larger capacity seating. We had a great dinner, enjoyed our favorite wine and mixed drinks, had a lot of laughs and made great memories. Thank you, Greg and staff for making our celebration a success.

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PS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Warm, inviting space and staff. Will return soon.

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P
Atlantic City
49 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FIRST Time really loved the place will return especially for HAPPY HOUR Cocktail

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NC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends raved about this place, so our book club met there on a Thursday evening. We were treated like we'd been eating there all of our lives. Wine recommendations were spot on. Everyone pleased with their meal choices. The entire experience was fun and filling.

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N
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Giovanni's is outstanding - with the expanded dining room and bar - you can enjoy a wonderful meal and have a fabulous martini! This is a not to be missed restaurant in NJ!

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m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greg was friendly and made you feel comfortable. Food was outstanding. Had the sausage escarole and bean to start, large portion and excellent. We will be back.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is fresh and authentic Italian cuisine. The portions are larger than what I expected. The wait staff are extremely friendly and accommodating.

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JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding and presentation delightful. The Limoncello Tartufo was amazing.
We will return for another gourmet experience.

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G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had another great time! Great food, good service and a fun place to hang out

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d
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great manager- one that works hard to make everyone feel welcome- reopened this week after expanding - some things still in the works as far as construction- food is good - enjoy!!!

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regulars here, service from Xavier and host Greg are always over the top. Neighborhood friendly but sophisticated food. Creative menu without being ridiculous. Locally sourced products. Menu is somewhat Italian but not a red sauce and pasta only place. Chef is great. Just took over the space next door so it will be easier to get a rez going forward.

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. An adult restaurant! Great food and bar, along with great service!

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H
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is so fresh and the service, friendly and efficient. My friend wanted to take me out for my Birthday and I suggested Giovanni ‘s. She had never been and loved the experience.

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RO
New York Area
545 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This evening our visit to Giovanni's was the usual experience, a friendly greeting from Greg and we were immediately seated. Greg was a one man band this evening, mixing drinks, taking wine orders and insuring that everyone had a great dining experience. He always amazes me with his ability to make guests feel special while his wait staff go about serving the amuse bouche, wonderful bread, wine and water. The kitchen turns out spectacular food, nicely presented and seasoned well. We look forward to dining at Giovanni's because we know there will be great food in store, with no surprises.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greg and his crew do a fantastic job. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Greg caters to special requirements or desires with a positive attitude. The food is great.

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Giovanni's serves five-star cuisine. Ambience, Value and Creativity are the watch words here. You are part of the family the minute you walk in the door. Thank you Manager Greg, Xavier, Scott and Eric! Inventive cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and a first-rate staff all make for a sensational dining experience. Special note: Giovanni's will be expanding, at the same location, at the beginning of September to better serve their customers and growing fan base.
Try it for yourself and you will delight in the experience of this neighborhood gem!

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w
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I was so happy to finally go here! I've heard great things about Giovanni's but have never been able to get a table. Now I know why. The food is fabulous and the wait staff enchanting. If you are locked out for dinner like we have been often, try it for lunch. With a detailed, inventive lunch available on a Wednesday at noon, I can only imagine what is available on a Saturday night.

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k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative and interesting menu with excellent specials. Service was friendly and efficient.
Our first visit but we will definitely be back.

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BG
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Personal service, custom cocktails, unique menu and delicious food. Small and intimate. Highly recommended

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LL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food fresh and seasonal. No preservative. Taste and presentation very good. Good wine list

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends for dinner and we had been there before. We thought they might enjoy it and they loved it. Great food and terrific service. One of our favorite places to go for dinner.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giovanni’s never disappoints! The service is impeccable, the food is first rate. You will not be disappointed!

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RO
New York Area
545 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say about a restaurant that surpasses expectations? Everything. The food is prepared with love, every appetizer and entree we have experienced was spot on wonderful, even the amuse bouche, different at each visit, lets you know you are in for a real dining experience. Each dish is eye appealing and a delight to the palate. The wines offered are thoughtfully selected and the tiny gem of a bar whips up some fabulous cocktails. The service is prompt and courteous. The wait staff, like in a well choreographed dance, arrives on cue, to serve bread, pour wine and water, present your food and clear the table. The atmosphere at Giovanni's is also very warm and inviting. This is a foodie alert. Don't pass up an opportunity to dine at Giovanni's.

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DM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. The bartender was very accommodating along with the wine solmonier. They are in the middle of expanding and it should really improve the experience.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food? Delicious! Drinks? Delicious! SERVICE? Fabulous both front and back server! (Actually 5/5 for front server, 10/5 back waiter!)

The only comment is UPDATE THE DECOR! Can not wait for the addition to be complete!

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