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Giovanni's Restaurant & Lounge

#53 of 2,189 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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362 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M7, Canada
+1 613-234-3156
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Ontario, Canada
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Italian restaurant is allegedly one of the best in Ottawa, however, everyone in our group was actually disappointed after eating here in February. While the menu selection is very good, the taste of the main menu items is nothing to write home about and the pastas dishes are all VERY expensive. All 6 of us tried a different item,... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for dinner with hubby and best friend. I had called ahead to check what the gluten free options were and was advised they could make anything I wanted. When I got there found out that wasn't quite accurate but could do corn pasta, risotto or veal dishes. I settled on the seafood risotto for my main course which... More 

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Sudbury, Canada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I found ourselves in Ottawa on Valentine Day. We did not have a reservation and noticed that the restaurant opened at 4:30 p.m. so decided to just show up and hope that they could take us for a early dinner. I had been to the restaurant before and without a reservation I was willing to leave graciously... More 

Thank chefonthetgo
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

The atmosphere was perfect for my husbands 50th and the Birthday sparkler presented to him was a lovely surprise. The service was superior and efficient. Our waiter Tony had a ton of personality and entertained the kids. The evening was perfect although a little disappointed that the table next to us was extremely loud and disregarded the fact there were... More 

Thank lilOttawa
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I have had the pleasure dinning at this five star restaurant a couple of times now. The first time was amazing and the second time was even better! The service from all the waiters including the bus boys help, leaves you feeling like royalty, or perhaps you are (Italian ascendant) and didn't know it! You are treated like family regardless... More 

Thank chantaladam
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Went here for our second anniversary, I ate Salsiccia for an appetizer, then Piatto Assortito (Veal Parmigiana, Manicotti and Lasagna). The Veal Parmigiana was a bit too soggy, Manicotta was good, lasagna was the best part of the meal but it seemed a tad dry. Salsiccia was really tasty but I found it way too salty. (Probably normal with it... More 

Thank Jordan H
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

We went there based on other reviews for our anniversary dinner. Started off great. Prompt valet parking, friendly greeting at the door and our coats were picked up and put way immediately and we were brought to our table. This was the highlight of the evening. You are packed in like cattle with barely any space between the tables. The... More 

Thank Bert F
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Once in the front doors you will immediately notice the crowds chatting.. Giovanni's is always full of joyful people enjoying fabulous Italian food and great wines. The service is the best there is and is a big part of what makes this restaraunt so welcoming.

Thank DougD244
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84 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

It was my birthday so hubby decided to take me somewhere nice. This was it. Giovanni's was very busy but they some how managed to get us in for a reservation. The staff were very attentive and welcoming, the atmosphere in the restaurant is very lively, even though it almost feels like a throw back to the 80's with the... More 

Thank AndieCanada
Ottawa, Canada
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118 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed such a lovely dinner last night at this gem of a restaurant. We were a group of 12 dining on a busy evening. The restaurant offers valet service which is a huge plus on Preston street. You are greeted as soon as you walk in, they take your coat and welcome you. Throughout our meal, various wait staff appeared... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 362 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-234-3156

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?