We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
#3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2T5, Canada
+1 250-752-6693
Website
Today
11:00 - 20:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 20:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

305 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 302: English reviews
Sidney, Canada
Level Contributor
31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

Had dinner on the 29. July 2014. We always look out for a nice restaurant when we travel and found it ! It's giovanni's. Great people great food great service nice wine menu. Thanks for the great service

Helpful?
1 Thank Bipo B
Duncan, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

Very disappointed. Overrated and definitely not what we expected. Food was very mediocre. No innovation and certainly not what you would expect from an Italian restaurant. I believe it was much better with the previous Italian chef.

Helpful?
4 Thank Petmaria
Courtenay
Level Contributor
20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

I have eaten at this restaurant 3 times in the last year. I have been disappointed by the food once and by the seating three times. On my last visit one month ago the first two dinner menu items I requested where not available and we were not informed of the lack of those dishes prior to ordering. I have... More 

Helpful?
5 Thank Jane C
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
155 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We always go to Giovanni's when we go up-island and have enjoyed many wonderful meals over the years. I ordered prawns provencale and my wife ordered her favorite veal picatta and we waited at least 45 minutes for our meal. My wife had decided that something was seriously wrong in the kitchen, when finally our meals arrived. Neither one was... More 

Helpful?
6 Thank Ben L
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Friends and I were told that this establishment served excellent food and they weren't too far off, from the moment that we entered until we left we were treated to a tasty meal and excellent service. The pasta is to die for. Bruschetta was great and we had no room for desert. Highly recommended if your in Qualicum Beach.

Helpful?
Thank Gregory U
vancouver bc
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I reviewed Giovanni's in December 2012, calling it a "hidden gem" and extolling the service and the food. I have been back there several times in 2013, with no reason to change my opinion, but this was the first time I had been here since the ownership changed in February 2014. I was disappointed. We were a party of four:... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank spywriter
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

I don't usual write reviews, but my wife and I were visiting Parksville from Toronto and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The service was top notch with knowledgeable servers, the appetizers were incredible and the main course was even better. My wife and I can honestly say this was the best Italian meal we have ever eaten. The cost was... More 

Helpful?
Thank Danny A
Nanaimo, Canada
Level Contributor
16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We have been to this restaurant a few times before the new ownership and we were wondering if the food would be as good as it was before...We are happy to say it was! We will be back again!

Helpful?
Thank theo j
Qualicum Beach, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Definitely one the top ten meals I've had in my life. Food, service and value (while pricey) was over the top. If you go, and I suggest you do, ask for David when you make the reservation. He was absolutely top notch and could easily work in any very high standards restaurant. The new owners have much to be proud... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Steve M
Parksville, Canada
Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2014

From the moment you enter you are catered to by knowledgeable staff. Chefs choice for the adventurous or a la cart for those with a preference you are in for a delightful experience. We return whenever we want that special meal.

Helpful?
Thank Darryl C

Travellers who viewed Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge also viewed

Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island
Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island
 
Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island
Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island
 

Been to Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 28
Cuisine
Italian, Canadian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Delivery
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 19:00
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: #3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2T5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 250-752-6693
Description
Fine Italian cuisine in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Giovanni's provides an elegant and delicious Italian dining experience 6 evenings per week. Reservations strongly recommended. Patio open in summer. Everything from pastas, to steak, seafood, chicken, veal, lamb, and gluten-free options. Extensive wine list. Open from 5 pm - 9 pm. Lounge open at 12 pm for lunch.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?