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Cafe Giovanni

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Central Business District
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117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2313 (Canal St)
+1 504-529-2154
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Washington DC
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180 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very convenient restaurant just off Canal Street in the French Quarter. It serves decent portions of basic italian food and meats whether beef or fowl. It is fairly priced. My only complaint was the noice. There was a pianist and singer who were both good but the room is not acoustically set up for the duo. A... More 

Thank EuropeLover_9
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the most anticipated of our 4 dinners in NOLA. We were there for New year's eve. The most memorable part was the irritation at having spent a small fortune for such a forgettable collection of calories.

Thank Debbie H
Madisonville, Louisiana
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Eat in their bacon bar for coziness. Enjoy wandering opera singers in main restaurant. Great food. Love veal locicero and seafood martini!

Thank lovehotels124
Walla Walla, Washington
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Went there for dinner and my husband and I both had the eggplant. Was Very good. Also had the chef's garlic bread....Soo good as well. However I must say was a bit expensive and food can't really be put on the healthy food list. Waiter Tim was very good..attentive etc. Nice place.

Thank Feenie2013
Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Go. Go here and get the pasta jambalaya. I promise you'll thank me, and the chef. It was delicious and I'd hop on a flight right now to go get a plate of this again. Amazing flavor, great ingredient mix. Wonderful all around. Only thing I may suggest is maybe the restaurant would provide some bread or something on the... More 

Thank XTinaD27
Jacksonville, Florida
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

French Quarter find. Not that crowded. Alligator Meatballs surprisingly good. Expectations were high after several French/creole/seafood dinners...piano & opera singer enhanced ambiance... expectations increased... ordered several pastas to pass...ravioli very mushy & all over cooked ... twisted baked rolls tasteless & hardened as they cooled ... 12 in our party ordered different main plates ... 10 dinners arrived & were... More 

Thank John Allan M
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

There is nothing on the menu, nor was the "chef" willing to make a sauce that did not contain milk, cream or cheese. Even the spaghetti sauces all contained milk or cream, Marinara included. We were "offered" an entree without any sauce. If you have food allergies this is NOT the restaurant for you.

Thank Alan L
Gosford, Australia
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We walked past this restaurant and thought that it looked reasonable from outside. So we went inside. The hostess greeting us was friendly and promptly showed us to a table. We found the menu interesting as the term "Entrée" in the menu actually refers to mains. Apparently, the term entree in many North American restaurants actually means mains - I... More 

Thank mlj90
Friday Harbor, Washington, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at Cafe Giovanni's last night in New Orleans. Our waitress, Shaile, was darling and prompt! I had sweet and spicy shrimp with green tomatoes and grits. It was wonderful! Also the Insalate Caprese was one of the best I've had! Their after dinner drinks are great too. A truly wonderful evening!

Thank Barbara S
New York City, New York
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This restaurant was recommended by hotel staff. We arrived here after 8 pm and the place had only 3 other parties eating. The host at the front door asked if we had a reservation which we found very amusing since the place was practically empty. The service was prompt and the food was good. We ordered various pasta dishes and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 41 - US$ 80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2313
    (Canal St)
  • Public Transportation: Street Car – Canal St. and Decatur St.
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-529-2154

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

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Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.
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