Giovanni's Ristorante - Detroit

4.8
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44 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Giovanni’s Ristorante invites you to experience Italian cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of the old world charm where friends and family gather to enjoy more than just a meal. The homemade pastas, the prime cuts of meat, the fresh fish and farm grown vegetables are carefully prepared to preserve a distinctive flavor of the finest regions.

Specialty wines and spirits complement each course. Guests enjoy tableside conversation with Frances Cannarsa Truant, the “padrona” or perhaps a visit from Chef Randy Truant. The atmosphere is convivial, warm, and aromatic. The staff is seasoned, the service impeccable.

The Godfather Room is the ideal setting for a business meeting.
The Wine Room offers a touch of romance for that special evening.
The Main Dining Room is a perfect place to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary.
There’s a Speak Easy in the back for the ultimate private party.

Simply looking for a wonderful meal? Come for lunch or dinner.
What 44 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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EO
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place never, ever, disappoints. Great food, prepared as it should be and served by a caring and courteous staff. A+++

DG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server did a good job letting us know the specials and the food was excellent.

CS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate- service outstanding- you can linger over dinner and feel like you’ve had a wonderful evening!

JC
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was great and the people at front desk were very accommodating.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were top notch!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely birthday celebration! I enjoyed it very much. My food was very good. My son selected a very nice wine too!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing.

D
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what an amazing place - we have not been there in 20+ years - we will be back with our friends (a party of 10)

GS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently exceptional. Another great meal and service.

JT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bday for sister they loved the food and we were able to sit there and reminise after lunch they allowed us when lunch was over. Thk u to Linda great desert too.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines Day

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. The decor, ambiance, server, and incredible food. Our server Nadeem was everything.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing! Had to wait about 25 mins with reservations but it was a busy Saturday night. Would definitely go back again.

CQ
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect for a celebration dinner. Would recommend to anyone.

OT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Food was cooked to perfection. Service impeccable.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

After waiting 30 minutes for a table—and we did have a reservation—we were seated. Why have a reservation if it really isn’t a reservation? Not sure if we will be back.

OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Very disappointed with our experience. This was our favorite italian place in Metro Detroit for close to 20 years and our go to place for special occasions. Last night, service was slow, and the waitresses were actually rude. Food was good (especially the pasta, as always!) but the veal was almost cold when served and unappealing. Our birthday celebration was not acknowledged outside of the greeting - not expecting a free dessert but maybe a candle? Also we were upcharged for every salad, soup, substitution to the extent of 50% extra of expected bill without being told/asked in advance! Sadly, after 20 years, we will not be back.

FR
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. My wife and I had Veal Picatta and Veal Saltimbocca. Both very good. Highly recommend.

NS
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another wonderful dining experience at one of our favorite restaurants.

LH
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Co tiniest to be one of the best restaurant experiences anywhere in Metro Detroit. Superb food, with service, and comfort, to match. Amazing that for so many decades it has maintained excellence on all fronts. Simply an excellent choice for couples, guests, or by yourself. Virtually flawless.

DK
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food!!!! Always a great go to spot before heading downtown

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giovanni's remains my benchmark for Italian dining in Detroit. Our recent dinner included Calamari Fritti, Pasta e Fagioli, Braciole di Manzo, and Saltimbocca alla Romana; all were outstanding, as was the service. Thank you Chris.

PH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my son's birthday. Wonderful place. He loved it.

DO
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

STAFF IS ALWAYS EAGER TO PLEASE. FOOD IS CONSISTENTLY GOOD QUALITY.

m
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giovanni’s never disappoints. The food is outstanding - best calamari ever! The service is exceptional. We eat at Giovanni’s often and have never had a bad meal.

FF
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fabulous! Table had the calamari for a appetizer - was amazing! Lasagna was a hit with the thin layers of pasta sheets. Shrimp pasta dish was offered with spinach linguine, they let me substitute for angel hair which was perfect! Was a great place to spend time with friends.

S
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Almost Everything was perfect. The soup was so flavorful. The appetizer was tender and perfect size. The lasagna was award winning. My only complaint is the table bussers. They were a little too eager between each course. Let the gust finish before you try and clear things away.

EK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sharon, our waitress was WONDERFUL! Efficient, friendly, engaging.

JB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Although the food was wonderful, the description of my salmon dinner was not reflective of the dish presented to me.

OT
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening full of exceptional food and fantastic service. Can’t wait to return!

c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Calamari was incredible!

LH
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing! Staff is amazing as well. Would go back!

F
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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FM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuppa de pesce with Sambucca is outstanding. Food consistently great, good service, Cindy, the Dining room Manager, is top-notch. Nice wine selection.

f
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Giovanni's was exceptional. The homemade pasta was fabulous as was the service provided by Natalie.

NB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice dinner with our daughter.

OT
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our experience waa disappointing tonight. Our server only told us 2/3 of the appetizer specials. However, she did not share any of the main dish specials. We had to hear it across the way from another server. The food tonight was extremely bland. $100 later, we could have dined much closer to home. Not impressed.

EG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummylicious

RG
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Make your reservations a week prior at least.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service!!