With Giovannis this is how it goes. They have made great improvements to the store and the surrounding area with their eating area restrooms and now new wine tasting location. But for all they have improved the quality of service and the quality of their cooked food has decreased. They still have a great clam chowder, great views, and great fresh fish all for a good price, but I just cant get over my last two times eating there. The fish and chips i ordered looked and tasted like fish sticks, and then about 3 months after that i ordered a calamari sandwich to go and when i sat down to eat it (at Home) it was so over cooked i couldn't eat it. I hope these experiences aren't the new norm at this restaurant, which use to be one of my favorites.
This is the best Fish Market on the West Coast! The staff is excellent! The fish FRESH, FRESH, FRESH!
I felt like a kid in a candy store trying all of the different delicious smoked fish, salads and spreads.
I will be taking the drive back often for the food, fantastic staff and atmosphere.
I give you a five + rating
We eat at Giovannis about 3 times a year and we love it. We love the albacore fish chips when it's in season. Can you tell us what months you serve albacore fish and chips. It just hapened that we got lucky one time that it was on the menu. Also; like the fact that you can have cocktails with you food now out in the patio area.
The first time that I went to Giovanni's, it was the greatest. I loved the food, the employees and the view. But this last time I went it was horrible! I have had better service at a McDonald's with only one employee. Not only did it take for ever to order our food since the gentleman could not figure out what we were asking him, I am sorry if asking for extra lettuce and extra tomato are to confusing! Then to top it off, they still messed up the food. There were no extra veggies like I had wanted, and the fries were soggy and tasted like they hadn't changed their oil in a year. It was absolutely disgusting. Then to top it off, it you go inside and ask them questions about their seafood, you will most likely get someone who has not a single idea of what they are talking about. I had to ask three different people what date an item was received until I finally got an honest answer. I am sorry but just saying "Oh...its fresh" just does not cut it. I wish the place would go back to the way it was when I was there in 2005. Every there at that time knew what they where doing, and also how to cook the food.
My wife and I winter in Laughlin, NV and summer in Star Valley, WY...and do lots of traveling in between. The fresh fish at Giovanni's is so superior than we have found anywhere! Having parents living in Morro Bay, brings us to the area frequently. A trip to Morro Bay would not be complete without a visit to Giovanni's! We have experienced some frustration due to long lines to order food to go. Having only one window for orders and pick-ups makes the process inefficient. However, we enjoy the fish so much that we wait!
Being of Chinese descent, only the freshest fish will do in our household. We can't wait for Dungeness crab season year after year- we just bought six live crabs and had a feast last night. Our guests, the winery owners of Windward Vineyard, Maggie and Marc were more than delighted with the incredible quality of the seafood.
We sipped on their 2006 Pinot Noir and it was a dinner made in heaven. Giovanni's is THE place to purchase your seafood in SLO county. We highly recommend it!
Dr.Stephen and Mrs. Shirley S.
Last visit to Giovannis, I purchased fresh swordfish and smoked swordfish. They were absolutely the best. I am looking forward to returned to buy same and highly recommend Giovannis seafood. If the clerks say it's fresh, I know it is. The flavor is there and my taste buds come alive with the thought of getting out of Cambria to pick up more fresh fish. Thanks Givoannis and keep the good work.
I am a local and shop all the time at Giovanni's. They have the freshest fish around. We frequently buy the whole crab and they will always crack and clean it with a smile. I recently used my free fish and chips coupon and was very amazed at the size of the order, and it was so tasty! I will definitely be glad when construction is done and the promise of faster service.
Giovannis have some of the best fish & chips around! They are famous for the line that wraps around the block - and for good reason, too. The fish is perfection to say the least. Some F&C is just soaked with grease, but NOT Gio's! You won't be disappointed! Make sure to call ahead so you don't have to wait in line! Super friendly service, too!
We live in Nipomo, about a 90 minute roundtrip to Morro Bay.
The fish at Giovanni's is so much better than we have found anywhere else that we have been happily taking this trip two or three times a month for the past year or so.
We are convinced that the superior quality of anything you buy there will make your trip worthwhile even if you don't browse some of the nice shops around there.
They also have very good great clam chowder, fish and chips, etc. which you can eat at picnic-style tables overlooking the bay.
Drive fast (safely of course) or Run (not walk) to Giovanni's Fish Market ASAP! This is a little bit of heaven on earth. The fish is so fresh that I stare and swear I saw it move a bit LOL! Really it is that fresh! And the local fish freshly caught and prepared for sale is every body's business. No favorites here. You want it - you got it. From Sushi quality fish, to shellfish such as fresh crab and lobster, oysters, clams, mussels - and the public favorites wild salmon, halibut, Snapper, Shark, Tuna - my goodness the baby pink local shrimp - it is all heaven on earthly good. Not to forget how knowledgeable and helpful the staff is in offering recipes, sharing secrets of the culinary world, and the proper storage of such treasures - for home or travel. Add to that a loaf of artisan or sourdough bread, a fresh lemon or 2 and a bottle of fine wine - and you are so set for fun and celebration!I have not yet checked out the freshly prepared cafe' menu - but from the full fast moving lines, and the smell of all things fresh - I'm afraid I may over-indulge - I WATCH people walk to the scenic deck to consume chowder and Crab quesadillas - trying not to stare. One day I did simply that. Sat down with a cold drink and listened to a very happy crowd viewing Morro Rock.This is a happening place - where one or 2 times in you are family. Special orders are welcome which has been helpful to me in the past!You will not know good fish till you have Giovanni's in Morro Bay!
Come Visit Giovanni's Fish Market in Morro Bay.
Featuring Morro Bay's BEST:
FISH & CHIPS
Clam Chowder in a Toasty BREAD BOWl
Giovanni's has won the Annual Morro Bay Chowder Cook-off Every Year, in Both the Peoples AND Judges Choice. Giovanni's has also be repeatedly awarded the prestigious FIRST PLACE in the Best of SLO Awards.
We boast The Biggest Fish & Chips for the Money in Morro Bay for 5 Large pieces for ONLY $7.99
We also feature mouth watering hamburgers, like the "Mean & Meaty" Burger, and such locals favorites as the grilled HALIBUT SANDWITCH, and the Dungeness CRAB QUESADILLA..
Come Visit us today!
And remember if it's Fresh Local Fish You want, we are the oldest family owned fish market in Morro Bay for oVer 25 years, unloading Fish across our very own dock from our very own boats.
Have a look at our menu, or order some Seafood Online at:
This fish market has a great selection of fresh fish and seafood. They also have a take out window where you can order delicious homemade clam chowder, fish and chips, deep fried shrimp, and other various seafood dishes. The clam chowder in a bread bowl is one of my all time favorites. They go out of their way for their customers. If you are wanting to take some fresh seafood home and live far away they will pack you a nice ice box to keep the fish in so the seafood is kept as fresh as possible before you arrive home. If you are in the market for the best fresh seafood than this is definitely the place to stop. You are sure to find a wonderful delicacy here.
Very curtious and helpful staff. Easy to order and don't wait long for your order, always hot and freshly made. My family and I enjoy going to Morro Bay for Fish and CHips at Giovanni's.
Pros: great selection on menu
Cons: don't have any
Hey Gio. Giovanni's Fish Market,\r
To let you know, the last order we received from your Market was the best\r
and was a hit with the guests, everyone wanted to know where we got such\r
fresh Clams, Oysters, Cod and Clam chowder, ( I didn't tell the secret about \r
Chowder ) And for $100. bucks or less you can feed 10 to 15 guests.\r
We have ordered seafood from Alaska, Australia and points between, yours \r
is so fresh, clean and far less money than some far away. \r
And thank you for putting this order on FedEx not the Brown one, 3 hrs. earlier. Your order dept. if something doesn't look right they will phone and \r
let you know. Some 50 yrs. ago or so I would go to Morro and fish \r
w/ Capt. Jack. Thank you again for the very best in Seafood. More later.\r
E. J. and Joan \r
Bear Valley Springs, Tehachapi Ca.\r
Pros: Home delivery superior
This is my place for fresh fish. Giovanni's never fails me! Great variety and wonderful service. I love to stop for grilled fish tacos, eat outside and enjoy the Morro Bay vibe. Giovanni's is always on our list when we have guests from out of town.
Pros: Great fresh fish, delicious clam chowder, fish tacos!
Customer service ---very personal and upfront---the best wine and seafood shipped that I have experienced ever! Only wishing now to visit Morro Bay and meet Gio and dine in! Thanks Gio for all you have done to personalize my orders---You are the best!
Pros: The absolute best fresh seafood shipped
.Giovanni's is a great place to buy fresh fish. Will get your order out to you with no hesitations, They are great.
Pros: Fresh Fish
Cons: Delivery was excellent
Giovanni's has a great fresh fish selection from the Central Coast and beyond. Sushi grade Ahi, Mussles, to EPIC Spicy Crab DIP, not to mention good chowder to take home on a cold night! If you like fish Giovanni's is the place to go... Great staff and great fish... ENJOY
Pros: No farmed fish
The problem with great expectations are great disappointments. We recently moved to the central coast from SLC Utah, and were morning the loss of the Market Street Grill. You could buy great fresh seafood (from Utah-go figure), and prime cuts of beef. When we moved here, my wife needed to get her fresh seafood fix, so we started searching for local markets. After going to their website, we were sold and anticipated greatness from Giovannis. What we found was sub-par. Frozen fries? C'mon, shame on you guys! My wife was disappointed as to the skimpy portions of the fish and chips, as well as to the blandness of everything. I think they probably were on top at one point in the game, but are now probably resting lazily on past glory. On the bright side, great location, views and service.
Pros: Views, Ambience, Service, and Speed
Cons: Food is only par. Frozen fries- tasted frost burn
Since, there is only one review that is even fairly recent I'm thinking things have changed at Giovanni's. One thing that HAS changed seem to be the wait. We didn't wait at all. But it was 3pm on Monday so that probably is a factor. However, if we HAD waited for this food I would have little else positive to say as the service was prompt and friendly. The food was so below average. Especially for a place that is on prime water front property on the Central Coast of California! My fish and chips were hot nothing. Everything was bland and had little flavor. The few things that did have flavor had BAD flavor. The tartar sauce tasted like something from a jar and I could have sworn there was cinnamon in the cocktail sauce. The fish was fresh but was completely bland. The shrimp and scallops were overcooked. The fries are a joke--more hot nothing and freeze dried to boot. All for 10 bucks and the portions were skimpy. My husband said his burger was ok but Carl's Jr. was better-not a rave review. We did buy some shrimp from the store which is very nice and had a great selection but the shrimp smelled ""shrimpy"" and not so fresh but tasted fine....still. This was such a disappointment! We had heard such great things--even the glass of wine I had was bad and we ended up spending almost $30. Completely uninspired food. Go for the atmosphere and view but this wasn't just a chef's ""bad day""--I think Giovanni's has gone downhill.
Pros: Beautiful view, great patio, good ambience.
Cons: Below average food, uninspired and overpriced.
Excellent fish dinner and the service was very good especially since it was real busy. they were extra nice to my kids.
Giovanni's is the best location to buy fresh fish. They have real salmon, not arme with color added! They will special order anything for you and pack on ice for free!\r
The lines are long here to order food to go, but on my last visit there, the fish and chips were perfectly cooked--moist and not dry. While they're a bit pricey, the portion was generous, the fries were perfect and the tartar sauce was excellent. I could see many ways they could improve the efficiency of the order and pick up process but I see they're working on fixing the problem. An expanded kitchen will hopefully make the whole process faster and less frustrating for the customers. Overall I am a local customer and enjoy the fish and chips better than even some of the restaurants in the area.
Pros: Delicious food
Cons: Poor take-out service--too slow
It is one thing to wait a long time because the place is packed... it is yet another to wait because the staff members are incompetent. There were only six or so parties in front of us in line and it took us just under an hour to get to the order window. As we waited we watched 6-8 additional parties give up and leave. We waited because I had read the ""worth the wait"" reviews on citysearch. I disagree. We passed the time in line discussing how we would streamline the ridiculous ordering process at Giovanni's. The woman at the counter paused every 15-20 minutes to advertise beverages and clam chowder over the PA system.They only have one window for orders and pick-ups. This makes the process completely inefficient as the person taking the orders has to pause every two minutes to call out orders, pass out food and retrieve tarter sauce, malt vinager and what have you. \r
We also purchased fish from inside. I will say that the halibut, swordfish and scallops were excellent but the clams tasted old (even though we had only purchased closed ones). As one additional point of savings grace I will say that the gentleman who helped us with out fish purchase was very helpful and efficient. \r
I also felt sorry for the new employee at the fish counter. Apparently it was her second day and no one had bothered to train her. She looked very uncomfortable and the woman who she asked to help her only made her feel worse by telling her that she was doing it all wrong. \r
To sum it all up... the service is horrific and the food is just okay--not at all the amazing fare I expected it to be. Find a table at one of the other seafood restaurants in town and rejoice in the fact that you won't want to strangle anyone when you finally get to order.
Pros: The view is nice...and you get to look at it for a LONG TIME while you wait in line
Cons: The service is slow, slow, slow, slow, slow
We live in Nipomo, about a 90 minute roundtrip to Morro Bay. \r
The fish at Giovanni's is so much better than we have found anywhere else that we have been happily taking this trip two or three times a month for the past year or so.\r
We are convinced that the superior quality of anything you buy there will make your trip worthwhile even if you don't browse some of the nice shops around there. \r
They also have very good great clam chowder, fish and chips, etc. which you can eat at picnic-style tables overlooking the bay.
Okay so my friend John invites me over for halibut dinner with his family. The only ""catch"" is - I have to pick up the fish and bring it to his house. He makes a quick call to Giovanni's and places the order. I'm only about 2 blocks away - but decide to drive on down right away. The order was already ready! The staff were exceedingly friendly - my eyes couldn't leave the fish and shellfish display - all my favorites!! I hear people talking about ""their"" fish, about sushi, about crabs, about Pacific Oysters, about local pink shrimp.....and on and on! I left feeling exhilerated - they even had fresh sourdough and artisan breads, fresh lemons and Old Bay seasoning - even wine and beverages. Good wine selections too!\r
Okay I've lived here at this point just one year and am just cringing I never found this gem and drive to my friends house. He unwraps the Halibut (local) and slaps it down on the cutting board. I HAVE NEVER SEEN FISH THIS FRESH! I could've sworn it was still moving.....I just kept staring at it! John's lovely wife Lynn made the fish by a family recipe and I was in a celestial cloud! Ahhhhhhh.....Perfection. Beyond perfection.\r
Since that time I shop weekly at Giovanni's. They are like family to me. Always quick service, tailored to your needs at all times. Special orders, cooking and boiling and cracking crabs for you, teaching - they are so knowledgeable - with a plethora of wonder recipes offered free to shoppers.\r
I have not allowed myself to be spoiled by their good food prepared on the premesis - YET. The lines move fast and are full - the smell is heavenly. People grinning all the time - taking culinary treasures on the scenic deck for dining.\r
This is Morro Bay. This is love. This is Giovanni's!!! You will not be disappointed :-) !!!\r
bought fresh ahi and salmon for homemade sushi yesterday - delicious will buy more soon because we have been happy with the quality for many years
We consistently go back to Giovannis for their fish and chips. The meal is hot, fresh, and delicious. We always order the halibut because it is so tasty. When we have visitors we always bring them to Giovannis, not only to enjoy the great food but the ambiance of Morro Bay. In fact we've not found any place in San Luis Obispo County that lives up to Giovannis' quality.\r
Pros: Hot, fresh, tasty food
Having been to san fran many times and enjoyed the pier 39 eateries, Giovanni's has the same feel as the sidewalk grotto's found there. The fried oysters were awesome, fried shrimp fantastic, sour dough bowls impecable! They also have fresh seafood for purchase inside as well as choosing your own live crab and boiled while you wait. Yes there is usually a long line, because their great! and worth the wait. Having been in the U.S. Navy for 15 yrs. im use to waiting in lines. I think we all need a lesson in patience once in awhile. GO Navy!
Pros: Fresh, San Francisco ambience
oh my god. i had the worst experince of my life here! first i hear them all laughing over the loudspeaker about how long the line is, even one on the employees pointed while laughing! then after almost an hour of waiting in line, they were rude and snappy and difficult, and when they called my order up another 40 minutes later, there was phlegm on my fish and chips!!! we had heard them laughing over the intercom and now i know why! when i pointed out the disgusting phlegm to the window person, the owner, mr giovanni himself started running upstair laughing!\r
i will never go back again! they get a kick out of how long we are willing to wait for their awful service, maybe we should all stop going and show them. BEWARE!
Cons: TERRIBLE SERVICE!! phlegm in my food, owner himself.
I went here in March 2006, and I have to say of all of the restaurants in Morro Bay, Giovanni's has the best food for the money of all of them. From Awesome Fish Tacos, and Fish and Chips to Grilled Halibut Sandwiches, and the Burgers are the best I've ever had. The fish market has a HUGE selection of fresh AND Local fish right off the boats they unload on the dock behind the fish market. This is a must see when in Morro Bay. We'll be back every Time!
Pros: AWESOME FOOD, LOW PRICES, SUSHI GRADE FISH
Cons: A SMALL WAIT
They intentionally take 5-7 minutes per customer on purpose. We overheard them tell their employees that the line was getting to short and to slow down. Their marketing strategy is if the line is long, people must really like it. If you can handle the wait, the fish-n-chips are awesome!!!!! Go when there is no line.
Pros: great fish-n-chips
Cons: purposely sloooow