Giovanni Restaurant

★★★☆☆
Old-World Italian Cuisine & Pizza
  • 2420 Shattuck Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    Cross street: Haste Street

    Map & Directions
  • 510-665-7700

About Giovanni Restaurant

Hours
Sun-Sat 11:00am-10pm

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The original owner has emerged happily along with his wife and two daughters as of 2010. We welcome back all our loyal old customers and of course our many new ones. Many thanks for bringing back all your old memories and sharing them

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★★★★★

The original owner has emerged happily along with his wife and two daughters as of 2010. We welcome back all our loyal old customers and of course our many new ones. Many thanks for bringing back all your old memories and sharing them

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I cannot give Giovanni's 5 stars. The best thing they have going for them is the sauce. If you order the original pizza there is VERY little cheese. You have to pay more for a decent amount of cheese. And more per topping. The crust is VERY thin, and very hard. The breadsticks were almost inedible. No butter, no cheese- just TOUGH dough rolled out. For the price- find another place.

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★★★☆☆

I cannot give Giovanni's 5 stars. The best thing they have going for them is the sauce. If you order the original pizza there is VERY little cheese. You have to pay more for a decent amount of cheese. And more per topping. The crust is VERY thin, and very hard. The breadsticks were almost inedible. No butter, no cheese- just TOUGH dough rolled out. For the price- find another place.

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My daughter loves this place,every-time she is asked where she wants to eat she says Giovanni's.Her favorite is the hot cocoa and the bread.She is 11 years old now with pretty good manners,but this is a place we've been coming to since she was about three and we felt like if she could be glued to the chairs we would.But they always provided us with great service regardless of our situation

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★★★★☆

My daughter loves this place,every-time she is asked where she wants to eat she says Giovanni's.Her favorite is the hot cocoa and the bread.She is 11 years old now with pretty good manners,but this is a place we've been coming to since she was about three and we felt like if she could be glued to the chairs we would.But they always provided us with great service regardless of our situation

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My boyfriend & I have been coming here for years. It started off as a fairly good restaurant, but lately the food has gotten consistently worse. The service is fine, but anything we ordered was substandard for the prices they charge. On our last visit (last ever!!!) my boyfriend got sick from his meal. If you go here, it should be for the bar, which serves great drinks. Pass on the food!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend & I have been coming here for years. It started off as a fairly good restaurant, but lately the food has gotten consistently worse. The service is fine, but anything we ordered was substandard for the prices they charge. On our last visit (last ever!!!) my boyfriend got sick from his meal. If you go here, it should be for the bar, which serves great drinks. Pass on the food!!!

Pros: great drinks, friendly staff

Cons: THE FOOD!!

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Their pizzas are very good, but I think their pastas are a little too rich and heavy. Funny thing is my favorite thing there is their focaccia bread and it's free!

3
★★★☆☆

Their pizzas are very good, but I think their pastas are a little too rich and heavy. Funny thing is my favorite thing there is their focaccia bread and it's free!

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Giovanni's has great pizza and many toppings to choose from. The dining experience is very enjoyable too. I especially like their meat combination pizza. Their crust really adds to the flavor experience.

3
★★★☆☆

Giovanni's has great pizza and many toppings to choose from. The dining experience is very enjoyable too. I especially like their meat combination pizza. Their crust really adds to the flavor experience.

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I absolutely love Cafe Giovanni! After moving away 8 years ago Giovanni's is the one restaurant I visit every single time I come home (usually twice a year)! The gnocchi is amazing! The staff is always friendly. Giovanni's is perfect for a date! It's cozy and romantic, especially when the fires lit!

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★★★★★

I absolutely love Cafe Giovanni! After moving away 8 years ago Giovanni's is the one restaurant I visit every single time I come home (usually twice a year)! The gnocchi is amazing! The staff is always friendly. Giovanni's is perfect for a date! It's cozy and romantic, especially when the fires lit!

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First off, I would like to say that I eat out regularly, and I have never posted a review online before. I started an account with citysearch just to post this review. This restaurant is absolutely terrible. If the prices had been more reasonable I would have just written it off as a bad dining experience, but unfortunately that is not the case here. I ordered the Jambalaya calzone for $16.00. The presentation was non-existent and the ingredients seemed to be well beyond their expiration date. I don't think that all of the ingredients listed on the menu were even included, which may be a good thing considering the quality. I can't remember the last meal I genuinely regretted eating, even Jack in the Box. Nothing could wash the taste of spoiled shrimp out of my mouth for nearly an hour after the meal. My girlfriend ordered the veal marsala, which seemed like it might not make you violently ill, but it looked like a TV dinner. Between the two of us the meal (with one glass of wine and after tip) was nearly sixty dollars. The wait staff did their job, nothing special though. Do not eat at this restaurant unless you are some kind of masochist.

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★☆☆☆☆

First off, I would like to say that I eat out regularly, and I have never posted a review online before. I started an account with citysearch just to post this review. This restaurant is absolutely terrible. If the prices had been more reasonable I would have just written it off as a bad dining experience, but unfortunately that is not the case here. I ordered the Jambalaya calzone for $16.00. The presentation was non-existent and the ingredients seemed to be well beyond their expiration date. I don't think that all of the ingredients listed on the menu were even included, which may be a good thing considering the quality. I can't remember the last meal I genuinely regretted eating, even Jack in the Box. Nothing could wash the taste of spoiled shrimp out of my mouth for nearly an hour after the meal. My girlfriend ordered the veal marsala, which seemed like it might not make you violently ill, but it looked like a TV dinner. Between the two of us the meal (with one glass of wine and after tip) was nearly sixty dollars. The wait staff did their job, nothing special though. Do not eat at this restaurant unless you are some kind of masochist.

Pros: Hasn't been shut down by the health inspector.

Cons: Hasn't been shut down by the health inspector.

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This place is really good if you want a nice Italian dinner. They have a huge selection of food, pizza, pastas, seafood... I especially LOVE the bread. The deserts are pretty awesome, too!

5
★★★★★

This place is really good if you want a nice Italian dinner. They have a huge selection of food, pizza, pastas, seafood... I especially LOVE the bread. The deserts are pretty awesome, too!

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Giovanni is a classic in Berkeley. From my 1st year at Cal until now, I enjoy eating at this place. My favorite plate is the Italian Duet. The setting has an old time feel, however the crowd varies from students to singles and families. This place is a must when in Berkeley.

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★★★★☆

Giovanni is a classic in Berkeley. From my 1st year at Cal until now, I enjoy eating at this place. My favorite plate is the Italian Duet. The setting has an old time feel, however the crowd varies from students to singles and families. This place is a must when in Berkeley.

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What use to be a great Italian restaurant is now owned by Chinese owners who totally ran the place down. Food tasted horrible. I ordered Scampi - tasted like chinese rice & shrimp. My husband ordered clams with pasta in a red sauce. That dish not only was nasty to taste but sick to look at. Clams came from a can & were minced. Sauce was brown & tasted like i don't know what.....Ever few minutes one of the owners would haul boxes right pass the tables... , 2 times he dragged a trash can!???

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★☆☆☆☆

What use to be a great Italian restaurant is now owned by Chinese owners who totally ran the place down. Food tasted horrible. I ordered Scampi - tasted like chinese rice & shrimp. My husband ordered clams with pasta in a red sauce. That dish not only was nasty to taste but sick to look at. Clams came from a can & were minced. Sauce was brown & tasted like i don't know what.....Ever few minutes one of the owners would haul boxes right pass the tables... , 2 times he dragged a trash can!???

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I mean it... Their bread (with butter of course) is THE MOST increible bread I have ever had. Go there even if you're just goin' for the bread. Trust me, it's worth it.

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★★★★★

I mean it... Their bread (with butter of course) is THE MOST increible bread I have ever had. Go there even if you're just goin' for the bread. Trust me, it's worth it.

Pros: Good for dinner parties (for a large group), Nice ambience, nice crowd

Cons: Expensive for Berkeley, the waiters are usually in their own worlds

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The decor is like you're in the streets of Italy. There's a nice seating area in the front where you can people watch, or you can go in the back and sit near the huge fireplace. I got the chicken marsala, and my wife got the NY steak. Chicken was very tender and tasted great! Even the side veggies where good (I don't usually eat veggies), it was very fresh. My wife got the NY steak and it was delicious (had to take some home, very good portions). But, the fresh foccacia bread they serve you before the meal was SOO good. I could just go and eat that all day, they make it daily and you can definitely taste it. Our bill was under $40 with drinks, what a deal! I'm definitely going back to try the pizza next, saw someone order it and it looked really good.

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★★★★★

The decor is like you're in the streets of Italy. There's a nice seating area in the front where you can people watch, or you can go in the back and sit near the huge fireplace. I got the chicken marsala, and my wife got the NY steak. Chicken was very tender and tasted great! Even the side veggies where good (I don't usually eat veggies), it was very fresh. My wife got the NY steak and it was delicious (had to take some home, very good portions). But, the fresh foccacia bread they serve you before the meal was SOO good. I could just go and eat that all day, they make it daily and you can definitely taste it. Our bill was under $40 with drinks, what a deal! I'm definitely going back to try the pizza next, saw someone order it and it looked really good.

Pros: Price, Food, Atmosphere

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Fireside dining is kind of nice. Food unoriginal and unflavorful but good portions. Hostess inattentive but accomodating. Didn't card.

1
★★★☆☆

Fireside dining is kind of nice. Food unoriginal and unflavorful but good portions. Hostess inattentive but accomodating. Didn't card.

Pros: fireside

Cons: food

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The food was average. I had the chicken piccata. The chicken was great but it wasn't served with anything else except a few pieces of stewed veggies.

Other members of my party were disappointed with their meal b/c of small portions and overall quality.

Service was OK but the waitress was somewhat unattentive.

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★★★☆☆

The food was average. I had the chicken piccata. The chicken was great but it wasn't served with anything else except a few pieces of stewed veggies.

Other members of my party were disappointed with their meal b/c of small portions and overall quality.

Service was OK but the waitress was somewhat unattentive.

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Open 11am to 10pm every day except New Year's Day

 

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