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#3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-752-6693
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 21:00
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

What a nice place clean courtesy fast fresh just super food a fresh piping hot pizza fresh ingredients in minutes would recommend this place to anyone kid friendly in short just good food! 10/10

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Kelowna, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Fantastic Italian food....we make a point of dining here on each trip to Qualicum Beach... a definite must on your list.

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for dinner on the way to Nanaimo. We had a great waitress who was greatly embarrassed by the fact that the cook served me a different dish from what I ordered and refused to serve the menu item I had ordered. When I asked the waitress to check with the kitchen she came back with the message... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

We sat in the lounge to have a bite to eat. I had linguine pescatore which I have to say was amazing. Never had it before and now will definitely have again. My partner had the gorgonzola salad with spicy chicken breast. That was great too. Great atmosphere. Nice small cozy room

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Visited here based on other reviews and was very pleased with our dinners. I started with an amazing beet salad with goat cheese, greens and roasted sunflower seeds. Wow. Incredible. I had the salmon which was pretty good. My wife had the mussels which were salty and a Caesar salad which had too much garlic. A couple at another table... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

We have not been to Giovanni's for several years due to a previous poor experience. We decided to return tonight and were very impressed. Our server, Erin, was upbeat and provided excellent service. On our last visit, the tables were crowded together and we were pleased to find that the tables are now arranged in such a way that privacy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

You must try a gem of real Italian cuisine right in the middle of town. Great atmosphere, good service, outstanding presentation and even Dean Martin on vocals! Had lasagna with gorgonzola salad and was absolutely delicious! Lasagna was served very hot and salad was very cold as should be followed by an oustanding dessert menu (chocolate almond tort). Great wine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

They said it was the best So we put it to the test. Piled high with cheese So fine, it's sure to please Over great Italian meats the flavor can't be beat Next here comes the crust Try it now you must! Had a wonderful experience at Giovannis, Staff were efficient and pleasant

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Nanaimo, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Did not enjoy this meal, ambience or service. Original owner was a real professional and his staff had pride of place. Not any more. Chicken parmesan tasted flat, was undercooked and lamb milanese was mushy - veges singed... yuk. No appetite for dessert, we left nauseous. Sad - Giovanni's used to be the best restaurant in town - best for... More 

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Dolores B, Owner at Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. I'm not sure when you had come into our establishment but i I don't think that you realize how lamb shank should be cooked. We marinate, then braise the shank then slowly roast it in the oven with vegetables and other ingredients so that when it is finished cooking, the meat on the bone literally... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We have visited Giovanni's on many occasions and never been disappointed. The service, atmosphere and service are all very good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$28
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, 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, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 21:00
Thursday
12:00 - 21:00
Friday
12:00 - 21:00
Saturday
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: #3 & #4, 180 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, 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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?