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Giovanni's Italian Restaurant

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1033 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301 (State St and Highland Ave)
+1 414-291-5600
16:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Thu 16:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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Glendale, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the old Giovanni's before it closed. It had a wonderful assortment of old world Italian food. This new version is more of a pub than a restaurant and although the food is okay, it was a disappointment.

1 Thank Ellen G
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have ordered carryout 2X and have not been disappointed. Food is quite good. Have had the Ravolli both times.

Thank weberks
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For many years Giovanni's Italian restaurant was a Milwaukee icon located on Van Buren and Brady. Then the owner operator decided to take a break from the everyday grind of the business and left the scene for a number of years. Now, HE'S BACK!! Operating out of a cozy space on Old World Third Street, Giovanni has recreated some of... More 

Thank Merrick D
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

We had a wonderful meal but not sure we will come back due to the over priced drinks. A Grey Goose martini, straight up was $18, and Chopin on the rocks was $17.50. This restaurant is in Milwaukee, not Chicago or New York. Get real with your drink prices and we will come back.

Thank Susan H
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60 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have been going to Giovanni's for 20+ years and this is THEE restaurant of the world right in Milwaukee. Giovanni and his staff treat everyone like family here. The food & drinks are beyond reproach. This is that 100 star place you've always wanted to find. In Milwaukee it's a MUST STOP.

Thank JoeBgrafton
Saint Francis, Wisconsin USA
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Owing to a gift certificate from Open Table, given its limited choices, I decided to try Giovanni's on third. What a great find that was as this hidden storefront on Old World Third houses some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten: Italy included. My rail martini was excellent; the bruschetta had such a wonderful and unique taste... More 

Thank ACRector
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

My grandmother used to tell my sister and I that Giovanni's was her favorite Italian restaurant in Milwaukee and she was so sad that it closed. One night as we were searching for a pre-musical restaurant we saw that it had reopened and we jumped on the chance to go there, and boy was my grandmother right! The food was... More 

Thank alliebrotz
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

My wife and I went for a romantic dinner last night at Giovanni's when we discovered that John had returned and opened this location a bit over a year ago. Our timing was very poor since the entire first floor was reserved for a holiday party for a local car dealership. There must have been 75 to 100 folks in... More 

Thank vooten
Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Highly recommend dining at Giovanni's! We have dined here a half dozen times, and the food and service has been wonderful. This visit the Server, Leah R., was exceptional. It is apparent that Customer Service is sincerely important to her. She is a Gem. Recommend the Veal Cotoletta, the Fritte Dua Calamari, the Tagallitelle Marin (, Giovanni's Scamponi , Gios... More 

Thank Veronica V
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Back when Giovanni's was on Van Buren, it was the best the city had to offer. It goes without saying the best is back! The shrimp scamponni (HUGE) was amazing, the black fettuccini was like nothing we have ever tried, and the tiramisu was lick the bowl good. The staff had great suggestions and were very helpful. Looking forward to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Television, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1033 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301
    (State St and Highland Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-291-5600
Milwaukee can once again enjoy favorite classic Italian dishes cooked by Giovanni and his sons. Giovanni's specializes in veal, seafood and pasta dishes in an upscale environment with the feel of the past Milwaukee favorite establishment, bringing old traditions alive.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?