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Giovanni Restaurant - 9 Reviews - 2420 Shattuck Ave (at Haste Street), Berkeley, CA - Direct Selling Businesses Reviews - Phone (510) 665-7700

Giovanni Restaurant

2420 Shattuck Ave (at Haste Street)
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 665-7700
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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: ...


I am OK with paying a decent amount of money for Italian food, or any food, if it is high quality. But...

Editorial review from Citysearch 12/12/2012

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 with us, and also creating new ones. more

expensive, subpar Italian food 1/8/2009

I am OK with paying a decent amount of money for Italian food, or any food, if it is high quality. But... more

getting worse with time 1/8/2009

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!! more

Editorial review from GrubHub 11/10/2008

The food is fresh and amazing...the anti pasta....the ostyers and the meatball....pasta...was SUPA good!!! Huge portions!!! more

absolutely disgusting 6/23/2008

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. more

Bad aftertaste 7/23/2007

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!??? \r more

Best bread you'll ever be served 7/23/2006

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 more

Great Value for Great Food! 5/8/2006

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 more

Very Average 2/26/2006

Fireside dining is kind of nice. Food unoriginal and unflavorful but good portions. Hostess inattentive but accomodating. Didn't card. Pros: fireside Cons: food more

Decent but not great 12/30/2004

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. more
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Owner Message

  • Giovanni is a great place to start your evening or grab a late-nite snack.

    Walking through awnings lined with wine bottles, you are immediately snatched away from the busy streets of Berkeley and transported into a warm, family atmosphere reminiscent of Sicily.

    At the center of Giovanni is a large wood-burning fireplace, providing ample ambience as you sip a supple red wine while downing bite-sized deep-fried calamari or snacking on sauteed mushrooms.

    Cozy booths are available where you can sit snuggly next to your date instead of across from them. However, you can also opt for traditional tables if your dinner partner is not of the romantic persuasion.

    Aside from being a nice place to take someone on a casual date, Giovanni is also a great location for family dining and private parties.


  • Berkeley spot for Italian since 1960 lined with wine bottles and featuring a wood-burning fireplace. Specializes in private parties, catering.

  • 4/27/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am
  • Payments:

    Discover, Master Card, Visa, Diner's Club, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    South Berkeley