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Giovanni's

3.5
3.5
319 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
For over 20 years, Chef Robert Holden worked side-by-side with master chef Giovanni Carandola, perfecting his ability to create one-of-a-kind Italian dishes. Chef Robert prepares everything from scratch, and hand picks fresh vegetables, fish, and meat on a daily basis, ensuring that all of his cuisine is as fresh as possible. The recipes used at Giovanni’s come from regions of Sicily and Northern Italy, which makes for a truly authentic Italian menu.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: Closed Tuesday and Sunday: 5:00pm -9:00pm; Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (336) 852-8890

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Robert Holden

  • Area

    Greensboro

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 319 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint

    Hot Spot

  • Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint

    Romance

  • Greensboro / Winston Salem / Highpoint

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Greensboro

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Greensboro

    Outdoor Eating

  • Greensboro

    Romance

  • Greensboro

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. B

    Brad

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was done well. Appreciate the level of service and food quality and portions were both excellent.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and food were amazing! We will definitely come back next time we are in Greensboro!
  3. T

    Terrence

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Outstanding service, food was ok. My steak was not cooked to order, Lamp lollipops were overcooked. Nothing really special about the calamari and the pasta dish was good at best. Normally I will give a restaurant 3 tries, but at these prices, I not sure it I will return
  4. A

    Auntielee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I had heard great thing and was excited to go. The service started off great but declined as the night went on. The food was not worth the price but sauce was AWESOME!
  5. VG

    VanG

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very much enjoyed the evening and we will be going back in the near future and hope to take a group
  6. JD

    JennyD

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    DO NOT GO HERE. Food was horrible, service even worse and had the nerve to be expensive.
  7. w

    wsfoodie

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was incredible -- the staff was kind and attentive. The food was a little overpriced for the quality but still an overall pleasant experience.
  8. LP

    LaylaP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The food was okay the bread they providing was actually really good. My table ordered the zuppa de pesce. Swordfish, lobster tail, escargot, chicken parmigiana, house salad with ranch and pasta with meat sauce. Everything was alright besides the zuppa de pesce but even then that still had some problems, service was terrible I had a reservation for 8:15 and did not get seated until 8:27, the hostess was just going about talking to everyone. Once we actually got seated it took forever for someone to at least get us our drink order and about 5 minutes after we got our first order of bread with one about 3 slices in the basket.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    This was our second trip to Giovanni‘s, we returned the second time because our first trip was impeccably awesome. This trip not so much. Staffing issues are certainly evident in the dining room. The food was great, no issue there, and our waiter, who was apparently a fill-in, was also good too. But the overall atmosphere and presentation of the meal was off. We also found it interesting that an Italian restaurant was playing American pop music in the background. We will certainly return, the food is fantastic, but this trip was not a 100%
  10. B

    Bill

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We waited for over an hour after our reservation and never got seated. Totally unorganized and blamed open table for over booking. The problem is they did not know how to turn tables. Over 10 people waiting for tables and they had over 4 tables sitting there empty and never made up for 30 minutes. No one knew what was going on and after over an hour past our reservation we left and went across the street to Maripol. Had a wonderful meal and service. We were seated within minutes
  11. JB

    JimB

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Made reservations through open table. No hostess. Couldn’t find my reservation. All empty tables stacked with dirty dishes. After waiting 1/2 hour and seeing no progress towards getting seated we left. They were short staffed as are so many restaurants. Owner was desperately needed but never showed up.
  12. T

    Tommy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We booked a reservation on open table. Upon our arrival, there was no host(ess) working. One of the two servers seated us after we waited for about 10 minutes. Part of our food came out cold, the filet came out burnt, I mean charred. We had to continuously remind our server for things we asked for such as refills, dressing, etc. They have a very limited menu that does not match the website. Finally I had to walk around to find someone to pay the bill. If they can’t staff the place, they need to close sections or just close for the evening. We were very disappointed.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Set a reservation for 9:30p, commuted from Charlotte, NC (1hr30min drive) arrived promptly at 9:30 only to find out that the chef had left for the night and there was no one to prepare our food. Need less to say I was not pleased
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    We went here for my son’s birthday and although the staff was very friendly, it was all down hill from there. One of the staff members daughter was in the restaurant yelling and screaming towards the end of the night. The Olive Garden would have been a much better option than this place. We were informed by manager that they just ended a big party of 60 people prior to our arrival and need a few minutes to get our table ready. I believe members of management were in the area on the other side of the room (no more than 6 people) and I’m sure they were louder than the party of 60 people that dined there earlier..
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Absolutely TERRIBLE. Quality of food was poor. Food had no taste. Took over an hour for food to come out and even the orders were WRONG! I was there 3 weeks ago with some friends and thought this would be perfect to celebrate my husbands birthday. Should have gone to Olive Garden (saying sarcastically). Won’t ever go back. And talking to the Manager is like talking to a brick wall. He could care less what the concerns were. Again won’t ever go back
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    Apparently multiple staff members called out, a manager had quit, and the AC was broken. While the young gentleman acting as the manager did his best it was a disappointing meal. The one waiter was completely overwhelmed, he had a table of 14 leave after receiving some of there food. We were the first there for the evening. Service was ok for us, forgot to bring our salads but we didn’t say anything as the waiter was dealing with the table of 14 who were extremely unhappy. The restaurant was warm and the setting reminded me of a Chinese food restaurant, not a Italian one. The online pictures of this restaurant are misleading. My 17 year old daughter did they really should have just closed for the day if they were that short staffed, and she was right! We were very understanding of the situation and felt bad for the employees as I know they were doing there best. That being said I would not go there again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday dinner. Was great all around Def would go back for another special occasion or celebration
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    My wife ordered a medium rare filet. It came out very rare. Cold in the center. And was very fatty for a filet. Not sure if it was the right cut of meat. I ordered a veal chop. It was a a very small cut that had very little flavor. My wife also had a side of linguine with a garlic wine sauce that had no taste. We will not return.
  19. EW

    EdieW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John, our waiter was wonderful!! The food, like always, was sensational!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the minute we arrived we were promptly seated, ordered appetizers and drinks, reviewed the menu. Appetizers arrived and were absolutely delicious. We ordered our meal and were greatly pleased with the quality and taste of our entrees. Our server was always available when needed and made us feel as if we were in a five star restaurant. The price was reasonable and well worth the value! Our expectations were very much exceeded in every way.
  21. MS

    MillardS

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Only critique was louder noise than I would have liked. We were a party of 7 and it was hard to hear when others spoke. But food, service, was great. Bartender does need a new espresso martini recipe, mine had zero sweetness to it. I asked for more baileys to perk it up.
  22. BM

    BMo24

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Not a good experience. The host was kind and polite and wanted to make things right but from start to finish, we could tell things were not running smoothly and the restaurant seems to be barely functioning. Wait staff were fumbling over one another, yelling, shouting at each other and nothing was seamless. We orders soup and salad figuring it would come quickly but it took forever. Our waitress continuously brought food to the wrong tables and couldn’t get orders straight. On top of the poor service, the food was not good. I literally had to cut up my soup. How is that possible?? There was half a head of broccoli in there, huge chunks of squash and wedges of tomato! Such a strange and disappointing experience.
  23. MR

    MikeR

    Omaha

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service took forever. Food took forever and came cold. Bones still in fish. Too loud to carry on a conversation. Very disappointed.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    DISAPPOINTED. I was unaware, until the waiter informed me, that it was Furniture Market week and many of my favorite entrées were not on the menu for the night. I believe the waiter really wanted to accommodate me. It was early (around 5pm) and the restaurant was not busy. I ordered chicken piccata & my friend wanted lasagna (which had been removed from the menu for the night) but the waiter, after speaking with the chef, advised that they could take a manicotti dish and convert it into somewhat of a lasagna dish served with meat sauce. Since I was ordering a chicken dish with a white wine sauce, I requested a basic pasta without red sauce on the side. The waiter advised that the only pasta available for the night was “whatever the chef had in the back”. I further inquired if the chef could take a plain noodle and add herbs and butter and garlic just to make me a basic pasta to accompany my meal and the waiter agreed. I also requested a side of asparagus, which wasn’t on the menu for the night but the waiter said the chef with accommodate that request as well. When the waiter returned with our food, our jaws dropped. My pasta and asparagus were both swimming in oil & without seasoning. My friend’s “lasagna creation” was an absolute mess and appeared to be stuffed manicotti, scattered with onions and peppers with a can of diced tomatoes dumped on top. Everything was horrible except for the bread and butter which were delicious. I really hate to provide a negative review as I have enjoyed Giovanni’s for years. Perhaps the chef was having a bad night and I shouldn’t have ordered items that were not on the menu. But the meal I received wasn’t worth the the $50 tab that I paid (without drinks nor dessert). I didn’t bother to take photos of my meal but should have. Again, I am really DISAPPOINTED.
  25. j

    jeffw

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This used to be a great restaurant. The food was served cold and even one veal dish raw. It took forever to be served. There was no visible management in the restaurant. on top of all that the prices are way too high for the quality of the food and service.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The Chilean SeaBass was excellent. Our overall experience was full of laughter, great food and drinks.
  27. CJ

    CJC1

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food choices and preparation were excellent. Service was truly impressive, very much improved from last visit. Seating for six was somewhat crowded and noise level was a little uncomfortable but overall experience was very enjoyable. Highly recommend.
  28. SS

    SharonS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was top notch! Food was good Clam Linguini was on the salty side. Otherwise, all was enjoyed.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a good experience and I really enjoyed it.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was attentive and professional. The food was very good. Prices were reasonable
  31. j

    janb

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    the food was good but for the prices we paid we expected it to be great. the sides were minimal and lacked the level of the main course.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Server didn’t even want to wait on us. He passed by our table like we weren’t even there and didn’t acknowledge us at all. The hostess came to our table twice and another gentleman, may have been a manager came to the table apologizing because we sat there for 40+ minutes before the hostess even Brought us bread and water. After the manager took our order, he came back after 30+ minutes and said they had 2 parties of 25 or more people. Well that was disheartening because last time I checked, everyone’s money spend the same. I like to pride myself as an excellent tipper. I even tip the cable installer or HVAC technician that comes to service my house. So generally I tip around 50% at restaurants. Anyway the manager said that it would be a while before we ate. So we decided that we would leave. He didn’t apologize or say please come back and we can do better next time, he just said ok. WOW! So from now on whatever platform that listens to this story, I’ll be glad to tell because I’ve never had service so bad. This rating/survey number 3 and counting! Good luck Giovanni’s.
  33. SB

    StephenB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Overall a good restaurant, but it needs to look at the basics. I ordered three bottles of wine before they had one I selected. They had one menu for the two of us due to a menu shortage. They had 5 different types of silverware on the table. The (manager?) needs to learn how to open and present a bottle of wine. It was kind of painful to watch. The wine glasses were cheap banquet types glasses which are inappropriate for this type of establishment. The food was good and we had a good time, but this restaurant really needs to improve on the basics.
  34. DK

    DKHGreensboro

    Greensboro

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hadn't been to Giovanni's in years and will definitely put it back in the rotation! Great night to sit on the patio, great food, attentive service, very nice evening.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Tiramisu was very very good Everything else was kind of average It was still a positive experience, I just probably won’t go back
  36. D

    Dhayes

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giovanni's was a great experience. The food and service was exceptional!
  37. JP

    JanetP

    Greensboro

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    The frustrating thing was the delay, we had to wait 50' and no one came to offer us even a glass of water. When we arrived there were many people waiting with reservations made. You should check well how the system is because after this experience this application does not give me confidence to make a reservation at a restaurant. It's a shame but it's the truth

    Giovanni'sResponded on 2 March 2022Hello, we’re sorry that you had to wait and weren’t quickly seated with a reservation, feel free to call us at 336-852-8890 to make future reservations.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Last minute reservation and they was able to get us right in. The food and service was great. Only issue is that it too dark and I needed more light. We will be going back and totally enjoyed it!!!
  40. MA

    MichaelA

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My group found this place while we were in town. It was so good that we went back the second night we were in town. There were 10 of us and everyone’s order was excellent. Outstanding Italian food, hands down. And you won’t leave there hungry. Portions are extremely generous. We will be frequent customers when in town.

FAQs

Giovanni's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (336) 852-8890.

Giovanni's is rated 3.5 stars by 319 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Giovanni's

5831 W Gate City Blvd Greensboro, NC 27407

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Greensboro

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: Closed Tuesday and Sunday: 5:00pm -9:00pm; Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Robert Holden

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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