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38 The Hayes | Opposite St David’s Hall and St David’s 2 Shopping Centre, Cardiff CF10 1AJ, Wales
+44 29 2022 0077
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12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Appreciate a table being found last minute . Good good , good service complimentary Iemoncello nice touch.Nothing exceptional but a pleasant meal at reasonable price in a buzzing restaurant . We enjoyed it. Disappointing though to see the generic replies to other reviews , this does imply a touch of arrogance , never a good thing .

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Thank michael s
Bridgend, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have eaten here so many times that i have lost count. The reason is that it is the best italian restaurant in town not only for the food but also the atmosphere. The staff are brilliant and really want you to enjoy your time with them, and no i am not part of the family even though i have... More 

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Thank Graham M
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited Giovanni's last night, lovely food and atmosphere! Very small restaurant but we were served quickly, food was very hot and it was amazing!! Staff were also very good, especially the tall gentleman waiter (grey hair), brilliant man with a very good sense of humour!!! Will be visiting again when in the city! Thank you!

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Thank Fflur P
ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

hi , thank you so much for this lovely review about us , see you soon ciao ciao ernesto More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this restaurant three times. The first being many years ago. The food then was really good authentic Italian. Last week I took my daughter as a lunch time treat. Basically the restaurant is toooooo busy. They were really packing customers in. Although there is room with a downstairs room it looked frantic on arrival. The staff were... More 

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Thank LesleyEd
ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

Dear customer We appreciate your feedback as it's important . We do tailor some of the dishes for the uk tastebuds as we have asked our customers for their feedback and this is what they want Did you give the staff the chance to change it to your preference and did they ask you if all was well. We serve... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently visited Giovanni's for the first time. It was an event day so only a restricted menu was available. We had penne in tomato sauce, with cheese. It was a good-sized portion but totally tasteless. The garlc bread was good. Also, it fell into the 'too expensive for what it is' category for me. Tomato sauce is the basis... More 

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Thank Alice S
ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

Dear customer We appreciate your feedback as it's important . Did you give the staff the chance to change it to your preference and did they ask you if all was well. We serve well over a 1000 customers a week and we are in our 34th year and that's because we care Please revisit and tell us How you... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely, generous portions. Very tasty but could only manage my main and some garlic bread :) Food really is great. Nothing fancy, but good if you want a decent tasty meal. Giovanni made a point of greeting everyone which was a lovely touch. We were also given two shots of limoncello at the end. Would definitely recommend and return!

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Thank Krlyra
ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

hi , grazie mille for this lovely review about us on here , see you soon , ciao ciao ernesto and the hayes team More 

Llandudno, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great night at Giovanni's - a little gem of a find! The atmosphere was fantastic talking to tables either side of us. The staff were very attentive and friendly ~ didn't want for anything even though they were full ~ Drinks were flowing!! Food was lovely. I had pasta with fillet steak, hubby had lamb and it... More 

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ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

hi , thank you so much for this lovely review see you soon ciao ciao ernesto More 

London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After having lived in Cardiff for many years, we visited Giovanni's for the first time this weekend as a family. We weren't disappointed with the food (portions were generous, food delicious), the ambiance (really good fun Italian popular music playing) or the staff (friendly and engaging). We'd definitely recommend a visit for anybody in the locality as service is fairly... More 

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Thank Emily G
ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

hi thank you for this lovely review about us see you again soon ( sorry about the staff , on rugby matches staff is a bit stressed , sorry again ) many thank s hayes More 

Alice Springs, Australia
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like every other resturant in Cardiff a pre-international rugby game meal needs to be booked well in advance (i.e. 3-6 months). All resturants hike their prices and you're limited to a table d'hote menu. So criticising Giovannis on the price and limitation on the menu would be unfair. So given that it was packed at 17:00, with an overflow tent... More 

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Thank Gwyn W
ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

hi , thank s for writing a nice review on here , see you soon , ciao ciao ernesto More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great small, compact venue. Lots of history but needs an upgrade on menu. Food good - big portions but very traditional and little care; Veal Milanese dry and tasteless.

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Thank Tim W
ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

Dear customer We appreciate your feedback as it's important . Did you give the staff the chance to change it to your preference and did they ask you if all was well. We serve well over a 1000 customers a week and we are in our 34th year and that's because we care Please revisit and tell us How you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$31
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 The Hayes | Opposite St David’s Hall and St David’s 2 Shopping Centre, Cardiff CF10 1AJ, Wales
  • Public Transportation: Dont worry about transport as there is a main taxi rank just outside as well as a main bus stop infront of the restaurant. The train station is also just a 2 minute walk from Giovannis.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff>  > City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2022 0077

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?