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Giovanni's Italian Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1178 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607-4130
+1 864-297-0999
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived in town late and needed a good dinner after spending the day on the road. Found Giovanni's on the GPS. This was a lucky choice and a great restaurant. Service was excellent and food was absolutely perfect. Be sure to put this on your list when in Greenville

Thank Roger N
New Orleans
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first time I went to this restaurant. We had the sea bass which was outstanding. The veal was superb. We talked to the owner, Gabriel, he was very interesting. The only negative issue was the wait. And, you know it's popular if there's a line to wait. He needs a bigger place and soon. The whole place... More 

Thank graymorr
Baden, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up in Italy and it was a nice surprise to find out that in this restaurant you can eat the same quality and kind of food you could eat in my own country.

Thank Valerio L
South Carolina
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful family dishes ranging from Seafood, Veal, Vegetarian, etc. Always some great specials. Owner Gabriel is one of the best wine sommelier in town. Always has the best suggestion. Gabriel always personally takes your order and recites the specials. Listen fast! Better get there early. Very romantic setting with murals and soft lighting.

Thank MTM75
Fountain Inn, South Carolina
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at Giovanni's many times and the only negative I can say is that you better get there early so you don't have to wait on a seat. This is a small Italian restaurant that has a good atmosphere and great food. I have never had a bad meal there and it is reasonably priced. Get there at... More 

Thank Tkrena
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Small neighborhood style restaurant with lovely service. Wonderful Variety of food and four of us enjoyed wonderful meals. From chicken to seafood to veal all were excellent.

Thank Barbara S
Waxhaw, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I ate here after reading the great reviews, it was a wonderful experience! A hidden treasure that we will visit again when we come to Greenville! The atmosphere, service and especially the food were all incredible. It is in a strip mall, but don't let the outside appearance fool you, it is a real Italian place with... More 

Thank Katiewj
Greenville, South Carolina
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318 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This small, out of the way restaurant is mighty fine Italian. They take no reservations and do not do carry out. You have to be early or lucky. Or you have to wait. Either way, you will be in for a treat. We had the mussels and calamari for starters and veal marsala and shrimp for entrees. Topped off with... More 

Thank Phillip K
Liberty, SC
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Small, intimate authentic Italian Mom and Pop restaurant. Prices and portion sizes are excellent. A must stop for your Italian craving. Gabrielle (owner) and his staff are truly wonderful, friendly, and attentive. Coffee is also a must for you coffee lovers as it is truly Columbian. Do not miss this stop. Easy to find, located just off I85 and I385.... More 

Thank OK1776
Greenville, South Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

While the owner can be a bit "Seinfeld" (think soup nazi) while serving, the food was great and the atmosphere was awesome...would go back in a heartbeat!

Thank wandag110

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1178 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607-4130
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Greenville
  • Phone Number: +1 864-297-0999
Located near Hampton Inn on Woodruff Rd.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?