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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
Tue - Thu 16:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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Norman, OK
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200 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met a small group of friends here for an early dinner and were all super impressed. From the cozy, old world feel to the excellent staff. The food was excellent and served nicely. This is a definite must for a special occasion!

Thank bathos13
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely love this restaurant. I eat here every time I'm in Milwaukee. Excellent food - quaint atmosphere and just enough Italian attitude to be authentic ;)

Thank Michael B
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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138 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

My sister and I shared a delicious calamari appetizer with two sauces: traditional marinara and a sweet and sour that had a little bit of a kick that was very delicious. We also share two courses of a shrimp Giovanni which were four huge prawns with garlic butter and bone in Sicilian pork chops. The Tirimisu big enough to feed... More 

Thank purplehotgirl
Sussex, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We heard that Giovanni's was open again after a long absence and decided to try it out with 2 other couples. Valet parking was convenient. Our reservation time was at 6:30 and we were seated right after we ordered our drinks at the bar. The service was prompt and attentive as it should be. The food was excellent. We all... More 

Thank Rick L
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

went there on a Saturday for our anniversary we were greeted in a very friendly manner and went to bar for a drink the place was packed but not too loud we requested to be seated upstairs and were taken to a quiet table in the back our waiter nick took our drink order and our order of eggplant drinks... More 

Thank Mike B
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51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This is the best Italian food EVER! If you visit Milwaukee this is the one restaurant you need to visit! Giovanni's is an institution. There are very few places where it's family owned and the owner Giovanni makes sure everyone is greeted personally to make sure you enjoy your time there. This should be a 10 star on your list... More 

Thank JoeBgrafton
Bettendorf, Iowa
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here twice . Outstanding seafood pasta dishes and appetizers. Charred octopus was amazing, so was seafood salad. My favorite is the seafood black linguine. Quality ingredients and generous amounts of seafood. Good wine selection by the glass. Wonderful bread, I ask for more. One of my favorites

Thank Ben V
Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

I've eaten the cath of the day. Red snapper with tagliatelle and is was very good. Nice and light. The restaurant was not very busy, but it deserves it to be more busy

Thank Yvette V
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation, and decided to have drinks at the bar. During that time the bartender and the manager proceed to have a heated discussion regarding the the fact that the bartender's drawer was off - 3 feet from where we were seated. After being shown to our table, we sat for 10 minutes before... More 

Thank Christine S
natalie m, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so sorry. We cannot imagine a worse experience and we were clearly far from our best the evening of your visit. This is certainly not how we've established our reputation so far. The shrimp and veal should not be tough or chewy. We wish that would have been brought to our attention. We’re confused that you would say no... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

This was my first time here. My wife and and went for our anniversary. We made a reservation on open table. We were seated immediate when we arrived and the service was good. We had sit next to people because of the way the seating is arranged, something I never like to do. I ordered the most expensive item on... More 

Thank CyDogg

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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
Lunch, Dinner
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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?