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Giovanni's On the Hayes

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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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Today
12:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a lovely place the staff excellent and service was great plenty to eat the spaghetti bolognese and lasagne was delicious both me and my daughter had lovely Christmas lunch together.

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Thank Sandra Joyce W
CORVALLIS
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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I chose this restaurant for a pre-show meal based on the trip advisor reviews which are generally very good. I was very disappointed in the quality of the food and the tacky dining room - a genuine throw back to the days when every Italian restaurant had a straw covered bottle and a half burnt candle on every table. The... More 

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Thank DJ J
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1,153 reviews
704 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 613 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Despite all the modern development and chains in Cardiff this small place sits there as if it has fought them all off. Inside a traditional Italian restaurant serving really good food. Especially enjoyed the peppered chicken which had the most amazing flavoured sauce. Good atmosphere from a combination of people and classic old Italian focused music. Very nice.

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Thank sleep007
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on my wife's birthday . First time at Giovanni's based on recommendation and trip advisor reviews . The restaurant has a great vibe and lovely ambiance. Although the restaurant is compact it creates a really nice atmosphere. The food was superb , the Branzino was fantastic . We visited when the restaurant was busy so did not get a... More 

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

hi many thank s for the review about us on here , we are happy that u have liked our food and ambiance , see you soon again , many thank s ernesto and the hayes team More 

Llanrwst, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. The ambience is genuine Italian and the food and service are both excellent. it is worth visiting cardiff just to visit the restaurant.

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

hi , thank you for your time writing a nice review on here , see u soon again , grazie mille , ernesto and the hayes team More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little gem encompasses all it is to be Italian. Huge portions, friendly family atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. The restaurant itself is decked out with photos of many celebrities that have dined there however, the staff go out of their way to ensure that you feel like the celebrity. The staff were amazing and the food was delicious. I will... More 

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

hello thank you so much for this lovely review on here , #see you soon , ciao ciao , ernesto and the hayes team More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a Friday night a couple of weeks ago as a couple. We had booked early after being turned away on multiple occasions. Brilliant service from the staff, all of whom were very friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is buzzing, with Italian style music. Food portions were huge but the taste wasn't sacrificed! to start we shared a portion... More 

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

hi , thank s for writing a nice review about us on tripadviser , we hope to see you again soon, many thanks ernesto and the hayes team More 

Southern Wales, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

4 of us dined here on Sunday 20th November,when the entire city was chokka block!!! However,we'd booked so were shown immediately to our table,given menu,& served wine.We received excellent service,tge food was wonderful,and tge portion sizes were enormous . considering how busy they were,we didn't wait long at all.Will definitely revisit.A very,very enjoyable afternoon.

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

hi , wow what a review about us , thank you so much , see you soon , ciao ciao , ernesto and the hayes team More 

Chicago
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cardiff oldest Italian restaurant at very good location. But service and food quality has been compromised. level if food served were not mych different from food chain retaurant. this was my second time visit and not impressed. sorry no 3rd try will take place.

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

hi sir , thank u for writing a review on here , sorry if u didnt enjoy your dining experience in our restaurant , please call me on 02920220077 many thank s ernesto and the hayes team More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Place was buzzing and great atmosphere. Waiters were very good. Food was good and well priced. Excellent venue for a small birthday party or similar.

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Thank Ianto1927
ernesto r, Manager at Giovanni's On the Hayes, responded to this review

hi , thank s for writing us a nice review on tripadviser , we are happy that u ve liked our food and service , see you soon again , many thank s ernesto and the hayes team 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
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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
17:30 - 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?