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Cafe Giovanni

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2313 (Canal St)
+1 504-529-2154
17:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Lady Lake, Florida
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This is our third visit to Cafe Giovanni. We had been there 2 years ago. We were delighted that the food was as delicious as we remembered it. Their eggplant appetizer is a MUST! We have recommended this restaurant to friends visiting NOLA and they haven't been disappointed.

Thank josephine m
Flushing, Michigan
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I had the fire-roasted drum fish with crab, artichokes, and mushroom over risotto. It was absolutely marvelous. My husband had the voodoo shrimp with grits and loved it. We also had the pancetta-wrapped asparagus appetizer which was good. Our waitress was excellent - knew the menu, gave good recommendations. We were too full for dessert and she recommended other sites... More 

Thank Eileen O
Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We really loved it. Such good service. Last night of our trip and we went out in style. Three opera singers, all amazing, and a pianist. Walked thru the tables as they sang. The kids loved it!

1 Thank Chris P
Hickory, North Carolina
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Best kept secret in New Orleans. Stumbled upon it because we had a taste for Italian. We were totally not disappointed!

Thank Jann300
Pensacola, Florida
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

When we arrived they seated us exactly where my husband had requested and the service was very attentive. They had just changed their menu from winter to spring thus did not have a dish I wanted but when the chef came by the table I asked him about it and he immediately went and made it for me(the cannelloni). I... More 

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Grifton, North Carolina
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Food was very good, I had the Fehttuchini Alfredo, one person in our group had the seafood salad (way to big to eat all of) and I don't remember what everyone else ordered but it was all great. I loved Kevin and his magnificent voice

Thank MissBonnie310
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Had a nice meal. Just wanted something that wasn't creole or Cajun. I had spaghetti and meatballs. It was OK. Surprised that they didn't make their own pasta and that they cooked boxed pasta too long... the opposite of al dente. The meatball needed some salt and seasoning as did the red gravy. Suggestion... add some fresh basil and good... More 

Thank CampHiker
Rockaway Park, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Overpriced and tasteless!!! Many other great restaraunts in nola. Fried green tomatoes had no flavor, Bolognese tasted fishy, spaghetti was soft, and forget about the duck.

Thank JenO813
Alexander City, Alabama
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56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited Cafe Giovanni on a Friday evening for dinner. We had reservations and got a window seat so we could people watch on Decatur street. Our server, Shaile, was excellent. We had a nice bottle of Italian Pino Grigio that was reasonably priced. I had redfish and my wife had short ribs. Both were excellent. We... More 

Thank Phillip092674
Port Charlotte, Florida
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55 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for drinks on our way to watch the parade We Proseco and Sidecar great cocktails by a wonderful bartender named Caroline We had alligator meat balls so delicious a mixture of pork and alligator The eggplant appetizer was very good interesting with many flavors and textures Never had such a great dish a tower of eggplant with oysters... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2313
    (Canal St)
  • Public Transportation: Street Car – Canal St. and Decatur St.
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-529-2154

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Eunice, Louisiana
Pontoon Beach, Illinois
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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