Boston >Food & Dining > G'Vanni's Restaurant
2 Prince St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.364030 -71.053624
Monday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: North End, Central
Horrible! Will not go back – I have not been to this restaurant and years but decided to go back tonight. First of all, we made reservations and when we got there, they girl did not honour our reservations. She sent us to one of two bars next door so we would not be in the cold and rain. We ordered drinks from a bar that is not even owned by them, we started to sip when she came to get us. We could not take our drinks with us as they are separate establishments. Thank God we did not have to pay. We then went to the restaurant, dirty, small, seat with holes in them, and the bathroom was beyond filthy. The waitresses were sisters, and best friends we gathered from their loud conversation and totally rude. Our waitress never came back to ask if we needed anything, brought us coffee with out milk/cream or sugar. Not worth the money for that money would go across the street to Mama Maria or better yet Strega. NEVER AGAIN. Everyone in our party of 6 said the same thing.
Food has gone downhill – We have loved our meals for years at G'Vannis, today at lunch we were so disappointed..the bread seemed to be a frozen loaf of Wonder bread quality..How can that be in the NorthEnd with such good bread around..Veal Parmesan did not seem freshly cooked, and really small portion for 17.00!!So sad...won't be back..Also, No chianti??Seriously??????????????
Too many restaurants on the No End to bother here – There are way too many great restaurants on the North End to bother….seriously. It looks like they continue to treat customers with disrespect…see 9/20 review.
I had a 6PM reservation...we were told 5 different times that it would be just 20 more minutes....we were finally seated at 7:15!!!! One hour and 15 minutes later and I had a confirmed appointment (OpenTable)? According the hostess, they had no one in charge; she gave me a business card and said I could call on Monday. When I told the hostess that I was going to complain to OpenTable and to Restdotcom, she said that you would not be interested because “their restaurant brought in so much money for them”….such arrogance. Accordingly, we went around the corner to have a cocktail (at another restaurant’s bar). This is from where I would repeatedly go back to G’Vannis to check on the status and each time I was told 20 more minutes. The final indignation came when the hostess came to the bar to get us; telling us our table was now ready. My party of 4 left the bar only to find that the table was not really ready and that we were now outside in 24 degree weather. A nice evening out ruined!
This is not an isolated situation according to the “bouncer” that they have stationed at the front door…he says that they are always late. In fact, he said that he has told the owners that they shouldn’t even take reservations. I gather that this is so as I heard 4 other parties complain and asked for a manager. You know if they would have been more professional and considerate about this situation it wouldn’t have ruined the evening (my wife’s birthday celebration). Even a small token such as a free dessert for my wife or perhaps a cocktail would have at least shown that they were empathetic. Believe it or not I never received an apology.
The food was descent.
Service was average.
Classic Italian-American – G'Vanni's is this tiny hole in the wall spot on Prince around the corner from the hustle & bustle of Hanover. I won a $50 BuyWithMe to here waaaay back in November & decided to finally use it last night.
I had a lovely evening with my date. We shared a carafe of Chianti, he had the pumpkin ravioli (sweet, substantial, great texture + they give you more than 5!) and I had the eggplant parm (which I was so craving... they definitely did not disappoint!).
The waitstaff pretty much leaves you alone, which in a small space is appreciated. Since the place is tiny, it's easy to flag them when you need them anyway.
They have a special called the Veally Good Deal. 2 dinners (choose from a list) + 1 bottle of wine (choose from a list) for $29.99. It's M-Th 12pm-6pm. And as you leave, they give you a coupon for $10 off! 2 dinners, 1 bottle for $19.99? I'll be back, thanks!
Make a reservation. This place has like 12 tables.
Meh. – We've gone to G'vannis a couple of times because when we were disappointed the first time we figured they might just be having an off night and before writing a review we wanted to make sure we were being fair. Unfortunately, our subsequent visits haven't been great either so we're not going back. We found the food to be OK, not great, and at the prices they charge the food should have been spectacular. Small portions. Certainly enough for dinner, but we're used to going to other North End restaurants where we pay 2/3 the price and get double the food and take half home. Also, the waitstaff were surly and unhelpful. They made mistakes on our bill both times. Too much hassle and definitely not worth it for the mediocore food. Just go down the street and you'll find half a dozen other restaurants that are way better.
Inept Hostess & Rude and ingnorant owner – Inept hostess tells our party of 6 that the wait will be 45 minutes. We waited 1.5 hours, very patiently. During that time she seated no less than 8 parties of 2 or 4 people. If she had one brain cell in working order, she could have after an hour of waiting, arranged something for us.
Table of six opens up, owner seats a group of 5 who had already walked up to restaurant next door and didn't want to wait, comes over, must have handed owner some $'s, and they get seated before us. Owner lies and says they had a reservation.
At 9:30 at night he tells us to come back tomorrow when we complain.
I will never use the $50 gift certificate given to me as a birthday present. Walked to Joes on the waterfront. Waiter after over hearing it was our anniversary, brought us a piece of chocolate cake with a candle in it. NOw that's service! Thank you Joes.
Great food for a great price! – This is such a cute and cozy little spot in the North End. It is authentic Italian food and the prices are amazing for the amount of food you get. Try the chicken parm. The service was also very friendly which can be uncommon in the North End.
Brought me back to childhood...and that's not a compliment – Wow, I almost feel bad leaving a 3-star rating, as it seems as though everyone else loves G Vanni's. Honestly, I think that my poor experience at the restaurant may be an isolated case, as I am a vegetarian who could only choose between pizzas ( which was not the problem, because I love pizza Margareta). Well, the pizza arrived at the table looking quite unappetizing, with rubbery cheese, no basil, and a pale crust. I've got to say, it tasted worse than it looked, very bland (It reminded me of the Chuck n' Cheese pizza that I used to eat a s a kid). My fellow dinners seemed to enjoy their seafood dishes, but my personal pizza was definitely unimpressive and not worth $13.
amazing! – Ive been all over the world...including Italy. This place is the closest comparision I could find! The place is small, so if you are bringing a large group you may have to wait or be split in tables. But it is the North End. What do you expect? I would wait a long time to eat this amazing food! Words can not describe the awesome bolognese sauce. We went for my birthday and spent a great deal of money. But when you look at the amount of food we got, the price was not that bad!
I cant wait to go back again!
Worst dining experience in Boston – In three years in Boston, I have never had a worse experience than this. We booked at the restaurant because we had received some gift certificates and it was near Faneuil Hall where were planned to see a show. Our 8pm reservation on a Saturday night was not honored, and we were not alone. Two dozen people stood on the sidewalk while the hostess smiled and told everyone it would just be a few more minutes. Since it was the North End on a Saturday, we had little choice but to wait, but at least eight other people just left. Over an hour later, we were finally sat, but not until other groups with later reservations were sat first. No accomodations were made except to bring us bruschetta as we stood on the street. The owner asked where our show was, and then said "oh, that's not that far", as if to rationalize making us wait. Then it got worse.
The wait staff ignored us. We had placed our order while on the street because we knew we'd be cutting it close, but they didn't even ask us if we wanted drinks until after our salads and appetizers had been thrown at us. I guess the carafe of water they had left was meant to suffice. The food was fine, typical Italian fare and nothing special. Here's the worst of it.
They refused to honor the gift certificates; $100 worth of them. The owner actually had the nerve to come over and ask - first thing out of his mouth - "where did you get these, off the internet?" At that point, I had it. He claimed the GCs were for another location that "leased" their name and had since shut down. When I responded that the menus had that same name right on the front, he said they donated them the menus when they closed. I asked if he just had an excuse for everything, and he said "Yes".
They took only the salads and appetizers off our tab, and only after pressed during that last altercation. This reduced our $180 tab to $150. Not enough for all of our aggravation. An utterly horrible experience, in a restaurant run by horrible people.
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