Gianni's Ristorante Italiano
J.E. Yrausquin Blvd 348
Aruba Tel: +(297) - 586 7794
Fax: +(297) - 582 6988
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Mediocore food at exorbitant prices
The title of my review pretty much sums up what I want to say about this restaurant. The food was mediocre and the prices were exorbitant. My friend paid $49 for a pasta!! The spaghetti Bolognese at Taste of Belgium was much better at a quarter of the price. To make matters worse, the service was also poor. Definitely not recommended.
New reviews have me worried.
I have to say "after reading most current reviews I am worried". We go to Aruba with a large group every year. Gianni's has always been a night out that we look forward too. I have read all of the reviews and can only give my perspectives. I want to start by saying I consider myself a "Foodie". I love going out to experience nice restaurants. I have 100's of dining experiences to compare this restaurant against. I will also hit on some of the other reviews.
Food- For us has always been very good. Big menu, decent presentation and large portions. ( I hope this hasn't changed.)
Atmosphere- Everyone is right. IT IS LOUD ! They have a very large seating capacity.
Service- We always go with a big group. Never have left complaining. Servers always seem attentive and friendly.
Speed - Hello !!!! Nothing in Aruba moves fast. Just keep in the back of your mind it's 85 degrees and your in paradise. But plan for delays.
Value- It's Aruba.... A couple should being $100 bill if your going to have a full meal. $150 with a bottle of wine. Keep in mind Taco Bell will set you back $25 on the island.
Overall - Gianni's has been great. We will be brave and try again this year even with the recent terrible reviews. If we feel things have changed I will repost. We will be there next week. I just hope like so many restaurants, Gianni's isn't living off past reputations and now has gone down hill.
Great meal at Gianni's
I do not understand all the bad reviews for Gianni's. I can't imagine what these people expect. We have eaten at Gianni's at least 15 times over the years and we ate there again on Tuesday Feb 10, 2015. We had a 7:30 reservation and were brought to our table immediately upon arrival. We were greeted at our table by our waiter less than one minute after sitting down. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable in all aspects of the restaurant. The food was excellent and was very warm when served. We almost stayed away from Gianni's this visit because of all the bad reviews I've read but I can say these people who give Gianni's bad reviews are not reviewing the same Gianni's I frequent and will continue to frequent in future trips to Aruba.
we have ate here the last 5 years,this year was our last,boy have things changed when you order chicken parmasgna and the waiter says do you want that with a bone or boneless,you begin to say what,and he says we use the shoulder meat,high priced low quality
For the past two previous years my husband, and friends have gone to Gianni's restaurant, food was awful but certainly not the best. This year our friends wanted to eat there....Well, never before was I as upset as I was today. We ordered Chicken Parm. Which is supposed to be filleted. We were given a chicken leg posing as such. When I questioned the manager and was annoyed at the slop we were served, he in his exact words told us "our headquarters is sending poor quality meat"....Poor? It was a Chicken Leg not A Chicken Parm dinner. As for me and mine, they should NOT be in the restaurant business.
Lousy Food. Lousy service.
Giannis is just another tourist factory in Aruba serving lousy food and small portions for for big $$$. Most of the reviews here are accurate. Most of the restaurant inflation in Aruba is driven by New Yorkers (myself included) who are used to paying $50+ for an entrée & everything else is ala carte. If youre from the Midwest, you are going to find Gianni's and most restaurants on the island a very poor value.
Just not Good
I still can't believe some of the great reviews the place gives. We tried this place twice and it was very bad each time. (would not have gone back the second time except I was out voted by our group.(they were not with me the first time)The food was ok but not top of the line like the prices suggest. Service terrible both times.
Though we were on an "all inclusive" vacation we ventured out on night to Gianni's and what a meal. It was recommended by my daughter who when in Aruba stays on the high rise side and has eaten at Gianni's a couple of times. She was with us and was nervous knowing she recommended it to our group not knowing if we would like it. Well all seven of us thought Gianni's was GREAT. The food and service was great and sitting outside was a great experience. Though I go on "all inclusive" vacations when in Aruba I will definitely go to Gianni's when I get back to Aruba.
A must do every year
We have been going to Gianni's for the past 4-5 years and every time the food and service has been excellent. I've heard different things from friends who have gone but we have never had one complaint. Appetizers are wonderful.
the lobsters and seafood are always fresh. Can't wait to go back in 2 weeks.
Worst meal in Aruba
Some new acquaintances had recommended this place but it was awful. I had the seafood marinara special. The seafood tasted bad, particularly the mussels and clams. The calamari was the toughest I have ever eaten. The pasta was ok but the sauce was disappointing.i had the arugula salad that was also disappointing. The tomatoes were tasteless, the baby arugula tough and not very tasty. Garlic bread was dry and bland. The service was slow and in attentive. The music was a violinist who played tacky tunes with canned background/rhythm. A shame, since this was my last night in Aruba and it followed on the heels of a fabulous steak and meal at El Gaucho. What a let down.
Great Italian Restaurant
Best food, service, atmosphere - reasonable prices. Owner and staff friendly and inviting. Delicious food, many choices. We ate there 3 out of 7 nights and were never disappointed. Hi to Nathalie (Owner) and Gregory (waiter). A MUST!!!
Worst on the island
What can i say but service was extremely slow. Took 20 min just to give our order to the waiter who was rude and very short with us. Food was poor as well. Not worth the cost. No one offered refills on our pop . Staff mostly stood at spoke to one another. First place I have ever been I wasn't offered to see the desserts. Like I said staff didn't want to be bothered. Loud place and could hardly her each other. Avoid this place at all costs not worth your time or money.
Service was poor, restaurant is much too large to do a good job. Food was very bland, our 4 meals were all tasteless. Acoustics in the building were awful! It looks nice from the street, but it's a total disappointment!
The Best Italian Food in Aruba
I recently visited Gianni's Restaurant on April 25th.
This restaurant is located on a busy main street, centrally located in the high rise area of Oranjestad.
My brother and I didnt have a reservation, but where pleasantly surprised how quickly we were seated.
The waiting area boasts outside comfortable chairs and a nice atmosphere.
I had Caesars salad as my appetizer and Chicken Parmesan as the main course, to which both were outstanding.
My brother had a Caesars salad as well and a Vegetable and Pasta dish, which were delicious.
The outside atomsphere at this restuarant is somewhat loud but only because as it's a rather large, busy restaurant.
You couldnt ask for a more tentative waitstaff.
From the hostess to the waiters..They were very tentative and extremely proffesional and very friendly.
We will definitely visit Gianni's when we visit Aruba again.
We highly recommend Gianni's..You won't be disappointed.
Good Italian Dining
Family really enjoyed this place. Wife and mother-in-law ordered the Parmesan wheel pasta which they loved. I had the Linguini Frutti di Mare, which was mostly excellent with huge tasty shrimp and mussels...only knocks on the dish was that the calamari was a bit chewy and an unopened clam made it's way past the kitchen which could have been a potential disaster if consumed. The waiter said he would take care of it but never did. Anyway, the rest of the meal was great, outside dining was a treat and the violin player was very good. We'll be back!
Worst food in Aruba
My wife and I have come here a combined 12 times and have never had food this bad. The chicken parmigiana was so tough I had trouble cutting it with the knife. The braised beef dish was the worst version of beef stroganoff I have ever seen. Save yourself a 120.00 and skip it.
Good afternoon. My wife and I were having lunch in your new Gelatisimo. The ice cream looks very attractive and the place looks clean and beautifull, but the service from your staff was below our standards. They were talking in the back very bad about the customers like the dutch are very cheap, they were talking about Colombian and Venezuelan ladies in a very rud way. And we could hear everything.the person who was very gentle and soft was William the young cuban waiter. This is the reason why I think of not coming back. Please educate your staff and let them be friendly and not discriminating and damage your beautifull business.
Ymmmmmm! My meal was so good. It it the spot and I had a huge smile on my face when I was done. And finally a place to get a decent size glass of wine. My meal was perfect. The restaurant is large and loud but the food was sooooo good.
This was our first time in Aruba ,my wife and I with a couple with us found this Italian restaurant their food so good.Our bus boy Aldrin is so good that he explain all the details on the menu.This guy is a big asset in your establishment.
I don't usually give 10s
Yum, Yum, Yum! Expensive but the best meal we have had in Aruba (including El Gaucho!) . Marilynn and I went to dinner Sunday of our first week in Aruba this year. I had the Chicken Parmesan and Marilynn had the Sea Food Fretti (sorry for misspelled (Fretti) word) and they were to die for! We had a bin 337 (Lodi Cab) wine (45.00) that was a bit over priced but again to die for and an excellent complement to the dinner. We had excellent service and recommendations. Tonight is Saturday and we are going back! Home on Monday (so sad).
Bill is not itemized
Just got back from beautiful Aruba. We were looking forward to our meal here and left with a very poor experience. Our meal was fine - my husband really liked his but my sister and I only liked ours. The service was uneven. Watching the table side house specialty spaghetti parmesan should have been entertaining but one waiter talked to two other workers while making the dish instead of focusing on the food and the diners. The absolutely galling part is the bill - it is not itemized and it was clear if a service charge had been included. The menu mentioned the service charge but the bill was confusing. There was a tipping guide listed. So we asked our waiter about it and he was vague about the while thing also and becoming less fluent in English. A bill needs to be itemized - the service charge must be clearly stated so we can decide ourselves if more tip should be included. We know that the service charge is spread out among the entire staff of the restaurant and maybe a wait staff person deserves a little more, but this deceptive billing practice ruined our meal and insulted our patronage.
I went last friday april 27. We had a great dinner....would like to recall the good attention given to us by our waiter Mauricio...excelent ...
Our waiter, Greg, talked my wife and I into a Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Salad that turned out to be a serving for four and cost $38.00. It was so large that neither of us could enjoy or finish our main course. My Frutta de Mare was poor; the seafood was not fresh and had an odor. Also, whereas most restaurants on Aruba include a Service Charge that is intended for the entire food and wait staff, indicating that an additional optional gratuity for the wait staff would be appreciated, though not obligatory, the bill at Gianni's specifically states that the 15% Service Charge goes to the kitchen / bar staff and to the bus boys, BUT does NOT go to the wait staff and therefore expects that an additional 15% and up gratuity be left for the wait staff. We have always eaten at Gianni's at least twice on all of our trips to Aruba, but we will no longer eat there and have already told all of our friends to avoid the place at all cost. You would be wise to do the same. This restaurant has become a "tourist trap" to coin a phrase. Later in the week, we went to Hostaria DaVitttorio and were extremely satisfied by the staff service, friendliness and attentiveness, and food selection, freshness and quality. Hostaria DaVittorio was totally top-notch!!!
Great italian food...
The food at Gianni's was great...a bit pricey, but very good. We did not have a reservation and were seated inside...this was just as nice as the patio area. The staff was very attentive and the food arrived hot. Would suggest to anyone looking for good italian food.
Did not have a reservation but my wife and I had no trouble getting a table at 6:30. Later in the evening we noticed that the restaurant was packet every night so a reservation would be needed to avoid a wait. Service was very good and there was a good variety of food to select from. I had an appetizer and spaghetti carbonara. One of the best Ive had and I eat a lot of Italian food. My wife had a shrimp cocktail and calamari for her entre. There were only 3 medium and warm shrimp in the cocktail. Disappointing to say the least. The calamari was very good and a nice size portion, which was not finished and made a nice lunch the next day. Its a busy restaurant and if you sit outside there is the street noise also. While we did enjoy the meal there are many better restaurants for the same price range.