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Osteria San Giovanni

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USD 23 - USD 29
Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscan, Central-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 7 August 2021 via mobile

We had diner with a group of 9 (4 adults/5 kids) and enjoyed it a lot! Good and reasonable priced wine list. Good food, enjoyed the steak tartare.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 24 June 2021

The food is exceptionally good, the tables outside are super cosy. Very friendly staff as well. Thanks!!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 31 August 2020

We wish we could review the food. Unfortunately the service or lack of it meant we had to leave before ordering. Was directed upstairs where the waiter seems to find having custom an annoyance. I asked politely for an English menu. And was met by...a form No’ Both drinks and food menus were slapped onto the table. When we decided to leave the main head of service downstairs could not care less. Enjoy eating here if you ever get served. Poor poor serviceMore

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 21 July 2020

This is so long overdue! I was going through my photos just now and saw that I took pictures of this place when we ate here. I LOVED the food and the service was so special, they treated us so kindly and non-judgmentally. The waiter...explained all about the various plates we were thinking of trying and paired it well with wine. I will have to absolutely go back here when I go back to San Gimignano!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 4 December 2019 via mobile

After exploring the town all day and having not booked anything for dinner, we were lucky to get a table here. Food was brilliant and the service at our table was good. Another member of staff was having a loud argument with a customer at...another table when we were eating. It did not effect out meal however it may have been off putting for some. Food was food and would recommend to others.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 7 October 2019 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant which looked great and had a tempting menu. We turned up at 2130, people were eating but it was not full. It advertised closing at 2200 and the menu was still outside and lit up. We were however turned away...with surly grunts and shrugs and no explanation. They clearly wanted to close early and did not want the custom. Don't recommend it.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 8 September 2019

We went back twice, Danielle is such a good waiter, his service was just as good as his food. Each dish was exceptional. My daughter and I ordered the lamb chops and went back for a second very sit to have them again. The roasted...potatoes, the best I’ve ever had. My son had a delicious beef dish. The vege’s made to perfection. It is worth coming to Chianti just to visit this restaurant. Wine was very reasonable and goodMore

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 12 June 2019 via mobile

We decided for Osteria San Giovanni blindly after trying for another closed place. Daniel gave us a very friendly and kind service. The food was EXCELLENT! There was nothing we would ask for at this restaurant they wouldn’t help us to get. We tried the...dessert wine at the bar man suggestion and really liked it. We really enjoyed having lunch at Osteria San Giovanni. Next time we will return!More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

Nice location, very good service, excellent food, great value for money, truffle pasta highly recommended

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed 28 September 2018

This osteria was on a list of recommended local restaurants provided by our hotel in San Gimignano, and what a delightful surprise it was! They specialize in traditional Tuscan cooking. Our server recommended a local Vernaccia wine, which was excellent. For an appetizer we chose...a plate of local meats, cheeses, and bruschetta- delicious. First course for my wife was a Ribollita soup, which she declared was the best soup she had ever tasted. I went for Pici with Pecorino cheese and fresh pepper- also very good. For our main we both chose the grilled lamb, which was outstanding, along with a shared salad. At this point we were much too full to even consider dessert. When we told our server this was the best meal we had our entire vacation, he showed his appreciation with some complimentary limoncello. The staff was very friendly and posed for a photo as we were leaving. A most enjoyable dining experience. Our only cautions are to allow plenty of time to enjoy your meal, as nothing is rushed, and the restaurant is small, so reservations are a good idea.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Osteria San Giovanni is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4