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5.5 /6 Wonderful 58 Reviews

San Giovanni

Urmston Italian £££ +100
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About San Giovanni

You’re never that far away from a top Italian restaurant in Manchester, and if you’re out in Urmston, then you’re lucky enough to live near one of the very best in the city. San Giovanni is known in Salford and beyond as a dining destination that ticks all the boxes for a truly great Italian: from fresh pasta and risotto, sophisticated seafood starters and authentic antipasti to proper pizzas, meat and fish and even a few regional specialities thrown in to boot. If you take a trip to Lostock Road in the heart of Urmston and stop off at San Giovanni then you’re in for a real treat. Do book a table ahead of time, however as they’re well known and popular in the area, and thus can fill up quickly.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 14:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 14:00 - 21:00
San Giovanni, 1-3 Lostock Road, M41 0SU Manchester

Further Information

Eating out in Manchester is often dominated by the countless curry houses and the bright lights of Chinatown, but the Italian dining scene is also very impressive, and almost every district can boast an Italian restaurant of renown. San Giovanni on Lostock Road in Urmston stands out even among this competition, and they have elevated themselves above the usual red sauce and check tablecloth joints with a simple formula, dedicated to fresh ingredients and traditional, time honoured cooking techniques from the bel paese. Let us walk you through the menu that you will have the pleasure of selecting from when you visit San Giovanni.

The starters are the obvious place to begin, and the San Giovanni repertoire is big on the classics. Seafood is prominent, with fresh mussels and sauteed king prawns available, and the Roman speciality of spicy meatballs is always worth a try. Italian custom dictates that a pasta course must follow, and we’ll point you in the direction of the ravioli with lobster or the linguine amatriciana, with smoked bacon, tomato and a hint of chilli. The mains include some real big hitters, from veal escalope to prime fillet steak and slow cooked lamb in red wine. We could go on all day, but instead we’ll simply encourage you to book a table at San Giovanni and then mosey on down to Lostock Road to enjoy one of the best Italian restaurants in Salford.


58 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 58 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
20.07.2017 09:19

Good food, Good service, pleasant atmosphere. Great steaks and sauces, good varied menu. Takes online bookings for reservations. Can be pricey if you don't watch what you are ordering or get carried away.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 21:22

Lovely restaurant with a great energy. The food was excellent, and the service was friendly and attentive. Portions were generous, so make sure you are hungry! :)

2 reviews so far 6
31.05.2017 09:02

Wonderful dining experience as always, the service is fantastic and the food is amazing every time we go. We love San Giovannis and recommend to everyone!

1 review so far 6
13.05.2017 22:13

Amazing restaurant. Delicious, freshly cooked food. Good portions, great value. Friendly atmosphere. Staff great with kids. My little one had time of his life. Worth recommending. Will definitely come back.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 21:31

Can't recommend San Giovanni's more highly. We have eaten here many times and as always the food was delicious and the service was excellent. All of the staff are so friendly and made us and our little one feel so welcome. Eating out with a young child can be daunting but the staff here went above and beyond to make our evening a special one .. thank you.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2017 11:30

This is an excellent Italian restaurant. It was our first time at San Giovanni's and from the minute we arrived we were made to feel very welcome. The food was excellent, as was the wine :) The owner came over to us as we were leaving which was a nice touch. If you are looking for a family, traditional Italian with the best food look no further

2 reviews so far 6
26.04.2017 12:02

Have been to San Giovanni's many times before and it is a local favourite. The food is always top class, the staff attentive to customer needs and also very happy, we had a good banter with two of the staff last night which just added to the experience. Price is reasonable too. Highly recommended 😊

1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 17:09

First time of eating here. The food was very nice (lasagne). Would definelty like to visit again to try another dish. Waitress was friendly. Only down side was it closes fairly early. Table booked for 8. Following a 3 course meal it was around 10 pm and we were the only people apart from another couple left in the restaurant. Which made us feel we needed to rush off. We have since been told that they have a disco upstairs but was not told about this.

1 review so far 5
16.02.2017 17:59

Staff were lovely, warm and attentive. Starters good, San Giovanni Bruscetta and pate. Mains: Fillet steak brilliant. Only let down was that he bacon in the Amatriciana sauce was very fatty and chewy so had to be left. Overall would return though.

1 review so far 6
09.01.2017 07:09

As soon as we arrived we were shown to our table. Service excellent, food hot and tasty, cooked perfectly. This was my son's first time here and was already asking before we left when we would be returning. The staff were really friendly and polite. Would recommend going for a meal here we thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be going back for more!

2 reviews so far 6
31.10.2016 17:00

Took our son, daughter-in-law and 6 yr old granddaughter there when they were up from London for the weekend and they were very impressed with how friendly and attentive the waiter was especially keeping the little girl amused with jokes etc. Also the food was excellent. Can definitely recommend it.l

1 review so far 6
04.12.2016 20:08

Lovely food and great service. We turned up with an extra person and they just extended the table, no problem. Highly recommended. Pizzas were all good, and the pasta was perfect. I'v ebeen here many times ans it's always excellent.

3 reviews so far 3
18.02.2017 11:35

Service willing but not very slick. Our party had steak Diane which was too thick and difficult to chew, the duck was overcooked on the outside and masked by the sauce. The lamb dish was successful. Yes we should have raised these issues at the time but we were out with friends and restaurant was busy and it was not so dire as to be inedible - just not as good as we have had in the past.

1 review so far 4
27.05.2017 12:23

The food and service was good. Sadly it was so noisy it was impossible for us to have a conversation. Appreciate the staff have no control over this. It is a sad reflection on modern day society that parents/guardians do not control their children and the noise emanating from them which is to the detriment of nearby diners.

1 review so far 6
24.01.2017 19:43

Very friendly. Superb food. Buzzy atmosphere - even on a Tuesday night! One of our foodie group described the risotto as the best he'd ever eaten. If Manchester was nearer to me I'd be a regular. Go! Very

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 10:45

Been many times before, was a lovely valentines meal, food was unfaultable and service was great. Food and drink was a little overpriced though, £25 for a steak without any chips or anything is a bit steep but it was lovely anyway, will go again!!

1 review so far 6
21.04.2017 07:48

Really enjoyed our meal it was my partners 1st time in the restaurant and he was very impressed. There was a good atmosphere and the staff were attentive and friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 5
01.05.2017 15:43

Great night went with family, most of the food was good. The sirloin steak were a bit on the thin side. Would get the fillet next time, which we've had before. Plenty of variety to choose from. Would recommend.

1 review so far 5
27.12.2016 18:29

Great food and amazing service. Only reason did not get top marks was because the pepper sauce on the steak had too much black pepper. I love black pepper but it was hot, too much so for my wife

1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 21:07

Lovely food, friendly staff and a really nice atmosphere. Can't really go wrong with this place. We're just delighted to have it as our local Italian. We'all be back again soon!

1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 09:23

Lovely place, with great service. Food is excellent. Best restaurant in the area. Went here for my birthday and the staff made it a lovely evening. Thank you so much :)

2 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 10:22

Amazing food, great (if not sometimes a little overbearing) service, great wine, couldn't really fault the evening. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff. My steak was cooked to perfection, would definitely come again.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 13:39

Great food. Very good price - we got the earlybird deal. Staff were great and very attentive. We'll definitely go again. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the overall experience.

1 review so far 6
09.03.2017 07:18

Great food good atmosphere and really pleasent staff Laura extremely good. Fish cake starter lovely followed by a Calzone great flavour with a brilliant cheesecake desert all washed down with Peroni

1 review so far 5
23.04.2017 08:36

We found that the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The food was very good and there was a very good wine list. Would recommend this restaurant to anybody who hasn't been. We will definitely be returning

1 review so far 4
29.03.2017 09:35

Food was ok, disappointed with the seafood spaghetti and risotto dishes....the only seafood to be found was tiny mussels. I counted 1 small prawn, my mum had none and I think one small squid per dish. Nonetheless it was tasty, good service and mostly friendly staff

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 22:43

Great service and fantastic food. Table was ready on out arrival and service was prompt. Wide range of starters and mains and a reasonably priced kids menu. Will definitely return!

1 review so far 6
19.12.2016 13:26

Food was fantastic, hospitality excellent. My partners birthday they made us feel very welcome, I would highly recommend this restaurant and will be passing it to friends and family.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 01:27

Excellent choice of food and service was great. Thank you for a fantastic evening of fun! I would highly recommend the beef and Aldo the meatballs which were great

1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 08:45

Fantastic food and fantastic staff, very friendly . Love going to this restaurant, never had a bad experience here, even have a disco upstairs to finish your night off

1 review so far 5
30.05.2017 07:59

The staff were really friendly and the food was delicious. Lots of different dishes to chose from but I had chicken pate to start followed by spicy sausage pasta. Would definitely go there again.

1 review so far 6
29.11.2016 09:13

Could not fail to enjoy dining on lovely food in a great restaurant with a tremendous atmosphere. Could not fault the service a restaurant we will return to.

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 07:59

A fantastic place. Bustling with people and the food was exceptional! Very quick, efficient service and good vale for money. Will definitely visit again in the near future.

2 reviews so far 6
26.03.2017 23:28

This is a great restaurant.Easily the best around.Fantastic food and attentive friendly staff.Went on Mother's Day.A really busy day but the same high standards.We will be back soon.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 13:46

The meal was lovely, the staff so warm and friendly. They all sang Happy Birthday to my husband after the meal. It is great value for money.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 14:14

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere. Waiters attentive and warming. No delays in getting your food out and they waited until you were ready for the next course.

1 review so far 6
29.11.2016 13:21

The food was lovely and the staff were very helpful and friendly! I will definitely be going back again very soon! Thanks for a lovely evening x

1 review so far 6
02.01.2017 12:17

The staff are very welcoming and friendly - a very pleasant atmosphere. The experience on New Year's Eve was fantastic. The food and wine were excellent.

2 reviews so far 6
29.01.2017 18:00

Amazing food and service as always. We are regular customers and recommend to everyone. Authenic italian food and owner and employees make everyone feel really welcome.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 07:41

Great atmosphere and lovely food. Visited many times and always had a great meal. Perfect place for a cosy meal for two or for large groups.

1 review so far 6
07.11.2016 14:53

Good food excellent service apart from my partner being given lobster ravioli rather than spinach when she is a vegan. Soon sorted though and apologetic

1 review so far 6
04.02.2017 09:52

We had a great evening, food amazing, staff lovely and there was live music, will definitely be back in the near future. Thanks to everyone

2 reviews so far 6
01.04.2017 21:07

All food choices were delicious and generous portions. Service was friendly and attentive too. Saturday nights are very busy so booking in advance is recommended.

1 review so far 6
01.02.2017 08:20

Fantastic food, great wine and really friendly staff (especially the manager/owner) who make you feel really welcome! We'll definitely be going back there again! :)

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 17:09

We had really lovely food and very fab service, thank you all so much for a wonderful afternoon! We will be back very soon! X

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 09:22

The food was Beautifuk and the service was attentive and friendly. There was a lovely atmosphere too - thank you! We'll definitely be back soon!

1 review so far 6
12.01.2017 18:25

Always an excellent menu, good food and excellent service. Atmosphere is warm and friendly and staff are anxious to please. Would recommend highly to everyone.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 18:29

Been a few times, food is always lovely and good value, place is spotless and staff are very nice, we recommend this place very highly

1 review so far 6
09.12.2016 12:48

superb food and staff .very welcoming and exteremley bright and cheerful room.would recommend to anyone.christmas menu was amazing and cooked to perfction,overhaul a lovely experience.

1 review so far 6
24.02.2017 08:15

Always such lovely service, great food and efficient assistance. Recommend to anyone. Took our in-laws as knew you wouldn't disappoint. Keep doing what you're doing.