Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

4.8
4764 reviews
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Bistro Don Giovanni offers a warm and inviting experience with all the personality of a Mediterranean hideaway. Chef Donna Scala’s rustic fare incorporates local fruits, vegetables, meat and fowl into traditional, fresh Italian dishes with her signature, creative flair. Freshly baked breads, local olive oil, beautiful salads, tasty appetizers and homemade pastas are inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley. Main courses offer an array of regionally sourced and highest quality creations of chicken, steaks, burgers and seafood. The bar features hundreds of Napa Valley and Italian wines as well as a host of signature cocktails.
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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took some friends who appreciate finer dining and we all loved it! Extensive and varied menu choices, every dish was delicious! We'll definitely be back.

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YH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance of dining al fresco! Delicious food and a tremendous wine selection. Excellent service❤️

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KR
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience- First visit and we will be back- The food and the service were amazing- Be sure to get the fried Olives! The fresh flowers in the entrance were gorgeous and added a special touch! We can’t wait to come back!

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s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared the Frito Misto, followed by the Bibb lettuce salad with peaches and a wonderful pasta .Terrific service

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JR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a great meal! Pasta is handmade and delicious!! The bolognese was spectacular! A great choice after wine tasting. Our server, Eric, was extremely nice and we received excellent service. Great pick!

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RG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and service in a beautiful setting.

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KK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Let me start out by saying we love this restaurant! We love to sit on the patio looking across at the beautiful gardens and vineyards while enjoying a glass of wine and a good meal.

We are locals who live in Napa and often get take out or eat at the restaurant..last Friday we decided to to eat at the restaurant. We sat outside (our fav thing to do as summer begins) but we were so uncomfortable because we were sweating from the lack of airflow.

Unfortunately we were seated in the back corner of the patio and it was blazing hot. There were no fans to move the air or misters to cool us off...why not? This is such an easy fix...restaurants in Palm Springs or Scottsdale use misters and fans so that their diners can enjoy a glass of wine and a good meal outside.

We didn't want to order another glass of wine or stay for dessert...we wanted to get out of there!

However, the food was great and our server David was top notch. But the heat was oppressive where they sat us and it ruined an otherwise good dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

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JG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as always. Still our favorite restaurant after all these years. Food, ambience, service, landscaped grounds—just perfect.

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OP
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Bistro Don Giovanni is consistently at least very good if not outstanding with food and service. Sometimes the noise level is quite loud. It is our favorite local restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was amazing !!
Beautiful night too!!

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RS
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Food was the best. Server Austin was so great! We came two days in a row it was so good. Srsly

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CL
Sacramento
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Picture perfect day to dine outside at Bisto Don Giovanni. We began with the bruschetta, which was unbelievably good. There were two of us and the serving was four large slices of perfectly toasted bread topped with cheese and roasted eggplant and tomato. Worth the trip just for that item. We split the butterleaf salad with fruit, which was fabulous. My friend had the ravioli with tomato sauce. Very large ravioli cooked to perfection. Delicious! I had the penne Puttanessca. I admit to not paying attention to the fact that it included anchovies - LOTS of anchovies. Not my favorite meal. It was good, but they should really ask if you love anchovies because otherwise you'll want something else. Again, my mistake. I'm sure it was good. The best Arnold Palmer I recall every having. While refills on water were plentiful, I was never offered a refill of iced tea. Wait staff and assistants were very good, otherwise. Highly recommend.

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view from the patio is lovely, the service was impeccable and the sunset graced us at just the right time. A wonderful evening that bears repeating!

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m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food there is fantastic! Tried the Akaushi steak that I have heard so much about and never seen before in California; so, so good! Had the frito mist, ( a must!), fried olives (devine) and gnocchi. The service is outstanding and love that they allow our dog to eat with us on the beautiful deck. Can' wait to go back!!

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GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch...awesome service. Loved the fried olives!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We dine at B.D. Gio. at east twice a year. The food is some of the best; the Lamb Shank in particular is the best I've had traveling around the World. The Ravioli, Butter Lettuce Salad are stars. The flavors on all the dishes are as good as you can find. The medium size portions allow for you to still have room for the best tiramisu in the wine country. The food is so good that you don't pay attention to the noise level, which means, it's not an intimate romantic place to go, but rather it is an elegant Italian family dining experience with the feeling of being a celebration in the vineyards of Tuscany. Busy every night so plan accordingly.

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BW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal. For starters, the meatballs and polenta with red sauce was heaven! My wife and I split the Ousters and linguini and pork chop. The pork chop was the best pork chop I’ve ever had. Our friends had the salmon and braised lamb shank. We split the tiramisu and Creme brûlée! Both were to die for!

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L
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The meatball appetizer with tomato ragu on a bed of soft polenta was excellent. We love their meatballs. It is close to my own meatball recipe at home.
The grilled pork chop was slightly over cooked but still flavorful with a delicious side of beans and tomatoes. Their made from scratch pasta dishes are consistently top notch.

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p
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good food but noisy but good otherwise. IIIIIIII

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Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bistro Don Giovanni is a great looking restaurant. Wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner. To noisy. We had dinner on Father's Day. The menu was limited and not a good value. I'll try again on a non special day in the future.

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SB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Carlos was awesome! It was lovely sitting outside and the food was perfect. From the Frito Misto to the salad to our entrees of Lobster pasta for my husband & Stuffed Squash Blossoms for me. Oh, and the Luna Pinot Grigio was just right too.

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Amarillo
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was mediocre and the food as well. We havent been for a while and thought we try it again, but compared to other restaurants in the area this one lacks good service and f=great food.

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and environment was awesome as usual

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent...excellent service, excellent food, excellent place!!

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K
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! We will definitely be back!

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B
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! Best Italian in Napa! You get a very generous portion for the price. Atmosphere is lively but not too loud so you can hear your table talk.

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DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite. The best. Power lunch dining at the highest level. In all ways. Refreshingly old school. So much so that it made the millenials with their face stuck in their phones look even more foolish than they already are!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in Napa. Visited while we were on holiday from Scotland. Had booked in advance of arriving in Napa. No problems. Very close to our hotel so easy to walk back. Will definitely visit again next time in California.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic presentation and flavor of the meal. Waiter was very attentive and pleasant. Can’t wait to go again!

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FS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great visit! Still one of my favorites in the Valley. You were so accommodating to us with our baby! Thank you guys, you treated us like gold. Looking forward to our next visit.
Cheers,
Frankie

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CC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have dined here often and appreciate the food, service and ambience.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We always eat here when we’re in Napa! Consistently great food. They never disappoint.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We have been going to Don Giovanni's for special family events for many years. Although we will probably continue to do so, I feel that over the last couple of years, the dishes do not consistently shine as they once did. Old favorites such as the salmon are always excellent, but both of the other fish dishes we had last week were quite unremarkable - one overly seasoned (tuna) and one rather bland (sea bass). I'm not sure if the kitchen is in different hands, but for the price, I am hoping that the consistent excellence returns soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Chicken and it was amazing!

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KS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always like coming to BDG, great foods, drinks and wines. Atmosphere is great, love eating on the patio. We will continue to enjoy as one of our favorite restaurants in the Napa Valley. Wonderful. And always refer my guests and friends to your restaurant. Karen

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Excellent service and well prepared food. We've been many times and have never been disappointed

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LF
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday celebration! Delicious food, lovely corner table, great service. Excellent !!

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M
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

My fave restaurant in Napa but service was sub par when we ate. Appetizer plates came late. Same with wine pouring. When I started complaining that’s when it got better. Server should be always on his A game.
Our visitors from Montreal were happy and that what counts.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great food

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance and service was great! We sat outside in front of a fountain which was very peaceful! The food reminded us of the food we ate in Italy. We will definitely be back

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