Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

4.7
4560 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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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Tables are too close together and it makes it seems as though you’re dining in a military mess hall. Also the waiters bump in to you as they’re trying to serve other table.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a great lunch; our server was simply outstanding! We will certainly be back, and have recommended you to friends visiting Napa Valley.

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

Still fabulous after all these years. Great food, knowledgeable staff...the "go to" place for locals.

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San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the second time we've dined at Bistro Don Giovanni while visiting Napa. This time we asked to be outside because we were on the early side and the weather was mild. The ambience was lovely and not quite as noisy as indoors. The service was excellent - as quick or relaxed as we wanted. Order the pizza to split with others to start. It is amazing! Their handmade pasta is also a special treat. I will go back anytime I'm back in Napa!

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

Always excellent.

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TD
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and wine!

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

The food at Bistro Don Giovanni never disappoints. Usually the service is terrific, but on a busy Friday some of our requests had to be made twice. It's my favorite restaurant in the valley and easy to get to from my house...just a few minutes away. For many years this has been a place of many celebratory meals and hopefully will continue to be.

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OT
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food consistently good. No complaints. Delicious but not spectacular. Wait staff overly busy. Only complaint -- very noisy. We enjoyed our meal;

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

Best pollo diavola on the planet.

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O
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food and good service. A great place to dine. The meatball appetizer was superb

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WO
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The always busy, always boisterous Bistro Don Giovanni is a fine, albeit not special, fixture on the Napa dining scene. It has a great outdoor terrace on a beautiful Napa night, a far more quiet place than the raucous dining room and bar. The food is fine, the menu not special, the wine list great. But, for a Bistro/Trattoria Don Giovanni is surprisingly pricey.

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DC
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The meatballs are amazing the pork chop was incredible the pasta à la fungi was marginal and unfortunately the dessert menu was really nothing special.

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NN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a great place to dine and bring visitors to the Valley with you. However there are several caveats.

1. Very, very loud. The restaurant is always very busy.

2. Service is efficient but not warm. The servers are so busy that they take an order and are gone till they drop the check. Service attendants are good however. Food is good however.

3. We have been there both for our anniversary and birthday and made the special occasion known to management or hostess. Both times in spite of promises,nothing was done. Disappointing as this is not a cheap restaurant.

Bottom line is that it is a good restaurant but the nose level and sterile service are major detractors.

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B
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian Restaurant in Napa. Great service and food.

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EH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bistro Don Giovanni is one of my favorite places in Napa. The people are so friendly and the food is delicious!

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V
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Don Giovanni never fails to impress and satisfy us!
Fabulous!
We look forward to our next visit.
Diana and Vince Zuccaro

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW!!! Amazing...everything!

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SF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed at Bistro Don Giovanni. Great frito misto and branzino. Everyone in our party of 5 was very pleased. Corkage was reasonable and service was excellent.

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F
London
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MY FAVOURITE "GO TO" RESTAURANT IN NAPA VALLEY. EXCELLENCE FROM BEGINNING TO END.

SERVER WAS FRIENDLY WITHOUT BEING INVASIVE .... WE ALL HAD A WONDERFUL LUNCHEON

LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING AGAIN SOON.

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UV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Always loved this restaurant but the noise level was deafening - not just the blaring music, but the host and hostess were talking so loudly, it was difficult to carry on a conversation. Will go back for the food but not when it's for a business meeting.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice!

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E
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but the service was a little slow and not as attentive as we would have liked.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, extremely prompt service, wonderful spot to eat after our wine tour

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JD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife's birthday here with a very pleasant lunch outside on the deck, overlooking the lawns, garden and whimsical fountain. We started off with Rombauer Chardonnay, followed by Caesar Salads, then a Strozzapreti Bolognese pasta, and Seared Salmon Filet. We both enjoyed out selections, and I was particularly impressed with the mashed potatoes that had an enchanting flavor. I think I detected sour cream and a hint of garlic. We leisurely finished our wine and then had a Creme Brulee and an Affogato for dessert. Completed the experience with Coffee and a Double Espresso, and then off to spend the rest of a glorious day in the wine country.

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SS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my friend’s retirement so I wanted to treat her with a special meal in a special place.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience overall was great. Food was well prepared and taste was wonderful this time.

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CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, as always! Don Giovanni is our favorite date night spot.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

EVERYTHING ON THE MENU IS DELICIOUS. VERY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN.

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DL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We come here often, always good, price and quality match.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been enjoying Don Giovani’s for more than 20 some years! It never disappoints. The food, service and ambiance feels like you are dining with friends. Always looking forward to our next visit!

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k
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The dessert was great (butterscotch pudding). Lamb shack was great. But the ravioli or vegetarian options are nothing interesting or up to the mark. Very ordinary! The place is overcrowded! We still love the food, come there for the chef..

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k
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent all round
Enjoy every visit to Napa to this Bistro
Professor Jialal MD PHD

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BC
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful patio, impressive wine list, salmon was delicious!

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W
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our last night in Napa and one of the best meals of our trip! Truly fantastic food and service!!

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BW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great italian food in Napa. Nice atmosphere, and good scenery.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday lunch

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried olives were delicious as always. We especially enjoyed the frito misty and the octopus salad. Even though it was very busy our waiter was attentive and charming! Another wonderful experience at your bistro!

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NR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A few people we met convinced us to change our reservations to this restaurant. Although my husband enjoyed the lamb chops I thought my pasta with beef was mediocre. It was the only thing on the menu that looked good to me. FYI I am a picky eater. It was my bday and I was so disappointed

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Not what I would expect in Napa. If your basamic and oil is not up to par the rest of the meal is not going to get better. Very noisy and lack of service

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