Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

4.8
4816 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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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and ambiance were outstanding, we went to celebrate my brother's birthday while in Napa.

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W
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here often and decided to bring our friends from Arizona to dinner here. They LOVED it. The Petrole Sole special was amazing, the chicken was just spicy enough and my salmon was perfect. The waiter was quick to recommend a nice bottle of wine without breaking the bank and he did an amazing job deboning the Petrole Sole table side. All in all it was a great experience. My only complaint is that I made my reservation through Open Table and requested an outside table but didn't get it. It was Monday night so not sure why, but we still enjoyed the evening.

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

Fantastic place, loved it!

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MF
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was really delicious great place in Napa Valley.

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

Comforting environment with commitment to service and quality ingredients. We dine here couple of times a year and look forward to every visit. Favorites include carpaccio, perfectly complemented by arugula , lemon and capers. Try not fill up on a pizza! Ricotta ravioli and fresh salmon are superstars. The lamb shank with gigante beans was fork tender and delicious. It’s been less than 24 hours and I’m looking forward to our next visit.

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite, throughout the years. Everything was perfect, they deserve to be super busy!

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RS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere.

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SR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The service and food is great. The service if fantastic.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great birthday lunch, and the group of older men "Boys of Table 31" were there and we a hoot!

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B
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was so good that we went first for dinner and later for lunch during our 5 day stay in Napa. We had the watermelon, capers and shared a pizza for lunch and all were delicious! Afterwards we finished our glass of wine around the fountain. Lovely experience.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The server was amazing. The risotto he realized I didn’t like and offered me another option which was fabulous. I had the ravioli with the lamb ragu and ended it with the amazing butterscotch pudding. I will definitely be back.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Based on several recommendations, we chose Don Giovanni’s for my husband’s birthday. The minute we arrived at the restaurant, we knew it was a special place. We had a later (8:30) reservation and the service was excellent. Our food was wonderful and they brought out a special dessert for my husband. We also ordered the Bostonini...which was divine.

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JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite for the past 28 years. I would come here every day if I could—darn that need to go to work!

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BC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very noisy! Tables are close together. Had to ask waiter for a glass of wine. He dropped of bread and menus and never asked. He came back quite some time later and we had to ask. Moderately slow service. Food was good. My port chop was a bit over cooked.

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N
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Carpaccio was outstanding.

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DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Best place for out of town guests. Great spot to run into friends. Views. Ambiance. Cheer. Joy. Place to see and be seen. Yummmmm.

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B
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service and a lovely patio looking onto their fountain made this our favourite spot in Napa. We went for supper and then returned for lunch a couple of days later!

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LR
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding, but the noise makes it hard to talk. We were four with a reservation and were placed at a very small round table, so we could hear each other, but the plates barely fit on the table. Ask for a booth if you are four people. Sit outside if the weather is nice - it is much quieter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have Celiac disease and it was my birthday, so I was hoping to find a place that I could eat at safely but celebrate also. I felt super safe here, and the servers took my needs very seriously. My whole family enjoyed. I will be returning.

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SP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Great place, the chicken dish was the best I've ever had!

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A
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have been dining at Don Giovanni from the day it opened - about 25 years ago - and truthfully, we've never had a bad meal. Over the years many of the faces in the kitchen and dining room have changed - Donna Scala, who was the heart and soul of the kitchen, has passed on - but the quality of the rustic Italian food, the warmth of the staff and the reasonable prices go on - and whether you are a local, a wine industry regular or a tourist visiting for the first time, Giovanni Scala and his staff will treat you like family.

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MS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to get a bad meal here. Service is first rate and food is consistently great. Very nice outdoor view of the garden/fountain in the summer months.

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J
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistro Don Giovanni is one of my family's favorite restaurants. We have been going there for over 20 years, and it is consistently excellent. The food is great, the service impeccable. Wonderful restaurant.

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l
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Don Giovanni is always yummy.
Have been going there for years...
The food is amazing, the service delightful....
We will return for sure.

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ML
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bistro Don Giovanni never disappoints. Have been going here for years and continues to be as essential to our trips to Napa as the wine and rolling hills of vineyards. Always prefer seating on the patio. Started with with fresh peach bellini and followed that with orders of salad and meatball appetizer. Our group chose the pesto pasta (the best anywhere) and fresh ravioli with tomato sauce (hard to beat). Ended the meal with a shared fresh fruit cobbler. It was all as wonderful as ever. Can't wait to get back!

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

Loved spending time at Bistro Don Giovanni while visiting with family!

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding as always.

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food

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S
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
Excellent food

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FG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place. We usually eat outside since it’s very pleasant. The food is always delicious, we had the octopus and carpaccio as appetizers and the ravioli and the risotto. Service is great as well.

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LW
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I answered 5 stars on noise level. To be clear I was outside on the patio in the afternoon. I don’t know what the noise level inside is like. Food is amazing. I had the halibut with fava bean purée, Fritto Misto, watermelon salad and sorbet for dessert. Everything was stellar! Service is very friendly and quick. Top notch professionals all the way around

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeff was a fantastic waiter. Great suggestions and always there when we needed him.

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T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were there for a birthday. We were put out on the side deck. Not as nice as in the restaurant or front outside. Service was nice but slow. Most everyone else left before we finished and we were the only ones left in that area.
Food was good though and we will return but for a better table.

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EA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would not think of going to Napa Valley without dinning at Bistro Don Goivanni. Been eating there ever since it opened and never once was disappointied

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VE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been dining at Bistro Don Giovanni for over 10 years. I absolutely love this place. Quality has remained constant over the years. Can't recommend this place more! DO yourself a favor and treat yourself!

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LG
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our second time to Bistro Don Giovanni. Both times were consistent and excellent. Friendly and professional staff. Terrific food and drinks. Really nice and comfortable environment. We will be back again and again...

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CC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I normally give a 5-star to this restaurant, but something was off, I think because of our waiter. He was not very attentive. I can honestly say I don't recall that he came by to ask how everything was, if we ever needed anything. I specifically mentioned it was my sister's birthday we were celebrating, but nothing was done or said. He was very quick to pick up the credit card(s) and didn't give me a chance to speak. Very unlike the norm at this restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Don G’s, always a favorite always consistent always excellent

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KG
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved dining here for lunch! Service, ambiance, food was amazing! Definitely will be coming back again!

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