Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

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4387 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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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! I asked our waiter for a recommendation and did he ever deliver! It was superb, my husband who is usually a red meat only fan even loved my chicken dish. Perfectly done!

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a
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we brought my mom here for her birthday, driving in from Davis. The first time was dinner when she turned 90, this time was Sunday afternoon lunch on her 92nd. It was a perfect spot to celebrate! The food was excellent, and the service was outstanding - attentive and helpful without being overbearing. It reminds us of an "old school NY Italian restaurant". We will be back for her 93rd!

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a good experience in this restaurant. It has a nice atmosphere for a weekend lunch, after visiting the wineries overthere. My dish, pollo with brocoli, was delicious! Great seasoning and very hot, just like I like it. My husband also enjoyed his food, lamb dish, however not as much as I did. The price is fair and the service was good, nothing outstanding.

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Staff always friendly and welcoming.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and very well priced.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Acoustics were a little on the noisy side but since there was a cancellation, the maitre'd ( without being asked by us) moved us from a table to a booth and that made a lot of difference. The other diners were obviously enjoying themselves and there was a nice friendly vibe to the whole evening. Food was terrific.

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SA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, very friendly, excellent food

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A
San Francisco
172 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Don Giovanni is simply the best restaurant in the Napa Valley. We just love it here. The food is fabulous, particularly any of the pastas. This evening, we had the ravioli al limone and the risotto with the short ribs, both of which were perfect. Great desserts and café amore as well.

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ZB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I enjoy the food at this restaurant. I’ve been several times. The food & the chicken barley soup was a recent favorite. The ambiance isn’t my favorite because the tables are close together, & since they’re a busy place, it is quite noisy. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside, & I prefer that environment when possible. I will continue to eat here for enjoyable, casual lunches.

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K
San Francisco
366 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BDG is my absolute favorite restaurant in the Napa Valley and I've been going there since it opened many years ago. It's difficult not to go every day, but one does need to hold back. My latest Sunday lunch included a branzino that was cooked perfectly along with lemon-dressed greens and a side of pasta (silk handkerchiefs in basil pesto). All their pasta is made in-house and it is divine. Not to be out done, we shared three desserts (who can decide?) including donuts (fried, sugared dough) with chocolate sauce, hazelnut ice cream with a hard cocoa covering and blood orange sorbet. My mouth waters just writing about it all!

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B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious and our server was extremely polite and funny to interact with. I made a reservation for the earliest time available which was 9:15pm. I was disappointed to find out when we arrived that the kitchen closed at 10:00pm. Although the food was delicious, I felt rushed to order and finish my meal. In addition, the corkage fee for a bottle of wine brought from the outside is astronomical, and not worth it whatsoever. Overall, I would revisit this establishment.

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DF
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok nothing special. Nice ambiance and friendly servers.

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SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliable with simple
Elegance. A lot cal
Treasure that shouldnt be missed.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a definite place to go eat when in Napa Valley. Great atmosphere and food!!

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K
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Our waitress was very friendly and informative. Our table was split on the speck and butternut squash pizza. Some liked it but I thought it needed a little more flavor and there were many burnt black spots on the bottom which ruined the taste. The ravioli was very good especially with our waitress’s suggestion to get the 2 sauces half and half. One thing that could be improved on service was that the bussing staff started to take away plates and the bread without asking and before we were done. When food is still on a plate I think the staff should ask the guest if they are finished and if the plate can be removed.

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DJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many thanks for making a very special occasion even more special. Your food as always was excellent and our server Jaye was outstanding. All the best in the New Year (2019)!!!

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

Amazing food and service!

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l
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was very prompt and attentive. Water glasses were never empty. Food was disappointing, particularly the risotto which oddly was made with artichokes (and a lot of them), and lentils. Not a good combo of ingredients. Fries looked good but were lukewarm. Sliced prime rib wasn't cooked well and was fatty. Olive oil on the table for the focaccia bread was very good.

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

Good place! Good food & service!

Nice staff.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall it was a great place with a delicious food. We ordered meat ball with polenta as an appetizer, which was very good. We also ordered de risotto and the gnocchi. The risotto was fabulous . I had better gnocchis before the gnocchi could have more potato. For dessert we had the butterscotch pudding - also amazing !!!

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MA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Don Giovanni is a special restaurant for the Winter holidays. My favorites are the sole, beet salad and the calamari. I highly recommend the creme brulee if you decide to go.

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!!! Fantastic service, wonderful food, superb atmosphere always brings us back. We are locals and it is our place for celebrations and just a fun dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great dinner for my mom’s 80th birthday! My mom used to come here for dinner 20 + years ago.

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LW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Use to frequent DG often and hadn’t for about a year - the food wasn’t near as good as before and the dessert trifle they have resized to 1/2 of what it use to be which somewhat changed the ratio of the ingredients (where’s the cake ?) . The spaghetti with clams wasn’t spicy at all -
Use to look be this dish as well ! The service - our waiter was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are locals in Napa County and need to come here more often. This is a gem.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were perfect!

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G
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasant restaurant to take friends or as a couple. Food is good, pleasant atmosphere and waite staff all good. Food is getting pricey and less servings but delicious. Love to eat on the patio in the summer. The menu offers choices for everyone’s taste.

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B
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They made New Years eve bery festive. my food was great my hsband was disappointed in his crab/ pasta dish. not very creative.

wr however will go back. my ravioli was excellent.

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Not up to par with past dinners here. We hadnt been here for a long time and the food just wasn't what we expected. Menu seemed uninspiring for it being new years Eve. I had the fettuccini with crab and bits of shell and too much heat made it not my favorite. My husband had the steak frites and it was very fatty. It was the only meat choice besides lamb and pork chop for most part that was on menu- which was surprising...won't go back again any time soon.

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TS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstandingly great food with a nod to a simpler life in Tuscany. Food doesn't need to be fussy or ingredient laden to achieve the flavor and purity a few local quality ingredients can, when cooked right, and over or near wood fire.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five Star. Classic. Perfect for a sunny, vibrant power lunch. Good place to be seen. Good place to hideout.

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GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall outstanding in every way. Have had numerous occasions there.

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! From the butternut squash soup to the risotto and on to dessert, every bite was awesome. A great place to people watch.

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were completely made comfortable from the first moment on entering to the last moment on leaving. From the owner to the busboys, all was well. The highest praise must go to our waitress-Jackie. She was the epitome of grace and warmth. She handled all our needs with aplomb, and was, without doubt, the best waitperson I've ever had, Absolutely wonderful. Of course the food was excellent. No surprize there, but that extra bit of service marked it as a special evening . I should also mention are bartender. I made a mistake on my cocktail order, and she fixed it up for me with big smile. Again, I think that attention to the customer makes all the difference.

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G
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was excellent, the bar was friendly as we had a drink before dinner. We sat outside, service was excellent and the food was amazing as well. The Wine was good and went great with the meal.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The food was very bland not very flavorful was thinking it was going to be more authentic I have been to Italy and was expecting my food to be somewhat the same as I was told it would be I paid $95 for two dishes and a salad it was very loud could not even really have a conversation but definitely heard everyone else’s the best part was the friendly people as we entered and left I’m sorry I will not be coming back and I will not be recommending it to my friends i know this I’m writing will not reach anyone it is just how I felt about the dinning I drove several hours to dine there for my birthday and was disappointed

Larry Matoza

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MA
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Giovanni came highly recommended as we planned our trip to Napa and we now know why!

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E
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I and visiting friends always eat at Bistro Don Giovanni. For this Friday night dinner, we took our in-laws with us and they never stopped talking about the evening. They loved the food, the environment and the staff. I had the butternut soup (wonderful) and the risotto with Duck confit (everyone loved it), our guests grazed through the appetizers and pastas's and enjoyed the bottle of wine we brought with us. Our guests had: Prosciutto di Parma, Grilled Octopus, various pastas and some very excellent desserts: bread pudding; butterscotch pudding and a mixture of ices and a plate of wonderful cookies. Everyone loved everything they ordered or tasted. The environment was fun, the staff attentive and two days latter we were thanked again for our visit to Bistro Don Giovanni's. When you go, be sure to order the soup, if you are a soup person. The pasta's are home made and as a person who has eaten my way around the menu, I don't think you can go wrong with any choice.

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DA
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service excellent. A very good experience. We will be back when near Napa!

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our go to place and it did not disappoint.

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