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Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa
Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrodongiovanni.com
  • Email: pasta@bistrodongiovanni.com
  • Phone: (707) 224-3300
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Donna Scala
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for catering questions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our terraces are fashioned to create two separate dining areas and are the perfect venue to entertain your family, friends or business associates.

    Our fireside Terrace seats up to 45 guests. Completely enclosed and heated for winter, the French doors and garden windows are open to the Napa Valley throughout the summer.

    Our Parco Terrace seats up to 25 guests and also has outdoor heaters for those breezy evenings. It has a spectacular view of the valley’s majestic mountains and our own flourishing gardens.

    All private events are designed under Donna's direction to insure the most enjoyable guest experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Curtis Bradford (707) 224-3345

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 29
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa
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.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "try the carpacio - mouth watering. rest of meal was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "In a food and wine mecca, it takes an extraordinary restaurant and experience to truly rate outstanding across the board. Warmly welcomed on our first visit to this restaurant, reservation honored, finely crafted food and drinks, excellent wait staff and service at every turn. Truly the highlight dining experience of a week spent in Carmel and Napa Valleys. The location near the highway is not a detriment. We will return and encourage all our friends to visit."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great food with a great atmosphere. I am very happy we decided to eat here during our visit in Napa. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Don't be fooled by the basic appearance from the highway once inside this is a beautiful spot with great food and staff"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Whenever I want a great meal, I know I can depend on Bistro Don Giovanni; whether it is my favorite salmon with mashed potatoes (my comfort food), or one of the occasional new items on the menu."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have been to Bistro Don Giovanni several times and have never been disappointed. One of our "go to" spots when visitors come to Napa."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food is always delicious here, and I really like that they have added some new items to the menu. We had every one of the daily specials, and each was done to perfection. The cocktails were very good as well. We came for a late lunch/early dinner and were there for about two hours. Nobody tried to rush us along, which was great."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Always the best food. The risotto was great! Try the Fried olives."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food, service, location are all the perfect way to end a day at the wineries. My friends loved the fried olives and the pizza was delicious. Would definitely come again next time I'm in Napa to try more of the menu. It also overlooks a vineyard if you're there earlier enough."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Overcooked pork chop that was tough. Asked that mashed potatoes be served on the side so they wouldn't be covered in the sauce.when the dish was brought back (aftery dining companion was completely finished eating) I asked for it to be boxed, the owner brought it all in the same box, even though I had asked for it on the side. He also made the comment that the first chop was moist. So much for the customer is always right."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Trip Advisor reviews and ratings never let me down! Being in the hospitality industry we tend to Really appreciate good service and recognized That our serve staff went above and beyond. They were extremely attentive and knowledgable Of the menu and specials. We are new to Napa And will definitely be back and recommend it To our guests at The White House Inn and Spa Where my husband and I are Innkeepers/managers."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We have been dining at Bistro Don Giovanni for 10+ years and continue to be impressed by the food, staff, service and overall dining experience. The pork chop remains the best in the Bay Area."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Once again, a memorable meal at Bistro Don Giovanni. I have been a guest there for about 20 years . A special occasion or just dinner with another couple. Great service, beautiful setting and the food is fresh and distinctive. We had my grandsons 16th birthday on Sunday and reminded him that we had their parents rehearsal dinner there 18 years ago."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Every aspect of this place is just perfect! Relaxed, comfortable setting with excellent quality and service!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Bistro Don Giovanni has wonderful food and service. We like to sit outside for lunch. Entrees are always delicious, and the butterscotch pudding is incredible."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was a perfect place for our last night in Napa. Amazing food and cocktails - sat outside on the patio and had an amazing view of their fountains and endless vineyards. Love it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Mostly great food, inside very noisy, very attentive and friendly staff. Outside patio dining is best. This time we were put at a small table for two right next to the stairs down to the lawn. Don't sit there. Ridiculous they think this is a dining spot. We were jostled by everyone going up and down the steps. Salmon/potato dish wonderful. Pizzas always good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As a local, we have many great choices in Napa Valley. Don Giovanni is not one of them. We will spend our dining dollars and time at other restaurants that actually care about the dining experience. The food is very good. The attitude of the host and the service staff is geared toward tourists (who apparently are not as discerning) and well known local vintners. If you want to be made to feel that they are doing you a favor, then this is your place. The host was arrogant, not friendly and more concerned with prancing around. The wait staff made minimal effort. We were not told about all of the items that were in addition to the regular menu, they brought the wrong bottle of wine (at first), and generally it was all about turning the table."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food and the service are outstanding at Don Giovanni. We thought the food portions were very good. Service was among the best we have ever had. The noise level is very high - my husband and I had to lean toward each each other to talk. The tables at the entrance are extremely close. I am glad we were able to get a table for 4 even though we were 2. I would like to come back and try brunch."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "On our first trip to Napa we were fortunate to have a local recommend Don Giovanni. From the moment we arrived , it was an incredible experience. The atmosphere and decor is absolutely charming and most interesting. The menu was varied and each of our dishes were excellent. The service was attentive - but not rushed. Overall it was one of our best dining experiences and one that we highly recommend to anyone visiting the Napa area."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We come here often and always find the place lively and delicious."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Been going here for 25 yrs. Always excellent because it's consistent, fresh and quality ingredients."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Still firing out beautiful food. Donna and her proteges created a legacy."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We came to Bistro Don Giovanni as a last minute impulse dinner before heading to SFO to fly out of town. We were greeted and served promptly - began with the fritto misto, which was nice and light, not too heavy, although larger than we expected! We each had a pasta - the duck ragu and the papparadelle - both of which were fabulous. I'm not normally a dessert person, but I had to go with the buttermilk panna cotta, and I was glad I did - smooth and creamy. It felt like a nice, neighborhood atmosphere with friendly and efficient service."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Everyone at Bistro Don Giovanni took great care of making sure that our anniversary celebration went well from being greeted upon arriving to bidding farewell. We will definitely be back! Gratzie BDG!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Bistro Don Giovanni was highly recommended by a coworker. We were disappointed in the service (not attentive), and the food was OKAY. We will give this restaurant a second try."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Don G is always a place that you will "the local's". We go to see Old friends make New friend. The food is fabulous the view is breath taking. Sevice outstanding"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience: food/venue/service. Price wise it's sooo much more affordable than the next town: Yountville. 'Twas recommended by locals in St. Helena. We would've spent $75 more if we went to places on Yelp etc. and didn't know better. We went early (5 pm) so were able to get a great table outdoors. Felt like we were in Italy. Enjoy"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We picked Don Ginovanni's based on other's ratings and comments. It was as expected. Good food, fair prices for Napa Valley and a great location right on Hwy 29 just a few miles North of Napa. We ordered too much food but ate everything. Next time I would order one entre and a salad and split them."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great food...great crowd of people...everyone knowing they're having a great meal and experience. A special treat for us every so often. You can't go wrong here."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "While food is quite good, the service is slow….slow….slow….and ruined the meal."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I have been going to Don Giovanni since the time they have opened...the food has always been consistently excellent. Unfortunately the service has seem to have fallen off a bit. Alot of confusion, not timely in getting water to the table or coming to take your order. Seems to be not only busy which is a good thing, but chaotic. In saying that....I will continue to support the restaurant and hope they get back to thier original excellent customer service."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had an excellent server and ceasar salad--one of the best we have had. We bought a bottle of Raffinelli Zin (excellent) We have dined here many times and are usually very happy with the food, but our entree was not very good at all. It was a pasta with Lamb shank, olives and artichokes in a tomatoe sauce. There was very little lamb and the flavors really collided. We should have sent it back, but our fault we did not. It might have been better with more lamb in it. Our first bad dish, but it was really bad--next time we will send it back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We were plesantley suprised, the food was to die for and service was excellent! After a long day of wine tasting this was the perfect spot to relax, enjoy the scenery and fresh made pasta. It is inexpensive and service was awesome. Make reservations as it fills up quickly. We would go back to this restaraunt in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I have been going to this restaurant since it opened over 21 years ago. It has never disappointed me. The food has always been excellent, good service and I like the ambiance. Another plus is that you can bring your dog and sit out on the patio."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good food overall. Fritto misto was very tasty although just a tad greasy. Both pastas were very tasty, although one of them must have sat for a while in the counter before being sent out. Good but not quite excellent experience. As to the service... we had two servers. The one who dealt with us the first half of our meal (F young blonde) was very underwhelming (Yes, I understand you'd rather have us order wine, and lots of it but please refrain from huffing and puffing in our face when we decide not to order wine). The 2nd server (Italian M trademark sideburns) we had (2nd half of our meal) was delightful, knowleadgeable, and clearly viewed food and the hospitality industry as his calling. I wish he had been our server throughout our meal!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Great food and wonderful service in a delightful atmosphere makes this always our go to place when visiting Napa for some wine tasting. The ravioli special our server recommended was amazing. The house wine is also very good. We treated our friend to a birthday lunch on the sunny patio and could not have been more pleased. They eve brought out our dessert with a candle on it without us saying anything. Our wonderful server from Florence overheard us and surprised us. That's service!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is a restaurant that we will come back to! The ravioli with lemon sauce were in a word, perfect! We had great service, an attentive, helpful waiter, the other staff kept our places clean and our water glasses on this warm evening filled. The pannacota melted in your mouth! Try it!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Spent the day in Napa and took our 6 month-old beagle. Let them know we were bringing her and wanted a seat on the covered deck. The waitress was great. Very friendly. The food is great. We've been there for dinner a few times. The lunch menu has a wide variety of Italian items. Staff was friendly and attentive. We had a great time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Made reservations because it is listed as dog friendly. This is not dog friendly. We were told that if other diners complained, we would need to remove the dogs. Then, the resident cat came by; the dogs got excited and did some barking. If someone had asked politely, I would have been happy to put the dogs in the car. However, a man at a table of 6 in an adjacent part of the patio pounded on the glass dividing doors and ordered us to get the dogs out. I complied but my apology was not acknowledged. The octopus sopressata, tender but with a bitter green puree that ruined it. The spaghetti and clams was bland and the pappardelle was topped mint that overwhelmed it. However, the pastas were prepared perfectly and the tiramisu was excellent."
    Dined on 3/15/2014