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

Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrodongiovanni.com/
  • Phone: 7072243300
  • 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 7072243345

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa reviews from OpenTable diners
403 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (293)fit for foodies (230)great for lunch (172)special occasion (167)neighborhood gem (134)notable wine list (133)good for groups (123)romantic (112)scenic view (107)great for brunch (69)hot spot (60)kid-friendly (58)vibrant bar scene (42)late-night find (27)Show More
  • Great food but cold staff..
    restaurantmonkey
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I tried 5 dishes here and 4 were fantastic, the 5th was very good but not stellar. I highly recommend this restaurant for the food, which is at a very affordable price point. The only negative is that most of the staff have an air of superiority.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JackVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious ragu on the pasta. Attentive service in a beautiful setting. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Terrific!
    woohooVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We love this restaurant....been coming here a couple of times a yr. for a very long time! (And it is 1 hr. 15min. from our house!) The service was outstanding, the decor is lovely and refreshing. The food was very good ...the tomato sauce on the ravioli was way too salty, but the lemon cream sauce was good. The antipasti dish was yummy, Caesar salad excellent, and the panacotta delicious. Hope to get here again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • suevVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    excellent dinner, outside on the patio. slow service to start. i think everyone walked in at once, but after we asked about the salads, things moved on at a good pace from there. Waiter was very nice and funny. Best ever upside down Peach semolina cake. really wanted the recipe
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    JerrylynVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Once again, Bistro Don Giovanni was fabulous. From the quiet corner table on the window line to the wonderful service by our waiter Enrique, everything was perfect! The Fritto Misto as always was delicious. We moved on to a Caesar Salad which was superb, and the entrees were Spaghetti & Clams and Rigatoni Con Polpette. Enrique was attentive and charming and the food was once again Perfecto! Thank you Bistro Don Giovanni for making our Saturday so special!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must in Napa!
    TrustmeIamItalian
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great location just off 29 nestled in vines, beautiful restaurant with adorned art patio. Now let's get to the good part, the food was excellent. We had the mozzarella Di bufala and heirloom tomatoes loaded with basil, the main was wood roasted branzino which was delectable. My wife had the Fritto misto, which was a twist from the usual calamari and shrimp, including string beans, onions and celery, very tasty, her main was risotto with shrimp, delicious. We topped it off in sharing a custard,chocolate and god knows what else "parfait", rolling to the car good. Portions are bigger than expected, good wine list. Excellent service, grazie Michele!!! Overall an excellent restaurant and would recommend everyone to try. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    LoveKittredge
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Menu was limited. Food was okay, not great. We had higher expectations based on reviews we read. The fish had lots of bones in it after the waiter deboned it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Delicious heirloom tomatoes, wonderful pasta dishes, creative desserts and the best Bellini I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food is great. Had a great appetizer, Figs wrapped in proscuitto (nicely crispy) stuffed with gorgonzola, yum. Patio sitting is preferable. Service is good. Certainly a good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Sit outside for a great view, except that you're next to the busy roadway... Food is delicious, and this is coming from an Italian! You can also bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    StevePVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    after many trips to Napa, finally booked a reservation for this past weekend. The food and service were truly outstanding. We accepted our waiter's recommendations for each course, and they were all wonderful. the restaurant is lovely, with a wonderful patio area. I had read about this restaurant in the San Francisco Chronicle Food and Wine section, and it lived up to its billing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Itialian in Napa
    Carybic
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The we the best Italian I have ad in Napa. Had Frito Misto - Fresh not one hint of oil. Shrimp risotto was cooked perfectly, just like Florence. Raviollo was heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Lunch at Bistrio Don Giovanni was very good, as the Minestrone soup, Caesar salad, and shrimp risotto,were all delicious. The service was most attentive and the restaurants setting in a vineyard made for a most enjoyable lunch. Prices are reasonable at Bistro Don Giovanni and this is an excellent choice for a meal when in the Napa Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistent
    LindajsweetpeaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Don Giovanni has always been a favorite. Consistent, excellent food and service. One of the truly great restaurants that aims to please. Thanks for caring.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dined at Bistro Don Giovanni, and had a wonderful time. We will never forget the evening, as it was notable for an entirely different event-the early morning earthquake that shook us all out of our slumber. We hope to dine there again, once everything settles down in the valley. Our hearts go out to everyone, and every business affected by the quake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elizabeth123
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Bistro Don Giovanni is a charming, welcoming restaurant just a few miles north of Napa downtown. It has a lovely garden with patio seating, as well as beautiful interior. The tables are a bit close, but that didn't affect our utter enjoyment of our meal--the fabulous Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad and a pepperoni pizza. All foods are organic, fresh, and local. Our waitress was sweet and helpful. I would definitely return to this gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • None Better in rhe Valley
    ArbitratorVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you're in the mood for well prepared rustic Italian food at reasonable prices in the Napa Valley - Bistro Don Giovanni is your kind'a place. You'll find the place jammed with wine industry insiders, locals and tourists - the noise level can deafening - the service is always good - the wine list is fairly priced - and there's outside seating with a view of the vineyards. You can spend a lot more and get a lot less at some of the Valley's trendier spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great discovery
    MSPWineGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Tried BDG on a work trip with colleagues. Outstanding across the board. Great offerings for both food and beverage. I wish the wine selections were more extensive for the Italians but it's Napa Valley -- I get it. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nice day sitting outside. Pasta bolognese was only ok. Fritto misto was great. Tricolore only OK. Server was an uninterested guy. Italian syrah has nice. Grade B.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday night dinner
    Michael
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Been here numerous times and it's always above par. We were seated immediately and had attentive wait staff. Our entree's were good however, not spectacular which was a little disappointing. We will still go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian gem in wine country!
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had an amazing meal at this beautiful wine country restaurant.. The setting is lovely, with citrus & fruit trees in the garden, with a nice courtyard filled with flowers! We had a reservation and initially were given a seating inside, which is not so great, but we requested an outside one, said we should have requested when we made one, but gave us one in the intermediate patio seating area instead, so was a good compromise! The service was too slow, it took an hour for our first course to arrive, looks like our waiter may have forgotten to place our order. The food is the best part of the experience, the peach salad, lemon ravioli, risotto, margerita pizza, pannacotta and fruit crisp were absolutely delicious. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Don Giovani's has great food and service but it's sooooo loud!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Baked chicken very good. Lemon ravioli tasted like a low calorie frozen dinner. Dessert yummy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    we went twice in a week. Loved being outdoors; not so much indoors. Food fabulous and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Noise level was oppressive. The dining room needs fabrics and/or other sound-deadening materials. Will choose another restaurant next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious as usual
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful dinner as always. We went for my birthday and I had my favorite ravioli al limone and a side of spinach. Fabulous service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro Don Giovanni
    NapaValleyWino
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wedding anniversary dinner. We chose Don Giovanni because they never disappoint. And, they did not this evening. Dinner was great but the service was the best. I had pre-ordered some bubbly for the table to be presented as we sat down. And, they were right there. Great suggestions for dinner, even presented a small desert for us to share. All in all, a great night, great dinner, great place. We couldn't recommend it more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our anniversary spot
    Karin
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We love this amazing place.. And we e made it a tradition of going for anniversary lunch each year. Thanks! Tip to new folks... The trifle is amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a 50th anniversary!
    silverfox
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A romantic atmosphere for our 50th. The service was excellent and the food spot on. All customers, couples or groups, seemed well served. Easy to find. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kathryn made our dinner!
    cinsolVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    While we picked this restaurant simply due to a combination of proximity to our hotel and consistently strong reviews, we would go back for both the food and service. I can't say enough about the talents of our server Kathryn (sp?) who through excellent knowledge of the menu and wine list as well as a fantastic sense of humor engaged us in an exceptional evening. The pasta dishes we had (Pasta of the Day and the best Pasta Bolognese I have ever had) were recommended by our server and she was spot on. In addition, the fish of the day was lovely. Far and away one of the best dining experiences I have had in Napa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a wonderful meal! We sat outside and it was lovely! The service was excellent and the food amazing! We hadn't been there in a while and it was as good as ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway a GEM!!
    hoteljeff
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This place is another one of our go to places!! Sitting out on the patio or on the side area with the Fire Place while enjoying a bowl of fried olives and a Martini is just the best. The Service is always on! Many of the team have been there for quite a few years. This last visit our waiter was wonderful---never rushed and so helpful. Well be back soon!! Thanks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Gluten-Free Options!
    SheriAndTheGirls
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A lovely place to have a late lunch! This was our second annual luncheon, and the experience was just as wonderful as last year. We dined outside on the patio, with a lovely view of the gardens and vineyards beyond. The service was outstanding - friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive to our needs. As always, the food was delectable. A nice assortment of salads and pasta offerings. But the best thing for me was was the Gluten-Free pasta options. Thank You!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such an incredible experience
    Belg58
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Its been a few years since we've dined here and what a nice return experience. Our favorite appetizer (fried olives) was not on the menu but its always available (little secret our wait staff told us). Every item was perfect and sharing is always an option. It does get crowded and a bit noisy, but not too loud to where we had to raise out voices to speak to each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must stop in
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fantastic as usual. Kind of a normal to stop here and have lunch on the way to the airport to head home.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HookerAlleyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I did not make this reservation & know nothing about it - Very odd. To receive this feedback questionnaire, does that mean someone showed up using my name?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LLL108
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    All round wonderfully consistently delightful restaurant, attractive to both locals and tourists. Especially friendly and warm atmosphere. Fabulous pear martini's !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cah1062
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We three all ordered the filet mignon on risotto. We asked for two of the meals to have the beef cooked well. When the plates were delivered, no questions were asked by the server as to who ordered the more well-done - all were the same - red rare. Tried to eat them, but had to send both back. Just a hassle to start the meal, and then send it back/ wait to complete the cooking. Felt the atmosphere was a bit noisy (and gratefully, we were on the outside area) and crowded inside - it was a Friday night, after all. Liked the house wine. Dessert very good - fresh peaches used. Our waiter worked hard to stay on top of things - and he even made a special olive oil/garlic/vinegar dip for our bread - he really did a good job.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Risotto
    2adults2kidsVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything was great, but the risotto was out of this world! The flavored were complex, savory, and fresh. Topped with a filet, it was one of the best entrees I've had in years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TUSCANY IN THE NAPA VALLEY . . . .
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The setting (inside & out) is spectacular, as it feels as though you're in Italy. The host, usually the owner (Italian) is very gracious & hospitable. The waitstaff are polished and know the product well. We shared the Grilled Octopus with frisee, potatoes, olives & chilies ($16) and it was so good, then the Beet & Haricot Verts with avocado, fennel and Roquefort vinaigrette ($12) which was incredible. We also shared the Pollo alla Diavola, a roasted Mary’s organic chicken with a corn, bacon & summer squash ragu ($25) = AMAZING, also a side order of the Tuscan Beans ($6) and at the table added salt & pepper, olive oil and a wedge of red onion = Over The Top ( just like my Italian grandparents would do :) Go and enjoy the experience !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.