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

Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa reviews from OpenTable diners
322 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (226)fit for foodies (199)special occasion (132)good for groups (113)notable wine list (112)great for lunch (111)neighborhood gem (103)romantic (90)scenic view (74)hot spot (59)vibrant bar scene (42)great for brunch (36)kid-friendly (36)late-night find (18)Show More
  • Not what I remembered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    My husband and I have been here several times, and the food and service was excellent. Unfortunately, this visit was a bit disappointing. We each had a pasta dish. My husband's Bucatini was tasty. My linguini with clams was a generous portion, but was too salty and had a grittiness to it. Several times I could feel the "crunch" from sand in the dish - not pleasant. Service was just ok. It took me 5 minutes to get a waiter's attention to bring some balsamic vinegar for the bread. The restaurant is beautifully decorated.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I have been to Bistro Don Giovanni and have had varied experiences. This time the food was awful. I ordered the bruscetta with tuna and beans. When it arrived all four pieces of toast were burned. They were so burned that you couldn't even taste the tuna and beans. Plus, they looked burned and no one stopped the cook from sending this to the table. I won't return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food & Service
    luv2eat
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. A couple of us in the party arrived very early for our reservation, and we seated without a problem. The servers were very attentive, and friendly. All the dishes ordered were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    dineoutalot
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Have eaten here many times over the last several years. I will always return to this fabulous Napa Restaurant because the food is consistently delicious. The salmon with buttermilk mashed potatoes was perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro D.G. has been discovered!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went on a Saturday night at 6:00 PM with Open Table secured reservations.. B.D.G. was packed and we waited twenty-minutes to be seated. Hustle, Bustle and Noise but the service and food were excellent. We're planning a return in a few days.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Autumn Afternoon at Don Giovanni's
    Lucca
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We set outside overlooking the garden fountain on a beautiful fall afternoon. Food and service were excellent. We never felt rushed. A wonderful way to soak up Napa Valley....,great good, great wine, wonderful company....What more could you ask for? Don Giovanni's is always my "go to place" for special occasions, entertaining out-of-town guests, or just treating myself. Never, in all the years of going there, have I been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarrettVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We had a great lunch there yesterday. The Seasonal menu was delicious, the staff friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best meal on our honeymoon!
    Merl
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We stopped in Napa for one night on a California road trip honeymoon and were not disappointed with bistro don Giovanni. The food, wine and service were excellent. Our waiter was engaging and knowledgable. Will be back next time we are in napa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    efran
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I always recommend Don Giovanni to people who are looking for a great Italian meal. A restaurant that caters to locals as well as welcomes tourists.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved our Lunch on Sunday
    FridayNiteDinnersVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We sat on the enclosed patio where the weather was perfect and the noise much lower than inside the restaurant. The chicken was cooked in a unique sauce and was delicious. The margarita pizza from the wood fired oven was the best we've had in our survey of such foods. I had the spaghetti and clams, which had a rich broth and a generous portion that provided me with enough leftovers for an extra meal. The wine list was very reasonably priced, which was a happy surprise. Definitely a place we'll return to when we are next in Napa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food. Terrible service.
    TruthInDining
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Really good food. But terrible service. The waiter was poorly trained. He had no time for us. He practically slammed the dishes on the table and ran away before we could say anything to him.
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  • Marv
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    An always reliable long-time Wine Country favorite over many years. Great creative Italian menu, varied carefully selected wine list, beautiful setting surrounded by vineyards, attentive service, easy to find on Highway 29, lots of parking. Highly recommended--especially as a great destination for a "day-out" from the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • napafoodie
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Consistently one of the best restaurants in the Napa Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable atmosphere and food
    DME1
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This place was recommended during our visit to Napa by some local residents. The food was excellent (particularly the chocolate truffle cake for desert) and the atmosphere was relaxed and accommodating, but at times our server seemed to forget about us (or was simply too busy to handle the volume). Generally, though, an enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, as usual
    Sethsgma
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My husband LOVED the braised lamb shank w/polenta. I had my favorite, ravioli w/lemon cream sauce - so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fouette
    Fouette
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    What an amazing launch last Friday for four of us, with two out-of-town guests. My grilled octopus starter was so well-prepared with fennel that my wife cancelled her main and had the octopus instead. The pappardelle with rabbit was another terrific dish. Our server - believe her name is Miriam - was knowledgeable, helpful, attentive and sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Luvgoodfood2
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We were in Napa for three nights we had dinner there our first night and loved it so much we went back there for dinner on our last night Pasta is delicious, so was the salmon,risotto Only complaint. Dinner was so good no room for dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience.
    SacFoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I'm from out of town and I have dined here once or twice a year for the last 10 years or so, and it's consistently excellent food and table service. It's a bit loud during dinner when it's a full house, but not a big deal for me because everything else makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pizza!
    lajanney
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had a quick bite to eat and chose the fig and Gorgonzola pizza and it was delicious! Great house red wine too! Affordable for how expensive Napa can get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A NAPA contender
    SusieQ
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Dined here with my wife on an October Friday night. Excellent food, service, and wine. The tables are quite close and the noise level high (or festive if you like that type of atmosphere). This probably would be perfect for a group of 6-8, less so for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a delight!
    JJ49VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is one of our favorite places when visiting Napa and it never disappoints. Food and service are wonderful - Glenn is an exceptional server and made the entire evening even more special! We brought friends to whom we had raved about the place and they loved it, too. We'll be back again when visiting this time next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    sweetie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    every dish was perfect but the fried olives blew our minds
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd give the food 6 stars ...
    SushiLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    OMG had the Fettucine with meat ragu. It was TO DIE FOR! I couldn't eat all of it there was so much, but I dreamed of it for days afterward. I actually searched for and found the recipe in a SF Gate article featuring the owner's recipe. Our service was excellent and when I was unable to polish off my meal, the chef de cuisine came out to make sure there was no problem with the food! I assured him it was delicious but I just couldn't eat it all. If I ever get back to Napa this will be a must-visit. I don't remember what my husband had but we loved loved loved this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dining
    Cali14
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    What a great hidden gem in the heart of Napa. Went here for my birthday, it did not disappoint.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This place was recommended to me by a "local" friend. We enjoyed a table for 2, outside on the deck. Great food and atmosphere. Servers were attentive but not overbearing. Great spot...would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST ITALIAN FOOD WEST OF ITALY
    localdiner
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The Italian waiter added just an extra essence of Italian flavor to the ambiance. He's from Rome. The food is always the best in the Napa Valley. It is our favorite romantic spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food
    DiabloTony
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We were 4 very happy "foodies." My wife adored her Scottish salmon with polenta I had a dynamite pork ragu pasta. Our berry pannacotta dessert was outstanding. Bistro Don Giovanni has been consistently outstanding for years. Our friends were equally pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    ABR18VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was very disappointed after dining at Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa. My husband and I came here based on recommendations and reviews for our anniversary dinner. The ambiance was great and we were excited with our choice when initially being seated. After ordering drinks and an appetizer, we were blatantly ignored and treated as if we weren't "as good as" (for lack of a better way to explain this) other couples and groups around us. We're not people to complain so we took this in stride and continued on to order after waiting for quite a bit of time. The food unfortunately fell right in line with the service for us. Again I hate to complain but being treated this way was extremely rude and disappointing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Slong
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had the whole fish and strozzspreti bologenese for our mains and the octopus and the grilled goat cheese for our starters Everything was wonderful!! I highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably Delicious
    SGWestonVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food and service at this restaurant have been great every time I've visited. My husband and I make a point to eat here even when we stay in Sonoma. It's totally worth the drive over the mountain. The food is always prepared to perfection, the menu is creative, and the service is excellent. We have relied on our server to suggest wine pairings and have not been disappointed. It's nice to see so many familiar faces each time we return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just like Moms
    Honeymooners
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I grew up eating Italian food from both my mother and my Grandmother. the menu is here is rustic Italian with a modern flair. I ordered on of my favorite dishes growing up with the Polpette, it was so delicious and flavorful. This dish brought me back to my childhood. My wife loved my reaction to the food. The service was well paced and the menu varied for tastes. A gem to remember when we come back to California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    Nancyelaine
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was great and for a Napa restaurant, I didn't think the prices were too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all about the food
    fishatarian
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We raved about the sole and the braised broccolini and the beet salad. All unique! The sole was crisply golden on one side, with a buttery flavor. The greens (broccoli leaves?) were perfectly done and savory. The pumpkin/pasta/white bean soup was unique and delicious. A hearty serving, too. Too bad the highway outside is so busy now. We ate outside in the back with an interesting fountain and sculptures but some road noise. The waiter delivered perfect service and has just enough Italian accent to be credible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doing it NAPA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great little find in NAPA......If your Italian or just a wanabe Italian....you'll love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    eyeguy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A wonderful place with great atmosphere and food fo a casual experience in the Napa tradition of superb food and excellent service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian food- do not miss
    Sanantoniogirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent Italian food here!! This place came highly recommended by a local friend and it did not disappoint!! For appetizers, based on other popular reviews I read, we started out with the Fritto Misto. Then for entrees, we had the pappardelle special which was very delicious, along with the rigatoni, which came with an incredibly tender, smoky, slow-cooked portion of a baby back rib. Wow, just amazing! I loved how everything is locally sourced, and they have gluten free options as well. For dessert we shared a panna cotta and it was lovely! So light and refreshing, served with a side of delicious berries. I would highly recommend this place if you are visiting Napa- Bistro Don Giovanni is a gem and the service was top-notch!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was good but not great. Table was "wobbly" and twice had to stick something under legs to try to stabilize. Good wine selection
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Experience!
    Hawthorn
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We all enjoyed our dinner, the experience was great from start to finish! The owner of the restaurant was charming and he really moved throughout the restaurant checking on his guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WELCOME TO TUSCANY . . . .
    FoodiesGaloreVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    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:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Deryl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great atmosphere, excellent food, wine list and service! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.