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Donato Enoteca
Donato Enoteca

Donato Enoteca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.donatoenoteca.com
  • Phone: (650) 701-1000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00
    Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 6:00pm daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Donato Scotti
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Krista Merlino at 650-454-5644

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Middlefield and Main
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Donato Enoteca
Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and honest contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Donato Scotti that changes weekly determined by the freshest available seasonal produce. Homemade pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, meat and fish courses are available, executed in an authentic yet modern way. The menu spans every region of Italy and incorporates artisanal products, such as fresh imported burrata, prosciutto, grappa and olive oil. Other in-house specialties include sausages, mostarda and lamb prosciutto. The wine list focuses on smaller-production boutique wineries from Italy, California and France.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "I've eaten at Donato Enoteca 8 - 10 times before my most recent visit. Every time was wonderful: the food, ambiance, and especially the service. Last Saturday evening the food and ambiance were still great but the service was terrible, prompting several in my party to begin discussing where we should go to get something to eat when we walked out. Everyone at the restaurant apologized but things did not get significantly better: the drinks we ordered were slow in arriving, and our main course order was not delivered correctly (and one person's order was wrong). Management did substitute a superior wine for the one we ordered but too little too late. I'll go back but only once if the next experience is anything like this last one."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I recommend the Prosciutto as an appetizer and Pork Belly Risotto for the main course!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "When reserving a table on Open Table, one of the key features is the ability to leave special directions or comments in the reservation form. Since it was our 35th anniversary dinner, I did just this when reserving (we tried to choose a restaurant carefully, noting the romantic ambience comments from others). However, not one person acknowledged this, nor did they ask if we were celebrating anything that evening...from the hostess, to our server, to the manager, who made his perfunctory, impersonal rounds. It was pretty disappointing. Food was pretty good, appetizers delicious and my salmon cooked beautifully. Noise level was high. Service was okay-no smiles or extra care..just okay. Next anniversary dining dollars will be spent elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It was our first visit and the restaurant was recommended by a friend. We sat at the food bar and Mari was great to chat with. She also answered all our questions about the menu choices. The food was excellent. I hope we didn't distract her too much."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Donato does such a great job.... does not complicate things too much by keeping minimal number of choices within each category. I had the Prix Fixe Menu, an eggplant "salad" that was perfectly balanced - followed by Salmon and an awesome dessert of sliced green apples with gelato. The atmosphere is typical Italian bistro..... great service, and good value for what you get. Be sure to say hello to Donato while you are there. A big man with a big heart and a big desire to produce great food."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "In my opinion the restaurant rates on a scale of 1-10 - ten."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Overpriced and not a good value for the prices. My son ordered a gin and tonic - we paid $9 for the gin and $2 for the tonic. Really? We will not return. Food was mediocre."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I recommend the Buffalo/Bison appetizer. Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I have been to Donato several times in the past year and had a good meal every time. Very solid Italian food, no frills and reasonable prices. Nice deco and ambiance, quiet, and convenient (next to the movie theater). Best Italian in Redwood City/Menlo Park/Palo Alto (yes we have been to practically all of the Italian restaurants). We have travelled in Italy extensively and this one is the real deal!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We have eaten at Donatos several times and enjoy their prix fixe menu because of the value and delicious use of uncommon ingredients. Every morsel is something to savor. The wine list of extensive and their well drinks in the bar are perfect."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I've had a couple business dinners here when in town. Service is always great, food is excellent, and the wine selection is nice. I will readily return. Bonus... between my first and second visit, the waiter remembered me and my colleague from our first visit"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was very good but the service is poor. We have to wait for a long time for everything we requested."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Found out about this when searching for Italian food in Pali alto. Several reviewers commented about this restaurant and agree it is a very good itslian restaurant."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The wine list is exclusively unknown, low volume Italian wines which make it difficult for an American wine lover to work with. The waiters are helpful with suggestions. Pasta and fish is usually great here. Stay away from the pizza. They are consistently served with soggy crusts."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Lunch was perfect. Excellent food, outstanding service from Paul . A perfect afternoon spent with my Mom and husband."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were going to our first opera so needed to have an early dinner ( a very rare event for us). Dinner at 4:30 service was outstanding (we were the only ones there). The food was wonderful. I hope we can have the same level of service and food quality at a more civilized dinner hour."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Excellent as always. This has become one of our favorite Italian restaurants."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I wanted to take my wife on a nice date. I looked at Yelp to find the nicest restaurant (by price) in downtown Redwood City, since we were going to see a performance at the Fox afterwards. I was hoping for something romantic -- perhaps with candles and a pristine tablecloth. We dressed up. The ambiance, in contrast with my hopes, was a bit cramped, and there was a moderate amount of conversational noise. Some other patrons were wearing tee shirts or tennis shoes, which cheapened the experience. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. The portions were on the smaller side., and were less adorned than one might find at other nice restaurants. I got the sea bass, and it was essentially a filleted fish and little else."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This restaurant has an Italian look and feel, and we're happy each time we go. For a light dinner, the two appetizers we ordered were really tasty: cod fritters with arabiata sauce, and clams and mussels with wine sauce."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We came sunday early evening - restaurant was moderately busy. We were seated in mid section near window. The blind was lowered but dirty. My husband promptly rolled it up. Table was set but the bill was still there from the previous occupants? Waited 10 mins before our apologetic server came and took our order. Starters: caponata e bufala and bruschetta di cinghiale - both were excellent. Entrees: Spaghetti al nero di seppia e bootarga was a B - I knocked off a grade as they must have put in one real small squid for the whole pasta. Bigoli with oxtail & asparagus was OK - a bit salty. Dessert - a melted gelato when arrived. All in all - good but like the restaurant put some attention to detail in areas mentioned."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I went her for with friend for lunch and was very pleasantly surprised. The menu has plenty of classic italian options, all with a fine food twist. I had the risotto with pork belly, and was very surprised how tender hte prok belly was, and how fluffy the risotto was. By far, one of the best lunch dishes that I have had a while. Located in downtown Redwood City, Donoto Enoteca has great food, wonderful service, and fine dining for a reasonable price."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Absolutely love this place! The “Farm-to-table" sourced ingredients are simply delicious. The fixed price menu is never disappointing - fresh and seasonal. The wine list is extensive. Superb."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Quite possibly the best real North Italian Restaurant in Bay Area. Nothing on menu not "great".....Simple dishes like Spaghetti Nero - outstanding with the baby squid included."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have eaten at Donato's for several years and it is one of my favorite restaurants. Almost everything I have tried has been excellent. The wine list is excellent. The desserts are fantastic."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It is amazing what is happening in RWC. Fantastic development with excellent restaurants cropping up. The food at Donato Enoteca was very good--not quite as good as what I cook at home, but definitely superior to most of what I taste outside. The Highlights: lamb shank that was butttery and flakey, terrific chopped salad, fine pizza--not the best--but definitely in the hunt. The service was spotty, but the wine by the glass (valpolicella) was fabulous. The grilled asparagus was perfect. Max's meat ravioli was juicy and meaty. Desserts were an afterthout. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Sunday lunch very much. I always like to have a wine suggested for me and it has worked well. We were happy to be inside as the temperature reached 99° that day. Food and service was excellent. I am looking forward to a party of 10 scheduled for 8/8, my birthday."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I grew up on Northern Italian food (my mother was born in the Dolomites) and have just returned from three months in Sicily, Magna Graecia (Puglia and Basilicata) and Sardegna. I've now been to Donatao Enoteca for lunch (inside) and dinner (outside). Both times the food, service, wine and ambiance were outstanding."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The carbonara is the closest that I've found to the ones I've eaten while in Rome. They don't use milk or cream, using egg to give you that creamy sauce. Only offered during lunch time, just a few ingredients and it seems simple, they excel at the preparation and execution."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I took my wife here for dinner on her birthday and she loved it. We were particularly impressed with the waiters, who were friendly and recommended great wine and food."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I tried Donato per the recommendation of a friend who is from Italy and who raved about the food. This truly was a dining experience, we absolutely loved it and will definitely return! The food was authentic and delicious, our server offered great recommendations for wine and each course. I am particular about wine but our server, Tommy, encouraged I try something different as to enhance the flavors of each dish and to broaden my taste for different grapes, I am so glad I did. I can't say enough about how incredible our dinner was, and to make the evening all the more perfect we were able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and leisurely sunset. I recommend Donato to all! Do not leave without trying the tiramisu!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We've eaten here many times so we were disappointed that our last visit was sub-par. Our waiter was friendly and informative, but took ages to take our order. Food and coffee for four arrived at different times. Our table was crowded next to a heavy curtain. I regret not asking to be reseated. I will return because this felt like a one-off. I prefer eating at the bar where we can watch the kitchen action. My favorite dish is buckwheat pasta with mushrooms. I decided to try something new this time and had pasta with artichokes and asparagus. It was tasty but needed more sauce and seasoning. The other people in my party were happy, though not ecstatic, with their meals."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Good wine list, with some excellent italian wines. Great ambience. Friendly hostess and great service. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had the daily special - crab cake / arugala salad and taglietelle. there was a great desert too. it was very good, although somehow the tagleielle was a little sticky. But overall it was very good. The place is pretty noisy, there were several large groups that were quite loud and it was hard to find a quiet table for two. The chairs are not very comfortable, the seats are saggy and need to be redone."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Found it on yelp when looking for a nice restaurant in redwood city, the owner and service was awesome!! Food...authentic, quality, loved it!!!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Incredible dinner from appetizer to dessert. We were not rushed and enjoyed a fantastic meal from start to finish. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had the 3 meat ravioli which was fantastic - just like Italian home cooking! We also tried the buckwheat pasta w/ mushrooms which was also great! Apple/fig torte and espresso coffee for desert surpassed my expectations. Flavors are delicate in the true Italian tradition! Great chef!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It must've been about 90 degrees outside while I sat, for over 20+ minutes, without being approached once. Amusing in that there were only two other people sitting in the outdoor lounge area. Even more amusing as I watched TWO men cater to the ladies requests. Various wine samples came out, an extra table was pushed up to theirs so they had room for their pizza/purse-all while I watched. Absurd. I even waived "hello" never to be attended to after I received my menu- not even a glass of water in the insane heat was offered!. Food, deplorable. My veal was brought out almost raw. Yuck. To their credit my gf, whose birthday we were celebrating, liked everything she ordered. I can't imagine any great reason that would ever get me back in there. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Wait staff friendly but not attentive.Mother's Day expected to be a little hectic. First 2 waiters tried to take our orders then no one was responsible for our table.Had to ask for everything. Got up from the table to find pepper for our salads. Forget about getting water refills or another bottle of wine. 3 hours to finish our evening w/o having dessert.They were out of eggplant so they substituted a different appetizer without telling us - they did take it off our check.Several entrees were cold & sent back. pizza was wet & soggy. Sea bass was excellent as was the lobster special.Ravioli was missing browned butter. Staff was were very nice and the place is lovely, but the service was poor and some of the food was not up to par. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a very delicious Mother's Day dinner and I really appreciated that they had a lovely menu and at a reasonable price. They did not "up the prices" as some restaurants do for special occasions. Food is always delicious and ambiance is very nice."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were a large group for dinner on mother's day. They seated us in an overflow room that had a different ambiance than the main room, although it was by a nice large window. For some reason, this room had really annoying piped euro pop music going the whole time. The rest of the place did not have this. The food was very good. The appetizers were interesting and fresh (i.e., fava beans), and the entrees were also innovative. I had the buckwheat pasta with mushrooms, and really enjoyed it. The service was not sufficiently attentive. Of course it was mother's day, and crowded."
    Dined on 5/11/2014