Gianni's Italian Bistro
Gianni's Italian Bistro

Gianni's Italian Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.giannissanramon.com/
  • Phone: 9258206969x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Gianni's Italian Bistro
Benvenuti!!!
Welcome to Gianni’s Italian Bistro.

Whether you’re on a date, celebrating a special occasion, or simply craving a delicious meal, we want you to feel welcome, comfortable, and satisfied. Italy native Gianni Bartoletti—founder and former owner of Incontro, winner of three Diablo magazine Food Awards—has crafted a menu of fine Italian dishes with a creative twist that showcases fresh, seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a contemporary bistro atmosphere while our friendly and attentive staff preserves that old world charm.

Buon Appetito!
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Gianni's Italian Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (86)fit for foodies (69)special occasion (51)romantic (32)great for lunch (31)notable wine list (26)good for groups (18)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (5)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    very welcoming atmosphere and good food. Very nice evening and the prices were moderate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gianni's is G-R-E-A-T!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I first heard of Gianni's in San Ramon when some friends were serving as a fundraiser. I took my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter just to be supportive. Boy, was I ever impressed! So, this time, I suggested it as my treat for my son's birthday. He was thrilled because they really like this place! Excellent variety of exceptional entrees, salads and desserts ... try Gianni's rendition of his Grandmother's egg-less custard -- yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great food! We are never dissapointed with the food here. The Buratta is so delicious!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    PtownLifer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food and service was excellent. Place is a little small but the food outweighs the smallness of the place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Servic and food
    Fabulous
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    You want good food and great,friendly service from Lena, then this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 50th birthday celebration
    Foodylori
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was wonderful as always and service was very attentive! This is our favorite Italian restaurant in the area. Our party of six had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was great, all attentive and helpful. The bread and EVOO are good so don't get full off of them. Salmone and fennel, yum. The braised short rib on polenta was cooked perfect. Side of broccoli rabe with garlic and pepper complimented well. Glass of prosecco. Panna cotta and gelato for dessert with an espresso, excellent dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodluverVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As always, friendly, professional service. Food is flavorful and satisfying, although not adventurous. Cozy, quiet atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent - AGAIN
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Once again a great meal at Gianni's - excellent food and service, and never disappointed. They made my wife's birthday celebration special with a nice dessert. Very friendly owner
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nocooking4me
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Homemade pasta daily. The fennel salad was very light and refreshing on a hot day. The light cream tomato sauce had just enough cream to smooth out the tomatoes. This was our first time here and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Loved everything from the pasta to the fish...excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food fabulous service
    Khoi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Attentive staff. Great wine list. Parking is a minor problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent as always, our entire group had a great night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good food
    bubblybobby
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    good Caeser Salad (needed more anchovies) Shrimp dish was excellent. Spicy with pasta, but lacking in enough shrimps?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicioso
    DanvilleFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food is absolutely delicious; service friendly and professional; wine list vast and lots of Italian--YUM!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Local Italian Food
    Infor2
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Drive by this place every day and decided to give a try. Great Italian menu selection. Service was outstanding. Between four of us had the Agnolotti, Risotto, Vitello, Gnocchi and Polenta. The first three were delicious. The creamy polenta was a little to grainy for me. The gnocchi's were too mushy and mushroom sauce lacked taste. Will definitely go back to try some of the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful fish!
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wow. Thus place is in sort of industrial area. A little apprehensive. This guy knows his sauces! Very important for Italian dining. The halibut was cooked to perfection....and everything else. Whole family pleasantly surprised. Table was a little tight. Will request next time. Beautifully done!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    italianfoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My fiance and I actually came here on a night they were doing a fundraiser for the rescue we got our dog through. Volunteers were the waiters and waitresses and they had a menu for the event. I love that they partnered with the rescue first of all; it provides a great sense of community! Second, I ordered the gnocchi and it was sooo delicious. One of the best I have had (and I am very picky about my gnocchi!) I would definitely go back. Only complaint I have is that it gets a little loud in the side room since it's not a very big area but that will not deter me :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • casualdiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great service, friendly staff and above all great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came with friends, not knowing that Gianni's is owned by the guys who started Incontro, before Stefano messed everything up. We are glad that Gianni's (which is really Incontro's original menu) is back. Great service my our server, Juan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian Food
    myfavplaces2eat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The menu is great and also the quality of the food. Service is very good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a gem!
    925frank
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Lived in the area for 5 years and didn't know this place existed until I saw it on Open Table. 5 stars across the board! Charming yet upscale, at reasonable prices but no compromise in quality of food and the service experience. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local Gem
    MJur
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Local Gem that is packed to the walls for dinner, but hidden spot for lunch. Great place to entertain clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Italian Restaurant
    Foodylori
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Excellent food and attentive staff. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    CherylVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I've read the stellar reviews about Gianni's and this was my first time dining here. I had the duck breast and it was excellent. The food server gave great service also. I had a wonderful dining experience and I will be back to Gianni's again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Authentic and top quality Italian food. Wonderful ambience and make sure you talk to the owner Gianni and his wife who are excellent hosts. Love this find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • genuine italian
    Foodsmarty
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Food appeared and tasted prepared from scratch. Healthy and not over seasoned. Very tasty. Tables partitioned into small groups for intimacy and privacy. Formal dining but not stuffy. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly a winner
    Coxswain
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have never been disappointed dinning at Gianni's. The food is always outstanding. The service is friendly and professional. Gianni and Melanie are the perfect hosts. A gem in the East Bay!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite spot!
    Foodie2U
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent food, great service, very friendly professional staff. The duck and the short rib is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrated
    Frequentdiner1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Me - 40 years of dining out regularly. Starters: Beet salad, unremarkable. Zuchini soup - a bad idea to begin with - no flavor. Three dinners. My pasta w/Sausage in tomato sauce - only discernable flavor was hot spicing; pasta undercooked. Son's Raviolis long on pasta short on filling. Also undercooked. Wife's mixed seafood dish (mussels, shrimp, etc.) very good. Wife's spinach side dish and my green beans side dish were unremarkable and both overcooked. Deserts were good but nothing great. Wine was very nice but at $52 a bottle should have been. Service good, not great. $195 total, $140 without wine. Many better Italian restaurants in East Bay so I just don't get the high ratings this place receives.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've never had a bad meal here. The duck was amazing and my friends's pasta was fantastic. I also enjoyed the beet salad although the dressing, made with honey, was a little sweet for me. I sprinkled some balsamic on it and it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GourmetGal
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The braised short ribs on polenta is delicious! The restaurant is just a bit noisy. Lovely decor, though, and very popular. Great service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good save
    Caymanmama43VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    When we arrived we were seated in a back corner where the noise level was unbearable. I had requested a window seat and when I mentioned that to the person seating us, he was able to find a party leaving and we were reseated shortly afterwards. Once we were in the quieter area, we had a lovely dinner. The veal was as well prepared and tender as always, the arugula salad with roasted corn very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot
    RichieRichVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We've been going to Gianni's since they opened and the food is always excellent and consistent. We are so happy that Gianni came back and opened - and we personally think it is much better than Incontro (ether the old one or the new one). The food is well prepared and the wine list has a lot of nice Italian wines by the glass - while the list is small, it pretty much gives you an excellent choice of the variety of Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service, Good Variety
    Xuse
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We checked out this place based on their stellar Yelp reviews and we had a very nice time. The highlight of the evening was the quality and speed of the service. We shared the Burrata which had a great, creamy mozzarella and I had the fennel salad which was very unique and tasty. My main was the boneless short ribs with polenta which had a fantastic sauce. I must admit the short ribs were a bit dry but the flavor was excellent. For desert I had the Affogato which I must was honestly the best thing I had all night. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her fettuccine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently very good
    TazmanVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is the 10th time I have been here. I come here for business dinners, and it is also a favorite with my wife. Never had a bad meal. Good wine list. Excellent service, particularly from Lena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another A+ for Gianni's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I dined once again at Gianni's Italian Bistro last week. I had the special fish which was outstanding. Petrale sole with a grapefruit reduction sauce and served with sautéed fresh green beans. It was absolutely delicious and the fish cooked to perfection. If they are serving sole, order it. Last time I missed out because so many ordered it that it sold out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressed
    Crazyrunner
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was my first time dining at Gianni's and I was very impressed. I have grown up here all my life and driven past as multiple restaurants have gone in and out of this location and never given much thought to them. I was mistaken to not have tried Gianni's earlier. The food is spectacular, it is reasonably priced, and the owner was so nice when we get to meet her and chat for a while. I will definitely be dining here again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to come back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great dinner and wonderful people who own and work at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Service was excellent, food was quality, staff friendly! Overall experience was terrific. Will go again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.