I truly enjoyed the short ribs! They were tasty and moist. The polenta was most enjoyable. The service was outstanding.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The view may not be special, as Gianni's is located on busy San Ramon Valley Boulevard, with cars flying down the 680 freeway just beyond. But once inside, there is the feeling of being transported to Italy in an elegant atmosphere of warm yellow walls and dark wood trim. Gianni himself takes the time to visit with all his customers, making them feel like welcome friends. The warm bread and perfectly fruity olive oil gets the meal off to a fine start. I especially enjoy the pasta dishes. On my most recent visit, I had the special of the week, a black squid spaghetti with succulent scallops and a garlic-laced sauce. Sign up for Gianni's mailing list, and you can anticipate the menu specials before you go. Highly recommended!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very special place
A little out of the way but a real gem; Very friendly with Gianni and his wife always there and making sure everything is OK. Food is consistently good and very typically Italian.
We have been going there since it initially opened many years ago and it is still our favorite place.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We brought the family for dinner over the long weekend. WOW!! great food with attentive service. We had 5 adults, 5 different main dishes; everyone was raving about their dish. Then we ordered dessert and were just blown away.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is wonderful.
The service is wonderful. Servers are attentive, well informed, and most helpful. We are treated like honored guests. And the very-Italian dishes are outstanding.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and even better
Excellent food and even better service. Friendly and attentive staff. Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner with friends. We were a group of 4.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Local Italian
Feels like a place one would find in Italy. From the Italian waiters/owner to the memorable authentic food,
this place is a winner! It's our local go to restaurant when we are craving italian cuisine and want a good meal.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty but noisy
The service and food was excellent. The bride and I were looking for a quiet, romantic dinner. Romantic we got but it was a bit noisy for a quiet conversation. It was a Saturday night and a lot of groups having a good time. We'll try it again but I hear weeknights are a bit quieter. The one knock is the lack of parking.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great staff, great time
I love going to Gianni's. We celebrate birthdays and special occations. The folks take care to serve you at a good pace and the food is out of this world. Best food in the the Bay Area.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Italian Spot
We have eaten at Gianni's many times and have never had even a mediocre meal. On this occasion we were with friends and everyone ordered different entrees ~ 2 specials and 2 standard menu items, all excellent, as were our salads and wine! The meal was topped off by a shared lemon dessert that I will not soon forget!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going to gianni's
We have been going to gianni's since it opened several years ago. it is authentic Italian and it is OUR go to place. Service is wonderful and we love the staff.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gianni's is always good. The
Gianni's is always good. The bread is delicious; the wine is fabulous and the food is always fabulous!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian Food
Don't let the location fool you. Once you walk in, you feel like you are back in Italy. The service was the best I have seen in a long while. My husband and I where seated next to an excited bachelorette party that was suppose to be leaving,but didn't. Within 5 minutes the hostess (without us requesting it) came back to tell she found us a much better table. The all of the staff was very knowledgable and attentive. Our entrees were delicious and lighte than expected (in a good way). My husband had squid ink spaghetti & I had veal Parmesan. The beet salad was good, but need some texture, added pine nuts or walnuts would have made that a much better dish.
Overall we loved Gianni's Bistro and can't wait to go back!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I decided to try Gianni's on a whim. We were pleasantly surprised that the previous owners under the old name were still the owners. The welcoming attitude of the staff made us feel like neighborhood regulars. I ordered the Sunday night Prix Fix menu and my boyfriend ordered the homemade pasta with pork ragout. Both were amazing, very fresh, wonderful blend of flavors. The little ice cream sunday that finished the 3 courses was unique and decadent.
All this paired with a lovely montepulciano abruzzi. Couldn't have been better all around plus a reasonable price point. Highly recommended.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off Night In The Kitchen
We are semi-regulars...back to the Incontro days. Both the ravioli and Shrimpunesca entrees were off. The Shrimp were like rubber bands and the whole dish, while it should be spicy, was over spiced. The spinach ravioli were under seasoned and bland. These two dishes are usually home runs, but tonight they were disappointing. The owners were not on staff tonight, so maybe things slip when G and his lovely wife are away. Thankfully, the wait staff is always on par.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect!
We went to celebrate my husband's birthday (just the two of us); we had great service and food. I had added a note in my open table reservation that it was my husband's birthday; when we ordered dessert it came out with a candle (thankfully no singing), without any prompting to the server. The portions are ample and the menu has a lot of variety, we will be back! Also the wine list was reasonably priced, which is a plus for any restaurant!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Italian dream
Everything about this restaurant is A-one.
People are warm and friendly and make you feel important and at home. Service is timely and waiters and waitresses are knowledgeable. Chef is amazing.
A real find
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had some mixed reviews in our party of four based on what we ordered. The raviolis and short ribs were excellent. The bass fish special was not so special and the greens were bitter. The polenta appetizer was bland - seemed to be missing the cheese. The limoncella dessert was fabulous. The service was excellent. We will try it again and hope for more overall consistently great food.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for occasions
I took my wife there for her birthday and we had a great time. Wonderful services and very tasty food.
Loved the eggplant appetizer.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again, another fabulous dining experience at Gianni's. Everything was spot on from the classic Caesar salad (ask for extra anchovy) to the linguine & clams, Gianni knows what it means to be Italian.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to Gianni's. The majority of us ordered the fish with caper sauce. The dish was tasty and cooked exactly the way fish should be prepared. One of us ordered a meat dish which seemed to be missing one ingredient to give it the pozzazz it deserved. Our waiter provided great service and was attentive in delivering our meal in time to get us to another engagement in time.
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything about our dinner was amazing! The service, food quality/portion/taste, ambiance...all outstanding! I will definitely go back!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Italian husband is a picky eater. He doesn't usually like cream sauce and didn't pay attention to the fact that the gnocchi came with it. However, he said the sauce wasn't bad at all. (That is a compliment!). He said next time he'd ask for the sauce used for the steamed clams and mussels to be on it. We thoroughly enjoyed that appetizer. We aren't usually big on mussels but these were very tender! And I loved the portofiglio. I'm big on veggie dishes and was pleasantly surprised to see all the fresh veggies inside it! We will definitely come back!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian food at its best!
I appreciate good food and a favorite type of food is Italian and Gianni knows how to present it. Nice portion and delicious.
Service was also very good.
We will go back often.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian Food
It was our first time at Gianni's and we were not disappointed. The food was authentic Italian as if one was in an Italian restaurant in Italy. The service couldn't have been better...very attentive and accommodating! I highly recommend this gem!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This small restaurant is wonderful. We have never had anything we didn't love, recommend reservations but so worth it!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great meal at Gianni's and will definitely go back. Not your run-of-the-mill Italian, but homey, comfort food in addition to the pastas one can always get at an Italian restaurant.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Italian dining
Best East Bay Italian dining!
The search is over...new to East Bay and have been searching for this caliber food experience!
Thank you Gianni's Italian Bistro our search is over and now feel right at home.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
just great, enough said.
Unassuming exterior so you might miss it if you drove by. Great food, great service. Small so a group could easily dominate the space.
Not pretentious at all. The gnocchi in truffled cream sauce are little airy pillows of savory goodness. The pork chop is succulent. Worth a try, you will probably plan your next visit before you leave.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was top notch so combined with the fresh and delicious food; can't wait to return. I brought clients there and it was definitely a very wise decision.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Piemontese cooking
Authentic Piemontese cooking in Danville. My wife is from Piemonte. These dishes are as true to home as anything we have found on this side of the Atlantic. They have great Italian wines on the list, many at reasonable prices. The risotto was delicious. The vitello tonnato is something that is hard to get in the US. Gianni's does a terrific job. We look forward to visiting again.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was amazing. Everyone
Food was amazing. Everyone in our party totally enjoyed their meal. Would definitely come again.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
In a non-descript thoroughfare parking lot, it doesn't look like much from the outside. But inside, it is warm, inviting and tasteful. We went at an odd time, so I can't speak to the energy or the noise level, but it was lovely to sit there and slowly enjoy the fare. Very attentive waiters, but we never felt rushed. She had the pillowy soft gnocchi in a soft creamy tomato sauce. I really enjoyed the special: Fettucine with italian sausage in a cream sauce. A nice representative wine list failed to tempt in light of the time of day. But I did enjoy my leftovers with a nice chianti that evening.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great dinner at Gianni's
We had the Sunday special three course dinner for $23, which was a great value (Salad, an entree and a delightful dessert)! We will be return for more of their wonderful cuisine!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
So many places in Danville
So many places in Danville as just too loud for pleasant meal out. Glad to find this gem and looking forward to returning soon. By the way, they were very helpful with adjustments and suggestions on the menu for a vegan diet.
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great dinner with excellent food and good service.
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM