Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff

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vipMarcT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my wife’s birthday. Seated right away thanks to a reservation. Server was great: attentive, knowledgeable and ver friendly. Food was excellent and the dessert was fantastic! Would definitely go there again!

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PaulaA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, staff was impeccable and food absolutely
delicious!

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vipBirthdaygirl
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a great place. everyone is so friendly and the food is delicious.

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vipDaleV
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My brazinni was very good as was the sole.
The salads are outstanding.
Wait staff very friendly and attentive.

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vipluvgoodfood
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony & I miss you guys!!!!! We can not wait until we can dine with you again!!!!❤️

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vipLuv2goout
San Francisco
175 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently excellent food and service.
We will return.

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AndyT
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere at Bistro Don Giovanni's were all fantastic. The pasta specials were fabulous, and the walnut salad delicious. This is my 3rd trip to this restaurant and all 3 experiences have been fantastic. Highly recommend to others.

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EvelynH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here for years and love it. The pastas are fresh and the sauces are perfect

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Arwen
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was great, and the service wonderful, but the noise level was deafening. It was so noisy, we couldn't hear each other. Too bad, because I don't know what they can do about that.

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vipColoradoRancher
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was a Birthday dinner for my daughter and my family was all present. We and normally have a better experience but the service from our server was very slow and the restaurant was way too warm. The food was good and we hope we have better luck next time.

Our server seemed very unmotivated and not very happy not sure what was going on with him.

The ambiance is well better outside but it was too cool.

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LizaM
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I hadn’t been to this restaurant for a very long time. The Caesar salad was excellent but the lamb gnocchetti was only average. Will try it again but will Oder a different entree.

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vipSonomaDavid
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the food here was great and the service superb.

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vipDaBunni
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, perfection! The food is spectacular, but it’s always the people who make it feel like home.

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vipKris
San Francisco
409 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite, I love eating/drinking at BDG, the food is beautifully prepared and presented and the service is friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Luckily, the menu changes with the seasons and what is locally available so even though I eat there quite often, there is always something new to try!

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Louis
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It's kinda loud, but fun.... Food was Great, Service OK, not great. Waitress from another land... far far away... didn't get US customs...

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hukilau
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous from the view on the deck of the fountain and vineyards to the cocktail and especially the food! Frito Misto with fresh green beans, cauliflower, onions, calamari, and fresh tarragon with spicy aioli dipping sauce was delicious. Octopus salad had the most tender octopus we’ve ever had.... including in Greece many times! I also had the authentic Genoese pesto with “handkerchief” pasta.... apparently one of best pesto recipes! I believe it.... extremely creamy. And my husband had the spaghetti with clams..... very generous portion of clams and flavorful sauce! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience as one of the best in a long time!

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vipSG1234
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, relaxed vibe, and the service was lovely.

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CarolF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic dinner. Service was as good as is possible and we both loved the food. I had the special Oxtails and Polenta (both were amazing) and my partner had the spaghetti and clams which she loved. We have eaten here hundreds of times which should tell you how much we like it. But the food last night was perfect (thank you Scott).

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TAYLORE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everybody was very nice and personal. Food was great, service was outstanding. Quick and efficent.

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Paradigm1
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Don Giovanni's is one of my all-time favorite places. Always a great meal in a perfect Napa setting. Excellent service is their standard. A must!

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TaylorL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding across the board. Food, service, atmosphere was top notch and very welcoming. Definitely will return and recommend to friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make a point of dining here every time we visit the Napa Valley. It’s simple and delicious. Try it once and you’ll be hooked like we are. Yum.

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vipKarenB
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was superb, as was the service!!

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vipSusanB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the most consistently delicious restaurants in Napa.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food!! The frito mixto was really good! We also had the Caesar Salad and Octopus salad which were both very well executed! The clam spaghetti was super delicious! Pasta is fresh and very well done! For dessert, get the Tiramisu! One the best I have ever had! Super smooth soft texture!! Thank you so much for everything! Will definitely be back! The ambience is great and decor is nice. There is also outside seating in the day which seems lovely for a sunny day out with outstanding Napa Valley views!

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vipCBDR
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, professional attentive staff and a great wine country vibe!

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DickA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service was excellent. Our favorite restaurant in the Napa Valley. Dine there
4 to 5 times a year!

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vipJohnC
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We're local and have dined here many times over the years. Our most recent meal, a very early dinner or late lunch, was on the weekend during a lull period between 3 and 6. We enjoyed a meatball and polenta appetizer. Two pastas, a mushroom and asparagus dish and gnocchi, were less successful. The mushrooms weren't properly cleaned and there was grit in them. They lacked mushroom flavor and the asparagus was also not very flavorful. The gnocchi were pretty tough.

Service is always friendly but our server was off--our wine was served late, with our appetizer instead of ahead of it, and promised bread wasn't delivered.

The place is deservedly popular but the menu hardly changes and one has to think they are resting on their laurels a bit. We'll return but won't rush to do so.

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vipChrisK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are excellent. The décor and finishes are a bit dated. Given a choice, food and service is the most important aspect of a dining experience to us. We will be back!

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vipBird
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal here! I love everything about this place. Could be in the Italian countryside. If I lived closer, I would eat here several times a week.

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capposcasa
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, great service. We sat by the fireplace and it was quite nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting and the food was wonderful.

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vipMomskitchen54
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal at BDG. Great service, a fun atmosphere and delicious Italian fare. That’s what you’ll enjoy here. So many by-the-glass wines pair perfectly with all the starters - we chose the octopus and carpaccio dishes with a crisp white from Mt. Etna. Hard to beat their gnocchetti in ragu. You can’t go wrong with any choice. Trust the chefs and let the staff take care of you!

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vipDianaD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite dining spots, wonderful people, great bartenders and delicious food

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vipClaire
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Beautiful Italian food in a fabulous setting! We had the Petrale Sole and the pork chop. Both were outstanding. We sat outside and it was a gorgeous day. A perfect lunch!!!

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vipMerleS
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant that is very consistent. Only question I have is why is the lunch menu the same as the dinner...why not a lighter offering for lunch?

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RosaP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ravioli with lemon cream sauce cannot be beaten!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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