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Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

4.7
3681 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(707) 224-3300
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Donna Scala
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Catering
Please contact us for catering questions.
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Cross street
Highway 29
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 3681 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

This was our second time in this restaurant. The waiter was fantastic last time, the one we got this time seemed preoccupied and not attentive enough. The food was ok but our table position near the kitchen was not great. This is a restaurant with great potential which should pay attention to food quality and service...

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luv2dine (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

As usual, this is a comfortable pleasant spot to take friends..
Our waiter was excellent, attentive and helpful...

Our pasta dinners were impressive in the generous amounts served in lovely bowls, however in the case of the 3 Lamb Ragu dishes ordered, plenty of sauce to accompany the pasta, but not enough lamb in the sauce to recognize. This was disappointing!
The coffee was also very weak, and luke warm...
Maybe it was an off night, as usually, this restaurant is a winner!

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barry14030 (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Food and wine was excellent. Christina is a first rate server with excellent recommendations.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Bistro Don Giovanni delivers a wonderful dining experience to combine with a visit to Napa Valley. Service is attentive, professional, and delivered with a smile. The Italian menu specials are tantalizing and the barkeep pays attention to detail.

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KenM 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Awesome food, wonderful service and special. We loved it and will look forward to returning in the future.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

was our daughter's 21st birthday and we got treated royally!
Food is amazing, great place to just be ... waiter was fabulous!
Will definitely go back!

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MickeyC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This is not the first time dining here, so we are already familiar with this establishment. With that said, this was a fantastic dining experience to celebrate my birthday and recommend it highly to everyone. I will help celebrate with others for their special occasion!! I will say, however, that the acoustics can get quite bad with the noise level being extremely high.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Always a wonderful dining experience. Worth the trip from the East Bay! DC

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Nate1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

It has taken us years to get here, and it was well worth the wait!! I would recommend this outstanding restaurant to everyone. Food was great as was the service!! Can not say enough good things about our experience. A must get is the ravioli’s two ways, both sauces are to die for. I do recommend making a reservation.

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Rada (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Impeccable service, authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, beautiful ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Loved everything about this restaurant! The ambiance, food, service, experience was fantastic. I would come again.

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vipBobC (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Stopped here for lunch after relaxed tasting at
Cakebread. Reservations were at 1:15 pm. We arrived at about 1:00 and were seated immediately outside. Seemed quiet and day was spectacular - warm and clear - with the fountain providing nice water fall like background that masked auto and
customer noise.

Waiter was attentive without being pushy and made sure our meal was gluten free as we are gluten intolerant. We had salads and shared the risotto with short ribs. I had Caesar salad and my wife had the beet salad. Both were excellent - properly dressed without too little or too much - with fresh greens and wonderful beets. The short ribs, served without the bones, were fork tender and delicious and the risotto with fresh peas and asparagus was outstanding.

We shared raspberry and lemon sorbet for desert, as we were too full for the flourless molten chocolate cake. The raspberry was great although the lemon was a little too tart for my taste, and I love very tart lemon sorbet - but overall meal and experience was so good it still deserves 5 of 5.

Highly recommended- we have never been disappointed here and we are very picky.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent in all ways. One of our favorite destinations!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Always great food and service.

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Mimi (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

This restaurant is consistently great. The food is delicious and the service outstanding. The “Bistro” can be noisy like a bustling restaurant but conversation is easy and it goes with the great Italian atmosphere.

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vipoldegnome (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We do not think the food is as good here as it used to be. Like many restaurants in Napa Valley, the food has declined, and the prices have increased. We probably will not return.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

After being greeted by wonderful hosts on a busy night, the service went downhill. Dropped valentine flowers at our table, then took it away saying it wasn't ours. We laughed it off.
Water glasses and bread plates were caked on with food. We asked to get them replaced. The salad came without new water glasses or bread plates. They forgot and apologized.
We waited over 40 minutes and the main course never came. The waiter came by and said the kitchen screwed up the order and never filled it. From order to delivery of food - 1 full hour.
The food was good though as I expect from this establishment. The manager offered to give us dessert. We refused though he did not charge us for our glasses of wine. I have eaten here a number of times and have enjoyed the food. The manager was fine and the greeter made us feel special. The waiter and or the kitchen staff are incompetent. Sorry for the bad review. Hope it was an aberration.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Being greeted at the entrance by mr. Giovanni was just the beginning of an outstanding evening on Valentine's Day with friends from New Jersey. The food and the service could not have been better. The atmosphere is elegant yet the feeling of friendship made our experience very comfortable and memorable.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Been here many times, never fails to impress us! Every meal has been wonderful! Love the dessert wines~

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine here.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

DGs excellent as always on Vday!

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vipJimmymac1030 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This one of our favorite Napa Valley restaurants. We highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion- large or small groups. The food is always first rate and the service is impeccable. Bon Appetite!

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RVRV (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Decent Italian food but not worth a return visit. Pricey, loud, hard to get into, temperature issues, server stretched thin, a lengthy meal. The $21 Risotto was good, with meat sauce, ala carte. The pizza came fast, like an appetizer, but was thin and greasy. Avoid sitting in the add-on patio room in winter, especially in the corners. You’ll bake from the overhead heaters, or freeze they turn them off, or if peeps are coming & going through the glass doors. Highly rated here and on trip advisor, but we don’t concur. Be careful when leaving if driving to the south- the intersection in the middle of Highway 29 takes a serious dip and is unlighted, very confusing, and certainly not up to modern standards. Instead, turn right and make a u turn further up the highway, trust me.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Amazing food and service. One of the best waiters I've ever had. Nothing negative about this experience. The octopus was phenomenal!

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Natalie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We try to go once a month and the food and service never disappoint. They are very willing to make alterations on the menu items to suit your taste, dietary needs, or mood. The staff is always welcoming. I would suggest reservations, but they will try to accommodate you if you do not have one.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was as always amazing!! The pasta was once again perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

They are always spot on! We have been dining here for many years and enjoy every visit! Highly recommend! Great Value!

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vipArbitrator (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent rustic Italian food, friendly knowledgeable service, a cheerful room, a decent wine list - all at reasonable prices. What's not to like? Bistro Don Giovanni has been a Napa Valley go-to spot, for locals and tourists alike, for 25 years! We're always pleased and we always come back.

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Apple (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

My friend and I had not been to Don Giovanni for maybe 8-12 months...we have both loved this spot, and so we were happy to return.
The food was delicious (happy about that) the cocktail I had was my favorite, a pear drop...I couldn’t wait to taste it again...it was not as wonderful as it had been, not sure why.
The waiter we had was weak. Not overly friendly and rather casual...in the past we have had great waiters...seems like there had been quite a turnover...it was disappointing...great food, however.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Me and 3 of my girlfriends were there for a late-ish lunch, drove up from South Bay and we all absolutely loved it. Will definitely visit again.

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