Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

4.7
4153 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Ravioli with lemon cream sauce and seared salmon, amazing!

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JG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Boston and found the whole experience very enjoyable.

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CO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Didn’t really see the hype about this place. I felt like because we didn’t buy a bottle or wine, appetizers, or dessert we weren’t considered a priority. The menu is extremely limited so if you’re picky make sure you look it over before you go. The busser that was working that night was extremely nice and very much on top of his duties.

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Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm fortunate to be able to travel to Napa about once a year and always-always eat at Don Giovanni. They have a great menu with plenty of options for every taste, a terrific wine list and service that's hard to beat.

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DO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all round. Always dependable. Great service

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service was great! The patio is an excellent way to enjoy your lunch or brunch.

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AR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a delight to enjoy the food and ambiance at Don Giovanni. I would go for the frito misty alone. It has become our go-to restaurant when family comes to visit.

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OT
Sacramento
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding. Get a seat on the patio if the weather is good. The food and service are top notch.

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Salad, pasta,fish,steak etc. consistently great! Dessert too!

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w
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not autism friendly and kid friendly place. We are Asian Americans and we were looked down upon. My son who has autism didn't have a pleasant time. We were not noisy or even rowdy, my kids are well mannered and disciplined. We have to literary stand up for the servers to wait on us. Not a good experience. It's a shame, we are a local resident and we were treated that way.

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JC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our 2 nd visit and it did not disappoint. Had the penne pasta which is made fresh there everyday and we could see the Chef making it in the kitchen. My husband had the pork chop which was cooked perfect and served hot. We will be back on our next visit to Napa.

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JP
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and service overall. Felt a bit rushed as there was no separation of time between courses but our server was friendly and efficient. The bruschetta starter special was super fresh and absolutely delicious. I had the Mandilli pesto pasta dish which I would order again in a heartbeat. Where many pasta entrees can be heavy and filling, this one was light and luscious! #athomeandbeyond

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OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in California! Superior service and wonderful ambience.

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TS
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was pleasant and service was good. But the $20 Corking Fee waz ridiculous!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals i’ve had in a while and not outrageously pricey. The bartender made our cocktails to order.

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TG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a family tradition of celebrating birthdays at Bistro Don Giovanni, and last night was my husband’s turn. From the minute we arrived we were transported to a happy place. The employees were all very friendly and attentive. The menu had a variety of choices that pleased everyone in our group. Everything was delicious, including the cocktails. Thank you, Giovanni, for another magical night!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great.

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TA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was recommended to us. Everything we had for lunch was excellent.

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PP
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is our go-to as we are locals and love the food and atmosphere. Never have we been disappointed! Everything on the menu is delightful

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host went out of his way to get a beautiful rose from their garden for our table to help commemorate my husband’s birthday (he passed away 4 years ago)—such a lovely gesture! And, as always , the service was wonderful and fun. The strawberry shortcake was to die for!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Pasta dishes were good but lacked any wow factor. The sorbet was the surprise of the night and was bursting with flavor. Service was excellent. Would go again if wanting Italian.

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, i had the gluten free pasta and enjoyed my meal.

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite. Nothing pretentious, but really great spot and great food. Service couldn't have been better. Warm evening out door dining in the vineyards. Great wine and food - what could be better?

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PF
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at this restaurant. It doesn't disappoint! Had the Lemon Ravioli and the Tri Colore Salad. We enjoyed the outside dining deck.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Napa restaurant. Best home made pasta. The Mandilli is always a favorite. Best fritto misto outside of my friend's restaurant in Italy. MC

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K
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in the North Bay. Always great food and service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!

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E
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of fun, and great food. We have eaten here for years and always enjoy ourselves. We shared a watermelon appetizer and had two pasta dishes one with clams and a “thumper cacciatore”....yum! Got an extra to take home. Yummy

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so nice, even with a late seating, right before closing! Great outdoor seating! The food was amazing, I’m still thinking about my Caesar salad!!

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend had the sole and I had the fig pizza. They were both excellent.

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JO
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful spot with locals and visitors alike! Almost like being in Italy 😊

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Our only complaint is that there is always a black truck that sits out front with a large Infowars decal on it. You know the people that claim that the Sandyhook slaughter of those little kids was a hoax. If I were the owner I’d tell that employee to take it off or park that truck at the far end of the parking lot. My wife is about to call for a boycott.

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VP
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Don Giovanni is consistently very good to excellent. We always recommend the restaurant to friends and newbies.

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N
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently exquisite food and service! We frequently treat out of town guests to lunch or dinner here.

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JG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to BDG many times and it has been consistently outstanding. The food is delicious -- every thing we've ever had there -- and it all seems very fresh. We've never had a bad dish there. The wait staff are friendly and responsive and the grounds are beautifully kept, making patio dining a visual pleasure as well as a culinary one.

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MR
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don Giovanni’s never disappoints , always delicious and great staff!

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DM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First got seated at the only available table outside, but there was too much customer and wait staff traffic, so opted to sit indoors at a booth. Table inside vibrated.. don't know why. If you didn't put your hands on it you wouldn't notice. Dinner was delicious , waiter was attentive, wine selection for glass or half bottle was "ok", butterscotch pudding was a beautiful martini glass presentation, but neither my date nor I could taste any butterscotch, which was a $22 disappointment.

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GB
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful find. The outside dining area was delightful. The food was fresh and delicious. The service was fantastic

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NB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Well below par
Our experience Labor Day evening did not match the high ratings on trip advisor.
The restaurant was very busy and our waiter was fairly abrupt and tried to rush us.
We had not been asked what we would like to drink and he was trying to take our food order.
Then our food arrived before our drinks.
The pasta - lamb ragu was just ok , the pork chop over cooked .
Not impressed so skipped dessert, too many better places to dine .

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SG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We love Bistro Don Giovani and have dined there many times over the years. When we visited recently for a late lunch we were disappointed at the service we received. Our pizza took a long time to arrive and our waiter did not stop by to let us know it was delayed (we finally asked). We were not in a rush but noted the tables around us were receiving attentive service, in particular, the guests who could converse with the waiter and host in Italian. We have not experienced lapses in service like this previously at Don Giovani and will go back but thought it was important for the restaurant to know as it did impact the experience and, frankly, over shadowed the food which was good as always.

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