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About Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

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.

4110 Howard Lane
Napa, CA 94558
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Highway 29

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 224-3300

Website:
http://www.bistrodongiovanni.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for catering questions.

Executive Chef:
Donna Scala

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (64)
Great for Outdoor Dining (57)
Great for Lunch (55)
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Fit for Foodies (53)
Authentic (49)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Worth the Drive (46)
Local Ingredients (44)
Good for a Date (43)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Notable Wine List (36)
Romantic (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Comfort Food (30)
Business Meals (30)
Fun (29)
Cozy (28)
Casual (27)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Hot Spot (25)
Bar Seating (23)
People Watching (21)
Scenic View (17)
Seasonal (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Great for Brunch (11)
Disabled Access (11)
Healthy (10)
Quick Bite (8)
Organic (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Organic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 4 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent in all ways. One of our favorite destinations!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Always great food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a pleasure to dine here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

DGs excellent as always on Vday!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

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vip
 (Sacramento)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, pear Martini and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Napa. The food is always delicious, wine choices excellent and reasonably priced for Napa.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Been here before and loved the spaghetti w/clams and the Meyer lemon mousse cake so brought guests to celebrate a birthday here. Much to my disappointment, the spaghetti was so incredibly salty, it was awful. The dessert fortunately was delicious. I had talked up the restaurant so much, it was a little embarrassing. Made a special trip from SF and it fell short!

Tags: Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Pasta was amazing and the prices were great too! Highly recommend the Boar Rigatoni.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. We come every time we are in town. This place never disappoints!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

all three of us loved our choice for a friends birthday lunch -- the meatballs were delicious and so was the sautéd spinach -- the day was beautiful and we would have sat on the patio if it was not already filled -- glad we had a reservation. We will now make it a destination lunch for the other 2 birthdays!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Ate there two nights in a row

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Loved it! We didn’t know what to expect but enjoyed every bit of it. The sheet pasta was my favorite

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We joined our friends to kick off a Napa weekend. Dinner was fantastic. Bolognese to die for. The service was so attentive and friendly. I have never had a bad meal here. Don’t miss the carpaccio appetizer.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fantastic meal. Would recommend the rigatoni - amazing meal and just the right size. Wine pairing that was recommended to me was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful food and service.

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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I live in Reno but every time I am in the area, we go to Bistro Don Giovanni. This time it was an afternoon lunch. Always great service, amazing pasta. I can't recommend it enough!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Scenic View, Organic, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We were meeting friends for lunch in the Napa area and decided to have lunch at Bistro Don Giovanni. What a great treat! First of all, the weather was perfect! A bright, sunny February day with temperatures in the mid 70's. So, we opted to sit out on the patio to enjoy the beautiful day. Our meal started out with a braised Brussel sprout appetizer that we all shared as we decided upon our entries. Two of us had the Salmon accompanied by delightful creamy garlic mashed potatoes. The others had Lamb, and a Boar and pasta selections. We all were raving about how wonderful the food was. We accompanied the meal with a Patz & Hall Pinot that was enjoyed by all, as well. We ended the meal with a round of deserts. I was so focused on my Alfogata and a couple of espressos, that I didn't notice what the others ordered. It was a wonderful afternoon, good food, good friends in an ideal location.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Lovely setting and excellent food on a beautiful day!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Wait staff were excellent. Glasses always full, made sure the food was to our liking. Food was really well prepared and tasty. Only downside is the noise level.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. I recommend the Ravioli!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Have dined there numerous times and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our 1st time but it will not be our last the staff was great and so was the food. I had pasta and my wife had risotto. Very nice just a little loud inside worth the cost

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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