Bistro Don Giovanni -- Napa

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4902 reviews
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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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OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Table was dirty when we were seated and we did not get an outside table as we had hoped even though there was one available at which a couple who arrived after us was then seated. My Wine glass was delivered dirty, had to be redone. Our server was excellent and honestly he redeemed the experience. We have been dining here for years as part of our Wine Country trip and so it was a bit disappointing.

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Napa. Excellent quality, great service. Can’t go wrong.

c
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time. Came highly recommended by a friend and restaurant owner in Las Vegas.

JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giovanni, james my server and chicho the runner were off the charts - well deserved ratings def 5 star experience - ravioli and bolognese were epic

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overrated. Service was slow and the food was average at best.

PM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A reliable spot for well-prepared, stylish dishes. At the top of the “bistro” category in Napa.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a bad thing on the menu! Fresh homemade pasta is delicious and one order is enough to share.

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

Best restaurant in the whole area! Consistently excellent, great menu, great staff.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had! This is a cant miss spot in Napa!

RD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic. We enjoyed the salmon and the pasta.. we sat outside on a wonderfully relaxing patio, but possibly our best memory was our server Austin... Attentive, Great warm personality and smile. A perfect evening for our wedding eve❤️

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It always starts with the hostess! Please stop trying to cram couples together. The choices were sit here or there. Why not here? Nope!
My choice!
Leave

T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The terrace is the place to be! Ask for an outdoor table. The pastas are light and delicately thin, just wonderful. Predictably good food, a nice place for a celebration or just a good meal with friends. A reliably good experience with polite attentive service. Not the newest place in the valley but one of the best and most consistent.

SH
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Busy every night and very warm inside but pleasant on the patio. Tasty dishes and great service. Large portions and decent prices. Not high end fine dining but more of a large group or family spot.

g
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was very attentive

D
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our server. Back after 25 years in Boston. He’s a keeper.

CM
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space with great food. I had the Butter Lettuce Salad with some of the fresh pasta with amatriciana sauce. Lots of gluten free options, which was great for the friends I was dining with. She raved about the gluten free pasta with pesto alla genovese. Will definitely return next time I'm in Napa!

D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Risotto was a bit bland. Pizzas and other pastas were good.
Ambiance is nice.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Meatballs were amazing and a great atmosphere!

ST
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful outdoor patio and great food. We will be back.

LM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I almost don't want to share this review and keep it a secret but that would be selfish of me. I think I owe it to other foodie enthusiasts this awesome experience that I had. We were seated in a comfortable booth inside the restaurant and led by a hostess who greeted us with warm smile upon arrival. Our waiter was attentive and food arrived on time. From the appetizer to the entrée, dessert and coffee, everything was perfectly cooked and delicious!!
FYI- the place was packed for lunch, it was a bustling place and I must say the women's restroom was kept tidy and basic toiletry needs were adequately supplied considering how many people were dining for lunch on a Saturday! Sorry, I work in the medical field and I'm sort of a "germophobe". It makes me feel confident that the staff and management have high regard for keeping up with hygiene not only of the diners but for the staff who prepares/handles my food. So keep it up!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monthly dinner with friends
Mike was awesome !!

CC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic Italian in Napa. Amazing food and the staff are wonderful.

t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are locals in the valley and hadn't been here in quite a long time. Too long as it turns out, as we (there were 4 of us) had one of the best dinners we have all had, and we all eat out quite a bit. Every dish was wonderful, starting with the meatball appetizer, the fried olives, and the fantastic Frito Misto. The gals shared the Halibut special, which was cooked to perfection, and we also had the Ravioli with lemon cream, and the special Risotto. Then, not that we had room for it, but we ordered the Butterscotch pudding to share and it was instantly gone, so good. Our server was outstanding, very personable, attentive, and made the entire night very enjoyable. We will be back, oh so soon!

BD
New England
40 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in all respects

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Don Giovanni is the best restaurant in the whole valley, and best in pretty much every respect. The quality (and quantity!) of the food is outstanding, and the people are kind and efficient. Don Giovanni has maintained its excellence over the years, and only continues to improve. Everything on the menu is great. Pizza in particular is delicious. I don't eat red meat often, but the steak frites is divine. The rotating pastas and risotto are all solid and hearty. Don Giovanni has an old world relaxing wholesomeness, and a friendly intimate vibe. My grandma is just as likely to meet up with a friend here as I am, and Don Giovanni is our top choice when my grandma and I do lunch.

Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring a big appetite. Everything at Don Giovanni is of the highest quality and that quality speaks for itself.

w
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Seated our party of 3 quickly (and outdoors as I requested) and wait person attentive but not too much. Food is always, always, very good.

w
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant setting on the porch! Great food and service! Plenty of easy parking not all that common at many Napa restaurants.

MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

CH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and a cool location. The fountains and sculpture around the grounds were fun to look at after dinner.

A
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ho-hum.... Another beautiful day in the wine country, another outstanding meal at Don Giovanni - well-prepared, rustic Italian food, served by a friendly, knowledgeable staff, in a pleasant room, at reasonable prices - what's not to like about that? The room can get a little loud, but that's what happens when people are having a good time - one of the best restaurants in the Napa Valley.

OT
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal!
Utterly wonderful ambiance, excellent food and great service!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The grilled octopus salad was one the best dishes I’ve ever eaten. Also, the pasta is perfectly al denté. .

SB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed the food, service, decor and proximity to our home. The halibut pasta was extremely tasty, we always get the frito misto, our daughter loves the pizza and my husband always gets the bolognese or other meat pasta. Best desserts and after dinner coffee. It's one of our favorites.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal in a beautiful setring

m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bistro Don Giovanni is one of our long time favorites. The food and ambiance has been wonderful on all of our visits over the last 10 years.

n
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food but very noisy

CW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good! Excellent food, service and festive ambiance!

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely experiece dining on the patio. We were seated at a perfect table for 2 overlooking the beautiful courtyard. The portion sizes are quite large. We shared an appetizer, salad, and entree. After our meal we walked around the garden. It has the most stunning sunflowers.

HH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still continues to be my favorite restaurant in Napa Valley

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our host was not a very good listener to our requests.

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