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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (57)
Fit for Foodies (53)
Special Occasion (53)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (53)
Good for a Date (49)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Great for Lunch (43)
Worth the Drive (42)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Casual (36)
Local Ingredients (36)
Comfort Food (35)
Romantic (35)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Notable Wine List (33)
Fun (31)
Good for Groups (29)
Business Meals (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Cozy (22)
Bar Seating (20)
Hot Spot (19)
Seasonal (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
People Watching (17)
Scenic View (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Healthy (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

I had heard from friends that this was a good restaurant and I was not disappointed! I tried the spinach/cheese ravioli with lemon cream sauce and it was delicious. My friend had the risotto of the day, which was mushroom risotto with seared scallops. I liked that even better than mine! She had the tiramisu (she said it was very good) and I had the "BOSTINI" TRIFLE, which had vanilla custard, chocolate cake, whipped creme, clear caramel, toasted almonds in a tall, fluted glass. It was actually a little to rich for me, but I know most other people would probably love it. Service was friendly, professional and attentive. I will definitely come back!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic as always. Giovanni kudos to you and your staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

As always, thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

BIstro Don Giovanni needs no introduction. it is a mature venue that continues to do a wonderful job on all elements of the dining experience. if you have not been, put it at the top of your list. if you have been, then this review is redundant.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Organic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

The atmosphere was lovely, the service wonderful and the food was excellent.
Will definitely go back again and possibly sit outside.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a restaurant we visit every time we Escape to Napa. Food is consistently good.

This time, we felt rushed. Our entrees came out before we were even done with our appetizer. Every time we slowed down someone wanted to take our plates. We were done, and irritated, in 45 minutes.

Food was very good. Loved the fritto misto and the gnocchi. Wood fired pizza was good. Wine list has a number of good choices by the glass, the half bottle or the bottle. The dining room is lovely and has been well taken care of over the years. There is plenty of parking.

No one comes to an Italian restaurant for a hurried meal. I will still come back. Next time I will be more aggressive in telling our waiter to slow down the pace.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a fabulous dinner with friends, from start to finish the food and service were amazing. We would (and will) return in a heartbeat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Food here is good as we returned here for a 2nd visit. We sat in the back room with large groups. Got the table next to a roaring wood burning fireplace which keep us warm. We tried the fritti midtown which was ok. Not greasy with a mix of calamari, shrimp and Vegas. The beet salad was wonderful. I really enjoyed the pasta pesto. Silky wide layered pasta which were like thin sheets. Hubby had the veal gnocchi. He thought the sauce was too salty. I tried a few pieces of the pasta and it was good. We were too stuffed to try dessert. Next time would skip the appetizer.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

As always, great food and service. The waiters suggestions were right on.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great Beer, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Ate he e twice I. One week visitbto Napa. Loved it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We have dined here many times before. Never have been disappointed with the food or wonderful service. The staff has always been professional and friendly and very helpful in explaining dishes you may have questions about. Love this restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I had lunch with two business associates on a quick trip to Napa. We had a beet salad, the Caesar and the salmon. Everything was amazing!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Warm, professional reception - Attentive and respectful service - Delicious, fresh food - cooked perfectly and served hot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Every dish we ordered was exceptional! It took quite a while to finally order what we wanted. We loved the Fritti Misto, the lamp ragu Gnocchi, the petrale sole, the lamp shank, the bread, the wines (both Italian), and the tiramisu and creme brûlée. Oh and the coffee too. Our waiter was good, though a bit flip but in all fairness it was a busy lunch crowd on a Friday. We got everything we asked for with courtesy.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We've enjoyed Bistro Don Giovanni over the years and have always enjoyed our meal and dining experience. This evening was an early dinner so the wait staff had numerous occasions to check in with us. The only issue that occurred was the delivery of our main course before we had finished our salad. My guess is the kitchen, which is used to a fast pace, was very efficient with the small numbers of patrons at 6PM as the rush of new diners started arriving. Other than this, we again enjoyed our dinner, the ambiance and our service. We'll be back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Perfect in every way

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Perfect for our Anniversary dinner, loved it. Especially the Steak

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The atmosphere and service in the restaurant were great, but the food was nothing special, particularly given the qualityin the area and price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful as always! Very friendly server, and food is always 10/10. We were there for New Year’s Eve and it was decorated beautifully.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Giovanni, Nano and everyone at Don Giovanni make you feel welcome and provide great service with wonderful food. Our family feels at home every time we walk in the door.

Tags: Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The most fantastic experience! Bistro Don Giovanni’s is my number 1 favorite place to dine in Napa Valley! I am in my mid-20’s and unlike some restaurants that tend to undervalue younger guests, Bistro Don Giovanni provides unbeatable service time and time again! I have dined at Bistro Don Giovanni’s with my mom, my friends and other family members. Every time I have been impressed by their seasonal menu, local ingredients and terrific service. Some of my favorite fall/winter dishes include the ravioli with the lemon cream sauce (the red sauce is good but I loved the lemon sauce), lasagne with homemade noodles, and the ravioli di zucca. In the summer, the butter lettuce salad with fresh peaches and goat cheese and the fresh fig pizza are unbelievable. Bistro Don Giovanni is truly a gem in Napa Valley.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Organic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our first visit to Napa and Don Giovanni was our absolute favorite restaurant. My husband wanted to see if we could eat there again the following night. The food was great and the service was perfect. It was busy and I suspect reservations are always a good idea!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

All great except that the main dining room is very noisy.
Also, try real espresso spoons, just as the rest of the world

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food at a reasonable price point. When a restaurant has been open as long as this one, you know the food has got to be good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent !

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

If I could give this place 6 stars, I would! Exquisite food with the best ingredients served in the most jovial of settings. Bravo!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

love this place! we always come here when in Napa, love sitting outside with twinkly lights but this time we were able to get the table by the fireplace. very nice!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This is a very busy place with decent service and good food. It is reasonably priced and kids-friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent!!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Terrific service. Very welcoming. Excellent wine service with fair corkage.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Have enjoyed this restaurant several times and always enjoyed the delicious food and wonderful service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The restaurant is beautifully decorated. Even though it's a big room , you don't feel lost because the attention paper the staff is excellent. The menu get to a wide Friday of large and small dishes. The wine list is terrific, as you would expect in the Napa Valley. Lots of locals come here, so it feels a little less touristy than some other places. When the weather is warm, there is patio and outdoor seating, which is especially nice. You can't go wrong here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Stellar meal - every dish shone - and service. This restaurant is a favorite because it is consistent: a delicious meal every time.

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Overall a very good dining experience. Moderate pricing, good food. The only downfall would be the noise level. Large room, close table seating makes for difficult conversation. I have been many times, and enjoy it always....so a small flaw.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Truly authentic Italian experience only better than most restaurants in Italy. Italian waiters and Italian recipes...NOT Americanized version..see for yourself...worth the drive up from SF, Oakland, or Sacramento.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Romantic, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fabulous dinner and service. We’re locals and this is one of our favorite spots

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is Giselle not Jerry! lol, I went with my girlfriend for a girls night treat. We split the beet salad and we each order the salmon dish which was perfect we finished up with the flourless chocolate cake that we also split. The service was outstanding Ricardo and his team did an outstanding job!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

They were completely packed with holiday diners service was slow to arrive. Food still excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Always fabulous! When Foodie Daughter comes up from LA to visit, we make the Bistro our first dinner stop and are never disappointed with our choices.
My only complaint - the noise factor is beyond "energetic", it's LOUD and awfully difficult to hear the waiter, let alone carry on normal conversations.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Spicy, Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We come here a couple times each year, and always come away happy. On our most recent visit, we were amazed! The food seems to be the best it's ever been and the kitchen is crushing it across the board. Every dish was near perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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