Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

4.6
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506 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Do you love Italian food? A world famous restaurant executive chef says it all by saying, “the best meals in California are at Carmel Bistro Giovanni!” An artful, romantic setting with an international wine list and amazing cocktails.

Try some of our specialties: the "Mamma Mia" features mouth-watering meatballs with pasta and southern Mediterranean-spiced sauce, Veal T-Bone or Veal Osso Buco, Lamb Shank, certified Angus steaks, and a plethora of seafood including halibut, seabass, salmon and local sand dabs! For our gluten-free guests, we can also provide gluten free pasta, pizza and bread.

Enjoy a seat on the pet-friendly patio with fall off the bone short ribs and a glass of red wine or a cocktail from our full bar. We look forward to seeing you.
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Celine
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great & delicious food, excellent service, will be back soon.

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vipcrucible
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff & owner were very warm & welcoming as if we were dining in their home.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, pretty large portions, two people could share a flatbread order. Gluten free options.

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PamL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Thank you! Outside Tables and service were great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Starters were good but the entrees were pretty bad. The scallops had a chewy texture and not much taste, the flatbread was overly cheesy.

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Dennis
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really top notch. Could have used a little garlic on the calamari, but that is s personal preference.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always enjoy. Lots of good food options.

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vipMark
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have become a regular and have enjoyed Bistro Giovanni multiple time. The staff and owner are great people and dedicated to service their guests. The menu and food quality are very good.

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vipMaggie
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always pleasant. Excellent service. Nice ambience.

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vipSusan
Sacramento
93 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was only average. Steamers were the best choice. Frito Misto had only 2 shrimp, calamari was bland and a little tough. Crab cakes needed more crab. Crab hard to find after breading. Veal Piscata was unfortunately heavily breaded.

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vipSteve
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Well first of all they are not adhering to the state mandating social distancing law required for their tables. The tables were so close to one another in a crowded alley way that the person's chair seated behind me touched mine. The service was poor, but cannot blame the server because he was covering at least 15 tables himself. It was a anniversary celebration, and when I made the reservations 2 weeks in advance. I requested a nice table, & we were seated across the doorway to the restroom where there was a constant line of people standing next to our table. After we received food ! we were never approached again until we asked for check. We are seriously considering turning the restaurant in for not following mandated law. Would definitely not recommend.

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AlwaysDiningOut
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go for a date, a regular meal, special occasion, anything. Feels like you’re sitting outside in Sicily here, and the food is amazing! Favorite restaurant in Carmel and we eat out all the time.

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StephenP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, Food was outstanding: All around best dining experience in Carmel

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MylesK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Good covid spacing. Very fine wine selection. Owner is engaging. Thoroughly recommended.

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Scooter
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I can’t say enough about this restaurant. In these Covid times eating at this establishment was thoroughly enjoyable. The food; I had Chioppino, was fabulous and the waitstaff was friendly and attentive! I will definitely go back!

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vipTEMO
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Three of us dined there. Two were happy with some items one wasn't. Most of the pasta is Southern Italian and kind of sweet and bland - not tart and spicy. Sausage gave me indigestion. On first visit there was a table with loud drunk people. Menu is big, probably too big.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. We began and ended our trip at Giovanni’s and will certainly come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food and wine. The best dinner we had in Carmel, would highly recommend!

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Cherries
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time trying the restaurant. The food was very good and felt safe and comfortable in this COVID regulations
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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! I look forward to going back again soon!

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vipBistroGiovanni
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dined during COVID-19 restrictions. The table was lovely, off-set from the sidewalk and road. The waitstaff were very attentive and the food was very good. We'll be back!

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Holly2Hungry
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service exceptional! I’m gluten free and what a treat to be offered GF bread. Enjoyed the roasted artichoke appetizer and the clam linguini which had steamed clams on top! Block 57 Malbec was yummy. Highly recommend!

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FrankR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience celebrating a birthday! Nice to get out and enjoy a wonderful dinner and the ambiance was fantastic.

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Kitty
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful atmosphere, excellent food, fast and friendly service

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JoeM
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our wedding anniversary. Beautiful setup outdoors, excellent service and superb cuisine. The owner was attending to diners personally and kept stopping by with little flights of their own wine! Loved the experience on a super special day despite the current environment! Highly recommend!

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vipMark
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is very good and the staff and owner are great.

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rocky
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cocktails and food. very engaged owner with a professional demeanor. Only wish the calamari appetizer was more like typical Monterey style with equal tentacles and rings. Other than that we really enjoyed our meal and the staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Will come back.

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James
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Most of our party of 4 enjoyed their food, but I had the veal chop (a $41 special) and it was not a good cut - mostly bone and not a nice cut of veal. My main disappointment was that lack of server attention, so I rate the service poorly. The location for outside dining in Carmel was nice and the ambiance was pleasant.

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JulieP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food! Delicious drinks! Will certainly go again and recommend to our friends!

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vipManishG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Read many good reviews so we were looking forward to dining here. Service was mediocre, and the food was just fair to ok. It was also cold and despite asking twice they never lit the space heater by our table. We were one of their last reservations so maybe they were just tired.

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vipPrettyChic
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Cute outside area and charming owner. Food was good. Our server, Jen, acted like she was working in a diner. Kind of spoiled the experience

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vipOlmo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute outdoor sitting set up. Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Saturday night out with my husband and myself. Our first time eating at this restaurant. We enjoyed everything.

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vipGeorge
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant...very nice and tasty menu !

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vipAnneS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We had made a reservation, and despite many open tables, we had to wait, and the hostess kept disappearing. We finally got a table against the wall next to the storage unit. Our server worked very hard. The cocktails were good. These are trying times, so we don't want to be harsh. We just felt overlooked. My husband's pizza looked like it had been under the warmer for a while-waxy cheese and sausage was dry. The coffee was luke warm. Not great.

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vipMovedtoCali
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food here. We ordered the pasta with salmon medallions. More salmon that I ever expected. Pasta cooked perfectly. The mixed fried appetizer was fresh, a hearty serving and not greasy at all. Definitely coming back!

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MichaelA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Ambiance low not the fault of the restaurant. Outdoor seating in a alley due to covid. Food was delicious and service was good.

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GailL
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. The waiter was very friendly yet he was not very informed regarding gluten free items on your menu. He tried to tell me that I couldn’t get veggie pomadoro gluten free and it took a while before he could figure out that I could order gluten free garlic bread. Other than that he did a good job. Nice setup outside for dining.

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vipSteven
San Francisco
135 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience...great italian! Will be back!

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Carmel's Bistro Giovanni is rated 4.6 stars by 506 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.