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Carmel's Bistro Giovanni, Carmel, CA

Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

4.5
4.5
1362 Reviews
$30 and under
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 Osso Bucco and a glass of red wine or a cocktail from our full bar. We look forward to seeing you.

*Patio availability depending on weather. We do have limited covered tables outdoors. Please understand this when booking

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 626-6003

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Fernando Aguilera

  • Private party facilities

    Come celebrate a birthday, anniversary, corporate event or other occasion with mouth-watering Italian food using the Monterey Peninsula's freshest ingredients.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Mendoza: (831) 238-4188

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,362 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Healthy

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful! Very large menu with plenty of choices. Service was great! Loved this restaurant! Wish we had a restaurant like this where we live. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Not rushed Waiter & supporting help attentive and accommodating. Wife had salmon and commented “one of the best…” My chicken pounded(substituted for meat) piccata was very tender. The only surprise was the pricey, ‘mild’ was the vodka martini/rocks. However the entire meal and experience was very satisfying and highly recommended . ss
  3. AY

    AnneY

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a pleasure to finally go to Carmel Bistro Giovanni. As a local, I've walked by hundreds of time and intended to go and boy was it worth the wait. The true bistro atmosphere and great ambiance set the stage for just what my family and I were wanting for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner in a place that felt like home. The menu is full of Italian favorites, along with main dishes of meat, poultry and fish, all prepared with wonderful flavor and presentation. We began with the calamari, burrata and artichoke appetizers, which were all delicious, but the caprese burrata took the prize. Grandma's Insalat Greco was a tasty twist on a tradition Greek Salad, and the classic Caesar was very good. The Spaghetti Bolognese was delicious, as was the Rib-Eye steak and the Cauliflower Gnocchi (a serious winner). Our wine choices of Italian Nebbiolo and Pinot Grigio we delicious and well priced, which is always a welcome combination. We closed out with the Flourless Chocolate Cake (yum!) and an excellent Creme Brûlée and cappuccino, then rolled out the door very happy, full campers. Yes, the evening was wonderful largely due to the dedication of the father-daughter team that has owned and personally run the restaurant 7 days a week for 19 years. Their personal attention to their guests makes it a uniquely warm and welcoming experience.
  4. j

    jillc

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was fantastic. I had their bolognese and my friend had their veal special. Wow, I will be back. The food was plated beautifully and the quality was wonderful. Great wine list. It was thanksgiving eve, so the restaurant was full of happy families and a bit loud. But it didn’t deter my love for the restaurant
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and drinks were great, it’s a small restaurant but overall a great experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here every year when in Carmel and love it. Food, ambiance, service, all fantastic. The owner makes you feel welcome, works the room checking for any needs that may be overlooked. Always feel right at home here, and leave satisfied. We will definitely be back again next year!
  7. p

    philipper

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food! Ambiance is cozy and service is great.
  8. V

    Victor

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant and all that comes with a wonderful evening.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I decided to try a new restaurant for our 7 year wedding anniversary and we were definitely not disappointed! The food was delicious! The service was great and the staff was very attentive. We will definitely come back!
  10. S

    Scott

    Salt Lake City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food, and atmosphere were great! Jack our waiter, was very attentive and provided spot on service. I would highly recommend this restaurant many times over. This was our first experience there and it was fantastic!
  11. HB

    HappyBoy

    Sacramento

    118 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Perhaps we ordered dishes that fell short for our personal tastes, but we found the Greek salad to be sweet, overpowered by too many dried cranberries, and without any other distinct seasoning. The prawns and baby scallops in the Misto di Mare were tender and not over cooked, but the light cream sauce was soupy and quite heavy. The sand dabs were prepared well but the sauce was lacking flavor. We appreciated the heated outdoor dining option and the attentive staff.
  12. k

    kathyk

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy little restaurant. Great food & service! We will return!!
  13. M

    Meri

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice atmosphere. Food was great and so was the service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  14. MM

    MatthewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our honeymoon dinner there and it was fantastic. The food is amazing and the service was even better. It's a romantic setting that will forever be remembered
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the risotto!
  16. DR

    DebraR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent authentic Italian food.deeeelish!
  17. PP

    PickyPig

    Central Coast

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Diverse menu with so many wonderful options for all. We had excellent service and were seated promptly. The restaurant is VERY noisy, so if you want a quiet intimate place, its not here. If you want authentic Italian food like you are In Italy, this is the place!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had outside dining, cool evening with heaters. Jack our waiter was wonderful. Food and wine list were very good. Make reservations a couple days ahead. Will visit next time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner and everything was good
  20. m

    moraga

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Poor service, mediocre food, and a table of drunk women were allowed to scream and yell inside the restaurant .Place was dated and seemed dirty .
  21. CP

    ChristinaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious! Very noisy! We loved it and will return!
  22. JK

    JaneK

    Central Coast

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service here is over the top with so many working together to bring you a great meal in perfect time
  23. l

    lolo

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great menu, terrific food & service
  24. HC

    HeatherC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first experience with Bistro Giovanni was very enjoyable. The food was very good , servers were quite attentive, and the food came in a very reasonable amount of time. just the right amount of food, not too much. If your really hungry , you may need to order appetizers as well.
  25. G

    Good

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have many family allergies and this place can handle all of them. The food is always fresh and delicious. The owner always comes by to say hello and make sure we are enjoying our meal.
  26. RJ

    RonJ

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  27. PP

    PickyPig

    Central Coast

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always! Authentic Italian food and ambiance! Service is always top notch!! Highly recommend ❣️
  28. LM

    LaurelM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful family operated Italian Restaurant. Giovanni makes a point of visiting all of his guests to make sure they are happy. The food is exceptional!
  29. BF

    BobF

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Good food but inattentive service.
  30. JP

    JenniferP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner. Service was excellent. Thank you
  31. M

    Marinfoodie

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and fast friendly service. Good value for Carmel.
  32. c

    charlies

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent services, and reasonable prices!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing gluten free pasta! Nice ambience. Great staff!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely birthday dinner. Amazing food, great music and excellent service. We look forward to our next celebratory dinner at CBG.
  35. JR

    JillR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. The outdoor dining area is really charming. It’s now our favorite place in Carmel.
  36. SB

    ShelBell

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best chicken Parmesan in Carmel! The restaurant was very busy and our server was always checking on us which is unusual at some restaurants. Great menu choices, we will definitely be back!
  37. C

    Crick

    Columbus

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service! We have been coming to Carmel for over 35 years and this was our first visit and we were not disappointed. Great red sauce!
  38. P

    Princessmimi

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    heavy out dated Italian food
  39. R

    Rabos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you like Italian food, Food , service and ambiance are great at reasonable prices. We will add this restaurant to our regular weekly rotation .
  40. F

    Francophile2foodie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Excellent service and a nice place to go and sit outside when you have your dog.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carmel's Bistro Giovanni using the Order Online button. Carmel's Bistro Giovanni also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 626-6003.

Carmel's Bistro Giovanni is rated 4.5 stars by 1362 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

San Carlos & 5th Ave, Carmel, CA 93923

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fernando Aguilera

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 626-6003

  • Private party facilities

    Come celebrate a birthday, anniversary, corporate event or other occasion with mouth-watering Italian food using the Monterey Peninsula's freshest ingredients.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Mendoza: (831) 238-4188

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