Carmel's Bistro Giovanni
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.
This was our second visit. The first time our calamari appetizer was enough for the four of us and was delicious. However, for our second visit, our calamari appetizer was still delicious but was hardly enough for the four of us. Definitely not consistent. Otherwise the entrees were delicious.
We went here based on previous reviews of it being quiet because my parents are hard of hearing and soft-spoken. It was comfortably quiet in the restaurant, so that element was perfect. The service was fast and friendly, and we all really enjoyed our dishes. Highly recommend.
Another wonderful dinner at this fantastic restaurant!
Our new favorite restaurant in Carmel. It is a great Italian restaurant from appetizers to dessert.
Food is OK but not impressed. Ca
Great service with great food. Love this place!
Dined here 2 nights in a row. The owner, food, service & attention to detail are amazing. Our 2nd night was our Wedding night, we were welcomed with hugs & congratulations, followed by complimentary glasses of Champagne.
Our wedding night couldn't have been better. Thank-you to everyone there.
This is a must for anyone visiting Carmel by the sea.
Nice spot. Food tasty but not exceptional
This restaurant has a wonderful cozy atmosphere and good service. As a vegetarian I found it to be a little disappointing. I was hoping for cheese cannelloni, eggplant parmesan, or an inspiring vegetarian pasta dish. I ended up having spinach filled ravioli which was just average. My husband really liked the halibut special with veggies, and my broiled artichoke appetizer was good. There is an outdoor seating area which I suppose would be nice if you want to bring your dog, but it felt like sitting in an alley next to the restaurant.
A good combination of traditional favorites and more imaginative items. A creative and well-executed menu. Pleasant but small outdoor seating. Can be recommended with confidence
Lovely dinner. An unexpected find in Carmel.
Wir waren zum zweiten Mal im Bistro. Es war eine total andere Besetzung am Start. Leider nicht so gut und freundlich wie beim ersten Mal. Essen war wieder lecker.
Ein sehr nettes, gemütliches Restaurant. Gutes Essen zu akzeptablen Preisen.
The staff and the food was very good . The noise level was very loud and we were seated in far back corner which was not very comfortable.
Please do away with these tables . Our food came out very quickly since we did not order an appetizer - it might have been a bit too quickly.
Atmosphere was nice - seated outside with our dog. The Sand Dabs I had had an aftertaste, however - couldn't tell if it was the fish, or the lemon-caper sauce. Won't order that again!
We have been here several times and looked forward to dining again with 2 other family members. The food was excellent as usual. However, we were shocked and disappointed when the bill came and we were charged a $35 corkage fee per bottle of wine. When I inquired about it and asked if perhaps that was an error, the lead hostess( manager) just said”that’s what we charge”, and processed our payment. I normally let things like this go, but I did feel obliged to tell them how I felt this was an outrageous amount for them to charge for corkage and was not within standard practice for Carmel (or anywhere else, for that matter). I don’t think that I will return.
Best restraint for my wife’s birthday. Even our dog enjoyed herself.😋
Wonderful service and outstanding food! Hope to return next time in Carmel
Great food. Great atmosphere. Our waitress was terrific. Thanks for the complimentary port after the meal. Highly recommend Bistro Giovanni.
We eat here regularly with friends & family or for date night. Love staff, food and drink. One of our most favorite in Carmel-by-the-sea.
Lovely evening! Good friends, good food, and second night of a beautiful trip to the Monterey Peninsula!
Celebrated my husband’s birthday. Great service and wonderful food. It was dog friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this restaurant 😋
Very efficient service. Great food
Very good food at reasonable prices. Cozy and lively atmosphere.
First time here and I brought a group of 11 during car week. I was a little apprehensive because I was able to get a reservation so late minute for that many people. Everyone loved their dished and the wait staff was very good. We did not have to wait long for our food and everything came out just right.
Great experience. Owner and his daughter took amazing care of us. His wine from the Alexander Valley was a great value and everything we ate was delicious. We finished the night with some complimentary home made port. A great experience....warm family atmosphere with great food and wine.
Lovely staff, delicious food, warm ambiance. Highly recommend.
Food was great. Appetizer plater was a bit on the small portion size. Martini was perfect They sat us right away. Waiter was a bit inattentive. When I told him we were ready to place our order he stated “Wait a minute I’ll be right back”. Pizza was good. Had to ask for a second drink. Was not offered or ask if would like a second martini. Party of 6 next to us was seated served and left before we even received our entree. We were a table of 3. Since I live in Vallejo, don’t think I will frequent this Restuarant again.
Overall the food was good but kid's pasta was hard on many ends.
Wonderful meal!! Service was excellent and it was a wonderful setting. Delicious food. Highly recommend
We dine here frequently as we love their pasta bolognese, Italian bread and dip, Veal scallopini and many other dishes. Sometimes the servers are handling a lot of tables and service is not as attentive as some people may like. The atmosphere is very quaint. We love it here!
Food was great, service was outstanding. Wonderful meal.
Firok and Kelly always make us feel welcome whenever we dine in their restaurant.
Our waitress, Corinna, always gives us excellent service and special attention.
Our food is always so amazing and delicious, no matter what we order (we try to have
something different each time).
The Block 57 Cabernet sauvignon is one of the best we have ever tasted, you can only
get it here at the restaurant.
If you don’t see what you want on the menu, they will gladly see if they can make your
We had dinner reservations at 5:00 on Friday, August 2nd, 2019.
Great Atmosphere, welcoming and professional staff, peaceful...
Carina was our server...PERFECT!!
We were a party of four and tasted each other's food choices.
EVERYTHING was delicious and perfectly cooked.
My Martini was spot on.
Many restaurants fail to close properly with desserts consistent with the quality of the meal.
LOVED the quality of your desserts also...
THANK YOU for a great "first time" dining experience at your restaurant.
We are 3rd generation locals...and now 1st generation REGULARS!!
The service was rushed and inattentive. We received our meals one minute after our appetizer was delivered.Seemed uninterested in us as tourists however we return every year to the area.
Seated outside. Mostly ignored. No one came to check our
Dinner. Food not hit. Had to wait 10 minutes to get salt.
We had to wait for over 30 mins past the reservation time, the table was shaky, the service was inattentive. This Italian 'authentic' cuisine restaurant doesn't even make their pasta, the waiter told me they just buy it in the grocery store! And that's at the price level of a really good true Italian restaurant. The cocktail was served in a water glass, the seafood dish and Osso Bucco were mediocre at best.
It's a totally mismanaged place, would not recommend it even if their prices would be two times lower, truly shameful spot...
Was on vacation and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, food and drinks were great. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the wines and made a perfect vodka martini!
Fantastic place. Truly enjoyed it🍷
Overall a very enjoyable experience, this was our second visit and the food did not disappoint. Would definitely return.