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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Friends in town—We all appreciate good food and service. Giovanni always delivers both. It was very busy and they do a great job handling a full house.
Service and food was fantastic as usual.
This was an excellent meal. Only problem was I made a reservation weeks before to get indoor dining and when we got there they said we had to seat outside. I really wasn't dressed for it but they do have heaters which made it bearable. The hostess seating us said sorry our indoor dining is for our reservations!! Hello!! Thats why I made a reservation so far in advance...But the meal itself was again excellent!!
Food and service was very good. On the expensive side.
We’ve been coming here for almost 15 years. Always the same old thing, great food, great service and wonderful atmosphere!
We were seated right away and then promptly greeted by our server. Service was timely and food was tasty and perfectly prepared. We will be back!
ALWAYS Wonderful! The Artichoke appetizer is Amazing!
85th birthday for my dad. Pricey, but very nice experience and good food.
Our new favorite in Carmel. Best halibut ever! Our server was Fanny and she was delightful. Can’t say enough about this restaurant.
The food tasted excellent, ingredients were fresh! Although it was a cold night, the wait staff was very kind and patient. Would dine again!
Best and most authentic Italian meal in the area. The service was spectacular as well.
We’ve enjoyed this spot many times, but it had been awhile since we visited. It was better than I remember and fairly priced.
This cozy restaurant has left the best impressions! Amazing service, delicious dishes, beautiful presentation. I recommend to everyone! I would like to come back here again and again.
The service was excellent.
The outdoor dining was set up very well.
The salads were exceptionally fresh and flavorful
We had pasta for meal — raviolis and carbonara. The sauces were overly creamy/heavy and flavor was too sweet for our tastes.
Took my husband here for his birthday, romantic and quiet!
The food was excellent as was the service. We will definitely be back.
My husband loved the paella. He said it was probably the best he'd ever tasted. My panini was delicious.
Great dinner! The carbonara was one of the best we’ve had. I was a bit disappointed in the overall flavor of my paella but it was fresh and the mussels/seafood in it were plentiful.
Great job. We will return soon!
Another amazing meal! Always fantastic service, food, and ambiance.
Such a gorgeous meal at a lovely restaurant! I’ll definitely be back!
We had a wonderful outside dining experience. All staff were very friendly and helpful.
Really good food. Especially gluten free stuff. Friendly atmosphere.
I had a wonderful lunch with my daughter in law and her puppy. The good and service was very good and very dog friendly. Our waiter was very personable and attentive but not intrusive and he brought a water bowl for Bodhi!
Fish in the fish tacos, a bit over cooked. Chicken sandwich was okay. Nicely presented.
We eat there every time we are in Carmel, which is 5-6 times per year. Great spot, great food, good service. And reasonable prices by Carmel standards. It's a beautiful spot, both inside and outside on the well-built parkettes.
Last night I had dinner here with my daughter and a friends daughter who are both six years old. We had just gotten our food when a fight broke out in the side patio area. This lasted over 5 minutes before the police arrived. I paid the bill which was $103, so that we could leave as soon as possible. The staff never offered to discount or remove anything from our tab. Two six year old girls witnessed this fight and continuous cursing between patrons and staff. It was unbelievable and something I would never expect at a place like this. It was even more disappointing that we paid over $100 for food that we never ate.
The friendly hostess found us an indoor table and the rest of the service was excellent. The food (best Lamb Shank. Ever) and steak were both perfectly cooked and delicious. There was a scuffle between 2 outdoor diners that was handled quietly and professionally. Our waitress was excellent. The restaurant was clean and felt very anti-COVID. Highly recommend.
Excellent adaptation to the (hopefully) last of the outdoor dining experiences. Very good food.
Food was very delicious can’t wait to return there again
It is one of our most favorite restaurants in Carmel!
Unfortunately due to covid, the seating we had was in an alley next to a dirty door, unused table & a rusty propane tank. We asked for a different table when walking in but was told it was “reserved for someone else” (which was funny because no one sat there for another 30 mins). When I made the reservation, they required a deposit. If for some reason I had to cancel, it had to be within 24 hours or be charged $40 per person. The server was great...food & ambiance, not so much.
Outside dining on a cool evening, but they kept us warm under the heaters and the food was excellent. Service was great being it was crowded.
Had a lamb shank. It was very big but dry. Others enjoyed their meals. Dessert was chocolate mousse and very good. It was outdoor seating only (Covid-19) so the ambiance was non existent. I may try it again when I return to Carmel after the pandemic restrictions are lifted. I will not order the lamb shank.
Our absolute favorite Dinner House in Carmel. Discovered it about 5 years ago. The staff is friendly, efficient, and highly competent. The owner greets everyone during the course of their visit and truly cares about the satisfaction of his diners. He is a true Restauranteur, a real throwback to the past. It is not cheap, but you get value for the money spent. Food is prepared and presented perfectly. It is also dog friendly when using outdoor seating.
Great food and service.
good food. Miss the inside ambience but that is COVID! enjoyed the evening! excellent drinks and salads. Halibut had delicious sauce.
Great food, service and pet friendly! Can’t wait to go back!
Wonderful service and food. Outdoor dining space was quaint
Carmel's Bistro Giovanni offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 626-6003.
Carmel's Bistro Giovanni is rated 4.6 stars by 598 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.