Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

4.6
598 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 short ribs and a glass of red wine or a cocktail from our full bar. We look forward to seeing you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
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
What 598 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TerriK
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was fantastic as usual.

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vipMarie
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!!

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CherylH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was very good. On the expensive side.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming here for almost 15 years. Always the same old thing, great food, great service and wonderful atmosphere!

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lovesgoodfoodandwine
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS Wonderful! The Artichoke appetizer is Amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

85th birthday for my dad. Pricey, but very nice experience and good food.

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vipFrequentDiner
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our new favorite in Carmel. Best halibut ever! Our server was Fanny and she was delightful. Can’t say enough about this restaurant.

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CaprieD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food tasted excellent, ingredients were fresh! Although it was a cold night, the wait staff was very kind and patient. Would dine again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best and most authentic Italian meal in the area. The service was spectacular as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
77 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve enjoyed this spot many times, but it had been awhile since we visited. It was better than I remember and fairly priced.

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GinaC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Outandabout
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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vipJulie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband here for his birthday, romantic and quiet!

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DebraL
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service. We will definitely be back.

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randt
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My husband loved the paella. He said it was probably the best he'd ever tasted. My panini was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipLarry
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job. We will return soon!

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vipSFgal
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal! Always fantastic service, food, and ambiance.

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vipAmberA
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gorgeous meal at a lovely restaurant! I’ll definitely be back!

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Lolly
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful outside dining experience. All staff were very friendly and helpful.

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Maryna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food. Especially gluten free stuff. Friendly atmosphere.

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vipLindaF
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipTerryl
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fish in the fish tacos, a bit over cooked. Chicken sandwich was okay. Nicely presented.

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vipjames
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipTLowe
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

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.

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Doone
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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EDKL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent adaptation to the (hopefully) last of the outdoor dining experiences. Very good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very delicious can’t wait to return there again

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vipDarrell
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is one of our most favorite restaurants in Carmel!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

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.

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John
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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BillW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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KenR
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

good food. Miss the inside ambience but that is COVID! enjoyed the evening! excellent drinks and salads. Halibut had delicious sauce.

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SteveB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and pet friendly! Can’t wait to go back!

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DanielleR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Outdoor dining space was quaint

FAQs

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.