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Carmel's Bistro Giovanni, Carmel, CA

Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

4.5
4.5
1305 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

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Fri–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 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 1,305 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

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  1. PS

    ParisaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The place was low energy with horrible music playing.
  2. CH

    ChowHound

    San Francisco

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The veal Marsala was very good and fork tender. The bolognese was tasty and a large portion.
  3. JS

    JohnS

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great location and find! Highly recommend the sun dried tomato tapenade and butternut squash ravioli!!
  4. DD

    DDP1

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. The staff was very friendly and did not rush us through our meal. We really appreciate that.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday. 4 of us had the best possible dining experience. Junior was our waiter and he was the best: pleasant, kind, professional. He made excellent recommendations. I had the lobster ravioli, my friends enjoyed sand dabs, scampi, and veal Marsala. All were outstanding. For starters we enjoyed garlic bread and crab cakes. Delicious cocktails. A delightful bottle of red wine. And a surprise slice of moist chocolate cake with a candle, and four ports finished off one of the finest meals we’ve had.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster ravioli was amazing; highly recommend.
  8. c

    cellogal

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We always enjoy Bistro Giovanni. A nice choice of options, GF options available, nice staff, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Very busy lately .. because it is so good!
  9. k

    katem

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    this is a great choice for dinner if in Carmel its a local institution. The food was terrific and service was great too however did feel a bit rushed but would definitely wold return if back in Carmel
  10. x

    xxxx

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accommodating and pleasant service. Were there for lunch, but they offered the whole menu-LOTS of GF choices and many GF/DF.
  11. M

    Mickey

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’ve been here numerous times. It is ALWAYS wonderful. This was no exception. 😄 The gluten free choices started us coming and continue to impress. Thanks for having those options. We look forward to coming back.
  12. RS

    RSeater

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great family owned restaurant!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    This was by far the worst meal we’ve ever had! The hostess seating us was lovely but it went downhill from there! My eggplant parmigiana was cold and hard; maybe frozen? Our waitress never came back to our table once she took our order so we were unable to tell her how bad it was. Looked like there were enough waitresses to handle the number of diners so why was our waitress so uncaring? We ended the meal with flavored water the restaurant called cappuccino! An overall terrible experience! This restaurant should not be on Open Table!
  14. ML

    MarkL

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Excellent food. Very slow service, we felt like we were invisible was left sitting with no one approaching to assist.
  15. P

    Paul

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice food and service Giovanni was very interesting to talk too
  16. SB

    SBFoodie

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!
  17. MF

    MichaelF

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    When I spoke with the owner that the eggplant parmigiana was pasty he said that my opinion subjective. Overall very disappointing
  18. CH

    ChowHound

    San Francisco

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always good. Our service was fabulous too.
  19. C

    Cynde

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A favorite place when we visit Carmel but my eggplant Parmesan was really bad; no eggplant or what was suppose to be was tough with no taste of eggplant and some filling covered that vegetable and others,,, Have no idea what happened to the food., Salad was good and the rest of our party seemed to enjoy their meal.
  20. d

    dervin

    Sacramento

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Our waiter Ray was very attentive. The story behind their Block 57 wine is very interesting, and the wine was good as well.
  21. TL

    TimL

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very nice!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! I’ve been coming to Carmel for 30 years and somehow never tried this place. I’m bummed that I hadn’t because this was one of the best meals we’ve had. Highly recommend it!
  23. MR

    MRogers

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great seafood pasta !
  24. BW

    BillW

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pretty good dining overall. The Calamari appetizer was pretty mediocre. The Linguine main dishes were good, as were the Cappuccinos.
  25. f

    foodnstuff

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was okay, not great. We loved the fact that they had so many gluten free options but in the end disappointed in the flavor and taste.
  26. ME

    MarissaE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice people, yummy food.
  27. MT

    MTNative

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding service! Great food! Cramped seating outside. Setting sun was blinding.
  28. PG

    PatriciaG

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. Service was great and the restaurant is very pretty.
  29. b

    bayareares

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was average. The maskless young man standing outside the restaurant entrance to receive guests was a bit clueless. We had a reservation, gave him our name, got inside, there were a few vacant tables for 2, so we pointed to the 1 farthest from the next occupied table (given covid social distance), he said he could not give us that table because it was reserved, (um... we had a reservation?) and wanted us to sit right next to a big occupied table for 6. I paused and then a waitress came and said, they can have that table, and then the young man said, well, ok. No other couple showed up after that.... Food was ok, typical run of the mill old fashioned italian menu, very average. Waitress was nice enough. Would I go back? Probably not.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was incredible delicious! We very much enjoyed the salmon piccata and the affogato!
  31. RM

    RickM

    Phoenix

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great local favorite. Wonderful food.
  32. S

    Sayonara2

    Las Vegas

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Girlfriends getogether early dinner here . Welcoming staff since we came at opening of dinner hours . Tried outdoor seating which was nice and had heaters overhead . No real ambiance and tables were standard , only napkins holding the dinnerware. Our server was very nice and we ordered grilled artichoke to share , then carbonara dish, sandabs , and the cannelloni . All were very tasty. Because the cloudy mist became a bit stronger , we asked to go inside to finish our meal . Although the indoors were not filled , our request seemed to cause a bit of commotion and after some time , our waiter came out saying we could have a table but need to finish in 30 minutes got other customers . We found this remark a bit off putting and rude because we were also customers who had ordered a reasonable amount of food and wine , had not yet been offered dessert , and it seemed WE were bothering the restaurant ( mind you , the restaurant was not full yet either ) . Though our waiter apologized to us for having had to say we had a time limit , we felt that it was not a very nice way to treat paying customers . We however, were able to finish our wine and meals and we were thus able to order after meal dessert and coffee in the long run .And if it were not for our waiter’s kind demeanor , it would have been a different ending . We feel it would have been better if management had just not approached us in such a manner ( the person pointing to his watch as he was saying “ you gave only 30 minutes to finish up”). It’s just not in the best interest of customer service .
  33. CA

    CarefreeAnna

    Phoenix

    256 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    256 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love this place, and always dine here on trips to Carmel. We started with the baked brie and the stuffed mushrooms and had 3 different entrees at our table for 4 - the duck, the beef bourginon, and the shepherd's pie. All were excellent. We also selected several pastries to share, and they were all spectacular. This is such a comfy, cozy, friendly restaurant - a must visit for us.
  34. m

    manic0103

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Honestly, the worst meal and service of our trip. Gluten free garlic bread was rock hard. Service was non-existent. Gnochi was so hard I had to spit several out. Gluten free pizza was undercooked and overloaded with cheese - not edible. Sat in the alley and the heaters were way way too hot.
  35. A

    Angel14

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Restaurant is a little crowded and noise level high. They were busy. Waiter was nice, but forgot a glass of wine. Food was good.
  36. ND

    NancyD

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a terrific night sitting outside at bistro Giovanni‘s. We had the meatball appetizer and they were delicious along with the baratta appetizer. For dinner one person had lasagna, another had the carbonara, another the chicken piccata and the last person had chicken marsala. Everyone said the food was delicious. We ordered 3 different desserts, all delicious! Our waiter was especially friendly and attentive. The food came out quickly. I highly recommend this restaurant. We have gone to it several times with friends.
  37. LH

    LendyH

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner !
  38. JR

    JRP1

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, we enjoyed our dinner here. Service was outstanding, food was excellent. Nice pleasant background music made the evening.
  39. h

    happydiner

    Los Angeles

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated immediately. Food was very flavorful and not over seasoned. Solid service. The cocktail were good. Would suggest to remove the feather around in the artichoke heart before serving. Will visit again.
  40. F

    Foodies

    Naples

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service - loves chatting with the owner

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 1305 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

San Carlos & 5th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Hours of operation

    Fri–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 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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