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Carmel's Bistro Giovanni, Carmel, CA

Carmel's Bistro Giovanni

4.5
4.5
1187 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 22 times today

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

What 1,187 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

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. AD

    AmyD

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Poor service. Our server was not attentive and did not bring items requested. Food is mediocre and not anything special for a vacation spot. Not worth the $$$.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time and service and food. We came 4 years ago on our first date and had an amazing time. We came back with our kids and celebrated and our server remembered us!! My wife and I run restaurants in the Sacramento area and this place really is a hidden GEM!
  3. Y

    Yummy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I would never recommend this place. Our server was fine, the food was mediocre at best. Menu is price high for mediocre....
  4. S

    Satya

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Over the time the quality has deteriorated. The pasta was very sour. Everything else tasted good.The service was mediocre. I have visited this restaurant many times. This is first time I had a mediocre experience
  5. MS

    MinervaSt2

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The setting provided outdoor ambience The food was delicious The wine list was outstanding The waiter provided excellent service Altogether a great anniversary event!
  6. EM

    ElizabethM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro Giovanni had excellent food and a lovely atmosphere! The family loved it. We will definitely go back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very cute place, a little smaller but you get to experience a bit of Italian ambiance that’s for sure. The service was great, not a very busy restaurant at the time (for lunch) which was nice. Food was very good too
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Came here last year during COVID. Dining was great. Come again this year and we saw our waitress 3 times. She took our order, she gave us a desert menu and got the bill. Never got our drinks refilled, she never asked how the meal was or if we wanted/needed anything. They had 6 bus people but even they were not refilling drinks. Just cleared our plates. Off this experience I’ll not suggest or go to this restaurant again. Rather sad.
  9. v

    view

    Los Angeles

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great neighborhood feel and prices for high quality food. Carpaccio was very good as is the garlic bread. Pasta and crab cake perfectly cooked and best of all is single Paella served in the pan with generous shell fish. One of our best meals in Carmel. Street parking.
  10. L

    Latenight

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was exceptional. I had the Osso Bucco. My wife had the Braised Beef Ravioli. Both were delicious. The bread and Garlic Dip were also great. Highly recommended!
  11. J

    Jabel

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My kids and I are gluten free, and the pasta was the best gluten free meal we’ve ever had! My husband had their homemade pasta and said it was excellent! The service was also excellent!
  12. F

    Foodie

    Nashville

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary here. Very much enjoyed the food and service.
  13. RL

    RonL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food. Server was excellent. Only issue we had was host who sat us was a bit rude.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our dinner was delicious and our server was even better he was hilarious I wish I could remember his name!!!
  15. N

    Nicki

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Fantastic meal!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat at Carmel Bistro often, and can honestly say we have NEVER had a bad meal! We really enjoy coming there.
  17. DD

    DianeD

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find in Carmel. This restaurant is an old world gem. It is family owned and run. We were greeted at our table by the owner who was concerned that our drinks hadn’t arrived as yet. The daughter was our waitress and very patient when we couldn’t decide on our dinner. And at the end we even met Mom. The evening was very pleasant and the food excellent. Next time we’re in Carmel this restaurant is at the top of our list. And they definitely know how to cook and prepare seafood.
  18. CC

    ChristinaC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal!! Our waiter did a great job of offering suggestions for both food and wine. Husband had the cioppino. He’s picky about that dish and was very impressed with the seafood and the delicious broth. Their garlic bread deserves compliments as well. I had pasta with shrimp and scallops and really enjoyed it. Waiter recommended the apple crisp - husband prefers chocolate desserts but thoroughly enjoyed sharing this. Carmelized edible bowl with delicious apples and very creamy vanilla ice cream.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Anniversary. But again no one acknowledged the note on the reservation. Maybe an open table problem.
  21. t

    tommyboy363

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Traveling to Pebble Beach. Spent the night in Monterey and found this "gem". Food was delicious and staff friendly. Owner visited our table during our meal. Bravo!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Great authentic traditional Italian fair (if you’re like me and sick of ‘fine’ dining). Gluten free options for most dishes which is rare to find in Italian restaurants.
  23. M

    Mamae

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best veal I have had in a long time! My husband had the clams linguini…he loved it!!!
  24. NO

    NancyO

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent. In the beginning the service was poor but once wait staff appeared, service was good. Would definitely recommend and return.
  25. M

    Molly

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved my gluten free dish.
  26. PP

    PickyPig

    Central Coast

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! Expansive menu, excellent service and atmosphere. Delicious absolutely delicious. Would recommend and return and repeat!
  27. DM

    DougM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time here and it does not disappoint. The food is absolutely delicious. The service top notch.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service, nice setting and fair prices-all good
  29. SD

    StephD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The service was top notch. Food was amazing - paella had the best flavor! Great place.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant food and service was excellent. We had a great server and the owner came by our table to see if we were enjoying our dinner experience. I would definitely put this restaurant as a top choice for a great dining experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Carmel!!! The gluten free pasta with bolognese sauce is to die for. It is our rotation every time we are in town.
  32. RS

    RSeater

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local, long-standing, family-run, Italian restaurant!
  33. G

    Great

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to get delicious Italian food. Sit out on the patio if you can!
  34. FD

    FredD

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We received excellent service and our food was great. This is a great spot.
  35. r

    rich

    Los Angeles

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was very good as usual. The only disappointment was there was no angel hair or very thin pasta. I suggest getting this and serving it. The server said yes when I ordered angel hair pasta but brought me something much thicker than even linguine. When I questioned this, the manager/owner? said they only had gluten free thin pasta.
  36. C

    Chickfitllc

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have the cannelloni it is divine!!!
  37. F

    Foodie2

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Seafood was fresh and delicious. The apple crisp for dessert was memorable.
  38. p

    philipk

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. Great food. Great service. Very reasonably priced. Highly recommend.
  39. V

    Visitor

    Sacramento

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we visit Carmel this is our favorite dinner spot. Great service and delicious food.
  40. RT

    RyyT

    San Francisco

    164 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We tried this restaurant first time last year and liked Jack, our server so much, that we returned this year only to find he had the day off. The food is good here with decent portions. The owner with his fedora hat circulates the room and opens wine bottles to serve the guests. The tables can be a little closer together than I'd like as I can hear the entire conversation between the 2 women next to us. There is outdoor seating but we opted to dine inside this time. This will be a place we plan to visit again on our next trip to Carmel.

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 1187 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 22 times today
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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