Donato Enoteca

4.5
1931 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and honest contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Donato Scotti that changes weekly determined by the freshest available seasonal produce. Homemade pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, meat and fish courses are available, executed in an authentic yet modern way. The menu spans every region of Italy and incorporates artisanal products, such as fresh imported burrata, prosciutto, grappa and olive oil. Other in-house specialties include sausages, mostarda and lamb prosciutto. The wine list focuses on smaller-production boutique wineries from Italy, California and France.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00
Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 6:00pm daily
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Phone number
(650) 701-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Donato Scotti
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Middlefield and Main
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Parking details
public parking available in very close proximity
city valet parking available on Friday and Saturday
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Krista Merlino at 650-454-5644
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my friend here for her birthday. We always celebrate with wine and charcuterie and this place was perfect. We will definitely be returning

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FS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a quiet table for 6. Service great and the food was excellent.

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MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a friend for his birthday. Our only mistake was having appetizers at home. Should have eaten more yummy food at Donato’s!

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The lunch was excellent. The ravioli was delicious.

The server was efficient but lacked warmth. The hostess was a bit short with us when we asked to switch tables. We had not sat down yet, we just wanted to sit off to the side, not the middle of the room.
The wooden chairs were extremely uncomfortable. Please add chair pads.

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Unfortunately, not as good as it was before. Inattentive waiter and the food was just OK.
Disappointing because we've always liked it here.

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SL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. We have eaten here a few times when we have been in Redwood City. It never disappoints.

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PF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food with average flavor at higher than average prices. The food used to be better and that was why we made it our go-to Italian restaurant. Now... meh. I had the ossobuco and it was bland. My date had a fish a pizza and it was very average.

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WB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited for the first time, I'll be visiting for a second time soon.

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WA
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is good but pricey. We enjoyed it but not sure we will return.

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LK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing . We were seated in the annex which lacked personality, but we could have forgiven that if the service or quality of food was compelling. My chicken was over cooked and tasteless, and 2 of the 3 ordering the veal were underwhelmed. One was very undercooked instead of medium rare, and the other overcooked. The calamari appetizer was reasonably good but not "over the top".
This was our first visit, to celebrate my mother's 94th birthday and I admit I reserved late thru open table,
( perhaps the poor location), but we understand finer dining and this was not it on may levels...service and quality of food were lacking. I think our bill with wine and cocktails exceeded $400 which we would have happily paid if we felt the experience was worth it, but sadly not so on this night at this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a hidden gem on the mid-Peninsula’s. Terrific menu, excellent wine list and spot on service

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OT
San Francisco
259 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The prosciutto was gristly and the tables were far too close together.

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J
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was upscale and high quality Italian. Best sole I ever have eaten

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SJ
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food as always. This place never disappoints.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

It was my wife’s 35 birthday. Menu needs new pasta dishes.

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b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always and they made our friend spaghetti Bolognese even though it was not on the menu.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Poor food and experience from a previous go to. Such a shame.

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CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! It’s our go-to for special events and date night.

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ME
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about it! Nice greeting. Friendly abd attelw

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BB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were outside - great in the summer. BUT the street noise can be pretty bad.

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KL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Donato Enoteca is a perennial favorite. They got really busy Saturday night and our order got lost in the queue. We asked after it several times and waited over an hour between our appetizer and entree. We had gotten up to walk out when the waiter finally arrived with our (delicious) entrees. The restaurant didn't charge us for the dinner, only the drinks and appetizers. The problem was in the kitchen not with the wait staff.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Proper authentic Italian, don’t waste your time anywhere else....seriously!!! I’ve travelled all the way from Australia and coming from a place that has an Italian restaurant on every corner, I think I have a good idea on what’s good....besides the fact I am of Italian heritage 😉

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Had reservation through opentable, however the hostess would not seat us at proper dining table when there were empty tables, even when we requested to change from uncomfortable high table sitting.

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CL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, friendly and attentive service, nice ambience. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Being a local, and coordinated an event for business here I was really looking forward to my first experience dining at Donato Enoteca. When reservations were made, I noted we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. No mention or acknowledgement was made before, during or after our meal. The server was seemed disinterested in us and did not check on us very often. The food was pretty good - the wild boar ravioli a stand out. I don't think we will make an effort to come back. A rather disappointing experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was horrible. We waited about ½ hr before our server finally had time to take our order. When the entree arrived, mine was wrong and they have to remake it. My entree never arrived until the rest of my party of 7 were finished with theirs. While I was still eating my entree, my server cleared the rest of the table and even removed my bread plates. He also spilled a glass of water on my guest. Then he proceeded to distribute dessert menu to the rest of my party while I was still finishing my entree.
Since we were sitting in front of the open kitchen, there were just a lot of activities and noise between the servers going in and out of the kitchen.
The food was ok, but with this horrific service, I would not return.

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RN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Donato Enoteca is a fabulous restaurant. We have eaten there several times and it never disappoints. They make all of the pasta fresh and have amazing sauces to go with it. We had the squash blossums fried to perfection, the veal T-bone and a hand-rolled pasta with an ox-tail sauce that was wonderful. There is no better restaurant in Redwood City!

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KL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best Italian restaurant in town. Squid ink pasta is a must try. A repeated customer.

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JJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You can't go wrong, I wish Open Table had a 4.5 star rating.

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CE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each person in my lunch group of 7 people enjoyed their meal, and they particularly appreciated the excellent service, with staff going the extra mile to accommodate special needs. Donato Enoteca created an outstanding experience for all.

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f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. I don’t know why we waited so long to try this place.

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h
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our 'go to' spot for good, solid Italian food. Never disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time visiting Donato’s and we were very pleased. Christian, our server, was very knowledgeable and attentive. His suggestions from wine to dessert were all on point! Thank you!
We will be back

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CL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Our waiter was friendly and attentive.

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SJ
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us went to celebrate my birthday. We had taken many notable wines. One of my friend suggested a tasting menu. I have been going to Donato for almost 7 years but was not aware of the tasting menu option. Donato prepared a tasting menu for the wines we had brought. The pairing was outstanding. The food was excellent, the service impeccable. Five stars.

I would highly recommend Donato Enoteca for special occasion celebration.

Note to Donato - Please advertise that you have tasting menu. It was delicious.

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a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our anniversary, we chose to go to our trustworthy restaurant and we were not disappointed. Always authentic but creative and tasty.

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RP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wendy, our server was great!

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A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again: Donato provided a perfect evening. We ate outdoors, and it was a beautiful evening of fine food and conversation. Due the noise level in the front room, I generally request the Back room (The "Library" I call it.) But it was booked for a special event so we tried an outside table. What a good bet!
(Side patio is quieter than the front one, and away from car noise and fumes.

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G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food for family and friends, recently took my parents there and they loved the whole experience. A great neighborhood gem.

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MN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening celebrating a birthday for a friend.

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