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Donato Enoteca

4.6
2418 Reviews
$30 and under
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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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2418 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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STevenD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is “real” Italian food originating from Bergama. The wine list is Italian and really good. Service is old school excellent. Donato is a force of nature who loves what he does and strives every day to make your experience bettet

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msn1
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We love this restaurant and though the food was excellent as always they were clearly overwhelmed by the number of guests with a real fall in the quality of service. They were very nice but just too busy for the number of people they had.

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mtl2034
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always at Donato's we got the best Italian food. This time we ordered their spaghetti carbonara and it was super delicious. What takes the experience to the next level is the wine selection - when you can pick the right wine for the right dish.

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LadyLe
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service at Donato Enoteca !

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RonaldA
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening and our dinner. Staff was excellent as was the food.

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vipGloGlo
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service very good! We had an excellent waiter! Older gentleman. Drinks good. Small portions but pastas delicious ? Home made, wonderful sauce. Never disappointed.

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vipKitten
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back dining again. The wait staff are all so welcoming, like returning home for a well cooked meal by a talented friend. Thank you for surviving the pandemic, we will continue to support Donato!

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vipToniT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely time

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vipPeter
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the FEW restaurants that you can always count on to be perfect. The food is excellent, the service impeccable and the wait staff knowledgeable and courteous.

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ReneeW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside and it was breezy so it was quiet because most people were eating indoors. Our first experience eating here after it was recommended by one of our neighbors. Excellent food, great service!

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GretchenE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner! Would have liked more vegetarian options.

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vipGeorge
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I am a big fan of Donato's. I was there many times and I admire Mr. Donato's passion for authentic Italian food. Unfortunately last night the service was bad, usually is much better. I hope it was an exception and us not the new normal.

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JohnS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good standard Italian specialties in a quiet corner of downtown Redwood City. Great service.

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vipWendyT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, authentic food and service. Wonderful outdoor seating.

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EmilyG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was good but food was meh. The appetizer was good but the fish and pasta was not great.

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Foodloversfoodie
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would go back in a heartbeat xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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vipGary
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I have 50 characters to tell you that the food and experience was good

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Woodsman
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It’s a perfectly fine restaurant but the food was EHH. There are much better Italian restaurants in the area and for the price, we were kind of disappointed.

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Jjjq
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful and tasty food, excellent service and lovely ambiance. I was happy to finally return to
dine indoors post vaccine! The tables are nicely spaced out.

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StephanieT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant on the Peninsula. Always bright, fresh ingredients and subtle, delicate flavorings. Distinctive wines not found elsewhere. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointed. Lacks flavor.

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vipKatrinaM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to Italian restaurant on the Peninsula

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Jorden
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, perfect portion sizes, they even accommodate special requests! The dinner and dessert offerings were both delicious.

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JLEH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Got sick for the first time. Go there regularly.

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LaurieC
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful, mostly Northern Italian food in a really nice location in RWC. Outside eating is lovely with heaters if you need them, and the cocktails and wine selection is perfetc.

Not that impressed with the service last night, maybe they are short-staffed, but our glasses were dry for 15-20 minutes before someone came to ask us if we wanted something else.

They also have a little Italian specialties market which has goodies to take home!!

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annaraven
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mother's Day meal was amazing. And the wine pairing was exquisite! The food, as always, was delicious. Some unexpected but fantastic wine pairings made it even better. A few minor foibles in timing of the beverage service (thus, a 4 on service) were quickly remedied. Thanks for another fantastic celebration meal!

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Emily
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ate outdoors for lunch. They had shady spots and umbrellas. Nice because they're set back from the street.

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MonicaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and it was rather blustery, but the restaurant provided jackets for two of our party when things got very brisk! The food was delicious!

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vipRosanneF
San Francisco
201 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donato’s is our favorite for special occasions and just a nice dinner celebrating life! Every meal is delicious. Favorites are the octopus salad, fish of any type, and pastas. Wonderful service. We love the options of wine from Tuscany and their specialty cocktails are not to be missed.

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OmarKhayyam
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lot of intriguing interesting dishes not usually found with Italian cuisine. The service was wonderful and made me and my guests feel very welcome and special.

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vipEllinK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is taking serious precautions to make diners feel comfortable- tables greatly distanced, tableware wrapped in plastic, servers masked and gloved. Food was excellent, as always.

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Tglundini
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on the peninsula! Love everything about it!

Go!

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vipJaneL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous cocktails, and great wine selection. The food was terrific, and the service outstanding. It was very quiet and the tables set comfortably apart. I had the buckwheat pappardelle with wild mushrooms. Delicious. I must say, I have never had buckwheat pasta before, the nutty texture compliments the earthiness of the mushrooms.

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ChristieH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This long-time favorite never disappoints. Fresh, delicious food, generous portions, an impressive wine list, and top notch service all combine to produce a consistently excellent dining experience. Extra points for their delicious baked goods, which were a source of comfort for me during the darkest days of 2020.

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Georges
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottimo cibo, ottimo servizio, ottimo ambiente, giusto prezzo. Bella esperienza

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NadiaP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eccellente come sempre!!! Once again the great food and the beautiful atmosphere made my evening wonderful! Thank you!

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vipDavidL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Before covid they were amazing; now hmmm. I understand making $ but the quality is not great. I hate to say it but we probably won’t be back.

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MoniqueC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere with great food and excellent service 😀

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vipFreddy
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Donato's used to be a failsafe choice for great Italian food. That's why I invited two Italian friends to lunch there recently.

We were impressed by the measures the staff has taken during Covid, which was reassuring.

Since it was lunchtime we all ordered pizzas, 2 prosciutto cotto and a margherita.

The pizzas were just OK, the dough was chewy and dense.

Unfortunately we all had acid reflux and upset stomachs soon after finishing our lunch.

I'll put this down to a blip because in the past Donato's has been a great place for genuine Italian food, served in a warm and inviting ambience.

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vipbamaclgs
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I responded to Open Table's confirmation email saying I would be there.

When we arrived, Enoteca Donato was completely shut down and locked up.

Your coordination with your customers could be improved. I went to additional expense because of your lack of coordination with Enoteca Donato.

Further, I don't appreciate Open Table cancelling some of my credits during the pandemic.

Bruce MacNaughton

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Donato Enoteca using the Order Online button. Donato Enoteca also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Donato Enoteca also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 701-1000.

Donato Enoteca is rated 4.6 stars by 2418 OpenTable diners.

Donato Enoteca does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.cruredwoodcity.com/products/donato-amp-co-gift-card-50.

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.