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About Donato Enoteca

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.

1041 Middlefield Rd
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Middlefield and Main

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 701-1000

Website:
http://www.donatoenoteca.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.

Parking Details:
public parking available in very close proximity
city valet parking available on Friday and Saturday

Executive Chef:
Donato Scotti

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Krista Merlino at 650-454-5644

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate your San Valentino at Donato Enoteca.
A very special 4 Course Prix Fixe menu will be available for your celebration with your loved one(s).

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Donato Enoteca Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Authentic (22)
Notable Wine List (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Romantic (21)
Good for Groups (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Business Meals (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Casual (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Cozy (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Seasonal (8)
Fun (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

This place only decent for their happy hour otherwise will not go back.
We were placed at a table in the farthest right hand corner of the dining room where the wait staff passed behind us continually. Asked to move and we were accommodated at the large dining table which was fine.
Ordered a cocktail had to get it at the bar when I went for fresh ground pepper for my salad.
Not impressed with the portion sizes and my husband was still hungry after finishing his pasta dish, even after having several slices of bread.
Many options in the areas, this one definitely no longer on my recommendation list.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

This was the first time at this restaurant and it won't be the last. We both enjoyed our choices and will definitely be back. Very convenient to downtown Redwood City.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great spot to go for our 10 year Anniversary. Food was excellent- we did the Chefs samples. Is a bit pricey but excellent for a special occasion. Food was excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The jazz music on Thursday nights is a fantastic addition to the dining experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We are never disappointed here. This as our fourth visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food, professional service and consistently comfortable. Took my son, sister and brother in law and was confident it would be wonderful. ONLY PIE(pizza) done right outside of NYC!!!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It was holiday season and the restaurant was festive. We chose to sit at the bar and our Bartender was fabulous! He was well versed in the wines and food and was super friendly. Our dinner and the wine was excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Dinner for Xmas Eve was great. The restaurant was crowded. Many times when you go on special occasions you get mediocre service. Here on Xmas Eve, we had a very nice dinner with great service. Everyone loved their dishes and the service and the wine recommendations were great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Lovely ! Great place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful, as always. Everything was flawless. Throw a dart at the wine list and anywhere it lands is exceptional quality—even the lowest price wines. Their imported cheeses are unparalleled in the Bay Area, so order something with some cheese. Also true of the cured meats. Top end food without pretense. Walkable to everything in town. It’s our favorite for birthdays or other occasions.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

A busy upbeat restaurant, excellent service and very tasty food (raviolis with 3 kinda of filling, appetizer portion, was very large and filling so share if you are also having an entree), pork loin with wild
Mushrooms also very tasty and plentiful. Nice unusual wine selections (by the glass). Parking is a bit of a challenge. CalTrain station very close however.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We are considered to be frequent visitors at Donato Enoteca. We will order squid ink pasta every time we are there. My kids did not like it couple years ago and now are loving it for no reasons at all. I guess we become foodies. It is quite yummy. Give it a try.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food and service, but the chair was very uncomfortable; my back still hurts from sitting there for 1.5 hour.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The waiter was very good and they were always checking up on you. The food is good but it is very much fine dining and TRUE Italian food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good ambience and location, underwhelming food and wine.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Took my husband here for his birthday for the annual truffle menu. Watching his rapture as he ate was worth every penny. We're already reserved for New Years Eve for our annual dinner with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had the 7 course tasting menu.WOW!! It was incredible. Veal carpaccio was yum. The octopus salad was Great. The Chanterelle pasta was to die for. Oxtail Risotto made my wife moan at the table. FANTASTIC!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We had to wait way too long for the meal and at the end of the check.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

It worked very well for family dinner.

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vip
 (México)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great to celebrate our first anniversary

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The best restaurant in Bay Area. Should have Michilen 3 stars. Donato is an artist with Northern Italian foods.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great meal! It's near the Redwood City Theatre district so would be great for a sit down meal before/after. The menu is a little limited if you have dietary restrictions, you may need to ask for help. But the food was great and the service strong. The wine was also great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

If you want to experience authentic Italian cooking, this is the place. My tagliatelle alla Bolognese were exquisite, just like my Italian mama would make. If you are adventureous try the spaghetti with black squid sauce....hmmmm.
Ready to go back anytime!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Over the top service and hospitality, beginning at the front desk. The hostess called apologizing that my favorite table ( I requested in reservation) may be slightly delayed as it was occupied. Upon arrival I went to sit comfortably in bar to wait only to be told my table was all ready albeit I had already been served a delicious and refreshing cocktail. The staff is always accommodating . The food freshly, beautifully and deliciously prepared.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The wait staff wasn't very friendly or attentive. The food wasn't great for the price. I feel like they are trying to be a high-class restaurant but the food and wait staff quality isn't there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Never disappointed!
One of our favorite go-to places in Redwood City.
The bread board Stuzzichini is amazing, enough for 3.
The Turbante di Branzino e Cavolfiori was a nice treat but, somewhat bland.
The Risotto con Pancia di Maiale with Niman Ranch pork belly is awesome.
Delicious, rich Tiramisu and and very fresh tasting Panna Cotta.
Even the decaf Espresso was full bodied.
Very reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was mediocre at best given the prices.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Really wanted to like this restaurant, but it underwhelmed. Nothing really stood out, and didn't feel like inspired cooking. We had the supposed signature dishes: boar bruschetta, and oxtail pasta. Boar bruschetta was nothing special, lots of food though. Oxtail was better, but still not a standout. My wife had the menu which featured a pappardelle, and fowl sugo, again nothing special, and too salty. Dessert was disappointing too, a very dry almond, corn cake. I would recommend Vina Enoteca in Menlo Park instead.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We really wanted to like this place, but the food was very disappointing. Very little flavor. Went with another couple and we were all underwhelmed. Too bad, because the decor is great, but otherwise not great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great appetizers, decent pasta, good service

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We've had good dinners here before, but this time it was a little meh. The buckwheat pasta was a bit gritty, the flavor wasn't as great as it has been other times, the salad and pizza were uninspired. Convenient for a nicer dinner before a movie, but might look for another option.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Disappointed after many good meals in the past. Service was slow. Food (pizza, ravioli, beef cheeks) was ample in quantity but nowhere near as good as in the past. Manager apologized and took cost of food off bill. We had not requested this,and it was beyond our expectations.
We will certainly try again in the future and hope the quality has returned.

Under the circumstances I do not want to give star ratings. I would not recommend to others until we try again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Good solid Italian food. Waiter told us different pricing for a special offering that they had (truffle tasting menu - single course) and check in - receptionist was very prickly and didn't honor request to be seated in the back near the TV to watch a sports game. We probably will not be back but it's a popular place and the food is good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had a great time as usual at Donato's : the food is genuine Italian, hand made pasta, great ingredients, recommend to food lovers. One of our party even had truffles on the pasta, pricey but unfortgettable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always fantastic authentic Italian food. Service is outstanding ! Would highly recommend for special occasions - birthday's etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very slow wait staff. Sat for at least 10 minutes before anyone came over to our table.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We sat right down (we had reservations), but there were long waing times, to order and when we got our food. I noticed that some (chef) friends came in after us and served well before we were. A vegatable substituion was ,well I'll ask the chef? The food and wine was OK, but over priced.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love this place! Food is excellent, fresh, well conceived. Service is outstanding and the wine list is a delightful adventure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

WE've eaten here many times. Always excellent food. I had roasted shrimp with black rice. Outstanding. There were four of us and we all loved our meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food is just excellent as is the service. A little pricey but worth it for the very interesting menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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