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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.
Redwood City, CA 94063
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
Middlefield and Main
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
public parking available in very close proximity
city valet parking available on Friday and Saturday
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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Please contact Krista Merlino at 650-454-5644
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Donato Enoteca Ratings and Reviews
Came for Valentines Day dinner with my wife. I’ll start by saying that this experience is based on a unique day with a unique menu. However, why do so many restaurants committ the same egregious acts on nights like this one, with rules about what you can and cant order? On special nights, the experience should be better than average, not less!
First, a “prix fixe” menu. Why abandon the menu that makes them well known and trusted for the quality they normally serve, for a limited menu designed for quick assembly?
First course: My shrimp & asparagus salad was actually great. And my wife’s pasta with wild boar sugo was also pretty good.
The main courses were unfortunate. My wife’s veal filet seemed to be cooked perfectly but was extremely tough/ gamey. My monkfish was “meh”.
Dessert: You had to get it, and there was no option. It was a log of ice cream wrapped in a thin cake. It was OK. But obviously made for mass production. I also thought it unfortunate that there was no choice.
All in all, it seemed engineered for a factory. We were in and out in 70 mins and left freling we just went through an assembly line.
The food is wonderful. Love everything on the menu. Service was a little slow but the individual was very nice. Table for 2 can be small to hold large appetizer board, plus wine, water and bread plates. This is becoming one of our Go-To restaurants on the Peninsula.
Unfortunately, the service was not great, we repeatedly had to ask for water, we waited for a long time to order our food. It was quite busy but still. The food quality was average. I ordered the mushroom pasta and my friend ordered the ravioli.
There was only one Sauvignon Blanc available by the glass and it was not great.
Hopefully they will improve their overall food quality and service.
Another post theater dinner with friends - have enjoyed this restaurant probably over a dozen times. But tonight’s dinner was a disaster. The key issue was the service, or lack thereof. We were seated in the middle section, in a booth near the bar area. Lots of wait staff in the area. But just getting glasses of water took 15 minutes - this is not an exaggeration. And after ordering our food, not everything we ordered showed up. Our server seemed unperturbed and was almost joking about the fact that we did not have water (no refills although we were there for over two hours!). The food was great. The service was dreadful. We left a tip just because we did not want to do a disservice to the back half of the restaurant. The restaurant needs a manager walking the floor to see what is going on. I’ll likely be back but more restaurants are opening in Redwood City and if they want to hold on to their customers, service matters.
The food was very average. We were given a table in a separate area which was an enclosed space with about 15 guests and they kept closing the door. It was hot and extremely claustrophobic. Our server though was excellent.
Ordered the lamb polpette and octopus as appetizers. The lamb meatballs were overpowered by the cheese and there were exactly 3 small pieces of octopus in the other appetizer. Pasta was ok, the proscuitto pizza had an inch layer of arugulla with barely a hint of proscuitto and the branzino filet was bland and had no salt. Not to mention a guest behind us who would not stop talking at a high volume.
Overall a very disappointing experience.
I like the happy hour at Donato for value, drinks, and bar tender skills and demeanor, but the restaurant dining is disappointing. The food is pretty bland and the service we had this week was horrible. It was a Wednesday and somewhat busy but not overly so. The food took a long time to come, each course took a long time. We finally had to ask for the dessert, and when it finally arrived (bread pudding), it was as bland as everything else.
This was so sad. I know this restaurant could have delicious food and good service but not for us this night, it was awful! The fish was way over cooked, like rubber and dry and served luke warm! The server clearly didn’t want to have her job and was downright rude when she would show up. Overall terrible dining experience! I’d never go back after this experience.
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.
I love this place, but this is a hard review to write because it’s hard to put into words what makes this restaurant so great. Donato Enoteca is the closest I have seen to European dining in America. The food and service are both excellent, but unpretentious. I would describe the food as Italian Trattoria dining at its finest. The dishes are simple, but delicious. The servers have that European sensibility that food service is a respected profession to be proud of, not a day job, not some kind of show business. It’s at once an easy-going place, yet somehow they treat your visit as important without seeming to be trying too hard. Really, this is the only restaurant I’ve ever been to in the US that feels like I’m in Spain or Italy.
I know a fair amount about wine, but Italian wines are really difficult to understand and evaluate. I never like to have to put myself in the hands of the waiter or sommelier, but the wine list at Donato Enoteca requires me to do so. And I’ve never had anything but the best wine experiences there. Every recommendation has been spot on and what I was looking for in terns of taste, food pairing, and budget. This restaurant is a long way from my home, but I try to get there several times a year because it’s so great. Love it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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