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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us to celebrate your Christmas Eve the Italian way.
Prix Fixe menu and A la carte menu available.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate the New Year with cool Jazz and a warm traditional Italian Prix Fixe menu.

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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

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (28)
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Notable Wine List (19)
Authentic (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Romantic (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Casual (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Seasonal (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Cozy (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (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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·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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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were seated immediately, at a quiet table in a room away from the bar. The manager was great with wine recommendations that matched perfectly with the food. Great Italian dishes and an extensive Italian wines list covering a broad range of regions and price points.

Will definitely return AND recommend to friends!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The waiter was very helpful in helping us choose the wine. The food was excellent. We lingered past closing time. I've been here quite a few times, and every visit has been memorable.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 15, 2017

First time at Donato. I made a reservation a couple hours before and when I got to the restaurant I was seated immediately. My boyfriend was parking the car but had no trouble finding me when he came in. The noise level was high but not annoying. Restaurant was full and it seemed like all the guests were enjoying their stay. I love Italian food and this was a great spot for some authentic Italian! We also tried the calamari which is a must! I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area. Also the service was spot on. Our server was attentive without hovering.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We found this place through open table while we were in the area on vacation. The food was excellent, the service was attentive and the place was lively but we could still talk. My only complaint was their wine list suffers from the same inflation as many fine restaurants, who seem to think that customers won't hesitate to pay more for a bottle of wine than both of their entrees combined. I am a strong believer that wine lists should include a broad variety of price points, but that seems to be less and less common as we dine out.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful meal, attentive waiter, great wine list, but..... We had a dinner reservation, but ended up being seated in the bar (?) Noisy and crowded. There were empty tables with table cloths in the dining areas and we were in the bar! With the tight tables, big screen TV, and noise.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Way too noisy! Don’t call “bronzino” sea bass! It’s confusing . Antipasti for $19 didn’t include much beyond bread and lettuce.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Place was empty. Had one large party apparently. Took forever to order. Wanted to order desert but waiter tookn20 nminutes to return after giving us menus. Ended up skipping it...

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 (México)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The place’s environment was great. Even though the place was about to close when we got there, we were never rushed into ordering or felt any kind of pressure. The menu is somewhat short but there are some great options. I would definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Our server was very attentive, but all of our meals were extremely bland. Desserts were good, but entrees were not.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Donato is a consistent favorite and has never let me down. Squid ink pasta is excellent, but yesterday's branzino was just as good. They also have an Amari list that should be an example to every other bay area restaurant that calls itself Italian.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food was good, but the menu was a bit limited. I was served a glass of wine that had turned. The color was actually brown (for a rose'). The waiter brought it back and opened a new bottle at our table and poured it. Love the ambience in the restaurant, and location.

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