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Donato Enoteca

4.4
1846 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
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
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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
What 1846 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.4
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We ordered a pasta dish and pork chops. They were both very tasty. The next time we will probably stick with pasta and note the meat entrée.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Nice menu with some different choices, but the pizza (from a wood burning oven) was
absolutely awful! It was the worst pizza we have ever eaten anywhere. Steer clear and you
will enjoy!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We brought my parents and we all loved it. We will be back

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Donato Enoteca is a truly authentic Italian restaurant with fantastic food and excellent service. I think it is one of the best restaurants on the penninsula and rivals those in San Francisco. We were seated promptly and our server appeared immediately to offer us water, plain or sparkling as well as a cocktail. Our bread then appeared with their classic olive toppenade which is the best I have had. We had a three-part Venetian appetizer of fried smelts that had been marinated along with shrimp and a tasty cheese. The main course followed and when the salmon arrived over cooked, they immediately took it back and insisted on replacing it with a rare version. Only apologies and the desire to please. I strongly recommend this wonderful restaurant to anyone who wants a taste of Italy in a quiet, peaceful setting.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great food. Nice atmosphere and very good service. We have been there several times and always had a positive experience.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

True Italian cuisine and excellent attentive staff. Great for date and families.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely Italian family dinner. The food was delicious and the server (Brooke) was great! I recommend this restaurant especially for pre-theater dining. It’s walking distance from the Fox and movie theaters.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Donato was recommended to me by an acquaintance. I took 6 of us there to celebrate my wife's birthday. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was about 90% full the whole time, but not overly crowded or busy. The food was good, not fantastic or terribly original, but well cooked and good. The wait staff was friendly and nice. The ambiance and decor is very nice and appealing, and the table layouts are roomy and decorative. The prices are about 20% less than comparable restaurants in the area, which is impressive. Parking in the area is horrible, and it took me about 20 minutes to find a parking space that was 5 blocks away.

However, the service was terrible, and here's why:
1. the waiter kept forgetting what was on the specials menu and going back and forth across appetizers and entree's confusing everyone.
2. He was full of B.S. Said he was Italian, born in Italy, etc., but couldn't speak a word of it nor did he know much about the country (we were all Italian at the table and were trying to make small talk with him about it). Kept digging himself deeper each time.
3. The kitchen messed up a couple of orders, and the bus staff was completely confused as to what dishes went where (even tried to give us another tables entree). They were so out of synch with the waiter, that we just accepted what they gave us and handed them around to the correct recipient. The bus staff did not understand English at all, and the waiter did not speak Spanish, so communication was ineffective.
4. They never cleared one dish or glass off the table, instead letting everything pile up from drinks, wine, appetizers, entrees, and desert.
Everyone was so irritated and frustrated by the end of the meal, that we just all walked out after paying. It put us in a generally bad mood the rest of the night, and I felt bad for my wife, since it was her birthday with close friends. We won't be going back.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Donato is a great and hip place in downtown Redwood City. The bartender, Johnny is excellent. The service, food and ambiance is great for a fun Friday night or a low key Saturday lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First visit but not the last! Had an excellent meal, the special menu with a very tasty tartare appetizer, lovely pasta dish main and yummy panna cotta desert. All that with perfectly paired wines, recommended by the amazingly knowledgeable and all around wonderful server Robert! Cappuccino afterwards hit the spot, and we left while trying to figure out how quickly we can return!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Perfect, as usual! Great ambient, great food, great wine ... not a better way to start a weekend

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food as usual. Service was also excellent. We had two toddlers and the staff was very helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Best Italian in the Bay Area outside of sf
Authentic Italian food. Specific to Tuscany and Sicily for food, but wine also from other areas

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I went to one of my favorite restaurants to celebrate my wife’s birthday. However the service was very spotty with long waits to receive drinks, one entrée being served 5 to 10 minutes before the other, and both entrées being served cold. A very disappointing evening to say the least!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This restaurant pays no attention to special requests made when making the reservation. For the second time in a row, my special request was not acknowledged. We were served wine that tasted bad, despite being a screw-top bottle (so not 'corked'). I enjoy the food at Donato, but somehow the restaurant is not able to deliver strongly and consistently on service.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Second time dining at Donato. Overall a good experience. I especially enjoyed the pastas. For some reason, the food is never very hot.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had lunch outdoors. Food was delicious. Restaurant not super busy and they were understaffed but our waitperson and the wine steward were right there. It was leisurely and lovely.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Expensive prefix menu. Overpriced and the pace the meal was rushed with the check being delivered prior to all the food being served. A one star for food quality and $$ for price point. I will not return to this establishment.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Comfortable, quiet spot that was just right for a business lunch. Very attractive dining areas with plenty of space and a Tuscany ambiance. Choice of three pastas on the lunch special were simple, well-made, and reasonably-priced.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

As usual good food, good wine and good service

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We went to Donato Enoteca because the Porcini mushrooms arrived and the chef prepared them with a very good handmade pasta. Furthermore the wine list is always exceptional! Grazie!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Awesome dinner. Great food and service and the price is very reasonable

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

All our requests were honored. Lovely evening with the exception of substandard Manhattans straight up. That said, we ordered light and it was quite pricey. Will save for special occasions.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

I am not a fan of this type of Italian food. I find it heavy and harsh. Just my opinion. I'm sure the quality is great, I am just not a fan.

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 7, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 26, 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.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 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.

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