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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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A large table of Italian speaking customers tells you it's the place to be for Italian food. Nice menu with some unusual choices like squid ink pasta and pork belly risotto (both delicious!) if you are bored of the typical linguine alla vongole, pasta primavera, carbonara, etc. Prompt service, reasonable price for the quality and selection. Will be our new go-to place!
Went on a Friday night, so restaurant was almost full, even though it is large - two indoor dining rooms plus a good sized outdoor patio. Reservations recommended! As a result, the food was above average. The pours and the service below average. Sediment in the Italian Red was not expected. This place should run a tighter ship and hire a larger and well-trained wait staff, especially for a weekend evening.
Best Italian restaurant in Redwood city, maybe even the peninsula. They have 4 different rooms and a patio. Their staff is very attentive and friendly. Black pasta with octopus is a traditional entree from Venice, which we love. Bagoli with asparagus and ox tail is fantastic. We highly recommend if you are a wine enthusiast. Their sommelier is great!
This was a great find! We stayed 20 minutes away and wanted to check out Redwood City and dine out for a birthday. The menu was fabulous, and everything we had was delicious! I loved the summer squash salad with paper thin sliced zucchini, fresh greens, ricotta salata, a lemony vinaigrette, and the most delicious farm fresh soft boiled egg that had been panko crusted and fried! It was the best salad I've ever had. Our table ordered the orichiette, the ravioli, and a margherita pizza, and it was all outstanding. Would definitely recommend and definitely go back!
Visited on a Saturday night. Establishment was over staffed and yet service was slow and place was not full nor busy. Food flavors were somewhat mixed and lacking focus. Started with pulled boar bruschetta. The meat was dry, bread and meat was not cohesively composed. I had the "Bigoli e Coda", braised oxtail (was greasy) with bigoli pasta (too doughy, chewy). My daughter had the "Risotto con Pancia di Maiale", the risotto was bland with pork belly (good caramelization). My husband had the Agnolotti del Plin (3 meat small ravioli) where the meat sauce suffered from too much tanginess. Overall it was an uneventful dinner experience.
Have enjoyed weekday lunch here before, decided to give it a try for a special birthday dinner. Tried the "tasting menu" blind. It was terrific, too much food almost to finish. Allowed the waiter/sommelier to pick wine pairings for us, and they were terrific choices too. Certainly highly recommended place in Redwood City area.
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