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Ristorante Don Giovanni - Mountain View

4.3
655 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Ristorante Don Giovanni welcomes you to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine on Castro Street in Mountain View, California. The warm and inviting atmosphere complimented by the Italian decor, makes this the place to celebrate any special occasion, romantic dinner, or just a simple home cooked Italian meal. Lunch and dinner menus include: Antipasti, Insalate & Minestre, Pasta, Rotisserie, Panini, and Fish along with an extensive Wine list and Full bar.

Let Ristorante Don Giovanni provide you with excellent service and facility for your next event. We offer custom tailored menus that are just right for your breakfast, brunch, lunch, and/or dinner needs.

Our facility can provide:
TV * VCR * PA SYSTEM WITH MICROPHONES * POWER POINT * OVERHEAD PROJECTOR * WIRELESS MICROPHONE * FLIP CHART STAND/PADS/MARKERS * DIRECT PHONE LINES AND INTERNET ACCESS * MOTEL AND TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 961-9749
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Ristorante Don Giovanni's banquet facility welcomes the possibility to service your personal event or Company's business needs with an inclusive pricing that includes choice of salads, entrees, and desserts.
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Private party contact
John Akkaya: (877) 789-0346
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Catering
Catering is available upon request - contact us for details and pricing! Experienced corporate catering to large events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Villa
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Parking details
Public parking is readily available. Public parking lots and street parking is available behind the restaurant and on surrounding streets.
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Public transit
One block from Downtown Mountain View Caltrain and Light Rail station. VTA bus lines 34, 35, 51 and 52 stop at the Villa and Castro intersection.
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Special events & promotions
Turkey Earthquake Relief Benefit Dinner - November 13th at 6:30PM - $55 per person
Includes delightful menu, free bottle of wine for every pair of tickets sold. All proceeds go directly to victims of the earthquake via the Kurdish-American Cultural Center. Please help the people of Turkey!
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FREE Thanksgiving Day Dinner
All day Thanksgiving, from 11AM to 4PM, no reservations, first come first served.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 655 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Visited the day after Mother's Day so it was very quiet. Our server was delightful and timed everything to come out of the kitchen just right. The food was tasty & plentiful. Staff was friendly & attentive. We were visiting this area from CO, but if we are ever back this way again, will make a stop here.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Have been to this restaurant regularly including Christmas celebration for my company. I always enjoy the Italian food and the service. The daily specialties like fish dish is a good value.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day celebration

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day dinner - friendly waiters, food served fast and HOT, tasted great. Even my 3 year old approved.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Authentic Italian menu, tasty food & great service!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants. It is always dependable. The food and service are very good. Portions are ample.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Took advantage of an online promo to eat at Restaurant Don Giovanni for the first time.

Food and service were excellent.

Value was good.

Will likely to return again in the future.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We have enjoyed Don Giovanni and it's our "go to" restaurant before going to the theater. However our latest meal wasn't up to par. The main course was terrific! (Sea bass) The chocolate mousse dessert was so sweet it was inedible. The cherry gelato was really cherry ice cream. Soup spoons were served as dessert and coffee spoons. Our waiter was incredibly distracted. And a beggar with her child came table to table begging, reaching the back of the restaurant before being shown out. It was a tarnished meal. All that said, our past experiences have been really good, and the food has usually been outstanding. We'll try again.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

food and everything there is superb; John Akkaya has THE best restaurant in Mountain View, in my estimation...just a warm great place with great food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Attentive service, menu with variety of choices, entrees well prepared and arrived hot at our table. Our server made our birthday celebration special with a candle in the dessert and a Happy Birthday serenade!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The food is always outstanding

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This place never disappoints. For a date, business dinner, family gathering or every day meal, this is the best Italian place around

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This was our first experience dining at Ristorante Don Giovanni and we had a delicious meal of fresh halibut and pasta with salmon. The wine was moderately priced and delicious. The only downsides were that the wait staff seemed to be rushing us through our meal (perhaps we should have said we wanted to enjoy a leisurely time) and the noise level steadily escalated until it was difficult to hear one another.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The food is consistently well done and the staff is very accommodating.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great Italian food with both pastas and primi , and of course dessert too.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants! My husband and I starting going to Ristorante Don Giovanni - Mountain View 17 years ago - on our first date! We go at least once a month. The food is wonderful - get the meat lasagna if they have it (only available as a special). The best I've had!! The staff is great, very attentive without hovering.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Never been disappointed. Great food, friendly staff despite the busyness. Totally recommend

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Dishes are small, especially for the relatively high price. Few shrimps in a pasta. Soup felt a bit water down. Sofa seating not comfortable... too low to the table. Probably too old so sink in when seated

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The service and quality of the food surpassed our expectations! 8 of sat at a large round table in the back and it was perfect for our celebration. We could all easily converse across the table.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The service was great. It was a Thursday night so that could be the reason, but it was the day after Valentine's day. My wife had the salmon special and I had the lasagna special. The salmon was ok, but the pasta it came with was delicious. Fresh and tasted homemade. The lasagna was good not great, but I enjoyed it. The bread was fresh and the waiter was attentive when we wanted more and brought put a different type of bread. All in all, we will return and hope for another experience like this one.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice Ambience and good food. Not crowded for Valentine's Day dinner. Service was a little slow, possibly die to some confusion on who was supposed to wait our table.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Very good food and service, my friends was so happy to have dinner there, they like the time they gave us to decide to eat and they answer our questions good.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Aniversary

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent restaurant for a business meal. You could talk amongst the group without raising your voice. The service was fantastic and the food was excellent!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall the food is very good. We were both disappointed however in that we felt very rushed and had to practically hold on to our plates otherwise someone would take them away. They were a little bit too pushy to get us out of the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good, authentic Italian food in an appropriate ambiance.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

all delicious. definitely a good spot pre-theatre.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Two of the dishes we ordered, eggplant Parmesan and polenta, were both heavy on garlic. The salad was fine and the cappuccinos were excellent.

I did have to request several times that the hostess check in our Open Table reservation as she was reluctant to do so. She said the Restaurant policy was not to do this unless the customer requested it.
I have not encountered this policy at other restaurants.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

really good food and service, I'll sure come back soon

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Very accommodating service, I asked for a different sauce on my Chicken Parmigiana rather than the cream sauce. I was told it would not be a problem and really enjoyed the dish.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Pleasant evening for two couples. Food and service were fine. Restaurant has been reliably good over past years.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was outstanding. Four of had sole, mahi mahi, veal, and ribs. Each of us found the food outstanding. Pleasant service

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was excellent as was service.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Always enjoy the food, just wish the see red were polite.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was good not great. Overall, we thought the prices were too high for the quality.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I enjoyed the service that we got. I thought the food was very good and the price was very reasonable. The atmosphere was very nice as well.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Don Giovanni is one of my husband and I's key date night locations! It had some solid food and a great bar. Right on Castro street, it's not too bad to find parking or just walk to it from where we live!

First, the wine list is great! Lots of chianti choices from Italy as well as lots of California wines, which all pair well with food.

As for food, here are our recommendations/thoughts:

-Bread!: When it's fresh, it's SO GOOD. It comes with balsamic and olive oil, lightly spiced with garlic and pepper. But sometimes, the bread can be stale and
- Starters:
*Calamari! Never overcooked, seasoned well. I wish it had other sauce choices besides cocktail sauce, but I'd love to have some kind of spicy mayo or tartar sauce too.
*Caesar's salad: Solidly done, but it's still just a salad so it's not that exciting
-Pastas:
Literally ALL OF THE PASTAS are amazing. All of the sauces are well balanced and delicious, the pastas are always perfectly cooked, and the proteins are yummy! I really love the michaelangelo pasta and the frutti di mare dishes.
- Secondi: Some of these dishes are the same as the pasta, but no pasta lol. So they're pretty good.
* Chicken Parmesan: My husband's favorite. They lightly fry it so that the breading is crispy, then finished in the oven. It comes on a bed of linguine and it's just perfection.
* Pollo ai Capperi: This is what I got last time and it was the perfect amount of food, and the perfect balance of each portion! The vegetables were cooked nicely, the mashed potatoes were delicious, and the chicken was still moist and tender.

My one nit with this place is that the service can be spotty, especially if they're busy. It can be hard to wave a waiter down and get a refill on water, but they try to come by as often as possible and make sure you're doing okay.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to dinner for New Years Eve. We liked the broad choices on the menu and the number of available wines.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Great staff and service! We went for a family dinner on Christmas Day - they were packed, but were juggling everything beautifully. Good vegetarian choices and wine list. We enjoyed the gnocchi, eggplant parmesan and penne pesto and everything was delicious including the cannoli! We will definitely go back!

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2017

As usual, this restaurant was overbooked and the service was TERRIBLE. We waited and waited in a sea of people and no one seemed to care. Waiting at the bar for our table, we could not even get a drink. Guess they just assume they are forgiven because it was Christmas. I'm done with these people

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