Ristorante Don Giovanni - Mountain View

4.4
754 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
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
What 754 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
EA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

When we arrived our friends had arrived a few minutes early and had ordered wine and were seated at our table for 7 people. The server was attentive and our orders came out from kitchen in reasonable amount of time. The food was delicious. I would recommend Don Giovanni's.

PD
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere, quiet at the early hour so it was great for conversation. Service is always excellent. Nice dinner and wine with a little port after. A good choice for us when we attend an event at Mt. View Performing Arts

MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The restaurant was almost empty (first sign) when we arrived. We were a table of 6 that sat at an outdoor table. The service was slow. When they finally brought our dinners, they brought 4 wrong dishes and only 2 correct dishes. They even made a big deal out of who's fault it was (chef, server, etc.) rather than just take care of it right away. They did not offer any discount, etc without us first asking. I will not return!

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were fantastic and there signature mixed green salad with there signature dressing was delicious .. we keep coming back!

SF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, leisurely meal with excellent, friendly servers. Unfortunately, our meals were unremarkable. My linguine with tiger prawns tasted a bit “off” - as if one or more of the ingredients as not fresh (and a few hours later, digestive distress ensued). My friend’s gnocchi was edible, not incredible. I would not return.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alfredo was our server and he was very attentive and friendly

MP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entertained out-of-town business acquaintances there - fantastic experience. The food and service were outstanding. The waiter recommended an octopus appetizer that was perfectly cooked - soft chew and nicely charred.

D
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! We are never disappointed. The food and service are wonderful!

CB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here on a Saturday evening. Excellent service and delicious food.

E
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food, been going there for years. Never had a bad meal.

PA
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

an excellent location. A great place for lunch. Also for dinner. If you like Italian with great service, come here

t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

had two pastas and bruschetta

bruschetta bread was so hard it was almost inedible, had to transfer the tomatoes to the free bread...

the veal pasta was decent, nothing memorable or great, but fine

the angel hair tomato basil pasta was so overcooked, and literally tasted worse than sauce straight out of a jar... if i tried to make tomato sauce taste as bad as possible, i dont think i could make one as bad as this

to top it off, the service was maybe the worst ive had in maybe 4 5 years? no one ever asked how things were a single time. it took forever to take orders, the bruschetta never came after like 20 minutes and i had to ask where it was, check never came after like 30 minutes and had to ask for it.. and there were literally only 1-3 other tables in the entire restaurant...

i think ive only ever given 1 other 1 star review before...

PA
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous lunch venu with great service.

v
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ealy dinner after a matinee theater performance. Best sea bass I've ever had; had been delivered fresh that day and was one of the specials. The special meat lasagne was also excellent.

J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Braised short ribs were the bomb! The salads were also very good as was our waiter. They always reserve the window seat for us. That table there gives us more room for the four of us. I highly recommend Ristorante Don Giovani!!! ENJOY!

JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to go! Have been many, many times, and they always make us feel at home.

ST
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

One of my usual places to eat italian. The staff is very attentive and the food is delicious.

VL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great, The service is great ! My family and I enjoy our selves every time that we come here.

A
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Great Service.I lost my phone and they didnt steal it like most place so thats great.

KM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have taken co-workers here twice to celebrate our accomplishments. Each time the service and food have been great. We seldom get downtime so it is really appreciated that although the service is attentive but we are never rushed. Also I love that they have a good vegetarian selection which is important. Don Giovanni has become one of my go-to places for these occasions.

Usually start out with calamari and bruschetta with some nice bottles of wine. Main courses are a free fall but we have never been disappointed! Servings are generous.

TD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first time to DG so I don't have much to base a review on except this one meal. Our appetizer, a polenta dish, was excellent. The capellini dish I had was just okay. The flavor was very good but the pasta was overcooked and stuck together and it was hard to get out of the dish. The ambience was very nice, service was excellent and a friend had a drink that she enjoyed. It wasn't a stellar first experience food wise but I would go back and give them another try.

D
San Francisco
163 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid Italian restaurant in Mtn. View. The room is quite large, so it's good for big parties or last minute reservations. Quality Italian food, and friendly and helpful servers.

J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for lunch during the week for a business meeting. The food was delicious and service was great and prompt. I'd highly recommend and wouldn't hesitate to go there again.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came with friends and had a quiet table, excellent service and delicious food. It was a perfect evening!

SF
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty, quality food. Good portions. Excellent service and restaurant has nice ambience.

SM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing...but my martini just ok..not chilled/lukewarm. Also had a really good Chardonnay recommended by our served.

BN
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a solid Italian restaurant. Had the rock shrimp and scallops fettuccine at lich hour. Pasta was cooked perfectly, the cream sauce had a nice thick consistency but needed a bit more seasoning. The rest of my party enjoyed their dishes and the service was good which was why they didn't get a 3 star rating.

K
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We waited at the hostess station before she acknowledged us even though she was right there. Finally I repeated my name and said I’d like to be seated. Once we were seated there were no more problems

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great. Service was outstanding. We got a table for 9 at the last minute. Will definitely go back.

C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Restaurant is as good as it gets, we have been to this restaurant many times and I have meant to write a review. I had the Linguine and Clams in a tomato sauce it is my go to. The sauce is as good as any I have ever had I lived in Europe and NYC and have eaten at many Italian restaurants and this sauce is Legit! My partner has the Ravioli in Lemon Cream sauce and it was to die for. To start we had 2 Caesar Salads and they are really large, we could have split ours and it would have been enough, great wine list and the service is above and beyond, the Bar is also a good place to have lunch and people watch. Not many better than Bistro Don Giovanni.

S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinners: pasta, seafood, Osso Bucco.

H
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the classic restaurants still operating to their own excellent standards. Their veal saltimbuca is exceptional. They are friendly and personable, and they make you feel like you are in a comfortable place with family friends. The wine list is varied and reasonable - I don't know Italian wines very well, so I trusted that their menu choices would be excellent, and I was not disappointed. I hope this restaurant remains healthy and consistent for years to come, because it is one of my favorites.

OT
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual it was very good. Food was good and service was great. We’ll be back.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great flavor on the chicken parmesan! Bread was soft!

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant as I believe they serve one of the best bolognese sauces I have ever had. Their other food is excellent as well and the service is beyond reproach. The waiters are knowledgeable and make good suggestions for pairing wines, etc.

GH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was quite good--but not inspired in terms of creativity.
The service was terrible.
We had reservations--table was not ready. most importantly our waiter was diffedent, inattentive.
Dirty Dishes were left on table for long periods of time as courses were delivered.
Support staff for clearing,
filling water glasses etc were almost totally absent.
We had no sense that anyone was in charge, or paying attention. An alienating experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food doesn’t taste good. it’s not worth for the price

K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Showed up on time for my reservation. The place was a madhouse. Took 10 minutes to talk to the hostess, who couldn't find her appointment book. My friend sat at the bar during that time and even though several waiters came to pour drinks, not once was she even acknowledged. We ended up leaving and going home to eat.

a
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentine's Day was much busier than a typical night and there was no indication that a limited menu would be used prior to arrival at the restaurant. Still the staff did a great job of serving and keeping things moving.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We arrived to a line out the door, and waited ~20 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. This wouldn’t be a huge deal normally, but we were packed into a corner inside where a clearly drowning hostess literally yelled out, “there’s too many people here!” as she frantically attempted to seat a clearly overbooked house.

After being seated through the chaos, our server rushed us through the ordering process. The food was mediocre at best. The night was capped off (again, after feeling rushed through the dinner service itself) by having to wait 30 minutes for the server to provide us with the bill.

I recognize this was a busy night (V day), but the service was really bad. We will not be returning.

1
2
3
19