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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Very good, authentic Italian food in an appropriate ambiance.
all delicious. definitely a good spot pre-theatre.
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.
really good food and service, I'll sure come back soon
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.
Pleasant evening for two couples. Food and service were fine. Restaurant has been reliably good over past years.
The food was outstanding. Four of had sole, mahi mahi, veal, and ribs. Each of us found the food outstanding. Pleasant service
Food was excellent as was service.
Always enjoy the food, just wish the see red were polite.
Food was good not great. Overall, we thought the prices were too high for the quality.
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.
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
*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
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.
We went to dinner for New Years Eve. We liked the broad choices on the menu and the number of available wines.
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!
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
Had family Christmas dinner here. Food is tasty, portions could be larger but are okay. Prices are affordable for a family dinner or a couple. Nice ambiance but noise level WAY too loud; we were practically shouting to hear one another.
Basically a good experience.
Four of us went for Christmas, got seated right away. Food was great. Good time had by us.
We have been to Don Giovanni twice in the last 6 weeks, once on a Saturday for lunch with a group of 12 and once on a Friday night for Dinner with a group of 5. Both times our experience was wonderful, the service was exceptional, they were very attentive and diligent, fun and helpful. The food was also exceptional, served in a timely manner, salads were very fresh and pasta/entree dishes were served steaming hot and obviously very fresh. We found the prices very reasonable especially for the portion sizes and quality. Would highly recommend Don Giovanni's to all!
This is my favorite go-to restaurant for special occasions. Never disappointed.
Never been to this restaurant but saw all the positive reviews. Portion size is good, waiter was friendly, food was good, and wine good. I wouldn't go ga-ga over the restaurant but I do give it a thumbs up.
The restaurant is a pleasant walk from the Center for the Performing Arts. We had a group of seven people. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the service was excellent. Will definitely go there again.
Don G. (as well as it's sister restaurant, Cafe Figaro in Burlingame) is a wonderful Italian restaurant. Food is always wonderful -- not just some dishes as happens in many restaurants. Service is always good and owner (or son) is on site and actively involved in the proper running of the restaurant and the consistent quality of the food.
Very enjoyable environment, great food and ambience for business meeting and prompt service fo the highest quality. Highly recommended.
Have been to many Italian Restaurants in the area but we continue to come back to Don Giovanni's. Food here is always great and the service is just as good. The restaurant has a elegant but cozy feel to it and would be a wonderful place for a special occasion or a romantic date. I have been here with my Wife, Friends, Family, and just my Daughter for a Father/Daughter night and I am never disappointed. Menu has a large selection, plus they always have a few specials to try.
My husband wanted to be seated at a certain table for his birthday since there was no one there, but the waiter wanted to place us at a small booth for two instead. We requested to sit at a table for 4 where there was more room to put our jackets and purse. Being Sunday, there were only a few people and was quiet. We enjoyed our food, as usual, but it just dampened our spirit by not honoring our simple request since we've been at this restaurant quite regularly.
Although early evening, very crowded. Delicious food. Slow service that night. Would like to try brunch.
Overpriced. No Pizzas.
Overpriced. No Pizzas.
Overpriced. No Pizzas.
This has been our third or fourth visit at this fine restaurant and as usual, we've had great food and fine service. Everyone was very attentive to all of our needs. We loved the delicious garlic and olive oil with the delicious warm bread! Our friend had the Salmon special and was moist and tender! We will definitely be back! Thanks!
The Napa Cabbage Salad with shrimp was excellent. The shrimp was coated with some herbs, don’t know what they were but the result was delicious. If you like chocolate the lava cake is a must.
The fish dishes my friends ordered looked great. Stay away from the eggplant Parmesan, it tasted like it was all breading.
I've been here several times and never had a bad experience. The food and service are always amazing and it's one of the few places in MTV that is happy to take walk ins and will try to accommodate large parties on short notice. Solid wine list and variety of food!
Dining out should be a special experience, at least that's what we all hope for. And our pre-theater evening with friends at Don Giovannis didn't disappoint. Our table for 8 was waiting for us in a great location, the wine we brought was promptly opened, the appetizers served quickly, and our waiter was knowledgeable - and hilarious. We had a variety of entrees, and all were excellent.....especially the Veal Marsala (their most popular dish). All-in-all, it was a delightful evening. My apologies to our waiter for erroneourly under-tipping....which we corrected later. I need to hone my calculating skills better. LOVED our evening!!!