Ristorante Don Giovanni - Mountain View

4.6
690 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
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. We provide special Turkey catering for the holidays, along with delicious pumpkin ravioli. Thank you for your support, happy holidays!
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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.
Additional
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 690 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was the best Italian food I have had Since being in Italy. We will definitely go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent service!

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All four of us really liked the food.
Good drinks.
Good service.

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T
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service was good. We enjoyed having dinner there.

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SG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really exceptional service and food. Portions were large and prices were reasonable. Very accommodating staff.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice service, Good food
Everyone liked what we got, friendly waiter, fast service, not very noisy

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love having dinner at tis restaurant

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E
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Excellent food.
Parking can be a problem

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been here in quite some time, but am so glad we came back. This was a rather rare date night for my husband and me. We just loved it. The food was delicious - very authentic Italian. And no fear of cooking with flavors. The wine list was fabulous at surprisingly reasonable prices. Our server was super attentive. We just loved everything about Don Giovanni's. What a find in our neighborhood.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a fun time with my Girlfriend for our anniversary dinner.

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KO
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had party of 14 in for a business meal it was perfect. The wait staff was very attentive and got the appetizers and wine on the table quickly after we arrived. Everyone loved their food and the atmosphere was good for interacting around the table. Have also been there with just my wife and it’s nice a romantic dinner for two also. Will definitely be back (probably many times)

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KS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Decent food, good ambiance, and we were able to hear each other talk, which is quite a treat these days. And the waiter was superb. Attentive enough, not too attentive, very professional and old school. A real treat to get such excellent service.

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RC
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Restaurant! We ALWAYS come here when we are in town. There are other Italian restaurants in the area but none is better. Service is impeccable, atmosphere is outstanding and the food is absolute perfection. Simply a 10

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went here to celebrate my friends 80th birthday. The food was great and the service was good...the server seemed a bit busy and not attentive to our table, however he did remember to bring a special birthday dessert for my friend. It was all good!!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was very hard to understand.
We were very polite about it....but had to ask him to repeat things several times. Because one of our guests had allergies, clarity was a MUST - however this guy seemed genuinely offended - his face showed it - almost palpably, so I am sure he was aware of it. Not acceptable, and certainly not professional for a restaurant of this caliber. More like embarrassing.

Finally......It's wonderful to have a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities working in your restaurant, it's awful when they make the GUEST feel bad if/when they can't speak English clearly and politely.

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N
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We asked for 1/2 a portion of Rissoto and they would not do it
We had to pay for the full portion

You should try to help the customers in a better way

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SS
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our second visit in two months.
The spaghetti with chicken was good I asked for extra spicy sauce and it was good
The starters was bread and a spicy dipping sauce made with Garlic, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
The Tiramisus was good

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MB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our experience at Don Giovanni was just "okay". To their credit, the restaurant was full and busy. It might have been a mellower experience on a weekend. Our server was certainly efficient, but somewhat brusque, given it was such a busy night. Our drinks were brought reasonably quickly and were good. The calamari was among the best we ever had: extremely tender and lightly coated. Some may have preferred a bit more coating. However, the bruschetta, described on the menu as a toasted baguette slice actually came with untoasted, unheated bread. So, naturally, it became soggy pretty quickly. The gnocchi was disappointing, in that it was doughy and not very flavorful. The menu failed to mention, in any way, that the linguine w/clams came with a dousing of red pepper flakes, so it had to be returned . Perhaps we should have checked first about the red pepper flakes, because this has happened before in other places. This was where the server was somewhat ungracious; rather agitated, perhaps because of the extra chore. He seemed irritated again, when I helped myself to some grated cheese, instead of bothering him to serve it to me. (The cheese was well within my reach on a little service table). The replaced linquine/clam dinner was excellent, the clams fresh and tasty. For desert, the tiramisu was not structured very well and seemed overly soggy; it's flavor was not impressive. All in all, a bit of a disappointment on this visit.

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EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very accomodating waiter. Generous portions and good seasoning. Noise level made conversation an effort.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wife’s birthday

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food authentic and good, wine a bit pricy, nice seating, not too noisy, which is a very good thing!
We have eaten there before and will again.

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RT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were really great with our large and disorganized group of diners. Food was excellent and they got the children's meals out first which was very kind. Great staff and excellent service.

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J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and great service! The Veal Osso Bucco was tender and very tasty!

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Italian school . Presented well. Al dente pasta. Beautifully cooked fish. We will dine here again.

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HA
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Average Italian Cuisine

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LP
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service even after we told the waiter we were attending the theatre that night. Food was just ok, iced tea tasted like it was stale.
Crossed off my dining plans going forward

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated Father's Day and two birthdays simultaneously on Sunday, June 17. Our family never goes to a restaurant on Father's Day because restaurants are usually over-crowded and the food is sub-par. However, although it was crowded, we had a reservation and were seated immediately, and the food was the same quality we've come to expect. The only negative, and it isn't the restaurants fault, but it was very noisy and we had a 94 year old with us with a severe hearing problem. She couldn't hear a thing being said at the table, so I'd note that for others in the same situation.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Poor Italian food. Especially for vegetarians. They have options, but not tasty. Pasta & sauce taste like they’re from Safeway.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was superb and lots of choices on the menu. Our biggest downside was that the waiter seemed to be in a hurry! We were there for our anniversary and would have liked time to linger over the courses, but our waiter didn’t leave any time. When we got our dessert and let it sit for a few minutes while we digested our entree he was over wanting to know why we weren’t eating it! There are so many great restaurants in the area we would try a different one next time.

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R
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came with friends from San Jose and I haven’t lived in Ca for 35 years, so neither of us had been here before. We all loved it. Tho we had to come early at 5 pm, so there was no real social scene. But food was excellent, service was wonderful and the value was just right. They helped my friend’s son have a nice birthday complete with surprise dessert. I would definitely go again. And my daughter works at 23 and Me around the corner, so I look forward to a return visit some day!

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was only at this restaurant one other time for a birthday banquet for about 50 people. The food was good. I thought that if they can do good banquet food, the regular restaurant food must be even better. It didn't disappoint. We celebrated our daughter-in-laws birthday there and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The ambiance was warm, and the service very good.

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V
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Came here with family on weekend. This was our first visit. The place was pretty dead, the couches in the booth we sat in were sagging and the wall was dirty.

The sea bass was good but the other pasta dishes were mediocre to poor - too much salt, poor presentation, felt like meat sauce from a bottle.

I don’t think I can convince my family to go back here. Perhaps we have been spoilt by the great Italian restuarants on the east coast!!

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T
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We ordered appetizers, alcohol, entrees, desserts and coffee.
This was our second visit - we were becoming loyal patrons of this establishment.
The food was great.
The service - mediocre, then poor.

It is unacceptable to serve coffee in a cup that already contained LIPSTICK marks on it. When brought to the waiter's attention, there were no apologies or compensations. There were no verbal acknowledgements, nothing. The cup was replaced, but we were already left with a bad taste in our mouths.

Had we been eating off of used plates? We were nauseated by what seemed like a likely possibility our food was served in unsanitary conditions.

We received unacceptable service, nonetheless, and we will not be returning.

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SV
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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D
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Mother’s Day celebration

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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s
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian menu, tasty food & great service!

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San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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