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All 152 Carmel Restaurants

Bistro Giovanni

San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
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Ranked #29 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $7 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: When it comes to full-flavor California-Mediterranean cuisine, just one restaurant comes to mind: Bistro Giovanni, a signature Firok Shield restaurant with exceptional food, gorgeous murals adorning the walls, and unpretentious service.

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Pensacola, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The restaurant is in the main area of Carmel. We stayed at the Fireplace Inn which was only a block away. The staff was very friendly and Knowledgeable, and the food was excellent. The table area is a little crowded in places as the restaurant itself is not awfully big, but the food sure made up for that.

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Modesto, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This little place never disappoints! We are always treated as family. The food is spot on...tasting great! Dio is so wonderful to us. We barely have to ask and it's there for us. GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

A short and brilliant review! Thank you so very much for taking the time ... we hope you can come back in the New Year! More 

Los Osos
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93 reviews 93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We were drawn to this spot because of the close proximity to our room at Hofsa's House. They have a very large selection of menu items, a great Mural on the wall and were always willing to talk about what was going on in town (this was New Years Eve). We selected the Prosciutto & Pears appetizer and the Chicken... More 

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Dear Gene: Thank you for your excellent review. We are pleased to know that you spent New Year's Eve at our restaurant ... and had a good time. We wish you the best and hope you will return the next time you are in Carmel. More 

Sarasota, Florida, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were looking for a place to have lunch and liked the looks of Bistro Giovanni. And we were not disappointed. Excellent service, excellent food. Paced just right. We almost went back fro dinner.

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Such a great review and such high praise! Thanks so much for taking the time! More 

Encinitas, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

Our first experience was good but not so good to be a 4 star rating. The restaurant was almost empty on a weeknight so there wasn't a vibe. Our waitress was professional and friendly. One entree was unavailable - strange for the small number of guests. Caesar salad was very good, but not outstanding. Four paste entrees were tasty but... More 

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Thank you for giving our restaurant a try and for finding good in what we offer. We do hope you will return when in Carmel the next time. More 

West Des Moines, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great location, super quaint atmosphere and the food was out of this world! Maybe share plates as they don't skimp on servings! The service was top notch! Great night for us!

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Many thanks for your enthusiastic review! All the way from Iowa ... we are especially appreciative that you chose to dine at our restaurant. Come back anytime! More 

Pacific Grove, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants on the entire peninsula. I have eaten here many times, and am beyond impressed with the service, quality of the food and wine choices. The last meal I ate was one of the best I have ever eaten in Carmel (besides the other two restaurants owned by the Shield Family.) I chose a... More 

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Afton, Virginia, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A very nice Italian restaurant in downtown Carmel. The dishes we had were a Salmon Piccata and a pasta. The house wine was a good addition. The wait staff was a little slow but an enjoyable meal

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Many thanks to you for taking the time to share your experience at Bistro Giovanni with Trip Advisor readers. We appreciate your kind words and hope you will return as often as possible! More 

St Helens, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Situated across from our hotel, we were absolutely starving after checking-in to the hotel. Recommended by the reception staff, we looked nowhere else. Quite busy for late afternoon/early evening (we had been advised to go before 7 if we had no reservation). No problem getting a table. Staff quite slow to offer drink choice, but put that down to them... More 

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

How nice of you to choose our restaurant while in Carmel and to take the time to write such a nice review. We do have many local customers, so appreciate your patience as our wait staff took a moment to greet familiar friends! Please come back any time! More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Our receptionist suggested we try this little restaurant across the road, and we won't forget it anytime soon! It was just beautiful, from start to finish. The service was fantastic and the food was exceptional. I got an amazing seafood pasta, and my partner got a lamb shank. Both dishes were cooked to perfection. This was the best meal we... More 

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your high praise of Bistro Giovanni! We work very hard to please customers like yourself. Thank you for letting us know that we succeeded! More 

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Additional Information about Bistro Giovanni

Address: San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: +1 831-626-6003
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

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