We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bistro Giovanni

Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: When it comes to full-flavor California-Mediterranean cuisine, just one...
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.
read more
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 116 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
"Family Italian" food in a good little restaurant

With a full bar and a good selection of wines (one in our group does not drink wine), 3 of us enjoyed wonderful veal piccata surrounded mostly by locals and feeling we were eating at an Italian friend's house. A relaxing, comfortable evening.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
JoaninFrance
,
Irvine, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Irvine, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

With a full bar and a good selection of wines (one in our group does not drink wine), 3 of us enjoyed wonderful veal piccata surrounded mostly by locals and feeling we were eating at an Italian friend's house. A relaxing, comfortable evening.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Ate here as we had a gift certificate to use. What a lovely and quaint restaurant. The food was absolutely wonderful. We both had veal dishes - veal piccata and veal marsala - and they were both excellent. Our waiter was very friendly and let us enjoy our meal but kept checking to make sure all was well. We were... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pacific Grove, California
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Went here with my wife for our anniversary. Our restaurant choices were limited because it was AT&T golf weekend so we gave this bistro a try... The service was poor and the restaurant seemed to be understaffed in spite of the fact that it is one of the biggest weekends of the year on the Monterey Peninsula. Getting water and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Small quaint little bistro with family atmosphere. My family and I always eat here when we visit Carmel. Highly recommended! !

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Pensacola, Florida
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Modesto, California
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Top Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Senior Reviewer
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
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 

Travelers who viewed Bistro Giovanni also viewed

Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
 
Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
Carmel, Monterey Peninsula
 

Been to Bistro Giovanni? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-626-6003

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine

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.
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bistro Giovanni staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?