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Bistro Giovanni

San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
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Ranked #38 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $7 - $30
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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Pacific Grove, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was my first experience at Bistro Giovanni and I definitely plan to return. The servers were attentive and efficient without hovering or making us feel rushed. Our server, Dia, with his wonderful accent, thoroughly described the specials from memory and made some great recommendations, when asked. The food was delicious! Even the bread plate was tasty, with soft, warm... More

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Cologne, Germany
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Have discovered the Bistro Giovanni by randomly and I must say that the food is really good! Try it out!

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Fremont, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great lunch menu! Attractive interior and attentive service. Pears & Proscuitto followed by Gnocchi w/ Gorgonzola & béchamel local chardonnay by the glass! It was very very good! Good value too We will go back.

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Dublin, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Excellent service. We had Meme as our server. Very friendly and attentive service. Our entrees were delicious, and served hot to the table. We chose the Frito Misto Combo for starters. Had prawns, calamari and artichoke hearts with a tasty garlic sauce. My husband had Papa's Cioppino whic he completely enjoyed. I had the Veal Piccatta which offered a delicate... More

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south dakota
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We happened onto this restaurant by chance while in Carmel, and were completely enthralled. Service was exceptional with great recommendations and explanations, but without being intrusive to our conversations. The food was unique and prepared wonderfully. Wine list is excellent and the desserts inventive. We will likely return while still in the area. Highly recommend.

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We've been to this establishment a number of times before but I have to say, quality of service was not how it was before. There were only a handful of tables when we dined but the service lagged for a while. Service will supersede food anywhere one dines! My lamb shank was a bit on the dry side but good... More

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Dear Millie: Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. You can be sure that we are taking your words to heart and hope your next visit will surpass your expectations! More

Blackburn, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We didn't arrive in Carmel until 1.30 and after driving round to find a parking place found one right across from Carmen's Bistro. It was very quiet at that time as they close at 2 pm but we were received by a very pleasant lady (Carmen herself we later discovered) and served very quickly with tasty food from a varied... More

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review. We hope you will return to Carmel and our restaurant whenever possible! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Excellent italien food, nice atmosphere and good service. The prosecco only comes in small split bottles, some strange in an italien restaurant. Ether way - worth a visit :-)

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Sand City, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Since previously dining at the delicious da Giovanni and Bistro Beaujolais, sister restaurants to Bistro Giovanni I was very much looking forward to dining here. This restaurant definitely held up to the high standard I had for it. Delicious wine from the owners private label and a steaming hot rissotto with prawns cooked to perfection, I felt like I was... More

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

A remarkable and much appreciated review. Thanks so much for taking the time! More

Orinda, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Last year we had such a fantastic meal that we returned looking forward to another great meal. Our cocktails came and were watered down because we could see that our martinis were "muddled" as if they were a mojito. We asked the server to "fix them" and he immediately did so. We ordered artichoke hearts that were described as "from... More

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