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Bistro Giovanni

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San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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.
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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Lovely restaurant and nice for breakfast...

We were hoping for Sunday brunch, but they only serve buffet brunch Monday-Friday. We had a regular breakfast. The staff is very nice. Food is well-prepared and presented.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
154donaldh
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Oregon
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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English first
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We've walked past this place many times in the past and never ate there. So this was a first and definitely not the last time we will have dinner there. Great food, well prepared and at reasonable prices.

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Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We were hoping for Sunday brunch, but they only serve buffet brunch Monday-Friday. We had a regular breakfast. The staff is very nice. Food is well-prepared and presented.

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Malibu, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Authentic tasty food and friendly knowledgeable staff made this a great experience. The sauces were wonderful with the fish. Good wine selections as well.

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We went here around 7:30 pm for dinner. It was rather quiet but my food was good. My companion thought hers was average.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We arrived very late at carmel, the restaurant was next to our hotel. It was a wonderful surprise the food. We have dinner there because it was the only restaurant open very nice staff

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Orlando, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Best service, delicious food...Pricey but well worth it. The best pescatore I have had anywhere in the world, and that says a lot.

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Trinity, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

When I lived there they knew me by name. Actually Oliver my dog was much more known than I. The staff is very friendly, extremely well versed in the fare. They are also open much of the time for breakfast.....Eggs Benedict to die for!

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Great meal and the restaurant was actually open on Monday. Mama Mia's bread was very good as was the chicken Parmesan and noodles with clams.

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Monterey, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We sat in the Restaurant for over 15 minutes without even being acknowledged, it was noisy and not what we expected, it was more like a Pizza Bar.

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Irvine, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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.

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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your high praise, Joanin. It is customers like you that make all our hard work worthwhile! Please return when possible! More 

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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: Romantic, 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?