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Bistro Giovanni

San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
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Ranked #33 of 151 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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80% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Bistro is kind of a best kept secret among the locals in Carmel. Excellent Italian food at a fairly reasonable price. Loud dining room, but manageable. Very nice wait staff and quick service.

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Albany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

I love this restaurant. It was very good food with excellent flavor. The restaurant had a great atmosphere with SUPERB service. I felt like I was in a very fancy restaurant, yet it was reasonably priced. It's a great place to go for a great meal while still at a manageable price.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

You had a magical night in Carmel last night. Now, the following morning, reality reasserts itself, accentuated by Carmel's ubiquitous fog and chilling ocean breeze. You need breakfast--especially coffee. Bistro Giovanni is a perfect antidote! The cinnamon raisin French toast with real maple syrup, chicken apple sausages and, most of all, dark, delicious, and endless hot coffee all presented by... More

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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Among the pricey restaurants in Carmel, Bistro Giovanni was a great find. Reasonably priced with generous portions and excellent food! The waiters were attentive and friendly, adding to the overall enjoyment of the meal. There was great ambiance with seats by the window on a window bench. A wonderful evening! Highly recommended!

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Laval
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Food was good and prices reasonable. We visited this restaurant because it was very close of our hotel and there was many choices on the menu. We ate 3 different pastas and they were all good. They gave us chocolates. Hostess was very friendly, service was correct.

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We have eaten here numerous times and have never been disappointed. Excellent menu, reasonably priced, wonderful ambiance, friendly servers. My husband & I are locals and we love dining here. Rate it up there with any restaurant in Carmel.

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Pacific Grove, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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