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1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063 (Middlefield and Main)
+1 650-701-1000
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and...
Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and honest contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Donato Scotti that changes weekly determined by the freshest available seasonal produce. Homemade pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, meat and fish courses are available, executed in an authentic yet modern way. The menu spans every region of Italy and incorporates artisanal products, such as fresh imported burrata, prosciutto, grappa and olive oil. Other in-house specialties include sausages, mostarda and lamb prosciutto. The wine list focuses on smaller-production boutique wineries from Italy, California and France.
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Casual Elegant

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food - great service

We seldom visit the same restaurant twice within one month but recently returned to Donato Enoteca two Saturdays in a row. The service was friendly, food very well presented and prepared. The short ribs were among the best ever. We talked our way into a better outside table - we had our Welsh... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Don C
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San Carlos, California, United States
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San Carlos, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We seldom visit the same restaurant twice within one month but recently returned to Donato Enoteca two Saturdays in a row. The service was friendly, food very well presented and prepared. The short ribs were among the best ever. We talked our way into a better outside table - we had our Welsh terrier and they wanted to seat us... More 

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CA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

**Disclaimer** I've had food and drink here multibple times, but only for happy hour in the lounge and at the bar. The food has been excelent, the drinks good, and the service spotty. I'm not sure why they don't advertise theier happy hour more as it's a great deal and is never crowded. They also don't staff for it very... More 

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Redwood City, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The title of this review came from a conversation my husband and I had when we got to Donato Enoteca last night. We were searching for some fun drinks and appetizers. We were seated at a window seat, a table for two. Lovely linens and relaxed atmosphere. Our server, Cristina C., was delightful from the get-go! She had an amazing... More 

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Redwood City, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

One of our favorite local places. We very much like to sit at the bar overlooking the kitchen, and watch the magic happen. Outstanding wine list. Love this place

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Redwood City, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Love this place..especially the nice patio outside with tables and a few couches for Happy Hour or anytime. Happy Hour is 3pm-6pm daily half off appetizers and beer/wine/cocktail special prices. Love this place anytime for dinner romantic or just a night out.

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Portola Valley
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Just came back from Donato Enoteca. We have eaten there many times over the years, and so dropped in without a reservation. We secured seating at the counter looking into the kitchen. They were busy. The waiter came by, was friendly, we ordered mineral water, wine - Michel Eppan Pinot Blanco $12 - good value and a Nebbiolo $15 on... More 

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San Jose, CA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Lunch on a rainy Saturday in the cozy Donato was such a treat! We chose it from the list we got online….had never heard of it before. Late lunch, around 2 o'clock. Lovely Italian wine selection, I got one from the Alto Adige region--went well with my mussels and the beet salad. Service was very good. But the star was... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I'm an intermittent Donato visitor over the years. Eaten here 2x in the past month hoping they just had an off night on the first go. Totally unimpressive and tasteless pasta and main courses. The pasta was not even warm. Service was decent at the table and subpar at the bar. It used to be good - what happened? I... More 

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chicago
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397 reviews 397 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Stopped here after a quick visit to Alcatraz. This is a Michelin rated bib gourmand so I decided to give a try-glad I did. A delicious and authentic squid ink pasta with assorted seafood and a side of local asparagus with Grana cheese was perfect. Many drink choices add to the experience.

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San Francisco area, CA
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48 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Obviously other reviews say otherwise, but my experience was so-so. It wasn't bad, but it was nothing special. I had some sort of ribs with polenta, and chard. The meat was extremely tender but completely lacking in flavor, polenta was cooked perfectly but once again lacking in any flavor, completely bland. The greens were very nicely cooked. The server was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
    (Middlefield and Main)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Redwood City
  • Phone Number: +1 650-701-1000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 28

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and honest contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Donato Scotti that changes weekly determined by the freshest available seasonal produce. Homemade pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, meat and fish courses are available, executed in an authentic yet modern way. The menu spans every region of Italy and incorporates artisanal products, such as fresh imported burrata, prosciutto, grappa and olive oil. Other in-house specialties include sausages, mostarda and lamb prosciutto. The wine list focuses on smaller-production boutique wineries from Italy, California and France.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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