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1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063 (Middlefield and Main)
+1 650-701-1000
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4:00 pm - 11:00 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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
    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
Most recent review
Great discovery

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
NorCal15
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San Jose, CA
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  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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English first
San Jose, CA
Contributor
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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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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322 reviews 322 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Palo Alto
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I have eaten at Donato many times. Most recently we held our company holiday party there for twelve people. The food is authentic Italian-not "Americanized". Some of the best dishes are the grilled calamari, pasta with oxtail sauce, pizza and branzino. Also, the wine list is exceptional, especially the Italian wines. I would have rated this establishment five stars, but... More 

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California Gold County
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have been here several times and always had a lovely meal. Wine selections and cocktails are also excellent. Service is 'old world' which to me means knowledgeable, quiet and efficient. Their sides and salads are excellent.

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Redwood City, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I took a work colleague from Italy here and he RAVED about the authenticity of the dishes, the flavors, and the superior wine list. He still mentions it several years on.

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Berkeley, California, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The Giants won the World Series! So six of us who share season tickets decided to celebrate and keep the season alive into November, and we had lunch here with its great food. It was a perfect place for lunch. My spaghetti with black squid sauce was excellent - but I hope you like garlic if you order it. The... More 

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Italian in California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I organized a Sunday lunch for six (family, inclusive of two children), based on a previous experience at the same venue about 4 years ago. Owner and chef Donato from Bergamo (30 miles from Milan) used to run La Strada in Palo Alto. Donato Enoteca offers what i consider is the best Italian food from San Jose to just south... More 

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Redwood City, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We enjoyed our meal at Donato, but it wasn't the standout meal I expected from a restaurant which had just received a "bib gourmand" designation from the Michelin guide. We enjoyed the service, and the setting was fine, but the atmosphere of the restaurant lacked that little bit extra personality that I was expecting from a top tier (expensive) place... 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?