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Donato Enoteca

1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
+1 650-701-1000
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Ranked #2 of 234 restaurants in Redwood City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $28
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Middlefield and Main
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.
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93% Recommend
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English first
Redwood City, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

the best spicy marinara with the best pricetag ever! I was very impressed with their selections and how great the service was all around.

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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Am surprised by the reviews here. Normally I agree with trip advisor. In my opinion this place is average at best. Maybe I ordered badly. Had the scallops to start. Was dissapointed. It was a big greasy bowl of deep fried scallops and onions. It reminded me of something you would get in chilis except in chilis it would have... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been here twice by myself so I sat at the bar. The atmosphere, wine, food and service are all just excellent. I look forward to driving through Redwood City at dinner time!

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San Mateo, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

My wife and I stumbled upon Donato on a Monday evening and were unprepared for such a wonderful meal. The evening reminded us of a visit to Italy! The Insalata Radicchio Biete & Noci was a great starter. The housemade ravioli with 3 meats (Agnolotti Del Plin) was delicious. We also ordered the Pizza Salaiccia & Cipolle--which was a wonderful... More

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San Francisco
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77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Donato keeps the quality up. We tend to gravitate around this restaurant, every time we go somewhere else for Italian food we regret it! Yesterday we had an amazing burrata and polenta with duck egg. The risotto with the pork belly is served in a generous portion and for this winter meal, it was perfect comfort food. We would eat... More

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Wenatchee, Washington
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133 reviews 133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I have eaten here several times over the years. The latest time was this November, 2013. The food is terrific, well prepared, the service excellent. the wine selection superb. I have never had a meal here that was not a 5 star excellent one. The ambiance i great. There is absolutely nothing negative about this place. I think it is... More

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menlo park ca
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I eat here often, with family or friends. Strong wine list. Interesting and varied appetizers - sformata, pulled buffalo crostini, non-deep fried calamari, antipasto platters. Besides substantial entrees & interesting vegetable sides, the primis, pastas, pizzas are very good. Good pesto. Great house-made gelato.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

On an early Monday evening, we by chance found Donato. Nice setting in downtown Redwood City. All 3 of us ordered pasta, and each dish was outstanding. Some of the best pasta we have had for awhile. Fresh ingredients, good portion size, etc. Service was attentive. A definite repeat when we find ourselves in Redwood City again.

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Maisons-Laffitte, France
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We found this restaurant to be excellent in all regards. The quality of the food - freshness of the ingredients, cooking, and presentation - as well as the selection of wines. The service was excellent and knowledgeable. A special thanks to our server Shannon for her attention and advice.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Donato is really a place to visit if you are looking for honest, and real Italian food. He is strong in the appetizers and entrees. We did not like the dessert as much as the other courses, particularly the lemon panna cotta with cherry jam (the tastes did collide instead of harmonizing) - the ice cream was very good, and... More

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