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“A VERY PLEASANT RESTAURANT” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro Giovanni

Bistro Giovanni
San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
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Ranked #42 of 150 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Salinas, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“A VERY PLEASANT RESTAURANT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I like to review a restaurant on the feeling I get on the total value of the meal. In other words, did it meet my expectations for what I spent? Bistro Giovanni certainly fits the bill when it comes to service, quality and value. My wife still raves about the pasta with clams she ordered. We live only twenty minutes away from Carmel Village and will definitely return to Bistro Giovanni

Visited April 2013
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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Wow ... and thank you, Diego! We greatly appreciate your kind words about Bistro Giovanni. And, of course, we greatly look forward to your next visit :o)
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Fresno, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Yummy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is one of our favorite places to eat when in the Carmel area. We love the Tepenade and the food is always so delicious. The service is great, as well - friendly and accomodating.

Visited March 2013
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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
We so appreciate you taking the time to write a review, Auntie! We are very pleased to be on your favorites list! We very much look forward to your next meal with us. Thank you again!
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Walnut Creek, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Very good food, casual atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

Our dinner was excellent, especially my salmon. Wine list was limited, though, and the Chianti the waiter recommended was bland. Tiramisu was fresh and very good. Atmosphere was casual and bustling. Like most Carmel restaurants, it is small and crowded. Service was prompt and friendly, although it slowed as the restaurant filled up.

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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

The food was delicious, especially the Osso Buco. Our server, Dia, was beyond accommodating = very friendly and helpful, as well as very efficient. We'd go back....without a doubt!

Visited March 2013
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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Wow! Thanks so much for your wonderful review Dee and Ken. We love customers like you. We work very hard to make the ambiance, food and service the best possible. Thank you for noticing!
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“Not busy, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

We were surprised that on a Friday night at 5 pm we walked in at about the same time as two other couples and for the better part of our meal, no one else came in. However, the service was very good as was the food. Our waitress treated us with small glasses of port on the house. We had a Carmel 'Treasure Map' of the area with us. This specific map and got us 10% off of our meal.

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