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“Friendly Neighborhood Italian 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 #33 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $7 - $30
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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106 reviews 106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Friendly Neighborhood Italian Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Berto was our server. He was very knowledgeable of the menu. Food was very good. They allowed us to sit anywhere we wanted. Were quick to pick up empty plates and bring bread with a sundried tomato tepanade. Berth also told us of their other restaurants in town offering breakfast.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Thanks so much for your cheery review! We are delighted to read that you had a good experience at Bistro Giovanni. Just the way we want it to be for you!
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Spokane, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food and Friendly Environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I really enjoyed my dinner in this restaurant. The halibut was wonderful and the service was exceptional. The wine list is very nice and the Tawney Port was great.

I would definitely put this on my list of places to go back to next time.

Visited August 2013
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QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Thanks so much for selecting our restaurant as a place to dine while in Carmel. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your meal and will be back if ever in town again. Safe travels back to Spokane!
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california
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Yum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Loved this little out of the way place. Not on Ocean, but only a block and half and a quieter street. Great Italian selections with something for everyone to choose from. We had the chicken cacciatore and the shrimp with risotto and mushrooms. The mushroom soup that came first was delicious and we wanted dessert but just couldn't find the room!

Visited July 2013
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Portland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Why did we wait so long to eat here?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We came with a group of 5 because of the menu, and will come again and again because of the wonderful food and service. We overlooked this place for over 35 years of coming to Carmel, but won't overlook it anymore. My prawns in curry sauce with mushroom risotto was fabulous, and the pasta carbonara eaten by my friend was equally wonderful. Great house wine, and it is cozy and friendly.
I accidentally rated their sister restaurant "da Giovanni" in Trip Advisor. Sorry, it was an honest mistake. But it is probably very good also.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Moreno Valley, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Cozy Bistro”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Well, after reading the other reviews of Bistro Giovanni, I'm wondering why our experience wasn't as awesome as it could have been. The nice thing about this place is that it was within easy walking distance from our hotel. The atmosphere is very cozy and quaint. We found our service to be slow (it wasn't even busy at the time of our visit) and the food was a bit on the bland side. My mom ordered the halibut special and she did not like ti at all. My pasta carbonara was just so-so, and my husband's chicken dish was so-so as well. It was supposed to be spicy (according to the menu description) but it wasn't. All in all, it was just average.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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