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“Perfect early dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Donato Enoteca

Donato Enoteca
1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
+1 650-701-1000
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Ranked #6 of 222 Restaurants in Redwood City
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Perfect early dinner”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Maisons-Laffitte, France
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Excellent: Food, Wine, Service”
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.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Luis Obispo, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Much better than most self-proclaimed Italian restaurant in the Bay area”
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 I had a peach cake which was honest, although not admirable. However, this is a minor flaw amidst a wonderful set of great pastas and tantalizing appetizers. I liked the eggplant polpette so much, and also the fave salad was great. Pastas were really outstanding, pizza was honest, but clearly underperforming compared to pastas.
It is really a place to visit

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Carlos, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Consistent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

I always enjoy eating at Donato's. Everything---the service, the food, drinks are always excellent. Our favorite is the bigoli pasta with oxtail.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Redwood City, California
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145 reviews 145 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“A sure bet for a nice dinner.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

You can always be sure of a good meal at DONATOS. sometimes the service is a little slow, but the ambiance is worth the wait,

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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