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San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was a trip with a friend heading to Central California coast for wine tasting. We spent our first night in Carmel before heading south and found this charming bistro a couple blocks from our hotel. Full disclosure we were traveling in from Chicago and we arrived to Cali the day after the Cubs had won the World Series. So... More 

Thank Yougotmeatvacation
Davis, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We seldom visit the Monterey area with having dinner here. The food is excellent and the wait staff always go out of their way to get you the dinner you deserve. My list of recommended dinners would include the cioppino, any of the pastas, and the chicken parmesan and chicken piccata. Their bread pudding is a great way to cap... More 

Thank Robert R
Antwerp, Belgium
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a typical Italian restaurant. They have an à la carte menu but also serve some daily dishes. The food is fine but nothing special. We had some difficulties understanding the various daily dishes. I would be better to write them down on a crayon board as some restaurants do rather than try to explain at every table.

Thank Filip D
QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Hi Filip: Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate your high rating. Please come back to see us again when in Carmel! More 

Vinhedo, SP
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Loved the ambiance and service. Pizza was delicious and so was our burrata salad. Highly recommended.

Thank Eliana K
QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your kind words and excellent review Eliana. Super appreciated! We hope you will come back to see us again! More 

Pasadena, California
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199 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

I have frequented the bistro and shoot for lunch every August on my annual stop in Carmel. Food is great and staff is outstanding.

Thank Warner L
Novato, California
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

We've been to Bistro Giovanni (and the sister restaurant Da Giovanni) several times. I think this is great laid back place for a mid-week bite to eat. Their seafood stew is very tasty. Good service and plenty of choices for kids. It's a nice cosy place to eat for sure.

Thank TeeEmm
Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Overpriced, poor service, limited menu, not suitable for families with children. Tight outside seating. Very cramped and definitely not intimate.

Thank cat3362016
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
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147 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Nest to the Shell station but elegant interior, so you'd never know. :) Good food. Unique aperitifs available. Good menu and desserts. Reasonable for Carmel.

Thank Local93921
QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your bright review! And for your positive recommendation! We look forward to your next visit :o) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

What a night! Dia K knows what he is doing...from menu recommendations, extensive knowledge of the wine list, and even detailed information about the local, yet elusive dap hammer? (Forget the name but it's like flounder) fish. Relax, give Dia the reigns and let him steer you through the Giovanni dining experience. Bravo Dia! Bravo Bistro Giovanni!

Thank Laura H
Pleasanton, CA
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Bistro Giovanni is a quiet restaurant with excellent ambience, a broad varietal menu, and delicious food. Enjoy appetizers, entrees (like Veal Piccata or Seafood Cioppino), and a tasty dessert. I am a native San Franciscan and have eaten at many, many restaurants over many years and Bistro Giovanni's Seafood Cioppino was the absolute BEST seafood plate I've ever had. Ron... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $30
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-626-6003
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?