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Bistro Giovanni

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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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Novato, California
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

We chose this restaurant because it was close to our hotel and second because our first choice (restaurant) was full and I have to say that it was a GREAT CHOICE. The food, the service everything was excellent! The prices were reasonnable considering that you are in Carmel.

Thank juestlazare
Davis, California
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

We were disappointed in what our hotel had for breakfast so we were searching for a breakfast that offered eggs and more and was pet friendly. We were excited to find Carmel Bistro Giovanni since it was within a short walking distance and wasn't busy when we arrived. We were seated immediately and they found us a nice table for... More 

Thank Carrie G
Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

You need to go here. The pasta and sauces were to die for. The best part of the whole meal though wasn't even the pasta. You need to get the tapenade. It's sun dried tomato tapenade and wow it was unbelievable. I wanted to take some home but had no refrigeration to keep it. We are definitely putting this on... More 

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Windlesham, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

Just came across this place whilst looking for somewhere to have breakfast and we were not disappointed. The eggs benedict were fantastic ,. The bacon eggs and sausages were great too. The coffee was good and flowing. A great little spot.Attentive staff and very friendly . Try it

Thank pip t
Menifee, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

the service was divine. We enjoyed the escargots for our appetizer and salmon entree for our dinner was delicious.

Thank Debi R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $30
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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 Peninsula  >  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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?