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“Always Great!”
Review of da Giovanni

da Giovanni
Ranked #40 of 158 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: If you like being nestled among towering pines while enjoying Carmel ocean views and spectacular sunsets, or dining at romantic tables in cliffside Mediterranean cafes, da Giovanni is your place. Firok Shield and his restaurant family operate this Carmel restaurant with careful attention to detail and a love of hospitality, offering a fusion of recipes handed down from his grandmother, such as Insalata Greca or Osso Buco. It's no wonder da Giovanni is one of the most highly recommended.
carmel, california
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Always Great!”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

I have been going to Da Giovanni at least once a year for over ten years. The owner Firouk is very welcoming, he gets "customer service". The wait staff has always been attentive without smothering. His signature dishes, the baked Halibut, hand made filet mignon meatballs and seafood linquini are fantastic. They introduced me to Greek Salad, I've never found another to match it. As a local business person who is asked constantly for recommendations of where to dine, Da Giovanni is my one constant. It never disappoints!

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Romantic dinner”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great service and extensive menu, we sat outside as indoors was very warm. This was a recommendation from a fellow guest at our Inn, and it was a great choice for anyone seeking a relaxed Italian meal.

Visited August 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely meal in a charming atmosphere”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

We were a large party of 9. We enjoyed paella, pollo picatta, spinach ravioli, pollo Parmesan, and more. Our dinners were flavorful and well prepared. The staff was friendly and attentive. It is a small but charming restaurant on the second story without handicap access. From our table in the middle of the room you could see the ocean in the distance through the trees. It was like being in a treehouse. There is only one restroom, unisex, so there is often a wait. We ordered 7 entrees, two bowls of buttered linguini, two glasses of wine, and 4 desserts. The bill after tax was $230. It was lovely and we would return. I gave this a three for children because though the staff was patient and accommodating, this is not a place for crying or Ill-behaved children. Our two children were quiet and stayed seated throughout the meal.

  • Visited July 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent and casual”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

We had excellent food here and even went back the following night. The menu has both vegetarian and non-veg dishes. They were very well prepared and reasonably priced for the high quality. Also the staff were friendly and helpful.

Visited July 2014
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Denver
Level 6 Contributor
241 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Good food, good value”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

The place was empty when we walked in at 6pm on a Saturday night. We thought, "Oops, bad choice." Within 45 minutes, the place was full.

The four of us had two varieties of chicken, soup, salad, a seafood app, and the fish special. All were tasty and the service was excellent.

The bill for the four of us including a bottle of wine was $140, a bargain for Carmel.

  • Visited July 2014
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