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“Friendly and fabulous Italian food”

Bistro Don Giovanni
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Ranked #2 of 286 Restaurants in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highway 29
Ventura, CA
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Friendly and fabulous Italian food”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

My dad and I ate here for an early dinner before going to an event. We were seated immediately on the open porch while the server regaled us with the variety of specials. I had the home made pappardelle with pork and cabbage stew,while Dad had the roasted and grilled chicken - both were excellent and filling. A lovely place to eat and I would definitely go again.

Visited July 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Local favorite, real Italian”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Warm, inviting, delicious. Upscale but not at all pretentious. Great wines and the service was fab. Our waiter had the best accent and was completely professional and attentive. Loved this place.

Visited July 2013
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Paris, France
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Truly good”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

And this is a truly good Italian restaurant. Our party of 6 had a most enjoyable lunch on a terrace overlooking olive trees.I would only criticise one thing regarding the decor: the ceiling is covered with white and yellow bulbs, a little bit like a cheap christmas decor and that somewhat spoils the whole decor.

The menu is appealing was quite a lot of choice. One course I usually don't like, the fritto misto proved here to be absolutely fantastic with something extremely original: fried green olives; I had never seen that before and ate the first one somewhat reluctantly but after that could not stop!

Service is nice but somewhat slow. The restaurant is a little costly but the price is normal considering the quality. Good wine list.

It certainly deserves a better rating among the Napa restaurants.

  • Visited July 2013
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Reno, Nevada
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Upscale food with lovely outdoor patio seating”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our party of 12 had a great time here. The outdoor seating was relaxed, comfortable and fun. The food was fabulous, service was very good.

  • Visited July 2013
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Carmichael, California
Level 6 Contributor
215 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“An Italian restaurant with so-so pasta”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We've dined at Don Giovanni in the past and always enjoyed our meals. This time the experience was mixed. The soup and salad were wonderful. Both our pastas were mediocre, however. Mine was supposed to be bolognese. Having lived in Italy, I know what bolognese is supposed to be; what they served was not bolognese. Furthermore, the pasta itself was bland and fairly tasteless. The dessert was good, as was the service. Still, we felt that the restaurant was resting on its past laurels.

Visited July 2013
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