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Bistro Giovanni

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San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Best food and service in town! Come and be treated like family. Don't forget to try the desserts before you go all homemade!

1 Thank Kelly D
Hamburg, Germany
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Second worst pizza that I ever had ... after one bite I couldn't eat this crappy version of a pizza. My husbands meal was ok ... the restaurant doesn't meet any standards of fine Italian cuisine.

Thank barbsma
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 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 

2 Thank Yougotmeatvacation
Davis, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

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 

1 Thank Robert R
Antwerp, Belgium
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

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.

1 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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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 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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201 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 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
Carmel, California
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110 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 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.

1 Thank TeeEmm
Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 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 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 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.

1 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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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
US$7 - US$30
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?