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Bistro Giovanni

San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (22 reviews)
“prosciutto” (5 reviews)
“cioppino” (5 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After a day in the sun this was a comfortable choice for a reasonable dinner. We all chose pasta as a main course and all were fine but not something you would run back for. I admit that my bar is high as I am...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the Rib Eye Steak and a ricotta caramel flan (like panacotte) it was super delicious 😋. The service was exceptional and although its expensive it was worth every dollar.... you get what you pay for👍👍

Thank Suedale742
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a fun dining experience. My husband and I were staying at a nearby hotel and really enjoyed a romantic dinner together. Wonderful food, wine, and music. It was a great time. We will return next time we are in the area.

Thank Lydia H
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Best meal we have had in Carmel and reasonably priced too. Excellent service, great cocktails and bottled wine too. All 4 of us raved about our meal selection too.

Thank czechmateNewYork
Reviewed 11 June 2017

The Bolognese was spectacular and my wife really enjoyed the Halibut. Prosciutto and pears salad very good and top it off with Creme Brûlée.

Thank Bill D
Reviewed 1 June 2017

My husand and I stumbled upon this place while looking for another restaurant. I was tired and hungry so we decided to eat here instead. We were definitely satisfied with our decision. We arrived around 5:15pm (we beat the dinner rush) and were seated immediately....More

Thank Soniebaloni
Reviewed 31 May 2017

The service was great and the complimentary bread with dipping sauce was delicious. However, our margarita pizza tasted like cafeteria pizza. The crust was not worth eating. I was very surprised because the restaurant had higher prices and a nice ambiance. I would have expected...More

Thank kmeyers858
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Carmel tonight on our way down the coast and went to Bistro Giovanni for dinner. Very nice food and the waitstaff were very attentive and informative. Meals are mid range cost but worth it. Very enjoyable

Thank Shazziemc
QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thanks so very much for this great review. We are happy to read that you enjoyed our meal and that our staff added to your good experience! Hope you will come again when in Carmel. All the best to you ...

Reviewed 1 April 2017

This place has an authentic Italian feel. There was a good menu with wine selections aplenty. I had lamb shank, plenty of meat but a bit chewy; stingy on the veges. Wife has sea bass which was excellent. Little annoyances: the espresso was too large...More

Thank TuscanWino
QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. It is good to read that you enjoyed your meal and experience at our Carmel Bistro. With so much variety on our menu, we hope you will return to try more of our Italian dishes!

Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Love the food and small restaurant ambiance. Everything on the menu is excellent! Nice menu variety of pastas, salads, meat dishes, and even a pizza. Classic Italian!

Thank Mr C
QuickSilver12, Owner at Bistro Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Dear Mr. C! Thank you for this great review. We are happy that we were able to please you. We hope to see you again for another great meal!

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Thomas M
2 June 2015|
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Response from 154donaldh | Reviewed this property |
I'm not the owner/manager -- just a one-time customer. They might have some GF items, but I do not remember seeing them on the menu. Best to go to their website or call.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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