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Bistro Giovanni

San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-6003
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
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San Carlos & 5th Ave., Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviews (214)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 12 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 31 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 3 weeks ago

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!

Reviewed 8 March 2017

Food was good; they seemed to be short on staff. Reservation lady was exceptionally nice. I had a delicious shrimp appetizer and a great salad. My husband had carbonara.

Thank Lynne P
Reviewed 17 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
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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Thomas M
Do you have a gluten free menu?
3 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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