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da Giovanni

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Lincoln, between 5th and 6th, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-5800
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Carmel, California
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming here for several years . It's a cute place, the staff is super friendly . The food is excellent. The fillet mignon meat balls appetizer rocks . Dip the Great bread they give in that sauce . Greeka salad is a great twist on the Greek salad . The pastas (seafood pasta , cannelloni wow)and the... More 

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Thank Ramsin G
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks so very much for your kind and detailed review, Ramsin! We are happy to read that you liked your meal and the service. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

San Jose, California
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Two of us went for dinner one evening at this charmingly local eatery in downtown Carmel. Red wine, cheese gnocci, incredibly delicious lasagna, warm bread & butter. Crisp, clean crunchy salads! They did everything right! Our server was genuinely warm and welcoming. We requested a private table, he took us to the back quiet table, we were delighted. The food... More 

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2 Thank babygirldeedee1
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks for this thoughtful and very positive review Dee Dee. We look forward to your next visit! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Osso Bucco, Butternut squash raviolis, great deal on wine, carpacio. Family owned and operated, come and feel like family.

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1 Thank Kelly D
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this review

What a great review, Kelly! Thank you for pointing out that we are family owned and operated. And that we help others feel like family as well! Please return any time! More 

Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We were turned onto da Giavvanni by a friend and were not disappointed. The food and evic were quite good. The meals were freshly cooked, and served on hot plates which kept the food hot throughout. Very enjoyable. Reminded me of an old-fashioned NY restaurant in the heart of Carmel.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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409 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We are here for the first time a year ago and loved this restaurant so decided to eat here again on 10/8. Wonderful food and excellent service. Apologies but forgot the name of our server but she was the front person, the order taker and the server on a pretty busy Sat evening! Big 👍 to her for keeping calm... More 

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QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this review

Hi Stewart! Thanks so very much for your review and kind words. We hope to see you again :o) More 

Carmel, California
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111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This restaurant can be a little tricky to find but I rather like that it's away from the main hustle and bustle. Food is great, service is great, wine pours are generous! Their seafood stew / Cioppino is great. Only thing that always bothers me is the lighting. Whilst it's low (which is always a good thing) it sort of... More 

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1 Thank TeeEmm
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks for this excellent review. We will check the lighting! Sorry if it bothered you. Please come see us again! More 

Encinitas, California
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173 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We visited daGiovanni in February on a night the power went out. That unusual adventure was noted in another review. So on a clear night in September we gave it another try and are happy we did. The upstairs dining room is small and charming. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. They customized the side dishes for both of... More 

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1 Thank TominCA
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this review

Thanks so very much for taking the time to review daGiovanni! And for giving us a second chance after the power outage your first time around! We hope you will return again! More 

San Antonio, TX
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This restaurant appears to have a loyal clientele. However, it was a little too heavy for my tastes. Service was friendly and accommodating. Dining room was small and fairly quiet. It seemed a bit pricey for what it was. I also did not like that wines by the glass were limited. They had their own label wine that they were... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Being gluten free can be challenging when it comes to finding pasta or breads that taste like the real thing. Especially in a restaurant that does not specialize in this type of meal. DaDiovanni serves a gluten free chicken and kale ravioli, choice of sauce and I had the red sauce, and it was fabulous. The flavors and texture were... More 

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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We were in Carmel for 5 days and ate at da Giovanni's for dinner twice. The food is amazing, a small quaint restaurant with wonderful service and worth making a reservation for.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 30
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:30
Monday
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lincoln, between 5th and 6th, Carmel, CA 93923
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-626-5800
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?