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da Giovanni

Lincoln, between 5th and 6th, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-626-5800
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“cannelloni” (16 reviews)
“greek salad” (14 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Lincoln, between 5th and 6th, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent our Anniversary evening having dinner at daGiovanni, the atmosphere was awesome and the Vongole e Cozze Clams & mussels in a white wine, garlic broth appetizers & they were delightful, for dinner we both ordered the Gnocchi di Arezzo Baked with grapes, mascarpone...More

Thank SKEIN1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When traveling it is always hard to find a good restaurant if you aren't familiar with the area. Reading other people's reviews about this restaurant, we decided to give it a try. Food and service were great. Staff friendly and informative. Nice selection of wine....More

Thank glen a
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Glen: Thanks a million for your great review and kind words. Our Chef and staff work very hard and so it is rewarding when someone notices! All the best to you ...

Reviewed 4 May 2017

We go for special occasions and make a reservation! 5P is a good time for a quiet meal to be savored! Canneloni! Wonderful salad with blue cheese! A lovely glass of merlot! The service is impeccable, with many specials for the evening to be tried.

Thank Patricia0907
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Patricia! Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review and for making it such a beautiful one. We so appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm! Made our day! Thanks again!

Reviewed 30 April 2017

It has been years since we last dined at da Giovanni. We started going here in the late 90’s when this was Firok’s only restaurant in Carmel. We had 2 couples from London with us and I had been raving about da Giovanni for several...More

Thank KHillLV
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so very very much for this review. Your words have touched our hearts and we so appreciate this. You have captured the essence of what da Giovanni is all about. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your patronage and praise through the years!

Reviewed 26 April 2017

We've dined here with family several times before and always had a good meal with good service. However, this time the restaurant really fell short of expectations. It took forever for someone to take our order. Our food arrived after quite some time and it...More

Thank firelight3
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Da Giovanni has become our go to Italian restaurant in Carmel. Nice upstairs location with a right size dining room. Veal is excellent. Good reviews for the shrimp basil pasta and the chicken Marsala. Good value, friendly-attentive staff round out the experience.

Thank TominCA
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Very small restaurant with fantastic ambiance. Wine and dinner were the best we have had in Monterey or Carmel. It is defiantly a hidden gem that you have to know about. So so so good. I will be back. Lobster ravioli was amazing. Waiter suggested...More

Thank Barb S
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Staff made us feel welcomed, and the service was great. Had apps. a wonderful fresh fish dish, a great steak and a bottle of their wine that reasonable in price and very good. Would go back again when were there.

Thank Rory I
Reviewed 18 February 2017 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...More

Thank Ramsin G
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2017

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!

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...More

2  Thank babygirldeedee1
QuickSilver12, Owner at da Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2017

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

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have gluten free pasta & is it cooked in a separate pot of water?
8 May 2017|
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Response from Rory I | Reviewed this property |
Most likely not, you could ask ahead and see if they would.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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