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“A Downtown Favorite!”

Ristorante Don Giovanni
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Ranked #30 of 331 Restaurants in Mountain View
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Villa
Transit: One block from Downtown Mountain View Caltrain and Light Rail station. VTA bus lines 34, 35, 51 and 52 stop at the Villa and Castro intersection.
Description: Ristorante Don Giovanni welcomes you to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine on Castro Street in Mountain View, California. The warm and inviting atmosphere complimented by the Italian decor, makes this the place to celebrate any special occasion, romantic dinner, or just a simple home cooked Italian meal. Lunch and dinner menus include: Antipasti, Insalate & Minestre, Pasta, Rotisserie, Panini, and Fish along with an extensive Wine list and Full bar. Let Ristorante Don Giovanni provide you with excellent service and facility for your next event. We offer custom tailored menus that are just right for your breakfast, brunch, lunch, and/or dinner needs. Our facility can provide: TV * VCR * PA SYSTEM WITH MICROPHONES * POWER POINT * OVERHEAD PROJECTOR * WIRELESS MICROPHONE * FLIP CHART STAND/PADS/MARKERS * DIRECT PHONE LINES AND INTERNET ACCESS * MOTEL AND TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS
Reviewed 9 January 2014

I love this place. Waiters are charming, good bar, great food. It is a great date restaurant. Call and make a reservation for a booth. It's more romantic. There are always 2 or 3 specials every night. A fish, a meat, and a pasta dish. One time I had a swordfish that was slightly tough, I mentioned it and the waiter whisked it away and brought me their delicious salmon instead. Very nice, no charge. I am always about the creme bruleé and theirs is excellent. You will not be disappointed by any of the pasta dishes. Afterwards walk a couple doors down and get a gelato! too.

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Reviewed 3 January 2014

This restaurant was open on Christmas evening and we had a reservation. The place was getting very crowded but there were 3 tables near us that became occupied after we arrived. All three of these tables had been served their meals, they were finished and paying their bills before we got our food. Every time we tried to get the attention of our waiter he waved us off and said, "Soon." Two of the four in our group ordered the beef filet special of the evening and the other two ordered pasta, nothing that should have required extra time. It took 60 minutes from the time we ordered to the time we were served. Both steaks were ordered medium rare and came out well-done, they were taken back and brought out again and they were cold and purple in the middle. This is when the manager became involved and he brought out perfectly grilled steaks, unfortunately the two of us who had ordered pasta were completely finished eating when the steaks arrived. We ate in shifts. They kept saying they were busy but if you are going to be one of a few nice restaurants opened Christmas evening and you have reservations booked for the entire night, you should have more help or you should have taken less reservations. They gave us a free dessert, it wasn't worth it. Also, at the next table a couple had two young children who were each allowed to watch different movies on their iPads without ear buds. Having to listen to Dora the Explorer during a nice meal is rude. When our children were young we had family conversations at restaurants. What is wrong with parents today? I know this restaurant has good food but the service was nonexistent on this visit.

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Thank Paula G
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Where to go to dine out on Christmas Day...Don Giovanni's. They were sooo busy and by no means was the quality skimped upon. Our waitress was cheerful and gave us the heads up that the kitchen was running slow due to the multitude of diners (greatly appreciated). Everything that came to our table of 6 was excellent. From the bread to the wine and the delicious food, not one complaint. The perfect choice for dining out on Christmas. Can't wait to go back again soon.

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Thank maggiesebastian1
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

We had a reservation & were seated immediately. The waitress came right away & alerted us to the fact that they were overwhelmed and our food would NOT be served in a timely fashion. So at least we were warned.

Our wine arrived. After quite awhile I asked for some bread - she was really embarrassed to say they had run out of bread. But said she would try to get them to at least hurry with our appetizers.

Not too long after, the appetizers arrived - along with some nice warm bread. We shared the carpaccio and the "Greek" salad - both were quite nice.

It was still quite some time until our entrees arrived. Everyone kept thanking us for our patience.

My husband ordered mussels as an entree - they were quite small - which he considers more succulent. I had the pesto - but over capellini - which was okay.

Unfortunately, by this time we had lost a lot of our appetite - and I could only eat about half.

The staff were pleasant, the food was fine, and we will probably go back in the future - just not on Christmas Day!! (BTW, they said they had been this busy last Christmas - one would think they would learn!)

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Thank Ms_Gary
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Definitely a delicious pasta with a friendly quick service at the heart of Mountain View. Also the soup at the beginning was great. Enjoyed the Xmas decoration with a big Xmas Tree at the middle of the hall.

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Thank Alan_m_page
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