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Carmel’s Bistro Giovanni … Carmel by the Sea, CA

Here in beautiful Carmel California is a unique moderately priced “Art Cafe” waiting for you. Carmel has many fine restaurants and da Giovanni restaurants are among the most popular. Diners from all over the world come to the three Carmel restaurants that are owned by the Firok Shield family. (Pictured here: Firok Shield and General Manager Jennifer Mendoza)firok shield and jennifer mendoza three carmel restaurants

These Carmel restaurants are best known for their superior cuisine, ambiance and service. This has earned these Carmel restaurants high marks with travelers and local Carmel residents alike. Discover a world of dining that is second to none. So come to Carmel, California and be our guest.

(Please note that da Giovanni has moved to San Carlos & 5th Avenue to share the same space as Bistro Giovanni. Two great restaurants with one excellent location.)

da Giovanni. Do you love Italian food? A world famous restaurant executive chef says it all by saying, “the best meals in California are at da Giovanni!” A romantic setting with a wine list to match.

Carmel’s Bistro Giovanni. Full-flavor California – American – Mediterranean cuisine. From pastas to pizza and short ribs. A signature Carmel CA Firok Shield restaurant with exceptional food, gorgeous murals adorning the walls that transport you to a European bistro without leaving Carmel, plus superior service … without an attitude.

Fond Memories and Excellent Food -Review by KHillLV
“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 days and it didn’t disappoint. As soon as we climbed the stairs old memories came flying back. Firok’s daughter was working that night and greeted us warmly. I told her how we had longed to get back here and how fondly we remembered her father.

“The fare is traditional Italian — mostly old family recipes passed down from the owner’s Italian, Greek and Turkish relatives. The other plus are the house wines. Always an excellent choice. Tonight we had two bottles of their Meritage. Excellent.

“When it came time to order entrees, we were lucky that the Cannelloni was available. Four of us had the Cannelloni which was as excellent as I always remembered it. The rack of lamb and steak were also excellent.

“After dinner I always remembered getting their white port. Yes, they still offer that after dinner and all six of us indulged. Fantastic.

“Although Firok has opened two other restaurants in Carmel, we will always have our fondest memories of da Giovani and all our wonderful meals there. It’s not to be missed.”

We hope you will enjoy these guest comments cards as much as we do! 
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In most cities there are restaurants tucked away, off the beaten path. Restaurants loved by locals and adventurous visitors alike who seek them out. This is true of our esteemed Carmel restaurants. Carmels' Carmel Bistro is on San Carlos opposite the Clint Eastwood building. Da Giovanni is in downtown Carmel. Nestled into Carmel Plaza you will find Bistro Beaujolais. Discover a world of dining that is second to none.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called simply Carmel, is a small city in Monterey County, California, founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1916. Carmel is situated on the Monterey Peninsula - known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. In 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the "artists, poets and writers of Carmel-by-the-Sea", and in 1910 it reported that 60 percent of Carmel's houses were built by citizens who were "devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts."

Carmel is known for being dog-friendly, with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. Our three Carmel restaurants have outdoor patios for local Carmel residents and travelers alike ... those who like to bring their dog along.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the California Pacific Coast, just north of Big Sur, about 330 miles north of Los Angeles and south of Monterey and Pebble Beach, 120 miles south of San Francisco.