About Donato Enoteca

1041 Middlefield Rd
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and honest contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Donato Scotti that changes weekly determined by the freshest available seasonal produce. Homemade pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, meat and fish courses are available, executed in an authentic yet modern way. The menu spans every region of Italy and incorporates artisanal products, such as fresh imported burrata, prosciutto, grappa and olive oil. Other in-house specialties include sausages, mostarda and lamb prosciutto. The wine list focuses on smaller-production boutique wineries from Italy, California and France.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00
Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 6:00pm daily

Cross Street:
Middlefield and Main

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 701-1000

Website:
http://www.donatoenoteca.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.

Parking Details:
public parking available in very close proximity
city valet parking available on Friday and Saturday

Executive Chef:
Donato Scotti

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.

Private Party Contact:
Krista Merlino: (650) 454 4544x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Krista Merlino at 650-454-5644

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Felice Festa della Mamma!
Celebrate Mother's Day at Donato Enoteca, Our very special 3 or 4 course Prix Fixe Menu.
Regular Menu also available

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4.2

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4.1

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4.2

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Repeated customer: great restaurant espe ...

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Dined 4 days ago

Repeated customer: great restaurant especially squid ink pasta!

food4
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Always a Pleasure

Dined on April 18, 2016

We return to Donatos's often and are never disappointed. It is authentic Italian, but up-to-date and innovative. Service is excellent and there are quiet rooms where we can enjoy conversation and outstanding food.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service2

Al fresco dining on a warm Saturday afte ...

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

Al fresco dining on a warm Saturday afternoon with signature cocktails and Italian beer-life should be like this. We will be back. Special shout out to Louis our waiter who put up with our myriad of demands with gusto and sprightliness.

food5
ambience5
service5
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Great Dinint

Dined on April 16, 2016

We've dined at Donato's several times. We come from Santa Cruz, so it's always part of an evening at a local theatre or magic show, but Donato's is a big part of what makes the trip worthwhile. The food has always been excellent, the service superb, attentive without being obtrusive - just the way it's supposed to be. They have a modest but extremely well-chosen wine list. I always ask for suggestions about wine, and they have always been right on: appropriate to my taste and to the particular dishes. We don't come with kids, but we tend to dine early (before shows) and have often observed families with kids, and it works just fine. I only wish Donato's was in Santa Cruz.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Enjoyed the oxtail pasta and seafood rav ...

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

Enjoyed the oxtail pasta and seafood ravioli. The asparagus appetizer and the special salad were very good. The hostess & our waiter were very nice. Ventura at the bar was super nice & explained all the happy hour cocktails to us. The combo in the bar playing music was very nice.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food1
ambience3
service3
value3

Missing a lot of flavor!

Dined on April 12, 2016

I brought my sister here for her birthday lunch last week. She said she'd been a year before and thought it was good, so we tried it. The ambience was nice and it was quiet as it was a late lunch time. Service was fine, nothing spectacular. We ordered the Insalata Pollo and the sausage pizza to share. I was really disappointed that neither dish had any flavor. The tomato sauce tasted like tomatoes and there was nothing spicy about the spicy sausage. I asked for chili flakes and that helped. The salad also had no flavor, aside from the bit too much char on the dry, grilled chicken. There was no tang or detection of dressing to the greens at all. The other ingredients on the salad - tuscan beans, cherry tomato - were minimal and so plain. As we split it, we may have each gotten 1.5 cherry tomatoes. Even though we were full and didn't have room for dessert, dessert seemed pricey based on the lunch experience. I will likely not return to try again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We love Donato... and his food!

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

This is our favorite for both quick delicious food when we're in a hurry and long relaxing meals with friends and family. Always a great experience.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
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value5

Fabulous Italian food

Dined on April 6, 2016

Worth the trip from San Francisco to experience the exceptional food at this elegant restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
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Redwood City Italian Gem

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

When I took an intro to Italian course before visiting Italy a few years ago, our professor said there were only a few restaurants on the Peninsula he would call "real Italian." Donato Enoteca was one of them. The food is consistently delicious, with unusual combinations and spices and fish flown in from Italy. Fantastic wine list full of small, regional Italian wines you won't get elsewhere. Staff service is attentive but never tries to rush you. We've had special occasion dinners to Sunday afternoon glasses of wine at Donato Enoteca...always makes us want to return for more.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

other places are better

Dined on March 29, 2016

Other local Italian restaurants have better food and better value

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

2 adults and 6 kids!

Dined on March 28, 2016

We had 2 adults and 6 kids under 13 in the party. What was I thinking? But wait staff were super friendly, they have a kids menu, drawing paper and crayons, the dining room is large so you can hide a large noisy party (we were the large noisy party). Kids loved the pizzas and the pastas. No one complained. Mom and Dad got to enjoy some great food and a glass of wine. Will be coming back without the kids! Thank you Donato.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service2
value3

We had previously been here once before ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

We had previously been here once before and it was very good, this time, we got very small portions. We ordered a calamari appetizer and only got 3 small pieces of calamari. The pasta dishes were very small. We had to ask for bread, got about 5 small slices for six people, we asked for refill of bread, never came. We were not told portions were so small, we could have ordered salads and soup as well. We would be happy to pay, but the menu makes food sound like you will get sides on it. One dish said asparagus on side, it came with 2 asparagus. Disappointed

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

great food and great ambiance

Dined on March 27, 2016

I have been here for several times and never had disappointment. The food was great. The relaxing and quiet ambiance also enhances the dicing experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3
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Hit and Miss Dinner

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Overall Food and service were not as good as on previous visits. Our party of 5 dined in the front room and it was so dark! Even our college aged guests were saying they could hardly read the menu. However we enjoyed our appetizers--The baby artichokes were terrific, with a really refreshing mint pesto. The baked sea bass was ok, the agnolotti dal plin and simple pizza margherita were good, but the risotto was terrible. It took a while to get bread and wine. Just a little bit of an off night I guess.

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

One of the best pizza's I've ever had!

Dined on March 12, 2016

Simply put in the title, the margarita pizza was phenomenal! The sauce was full of flavor and the crust was very tasty. Also the service was great, the waiter was very attentive and very helpful with recommendations and informing of the fresh selections of the day. Everything is organic from the farmers markets in the local area. Great restaurant and experience all around.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Genuine Northern Italian

Dined on March 12, 2016

I always liked the Northern Italian food better, but it's not as common in Italian restaurants (less pastas, more clever use of fresh ingredients). The Chef (Donato, of course) is amazing and is always happy to see my kids when we eat there - he has an amazing memory for people and makes us feel welcome. The food is stellar, especially the prix fixe menu.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4

I have been disappointed that the risot ...

vip
Dined on March 11, 2016

I have been disappointed that the risotto has changed. I really enjoyed the pork risotto and now the duck is more like a duck au vin than confit duck with risotto. That last visit , we waited over 45 min to recover our entrees. The waiter apologized but said he needed more time for a Chicken entree and he wanted everything served at once. Made sense. But he served the chicken and the rest of the party waited around 5 min to be served their entrees We come often to donato to enjoy good service and good food and hope things are not changing

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Enjoy it every time!

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

I don't get here often, but am never disappointed when I do. The food is consistently good, better than many nearby restaurants. And I like the service and ambiance. I've never been there on a warm enough evening to sit outdoors, but I imagine it would be quite pleasant. My only complain is that wines by the glass are quite pricey!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

One of the dishes was overcooked and our ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

One of the dishes was overcooked and our second drink was not as great as the first

food4
ambience4
service5

Booked a table for birthday dinner & dec ...

vip
Dined on February 22, 2016

Booked a table for birthday dinner & decided to have an early reservation which was delightful. Such a beautiful interior with amazing details & had a lovely table. Service was fantastic & had attentive waiter who was so patient and had given us excellent recommendations for the wine and menu. Started with platter of antipasto - amazing. Ordered the roast chicken entree and didn't disappoint. also had the fish special of the evening. We were a table of 4 friends who needed to catch up on lives so didn't leave until 9:30. Dessert was delivered for birthday girls and was really nice touch. Well worth the price and ambience! Will be back soon!

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent service and the food is always ...

Dined on February 18, 2016

Excellent service and the food is always superb.

food1
ambience3
service3
value2

Food arrived cold on a very slow day for lunch

Dined on February 17, 2016

Food was very disappointing. Went into lunch on a very slow Thursday. No more than 20 people in the restaurant. I ordered the sole. Took about 20 minutes to get our food. Fish arrived cold and flavorless. I hate restaurants that are so pretentious to not have salt and pepper on the table and serve flavorless food. The rice that came with the fish had a very fishy taste and smell to it. Difficult to swallow and breath in.

food5
ambience4
service5

Made a reservation well in advance for V ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Made a reservation well in advance for Valentine's Day. Despite doing this, the restaurant seemed to have overbooked as I was told the wait would be at least 15 minutes (along with several customers waiting who also made reservations). We ended up sitting outside since it wasn't too cold and we were able to sit right away. Despite the hiccup, the food and service was outstanding.

food3
ambience4
service5

Creative menu, but didn't taste very goo ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Creative menu, but didn't taste very good, it's bland but tastes healthy... Excellent service!

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Good food and people watching

Dined on February 14, 2016

The food and service were pretty top notch. The portions were a bit small and the fish a little dry but overall great food and atmosphere. I feel bad for our server because two old money women, sitting next to us, were harassing him and looking for excuses to not tip him. They were talking loudly about how they were waiting for more members of their family and possible suiters to die and receive their rightful inheritance. Fairly sad. The very nice Italian waiter was patient when the lady harassed him. I would not have been so calm. Great experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Great food, great value!

Dined on February 14, 2016

We went here for Valentine's Day and it was perfect! My favorite part of the menu is that you have the option to order food a la carte or select the fixed four course menu. We decided to go with the four courses and it was definitely the right move. Each course was delicious and I was so full by the end that I couldn't finish the last dish. This place is a true gem for the quality of food, atmosphere, and price. We are definitely coming back to enjoy some of the a la carte options next!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Solid Valentine's Day Eve Spot

Dined on February 14, 2016

Took the wife here for a night out the day before valentine's day. I ordered the braised lambshank, and my wife got the red trout. We also split calamari and brussel sprouts to start. The appetizers could have used a bit more seasoning, our rosemary brussel sprouts didn't have much rosemary, and the beans than came with the calamari seemed under seasoned as well (and I'm usually low-salt kind of person anyway). We ended up using some of the pesto spread that came with the bread, so that rounded that out. Service was good, wished we had room for dessert, the ones at the adjacent table looked delicious

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Very nice service, food, wine

vip
Dined on February 3, 2016

It is a high quality lunch location - will be back to test the dinner.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5

Donato just keeps getting better. Great ...

vip
Dined on February 3, 2016

Donato just keeps getting better. Great dinner tonight.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our new go to spot

Dined on February 1, 2016

Excellent all the way around!!!!! We have a wonderful meal with great service. Great date night dining experience.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service2
value2

This restaurant is static in its food an ...

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

This restaurant is static in its food and shows little or no care in keeping standards high. It is just cruising in neutral. No innovation. The "classics" are not well done. No reason to return when there are many more vibrant places.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great 6 course chefs tasting menu for 6th time

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

Gracious service, awesome value, terrific variety...I've brought groups big and small for the 6 course chefs tasting menu and there have been few repeats. Just goes to show the chef is never phoning it in, is always pushing for originality and innovation.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

Our favorite Italian place on the peninsula

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

Had a light meal with a 1997 Sassicaia which was delicious. The bruschetta bread was soggy. All the other appetizers were good. The past with truffles was great as was the Branzino

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Love Donato's. We've eaten here many Ike ...

vip
Dined on January 30, 2016

Love Donato's. We've eaten here many Ike and it's always delicious

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Authentic place for business and friends' dinner

Dined on January 29, 2016

This was my second time dinning in the Donato Enoteca, and I can just say all positive about the whole experience. The place is great, stuff is very friendly and pleasant, the food is delicious and the wine choice is pretty good. I would definitely go back for an official business dinner, or for a date, or just with friends, the place is wonderful. Thank you for the very positive experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding Adventure

vip
Dined on January 26, 2016

MY date saw Donato Enteca a while back and has wanted t otry it so we did for lunch and it was wonderful. Service was impeccable, and the food was to die for. It was quiet enough to have an intimate conversation, so all in all we could not have done better. And only about a 10 minute walk from the Caltrains station.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience4
service1

I've eaten here before and had a great e ...

vip
Dined on January 24, 2016

I've eaten here before and had a great experience. On this occasion the food was mediocre. We both had the lamb shank and it was bland, lacked flavor. The octopus appetizer was great. Good wine selection. Service was extremely slow, we finally declined our dessert, we were tired of waiting. We spoke to the manager who was very concerned l. He apologized and comped our meal. I will give them one more chance to redeem themselves.

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Very Good Food

Dined on January 24, 2016

Choice, quality and quantity of food were excellent. Despite a reservation we were seated near the entrance in a noisy and draft passage. We would have expected a table with a tablecloth in any of the nice dining rooms. Service was ok (waiter/kitchen forgot our contorni). We'd love to give a higher rating if these points had not happen.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

affordable high end dining

Dined on January 23, 2016

great food and atmosphere. not bad prices for top notch food.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Average experience...service was a bit slow

Dined on January 22, 2016

Had a business group dinner here and had a pleasant time. Food was average. Service a bit slow and uneven. One of our party did not get her meal at the same time as all others...kind of awkward. I had the feeling they forgot to prepare it (pasta dish) and they had to whip it up in a hurry.

Tags: good for groups

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