Benissimo Ristorante and Bar
Benissimo Ristorante and Bar

Benissimo Ristorante and Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.benissimos.com/
  • Phone: 4159272316
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4pm to 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tony
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For take-out, parties, and catering, please call (415)927-2316.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corte Madera Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Benissimo Ristorante and Bar
Benissimo Ristorante and Bar was established in 1987 and is located in beautiful downtown Corte Madera. Our regular customers love the new remodeled dining room and full bar area. They also enjoy the new menu which offers the best quality and fairest price. You will also find our happy hour, early special, and daily specials in our menu choices.
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PACIFIC SUN : December 1995
(WORD OF MOUTH - One of the most pleasurable surprises of the year was my discovery of Benissimo Ristorante at 18 Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera,.......one visit will make you realize that this is the best Italian restaurant in Marin, and one of the best in Bay Area.)
Charles Martell-Mill Valley

Marin Scope: (A charming, reliable neighborhood Italian trattoria)
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Benissimo Ristorante and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)special occasion (15)romantic (12)fit for foodies (9)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (5)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Our GO TO place!
    a1d2atnight
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It's a neighbor gem for sure, but so much more. It never fails to please, and the staff will accommodate just about any special request you might have. Ask for a dish your special way and it's no problem for this fine establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • happydiner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We dine at Benissimo every week and love the food and ambience. Service is outstanding and food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well worth a return
    Margie43VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    It had ben years since we last had dinner at Benisimo however after talking to friends who had recently dined there we gave it a try. We're so glad we did. The food was excellent. I had their special of quail and had asked for no sauce. It came exactly as I asked yet juicy and tasty. My husband had the salmon and he very much enjoyed it. He's a big salmon eater so when he says it's good, it's good. We'll be back for sure. So nice to have a full bar as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food
    MariniteVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We go often and the food is always plentiful and good. Divided salads without an extra charge. Attentive waiter.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    In looking for a spot to stop with our Bulgarian friends from the airport, we stumbled upon this gem of place that was very good! We wanted to try the early bird special but it took our friends two hours to get off the plane and thru customs making us 45 minutes past the designated time. They accommodated us anyway and honored our original reservation and early bird request! We will certainly be back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Foods always great! Would tall friends to go there.staff very friendly $ good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Lived in Marin for 30 years and been to every Italian restaurant. oddly this was my first visit here. Eggplant parmigiano was cooked to order--fresh no casserole. Squab was very tasty. Bar was inviting. Wine list fit the menu very well. Seating comfortable and not crowded. Overall experience was very satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food in a charming setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This Italian bistro is exactly the place you remember when thinking of your most romantic dinner. White table cloths everywhere, cocktails overflowing, and pasta that hits the spot. We had the pasta carbonara, mussels, pork chop, and bruschetta. Everything was amazing especially the tender yet crusted pork and the fresh creamy carbonara. Definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant enough
    NoelNoelVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The restaurant has some charm and a fairly nice menu. The risotto I had was nice but not spectacular. The Eggplant Parmesan was quite average. The sauce tasted like jar sauce. The servers were very nice and the bar was fairly full and energetic.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasant experience
    CMJimP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The owners are always there to great their guests and the new hostess makes you feel Welcome as well. The menu has something for everyone and it's all good! We always enjoy ourselves whether by ourselves or with friends or family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anonymous
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Delicious! Food is always perfect and healthy. They make you feel like its a special night every time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy dining at Benissimo
    gmec
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is the place for one of my favorite hamburgers. This time though it was a little dry. Next time will be better I know!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Italian
    CondesaVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had such a nice dinner at Benissimo the other night. The host was wonderfully accommodating, the wait staff friendly and polite. Our party had items from all over the menu and not a complaint was heard. I had the early bird special which. at first glance, looked like too much food but was just right. The Caesar salad was crisp and dressed sparingly, as I like it, the short ribs were tender and flavorful and the homemade ravioli a treat. We really need to go back more often...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • want2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went here based on positive reviews. We were very disappointed. While the menu is varied, many of the items are fried and my wife, who is allergic to gluten, had problems finding any dish other than one chicken dish that didn't incorporate flour in some fashion. My entree of petrale sole was swimming in sauce to the point where I thought the fish was still under water. And why a supposedly good restaurant serves as its vegetable three thick pieces of yellow zucchini remains a mystery to me. My wife's chicken dish had a decent taste but, again, it was swimming in sauce. She had asked for the sauce on the side, and was told it couldn't be done; but there was no reason this request couldn't have been granted.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a find!
    ReggieVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant. I didn't even know there was a downtown Corte Madera, but it's worth the short drive from the more familiar shopping areas on either side of the freeway. The early bird specials are a great deal, and run until 7 p.m. The waiter we've had on both of our two visits was very sweet, helpful and efficient. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, reasonably priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by my experience at Benissimo recently. I read other positive OpenTable reviews so I was expecting good food, but still was not sure what to expect. But all of our dishes were very flavorful, hearty and generously portioned. Service was very attentive. The mocha mud pie was amazing! I'm not an ice cream person but I'd go back just for that. Will definitely return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very tasty Italian food
    cwellins
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The calamari steak is so tender and flavorful, we ordered it even though we had it the previous visit, so good, the Pasta with Mussels was well balanced and the shellfish was not overcooked as most restaurants do, Espresso and Cannoli to end. All perfect. I want to try the other menu items am already thinking about the Calamari steak for the next visit. Bring a number of friends and try everything would be my recommendation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent Neighborhood Gem
    Jabula
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We have been coming here for a few years now and the food is always good and the service friendly. The restaurant is usually very busy, so reservations are essential. Many of the patrons are locals and regulars, so there is quite a "familiar" vibe to the restaurant. I had the chicken marsala ($20) and my husband had the mahi mahi special ($24) and they were both very good. We topped it off with their signature lemon sorbet and chocolate and pistachio gelato. There is usually live music, which can be a little intrusive, but it adds to the ambience and the musicians are locals.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Surprise
    Surprised
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We were wonderfully surprised by how great the food was prepared. Prawn Pear Salad was fabulous as was the Chicken Marsala
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Benissimo Ristorante and Bar reviews archive.
  • Surprising find for birthday dinner
    Piplzchoice
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We came to celebrate birthday looking for a place that is festive, but not "foofy" (check). The bread and garlic-infused olive oil were the first indication of this great experience. However, the Cesar salad was not a "real" Cesar, in my wife's opinion as the anchovies were laid on top instead of being incorporated into the dressing. We are lamb lovers and ordered a rack of lamb, which was very good and served with lovely risotto. However, the calamari steak was a really spectacular surprise. I've never tasted calamari so tender and flavorful. The zucchini accompaniment also exceeded expectations of a usual soggy variety. instead, it was nicely grilled and fresh tasting. The vine was reasonably good and reasonably priced by comparison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Marin Place
    catmomVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Service was great - waiter offered to let us enjoy our cocktails before ordering! The place is small, and it filled up, but we were never rushed. The food is very good, the ambiance is nice, and it's close enough to the malls for shopping & dining outings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Place
    AJ22
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was excellent. The service of the staff was very accomodatingb and friendly. This is a great place to take the family, a date, or just have a drink at the the bar.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    CKinMarinVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We had a lovely dinner and will definitely be back. Salads were delicious and the pasta and salmon superb. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    eagleeyeVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We liked the ambiance and feeling from the staff, who are genuinely friendly. Benissimo has the feel of a family restaurant with good food. The wine list is limited, but ok, and very reasonably priced. It would be nice to see more restaurants with reasonably priced wine lists like theirs. We were rushed a little at first by our waiter-he was seeking dinner orders before drink orders, but were able to slow him down.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disorganized
    Brownie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Ended up waiting at least 25 minutes for our reservation. Nice menu but could add more fish entries and perhaps some dishes that distinguish it from other Italian places. Food was good but not so creative.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food BUT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Tables are packed too close together - very congested when they are busy.. I recommend getting a booth for a little space to enjoy your meal.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always!!
    Mmsunshine
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We have been dining at Benissimo for years. My daughters celebrated every birthday growing up. It had been awhile since my husband and I visited but we were pleasantly surprised that nothing had changed. We still love the restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benissimo is consistently
    hatcherm
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Benissimo is consistently good. Can't beat the early bird special that includes four courses at $20.95. Family owned and a gem in the neighborhood. It's a definite draw.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Impressed
    SeafirthVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We have driven by here thousands of time, but had never tried the restaurant until it appeared on our Open Table available restaurants in Marin this weekend. The place was packed and we were greeted by the owner at the door. Our waiter was very nice (he was from NE Italy). The salads were excellent and my farfalle with scampi was very tasty, as were the other pasta dished our group ordered. Will definitely be going back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Had a wonderful experience. Such as friendly intimate restaurant with great decor and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    TriciaPVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Good food but portions seem to have been reduced. Very slow service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem & late evening favorite
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We love the consistency of food, service, and atmosphere at this neighborhood gem, and are especially happy to have a late evening alternative to Chinese or take-out. I almost always opt for the salmon and am never disappointed. My husband loves the pizza, calamari, ciopino, and many of the meat dishes. The service is efficient but not intrusive and the bread is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level can be a challenge
    frekdnrVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    They had a lovely vocalist the evening we went. TV's were on at either end--hopefully a function of March Madness and not on a nightly basis.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong at Benissimo
    mveatingout
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Love, love, love this place and I rarely think to go there. Had an awesome dinner there on Tuesday night. Absolutely delicious food, great service and the Mario, the owner is on top of EVERYTHING. Nice to see a family run business doing so such a great job making people happy! Cudos to them! Highly recommend this place and virtually anything on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real deal
    Raggaza
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Imagine an Italian restaurant owned and staffed by Italians. The paparadelle is fresh the combinations are inventive. The waiters speak Italian. I love this place! But don't tell anyone cause it's hard enough to get a reservation already.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly service, good waiters,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Friendly service, good waiters, great Italian food, nice atmosphere. Has live music (not loud) on some nights. We were leaving around 9 pm on Sat. night when the guitar player was arriving...sorry we missed him.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A surprise treat
    David
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    A great menu perfectly prepared. Good portions. Attentive service. Tables close together, but well worth the snugness for the food. Pricing reasonable. They even have an early dinner menu at $20.95 for appetizer, pasta, entree, and desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    fitzpatrick
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We have eaten here several times and it is always great....Waiters are great -- understand what you want, i.e, not in a hurry or a quiet table. I enjoyed a delicious salmon dinner there last week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice discovery
    nptcstmkwVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is a very unassuming but excellent restaurant. We went there for my wife's birthday and they took great care of us. Food was excellent and service was great. Definitely a place to add to our list of favorites.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I've been going to this incredible restaurant for 16 yrs., and throughout these years it has gone through a couple remodels; every remodel has been better than the last! I love their bar, and they make the best Cosmos. I have never been disappointed in their food, always consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.