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Bistro GinoLina
Bistro GinoLina

Bistro GinoLina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ginolina.com
  • Email: ginolina@att.net
  • Phone: (415) 258-8590
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - Dinner:Monday- Saturday: 4:30PM - closing Closed -Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Gino La Motta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for further details
  • Private Party Contact: Lina (415) 258-8590
  • Entertainment: Solo Guitarist Thursday and Saturday nights. Accompanied by "Opera Singer Monti Zanetti"

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bistro GinoLina
Bistro Ginolina Full Bar, Full kitchen including wood burning pizza oven. All organic produce and hormone free meats. Italian owners, Italian Chef and Italian products. "Bistro Ginolina is like taking a trip to Rome and eating your way south to the Amalfi Coast. Flavors here are bold". Robin Collins-Patch MagazineContinued
Diner Reviews
  • "Restaurant situated in an old building so architecture inside restaurant is quaint and surroundings pleasant. Food was generally good, except for the pizza, which was, in a word, inept. I get far tastier pizza at Whole Foods. This restaurant really needs to do something about their pizza, like get a new pizza recipe or new pizza chef. Also, the owner, although apparently trying to be a good host, talks too long at the tables, which interfered with the conversation I was trying to have with my dining companion. Overall, it's pretty good here if you can avoid the pizza and the owner."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I had the crab ravioli in lemon cream sauce, it was delicious. My husband had the penne with shrimp in a vodka sauce, which he was not happy with. It was dry and rather bland. We shared the cauliflower salad, and were disappointed. The chairs have no cushions, and the service was good but overbearing. Since the restaurant was not crowded in the least, we felt rushed. We had to turn the waiter away three times just so we could relax, have our drinks, and look over the menu. I had the impression the restaurant wanted to turn tables as quickly as possible, lingering was not encouraged. The wine list was very limited."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Gino is an amazing host!! The perfect host! Gracious, welcoming, energetic and friendly! He is the life of the restaurant!. Always making you feel at home! The food is delicious and consistent!! The service is outstanding; attentive and not overbearing!! The prices are reasonable!! I will recommend GinoLina without any hesitation!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2013
  • "We have been to Ginollilna about a year ago. The food is excellent. Although the service of food delivery was good, the server did not act as though he really what we thought about the food or if everything was ok. A little more personable would be nice. We have a wonderful conversation with Lina who is at the bar and Gino was a warm friendly person. We pan on going back"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I had driven by many times and decided to try it earlier this week. Very interesting Kale Caesar, which they offered to serve in a small portion. Nice creamy fettucine carbonara. Warm and welcoming staff, attentive without hovering. It has a nice bar and what seems to be a local following. It is a little on the pricey side, especially for the location, I would try it again."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We had a birthday party for 10 people and Gino took great care of us with a get table and delicious food!! Everyone had a great time and loved the food!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Very good paglia e fieno with lobster and artichoke, calamari steak, great wines, too generous desserts. There are plenty of Italian restaurants in San Rafael. This one stands out for being small and intimate with very friendly service, not as loud as the bigger places."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My party of 5 arrived at this lovely restaurant after moving all day. It was much nicer than we were prepared for. They didn't miss a beat. We had a delicious meal served well! Thank you"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I can't recommend. They have live music and it's just WAY too loud. I couldn't hear the waiter, couldn't hear my friends and during a break heard the table next to me hoping aloud that the concertina player would not return from their break. The service was good - but the food was disappointing. The kale caesar was excellent as were a couple of the veggie starters; however, the entrees were poor across the board. I had the special osso bucco and it not only looked unappetizing - a pile of meat in a sea of watery risotto - but it was very, very, very bland. No meat taste - no taste at all, and for the first time in memory I had to liberally salt and pepper a dish but it was unsalvagable. Should have sent it back. Next time, Davide."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Gino Lino has delicious food and has a nice bar. It is a neighborhood gem and consistently offers specials and excellent service. Gino is always there treating his customers with a big smile and makes them feel special. This is a most try if you have never dined there!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The food was mediocre at best. We ordered the pasta of the day as shown on the daily menu insert, but at 6:30 PM it was "not ready". So eggplant parmesan was nicely done, but the pasta bolognese was nothing special. We also ordered a vegetable appetizer from the daily menu and the vegetables weren't fresh and tasted like they were out of a can. Service was prompt, but we never saw the guitar player that was advertised on the website."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "This place is always consistent with delicious food and great service. It is in downtown San Rafael and parking is easy to find. Try it out and you won't be disappointed. Gino is there every night and will take care of you!"
    Dined on 8/30/2013