Chianti Cucina - Novato
Chianti Cucina - Novato

Chianti Cucina - Novato

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chiantinovato.com/
  • Phone: (415) 878-0314
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Closed

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vallejo Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Chianti Cucina - Novato
Chianti Cucina, an Italian restaurant in Novato, welcomes you to our family, where great food, service and atmosphere await you Italian style.
We invite you to our table, offering a casual & memorable experience. At Chianti Cucina, you'll feel like a neighborhood regular, even if you're just visiting us for the first time. Our restaurant is a family friendly venue where you can feel equally at home as a solo diner, as a family, or as a small or large group of friends.
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Chianti Cucina - Novato reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)special occasion (32)fit for foodies (30)romantic (28)notable wine list (15)good for groups (14)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • napasnob
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The 4 of us enjoyed our meals, the house Chianti and terrific setting and service. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for meeting friends or family
    Big4dining
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. Reasonably priced and great Italian style food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always wonderful dining
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our Italian "GO TO" restaurant because the food is excellent and the choices always fresh. It's loud because it's so popular!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • set11224VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is a great little restaurant. However, the night we were there we had to sit in the bar because there was a wine dinner going on below. It was very, very noisy. Be sure there are no large functions the night you plan to go.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SFoodyVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I've been to this restaurant regularly and this time was the worst. Service was very poor. And it wasn't that busy at the time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    Ajmj
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food is always good. Sometimes it's outstanding. Friday night it was good. Tasted good and there was nothing wrong but it didn't have that wow that we are often used to from this restaurant. Wine that was recommended on the specials menu was hit and miss. My husband had a wonderful glass of liberty school Pinot Noir, I chose an Italian wine that was very flat and disappointing. Should have gone with their super Tuscans on the regular menu they are fantastic. All in all a good evening. Very attentive and friendly waitstaff and nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT MEAL!
    KukanaVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We love this local favorite. The food is always fresh and very well prepared. We had the Seafood Ciopinno (Always a signature dish there!) and I had the excellent fresh Halibut with fresh artichokes. The food continues to amaze me. Friendly staff and we always have the same delightful waitress. I keep forgetting to ask her name. They are wore Halloween masks and made our dinner date fun on Halloween! This is must -go-to restaurant when you are in north Marin/Novato.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another amazing meal
    NovatoFoodieLG
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The cioppini is to die for! My mom was visiting from out of town. She sees why this is a fave spot for us too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chianti Cucina - A charming change
    KMTDiningDish
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    After years as an established family-owned and operated "traditional" Italian eatery - the dark, old fashioned restaurant at corner of Vallejo and Redwood Blvd. in Novato has had a make-over. Oh, Mama Mia! Chianti Cucina has seen the light with a makeover including new windows and a remodel featuring a beautiful fireplace, two dining rooms and bar. The atmosphere is charming, yet sophisticated. Service was friendly, but professional, very accommodating and prompt. Menu was varied, with traditional and upscale dishes appealing to various wants of the 21st century diners. The casual dinner where I hosted three business associates was surprisingly affordable and impressive. There's a delicious, charming dining experience in Novato? Who knew?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Steph
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Delicious and a fun place to dine! Staff was fun and upbeat. Couple we dined with would go back again. Noise level is very high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • An Occasion Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Charming and inviting, the staff was terrific and the food preparation & presentation exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was my husband's birthday..2nd time we've been here. Love the food, ambiance, and service. THanks!! We will come back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a restaurant
    Happy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went with my girlfriend and expected the service to be less than expected. To my surprise the service was great and our server was friendly and very service oriented. I would come here more often now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joyce
    Joyce
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Excellent food but noise level high for conversation. This often keeps me from coming to this otherwise top choice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    TracyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was fabulous as always, but the service was really sketchy and not up to par with your normal fabulous service. Ony one server in the lower dining room and it was full!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistantly good
    MJ47
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    love this place. always great food and wine. nice staff. good ambience. never disappoints. Only thing is that it is pretty loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian food outside of Italy
    TimH
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant was recommend to our party of five. We all enjoyed what we ordered plus we shared the Gnocchi a Piacere as an appetizer and all agreed it was the best we have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal
    OutdoordinerVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We went to Chianti Cucina on a Monday night and it was wonderful. There were four of us, and everyone enjoyed their meal. The waitress was very good - helpful with the wine and describing the specials (three of us had a special for the evening). We went on a Monday night, and enjoyed how quiet the dining room was even though many of the tables were filled. It was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistent
    KABS
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Have had the pleasure of dining here many times. Charming restaurant. Always good food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sacks6567
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Finally found a really good restaurant in the Novato/San Rafael area. A very pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Dinner Out
    Lovitalianfood
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Very nice atmosphere and food was delicious. My friend and I both had the Ravioli with butter and sage, and the eggplant starter. Service was very good and attentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Leonel
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was the third time I have been and each time I've had the same thing, ciaoppino - it is soooo good. My dinner partners also enjoyed their meals, Salciccia & Penne, and Dover Sole (no doggie bags for this crowd). The service is superior, every time I have been I have marveled at the efficiency and attentiveness of the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great family restaurant
    KukanaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great dinner scene close to home. Wait help was great this time, as ususal. (We were a bit worried since the hostess who greeted us, picked up the phone shortly after we arrived. She was not friendly to whomever she was talking to. She did apologize for keeping us waiting though!)We ordered spinach ravioli, caprese salad with fresh heirloom tomatoes and the "special" ahi steak( very fresh). Everything was delis! I love that the restaurant is family owned and only minutes from our house. The Seafood Ciopinno is also very good(my fav)but 2 people can share. It's a huge entre portion. Always make reservations because this restaurant is very busy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellant!
    TinaReviews
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place is a small town gem. Lovely, romantic, atmosphere although extremely loud. We could not carry on a conversation cause it was so loud. The food was beyond good and the service was excellent although the waitress was a bit too flirty with my date, touching him and all. She was just being friendly but if I was someone who was a jealous type, I am sure it would not have gone over too well. Flirty is OK touching is not. Will I go back? YES!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steller service
    SBNRN
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our waitress, Katie, was extremely helpful and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disabled unfriendly
    skier1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband uses a wheel chair and it was extremely difficult manuvering in this restaurant due to very close tables. The night we were there it was very, very busy and very, very, very loud due primarily to a group of ten who all were loud. We barely saw our waitress except to take our order, deliver drinks and deliver the check. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The is consistently very good and the service warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed the warm atmosphere and excellent service. I highly recommend the Cioppino stew: good flavors and a great mix of seafood. We'd go back to Chianti Cucina the next time we are in Novato.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Treat
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Delicious food! Not only was the food delicious, but the portions were quite hearty. Even the serving of wine per glass was more than I had expected. So often you get a "splash" of wine....not here, they actually fill up the large wine glass at least half way. Definitely generous portions of both food and wine. The location may fool you as it's on a main street where there are more commercial type businesses so you wouldn't expect such a delightful and delicious meal when you see it from the street. But don't be fooled....It's a great find and we will definitely be back! Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Chianti Cucina is delicious, as usual. Great neighborhood gem! Highly recommend the cioppino and pesto gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fabulous food, great service, very friendly and absolutely the best place I could have chosen to spend my birthday. Everyone in my party loved their dishes. And boy can the staff sing! I would definitely recommend this restaurant as the food and service is always consistently great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently reliable great food
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had another wonderful meal with friends. Reservations insured that our table was ready and our server immediately brought an ice bucket and glasses for the champagne one guest brought. The cioppino was among the best my husband has had anywhere and he's on a quest to find the best! The veal was tender and flavorful. The spinach salad so good that I didn't need any dressing. The only disappointment was that the lasagne was cold in the middle - like ice. The server offered to bring a new entre but we were happy to hair have the remainder heated. The profiteroles were out of this world! If you try any dessert, make it the profiteroles. Perfection. We weren't rushed and the service was tops without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED it!
    Annie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our second visit to Chianti Cucina, and this time everything from beginning to end was fabulous! We ordered Calamari Fritti, split a spinach salad, and my husband had the cioppino while I had the Milanese pork chop. Everything was absolutely delicious, and our beautiful waitress couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Dessert was fabulous, too! (Lemon crème with limoncello was to die for!) The only downside I can think of here is the noise level is HIGH - very difficult to talk or hear...but other than that, wonderful! We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best server ever
    foodfanatic
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    it was packed. servers were working themselves silly. still, ours was wonderful. even went back the next day to add to her tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food
    Luv2EatOut
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I would recommend this restaurant for the delicious food and great service. They went out of their way to make our dinner experience special and didn't mind making changes or substitutes to any entree.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Was glad I made a reservation for Thursday night because the place was packed. Even with a reservation it took an extra 20 minutes to get to our table. Only two waitresses serving the whole dining room and patio made for pretty slow service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Novato Dining
    Bobbinumber1VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This time, the noise was deafening. Most of the food was very good. Service was sketchy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and good service
    MickerJ
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the Salmon and it was great. Their Caesar Salad is also very good. The house Wine, red Chianti is excellent. This is not a big place so reservations are recommended. On a Tuesday night the place was full till about 7:30 then tables started opening up, but Novato shuts down around 8- 9 on a week night anyway that's pretty normal for a small town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food/service
    Peachykeen
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Atmosphere was cozy & pleasant. Our server was awesome & the food was delicious. I would definitely come back & recommend this place to friends. Overall experience: amazing! Thanks Chianti for making a girls nite out bday celebration enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 298 reviews are from the Chianti Cucina - Novato reviews archive.
  • What a Find!
    diningdiva
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    A neighbor in Hamilton turned us on to this restaurant - we have been back 6 times now and every time we have out of town guests, we take them there. Have also told ALL our friends. The Pork Chop Milanese is FAB!!! Cannot keep myself from getting it every time!!! The waitresses are gems - so accommodating, friendly and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate