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Chianti Cucina - Novato
Chianti Cucina - Novato

Chianti Cucina - Novato Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chiantinovato.com
  • Phone: (415) 878-0314
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM

    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.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Chianti Cucina is delicious, as usual. Great neighborhood gem! Highly recommend the cioppino and pesto gnocchi."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "it was packed. servers were working themselves silly. still, ours was wonderful. even went back the next day to add to her tip."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This time, the noise was deafening. Most of the food was very good. Service was sketchy."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "If you want to eat in Italy without leaving Marin, come to Chianti Cuccina. Excellent food, my wife loves the sole, I have had the prawns and calamari steak and every thing comes with the distinct italian flavor."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had some appetizers and pastas. I was particularly disappointed in the bland flavor of the pappardelle carbonara. I typically love carbonara but the sauce tasted like cream and onions thrown together at the last minute. All of the food was pretty lack luster although the burrata was good quality. I would have expected more from a casual place, much less one that charges $17 for pasta. Our server was abrupt borderline abrasive and it felt like no one was watching her so she had run of the place. Although we live 2 minutes away, I don't think we'll be back. Too bad!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My wife and I dine out every Saturday night. We go to Chianti Cucina once or twice each month. If's a bit tight, room wise. But the food is the best quality in Nvato. This past Saturday, the Canneloni was wonderful and the veal piccata Outstanding."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Overall, an excellent meal. Good food, well presented. The restaurant was very busy but that did not get in the way of our excellent service. This is a very popular local spot so make reservations so you are not dissappointed by a long wait."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My sixth fortunate dinner here. I live 40+ miles away, there are wonderful restaurant in my area, but I make it a point of sharing dinner here at least twice a year. I have never been disappointed in the food, which is wonderful and the servings ample, nor the service. Every guest I have shared a meal with here has told others. There seem to be a lot of local regulars and happy families here as well. It will take me a while to try all the specials and even the full menu, but I am working my way thru. Try this gem of a restaurant, you'll be happy you did."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Chianti is a wonderful addition to the Novato neighborhood. The food is excellent and the staff is very friendly."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was amazing, but the service was very slow and I had to ask for refills on our drinks. I suspect they were under staffed. They did offer us free port because we were there for almost 3 hours. The staff tried hard to please. I would recommend giving it a try."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "you will love chianti cucina in novato. the food, wait staff and ambience is perfection."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Chianti is definitely not new and I have no idea why it took us so long to try it... Actually it's because we could never walk in because they were packed. We were missing out. Everyone's meal was memorable and our server was friendly, attentive and super helpful with ideas. We loved our dinner and can't wait to go back regularly. it's so worth getting a reservation!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Date night for us. Found the right table and our server Angela took excellent care of us. Super great food with lovely wine. Take advantage of the Groupon deal. I appreciated we never felt rushed. Eating in courses and taking our time to enjoy every bite and conversation. We will be back to enjoy many more meals. The menu has an array of choices and all of it looked and smelled so good. Thank you for a lovely evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "After a very hard and emotional day , my love took me out to this restaurant. The environment was warm and inviting. The waitress was respectful to our need for privacy and read the signs when we were not approachable. My partner had arranged for the waitress to bring me out dessert with a lit candle for my birthday! I was most surprised and touched by the attention I was receiving. the food was very good. . We started with two glasses of wine and split a delicious caesar salad. We ordered two entrees, one the chicken Piccata and the other the squid prepared abalone style. I preferred the chicken myself and wished we would have tried a pasta instead. Next time! Overall a very nice restaurant I highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have eaten here quite a few times. This time, probably because it was Saturday 6:30PM, it was so crowded and noise level was so high. Took 12 min for the waitress to acknowledge us. She never returned to see if our food was OK, or if we needed anything else. Was hoping for an evening to get caught up with my girlfriend, but we could barely hear each other. I will return, but not on a weekend night. Good to see their business is booming."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We made an OpenTable reservation, we got there a few minutes early for our reservation but ended up having to wait over 30 minutes for our table!! The hostess was rude and unaccommodating, said the table was overbooked, meanwhile there were several tables empty that we could have been seated at instead. Finally I suggested, after 30 minutes, they she rework some things and get us sat because that was ridiculous and she did, but was rude about it the whole time. Appetizers we really good, main meals were slightly under seasoned. Not sure at this point if we would go back, nor would I refer this restaurant to anyone else. The waitstaff also appeared to be understaffed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As my wife and I walked in, we were met with low lighting, happy conversation, the scent of garlic and wine filling our nostrils, and an intimate setting for a special occasion. Although the service was slower in coming than I was accustomed to, our waitress was pleasant, though not entirely attentive. The lamb was succulent and balanced, with potatoes and vegetables which were softly seasoned, simple and delicious. My wife had seafood pasta, a decent meal, but the shrimp were tougher than they ought to be, possibly frozen, but certainly leaving something to be desired."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Horrible service. My child and I were ignored the whole time even though we were the only patrons. Food was tasteless and took forever."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Low quality Italian food with poor service. I do not plan to ever come back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is a hidden gem not to be missed. The food was great and the service fast and friendly without making you fell rushed. We will be regulars here."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "i love everything about this restaurant as it has fine italian food, friendly wait staff and lovely ambience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Yet again another wonderful meal at Chianti Cucina. Excellent servers serving excellent food. A bit on the noisy side but ignore that and every thing else is above par. There is not one employee that isn't pleasant a real treat to see how well everyone works together."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've been going back to Cucina for years. Always had a superb meal and the service impeccable!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Two starts for it being fair. First waitress never told us what the specials were. We had made out decisions only to find out there were about 4 or 5 other specials of the day. Mussels for an appetizer... sauce had way to much citrus juice in it which was pretty good but the mussells were either very old or had been frozen for a very long time. The rib eye was good , cooked very well but not worth what it costed. The fish of the day... Snapper... straight out of a frozen bag from Costco no kidding!! Other than that second waitress who took care of us was very friendly and inviting."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This was our first time at Chianti Cucina but it will most definitely NOT be our last. We came with my 94-year-old Dad to celebrate my son's birthday. My Dad walks w/a walker and the staff at Chianti Cucina did everything they could to accommodate us. We had the Fish of the Day - Halibut, served over a fresh corn & pepper side - the fish prepared perfectly. My dad had the medallions of veal w/provolone & prosciutto; my son had Chianti's Shrimp dish. We were all delighted with our food - fresh, complex and platted wonderfully. Looking forward to our next dinner at Chianti Cucina."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "When you're in the mood for a traditional Italian dinner, this is your spot. Great food. Excellent service."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Chianti Cucina is a delightful place and could be as successful in San Francisco as it is in suburban Novato. Jammed full midweek, our server was very pleasant and capable. The food was excellent (oh that pork chop...yum). Our only complaint was the noise level. Across a table for four we couldn't even hear each other. Ah success...sometimes it brings with it challenges like this. But worth it."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Family enjoyed Sunday dinner. Despite what I perceived as a shortage in Staff that evening, the four that were there, including the hostess, did a great job of tending to our needs in what was a busy evening. Food was fantastic! Everyone enjoyed their entree topped off by their tasty dessert. Overall, a wonderful experience. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant before going to a show at Trek Wintery. Great service, good food!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We found the food to taste marvelous. The presentation was wonderful. We split a beet salad with gorgonzola and enjoyed every fork full. The seafood raviolis were spectacular as was the halibut special of the day. The service was excellent. We didn't want for anything. Looking forward to visiting again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014