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Chianti Cucina - Novato
Chianti Cucina - Novato

Chianti Cucina - Novato Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chiantinovato.com
  • Email: mail@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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We have been there 4 times and the food is great, the service is good, albeit too busy. I recommend it to all my friends."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Always a great restaurant and in my neighborhood. Had purchased coupon from Chianti website--waitperson very accommodating with use of it. Continuing complaint with Chianti is the noise level--it is getting worse. Recommend turning OFF the music completely. Always ask waitperson to have music turned down--usually told that it is turned down to an appropriate level, but it is still TOO loud which results in everyone talking above it, which only increase noise level. Becoming deterent to coming to this restaurant when I want to have a dinner and conversation with friends--its almost impossible to hear them, especially when restaurant is full of patrons. Otherwise, service and food always dependable to be very good."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our dinner date was pleasant, our water person should smile more, but he was efficient. Our server seemed like she should have worked at Apple bee's instead of a finer restaurant. The restaurant ceiling seemed to showed signs of water leak and black dirt around the vents. That should be cleaned up. It does look good for customers. I would still come here for a good meal. I don't see the owner anymore (Strange)."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "After 15 years of living locally, I finally went and thought it was the best Italian food in the county. The Calabrese Calamari appetizer is a must-try. We had the seafood pasta and veal - both were delicious! I'll be back for more!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a very good dinner here. Went because of a groupon, but will be back for the food and ambiance. There was, unfortunately, a very large and overly loud group in the bar that at times was overpowering, but love the fireplace and coziness of the location."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I really like to go to Chianti's for happy hour or a simple night out with my husband. However, we have gone with another couple 3 times and it's too noisy in the restaurant to hear each other talk. The food is consistently good. I highly recommend sharing the Calamari Fritti as a starter. I enjoy the Insalata Romana that comes topped with gorganzola cheese and sun dried tomatoes. Their House made ravioli of ricotta & spinach remains my favorite dish. My husband loves their Lasagna Bolognese and Gnocchi. I tried the minestrone soup for the first time - big thumbs up! I always enjoy a glass of St Francis Merlot. My husband wishes they would expand the beer selection to include an IPA. Overall, nice place to go."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My first time at Chianti and we had great service and the food was delicious. We had the shrimp risotto and shrimp ghamberi. So close to home that I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have dined three times at Chianti the food is consistently good, service is prompt and the staff is friendly and still professional"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We like this place a LOT! Great food, great people."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We bought a groupon and thought we'd give Chianti a try. We went on a Friday night and the restaurant was very busy. The service was a bit slow probably due to how busy they were. Food was ok, but nothing impressive. The biggist issue we had was that the restaurant was so loud we had to yell at one another to be heard. Additionally, we were sitting next to a large group who were also yelling to be heard --- made for a challenging situation. For us, the noise level was so high it would not be worth it to return, at least during a busy period. Might try this place for lunch to see if it's any better."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A place I plan to frequent. Everything we ordered was excellent."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "One of the best Italian food restaurant left in Novato, very friendly staff, the bar just small when place is busy, since they use it to dine and if you are waiting for a table there is no place where to have a drink, but after I eat their food I do not care anymore."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The menu has a great variety, all of which is delicious. The salmon was perfect, the sauce on the the pasta was full of flavor, and the salads are fresh and crunchy. The service is attentive and the staff knows the menu and wine list well. Great little neighborhood spot!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We keep coming back to Chianti Cucina because we always have a great meal here. On our last visit I ordered the special ciioppino and it was delicious; perfectly cooked fresh seafood in a tasty tomato sauce with grilled French bread to soak up every last drop of the sauce. The service is friendly and efficient, the atmosphere inviting.. We find that we can't just walk in any more; it is always busy and a reservation is a must, especially on weekends."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We arrived for an early dinner - the hostess and our server in particular were delightful and very attentive. It certainly is loud, but that is to be expected in such a small space. Wine: I had the house red and it was pretty terrible - very sour and flat, as though watered down. The appetizers were tolerable, the bruschetta was especially nice. I had a chicken dish (the piccata) and although the sauce was quite good, the chicken itself tasted a bit off, as though it had been thawed in a hurry. My companion had a sausage and pasta dish (a treat for him, since he's given up pasta at home) and it went down like a brick. Certainly the highlight of the night were the desserts - the bread pudding, especially, but skip the caramel sauce."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very good food and service made for a pleasant evening"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Over all fairly good food but nothing to write home about. Just typical standard and good tasting Italian food. Pizza was not very good but the lasagna was great. For Novato I thought it was a bit expensive and Grazei down the street offered same or better quality food for about 30% less. Feels like spinister heaven when you are there."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "wonderful food and great service and ambiance. Consistently good dining experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great food and service, nice wine selection, but a bit loud."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Chianti never disappoints, weather I'm with my family or friends its always a fabalous night!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Everything was good. Quality of food,service and ambiance"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food and great for gluten free diets too."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We celebrate our wedding anniversaries (12/31 and 2/28) every year with our son and his wife on Valentlne Day. We had a wonderful meal with great service. It's always fun to eat here."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The food and service were fabulous! Great gluten-free entree options and the flourless chocolate cake was amazing."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "My husband and I loved the food. The mussels, in wine sauce, appetizer. Yummy....Really. The wait staff are always nice and we were well taken care of."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Great food great service wish it wasn't so loud. I have poor hearing so I can't come as often as I would like."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Another nice evening with homemade pasta and dessert. It can get very loud and hard to hear your conversation when the restaurant is full during peak times. We will continue to support this local restaurant because the food and service are great."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My husband and I love this little restaurant where I enjoy a variety of specials and regular dishes, and he always gets the same favorite thing…..can't remember what it's called, but it's a pasta with spinach and spicy sausage."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Chianti Cucina is very warm and inviting with an excellent Italian menu. The food is always outstanding as well as the service and ambiance. Great for older children, also a nice place for a family gathering or romantic meal. The set up of the restaurant lends itself to a variety of options for dining experience. The beautiful fireplace is especially nice in winter."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "great food, lively atmosphere, generous portions, nice wines......nothing bad to say!!! Not exciting in terms of decor, but the food is solid and always good!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was okay...we each got different meats...salmon, calamari and chicken, but they all had the same sauce, a rich creamy caper sauce so they all tasted alike. Also found it odd the dishes came with mashed potatoes, would have liked a side of pasta as it is an Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Haven't been here for awhile though, the food has always been good along with good service. Our waitperson was nice however, she would come by the table to check on us but, would only slow down for a nano-second and didn't really give that little extra to be considered "great service". Overall, one of the best places in Novato."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Out for a movie, stop for a drink, finish with great meal at Chianty Cucina. Friendly staff, prompt service, really good food"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Always a good place for lunch... haven't been disappointed yet."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "There are no stellar restaurants in Novato, but Chianti Cucina is one of the most reliable. Pasta and risotto ares good, there are some decent wines by the glass, fish is usually not overcooked and the veal is not inedible. There's a happy vibe and the place is bustling on weekend evenings."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Four of us dined here on Friday the 10th. It was a luncheon and we made reservations for 1:45PM. We have been here before but this time we were the only ones in the restaurant for lunch at that hour. The lack of patrons did not diminish the quality of the food nor the level of service, although I'm sure the management would have liked to have more patrons. Since we were the only diners, the noise level was minimum and not like we had experienced before when we dined here in the early evening."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We had a coupon to try Chianti and I'm glad we did. I might not have tried this place without one and that would have been my loss. We ate here with friends on a Tuesday night and had a great time. I would be sure to make reservations (we did) as all the tables were full. We were seated right on time by the fireplace, so nice. A little noisy at 7 pm but as people left it became more quiet and and even more enjoyable. Everyone was very nice and the food was great. I would defiantly come back and am looking forward to doing so. Thanks for a nice evening."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Celebrated our anniversary by dining here for the first time. Food was tasty, service good. Went in at 5:30 to enjoy our meal before things got too hectic. Worked well for us."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "A busy Christmas eve and it was loud sitting next to the kitchen. Request a quiet table in the main dining room if you want to have a conversation and it might be a little better. Food was as we expected...not a "Wow" but very tasty Italian."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Food very good..service excellent. Had a handicapped person in our group and staff was very helpful on a very busy night."
    Dined on 12/31/2013