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Frantoio Ristorante
Frantoio Ristorante

Frantoio Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.frantoio.com
  • Phone: (415) 289-5777
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Every night: 5:30pm - 10:00pm - Bar opens at 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian, Organic
  • Executive Chef: John Eitel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer private rooms for 8 to 200 guests
  • Special Events & Promotions: Contact: Matt (415) 289 5777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 101
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample free parking
A word from Frantoio Ristorante
Frantoio Ristorante is a casually elegant contemporary Italian restaurant specializing in fresh, organic, and wholesome cuisine. The menu is inspired by local ingredients and our very own olive oil. All breads, pastas, pizzas, pastries, and even gelatos are made in house using the highest quality ingredients. Our cocktails are exceptional! We feature an extensive list of both Californian and Italian wines. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "we made a reservation but did not specify anything. when we saw the dining room we decided we wanted a booth, so the hostess made accomodations, and after a short wait in the friendly bar we were seated at a cozy booth. Two of us split 4 things from the menu - all excellent, and the staff accomadated by splitting the food onto 2 plates in the kitchen. The chocolate tower dessert was heavenly!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everything here was just right! The menu is diverse and the food is excellent. We have been back many times and the quality is enduring. Great pizzas!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We found the service abrupt. Our Italian server was below par. He seemed very busy and did just the minimum. My classic Caesar salad was smothered in dressing, much heavier than I would have liked. My companions however enjoyed the pasta and pizza."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It was a pleasure to be in a restaurant that served good food and drink in a comfortable setting with minimal noise. Yes...our 6-person group was able to easily enjoy our meal and conversation around the table. What a treat!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Given this place is in a very weird location and attached or close to a Holiday Inn, we didn't know what to expect. We were both quite and pleasantly surprised. They had a decent cab which I enjoy and Martin's risotto and steak and my lamb chops were outstanding! We ended luxuriating over dinner while we caught up with each other for close to 2 hours.. I recommend!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Frantoio has excellent food and beautiful high ceilings and plenty of private booths. I love this restaurant when I want to visit with old friends and catch up. The wait staff is experienced and professional. It feels like you are having dinner in your own dining room because it is so sound insulated. Plenty of delicious olive oil and bread to start. Excellent wine list. Moderate pricing for an upscale Marin Restaurant. Pizza if you want to bring the age 10-ish and up kids. Exotic seafood if you want to bring the boss. Great restaurant all around!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I should have known when we walked in on a Friday night at 7pm and it was quite empty that it wasn't as good as I read on yelp. When I saw the small, in impressive Caesar salad on a plate as we waited for the hostess should have been my second clue. Waiter was nice and attentive. I thought since he was authentic Italian himself that the food would be. Wrong... Lmu husband had the ravilois and they were mushy and flavorless and I had the halibut that was small, over cooked it was hard and so buttery/greasy. Disappointed because so many nice restaurnats in the area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Very mediocre food. The bread was very good and the carpaccio was decent. The pastas (one with octopus and another with salmon and peas) were particularly disappointing. Some cheese might have helped even though one is not supposed to put it on seafood pasta. My wife left half of her salmon pasta in the plate. Won't go back since there are so many superior restaurants in Marin. It was good the last time."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Very welcoming Good food, good service Would definitely go back"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "They took our 9.45pm reservation, we arrived on time, but when we arrived told us the kitchen was closing and that we had to hurry up and order. The server hovered at the table and pressured us into getting an order in, so we had to choose almost at random. After the painful process of ordering we were told to take our time and enjoy our dinner, and were the last table at the restaurant whilst the staff started to close up. A member of the kitchen team came out glared at us and asked the server why we were still here, loud enough that I could hear. They shouldn't have accepted the reservation."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Passed by many times finally decided to try it. Very pleasant experience! Most of the customers are regulars- always a good sign! Food was very good, wait staff was excellent. The ambiance was casual and relaxed- attractively decorated. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The physical layout of the restaurant is not very cozy or intimate. One big room, brightly lit. Like the space is too large for the restaurant. The olive press (which they feature) stands alone in a glass, sealed off, unlit room and looks sorta looming and "lonely". On the bright side...the food was well prepared, fresh and tasty. We both enjoyed our meal. The pastas were home made and cooked to perfection. They offer "gelato" but it really was much more like ice cream. Not thick and tasted very light in flavor. The home baked cookies they served w/the ice cream were delicious! I could've just had a plate of those and been very happy. I would go back, but not our "go to" italian. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great service, great table, charming female server, pleasant evening with friends."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This restaurant is always great & the smoked salmon pizza is worth a special visit."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Easy to access and foo, service and wine did not dissappoint. Reservation was easy and it was busy."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Plenty of room and kid friendly. They have private rooms for extra-large groups and do not fee "industrial"."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had a great evening. We were celebrating two birthdays in our group of 5 and brought a special and very expensive bottle of wine. When the bus person knocked over my husband's glass of wine it went all over him and the table. The manager came over immediately to address the matter and offered to buy us any bottle we wanted. Now, that's the way a restaurant should act when s***t happens. We enjoyed the evening in spite of the mishap."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Though polite and efficient service, it was on the slow side."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great neighborhood rest. We always go with friends and it is a great place to catch up on things happening in our lives. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Stale bread, music did not fit the ambiance and was too loud. Nice selection of red wine by the glass but unfortunately it's too hot. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "A couple of years since I have been here. Next time I won't wait so long to go back. We were a party of three. All raved about their entrees, and my wife loved the house Chardonnay. Pasta with rabbit was the choice of one dinner, a fish special was chosen by my. and I had the salmon poached in olive oil. It was a new dish for me and I loved it. Definitely will repeat."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I strayed from my usual entree and tried the special risotto with hedgehog chanterelles and sausage---delicious! I love the caesar salad but they do seem to skimp on the dressing--asking for anchovies helps give it the right flavor. Chris did his usual wonderful job of making dinner suggestions and offering a taste of a wine before ordering."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This is not your spaghetti and meatball Italian. They had some interesting dishes. I had the mushroom ravioli. It was good, but could have used a little more flavor, just a tad bit bland. Portions are in the small side. Normally my husband and I split a salad, this would not have worked here. The waiter did tell us the salads were not large. The entree dishes were "adequate " in size. The best thing for me was they have panna cotta - my favorite Italian dessert. It was very good."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience! Everything was perfect -- food, service, atmosphere... couldn't have asked for more!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Had hotel reservations at the Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley before looking for a great nearby Italian restaurant and were delighted to hear that Frantoio was right next door to our hotel! We had a fabulous dinner -- everything was terrific and we were thrilled with the wine selections. Everything we ordered was amazing. And we loved the bread and the olive oil!!! We wanted to just drink it, it's so good. Our server, Deborah, was the best!! We had such a great time with her. We would go back in a heartbeat. A wonderful evening -- and we were there all evening -- no one hurried us as we ordered an appetizer , drank wine, chatted and ordered more food later.... LOVELY!!!! Only wish I didn't live across the country from this great restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Able to order full entrees or appetizer size. Has a tasting menu. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My sweetie and I had a one year anniversary of our first date and I wanted to go someplace special that wouldn't break my humble musician bank. Frantoio was all that and much more. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a nice meal in a nice setting without all the SF foodie snobbism."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "On repeated visits, we have found Frantoio to be caring place. The food maybe the best in Mill Valley, but the prices are well below that."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Delightful as usual especially our waiter Chris's sense of humor!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have eaten many times at Frantoio. The food is always good . This time our dinners were just not up to par. In fact one of the diners returned his meal altogether as it was thoroughly over cooked. The restaurant was apologetic and replaced the dinner and comped a glass of wine. Frantoio can do a lot better and should."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Twice in the past month I've had dinner with friends at Frantoio and both times it was an excellent experience. I had the papardelle with rabbit on Wednesday night and it was so amazingly delicious. I'd reserved the corner booth in the front -- great spot. Good ambiance, not too noisy -- 4 of us could carry on conversation without yelling and we weren't competing with other diners conversations. Relaxing, completely enjoyable and very delicious food. One friend had lamb chops and raved. Another had pasta with shrimp and loved it. Jill went soup and salad and was very satisfied. Highly recommend Frantoio."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Kind of located off of the beaten path before Mill Valley, this restaurant truly surprised me. Close to a Holiday Inn Express, I didn't expect much except the pictures of the place and food looked great. Located inside is it's own olive oil press that you get to taste with bread. We shared the scallops small plate and the sea bass - both weren't salty or flavorful enough. The service was truly outstanding! They accommodated our desire to sit next to each other and even placed us in a booth. The waiter came over to check on us at least 8 times throughout the meal! I'd go back for the service and olive oil and will choose different dishes."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This was not our first time we dined at Frantoio but it was the worst...we waited one hour for our server to take our order and it arrived very slowly and in bits and pieces...4 of us were served at different times....we left the restaurant 3 hrs later..frustrated and unhappy."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Reliable, always good food, friendly wait staff, what more could one ask. We split a salad and an entree, portions for both were generous. Only blip might be an overly long wait between completing our dinner and finally getting the check, but I'd much prefer that to being rushed out the door. We should eat here more often."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a reservation on a Saturday night and were kept waiting for 20 minutes! During this wait, we were ignored by the hostesses even though we were sitting directly behind them. When we were seated at our table, our waitress seemed bothered with us as if we were extra work! She didn't explain the specials to us even though my husband ordered the steak from the regular menu and there was a special steak that night. As we observed other diners later, my husband would have preferred the special steak! My chicken entree had a small section of what appeared to be grey chicken which I cut away as I felt the waitress would not want to fix it. Overall the staff, food and ambience did NOT make us want to return to give it a second try!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Unfortunately we had very poor service. Our salads came out in a reasonable amount of time and it was very good and, crispy and fresh with a nice sprinkling of parmesan cheese. The entrees did not come out for over an hour and the waiter mysteriously disappeared. When our entrees did come out, they did not seem liked they were cooked recently - the sea bass was dry and the potatoes were not hot. We were approached by the manager and we were offered an apology and a complimentary dessert and a cordial which was a nice gesture. Must have been an off night for the waiter as this is not the usual."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was healthy and delicious and the service was fast and good."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Valentines dinner. Busy & reservation a must. Recognized our waiter from past visits: charming, efficient, helpful. Jazz/guitar live music in adjoining sunroom not too loud. Enjoyed the tender beef (manzo) and the scallops looked good. This restaurant is convenient for being attached to Holiday Inn--guests can walk next door for great dining. Frantoio's, with their working olive press room (seen through large window to dining room), good wine, food, & professional servers could hold it's own & better on a main street in Sausalito. Went back next night for dessert, hostess apologized in case prior evening wasn't ideal: they'd had computer system failure-nightmare for staff. They never let guests dining see the strain. Pros."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food always excellent and menu has many choices. Soup, salads, scallops and other fish, meats, thin-crust pizzas, desserts all wonderful. Service fine, waiters informed. Very good wine list, including wine by the glass. Never too noisy, have been here many times with two of us or in family group of 12 or more and always enjoyed it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been coming to Frontoio every Valentines Day with another couple for the last 10 years and for whatever reason, this year was absolutely terrible. Apparently there is a new Manager at the restaurant who did not anticipate such a large amount of dinner reservations for Valentines day, so the kitchen was backed up and confused. We had 7:00PM reservations, which were made months in advance, but had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. We waited another 20 minutes for a waiter. When the food finally arrived, it was out of order, and got the 2nd course before we had the first course. Extremely disappointing evening. The only good part of the evening was the music which was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014