The Best Mother's Day BrunchInsalata's is the best restaurant in Ross Valley (Greenbrae/Kentfield/Ross/San Anselmo), so their everyday fare is very good. For Mother's Day every year they pull out the stops and make a meal worth remembering. It's so good that it has become our family tradition to go to Insalata's for the Mother's Day Brunch.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day Brunch at Insalata'sYummy!!
An eclectic assortment of hot and cold dishes -- from scrambled eggs with bacon, to a roasted lamb (loin? leg?) with middle eastern seasonings that was fabulous, and from a farro platter with walnuts and apricots that was amazing, to brilliant green asparagus, and wonderful assortment of "finger" size desserts that were all baked at Insalata's.
Two things spoiled an otherwise perfect Mother's Day brunch. The hot dishes weren't hot. And our server seemed to be somewhat inattentive during the first half of our meal.
All-in-all, the criticisms are minor. My wife and I were very pleased with our holiday visit to Heidi's place -- one of the best experiences we've had with Mother's Day outings.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food! Great Service!Insalata's is fully attentive from the moment of reservation to service to food. Consistently superb.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ServiceThe service, food and everything at Insalata's exceeded our expectations.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMInsalata's has been aroundInsalata's has been around for so long we tend to forget about it. But no matter how much time goes by between visits, we find it as welcoming and delicious as ever. Consistent is the word I would apply. When I complimented the server on the excellent bulgur wheat pilaf, he arrived later with the restaurant's cookbook open to that page. Very thoughtful! My one concern was the soup: when asked if the asparagus/fennel soup of the day had cream in it, the server said "just a touch." It turned out to be a classic cream of asparagus soup, quite rich. If we had known that, we would not have ordered it. Also, the otherwise-good texture was marred by bits of asparagus fiber, telling me the soup had not been put through the mouli.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMMy biggest complement forMy biggest complement for Insalata goes to our waitperson who very quickly took the temperature of the table and could see that my 14 year old daughter was headed for a meltdown and tailored our meal to accommodate her every need.
While most people were there for a casual dinner - It was my birthday and dinner at a nice restaurant mid-week was an event for us. The waiter made us feel so special.
The food came very quickly and my salmon was PERFECTLY prepared...it was really quite spectacular. My friend's sole was also quite good and my daughter enjoyed her pasta. We also had some lovely appetizers.
I do think the atmosphere is a little boring but what I did appreciate was the sound level...we did not have to strain to hear or be heard.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMInsalata's is always responsiveInsalata's is always responsive to special requests via Open Table.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMI always enjoy Insalata'sI always enjoy Insalata's a lot and take visitors there. The food is creatively conceived and very well prepared. The staff is friendly, helpful and not overbearing. While I am definitely not a vegetarian, I often order their vegetarian plate because it is often tastier than the other things on the menu. My main criticism is that the menu is somewhat limited in scope and, given that, doesn't change as often as it should. That's one reason I don't go there more often.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe "Fatoush" (spelt correctly?)The "Fatoush" (spelt correctly?) is simply divine. A staple of this restaurant for years that has remained consistently scrumptious.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful!Excellent as always, Insalata's has become our favorite birthday dinner place.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and excellent service.Great food and excellent service. I will come again.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for lunch. Only downsideWe went for lunch. Only downside for lunch is the Valet parking which they add to your check, $2. (they only have it at lunch time).4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe pre fix meal was amazing!The pre fix meal was amazing! The standard menu had something for everyone to enjoy! It is a restaurant to continue to go to regularly.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMHad never dined at Insalata'sHad never dined at Insalata's for a brunch, which apparently they only host a few times a year. It was FABULOUS! There was something there for everyone. The great thing about Insalata's: it's all about the food. Delicious. Fresh. And I might even venture to say healthy if you skip the delectable dessert options.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is THE restaurant thatThis is THE restaurant that I always choose for my birthday celebration with my family. It's my most favorite restaurant in Marin. The food is absolutely amazing!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife enjoyed our lunchMy wife enjoyed our lunch so much that we came back for some dinner take out later that afternoon.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is not my first timeThis is not my first time at Insalata's, but as usual, they delivered. Our meals were to die for (I had the steak with the mushrooms) and the service was fantastic.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMInsalata's is our go to placeInsalata's is our go to place when we want special occasion great food and service. We've been going for years and NEVER been disappointed, whether it be brunch, lunch or dinner. We can't sing its praises enough! The food is always consistently delicious, and the wait staff considerate and accommodating. The wine list is impressive and we've never been leadastray by staff recommendations. This time, my husband's dinner entree was delevered just a little later than the rest of us, and the waiter brought a complimentary dip and pita bread while he was waiting. Insalata's is this kind of place.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was delicious. IThe food was delicious. I had the vegetarian dish and it was yummy along with the excellent salad. There was winemaker and her wine was very good and complimented the meal perfectly.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful dinner experience....Wonderful dinner experience.... Food, service, wine list and ambiance... one of my favorites3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the things I like bestOne of the things I like best about Insalata's is that the menu isn't so vast that you get lost in it. Instead there are just enough wonderful options to easily make a selection that suits your cravings. From appetizers through dessert, our meal was impeccable. Our waitress made an excellent wine recommendation and offered us amazing service.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe all had the pre fixe dinner,We all had the pre fixe dinner, and thought it was delicious, and a great value.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server could not haveOur server could not have been better. He was there, attentive without being overbearing and helpful. Quintessential service.
Wines included with dinner were mediocre. Kind of had the feeling this was a good opportunity to rid shelves of overstock. Perhaps one glass of better wine would be better than 2 of lesser quality.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSteak was perfectly cooked,Steak was perfectly cooked, lean and delicious, as uaual.12/1/2012 12:00:00 AM