Insalata's
Insalata's

Insalata's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.insalatas.com/
  • Phone: (415) 457-7700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Take out is open Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 7:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Insalata's is a full service on-site Fine Dining experience for events of 25 to 800. Contact Chris Engel at (415)332-3277 for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Enjoy Dining in Insalata’s private dining Room. Available for lunch, brunch or dinner for a maximum of 40 guests, we provide luscious food in an inviting room of cherry wood and warm colors. For parties of 40 to 60, enjoy sitting on our mezzanine level for semi private dining under the beautiful paintings of opulent pears, plums and peaches by artist Laura Parker. Menus are designed to showcase the freshest seasonal produce and local ingredients. Our wine list is carefully crafted to compliment your feast. The entire restaurant is available for parties of 60 -150. Whether you are celebrating a baptism, bar mitzvah, birthday, wedding or anniversary, Insalata’s will help you create a memorable event.
  • Private Party Contact: Angela Salvemini 4154577700x
  • Special Events: Please join us every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night to enjoy a 3-Course menu paired with wine for your enjoyment. $29.50 per person or try one item à la carte

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Barber
  • Public Transit: Sir Francis Drake at Barber
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have a wrap around horse shoe parking lot. Valet is available Monday - Friday day. The charge is $2.00.
A word from Insalata's
Insalata's receives Bib Gourmand from Michelin for it's 7th year in a row.
Our goal at Insalata's has always been to bring luscious Mediterranean food, gracious service and a warm atmosphere to our diners. For over 15 years we have shared this experience of intimate dining and joyful celebrations in a variety of ways. First and foremost as a fine dining restaurant with our beautiful private Siena room in which to sit and relax and enjoy a meal. We also offer take out dining for those days when time is of the essence, or catered affairs where we bring great food and staff into your home or venue. Our guests have become family and we have grown together in the community in which we all live and work. Everyone at Insalata's is extremely proud to be a part of this extended "village" family.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Insalata's reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)neighborhood gem (71)special occasion (57)great for lunch (42)romantic (21)good for groups (21)notable wine list (17)great for brunch (10)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Food still great. Service was horrible.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Sadly, it seems the once very special- occasion place one used to go to for quiet, civil dining has turned into a freeway of demanding diners and frantic waiters, giving this diner nothing but a stressful event that I couldn't WAIT to leave once our waiter rushed us through our meal so he could turn the table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consitently good
    StickerForService
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I've eaten at Insalata's many times over the years and it's always remained one of my favorites. A good wine list, combined with a great variety of dinner options means everyone is happy with their choices. We were in a hurry the other night as we had tickets to a play, and the waitress kept our food moving quickly -- and our glasses filled. It was another lovely night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    bvrly
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I attended a cooking demonstration/class with the chef several years ago and have used the cookbook for years. It was a real treat to finally eat at the restaurant. Definitely worth the wait as everything was superb. I especially liked the crispy eggplant fries with tzadziki. The salmon was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebratory luncheon
    my2dogs
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Wonderful lunch at a nice restaurant where we enjoyed our salmon and pasta dishes. One of us is a vegetarian and they switched out the chicken stock for vegetable and omitted the pancheta making the dish completely vegetarian. He said it was very good. Two of us had the salmon which was succulent and presented beautifully. Using the Open Table gift certificate allowed us to splurge. This is a good restaurant for special occasions but a bit on the high side but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FranVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    While all meals were very good, my duck was incredible and everyone agreed! I gave out very small samples! We are always impressed with the consistency of the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TomandMerlene
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Awesome, as usual. Food was great and our vegetarian friends had plenty of options. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    wait person was assigned tables in all corners of this large restaurant. clearly the place was understaffed and patrons paid for it with very slow service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Michael
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Everything we ordered was fantastic. Did I mention the food was awesome. Try it yourself, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gulhum
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We love Insalata's for a quick or romantic dinner...food is always good. Service can be spotty but last night was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Special Menu
    RegularPlaceVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We had a special middle eastern menu and LOVED it. The wine pairing was perfect and the tastes blended beautifully. We have found dinners at Insalata's to be better and better each time and this was starting from a wonderful baseline. Highly recommended for a special evening out where you are treated with a friendly smile by the service and taken through a delightful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 'Twas smooth sailing...
    IndaknowVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    As an old standby, Insalata's is still reliable - they know how to properly treat, cook, and present the ingredients ::: The menu is smaller than it used to be but manageable, the ambiance is easy and relaxed, and our service was very complete without being overbearing...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • marindiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had the duck and the parpadelle. both were excellent. However, the noise was very loud and made conversation at the table difficult. The waiter was nice but slow; this was a Saturday night and the place was full. Might try it again during the week; maybe less noisy. Price wise it is on the upper end of moderate; I think the duck was $28 (no vegetables or other side plate) and the parpadelle was about $22. Wines were normally price for this kind of restaurant - a bottle of Textbook Chardonnay was $37.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • frequent flyer
    sdia
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Quality tends to vary from a 3 to a 4, this experience was a 3. It was busy and we waited for quite some time for a drink order. Mista salad was overdressed, clam appetizer was great, duck was very good but one piece was very chewy.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    hiker
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The appetizers and entres were quite flavorful and nicely presented.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food/great service
    Jaydee
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Once again Insalata's shines... I've eaten here probably a hundred times, never a bad meal. No exception this time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely lunch
    srsebia
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is one of my favorites for lunch, dinner or take out from the back. Everything was wonderful from the service to the iced tea to my favorite eggplant fries! I highly recommend Insalata's for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like an old friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I took my parents to Insalata's for their birthday's and I hadn't been in years. It was very good. The service, the food and the vibe. It's not too quiet and not too loud. There were couples, kids and older folks there so everyone can feel comfortable. I had a misto salad and shared it with my mom, my dad does not like salad but he even asked for some and really liked it. Simple and well dressed. I had the salmon, my mother had the chicken and my dad had the pork chop. We all loved our meals. Our waiter was excellent, there for us but no annoying. He called me a young lady which made this 40 something feel good. I would go back sooner rather than later!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, as always...
    cocktailswithm
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have come here for years. This time it was a Sunday evening when my mother was visiting. The food, as always, was distinctive, fresh and all-around fantastic. I don't know how they consistently keep the experience as imaginative and fresh as they do, but I guess that's what makes and enduring great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Insalata tops the list
    Sammy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Insalata continues to be warm and inviting with delicious food. Can't think of a better place to relax and enjoy a lovely meal with friends or to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We split the fatoush salad which is always tasty. Then, the duck was amazingly prepared with delicious sauces and the flatiron steak was everything this steak could be. Dessert was a blueberry crisp. Every dish was perfectly prepared and plated!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local fave
    MMLG
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Been a regular here for years. Can always count on innovative preparation all of seasonal foods. Last night we enjoyed the appetizer of lamb meatballs and tomato soup. Our guests split the house favorite fattoush salad-always yum. We make a point to come here at least once every season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reunion
    Guteeltern
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    excellent as always. Will be back. Always great food and a nice place to meet.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old reliable needs Food Facelift...
    IndaknowVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The menu has gotten smaller but there remains unimpressive things like canned olives stuffed with anchovies and a fish roe starter which we doubt is hugely popular - the menu hasn't been fully revamped in years ::: Our table service was spotty and disjointed the other night ::: We don't mind a smaller menu, and most often the preparation of plates is very well done - Mediterranean cuisine is varied and exciting - we'd like to see Insalata's embrace this and work on a much overdue update...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can healthy taste this good?
    Winemaker27VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It is hard to find places that have tasty and healthful food on the menu. It is here! I had a great 3 course meal with delicious wines and I was able to have plenty of mouthfeel, veggies, color -the whole deal. The staff were friendly and helped explain choices. We all left feeling energized and delighted with the evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1WellFed
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Really good food with unusual spices and combinations. Beautifully presented and large quantities (especially for the Chicken Fhattoush salad, a diner might be warned about the size of it!). Staff friendly and helpful. It is mostly quiet but loud voices carry far. Very lovely decors, paintings on wall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too warm
    Mark94945
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It wasn't a particularly hot day but the resturant was warm and stuffy. My wife asked to chane tables and they were very accommodating. We wond up on an aisle by the open front door. It made all the difference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Made last minute reservations on a Friday night for my husband's birthday. We also brought our toddler. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. The service and the food were both awesome! We had gone to Boulevard earlier in the week and Insalata's was better, by far! It was a special evening made wonderful by great service and fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my2dogs
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I would have given "Food" 5 stars but there was a bit (not much) of grit in the spinach otherwise the food was more than I expected. I dined with a good friend - she had the vegetarian platter and I had the roast duck with pomegranate. We had the "cigars" as an appetizer. I found it amazing that when we left the restaurant was quite full and the noise level was so low. Very pleasant experience. We had attended a concert and this was a perfect after concert dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good meal
    ShirazVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    4 of us had dinner at Insalata's on Saturday. We have always had good meals here so we were looking forward to the meal. First we shared the trio of Middle Eastern apps (Hummus, Taaramasalata and eggplant) with Pita bread. These were great to nibble on. The server gave us sufficient time to chat and drink a little wine. I had ordered the swordfish which was cooked just right with a lemon and yogurt dressing and an eggplant puree. Delicious. My wife ordered the duck breast with a pomegranate glaze, excellent. One of our friends ordered the salmon and the other the flatiron steak. The salmon and the steak were cooked medium rare as requested. We all enjoyed our meals and will return soon. The service was attentive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Calm
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I took my mother-in-law there for her birthday, plus a friend of hers, both in their 80s. We had a concert to go to and came prepared - upon arrival, we told our waiter that all 3 of us would like to order the duck. We also got the trio of dips. The timing was perfect, the food was delicious (one of the best duck dishes I had, very moist and tender) and service was outstanding. Perfect mixture of white table cloths without stuffiness. Would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not great ambiance
    out2dine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    If you just want to have a nice meal this is good place. The service leaves much to be desired, and the place is dark and uninviting for anything but a latenight dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a fine dinner
    DocBrockVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We've eaten here many times over the years and continue to love the food and the enviroment. Service has always been terrific. Noise level is very quiet for a large restaurant. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Thunderthroat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My 3 friends who all have August birthdays, consistently eat at Insalatas for our celebration. The food is consistent, delicious And always a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You can hear here!
    JillVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We like the food and ambience at Insalata's, but we went specifically because you don't have to shout. Many popular restaurants are so noisy that it detracts if you want to have a good conversation but Insalata's is lively yet relatively quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I hadn't been for a year or so, but when I went to Insalata's yesterday I was reminded how great it is. I got the vegetarian combination - nutritious and delicious! I paired it with a nice chardonnay from their wine menu. The service was impeccable. Such a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    Guteeltern
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    the mussels were great. Overall wonderful and a nice place to meet friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oladyc
    Oladyc
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent, as always. One of our favorite places to dine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 88 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 998 reviews are from the Insalata's reviews archive.
  • Great food!
    Paleoman
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Hadn't been there for 6-8 years, and to be honest, couldn't recall most of the details from the last time. But... This was one time we were happy we'd made the choice we did, as the salads, the pork chop, and the vegetable entree were superb! We left extremely satisfied, and very pleased with the service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love it!
    tabernash
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I've never am disappointed at Insaladas. The food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What took me so long?
    TeresaLovesToDineVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've been in the area for 9+ years and I've eaten at every decent restaurant in San Anselmo, EXCEPT Insalata's and not sure why. Boy, we were pleasantly surprised and dumbfounded when we realized what we've been missing all these years. The ambience was lovely - high ceilings, low volume of noise. The wine list was extraordinarily affordable - it was actually cheaper to buy a bottle than 2 glasses per person. And the meal was outstanding. I ordered the Syrian Fatoush Salad and my boyfriend stole it from me. We loved it so much we desperately searched the internet and found it. Yay! My Salmon and vegies were cooked to perfection. We are coming back toute suite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate