Insalata's
Insalata's

Insalata's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.insalatas.com/
  • Phone: 4154577700x
  • 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 .
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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Insalata's reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (76)fit for foodies (72)special occasion (56)great for lunch (48)romantic (31)good for groups (23)great for brunch (22)notable wine list (14)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not great ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You can hear here!
    Jill
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Tasty Mid-week meal
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Midweek three course prix-fixe may be a bargain but the food is of the highest and freshest quality. We especially enjoyed the Meditteranean preparation of the sea bass. Melon salad was tasty and peach shortcake was scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat with new items
    Bikegrrl4FrenchFood
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Insalata's has become my husband's and my favorite local restaurant. The weekday evening 3-course prix-fixe winemaker's dinners are such a treat. This last visit, the starter was melon salad with a goat cheese and prosciutto toast--perfect pairing! Firm, fresh seabass with herbs and a yummy Mediterranean quinoa and pumpkin seed pairing, and peach shortcake for dessert, with two half-glasses of wine for $33. Such a deal!! Comfy chairs, cool room, attentive service. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat
    weekender
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I always order the 3-course special because of the taste and pricing. Even if it's not my fav dish normally, this restaurant always make it taste like it should have been what I was going to order all along
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Meal
    christinefred
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As always, Insalata's was a yummy experience. The lamb was delicious and my cocktail, chilled, crisp and welcome. Insalata's consistently has very professional, on-the-spot service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trustde
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food is outstanding but the servers appeared to be overloaded resulting in sporadic and perfuntory service. Many tables are also too close, barely allowing elbow room between the next table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Insalata's has been one of our family's favorites for some time. And it will continue to be!! Must try the fatoush salad....awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant brunch
    thea
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We enjoyed a birthday brunch for my daughter, here. Three adults plus a quiet baby. The Eggs Benedict & grapefruit juice: fantastic. Cornmeal pancakes: good but needed far more lemon sauce and maple syrup. There were only two other tables with guests and there were two wait-staff working and at least one bus-person. The waitress was nice, but inattentive to our basic needs. When we ordered, we said we would be sharing the pancakes. When served, we were not offered a clean plate to help distribute food nor was there even one spoon on our table with which to manage the food. The waitress disappeared for long periods and we had to flag her down to get a spoon, hot water for tea and syrup. Insalata's is a favorite--usually much better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sammy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    always enjoy meeting friends or business colleagues here for dining in an always welcoming and enjoyable space. oh, and food is lovely too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely luncheon with a good friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Thanks for another delicious lunch with excellent service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food
    ApplesauceVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We really love this place, the food is excellent. We had the trio of hummus for appetizer as always yummy. Dinner was the lamb which was amazing , even the left overs the next day were delicious. The only thing that bothered me was the bright lights. Usually it's lit very nicely but that night way too bright.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner for two
    elfauro
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Everything was wonderful, as usual - the eggplant fries appetizer, our shared mozzarella salad, my lemon linguine, his salmon, the pistachio pavlova and the berry crisp. Our only mistake was that we didn't realize it was graduation night, so our table for two was tucked amid some very large parties that were celebrating. You can always count on Insalata's for excellent food with perfectly-sized portions and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good and consistent dining!
    goldie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I go here often and I always enjoy the food! It is consistent and fresh!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dug2dine
    Dug2Dine
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We celebrated our daughters Birthday. It was our first visit and it won't be our last. The food and service were excellent. The restaurant made us feel very much at home and they did not hurry us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Suzanne
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were visiting from Chicago for a little holiday. A friend, who cooks from Insalata's recipe book all the time, recommended we go (as in jumping up and down, "You've got to go! You've got to go!"). Are we glad we did. Our meal was wonderful. Five stars fantastic. I don't often get excited about chicken but when I asked our server for a recommendation, I took him up on his suggestion. It was *the* best chicken I've ever eaten. Seriously. Not sure I could have ever imagined chicken with cumin, yogurt, green olives, chick peas, and roasted fennel rising to become the topic of a gushing review but it was really was fantastic. If you're thinking about going to Insalata's, all I can say is "You've got to go! You've got to go!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The chicken tagine is excellent - and the pistacio pavlova is a desert I hope stays on the menu year-round, not just seasonally. Great Mediterranean food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a sensation!
    MarilynIz
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    If you want an excellent dinner in a beautiful environment, Inslata's is perfect. The food, the service, the people are all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We asked for a booth when I made reservations, but didn't get one.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excdellent
    gagaVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Per usual, Insalata's was most enjoyable. The food is always good and the service was very good - served with a smile. I have been to this restaurant and it continues to be top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Delight
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    An enjoyable Sunday evening dinner. Lamb and steak and a shared hummus and fatuous salad for starters. What good be better. The for continues to be of the highest quality, fresh and nicely prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food never fails to please
    Definitelycritical
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    On a hot spring day what could be better than lunch of Chilled Cucumber and Avacado Soup with Chicken Fatoush Salad at Insalata's? A glass of chilled Chardonnay and my day was magnificent. They were not told it was my birthday but the server saw a birthday card being opened. She magically and discretely appeared with chocolate dessert with a candle, after the check had been paid. She wasn't doing it to increase her gratuity but to wish me happy birthday. Professional, experienced, gracious server who we truly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midweek bonanza @ Insalata's!
    Bikegrrl4FrenchFood
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    My first visit to Insalata's left me (and my family) charmed! Lovely restaurant, quiet enough to talk with no effort, efficient service, and excellent food that pleased all. Salad split without our having to ask--and copious as well as delicious; lamb and steak done to perfection; and a midweek winemaker three-course dinner for $32.50 including two half glasses of wine. Generous portions of spot-on dishes. This is the first restaurant in a while where both my husband and I cannot wait to go back. (We don't go out often, so we want to make our outings count!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh, innovative delicious food
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Insalata's is a great fav of mine- the food is always excellent, ambiance very pleasant and the service excellent. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's day brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great Mother's day. All you can eat buffet. Gourmet food. Nice decor. Mom was happy and two teenage boys made the price of admission worth it at only $38. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    Suzi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The chef Robin was incredible. The food was outstanding. It was a relaxing holiday for the family and we will continue to come on a regular basis. I had a problem with open table I tried to add two more to our reservation and it would not all me to do this, no big deal I phoned the restaurant directly and added two
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good service along with good food.
    jmartin49
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our waitress was very nice and answered all our questions to our satisfaction. The food was generally good but we had to wait longer than is typical for a restaurant of this caliber. Overall we were satisfied with our experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What California cuisine should be!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Top notch on all counts! It is our reliable, "go-to" restaurant in Marin and never disappoints. Fresh food, great wine list, friendly service and a pretty room. What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointing
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Have been wanting to eat here for a long time. Well my husband and I did-- and I was not overly impressed, the food was good but not ovver the top. Maybe we did. to order the right thing. The wine by the glass prices seem very inflated with a very limited selection
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 86 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 967 reviews are from the Insalata's reviews archive.