La Toscana Ristorante
La Toscana Ristorante

La Toscana Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ristorantelatoscana.com/
  • Phone: (415) 492-9100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mondays 11:30 am to 9 pm
    Tuesday - Thursday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
    Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 10 pm
    Sundays 4 pm to 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giovanni Raccanello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Party facilities are available for parties of 17 or less in our Bar Room. Please contact the restaurant to request the Private Dining Room.
  • Private Party Contact: Laura Riella 415-492-9100x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North San Pedro
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and Parking Lot Available.
A word from La Toscana Ristorante
We are centrally located off Hwy. 101 in San Rafael, across for the famous Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center. La Toscana is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant and bar located in Marin County. It was established in 1985 by Paolo Mori, his wife, Marilyn, and Michele Quilici. The owners all grew up in Lucca, Italy and immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1950s. They wanted to create an atmosphere that reminded them of home – a place where locals would gather to eat, meet friends and family and celebrate with food and wine as every Italian family does. Chef and co— owner Giovanni Racanello joined La Toscana in 1986. Paolo and Marilyn’s daughter, Laura Mori Riella, and youngest son, Michael Mori, joined the La Toscana team in 1992 and 2002, respectively. Paolo loved to make people feel welcome and, just like all the Moris, enjoyed his food and wine and loved to see others do the same. This is the proud tradition that La Toscana carries on.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
La Toscana Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)good for groups (26)fit for foodies (22)special occasion (20)great for lunch (17)vibrant bar scene (17)great for outdoor dining (12)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (10)romantic (8)hot spot (6)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Italian at it's very best
    donner
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    La Toscana is a locally owned Italian restaurant, that was completely remodeled but retained the food quality, atmosphere and hospitality many of us have enjoyed for years. Authentic Italian cuisine from a family whose roots are in Lucca. Try it once and you will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mauihaoles123VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was good, service prompt and polite on a very busy night since many patrons going to show @ adjacent Marin Civic Center
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    BiMaui
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Friendly, attentive service and food that is consistently very good and well priced. Been coming here for years, and the experience from food to service to price continues to be one of the best Italian restaurants in Marin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Lyonnaise
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The décor was charming; I was transported to Italy! The frito misto was delicious! Our group of five enjoyed their respective dishes; the pasta was excellent! The wait staff was very nice. We would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not rush back--
    JBJB
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Nothing to rush back for. Too many other good spots in Marin. Food was just fair. High ceilings make for noise. Waiter was sweet and good. It was very busy that night so maybe that was part of the problem. None of us really liked their meal that much. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A reliable favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Warm, comfortably chic environment, personable attentive accommodating service, delicious food, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bit of Italy in San Rafael
    GinaA
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Pleasantly surprised at the authenticity of this restaurant, truly Italian. Decor simple and low key but very pleasant. Food excellent, homemade gnocchi to die for. Service fine as well. Bar lively with Giants fans. All in all a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great remodel...yummy food!
    KentfielddinersVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The redo of this space is great. More cozy booths, warmer lighting, just much more inviting. Our server Katie was exceptional...on top of everything, very observant, informational, so pleasant! Although the food has always been basic and good, I think they've upped the kitchen skills with the remodel. Had a fabulous eggplant stacked dish...beautiful presentation and yummy. Others had cannelloni, chicken, fish....and all plates removed from table were completely empty...everything totally enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The service is very personal and attentive. Good, friendly atmosphere
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same great place
    010540
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This place has been around since I can remember. I remember as a young man taking scuba lessons next store and seeing La Toscana being very popular. About 10 years ago I began eating there and it true Italian food. The interior of the restaurant has been remodeled and the bar is outstanding. Great food and great Ristorante.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent service
    locavoreVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    As the 3 of us were going to the symphony at Civic Centre, we let Linda, our server, know that we had a time restraint. She was most accommodating when I wasn't sure if I should order my lamb chops rare or medium rare, she suggested that I order them rare. They were perfectly cooked! My companions were both happy with their dishes. It is a perfect location to eat before any Civic Centre events.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice first time
    localinthehoodVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Very good attentive friendly service. Pasta was cooked properly al dente and good puttanesca flavor. Veal Milanese should not be served w mashed potatoes. That was a curve ball.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened?
    sedonaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    In the past, La Toscana has been excellent, but our meal the other night was not. The anitpasto tray was good, but the spaghetti and meatballs were terrible, the petrale sole was overloaded with garlic, and my fettucine and clams was average. If it was a bad night in the kitchen, they better get back on track.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New favorite dish
    MouseVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had a small cup of tortellini in brodo and the lamb chop spinach salad which was PERFECT. You get two lamb chops and a delicious spinach salad. I know I will return for this many times over. So happy to have found something new that is the perfect portion.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a family gathering
    Adriek
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The small private room was the perfect location to entertain family visiting from out of town. Everyone enjoyed their meals and thanks to our waiter Greg, the service could not have been better. It was a really wonderful evening and I look forward to visiting again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A pleasant surprise
    marlene
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had only been there once, many years ago, but this time it seemed modernly remodeled. My request for a quiet table was granted, and it was a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Toscana-A San Rafael Surprise
    Laura
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    When was the last time you heard of or had a Side Car? As one of their signature cocktails at La Toscana, it was a wonderful start to our dinner with our BF’s from Napa. We were cordially seated in a unique patio area complete with a fountain that was like a little slice of Italy.We began with appetizers of arroncini & eggplant rollatini. Entrees consisted of Il Pescatore, Canneloni and Chicken Milanese. All were delicious & satisfying. A delicious bread basket also arrived. House red & white wines were generous pours, priced well & a nice dinner complement. Tiramisu,the brownie sundae & the coffees & cappuccino were delicious. Perfect end to a delicious dinner. Service was friendly & attentive throughout the dinner. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it another chance
    Tag1
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Used to be favorite place. Will give it one more chance. Last eve carbonara, fish special & gnocchi were excellent. Ceasar soggy & upset my stomach... (I am not that sensitive). Meatball & spaghetti dry. Mother's Day set menus was disappointing - fish stew overwhelmed w/ thick colored cream sauce, also used on daughters pasta. Go early for less noise level. Hope they get back to great consistency.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High Expectations
    JImS
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We visited La Toscana Ristorante with high expectations. First, the service was great. The hosts and wait staff were very attentive. I ordered the special, a breaded pork chop, and my wife had chicken marsala. We both had salads, spinach and arugula respectively. The salads were fresh and very tasty. My wife found the chicken marsala nothing more than ordinary and confessed she would not order it again. The breaded pork chop was served with gnocchi, which was well prepared and flavorful. The breaded pork chop was served saddled atop the gnocchi and that's where the dish began to fail. The breading on the chop turned to mush and the gnocchi became grainy from the breading. Too many capers and a very tough chop spoiled it all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have always been impressed with consistently great food, comfortable ambience, friendly staff, and moderate prices. Recent remodel really has made this establishment a neighborhood gem. Very close to civic center, shopping, freeway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great lasagna!!
    funfoods
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We started with a delicious caesar salad. The lettuce was fresh and the dressing was perfect. The lasagna was one of the best we've ever tasted. I would go back just for that. The other entree, chicken picatta was very nice although I prefer the chicken pounded. The sauce was a winner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent fare.
    AHappyCamper
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was very good indeed. Drinks and selection of wines likewise. Service was attentive but unpleasant. I suspect this was unique to the server we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 249 reviews are from the La Toscana Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Unexpected
    Daisy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    When we walked in at 11:30 for a quick lunch we noticed no other customers: scary...but this proved to be a great time cause it was boomin by noon! Great food, lovely decor. Outside looks old, but inside took you somewhere else Italy? Don't know...our server was attentive, food came quickly. Great lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise!
    Swamimomy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    La Toscana is a neighborhood restaurant that I hadn't been to in 20 years when friends suggested dinner there. The restaurant has recently been remodeled, opening it up to feel spacious. The menu was classic but modern Italian. Everything was very good. We won't wait 20 years to go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    MarinDiner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I've never had a bad meal at La Toscana. I highly recommend the Pescatore. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    3jsssVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had the lamb chop salad, which came with two nice sized chops over a bed of greens. The chops were cooked as I requested. Delicious. My husband had the calamari steak dore, which he loves and feels La Toscana knows just how to make that delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mellanzane
    diana1958
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The eggplant was different from your usual type. I actually enjoyed no red sauce and just a slice of tomato and cheese but the eggplant was way too greasy. The plate was full of oil I actually could not eat it. I will go back as everything else we ordered was wonderful but not order the eggplant. Great wine list & happy hour small plates and 1/2 off wine Bottles on Wednesday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    tmfoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    One of our family's favorites for years and years. The restaurant has been remodeled and it is beautiful. The food is always great. Sergio is our favorite waiter. He always takes good care of us. It's a family owned restaurant and it's always wonderful to be there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatalot
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Excellent food and good service. Very good Chicken Picatta. Recommend.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    JLT1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great remodel, the place comes alive. The food is also great and consistent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Find
    TWdining
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I have been going to this restaurant probably since they first opened. The upgrade was needed and they did a nice job. I went with two friends and we sat at the bar to eat dinner and have drinks. We had a really good time and the ambience was good. We will go back and sit in the dining room next time.
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  • I love this restaurant!
    foodiewithflair
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family has been going to this restaurant for years. My aunt lived right around the corner but since she passed we had not been in a while (since the remodel) but it is still the same wonderful place! My daughter and I took my 89 year old Father there for Father's Day last Sunday. Unfortunately, they no longer serve Sunday brunch (which used to be one of our favorite occasions)! Other than that, they are still doing great business and cooking wonderful food. The staff is extremely pleasant and the ambience of the restaurant has a nice family feel (but this restaurant is also date-worthy)! I think they did a great job on the remodel - updated all finishes but still kept the warm family feel. I would recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucca
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Terrific spot, now really first rate after remodeling and updating
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food In San Rafael
    wolfy
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    My wife and I went here recently for our anniversary and loved it. Great food, service was very good and would recommend it if you want a nice Italian food experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    As always...it was Terrific ! Warm Welcome ,great food !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice Updated Menu and Decor
    Pidgeon
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    La Toscana has continued its' makeover, and the Ristorante looks great. Went on a Sunday evening and the place was packed. All entres' ordered were very good and well prepared. Our reservation was at 6:30. They were so busy that they ran out of the fish special and the roasted potatoes. We will return soon to sample more of the new menu items.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    Sam22VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    It was my first time to La Toscana Ristorante and boy, was I impressed. The service was top -notch, food excellent. We had a tough choice with the array of deserts, but were pleased with those as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a favorite
    MarinDiner
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We dine at La Toscana frequently and have never been disappointed. Highly recommend the pasta pescatore or any of the nightly specials. Really good food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed in main courses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have been to La Toscana a few times and have really enjoyed their pasta dishes. We went last night and ordered arancini for a starter. The flavor was good but the dish was cold. We then ordered the filet mignon and the trout. The filet mignon was cooked well but had no sauce with it. We asked for sauce and they gave us a mountain of mushrooms on top of the steak. The trout was not flavorful and the rice and broccoli were cold. The service was good very friendly. I would go back but I will stick to the pasta and wine from now on.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, service, location.
    dining4fun
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We drove up from San Francisco on a Friday night to attend an event at the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium. It was particularly convenient since the restaurant is located close to the freeway and the auditorium. Would recommend this restaurant to those who would enjoy traditional Italian fare in a quiet, casual setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.