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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Insalata's reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)neighborhood gem (70)special occasion (60)great for lunch (43)romantic (28)good for groups (23)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (15)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Our waiter, I believe his name was Gregory, was outstanding!!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious fresh creative food
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I eat often at Insalata's- I never tire of their food. The service is friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Insalatas Still 1 of Marins Top 2
    Foodiemarin
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Every time I eat here I am pleased. Consistently great food and strong service. Only disappointment, this time round, was that we got seated in that sad little side room to right of entry, that doesnt have either the comfort or charm ofmain restaurant, even tho I made rez abt 5wks in advance!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the top
    Suzi
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My family went for easter brunch. It was above excellent. At the end of the lunch my daughter said lets have all of our holidays here. I just made reservations for Mothers Day. I have always had a great meal the food is always great
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    Scarletbegonias77
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We just had Easter Brunch here and I can't say enough about how extraordinary it was! Everything from beginning to end was delicious, fresh, mouthwatering. Many different items from salads, fruits, eggs benedict, lamb, chicken, salmon, pastries, rice salad, desserts and much more! The best brunch we've ever had!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    loveit
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This restaurant serves an amazing brunch! The food is varied and tasty. The service is friendly and efficient. the hostesses are friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable and Reliable...
    IndaknowVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    One of Marin's classic, half dozen (or less) predictable, reliable, go-to quality establishments that serves fresh and well-prepared foods with a Mediterranean accent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Lunch Tasty and Bountiful
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The grilled salmon fatoush salads were delicious and bountiful. Vegetable platter was pleasing as was the prawn salad. With some olives and hummus for appetizers, we had a perfect meal for 4. We left happy.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    2eatx3
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    All three of us had wonderful entrees, the favors and presentation were awesome. The staff is very friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu. We will dine again there again
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was very slow and
    Satchmo
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Service was very slow and the server forgot the salads for two of the guests. I never experienced this at this restaurant before. It was a topic of conversation at the table and we were all pretty disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second Visit earns a "B"
    PaulaVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My first time there I had an incredible meal (duck) and was excited to return. I think I just ordered the wrong dish. Paparadelle with Fennel Sausage Meatballs. Flavor was so-so; the meatballs were a bit 'mushy' for me. I had the special soup - Potato Leek - it was good, but not great. Might try a third visit at some point.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Open table did not show possible...
    amswimmer
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This has happened before in Open Table. I was not able to make a noon reservation through Open Table, so made one 15 minutes earlier. There were tables galore available at noon. What's up? Next time I will call the restaurant directly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I love going
    Jane
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    My husband and I love going to Insalata's for their "Calendar Girl" wine events and their mid week prefix menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morrocan Mediterranean delight
    RagsVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    A gem in Marin. The fatoush salad a choice not to be missed. the entrees each come with interesting flavoring creatively and exceedingly well done. It's not your usual place but one to encourage tastes that can be remembered though not copied. A fun evening for the palate. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Wonderful!
    qualityfoodloverVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Went for lunch, as usual great! Quality food expertly prepared, and wonderful service. A warm, friendly place with the best food. What more can I say. Will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • poor service inalates san anselmo
    CATE
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    i asked via open table for a table away from the door and got one near the door. i asked for coffee and waited long time to get it, (it was cold by the door). our dirty plates were left for us to stare at while we waited for a long long time to be asked for our dessert selections. lost appetite for dessert given lost time and irritation just wanted to go somewhere else to get a coffee and sweet with attentive service which was lacking here. valet parking ignored me so had to shop for parking in the community. i was embraced i suggested this place to my 3 friends who also suffered from the lack of parking attendants and lack of service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not up to par
    gabberVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Always great food.The service was too fast--the food was thrown at us Server very congenial but this is not dining Usually we love this restaurant as one of Marin's best--please slow down!!!!! the prix fixe is really good.Wines ar enicely pared and the portions just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good overall. Had a new
    ElceeVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Very good overall. Had a new menu item, shrimp nicoise salad which was excellent. Fatoush chicken salad also good. Some fine desserts too. Check out those home made cookies! Wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    KismetVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Since it opened many years ago, Insalatas has been my favorite restaurant. I have introduced countless friends to its charm and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food and the ambience.
    damncats
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Love the food and the ambience. Bought the cookbook and have enjoyed making some of the recipes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A meal from heaven!
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The 3 course prix fixe meal was superb. We started off with a tasty bruschetta, then a perfectly prepared super-delicious salmon, then a panna cotta dessert. Every course was fresh and tasty beyond delight. A meal from heaven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LisabuVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Really surprised how good this was. The meze platter, lamb kofta and clams appetizer were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different and fun
    LordFairfaxian
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I am a meat-n-potatoes kinda guy. This is not one of those places. The sauces and marinades were delicious and enhanced the meal. Fabulous cocktails amplified the experience. The service was great, and made the expensive meal worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food as usual
    abalgirVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Menu is short and straight to the point. Excellent food and dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgotten gem (to us)
    Marlou
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We had not been to Insalata's in quite awhile. Now we wonder why. We had a wonderful dinner and great service. The staff was friendly. We will not wait so long to return next time. Two of us had game hens and two had fish. All of us were happy with our choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love "SOMETHING NEW" !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Love that we can now order a combination fattoush salad + soup or andwich at lunch! Always a home run when we dine at Inslata's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You cannot got wrong here
    CSdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Insalata is one of my special go to places. The food is always good, the ambience is warm and welcoming, the staff is professional. The food and the menu at both lunch and dinner is well thought out and well prepared. But do not wait for a special occasion, it is a good place neighborhood - go anytime and you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    janhealth
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I have re-found Insalata's. I find them a reliable A-, and that is great. I've been there twice over the last month, and everything I have had has been really wonderful. I had their flatiron steak -- it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Flavorful chicken and a perfectly
    Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Flavorful chicken and a perfectly prepared salmon were out main entrees. We shared the olives, hummus, and "cigars" as a starter--a tasty appetizer delight. Service was friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly excellent
    piper
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I love that whenever I come to Insalata's I always get delicious food, first rate service, and a comfort feeling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    Cyncyn
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Delicious, we'll-prepared food. We had the Manilla clams, wonderful sauce and toasted bread. We both wanted more bread to soak up the sauce. The Fatoush salad was wonderful too and the soup of the night, a garbanzo and red pepper was very delicious. Service was attentive but not over-bearing. Quiet enough for good conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    PamKVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We really like they restaurant, however, you can get a bad table. First table was in the side room in the back corner...couldn't sit comfortably, because of a post right against chair. Asked to be moved which we were, to a table next to kitchen. Generally prefer upstairs or front room against wall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    FranVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    After living in Marin for 10 years we finally ate at Insalata's! Our only regret is it took us so long to get there. Everything was beautifully flavored and presented! Salads and entrees outstanding! Only disappointment was the "Pig in the Mud". Pretty ordinary chocolate pudding with a very hard shortbread cookie. Not worthy of the rest of the meal. Don't worry we will be back to try other desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Insalata's is a perfect fusion...
    lyzabilityVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    ...of elegance and ease. Comfort food that's Foodie-Friendly, with small surprises on the menu every day. A gorgeous space with marvelous art worth visiting in its own right. Lighting that somehow infuses the room with sunlight, even after sunset. A team of professionals who clearly delight in creating a memorable experience and intuiting the correct level of engagement for every table. I look forward to my next visit to Marin County, which will definitely include a stop in at Insalata's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing experience
    Dawn
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The pre fix meal had an exciting and flavorful component to each course! We were fortunate to experience a unique Morracan meal that had us leaving reexamining each course for days to come. Beat meal ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.