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Vin Antico
Vin Antico

Vin Antico Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vinantico.com
  • Phone: (415) 721-0600
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: T-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: M-Th 5:30pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm

    Dinner: Su 5:30pm-9:00pm
    Happy hour Mon-Fri 4:30-6:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Gesser de Leon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Coming Soon
  • Private Party Contact: Naomi Finerman (415) 721-0600

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lootens Place
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available directly behind the restaurant and along 4th Street. There is an additional covered, metered garage on Lootens Place between 3rd and 4th Streets.
A word from Vin Antico
Vin Antico - Where Passion Meets The Plate, serves contemporary, local, Farm to Table fare. Chef De Leon translates his vast experience to create sophisticated, yet comforting food, utilizing local growers and producers, highlighting the seasons finest.

With Old World context in mind, we have cultivated Vin Antico"s wine list to artfully complement our farm to table inspired cuisine. Great attention is paid to sourcing small, artisan producer wines from site specific vineyards or merit throughout the West Coast and Europe.

Housed in an intimate, beautiful, antique brick building, the kitchen is open to the dining room and chef's counter seating is also available.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant demands gourmet prices but delivers mediocre food. Our salmon was dry, the portions were small and the choices limited. There are much better places to be at this price point."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We returned shortly after our first visit back, hardly believing that we'd had such a great meal. This time, we not only had a stellar 3 course meal and excellent wine, but we were offered the table we requested and received outstanding service to boot! If you haven't been lately, give it a whirl. A star in San Rafael."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Well, we went in cranky. We'd loved Vin Antico several years ago and were non-plussed when it re-opened last spring. We asked for one of two tables (in an empty restaurant) and were offered neither. The salads were all right - fresh and interesting, but not over the top. Then the entrees came out and in short order we became believers. The heirloom caprese was fresh and wonderful, with avocado. The pasta was delectable and the vegetables in it were fresh, seasonal and varied. The flat bread was the best we'd ever had. So so good that, though we were stuffed, we ordered the upside down apple cake - superb! Beautiful wine list, wonderful food. Vin Antico is back - AND BETTER! GO GO GO! We will, again and again!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Consistently delightful - a great restaurant and a great meal."
    Dined on 1/8/2013
  • "Best meal in Marin in years! From apps to dessert five of us each had something different; from creativity to flavors to portion sizes everything pleased. Service was suberb; knowledgeable, friendly, and not intrusive. No going back to the chef to ask what was gluten-free, she knew the menu inside out. The gluten-free member of our party was extremely happy. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/6/2013
  • "This is where we take folks when they come from out of town. Its has a fantastic ambiance, friendly staff and food that's second to none!"
    Dined on 1/5/2013
  • "We enjoy the use of organic and Marin County fresh produce. The staff is very helpful and made a special effort to change my husband's order on New Year's Eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "Always enjoy this innovative, non-"gloppy Italian" restaurant with a seasonally-changing menu. This time the amazing roasted brussel sprouts and the luscious spinach gnocchi were the faves at our table. Crab salad was delicate and refreshing. Only quibble was non-food related: we sat at the bar for at least 15 min after our reservation time; a comped glass of wine would have been a nice gesture."
    Dined on 12/29/2012
  • "Food awesome as usual. They made a birthday special. Thanks. A bit drafty by front door"
    Dined on 12/18/2012
  • "Hearty tasty rustic food with cheerful professional service. A neighborhood favorite."
    Dined on 12/16/2012
  • "Wonderful, attentive but not over bearing service and amazing food make for a perfect evening. My son said that his sea bass was the best he has ever had. His girlfriend loved her flatbread and I appreciated the extra attention paid to special requests re: everyone's preferences and allergies. My husband liked his pork chop but wasn't as impressed with the fancy side dishes. All in all, the incredible service and great food will have three of the four of us coming back time and time again."
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "One of the outstanding restaurants, period. Very imaginative, tasty, and healthy. A well run kitchen and very friendly and capable staff."
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "This dinner was my birthday celebration. We enjoyed the menu, the food, the atmosphere and the service, but I was disappointed that the corkage fee was so high. We brought a couple select bottles of wine for the celebration and the corkage came to $40. I was told that a portion of the fee goes to charity which is nice, but I prefer to donate to charities on my own. I will choose a different restaurant the next time I which to share a special bottle of wine with my friends."
    Dined on 12/14/2012
  • "We eat at Vin Antico frequently. It is consistently excellent, both food and service."
    Dined on 12/11/2012
  • "Excellent as always. New version of baked oysters(with kale)was particularly tasty."
    Dined on 12/7/2012
  • "Very nice interior, good service, but food needs serious work. Each dish contains 2-4 excess ingredients. Flavors become very muddled. The food needs to be seriously reworked on a conceptual level."
    Dined on 12/5/2012
  • "We called the restaurant at 6 pm to see if they could accommodate 6 rather than 4 -- our original plan -- at 8 pm and they said yes. When we got there, we had to wait 45 minutes for a table. They should have just said no. Throughout the long wait, they could have offered a glass of wine, or at least water, but they didn't. The good news was that by the time we were seated, it was quieter."
    Dined on 11/30/2012
  • "My friend & I dined here for Thanksgiving. I was looking for someplace that served some organic foods. We drove all the way from the peninsula. Our service was good with one exception- she forgot to include butter or oil/vinegar with our bread. Dry toasted bread needs a bit of something fat & yummy. Other than that little slip, everything carried on with ease. I had the sea bass with forbidden rice & veg- most excellent. The tiramisu is made in-house & is to die for. I'll be back with my husband for sure. Two thumbs up."
    Dined on 11/22/2012
  • "Outstanding food. Vin Antico is quickly becoming a Thanksgiving tradition in our family."
    Dined on 11/22/2012
  • "Really nice-looking restaurant. The risotto balls were a bit greasy but pizza made up for that. I like that they use all-organic produce."
    Dined on 11/21/2012
  • "We love Vin Antico. Food is inventive and delish -- a special treat in San Rafael. You feel like you have crossed the bridge into San Francisco, but don't have the parking or the high costs! We had the brussel sprout small plate and the calamari and clam small plates -- both big enough for 3 to share, plus one more dish! Fun and excellent evening."
    Dined on 11/15/2012
  • "Overall, food, service and ambience were outstanding. We really appreciated our server, Alex, who provided very good descriptions of various wines we were perusing. He recommended a great choice such that we ended up ordering two bottles! The duck special was exceptional with alot of flavor. A tad skimpy on the wild mushroom risotto, though. The basil spaghetti was a little too watery, taking away much flavor."
    Dined on 11/10/2012
  • "This is a great little place in the heart of San Rafael . It has a nice bar where one or two can sit do dinner too. It is cozy & the tables are small & close together. The food features local & seasonal. Our vegetarian was very happy with the vegetable dish. I loved the steamed clams & fried calamari that had artichokes hidden underneath . Yum. The wine list by the glass had plenty of choices. The decor & ambience are warm & cozy. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 11/5/2012
  • "The meatballs were a bit too spicy this time, but otherwise a good time overall."
    Dined on 11/1/2012
  • "Super expensive for Marin s one glass of wine each and ap and main course $130!"
    Dined on 10/30/2012
  • "Flavorful locally sourced menu, professionally served in a grown-up atmosphere. Love Vin Antico."
    Dined on 10/27/2012
  • "the food was okay this time, but we have had better food there. The wild mushroom pizza needed more salt and the brussel sprouts were fine, but expensive at $12. The restaurant was empty compared to previous visits although it was a Thursday night. Our waiter was very attentive and had a good wine recommendation."
    Dined on 10/25/2012
  • "Way, way, way overpriced. Salad was $12...tiny portion. Glass of wine $14 for perhaps 4 oz, not a drop more. Dinner for 2 with 1 glass of wine and a shared entree and no dessert...$100. Not worth it. Will never go back even though it was organic, local, etc. etc."
    Dined on 10/23/2012
  • "What a pleasant evening. Each dish was excellent. Don't pass up the Tiramisu."
    Dined on 10/20/2012
  • "Another excellent meal at Vin Antico. We enjoyed the last of the summer harvest - outstanding caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes. Cooler-weather items are also appearing on the menu, including roasted brussel sprouts (yummy!) Entrees were great. The best restaurant for grown-ups in Marin."
    Dined on 10/19/2012
  • "We are long-time fans of Vin Antico, but under their new chef de cuisine, the cooking is even better! The ingredients were inpeccably fresh, as always, but they shine even more brightly, due to thoughtful combinations and terrific technique. Plus, the ambience is attractive and the staff are warm and attentive. We asked a favor and they were most gracious in helping us out. We had a really great evening. Check it out!"
    Dined on 10/13/2012
  • "Vin Antico is one of our favorite fun dining spot in the Central Marin area. It's always a relaxing fun evening whether it is just the two of us or with friends. It's a true find."
    Dined on 10/12/2012
  • "Delish farm to table meal - Hands down the best restaurant in Marin."
    Dined on 10/6/2012
  • "The food was outstanding and very creative. Service and ambiance are good. However the noise level was extremely loud. I actually had to ask someone at the table next to if she could quiet down a little so that I could hear the person I was having dinner with. I would dine either early or late next time to try to have less noise."
    Dined on 10/6/2012
  • "Another wonderful meal at Vin Antico! On this visit vegetable-based dishes we ordered (heirloom tomato caprese and several share plates) were particularly delicious, though I am a hard-core carnivore. We usually skip dessert but they had a tiramisu that was heavenly. Service is attentive and tables are always cleared between courses, with fresh plates and flatware. Only quibble is because the tables are spaced closely together, when it is crowded it can be heard not to listen in on your neighbor."
    Dined on 10/6/2012
  • "A good neighbourhood eatery with potentially memorable food, but spoiled by the worst french fries I have ever seen: limp, soggy and undercooked. The baked oyster appetizer was OK but lacked flavour and the rabbit pizza was similarly bland. Best part of the meal: a bottle of Paradigm cabernet!"
    Dined on 10/5/2012
  • "How lovely to find an elegant restaurant committed to serving organic foods in season and change the menu accordingly."
    Dined on 10/1/2012
  • "Vin Antico is our favorite Marin restaurant. Flavorful food, the freshest of ingredients and attentive service. We usually start with the baked oysters which are done perfectly. This visit also tried two ‘share plates” that I don’t recall seeing on the menu before and both were fabulous - meatballs, and baked zucchini and eggplant. Can never go wrong with the flatbread pizzas."
    Dined on 9/29/2012
  • "We were impressed by the menu with a creative array of choices. All the choices emphasized our fine local farmers and producers. I thought our bill would be much higher based on the ambience, decor and service. Vin Antico is a first rate restaurant and well worth the trip to San Rafael."
    Dined on 9/22/2012
  • "Energetic, but not noisy atmosphere. Very good food. Good service. A little gem."
    Dined on 9/22/2012