Benissimo Ristorante and Bar

4.4
374 reviews
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Italian
Benissimo Ristorante and Bar was established in 1987 and is located in beautiful downtown Corte Madera. Our regular customers love the new remodeled dining room and full bar area. They also enjoy the new menu which offers the best quality and fairest price. You will also find our happy hour, early special, and daily specials in our menu choices.
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PACIFIC SUN : December 1995
(WORD OF MOUTH - One of the most pleasurable surprises of the year was my discovery of Benissimo Ristorante at 18 Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera,.......one visit will make you realize that this is the best Italian restaurant in Marin, and one of the best in Bay Area.)
Charles Martell-Mill Valley

Marin Scope: (A charming, reliable neighborhood Italian trattoria)
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San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was disappointed this time. The short ribs were mediocre and the pasta was ok but needed flavor. We had to wait a long time before we saw our server. We had to wait an inordinate amount of time for our food and check as well. They were busy but not THAT busy. We will try again because we’ve loved this restaurant and the charming owner for years.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

all okay everytime all the time, owner is always present, wait staff all long-timers

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KP
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality Italian food from a long-standing family-owned business. Our server has been there over 15 years. It's that kind of place. Everything is excellent, great wine selection, a small and cozy spot perfect for date night or family celebrations.

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DA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We usually love Benissimo but their Valentine's Day Pris Fixe menu was unexpected and sub-par to their normal standard. We booked on Open Table and did not see the special menu. We were not the only patrons to be surprised by it. We were looking forward to some good pasta and were very disappointed to be served what felt like buffet food. We most likely will go to Benissimo again but not on a holiday.

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B
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Go here all the time but the other night the service was so slow we almost just walked out. Not sure why, but it was ugly. Once the food did arrive, it was as good as always.

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great neighborhood restaurant, good food and a pleasant atmosphere.

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JP
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Italian cuisine

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OT
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was fine but the take-home orders were mixed up. Very disappointed to get the wrong ‘doggie bag.’ However, dinner was good, good value. One of our go-to spots.

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LW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was very disappointed this last time. I met friends for dinner and none of us liked our food except for one of us who ordered fried chicken. The eggplant parmesan was very bland as was the petrale sole special and the pesto fettuccini, according to my friends. I’m wondering if they have a new chef, as I have always liked the food in the past.

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N
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Benissimo. The food and service were superb. We will definitely return.

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VH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to this restaurant many times and it is consistently good. Anna, our waitress was friendly and efficient, attentive, but not overly so. The food is good and the prices are reasonable for these times. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem! We will be back soon!

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S
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

NIce people and good service but pretty uninteresting and bland food.

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NS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our family of three made 7:30 new years eve reservations....and were seated at a severely drafty table in the corner. We immediately asked for a new table....but they made us sit at the bar waiting for a half-hour. The bartender and the host/owner were not remotely cheerful or particularly pleasant. We bought ourselves drinks at the bar and waited. It was new years eve, 8pm, and there was not an ounce of cheer shown to us. Our server was delightful and the food was fine....but the stiff attitude was not appreciated and there is no real reason for me to return there. Fortunately the rest of our new years eve celebration was happy and upbeat

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MC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a winner. Really enjoy the experience every time. Food is excellent

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LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in Napa Valley but it’s always worth the trek to our favorite Italian spot in Corte Madera. The owner and staff are warm and inviting too!

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SF
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Benissimo has always been an excellent value in dinning. It represents a complete dinning experience in that it offers a balanced menu with a complementary wine menu, Relaxed dinning , properly timed service.
It is well worth the drive to get there. A perfect spot for a small friendly group or a romantic evening. Mid week or week end excellent service never rushed.

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love this place for casual date night. Can’t beat good food and wine.

Had some bad mussels on their risotto.
So maybe make sure the seafood is fresh.

Other than that, service, wine, and atmosphere are excellent.

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MA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a great and consistent experience at Benissimo. The perfect neighborhood restaurant where you’re always recognized with a smile. Cheers to another 30 years!

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EM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Have been many times and never disappinted.

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MF
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Benissimo is one of our favorite local restaurants. Food is well prepared at a reasonable price. Service is consistently excellent.
A great place to enjoy a meal.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, great dining experience!

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b
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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AR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had a horrible experience here on Valentines Day a couple years ago and decided to give them another chance. Benissimo used to be a great neighborhood place but that’s no longer the case. It took 25 minutes for us to get service and forever to order and get food. Our meal was below average and when we talked to the manager, he argued with us. So unprofessional and classless. Sadly, we will never return. Don’t waste your money. There are many other Italian restaurants in Marin where they serve good food and actually care about their customers.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benissima never fails to please. Wonderful food, great menu and delightful servers. Wonderful place for date night.

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CW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We feel well cared for when we eat there. The calamari was excellent, as was the prawn salad we each had for dinner.

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D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We bring friends to Benissimos whenever we can...it is always reliable and enjoyable and super tasty. The staff dressed up and decorated for Halloween, it always surpasses our expectations.

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R
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go once a month. Always have their excellent eggplant parmagiano. Wife had the short ribs. Nicely
presented, very meaty. Great shrimp salad and best affogato ($8) in Marin.

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EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been eating at benissimos for many years. Always a great place to bring visiting friends. If you are looking for quality Italian food and a friendly neighborhood ambience in Marin, this is the place.

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, a great meal!! Highly recommended. Enjoy!!

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j
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Hadn’t been in a while and can’t remembee why we hadn’t! We’ll be back!

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L
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Haven't been to Benissimo's in a number of years and was very pleased with their remodel. The place looks fantastic; the bar is beautiful and busy; and there's more light and modern furnishings that please the eye.
The food was as good as I remembered and we were early enough to enjoy the early dinner (before 6 pm)
for $27. Choice of salad; choice of pasta; choice of entree; and choice of dessert or coffee. It was the perfect meal on a weekday evening. We'll be back more often!

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VH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been dining at this restaurant for a number of years. It is consistently good in terms of food, service & value & it is one of our “go-to” restaurants with friends.

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D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benissimos is a wonderful restaurant...the food is great, we love the garlic olive oil with bread to start the meal and it only gets better from there.

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GG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Bad experience it took an hour to get served and they did nothing about it, most places would have offered a free app or a glass of wine, but they did nothing, horrible service and management

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hi, always have a nice meal and great service here. My daughter always gets the gnocchi.

Not sure why but didn't get any Open Table points for this????????

JM

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MO
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and authentic Italian food with a pleasant atmosphere and friendly efficient staff. It's been here thirty years for good reasons ! -- you know you'll get a good meal and atmosphere.

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GD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Benissimo Ristorante, in my experience, is always very good. I have ordered different dishes at different times and have always been satisfied. Prices are reasonable considering the large serving of food received.
Staff and owner are very friendly and welcoming. It is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant which I highly recommend.

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a quiet place to take our 94 year old mother, who is in a wheelchair. We went early and the restaurant was nice and quiet. We had the early bird special which was tasty and priced well. We will be back!

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CM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The last couple of times in we weren’t waited on and didn’t get any drinks until 35 minutes after we were seated. My meal and two others in our party of five were served meals that were not hot. I know they can get back to what it once was. I’ve been coming to Benissimo for about 40 years.

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d
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love the delicious food and ambience...servets are great as well. A neighborhood gem!

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