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About Benissimo Ristorante and Bar

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)

18 Tamalpais Dr
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Monday - Saturday 4pm to 10pm, Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Corte Madera Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 927-2316

Website:
http://www.benissimos.com/

Catering:
For take-out, parties, and catering, please call (415)927-2316.

Executive Chef:
Tony

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benissimo Ristorante and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Authentic (11)
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Casual (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Romantic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Owner was confused we had a reservation and could not seat us because they were busy. The restaurant is using Open Table but not managing their reservations. He seemed annoyed that we had made a reservation when he had people waiting 30 minutes for a table already as if it were our fault. We went somewhere else.

We live in the neighborhood and frequent the restaurant and the food is good and service okay. We have had 2 issues now with the owner honoring Open Table reservation and a groupon type voucher. His restaurant is out there on these services but he get's mad and flustered when you use them.

Tags: Authentic
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food3
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service2
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 5 days ago

It was Valentines Day. Service was a little slow but VERY ACCOMMODATING. What a great little spot! Food was all DELICIOUS. And it’s true. The old man that runs it is AWESOME!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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food5
ambience4
service3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fun night good food and drink

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

a really warm hearted wonderful neighborhood place ..

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Consistantly good food and great folks - there is always a smile and a can do attitude. We love eating here.

Tags: Business Meals
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food4
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very. Nice as my date had been going there for years. A great fun evening w good drinks and food. I loved the dinner experience 😎👍

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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Even with reservations the evening was a bit rushed and the food while tasty the sauces were watery. They usually do a more consistent job but perhaps it was an off-night in the kitchen. The host is charming and waitstaff friends. It is a great neighborhood restaurant overall.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Bar Seating
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food3
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service3
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Very wRn and cozy and friendly and perfect for a rainy nught

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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Delicious as always. A neighborhood favorite!

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We enjoyed both the friendly service and the good food, with generous servings.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love this place!! Food, friendly service just great. Highly recommend!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I love the staff, it really feels like a neighborhood place, the drinks are generous and when i don't want to cook it really is a great deal.

Yay, local eateries!!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food and good service. My only complaint was that I was very cold sitting way in the back (after asking for a quiet table).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had been traveling and had the opportunity to make an early reservation and that was a bit of luck, because the have a three course early bird special. That was a very nice surprise and option.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were happy to discover Benissimo and will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This is a lovely neighborhood restaurant with good food / a great Caesar salad/ wonderful vegetables and gracious service and a It has a real warmth !

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual
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food4
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This is such a wonderful place. Delicious food, lovely people, beautiful inside, great service; it really is just a great place.

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We asked the waitress to help us choose between two bottles of wine and she flatly said she knew nothing about any of the wines on the menu?! If she doesn't know, why on earth doesn't she learn? The food and service were mediocre. I hadn't been here in 10 years or so and now I know why. Nothing special whatsoever about anything at this restaurant. With so many other choices in Marin we will not return.

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food2
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

It was as if the server forgot that we were dining at his station. After a long wail we asked about our orders. Finally, we were served. The special, pork tenderloin, was cold and rubbery and was sent back. The other three entrees were average, at best. We will not be returning.

Tags: Happy Hour
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food2
ambience4
service1
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My date and I had a good dinner here last weekend. I ordered the seafood special, which consisted of mussels and calamari over pasta in a red sauce; it was ho-hum. My date really enjoyed her salmon entree with polenta. The house Cab was quite drinkable, but they served my grappa in a tiny straight glass instead of a proper goblet. The cannoli, which is not homemade, was hard to cut through but otherwise decent. Throughout the evening, we were well attended to. Nonetheless, their prices are currently too high for the quality of the experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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service4
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This wonderful localy owned restaurant , is the neighborhood gem.

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food5
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service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Delicious and delightful! This is our favorite local restaurant and have had a great experience every time we go, which is often. This last visit was to take friends visiting from Michigan and once again, we all had great meals, service and a wonderful warm environment in which to visit and catch up.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food is always good as is the service. The owner is always friendly as is the staff. The special this visit was a couple of lamb with a pomegranate sauce over a risotto it was really good! We go there once a month for a great night out.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always STELLAR!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We celebrated our grandaughter's birthday here. Party of 11. Made reservation the day vef1ore. It worked perfectly. We had a mix of appetizers, pizza, and menu main courses. People who has clams and fettuccine in white wine sauce raved about it. Pizza eaters said crust under toppings was a bit soggy. Flavor for pepperoni pizza was great as was the garlic infused dipping oil. Special dessert for granddaughter was also delicious. We would definitely do this again.

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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Good food, affordable wine, great service, and a nice ambiance. You cannot go wrong at this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food was great, haven't been here for a while but we'll be back soon.

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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We waited 45 minutes even though we had a reservation and we saw people who arrived after us with the same number in their party get seated before us.
The food was mediocre.
Overall a disappointing experience.

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food1
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had to wave to get waited on after 20 minutes. We didn't get our wine until we were part way through our meal and had to ask for it. When we ordered a second glass the waitperson forgot it and we had to ask again. All in all a disappointing experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Benissimo's is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. I have never been disappointed in my meals there. Their risotto dishes are especially good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were early for this Friday night, but the service and our table was wonderful. Early is a great choice!

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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food5
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service4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful as always. A neighborhood gem. We come here for more than one special occasion each year. We're never disappointed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Bar Seating, Casual
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The salmon entree was one of the best-prepared salmon dishes I have ever experienced. The service really left nothing to ask for. To decide between 2 wines, free tastes were given. Very nice atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful from the moment you're greeted at the door to shaking hands and saying goodnight! Food and service great. Specialty cocktails ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Such a lovely evening! Yummy cocktails & wine, delicious food, wonderful service. Four of us were vegetarians, two were not. We all had plenty of options and were very happy with our meals. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent Service, Atmosphere and especially drink and food menu....Great place for a date or just casual dining! A Must when traveling to the area

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This is a nice neighborhood go- to restaurant for our family.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always a hit. Consistently good over the years. A great local place for any occasion.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Good, solid reasonable and real Italian food. We have been going there for at least 25 years and it is owned by 2 (Italian) brothers. One is front of the house and the other is the chef. It has been about 1 1/2 years since we were last there (we have all retired) and it is still as good as ever. Food is good and well prepared and service is just fine as well. No view but the ambiance is fine. Easy parking. Just a good solid neighborhood Italian restaurant. Also a very popular bar with Happy Hour appetizers and drinks as well as at least 3 prix fixe (5 to 6 pm) three course menus for dinner. It's a good deal all around.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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