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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (24)
Authentic (16)
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Comfort Food (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Cozy (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Romantic (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Seasonal (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always STELLAR!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 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 15, 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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·Dined on November 12, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 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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food2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 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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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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·Dined on October 22, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 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 14, 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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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 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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food5
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 8, 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 3, 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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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 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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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent, as always. I can always count on a perfect martini, too.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Basic very good Italian food. Fresh ingredients. Great Taste. Fair prices. Easy parking.
Need one know more?

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Has an old world field. Can be comfortable and romantic.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We always enjoy ourselves at Benissimo. Food is always consistent. Service is great and with a smile. Great atmosphere. We'll keep coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Pasta was cooked just right. Wife is vegan and was allowed to make changes to the menu. It was our anniversary and waitress gave us a complimentary tiramisu which I gladly ate. We have been here 3 times and each time each customer seemed happy and smiles and cheerful faces filled the place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Benissimo is a regular spot for us to meet friends for dinner. I love the food especially their chicken milanese with the best polenta.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We ALWAYS have a wonderful, well-priced meal at Benissimo. The wait staff is very efficient and very welcoming. The evening always pleases!

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This place was really nice. I would go back again. A nice greeting at the door, great service, wonderful food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

You can always count on Benissimo's for a really good meal at a very reasonable price. The martinis are fabulous and very reasonable.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We tried this restaurant based on the high number of reviews and high star value. I think the high stars are from the past. I should've read the reviews before booking because some of the more recent criticisms were on point. My short rib was tough. My husbands chicken piccata was dry. The bread was cold and stale. The only saving grace were the two pasta dishes our girls had. The tortellini and the angel hair pomodoro. We were disappointed since we had so many choices in Marin County to select from and landed at this place. We sadly cannot recommend this place. Time to find another dining establishment.

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food2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We showed up an hour earlier than reservation time, and were accommodated without problem.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Excellent! Came because of the other reviews. I was quite impressed with the food. The service was a bit on the slow side but competent. Nice cozy ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Great food, wine, and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

great food and bar aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We love Benissimo's! A drive from Santa Rosa does not seem too far when we know we will be dining in the charming warm ambience of this delicious Italian Restaurant. A martini, Scarlatto, or Proseco is the perfect start to dinner, with many great dining options including small plates and specials. Benissimo's never disappoints!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

This is a favorite place to go with friends for delicious food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

LOVE this place!! Always amazing food and super service! Thank you, Mario, for treating us to dessert for our anniversary!! You are very kind!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great food and service.. terrific value and wonderful neighborhood dining!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We needed a relaxing dinner with lovely cocktails and wine. We had clams that were wonderful, a capresse salad made with fresh burrata cheese that was delicious. Then fried calamari, an indulgence, and eggplant parm! Happy campers!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Comfortable pace of service. Staff works well together to handle every table. The dipping dish of olive oil and minced garlic was wonderful, as always. Extra lemon wedges were requested and brought quickly. However, we had to ask twice for a bottle of sparkling water and a salt shaker. Salmon was slightly dry, first time ever in the many years we have ordered it. Lemon sorbet in a frozen lemon rind was a terrific way to end the meal. We'll be back, soon!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Very friendly and attentive servers. Owner was welcoming and food was fantastic. Great neighborhood find.

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