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Bistro GinoLina

109 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (156)
  • Fit for Foodies (91)
  • Special Occasion (72)

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For a taste of Italy in a comfortable neighborhood setting, visit Bistro Ginolina in San Rafael, California. Visitors to the casual restaurant can sample a selection of authentic and inspired fare in a variety of large and small bites. On the lunch menu at Bistro Ginolina, you will find items such as Greek salad, layered eggplant, veal piccata, pepperoni pizza, tomato bruschetta, breaded mozzarella and Italian sausage pasta.

For dinner at Bistro Ginolina, try the capricciosa pizza, pappardelle alla Bolognese, sweet pea fettuccine and grilled wild salmon. Seasonal dinner specials are available to order and contain items that are locally sourced and prepared during certain times of the year.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM -

Dinner:Monday- Saturday: 4:30PM - closing

Closed -Sunday
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Phone number
(415) 258-8590
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gino La Motta
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Private party facilities
We are flexible to meeting your special event needs.
Please contact Lina with any questions.
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Private party contact
Lina: (415) 258-8590
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Cross street
3rd Street
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cath (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

We always enjoy Ginolina, and appreciate the excellent service and the quiet, and simple elegance and beauty of the restaurant. Love the Kale salad!

karith (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

The food was very good, with polite service and pleasant atmosphere. We really appreciated the low noise level so we could easily converse over lunch. Relaxing and enjoyable.

thomasb (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

We have come to GinoLina off and on for a few years now. We had a post celebration of life dinner, and left everything to Gino and his team. (We asked him to create three courses and pair the wines) All the guests from out of town (2 couples) were super impressed with the food, service, and ambiance.
Grazia Tante per tutto!

JeanM (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

Seafood linguine was okay but nothing extraordinary, although it had ample seafood; the spicy sauce and tangle of pasta was overwhelming. The house salad with prawns was fresh and the presentation lovely.

Our waiter, however, recommended the most expensive items whenever given an opportunity. The wine we ordered wasn't very good, according to him, so he suggested a more suitable one. Torn between two pastas? He recommended the most expensive. Green salad-not enough without the shrimp. He was relentless. And obvious in pushing for the more expensive items and denigrating our choices if we insisted on a less expensive option

vipJoel (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Nice traditional Italian restaurant with several unique dishes including the kale-Caesar salad. The Oso Buco was tender and excellent.

Wonderlady (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2016

I took a friend to lunch here as a thank you for referring a client to me. We both ordered the kale caesar salad with prawns and every element of the dish was exquisite. They were not very busy, but there were several full tables near us, but my friend and I could still have a great conversation without having to struggle to hear. I chose Bistro Ginolina because where I usually take people for such lunches (Vin Antico) was closed for lunch on Mondays. I will definitely go back to Ginolina.

vipBudd (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

These guy's were great on service and food, treated us like a family. Manager came to each table to make sure we were all satisfied.

vipFoodLover (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 4, 2016

Nice ambiance. We were there early on Monday so it was very quiet with only a few patrons. I had chicken and my BF had pasta. My chicken was good, although not different than any basic chicken I've roasted at home (spices were 'usual' not imaginative). My BF's pasta was good but not very hot when it arrived. If give it another try... Maybe the regular chef takes Monday off and the creative one is there weekends.

MikeofSanFrancisco (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

The service as always was excellent. The food was very good, with the exception of my veal dish, it was a little tough. But the favor was excellent. My fiancées fish was also very, very good. We will definitely be going back.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

We were looking for an Italian Restaurant in downtown San Rafael and happened to come upon this restaurant. We were really pleased as it had great food and lots of local/neighborhood character. Would recommend to everyone.

vipRyan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2016

GinoLina is one of our go to restaurants in Marin. We always receive warm service from the owners. The house-made pastas are to die for. And they have the best kale cesar I've ever had. I would place GinoLina towards the top of best Italian restaurants in Marin.

Buster (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

Fabulous food - truly authentic Italian cuisine and hospitality- excellent wine list - great service

vipSandi (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Nothing better than a piece of Italia, in your own neighborhood. Though I had been to Ginolina about 5 years ago and remembered it fondly, now I live nearby. The warm greeting you get by Gino or Lina is a super nice start to your lunch or dinner. It's a neighborhood-feel, small community atmosphere with cloth napkins, delicious wine, garlic-olive oil w/ warm bread....I could go on, but just make your reservation now! :-)

Kathy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

I thought the food was excellent. I had the eggplant parmigiana- enjoyed very much. My husband had the sole and love dit.

viptwojps (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

I had bee out backpacking and got home early so I could treat my wife to a night out. We were first in and our waiter set a long, romantic pace. He did everything perfectly. Great food and a wonderful experience.