Chianti Cucina - Novato

4.6
757 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Chianti Cucina, an Italian restaurant in Novato, welcomes you to our family, where great food, service and atmosphere await you Italian style.
We invite you to our table, offering a casual & memorable experience. At Chianti Cucina, you'll feel like a neighborhood regular, even if you're just visiting us for the first time. Our restaurant is a family friendly venue where you can feel equally at home as a solo diner, as a family, or as a small or large group of friends.
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vipKirkC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. Our waitress had a great personality, attentive and very knowledgeable about the dishes. Wish I could remember the name of our waitress and give her kudos!!!
We both had the risotto which was done perfectly. Being allergic to shrimp they were happy to instead add sausage and mushrooms. Yummy with a healthy portion as well.

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PeterO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff was Amazing. Friendly and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went there on New Year’s Eve for a nice dinner before our outing . It was our first time and let me say this place was amazing! The staff are very welcoming me polite , the ambiance is romantic with dim lighting and the food was delicious! We will definitely be back

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MarcusH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This restaurant was just ok. The service was very slow and not because of a busy place. The restaurant was about at 60% capacity but our party waited over 20 minutes before we were ask what we would like to drink. We waited another 30 minutes just place our order off of a very weak menu. Overall, not impressed.

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Psychnurse
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over and over and over again. We are never disappointed with Chianti Cucina. It can serve as a romantic dinner for two or a family style setting if needed. Food, service and selection are all top notch. We have been eating here for years and will continue.
Thanks Chianti Cucina!

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AkmalK
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. The Linguini con Vongole is something I order often here. The ambience is quite romantic.

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Psychnurse
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chianti Cucina never disappoints at a reasonable price. It is our go-to place for date night.

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vipebandman
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tomato lobster soup which was outstanding and something I’ve never tried before. The seafood risotto was loaded with shrimp, clams, and scallops in light seafood cream sauce matched perfect with the Arborio rice. Great service and reasonably priced. We had a wonderful evening

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VeronicaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cucina is always a reliable place when you want italian/European foods. Dishes are well made, nicely presented and service is friendly and prompt.

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Michele
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding! We will be back soon!

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vipharley
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Waitress forgot our salad. Then won’ted to bring it after dinner and put it in a box to take home. We just told her take it off our bill

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KABS
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ne er disappointed at this restaurant. Excellent, fresh food...homemade noodles and sauce. Great service....a neighborhood gem.

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vipMalcolmJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great to be back for dinner!

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vipDBsonoma
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, fresh, well prepared authentic Italian food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my wife! Amazing!!

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pvsqueeze
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious!!! As always.

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Steve
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

As a regular patron over the years, I am usually quite satisfied with everything on the menu, however, my recent experience was disappointing. I ordered the ribeye steak and got maybe two bites of it. The rest of the steak was mostly gristle or fat. Not what I would expect of this restaurant. I would not recommend the steak to anyone. Service was stellar as usual. Friendly and courteous staff.

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JackU
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was great- food and staff. Some of the best food in town.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious

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Rejina
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Restaurant was nice and cozy. They were closing little earlier then their actual time because of covid 19 may be that’s why it felt like they were hurrying everything. Food was good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly exceptional meal. The Caesar salad is delicately flavored and well balanced. I had the salmon special with a lemon wine cream sauce and capers. The salmon was perfect with a lovely flavorful crisp crust. The cheese polenta is amazing! The chicken piccata is the best I've had in years! All of the dishes being served to neighboring tables looked tasty and were clearly well received. I'd go back every night if I could!!!

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RuthM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and the service was outstanding.

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AlysonR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant- go at least once a month😋 The food is delicious always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place and great food.

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vipCOLCAL
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best restaurant in Novato. We moved to this area about a year and a half ago and haven't found much in the way of local eateries that we want to have dinner at. We have now found it! It felt like we were back in NYC in Little Italy!
We started with carpaccio, which was delicious. Next coming to our table was veal saltimbocca (one of my favorites) and linguini with clams (a favorite of my husband). Both were beyond what we hoped for! My veal was accompanied by polenta, creamy and heavenly, and sauteed veggies that were still crisp and done perfectly. We would have thought we were back in Little Italy, except the food was served by a lovely young woman instead of "thrown" at us by brusque Italian men. Our dessert was a ricotta/pistachio pie that was delicious and lovely to look at. The strawberries and blueberries that garnished it were the best we've had in a long time. There was attention to every detail!
We're thrilled to have discovered Chianti Cucina and can't wait to go back!

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vipBobT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the BEST restaurant in Marin County. I have been here over 20 times. Never have I been disappointed.
The owners are super nice and personable.
The Risotto is delicious!!
Pasta and Pizzas are excellent.🍕🍝
Good cocktails🍸🍹👍🏻

No problem with the parking as there’s always tons of room.
Make sure you make a reservation as it gets very popular.
Don’t miss out on this gem!!!😎

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Dominick
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the waitresses were awesome as well as the back waiters. Chicken farm was fabulous!

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foodiefamily
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The dining room this evening was pretty busy and a bit challenging to hear my table mate, but it also felt very cozy and friendly. Service was fast and efficient. We each enjoyed our food - cannelloni and linguini alle vongole - and our wine selections as well. LOVE the fireplace!

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ADiner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A GREAT local restaurant! Happy to have it in Novato.

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vipTommy
140 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Arrived promptly, asked to taste a wine and was brought a serving so small I called it a sniff. The waitress then proceeded to make us feel pressured to order, then eat, then leave. Food was reasonable but the restaurant is cutting corners.
I won't be back.

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Sunshine
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual loved the food and service. Thank you Chianti!

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Lynn
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always delicious ! Love this place. Only request is that the bread be served with softened butter. It comes hard and difficult to spread

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner. Exceptional service and food quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Love their chicken Parmesan

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Tommy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi, we have been to your restaurant a number of times...have nothing but praise for the waitresses and food.

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YvonneC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. Great wine list and great food and friendly and efficient staff. Always a treat.

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vipNativeMarinite
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We arrived at 5:30 to a near empty restaurant and were shown to the worst table in the place. We politely requested a different table and after a much too long consultation with the host, were told that, no, we will not seat you in one of the twenty empty tables. If we hadn't been with our 79 year-old mother, we would have left. As we predicted, at least one of the decent tables stayed empty throughout our two hour meal. Restaurants are more about hospitality than food. The staff at this restaurant needs to be better trained in customer service.

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JanC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t been to Chianti Cucina in several years. We were pleasantly surprised!!!
Ambiance was great, service warm, welcoming and attentive. Food top notch- even the vegetables were spectacular.
Will certainly return often!!!

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Monica
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a lot of dietary restrictions and chianti was so accommodating. Good food, good atmosphere, and good wine made for a wonderful evening!

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KimK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently delicious. We go here often.

FAQs

Chianti Cucina - Novato does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Chianti Cucina - Novato also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 878-0314.

Chianti Cucina - Novato is rated 4.6 stars by 757 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.