Chianti Cucina - Novato

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679 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go often the owners and staff are amazing along with the fresh fantastic food

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Families new favorite restaurant. Will come back many times.

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food...we must have had a new server. Forget one order, took 7-8 minutes to come to the table to open the wine we brought...on the plus side, she took off the missing meal from our bill...this is still a favorite of ours.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the gnocchi with pesto! My son loves the gnocchi as well. Dimly lit with a quiet atmosphere. I would recommend for any occasion!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a go-to place for good food and service + nice wines!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We only had salad which was fine, nothing unusual ,it was good and pasta. The ravioli,homemade we're wonderfully delicate but the marinara sauce overpowered them. Next time and there will be a next time I will order them with sage butter which was the other option. Partner had sausage penne and it was really good, a bit spicy but very good. Desert was the flourless chocolate cake which was also light and truly delicious. I would give this a 5 but I reserve that for totally amazing eats such as LazyBear or Fringali and similar..this is definitely a 4.5

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DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had friends visiting from out of town and we took them here. Great food, wine & service
I'm so happy that Novato has a good restaurant to take our big city friends, they loved it!

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MH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything (food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent)!

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SC
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

this is a great local spot! Our party of six was there on a busy Saturday night, we had reservations and were seated promptly in the small yet beautiful dining room. There were a couple of loud parties seated around us, so I think the noise level that night was probably higher than usual. Our food was fresh, delicious and arrived shortly after we ordered. Our server was knowledgeable, professional and friendly. We had a great dining experience and will definitely return!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a nice local spot and the service is great! Menu has a good variety to please everyone. The homemade raviolis are my favorite!

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JD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chianti Cucina is always a great place to go, we especially like going there on Friday nights. In this case we had a corner table by the bar, great view (inside & out). The food is always well prepared and the service is very attentive. We recommend this to our friends all of the time! Great job!

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OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Overall very poor food experience

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Fish didn’t taste fresh and was over cooked.

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TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Chianti Cucina has wonderful atmosphere in a quaint setting and the italian dishes are delicious. I recommend this restaurant if you are seeking an intimate atmosphere with great food.

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j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

So we were sat in a table that's between 2 other tables in a booth. The table was so long I had to move it sideways so I could see my date. Then , me recovering from a broken back, had to sit where the 2 L shaped booths met and one side is higher than the other my back hurt all nite and forget about getting up to use the restroom once I turned the table I was locked in. The middle table should be removed. Definitely put a damper on my date probably look for a different restaurant next time.

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DI
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

SO DISAPPOINTED- food bland. Very small portion for price. $20 for a bowl of pasta that is really small??? No thank you. Ham in sauce was gristly...no flavor at all.
Would be very resistant to go back...

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j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual.

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AG
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Chianti Cucina! It is a lovely, intimate restaurant with excellent, house-made food. The ambiance is very nice, and the servers are friendly and attentive. Our only complaint is that as the restaurant fills up, the noise level makes it difficult to be heard unless you are right next to each other. A workaround is to either get there just as it opens at 5pm, or very late when it is about to close. Other than that, we have never been disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food!!

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C
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , service and atmosphere! Will go back!

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W
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice Italian food. Good but not great. Monday was a quiet night, so service was fine.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Chianti Cucina several times. Never disappoints! Best restaurant in Novato!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall was a nice experience..food was yummy as wanted vegetarian comfort food and was a first try in Novato ..so it was as expected. Tasty and fresh.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Eaten at Chianti Cucina a number of times. The food never disappoints. The house made pastas are fantastic and I had a tomato fetuccini special that was outstanding. On previous visits I have had meet and seafood entrees and was equally happy. We had a large group and were seated in the bar area which doesn't have the same atmosphere as the main dining rooms. Our server, while personable, struggled a bit. Only one of the 8 members of our party had the opportunity to order dessert.

The food is too good to keep us away and we will count on the small let down in the service be an anomaly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. We were seated at the table we requested, in front of the fireplace at the time we reserved. Service was attentive, friendly and efficient. You just can’t miss with the food, delicious and plentiful. Definitely one restaurant to recommend.

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KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went over the holidays. Nice ambience, good food. And local which is nice.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Over cooked pasta, I’m not sure who they have working in the kitchen, but overcooked pasta is a sign of sheer ignorance for an Italian restaurant.
Service was mediocre to say the least, took my leftover food without asking if I wanted to take it home, waited about 10 minutes after we sat to take drinks orders, took 15 minutes to deliver bread to the table and reacted with indifference when informed all the pasta as overcooked.
A pet peeve of mine, the bread was only sliced halfway through apleaving one to wrestle with and butcher the bread to try and get a piece to butter and eat.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brought out of town visitor that was very pleased with the great meal and lovely atmospheres very good service by our waitress. Will definitely return and bring friends.

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LA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A personal favorite for a nice Italian dinner in a convenient neighborhood location. Salmon, pasta and rack of lamb highly recommended.

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VW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Just very loud.

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N
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner with the family on a Saturday night- staff was busy but pleasant and the food was excellent

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LO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We really had a nice dinner, only
Thing that was not good was our
Appetizer fried calamari! It was like rubber and dredged in flour otherwise our entrees were delicious

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NF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Too close to other tables to hear one another. Food is always good and service excellent, but noise level is terrible.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good, nice atmosphere good service and good food.

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San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DeliciousdinnerwithfriendsfromoutoftownEveryone enjoyed some calamari withandbruschetta. Weballhaddifferent entrees. I especiallyenjoyed my linguini with clams. They all were impressed by my dish and said they would order it too next time. Yum!

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LC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Especially appreciated their flexibility to modify sides.

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VW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food. Only issue is Caesar Salad. Always underwhelming.

Service was a bit cold - server a little confrontational but efficient.

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B
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Way way too noisy, but good food and great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, Service a tad slow maybe cause busy. Overall great experience.

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