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About Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano
Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano is a family owned Italian restaurant, located a mile east of Snoqualmie Falls on Railroad Avenue in Snoqualmie, Washington. Chef owned and run, Gianfranco Ristorante specializes in Southern Italian cuisine and uses seasonal, local flavors to create delicious meals. In addition, Gianfranco offers gluten free pasta and pizza dough for those with food allergies. Our extensive wine list includes a large selection of Italian wines as well as a variety of domestic selections. Beer and mixed drinks are also available.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Railroad Ave SE & SE River Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering is available for everything from intimate sit-down dinners, to large buffet style parties. Although Gianfranco Ristorante specializes in Italian, cuisine can be tailored to your preference.
Street parking in the front of the restaurant on Railroad Avenue. Private lot in the back of the restaurant.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews
IT WAS, IS, AND REMAINS A TREASURE. The owners are a family and it feels like your their guest in their home somewhere in Southern Italy. The food is excellent, not perfect just like home, delicious and thoughtfully prepared. Everyone bends over to make sure you get a great experience. Prices are moderate and for what is delivered a great value. They greet me with a hug and leave me with a kiss. It doesn't get any better than this. Nick Stellino take a lesson here.
photos: Spaghetti Frutti di Mare. Theirs is tomato based seafood with scallops, shrimp, muscles, clams, halibut and salmon in spicy Italian red sauce. Excellent
Crab Stuffed Ravioli With Shrimp. Delicious basil cream sauce very light with delicate crab and a touch of shrimp to blend. Outstanding and light.
We went to celebrate our anniversary and LOVED our total experience. We were greeted warmly like the last time we had been there was the week before, not two years ago. We were seated at the second-to-the-last table toward the back which made for easy conversation. Our waiter was great. He was able to help us with our decisions since everything sounded so good. Our dinners came in a good amount of time...and my, oh my - they are not shy on portions! My husband had the pork shank with polenta and I had the chicken special with sun-dried tomatoes and capers. They were both blow-our-minds delicious. The cheesy scalloped potatoes on my plate were the very best potatoes I have ever had! (Did I detect a bit of truffle there?) The only ding is that I wish their wine selection was a bit more well-rounded. It’s a little shy, particularly, on US Chardonnay. Just my opinion. We actually thought about extending our stay so we could go back another time, but it didn’t work out. Can’t wait for next time!
This was our first time here and we will be back. The service was warm and welcoming. We split each course. Appetizer: portabello with gorgonzola sauce, primi: cheese tortellini with a creamy tomato based sauce with bacon, zucchini and other good stuff, secondi: stuffed pork rolls with bacon etc. in a white wine sauce. Each of the courses came out freshly prepared and hot - such a rare thing any more. Each was flavorful and generous in portion. For dessert we had the bread pudding - absolutely fabulous. Along with a great bottle of wine this was a very satisfying experience and dinner.
The place is intimate, perhaps a bit overly so since the space is small and has perhaps a table or two more than the square footage calls for. The wait staff is professional yet warm and engaging. The portions are very large. Unfortunately the food simply isn't very good.
RESERVATION BUT NO TABLE:
We had a reservation at 6:00 pm on a Saturday for 4 people. When we arrived at 6:00 we were told our table was being cleared. We waited patiently in the small waiting area. 10 minutes later we were told the party at our table was leaving and our table would be ready shortly, then 5 minutes later we were told the party at our table was not leaving and it was suggested we walk down the street to a wine tasting place and they would call us when our table was ready, which would be soon. 30 minutes later at 6:45 we finally received a call that our table was ready. At this point we decided we had been lied to several times as they didn't have a table "being cleared" or "nearly ready", or "in just a few minutes" and we went to Sips in Issaquah and had a fantastic experience - great service and great food.
We really can't rate the food or value as we didn't get the opportunity to dine .
Lovely meal but we were seated next to a large party with 3 young children and two of them screamed thru out the meal with no parental correction....and I did expect the restaurant to ask the parents to calm their children. I have 5 grandchildren and they would be taken outside before they were allowed to disturb fellow diners.
Food was amazingly good! Service was excellent! They cater to Celiacs/Gluten-Free which is great because it is an Italian restaurant. LeAnn, the owner, takes every effort to make your dining experience the best. She's wonderful and very special. Make reservations ahead. They are always booked!
Took friends from out of town here for dinner and it did not dissappoint! The food was delicious, the service fantastic and the wine amazing. Our waiter/owner explained the menu and catered to every special request with the most wonderful attitude. We went back again the same week!
We traveled from Portland OR to the Salish Lodge to celebrate a memorable 30th Anniversary. Based on their wonderful reviews, we selected Gianfranco for our Anniversary dinner. What an exceptional and exquisite Restaurant! Their menu has many wonderful choices – including our all-time favorite Veal Picatta and so many delectable-sounding pastas that my wife had trouble choosing. Our waiter suggested half-orders of each of their generous portions – a perfect solution! The owner stopped by, asked about our anniversary story, was so personable that we felt like we were eating with family. We traded doggie pictures with our marvelous waiter. Given the diverse menu choices, delectable food, generous portions and friendly atmosphere, our Anniversary dinner at Gianfranco’s turned out to be an all-time “top 5” dining experience. We would drive an hour one way just to eat here at least once a month.
One person in our party is vegan and gluten free. The kitchen has a great selection of options that they offered to make our food fit our needs. The flavoring of the foods was outstanding, and the small, quiet eating tables were well laid out and contributed to a slower paced, relaxing meal. Upon request, they provided us with gluten free toasted French bread for dipping in the olive and garlic oils. We are going back with another couple in two days time. We have become fast fans of GinaFranco!
Gianfrancos came highly recommended by some locals here in Snoqualmie. We came to OpenTable to make a reservation and while doing so, 7:30 was snagged from me. Since it received such high praise we went for the next available time, 8:00. With a kiddo, I was hesitant because 8:00 is late for her dinner. We got there at 8:00 and the place was packed to the brim and bustling. It smelled amazing. We were pretty hungry after a long day of heavy activity and ready to sit down and relax. The gentleman asked for our reservation info, looked it up & came back and apologized, as our table wasn't ready. He took our number and recommended the wine bar down the street, in the meantime. We were bummed, but understood. Another half hour goes by and we decide that we are probably going to have to head elsewhere if our table isn't ready. So we walk back and are greeted by a lovely lady at the front. I explain my frustration and she completely gets it. She explained theirs and I got it. They are a small family business and they pride themselves on everyone leaving happy. Totally understood. She had us seated within seconds and came to take our appetizer order right away. Our calamari came out to us (literally) in a matter of minutes. It was authentic and AMAZING. THE BEST. We proceeded to place our order and MY WORD. The wait and frustration melted away with the excellent service and even better food. We ordered the Raviolo con Funghi, and the Crab & Lobster Ravioli. I must say, I will probably crave the Ravioli con Funghi for the rest of my days. Lucky for us, we are only a few hours south out of Portland. When it came time to receive the bill, we were completely shocked and beyond pleased that they went out of their way to make things right (which they honestly did not have to do, as we were happy with the experience and food once we were able to tame our hangry tummies) and gifted us our drinks & appetizer. Beyond generous. We will be back & thank you for your generosity.
Best Italian restaurant this side of the mountains. This is a family run, top notch, great menu options - and delicious food. Its hard to go out when we cook at home so well, but there is never any hesitation when it comes to going out to Gianfranco's . They also do a very extensive and very satisfying Gluten Free options as well - a real treat!
Everything was great and very flavorful. Not like those places that offer spaghetti and it ends up tasting really bland. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a more authentic Italian restaurant. Only con was that the bread wasn't warmed. Other than that it was perfect. That wouldn't make me vote it less than a 5 star though.
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