La Toscana Ristorante

4.6
872 reviews
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We are centrally located off Hwy. 101 in San Rafael, across for the famous Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center. La Toscana is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant and bar located in Marin County. It was established in 1985 by Paolo Mori, his wife, Marilyn, and Michele Quilici. The owners all grew up in Lucca, Italy and immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1950s. They wanted to create an atmosphere that reminded them of home – a place where locals would gather to eat, meet friends and family and celebrate with food and wine as every Italian family does. Chef and co— owner Giovanni Racanello joined La Toscana in 1986. Paolo and Marilyn’s daughter, Laura Mori Riella, and youngest son, Michael Mori, joined the La Toscana team in 1992 and 2002, respectively. Paolo loved to make people feel welcome and, just like all the Moris, enjoyed his food and wine and loved to see others do the same. This is the proud tradition that La Toscana carries on.
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OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were just passing through but enjoyed their hospitality. Excellent barrel aged Manhattan. All of the food was delicious but especially liked the Petrale Sole with Lemon risotto.

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JG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

There's a reason La Toscana is considered a classic: because quality and value never go out of style. La Toscana is old school in the same way that Oxford University is old school. If you get a chance to go to either, you ought to.

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a nice relaxing dinner with family. Food was great. What more can I say?

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San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This neighborhood gem has terrific food and a great atmosphere. We celebrated my husband's 82nd
birthday there. The restaurant gave him a complimentary dessert, which was a very nice touch.

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WM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had not eaten there for a few years. Pleasantly surprised that the quality of the luncheon food and service was terrific. The mussels and clams in a delicious broth were wonderful, as was they Frito Misto with a pleasant mixture of artichoke hearts, shrimp and Calamari, accompanied by a tasty aioli. My guest enjoyed his fresh greens salad which was seasoned perfectly. The daily special was a ravioli dish with a white sauce that he thoroughly enjoyed. Service was outstanding, ensuring ample french bread, water and beverages. Will return for dinner.

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Third visit to La Toscana. Food is very good, extensive Italian menu. The Service was excellent. We would recommend it to friends and we will return

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Staff were all super friendly and helpful. It was loud when we first arrived, but we didn’t let that get in our way. Will definitely be back!

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g
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The service was efficient / good, but the food was below average. I had an arugula salad that was nice enough (hard to go wrong) but my main dish -- a sole piccata had too much of the sauce and the sauce was flavorless, which I've never experienced with a piccata sauce before. The broccoli side was also overcooked. Just kind of a "meh" experience from a taste perspective. Wouldn't go back.

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IA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Toscana is our “go to” Italian restaurant. Food is always excellent. I usually get a pasta dish. This time, for the first time, I got chicken Marsala with polenta and veggies. It was fabulous. My new favorite!

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l
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's been a while since we've been there as the last couple of times, we couldn't get in when we tried - waited too long to make a reservation. We were very pleased with the "new" decor. It is very nice and much more open looking and lighter. The food was very good, except the vegetables were overcooked for us. We had the osso buco, short ribs, chicken parmesan and cannelloni. All of them were quite good and as expected. We had several salads and they were all delicious, but we really wish that restaurants, in general, would move away from the giant salads they have all gone to and back to a smaller, side salad.

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s
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were first times diners at La Toscana but we will go back again!

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PK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening!!!
Out of town guests lived it.
Would recommend add

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B
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always excellent food. Portion sizes for osso buco seem to be shrinking though. Tables too close together for twosomes. So we just make friends with our neighbors. Definitely something you do not want to do if it’s a romantic night out. The Bar lounge room is much more boisterous if you are going out with office buddies or a group of friends. Their executive chef is the key to their success.

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SK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstanding.

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D
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We continually to enjoy our dinners at La Toscana prior to performances at the Civic Center. Our waiter on Monday was particularly good. He was very responsive and unobtrusive.

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday celebration was extra special with family and friends at La Toscana

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RV
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Toscana is always delicious! And they were amazingly accommodating, even with my big group who had to be super late to the reservation because my car broke down. Highly recommend the Cacio e pepe!

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IB
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a great place for a family visit. We had parents, grandparents, and two kids under the age of three. It was crowded, hectic, and entertaining. The food was good, and there was plenty for leftovers.

We started with bread (a lot of bread), bruschetta, and burrata. Plenty to share. A couple of us got the cannelloni: it was steaming hot, smelled great, and tasted good. A couple of others got the puttanesca and also enjoyed it. One of us wanted to eat "light," so he went with the shrimp louie. And the last order was a fish special that was enjoyed.

The kid's tortellini is probably enough for an adult, though it is just in marinara sauce. We also got our older son his first Shirley Temple, and he helped out with the birthday creme brulee. He will probably want to visit again.

There were families all over the place. We don't visit restaurants much with the kids, so this was a good place to go. They both behaved well until dinner went past their bedtime, so we got out before they turned into pumpkins.

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JV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service it’s noisy when is 70% plus full
But service and food it’s more important to us

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Everything was great except our service. Our server was very slow, and barely came to the table. It took us an hour to order our dinner

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TI
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awsome as always, for the last 20 years we have been going there

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HG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Toscana is our "go to" restaurant for birthday dinners and other celebrations. The food is always marvelous as is the service. The dining room can be a bit noisy but that isn't the fault of the restaurant!

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PK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Had out of town friends they loved it too. Thanks so much. Pk

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J
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always on point. Service is great, authentic Italian food is very, very good, and on Wednesday's they offer half price wine. The food portions are quite big and the value for the price is off the charts. This has become our favorite Marin County restaurant for the family. Never had a bad experience here. Keep up the great work, La Toscana!

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w
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a great place. Although we had a reservation, to avoid waiting, we agreed to be seated in the bar. The ambiance is simply not the same.

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

Absolutely. Was going there before Symphony. We were a party of ten. The waiter took care of all of us with a smile, suggested some good ideas, and got us out in plenty of time.

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L
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Eggplant and Seafood Pasta were very good. We ate in the bar area and it got noisy when it got packed @5+.

Half price wine is a very nice perk.

Once we got a server the service was good.

We will go back.

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JF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Toscana is a long tie favorite "go-to". The food is always amazing and the staff is helpful and very efficient. They have a great happy hour and hands down the best spaghetti and meatballs in the county.

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

Sometimes the noise level is deafening and I go there often.

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D
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner last night was really good -- just right. And, the service also was excellent.

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OT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu with lots of choices among Italian classic dishes. All the pasta dishes are superb. Prices are reasonable and the service is outstanding. When the dining room is full, it's pretty noisy because everyone is having such a good time and a good meal.

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to La Toscana for a lunch and got a nice booth at the back. The server, Linda, was very experienced and very helpful with the wine and food choices. We both liked her immediately. The food was well prepared and presented in an attractive way, and tasted great. She had salmon, I had meatballs with spaghetti, you can tell a lot about a restaurant by the way they prepare old standards.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If Michelangelo opened up a restaurant, the food have been his masterpiece of art.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was well prpared, however the potatoes were almost cold

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g
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Always leave with a smile and an appreciation for the great meal

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E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We loved the food and our server was great

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambiance - and exceptional service.

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S
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often go here for birthday celebrations! Food is delicious and authentic and the people are wonderful!

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M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Caught up with some old friends and had plenty of time to chat. Food was fine and service was very good too.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice local restaurant been there many times still good

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